Monday, March 15, 2010

March is National Craft Month

March has been designated National Craft Month by the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA). Craft stores around the country will offer special classes, demonstrations, tips and projects to get customers involved. Craft and hobby retailers nationwide will offer a variety of fun-filled craft activities to introduce families and kids to the joys of crafting.

Here are a few places you might want to check out:
*Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is inspiring creativity with special in-store demonstrations and exciting new projects and products to celebrate National Craft Month. To introduce customers to new products and techniques, Jo-Ann will hold the following demonstrations in its large format stores:
March 13: Provocraft Cricut and Gypsy papercrafting machines, Fiskars papercrafting tools
March 20: Yudu Personal Screenprinter, Plaid Simply Screen
March 27: Easter Foam projects

Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, celebrates National Craft Month in March with weekly in-store demonstrations, workshops and a new series of how-to webisodes.
Michaels National Craft Month events include:
Saturday, March 6 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Nick and Nora yarn doll demonstration with Vanna’s Choice(R) Lion Brand(R) Yarn. Cost: FREE
Sunday, March 7 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Art workshop for customers to make decorative canvas panels for the home using paints and brushes. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of 3-pack canvas panels.
Saturday, March 13 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Beading workshop where customers can make and take four new unique jewelry pieces. Cost: FREE
Sunday, March 14 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): Customers will learn to transform an ordinary 3″ clay pot and saucer into a garden ladybug. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of $1 clay pot.
Saturday, March 20 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): T-shirt decorating with fashion paint and Michaels Birthday Bash celebrating the “It’s My Birthday” kids’ party program. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of t-shirt.
Sunday, March 21 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): Easter decor workshop for customers to learn to make an egg-stravagant Easter chick inside a craft egg. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of craft egg. Saturday, March 27 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Kids can create spring projects like flowers with new Crayola(R) Model Magic(R) Presto Dots. Cost: FREE
Sunday, March 28 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): Wilton(R) cookie decorating demonstration. Cost: FREE

*Home Shopping Network
HSN is airing a month-long series of special scrapbooking, crafts and sewing shows to celebrate National Craft Month in March, the network said Wednesday. Throughout the month, exciting new products from some of the biggest names in the business, including Provo Craft, Singer, Brother and Anna Griffin, will debut on HSN and

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