Don't mourn August! August 20, 2017 09:43

Don’t mourn August! September is 100% better. Better outfits, better stuff to do. Here’s just a few things I am excited about along with beautiful Autumn colours and handsome new stationary!

10-12 September Top Drawer (Olympia)
This is  bit of an insider's treat - it's a show for designers and makers to show their stuff off to potential stockists. It includes a lot of crafters showing their work, and the visitors are a mix of stylists and buyers for shops so it's more about taking large orders than one off purchases. But you can go and have a nosey. Register and a get a free ticket or buy one for £20

15-17 September The Handmade Fair (Hampton Court)
Kirstie Allsopp's outdoor crafty festival has quickly become one of the loveliest days out in the crafty calendar. There's fabulous shopping and a lot of workshops to keep you busy, it's probably worth a two day ticket. We're giving  away four pairs of tickets this August, and to claim a ticket just tag us on Instagram or Twitter (@londoncraftclub)

16-17 September 2017 Crafty Fox Bussey Building, Peckham (part of Peckham Festival)
The regular Crafty Fox craft market is always worth a visit. London has a wonderful community of makers and crafters who took the plunge and ditch the day job, and at Crafty Fox you can feel meet them face to face and use your pounds to support them. Plus it's great shopping!

21-24 September The Great British Sewing Bee Live (Excel)
This one is a new addition - apparently the demise of Bake Off took Sewing Bee off our TVs too, but Patrick and  Esme have still been busy! Sewing Bee Live looks set to be a sewists dream - I hear a lot of the workshops are excellent but booked up. Today there is a half price ticket offer on. 

21-24 London Fashion Week Festival, Store Studios WC2R
Really beautifully-crafted clothes, made with the finest materials, are like catnip to a sewist like me! Head to some of the talks and events that run alongside the shows and parties, to get some great inspiration for your own Autumn collection. Use up all that fabric you bought at Sewing Bee and the Handmade Fair

21-24 London Design Festival (WH Craft Prize, Kensington)
There's so much to see at LDF, including lots at the V&A but I'm most keen to see the Woman's Hour Craft Prize. As a long time devotee of Woman's Hour and the even more awesome late night version with Lauren Lavern, this prize is two of my favourite things coming together. 

That's just a few of the things that are coming up in September, not to mention Underbelly at the South Bank, the Raindance Film Festival and the Vinyl Festival. So let's get in the mood for Autumn.

What are you looking forward to most in September, and have you got your tickets?