As I see myself as a relative newbie to this whole “handmade scene” and I now write for a business snuggled in the thick of it, I thought it only right that I should fully immerse myself and go to my very first craft fair! The Handmade Fair seemed like the perfect excuse! Not knowing what to expect at the beginning, it turned out to be one of the best days ever!
As part of my ticket I signed myself up to doing a couple of the workshops. After a quick mooch around one of the sellers’ tents it was time for the first class – Make your own necklace and bracelet with I MAKE KNOTS! It was clearly super popular because even though we arrived 10 mins early the tent was nearly full. Riannon was super sweet and had time for everyone as we all had a go creating fun jewellery from thick jersey “wool.” Definitely something I’m going to try again at home. “Keep knotting!!” was Riannon’s sign off, and I shall!
Shopping and mooching around the stalls was just wonderful… but slightly dangerous. I wanted everything! Luckily I had saved a bit of spending money specifically for the show, and I’m glad I did! Though I could have spent a lot more… Here are some of my favourite stalls:
The next workshop I’d signed up for was for Jane Means Ric Rac Rose. Honestly, I didn’t know what Ric Rac was before this class, but I love roses and soon learnt as they handed us all a piece of Ric Rac whilst waiting in the queue. After a very quick intro we got to making the roses. Very simply roll up the Ric Rac and sew one end together to make the bottom of the rose! Done! She next talked us through how to make a paper envelope. Would have been nice if we could have done it along with her, but hopefully I’ll remember how it went.
Then it was snack time! We had to get the churros and a Pims. Yum! We had another mooch around the stalls where I met the gorgeous Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons. Then we headed for main tent to get ready to watch the lady herself Kirsty Allsop and her friend Joe Canta chat about cocktails. I got chatting to the girl next to me in the auditorium about her beautiful dress. Her mother had made it the week before for her, and she spoke about upsizing the pattern as she was so tall. Of course I told her about Sammy’s sizing up blog post a few weeks ago and she was very grateful. 🙂
The cocktail show was fab, I was gagging to try all the delicious drinks they made though! Then with that it was time for home and to go through all my fabulous treasures from the day. I’m so sad the Christmas version is so far away from me(in Birmingham) but I can’t wait to get to another craft fair very soon. I’ve heard Renegade is a great one!