Anna Maria is a long-time Sew4Home friend and fan. We've done numerous projects with her beautiful fabrics, and worked with her in her capacity as the face (or more specifically, the hands) of Janome America. So of course we were thrilled to find out about a brand new event that is her creative brainchild. Craft South spans four months this summer and brings some of the industry's brightest creative stars to Anna's Nashville hometown. Anna herself, along with her good friends, Amy Butler, Liesl Gibson, Natalie Chanin and Heather Ross will be there to share skills, inspiration and fun. As Anna Maria describes it, "We will Sew. Eat. Drink. Laugh." Repeat as needed, right Anna?
True, this amazing Craft South event is happening in Nashville, Tennessee, which may not necessarily be in your backyard. If it is... you're the lucky one. But even if it's not, this is the best reason ever to plan your very own creative summer vacation getaway! I think it qualifies as something in the, "I deserve this" column.
There is one long weekend series each month, June through September, each with a special theme and a featured guest teaching alongside Anna Maria.
You can participate in one-day workshops and weekend workshops, as well as stroll through the on-site pop-up shops of crafty goodness.
Each week's series also includes a special kid's workshop with super imaginative projects for young creatives. Although... I'm wondering about a young-at-heart designation for attending, because these are such adorable classes!
June 18-22, 2014 - All About Patchwork
Amy Butler joins Anna Maria for this first week, which will be exploding with beautiful energy and colorful patchwork, including a chance to be a part of Amy's amazing color workshop.
July 16-20, 2014 - All About Garments
This week, you'll get loads of opportunities to uncover your flirty frock-making skills. Teaching with Anna is Liesl Gibson, who brings a wealth of garment tips, tricks and techniques.
August 13-17, 2014 - All About Stretching Fashion
Get over your "knit-o-phobia" with a focus on the crazy goodness of jersey knits. Anna Maria teams up with Natalie Chanin to inspire you to think of materials and hand embellishment in a new way.
September 17-21, 2014 - All About Needleworks
The simplest of tools can create the most ornate results. The final series on the Craft South calendar pairs Anna Maria with Heather Ross for a weekend of handwork stitching tricks and tutorials.
Be a part of the start of something big. Plans for a permanent Craft South location are currently in the works.