I'm a wannabe sewer and one of my thoughts is if I can just understand seams really well I'll be half-way there. I'm most likely wrong. 8)

Here's some seam links that I've collected though.

CraftStylish talks about 4 seams: Hong Kong finish, flat-fell seam, French seam, and pinked seam.

Opus Framing and Art Supplies publishes a monthly newsletter which has local (Greater Vancouver, BC, Regional District) art happenings, including: call for entry, gallery openings & exhibitions, studio tours & festivals, workshops, etc.

Just a few things to add:

The Sewing and Crafts Show:
Victoria March 20th & 21st, 2009
Victoria Conference Center
720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

Abbotsford April 3rd & 4th, 2009
Abbotsford Tradex
1190 Cornell Street
Abbotsford, BC

edit: Somehow I had the 2003 info, but I've found the 2009 info and fixed it.

The annual BC Gem show is happening:
April 17, 18 & 19, 2009
Ag-Rec Building, Central Fraser Valley Fairgrounds,
32470 - Haida Drive, Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Pretty rocks, beads and other shiny things.