This past weekend I taught a class and had a booth at ETA California. This is a sewing conference organized by Peggy Sagers. The first ETA was in California 8 years ago after the Sewing Education Conference in Long Beach folded. ETA = Education in Textile Arts and is devoted to textile education. Peggy now has ETAs in Dallas, Washington DC, New York, and Chicago. I also taught at the Dallas ETA last year. That was really fun and the ladies were a hoot.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of my classes or the event this year. The conference consists of a vendor hall and has over 50 classes. The core group of instructors are: Jan Bones (she has great lingerie patterns); Lyla Messinger (great classes on knits, patterns, and owner of The Sewing Place); and Emma Seabrooke (another great instructor on various techniques). I did a class on half slips and had a great time and hope to be asked back again next year.
The vendor hall has about 15 booths that include fabric, jewelry, patterns, notions, patterns, and sewing tools. The price for the conference is very reasonable and usually includes the hotel room. If you have an ETA in your area, I strongly recommend going and checking it out. My booth was next to Kandi Christian who teaches heirloom sewing and machine embroidery and has written many articles for various sewing magazines. During class times the vendor hall is quiet, so she and had got to know each other. They also had Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter authors of "Sassy Feet". they had some really fun classes on how to transform your shoes and purses using paints and embellishments. The conference has a wide variety of classes.
Here's a link to the brochure