24 September 2014

The Handmade Fair

So as well as my yarn travels in London, I also went to 'The Handmade Fair'at Hampton Court, something I'd been looking forward to for a while.

It was a day packed full of all things craft!!! We went on the Sunday which was the last day of it, but it was still all good! The theme for this first years Handmade Fair was 'World Pomination' an attempt to break a record with pompoms for charity, here's just a few of them that I found near the entrance.

There were two huge tents chock full of stalls, so plenty to browse and buy. It catered to all sorts of crafts so there was a huge mix of stalls and sellers. One in particular that I thought was amazing was 'chachoulie'. They are a company that make jewellery using traditional fabrics and embroidery from Palestine. Their work was gorgeous and the lady at the stall was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to.

Of course there was a fair few stalls selling wool and yarns, so I bought a few things to add to the stash. As well as the shopping aspect of the fair, you also got to participate in workshops. I went to one on macrame lampshade making (run by a guy from out of the dark), which was very interesting and something that I might have to try again. The lovely wife went to a 'no sew cushion' workshop run by Stuart Hillard (or Great British Sewing Bee fame), which she thoroughly enjoyed.

There was also various talks from craft celebs to attend - this was my main reason for wanting to go! The talk we attended was by one of my idols - I've raved about him before, the one and only Kaffe Fassett!!!

The talk was fantastic, Kaffe is a really inspiring man and he talked to the crowd with ease. It was really interesting hearing him talk about his processes and about details of creating his fabrics. I even got to ask him a question (I asked if he ever has ideas that don't quite work when he actually starts making them, for example with colour combinations). 

Kaffe was undoubtedly a highlight of the day, but overall the event was fantastic. I was a bit restrained with my purchases but here's what I got. I some bargain wool from one stall and a nice ball of Pixie DIY wool as well, some patterned washi tape, some neon yellow ribbon, a wooden cat necklace for the lovely wife (I bought it secretly and gave it to her at the end of the day), and a wooden Ron Swanson brooch for myself.

But I can't end this post without talking about some of the people I met. I had the chance to talk to the lovely Lara and Charlie from the Mollie Makes team, both of whom were super nice. I also accosted the fine gentleman known as Mr X Stitch and introduced myself. We went and had a nice long chat and he was really encouraging and offered me a lot of great advice. That's all for now folks, I'll leave you with a pic of me and the man himself.


  1. I've loved reading all about your recent yarny travels. Just one question...
    What was Kaffe's answer? I so wanted to go and see him there! I'm off to Yarndale this weekend and then Kaffe's exhibition in Bath the weekend after that. Super excited :-)

  2. Aha... thank you for writing a taster of this event.. I couldn't go so it's great to sneek a peek!!