I visited Kirstie’s Handmade Fair for the first time last week.
I was not disappointed, for those of you who have not yet had the chance to visit, I would describe it as a cross between a ‘cosy village fete and a trendy mini festival’ …
throw in handmade goodies and gifts, friendly vendors, sewing fabrics and my sewing heroines and you have the makings of a memorable day out!
Beautiful things to see and save up for…
I even got to meet the Toft Alpaca Birds ‘in the feathers’ so to speak!
I took a cross stitching class with the delightful Mr X stitch, I love his work and admire his patience; he is working on a teeny tiny Mona Lisa all in cross stitch!
He sewed the ‘QR code’ you can see in the pic below and apparently it actually works and when scanned sends you to his website!
There were lots of things I wanted to buy and a few things I succumbed to actually buying.
More on that later as I was so impressed with them that I think they deserve their own posts. Artisans like Jessalli and to name two and give you a hint.
This beautiful range of mugs* for one…find it here from Death by Tea at Not on the High St.
I love illustrated products for the home especially by talented textile designers like Holly:
…. Death by Tea is designer, illustrator and professional colour-in-er Holly Betton. Holly graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2010 with a degree Textile Design, holding a particular interest in drawing and print making.The range includes a selection of quirky greetings cards, bone china mugs and stationery.
Holly says: “My aim is to design products that make people smile and remind them of the innocence of childhood in a grown up world!”…..
Do take a look at the rest of the range…
In other news : coming soon: The Christmas Handmade Fair…
The Handmade Christmas Fair will bring together inspiring craft making with Kirstie Allsopp’s best designers and artisans teaching and selling craft products and beautifully designed and handmade wares perfect gifts for the festive season!
I was invited to the handmade fair as a guest Blogger, this is a collaborative post