It was a buzzy atmosphere filling the gardens of Hampton Court Palace on Day 1 of Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair yesterday. As we arrived an excited crowd (very very punctual are we crafters!) were already in place by the gates waiting for Kirstie, who was wearing a most excellent crown, to cut the ribbon and let the fun begin. Almost entirely women (possibly as expected but I do wonder if I’ll see more of a balance today – real men sew after all) there was a vibrant chatty feel amongst the fair goers and an awful lots of bright lipstick, great shoes and florals!
We’d booked ourselves into a 10am workshop which I think became a great way to ‘warm ourselves’ into the day as there was a huge amount to see and do with tent after tent of sellers, crafters, vintage bits and bobs and demos. I’m going to write a separate blog about the workshops (I couldn’t do them justice in this little round-up) but to give an overview: Paper cutting with Poppy Chancellor left me completely inspired (as well as desperately searching for the fab dovecraft finger scalpel we used), I can now make a mean bow thanks to Jane Means and I absolutely 100% must buy an embroidery foot for my sewing machine as soon as is humanely possible because Lou Gardiner has left me feeling like I’m capable of anything embroidery!
I’m more than ready for day two (despite the thunder and lightning!) and a whole new range of crafty workshops, so for now, here are a few highlights from yesterday:
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