Monday, 6 April 2009

Handmade Cambridge

We did it! And had a lovely day. After an very early start from London, we arrived in Cambridge at the lovely Guildhall. Such a wonderful setting. We were bathed in pools of gentle sunlight from the huge stained and leaded glass windows that lined the hall and were overlooked by startled dignitaries from Cambridge's past. A lovely blue and gold organ dominated the top of the hall - I loved the colours of this.

We had a fabulous day, mainly down to the organisation by Deepa and co. I was very impressed by the enthusiastic goodie bag disher-outer! And met lots of lovely people. The other Handmade sellers are a fab bunch of people and I could have spent all day chatting. I had lovely neighbours in the form of Lazy Giraffe, Paper Leaf, Xtina Lamb and Cozzee Cuddles over the way. And every one's work looked so impressive. Beautifully made, inventive and original and all displayed with much flair and verve! I especially liked Made by Kate's stand.

I panicked about the table size having measured up and found that the table was 2 feet longer than my dining table, but of course not so wide! So dogs were jostling for space on my table with cats, cushions, brooches, gocco prints and purses.

I was really pleased with my postcard purses, these are a new addition along with the vintage fabric and wool backed cushions. I got lots of very encouraging feedback on these and the dog brooches were popular too. It was really inspiring to get so much positive feedback, and to see everyone else's work for real. And I won in the raffle! One of Acorn Attic's sweet cupcake bags. I was also very pleased that Timmy the dog was adopted by the lovey Sarah from Lapwing Printworks.

Work I had admired online looked even more impressive on display, and it was so good to meet so many lovely people and hear about their work. The visitors were all very enthusiastic too, and many older ones reminisced about some of my fabrics! I took a few pictures, but couldn't stay away from my stall long enough to snap everyone, so for a complete photo show, have a look at the Handmade and Twinkly Spangle flickr sets. Pictured here are Helena Carrington, Hannah Chan and Xtina Lamb.

I loved Xtina's gocco bunting, and this summed up our feelings when we got home after a very long day...

Thanks Deepa and co for all your hard work!

Looking forward to seeing you all again at Handmade Winchester!


littlemithi said...

What a small world! Was staying at xtina's the last couple of days whilst needing to be in London to do wedding stuff ... she was telling us about the cambridge fair too ... and then to see it here!

Nicola said...

WOW - looked like a fabulous day was had by all! Wish I could've made it (maybe next year ;)
Nicola xx

Emma Loves Stitching said...

Oh my goodness, what a fab fayre, it looks great I wish we had something like this in East Anglia.
Your stall looks fab, well done you.
Emma :)

Fabric Nation said...

Thanks all of you! I was good fun. Emma - is Norwich near you? Clutter City is there 30th May.

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Tina Peacock said...

I would have loved to come along but I live in Dorset. I may try to make the Winchester one though! Looks amazing fun.