Sunday, June 20, 2010

Design/Sewing in Denver

I recently got back from a week in Denver, Colorado for the HOW Design Conference. I was sent with two other artists from work. We had a great time and learned a good bit about the new Adobe Software CS5. The new version of Photoshop does some pretty amazing things. We also took classes on color theory, moving from print design to web design, how Google works, and many other topics. It was a pretty fun adventure. I had never been to Colorado. It was gorgeous... but SUPER hot.
Most of our days were jam packed but of course we did find a bit of time for shopping. I had researched one fabric shop I wanted to visit before we left Alabama. So the three of us walked several blocks and took a short bus ride to Fancy Tiger. It was love at first sight. I can honestly say it was my favorite fabric store I have ever been to in person. (Well... except maybe for the Fabric District Shopping in LA with my sister in law.) They had lots of fabric, precious patterns and kits, and a second floor for knitting and spinning. I could have spent hours there.

My other favorite place we found was Magical Scraps. Their exterior was so precious... complete with a fabric banner that I loved. They had the most precious destination shirts I have ever seen. They were appliqued and then had the city name underneath. Who says souveniers have to be cheesy! This store was in an old home and it had and entire room of handmade children's appliqued t-shirts, hairbows, dresses, pacifer clips, etc. The designer does a really good job at having good stuff for boys! Usually all this stuff is so girly. They also had plenty for ladies, handmade purses, appliqued shirts and much more. If you are ever in the area you should for sure check out this store... if not she has an etsy shop. I am sure you could order anything you wanted from there.

Denver was a lot of fun. But I sure was glad to get home to the good old South and my family.

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