Oh the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court was a joy, a sheer joy. The atmosphere was incredible, when I say it was beyond any reasonable doubt the best fair that I had been to, it is an understatement, it was an absolute pleasure. Many, many, many of the stallholders were new this year, so there was an incredible amount to look at that I had never seen before, there was an absolute buzz from the stall holders and all the customers seemed as happy as I was. Here are a few snapshots, there were two huge tents filled with stalls, two Grand Make tents with an impressive line up of workshops and demonstrations, a Super Theatre tent, and was supported with tents from Rowan, Etsy, Mollie Makes, Prima, Janome, Hobbycraft, Coats, Lush and many other stalls. I think if you were doing workshops you would need more than one day.
As you can see there were some wonderful stalls, and this is such a small percentage of what was there. I spent a wonderful hour chatting with my lovely friend Martin Storey about Rowan and Uni, family and ideas in the future, it was such a nice moment. And I eventually found my lovely friend Belinda Harris-Reid, we had such a good giggle, she has so much energy, a force of nature. Look out for her venture p-Lush at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 27th and 28th March, it promises to be an amazing event.
I hadn’t known about World Pomination, Sense being the official charity to benefit, where the aim was to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of pom poms which with 7,200 fluffy globes they smashed.
And then of course there was shopping. Just some gorgeous fabric and a little alpaca, a shawl pin, some scissors and a huge crochet hook and some potato print, yes potato print, cards with chickens on them and a Rowan book. Toile thinks its a pretty and perfect haul, especially the alpaca, she really likes the alpaca.