Last year before Christmas I had the chance to work for a day on his stall which was great fun and I was able to spend a whole day with my best friend (his wife) which is a rare occasion these days. But that day was also a bit of an eye opener. It was a fairly small fair and not very well visited so our takings were poor. I had a stroll around the other stalls and found the usual suspects like pottery and woodwork but also a few stalls that sold hand-sewn cushions, clothes etc. What shocked me a bit and my friend also confirmed this to me was that a lot of the stalls also sold imported cheap Chines items next to their beautiful hand-sewn ones. Me being an idealist (or let's be honest a snob) thought and still thinks it wrong but then again I don't have to make a living from selling craft so I guess I better shut up. But when I left that day I was thinking long and hard if I wanted to enter a craft show one day. In the end I let it go and concentrated on commissions, sewing for me and my on-line shop. But the thought of showing my craft at a fair always comes back to me like a boomerang. As much as I do love the interaction via my blog, I also grave to engage face to face with other people and gauge their reaction to my craft. I realised this since having joined the LMQG which thankfully gives me that opportunity once a months.
So I started to do some research and came across 'We make London' who organise craft fairs in the capital which is of course ideal for me. I wrote to them asking about their Christmas fair arrangements for this year but didn't receive an answer. Then a few weeks later they announced on their block that they were invited to the Thames Festival that takes place on the 8th to the 9th of September.
Next thing I know I filled in the form, pressed the sent button and thought this will never happen anyway. Well, I got a place at the show and only 4 weeks time to produce a lot of small craft (I have enough quilts and cushions...). Needless to say I am delighted and terrified in equal measures.
So over the next few weeks you will frequently see purses, i-pad overs, kindle covers, on-the-go quilts, journal covers and God knows what and probably with each post rising panic levels too.
My idea is to make of everything five items (except the lavender pad of which I already made 20).
I know a few of you have been to craft shows before but I would love to hear anybody's thoughts on this.
And because there can't be a post without pics, may I then introduce you to my first sets of fives.
|Mixed flex frame purses using Echino and Melody Miller|
These are my coin frame purses. The frames are about 3 " and I drew my own pattern using this excellent tutorial here.