The Handmade Fair 2018 September 22, 2018 09:08

Last week the London Craft Club team took a well-deserved day off to visit The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. It’s one of the highlights of the craft calendar, and we always look forward to seeing what the fair will have to offer each year.

We started our day off with some craft workshops - I mean, how could we say no? I made a pom pom deer brooch with Ruby and the Squirrel, while Sonia made an incredible willow bird feeder with Blithfield Willowcrafts. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit in love with deer pom pom. Wouldn’t they make adorable Xmas decorations? 

It’s always so much fun crafting with a group of people and seeing strangers chatting and bonding over their love for making things. For us, crafting is a social activity and not just something we do at home alone!

Of course we couldn’t resist a wander round the shopping tents (it would be rude not to!) and we bumped into some of our crafty friends, including the gorgeous Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons, who is a total sweetheart and has the most gorgeous modern sewing patterns.

We had a lovely chat to the wonderful folk from Happy Fabric, and went totally crazy over the rainbow selection of iron on vinyls. Their stall was packed full of lots of ideas for projects using their materials and tools.

And we all oohed and aahed at the Cricut stand (where we bumped into craft legend Emma Jewell!) How amazing is this little personalised mason jar I made? And in the background are paper flowers cut using the Cricut. We’ve added the new Easy Press 2 to our wish list - maybe Santa will bring us one if we are really good?

The main reason for our visit to The Handmade Fair though was our very own Sonia was competing against Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It in the Mollie Makes Mash Up. They had 30 minutes to customise a plain pennant style wall hanging using a selection of craft supplies. And we couldn’t be prouder because Sonia only went and won! 

Did you manage to visit The Handmade Fair this year? We are already looking forward to next year!