Canadian Designers Meet To Share Ideas and Projects

By Paula Jones


In Ontario, Canada there are a core group of designers that get together regularly for a quarterly meeting. They usually meet at a Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) supplier or retailer member’s location to share business knowledge, catch up on each others activities and learn some new techniques doing a few small projects.

On October 1, 2014 they met at the Sewing Café in Georgetown, where they spent the day learning about Chinese Knots and created exceptional leather and bead projects sponsored by John Bead. They also received great goodies from Westcott.

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K & Company paper designer, Kelly Panacci, joined the group for the first time and she brought along samples of her new fabric line with Riley Blake.

The group is planning their third annual retreat in Barrie, Ontario at the end of May.

Many thanks to Linda and Anna of the Sewing Café for hosting the meeting.


Do you have a core group of designers in your area? Why not plan a get together and invite some prospective designer members to participate in your meeting? This is a great way to introduce non-members to CHA and show them the valuable benefits of our creative communities. Contact Paula Jones at for more information.

2 thoughts on “Canadian Designers Meet To Share Ideas and Projects

  1. The Canadian Chapter has been so beneficial to my career as a designer and educator. These meetings are the icing on the cake when we get together with our designer sisters and create together. The energy and excitement is palpable!

  2. Wonderful leadership within the Canadian Chapter. This membership is a privilege and I am so proud to be part of this Canadian CHA chapter. The support by all members is outstanding.

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