So I’m back from my Summer travels. Urkult Festival, Sweden – tick! The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, London – tick! Both events were great. The Handmade Fair was a huge event, and getting my head round everything I needed to take, up to and including electric drills, screwdrivers and shelving units was a major task.
Leaving early, I made it to the port at Dublin just in time to enable Serge & Arno, petrol heads both, to admire the three supercars that were also in the queue for the ferry. They particularly liked the fact that we followed a bright yellow Lamborghini onto the ship.
The picture above shows a small proportion of the Handmade Fair site. My stall was in the marquee on the left, and the grassy area in the foreground was surrounded by the most fantastic array of food stalls, selling everything from pulled pork to vegetarian paella. I barely got to look round my own marquee, let alone the West Marquee across the central food area. What I can report is that if you have any interest at all in any imaginable craft, The Handmade Fair is nirvana. There were stalls selling bolts and bolts of glorious fabrics, yarn stalls to make anyone want to take up crochet and knitting, and a vast array of stalls selling kits to enable you to try out something new. And then there were the stalls like mine, selling finished goods. Jewellers, fabric art, fused glass, ceramics, felt, paper crafts… And then of course there were all the workshops for people to try out new crafts and techniques. One lady passing my stall proudly showed me the embroidery she had just learnt how to do in a craft tent. It was gorgeous – a bunch of cone flowers sewn in jewel bright sewing silks.
There was even a bar in the central area. Now, on the Saturday evening the exhibitors were invited to have a cheeky glass of Prosecco and some food, so in the interests of this blog I went along to investigate and sample. I had Serge & Arno with me because they couldn’t be left overnight in the marquees, and next thing I knew they were posing for photos with internet stars Brian & Philippe, tweed mice from The Silver Shed. There was a serious bromance going on, and trying to convince the lads that it was time to head back to our digs was not well received. They had hoped to hit the nightclubs in Kingston!
After three intense days I packed up and headed home. Since then I have been catching up on all the administration and internet shop updating that has been somewhat sidelined over the Summer. Whilst you’re here reading the blog – take a look at the online shop! I’ve added a lot more photographs of the bags, and tried to make the ordering process a bit more straightforward.
But a bag maker can only cope with just so much time away from the sewing machine. My fingers were itching to get back to sewing. And then my grey dandelion fabric order arrived, so it would have been rude not to cut it and make a few bags, wouldn’t it? So here are a couple of pictures of my latest grey dandelion bags – they’re always gorgeous. The front and back of the bags are always different, because of the way the fabric cuts. The fabric is so amazing – Teflon coated linen, so amazingly resistant to water and dirt – and gorgeous. Each bag is lined with a different black denim, and they have black webbing straps.
If you’re wanting to take a look at the grey dandelion or any other bag, I’ll be at Chapel Lane Market on Saturday from 10am – 5pm. It’s a bumper market this week, with loads of stalls of loveliness, so don’t miss it! On Sunday I’m heading to Limerick’s Strand Hotel for the Style Closet Pop Up Rail Sale. This is a new event for me, and I’ll have a mix of new bags (like the grey dandelions) and some ends of lines which will be on offer. There will be style bloggers, milliners, clothes designers, knitwear designers….you name it. It’s open from 12pm, and there will be a fashion show and make up demonstrations – it’s a fantastic “treat yourself” day out.Share This: