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CHA LAUNCHES NEW FABRIC ARTS COUNCIL –INTRODUCES “BANNERS OF HOPE” CHARITY PROJECT


Elmwood Park, NJ - October 25, 2013The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) http://www.craftandhobby.org, an award-winning international trade association for the design, manufacture, distribution and sales of products in the nearly $30 billion craft and hobby industry, introduced today the Fabric Arts Council dedicated to expanding the reach of fabric related activities to the consumer within traditional sewing areas, as well as throughout the craft industry. The Fabric Arts Council brings together all levels of the sewing industry, from consumer to manufacturer, with the common goal to assist CHA members to increase consumer awareness and use of fabric through education, charity, special events and promotions.

“Banners of Hope” Project at CHA 2014

The first project of the Fabric Arts Council, the “Banners of Hope” Project, will be launched at the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show (CHA 2014), held in Anaheim, January 10-15, 2014.  The “Banners of Hope” Project features fabrics-based banners created during the CHA Show to express messages of hope and encouragement in a subtle artistic format to be displayed in public locations to benefit those in challenging circumstances.  There will be a construction zone at the CHA Show to make banners and offer advice on how to replicate the inspirational program in cities across the U.S. and internationally. 

Promoting the Healing Art of Crafting

A display of “Banners of Hope” Project banners will be created by CHA designers and displayed at the CHA 2014 Show.  The banners will be donated to the “Charity Wings” www.charitywings.org outreach program for their charity promotional event, held January 15-16, 2014, to be broadcasted on the web.  The banners will also be used by the Charity Wings traveling exhibit to promote the healing art of crafting

“The idea of providing cohesive, consumer programs is very appealing.  It will be good to have a concerted, industry-wide effort to help everyone:  consumers, retailers, distributors, and manufacturers -- and therefore the industry,” said Roseann Meehan Kermes, owner of Rosebud’s Cottage, a popular White Bear Lake, Minnesota quilting store known for its emphasis on quality quilting fabric and patterns  and member of the Fabric Arts Council.  “Think about what the Yarn Council has done for knitting, then imagine that type of effort put into all aspects of sewing. The potential is huge!”

For more details about the Craft & Hobby Association Fabric Arts Council and the Banners of Hope Project, contact Paula Jones at pjones@craftandhobby.org, Website: www.craftandhobby.org, Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CraftandHobby, Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CraftandHobby.

About the Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international nonprofit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products worldwide in the U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its award-winning CHA Conference & Trade Show, visit www.craftandhobby.org