Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Handmade Fair - I'm going!

Would you say you are a multi crafter?
Do you have just one hobby?
Do you love to learn new crafts?
And do you like to meet craft mad people?

Myself, I'm definitely a multi-crafter, a craft flitter or a Jack of all trades and Master of none!!!
I love all sorts of materials to work with, although one week fabric might be my favourite thing to use, the next week yarn will be, I just LOVE to make things and also to have a good excuse to hoard pretty things.
Which is why I was jump up and down, run around the bar in Spain H-A-P-P-Y, when I received an email offering me a ticket for The Handmade Fair with Kirstie Allsopp!!

My crafting love is just to transform nothing into something........ Be it a pretty piece of fabric into a quilt or a dress, a ball of wool into a shawl ..... I just love to be doing something that gives an end product that can be used and enjoyed.
I'm a bit of a knitter, a sewist (although auto correct wanted to call me a sexist! I'm not!), an occasional crocheter and lover of all things tactile! I also love to bake, cook and generally make a mess, but above all, I love to learn new skills and meet crafty people, which is why I'm so excited to be going.

Anyhoo, I'm lucky enough to be going on the Friday 19th and this is what I'll be doing

10am Skill Workshop Seasonal Christmas Crackers
1pm Super Theatre with Kirstie and Annie Warburton
3pm Grand Make - Gift wrapping with Jane Means

If you have been around this blog for a while you will know that I'm Crackers over Christmas, so I can't wait for the Cracker and Gift Wrapping Workshops!! 

And I can't wait to join in with Kristie's plan for #worldpomination

All you have to do is make 3 (or more) pompoms, tie them together and attach your name on them and you can either bring them to The Handmade Fair or drop them off at your nearest Hobbycraft, so you don't have to go to take part! Kristie Allsopp is showing you how to make them with a Clover Pompom maker, but I have had brilliant some success with a fork and my hand!
My 3 pompoms
I know I'm so so classy, there are loads of Pompom tutorials and projects here! I may have gone a little pompom pin crazy, but I think I will be treating myself to a maker to make some larger ones.

So, are you going?
I believe that tickets are going quick (according to Twitter) and at only £29 for the 3 workshops/talks I'm not surprised, especially as it's set in the gorgeous Hampton Court Palace. Also there are lots of stalls selling handmade stuff and supplies, plus a food tent and I happen to spot that Edinburgh Gin is selling there and I'm rather partial to a G&T, especially from an artisan maker that makes Raspberry Gin, thank God I'm taking the train.
If you've not got tickets, I know for a fact a few well known bloggers are having giveaways this week for tickets to attend! So have a google!

Not that I've got the time on Friday, but the Prima Make & Take Theatre looks brilliant too! Wish I had the time to take the Christmas Wreath Workshop, it's never too early to be contemplating the C word is it???

Please note: I have been kindly given the ticket to attend, but I am genuinely really excited to be going and can't wait to share all about it! 


  1. I was offered a ticket to go too, but I think London is a terrible venue for these things. Great if you live in London, really, really expensive if you don't !

  2. It sounds fantastic, have a wonderful time, and I love your pom poms!!

  3. Try not to consume too many gins before the afternoon classes ;o)

  4. Sounds like you have a great day in store, with a celebratory G & T to boot, enjoy !!

  5. Hi, as you already know I'm going on the Saturday. Such a shame we will miss each other! I have delivered my pompoms to Hobbycraft, but thought I would make some more at the craft workshop just for fun on the day. I'm also booked in to a talk by Kaffe Fassett and I'm attending the needle-felting workshop. I've arranged to be chauffeured by my husband, so that raspberry gin is sounding inviting! Hope you enjoy your day and look forward to hearing all about it. Best wishes, Pj x

  6. Oh, that's a lovely email to get in your mailbox! Have a top time and can't wait to hear all about it x

  7. I used to try many techniques and crafts but lately I'm kind of lazy and don't fancy any new stuff especially when you need to get extra supplies for it.
    Have fun though!


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