The 2014 Handmade Fair

Monday, September 22, 2014
This weekend I decided to take a journey to Hampton Court Palace to attend The Handmade Fair which was presented by British television presenter, Kirstie Allsopp

As you can see, the Hampton Court Palace grounds are very picturesque and it was an ideal location for the Handmade Fair.

I had purchased a full experience ticket which included a skill workshop session, a session in the Super theater, and a Grand Make with up to 250 other people. Since I booked my ticket just days before the event I didn't get my top pick of sessions initially, but luckily I was able to visit the nice ladies at the Information booth to swap out some of my sessions for ones that were more up my alley.

I ended up attending:

The Coats Knitting presentation with Brandon Mably in which he taught Kirstie Allsopp how to design a quilt.

The Knit a Sparkling Project workshop where we learned how to add beads to a knitting project.

Origami Floristry where we learned how to make an origami t-shirt and tulip (neither of which I was very good at).

In addition to the workshops, there were loads of free things to see and do at the fair: you could browse inside the two Shopping Village Tents, attend a sewing workshop, attend and Etsy Business Class, or create a snowflake for Home-Start UK- the official charity of the Handmade Fair.

Beautiful Paper pom poms and flowers inside the Shopping Tent by Paperpoms

What I bought: Hampton Court Palace print by Clare Caulfield, Chieftain card by Lauren's Cows
My snowflake made from crocheted ribbon (I didn't have a hook so I crocheted it with my fingers)

Singer inside the Vintage Tea Room
The biggest highlight for me was attending Tilly's (of Tilly and the Buttons and The Great British Sewing Bee) Bridget scarf sewing workshop. I must admit that I was a bit star struck and I got totally shy. I was able to purchase Tilly's Mathilde and Miette sewing patterns direct from her though. 
Tilly's sewing work shop

Modeling my new scarf
World Pomination

One thing I noticed was that there were pom pom's everywhere as the Handmade Fair was attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest line of pom poms to support the charity, Sense.

What I Made

  • Bridget Scarf
  • Blue origami tulip
  • "Be Inspired" button
  • knit beaded bracelet

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