Kirstie’s Handmade Fair 2016
Kirstie’s Handmade Fair 2016 has been and gone. As one of the most anticipated events on the crafting calendar. Awful rain and wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits. I donned the poncho rain mac á la Disney style and went off exploring the marquees full of inspiration. Now in the third year, The Handmade Fair sees makers from all over come together for a full three day experience.
Kirstie’s Handmade Fair is no ordinary craft fair. A village style fête with marquees full of craft supplies, books, food vans and workshops all add to the experience. Also, the Artisan marketplace is brimming with beautiful handmade products and foodstuffs.
First stop was the pink sewing bus by Hobbycraft. A quaint vintage inspired Citröen H van opened the doors to welcome sewing enthusiasts visiting the fair.
Some respite from the rain was taken in the shopping villages. I love the changing seasons. And, I love nothing more than to sit in front of the fire on Winters night honing a new skill with a new kit.
Vintage textiles are always a great find. Thinking up personal sewing projects that include these gems.
Inspirational as always was Mandy Shaw’s work. The colours and styles are just up my street! I’ve made a few projects from her books. Check out the website here.
We attended a crochet workshop by DMC working with some lovely yarn and a bamboo hook. At lunch time there was a whole raft of street food vans with a covered seating area.
I’d definitely recommend The Handmade Fair for a visit. The only thing that I would do differently is to book on some workshops and plan out the day a bit better. All in all, I came away inspired and delighted that I had such a great time!