Monday, 22 September 2014

The Handmade Fair

Hello lovelies!

As you may or may not know, I work for HobbyCraft. If you are craft obsessed you would have more than likely heard about the store, but if not, imagine a big and bright smiley shop filled with paint, beads, fabric, paper craft, sewing machines, wool, decor for your home and everything in-between! 

The store I work for sold 177 Kirstie Allsopp products and as we sold the most out of all the stores, my manager and I were lucky enough to recieve tickets to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court! here. Most of the Kirstie Allsopp products have 25% off, so grab a bargain whilst they last (click here for the link)! They will make great presents and Christmas is only 93 days away. 93 DAYS.

As HobbyCraft sponsored the event, they had their own little tent filled with wool and different craft projects! If you didn't stop by, you may have missed out on joining the HobbyCraft club, but you can still join online here and in store - you get 15% off your first whole transaction!

(Kirstie Allsopp in the flesh right there! Hiiiii)

First on the agenda for the day: Mollie Makes Mashup, Knitting vs Stitching. 
The talk lasted 45 minutes and Mr X Stitch and Deadly Knitshade had 12 rounds to try and prove Knitting Or Stitching was the cooler craft! It was a hilarious debate and I learnt about some amazing work! My favourite and strangest piece of work was from Eliza Bennett, who stitched into her hand. I haven't had the chance to read fully about it but I just found this link here if you wanted to have a read. 

Mr X Stitch won the award hands down but both teams brought really interesting ideas to the table!

We were then booked in to make origami paper flowers with Sesame Origami. You sit at long tables, watch the TV for instructions and start making! It was so much fun learning about a craft I didn't have much knowledge on, as well as learning from a professional.

You can buy Sesame Origami by emailing if you like the look of any of the bouquets! 

Trying to beat the worlds longest pom pom record!

We then sat down and had a cuppa in the gorgeous HotchPotch vintage shop / cafe! The Haywood sisters sang songs from the 50's and made the day really enjoyable.

We then went for a bit of shopping in the East and West tents and found some gorgeous stalls! How amazing is the decoration? So much effort and hard work has gone into them and inspiration was flying around everywhere! I have contact details for all the stands pictured, if you're interested in any of these products please e-mail me and I'll send them over to you. 

Janome were holding free sewing machine lessons and you could learn how to make a headscarf. It was incredibly busy and every time we waled past, every machine was taken!

Etsy was holding talks throughout the day on how to turn your hobby into a business, as well as giving top tips, telling success stories, teaching you how to make the most out of social media and different workshops! 

Look at the size of those knitting needles!!

Pom Pom class

Our last activity for the day was Lino Printing. I've never done this before so it was a great experience. 
Of course, I never do anything the easy way and chose to create a word stamp. This meant I had to write backwards! Once you've chosen your design, you draw it straight onto the lino, use the lino cutter to get rid of everything except your drawing, roll ink onto your stamp and then push it onto the paper. Try not to slice your finger open like I did, as well as the lady opposite me! Sometimes you get a bit carried away with furiously removing lino.

As were heading off to leave the The Handmade Fair, we decided to have a quick stop at the Palace. It was beautiful. Men and Women were dressed in huge 1700 costumes, horse and carriages were circling the palace and the gardens were amazing. 

 It was a fabulous day all in all and I feel very lucky and priviledged to have had the opportunity to attend! Thanks very much to HobbyCraft!

Lots of love, Katy x


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