I can’t believe our 4th edition of Craft Napa has come and gone!

This year was a lot of fun, thanks to our teachers and all who attended. 16 teachers taught 38 classes over the four-day period, in everything from surface design, modern quilting, free-motion, collage, encaustic work, batik, indigo and shibori, printmaking, screen printing, monoprinting, making dollies and monsters, appliqué, stenciling, and watercolor. We introduced a welcome dinner to Craft Napa this time around, and had a special luncheon lecture with Jennifer Sampou, which was incredibly inspiring.  

Our Artist Market was a hit (some vendors sold out in the first 5 minutes…note to vendors…bring more stuff!), and we held our first- ever movie night!

We also raised more than $2300 for our Stay PAWSitive fundraiser, which benefited animals that were displaced, hurt, or surrendered due to the Paradise fires. I still have a lot of postcards as donations came pouring in at the last minute. To raise more money, I am going to bundle the fabric postcards I still have on hand, most likely in sets of 5, and offer them online on the Craftnapa.com site starting February 1st.  

Some fun class and event pix:

Sandra Johnson sharing her latest indigo-dyed fabric she made in her Indigo, Dye, and DIY workshop.

Students in Leslie Jenison’s Mark-Making Potpourri workshop getting good and messy in my barn.

Teacher and author Gina Lee Kim with her son Steven working the Artist Market.

Frances Holiday Alford coming to night class in her pajamas. (If you know Frances, this isn’t a surprise.)

Teacher Libby Williamson helping a student free-motion a painted fabric collage piece.

Student working on her Picture This! Faces in Fabric portrait in Jamie Fingal’s class.

Soy was batik fabric by teacher Jeannie Palmer Moore that was laying on her teacher table. (It was very tempting to steal.)

Student work in one of Maria Shell’s workshops.

Pup portrait in progress in Jane Haworth’s Pet Portrait workshop.

Students working on their Polygon Play quilts with Jennifer Sampou in the barn.

This one is coming together spectacularly! (Photo credit Jennifer Sampou)

As is this one! (Photo credit Jennifer Sampou)

We were incredibly honored that Tim Jenison joined us at Craft Napa for a viewing of “Tim’s Vermeer,” and to host a Q&A afterwards.


We also learned what Tim has been working on for the last four years in Tasmania, and it is an equally ambitious project that he will be announcing to the greater public very soon.

And on a more personal note, I got to reconnect with a former coworker of mine, Amanda Schlatre (many may remember her when she worked in Special Exhibits at Quilts Inc.). I was delighted when I saw she had signed up for Craft Napa, and it was fun catching up and learning what she is now doing for the Houston Rodeo.

 Lastly Craft Napan, Jollyne Toste who had also attended Jennifer Sampou’s Polygon Play retreat last March in my barn, brought her finished quilt for show and tell. Look how beautiful it is! This picture was taken behind my barn. (Photo credit Jennifer Sampou)

Next year will be our 5th edition, which I can’t believe has come so quickly. I am planning on some special commemorations, swaps, and gatherings for this anniversary and scheming a fun time. If you have ideas for special events, I am all ears—just email me at pokey@craftingalifellc.com.


Save the dates! CRAFT NAPA 2020

January 8-11, 2020

I want to extend super special thanks to our sponsors BERNINA of America and Meissner’s Sewing for providing sewing machines for classroom use, and being on hand  to help everyone use the machines.

Also special thanks to Dharma Trading for generously providing surface design supplies for class use) and selling supplies most of Craft Napa. They are running a special discount just for Craft Napans and friends. Visit https://www.dharmatrading.com.   Use coupon code CRAFTNAPA10 to rceive 10% off your order!

I’d also like to thank the following companies for donating swag to the totes and also providing materials for classroom use. Note that a lot of them have a discount code on their products (some expire soon) so check them out!

  • Quiltfolk Magazine Thanks to the publisher, Michael McCormick, most (if not all) Craft Napans received a complimentary copy of Quiltfolk! Want to subscribe? Use the coupon code CN19 for 15% OFF at Quiltfolk.com. It’s “CN19” and can be applied in the cart. 
  • Quilters Select—Did you see all of the incredible goodies provided? MANY thanks to Alex Anderson, Quilters Select, and parent company RNK for generously providing all of these incredible supplies! Visit https://quiltersselect.com to see all of their offerings!
  • Craft Industry Alliance—This is an informative and comprehensive networking trade organization for professionals in the craft and art industry. They also have a wonderful online magazine that offers tips for developing and expanding your business. Use code craftnapa2019 to get a discount on your membership! https://craftindustryalliance.org


Thanks to all!