After finally announcing my involvement in The Handmade Fair I’ve been looking through all of the wonderful and inspiring workshops and talks that will be taking place. I had actually bought tickets to attend with my mum way back when they first went on sale but now even more workshops have been announced and BOY do they look good. One of my favourite things about the fair last year was how hands-on and interactive it was. The balance between doing and watching was ideal and the programme offered plenty for both craft enthusiasts that have found their niche, and magpies like me that always want to try the next skill!
All of the workshops this year look fantastic and the range is tremendous: covering textiles, papercraft, upcycling, Wedding and seasonal crafts. I’d highly recommend making the most of the opportunity to learn something brand new and challenging – you never know, it might become your new favourite hobby!
Here are my Top 5 workshops to try:
Flower Crowns with Kitten Grayson. Not only are flower crowns delicate and beautiful, they’re also the latest must-have for festivals, garden parties and weddings (of course). Combining flowers and craft sounds heavenly to me and once you’ve created your crown you can wear it for the rest of the day!
Upcycling a Tote Bag with chalk paint. Combining upcycling, fashion, printing (with sea-shells!! How brilliant is that!) and chalk paint this is set to be a fabulous workshop that will leave you with skills a-plenty to take home and apply to a whole host of other DIYs.
Cross Stitch with Mr X Stitch. 45 minutes of stitching your own cross-stitch design. That gives you enough time to learn the basics or, if you’re a seasoned cross-stitcher, make serious headway with your design. In previous Mr X Stitch workshops that I’ve been to there has always been a sense of wit and mischief to his ideas so this workshop is set to be a fun one!
Biscuit Icing with the Biscuiteers (only available Friday and Saturday). I’m no baker but luckily these biscuits come made and ready to decorate. Icing pretty butterfly designs sounds like a pretty sweet (ha!) way to spend the day
…and of course Crafternoon Cabaret Club (well I couldn’t not could I!). We’ll be running twice-daily workshops in the VIP lounge at 11am and 3pm. Stitch your own beautiful embroidery hoop artwork or make a lyrical letter-bead necklace, all to the backdrop of live performances by exciting acts on the cabaret and comedy scene.
Which workshops do you like the look of this year?