Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Winchester - part II

Still playing catch up... here's what we got up to at Handmade Winchester. The Guildhall was a lovely grand venue and brimful of lots of wonderful crafty people.



I was looking forward to my new stall set up with the Fabric Nation bunting and a traditional postcard spinner for my postcard purses.

Alas the pop-up card display was not! I met someone at the Makey Do as well with one of the same dreadful contraptions and he had ended up making his own. Looking around the craft fair I was impressed by the ingenious homemade displays people had constructed. Raspberry, had homemade clamps that could display her bags and string decorations across her stall. Hatastic used a chandelier, and Ruby May London made a rack for their teacosies. Funky Mutts had a homemade display for their dog collars with clever use of towel rails!



I had lovely neighbours in The Soap Fairy and 23 Beech Hill, with These Charming Things and Sarah Dodd across the way - I loved the table cloth These Charming Things had embroidered for their stall with cups and plates.

There are too many lovely crafters to mention, so for now I'm just going to mention some of the other textile crafters who were there too. I finally got to see the famous Half an Acre sock bunnies and saw more lovely textiles from Non Such and Menina Feliz, Junky Chicken, Kate Talbot, Monda, Coco Crafts and Tomato Tea, who along with Hearts and Skulls is setting up the oOak Tree network for crafters in the South. Kate Talbot's work was very inspiring, she is a textile illustrator and her work included pages from a children's stories and wonderful textile illustrations of tarty chaps and robots to name but a few!





And finally, lino prints from Five-in-the-morning. I had been admiring these online, so it was lovely to see these full size, and he had brought some of the linos too, which look amazing. I couldn't choose between the vegetable print and the fish.

It was a good day, thanks everyone for your hard work! And all of you who stopped by for a chat. Knitted biscuits all round (courtesy of Kate Talbot)!

10 comments:

meplusmolly said...

Great post. such talented individuals out there, thanks for sharing, beautiful work by all ;0

jo said...

Everything looks lovely. Wished I lived near so as I could have has a peek.

Jo xx

nifty thrifty said...

looks fantastic - wish i wasn't so far from ... well everywhere really

Simply H said...

Wow, it all looks fantastic, would love to have come along if I was a bit nearer! Great pics x

Top bird said...

Hey - thanks for visiting me! I had no idea Winchester was so crafty - looks like a really fun day. xx

jennyflower said...

Wowzers- that looks amazing what a lot of talent!

Wendy said...

So envious, you seem to have so many lovely fairs south of the border!
Wx

whoatemycrayons said...

Thanks for sharing your photos of the other displays. It's great to see so many creative ideas for displaying goods. I love the bunnies in grass!

Linden said...

Wow, that must have been such a buzz, meeting all those other creative people and being in such a beautiful place, too!

bebe said...

Thank's for the mention - it was lovely to meet you! x