Entries from October 3rd, 2014

Kirsties Handmade Fair – Part iii

Tilly Jenome

I feel a little sad that this is the final Handmade Fair post this year. I won’t say much as I hope you can see by the pictures that there was lots of teaching, above is Tilly demonstrating the most amazing Janome machine helping everyone create one of the patterns from her book. Below is the lovely team from Mollie Makes and Craft Asylum demonstrating crochet and paper crafts. As well as the Etsy makers school for selling online.

Mollie Makes, Craft AsylumEtsy UK

Finally a little story when I was leaving the Fair, I tend to always talk to people, when you have a camera around your neck you can sometimes see people running away, but in this case a lady approached me to say if i could pass on a message to the team behind the Handmade Fair she said ‘ Kirstie started something a few years back which we’ve all known for a long time, that craft is good for the soul’ I said to her that the Craft Council had recently used that same slogin on one of their promotional pieces. She said ‘ but we’ve joined the dots this weekend, the crafters, we’ve joined the dots and made each other happy.’ I walked away from that lady thinking WOW god crafting really does make people happy just being themselves.


Jane Means

Kirsties Handmade Fair – Part ii


I love these images of Kirstie and Lou Gardener, they make me smile inside. I’m not sure if its the statement ‘Freestyle Machine Embroidery is the crack cocaine of crafting’ or the infectious nature of Lou which has Kirstie smiling or maybe its the freedom which this craft allows. Kirstie will say herself that she is a perfectionist, someone not averse to finalising projects for her shows at home as she wants them to look great. In this craft masterclass it was inspiring to see both Lou and Kirstie just let go, from drawing with their eyes shut to using their machines with gusto to dance music, it was a hoot from start to finish!

VIP tent Handmade Fair

Oh I do like a wee glass of bubbly at midday as did many of the VIP ticket holders. One of the benefits of these tickets was a Q&A with Kirstie each day at lunchtime and as you can see some of the questions were a little more personal than I had expected by all the hilarity. One VIP had traveled all the way from OZ, I had seen on facebook earlier in the week a name and picture and when I saw Sheena, who was a total delight thrusting a book to be signed towards me, I took her by the hand and ran after KMA, obviously Kirstie told her to ‘jump in’ the little golf cart which was helping to keep time in a incredibly tight schedule. I hope Sheena your trip round the world was worth it, it looked like it by your smile.



Oh the wonder of Annie Sloane paints! I do think I may put too many exclamation marks in my posts but I do like to make a big point about Annie Sloane. The masterclasses she gave were full to brimming and everyone loved them. Have I told you that Annie Sloane was one of the people who I was star struck by, isn’t it strange. I did hear a lovely story from a lady who was in the same boat as me, a little star struck although she said that had disappeared when they met one another at the toilet washing their hands, then had a right old natter on the way to back and now has some big plans with a wardrobe she has at home. Ha the thrills of the fair.


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