This weekend marked the very first Handmade Fair in the beautiful setting of the Hampton Court Palace gardens. Here at the Homemakery as we approached our first year anniversary I felt it was time to step out from behind the internet and do our very first show. I’m so pleased I picked the Handmade Fair it was such a special show combining hands on making with fabulous food and great shopping! We had such a wonderful time and it was so lovely to meet so many of our customers in real life, not to mention the hard working Kirstie Allsopp!
If you didn’t make it to our stand at the Handmade Fair don’t dispair I thought I’d share a little peek at what was hot on the Homemakery stand:
Lampshade Kits – People were really taking the Handmade theme to heart and making a one of a kind lampshade was one of the ways our customers were choosing to do that, its the perfect way to show off your favourite fabric!
Olfa Aqua Rotary Cutter – The Handmade Fair introduced patchwork and quilting to a brand new audience and eager newbie quilters were snapping up our Olfa Aqua quilting kits and rotary cutters, the gorgeous aqua colour is a welcome change from traditional green and yellow quilting kits.
Squishy yarn – I think 90% of visitors to our stand had a squish of our gorgeous Creative Bonbon and Super Super Chunky Rico yarn its so so soft and lots of people had plans to use it for making hats and scarfs. Now the fair is over I’m planning to hook up a snood with it very soon!
Dashwood Advent Calendar Panel – At the opposite end of the stand was our Christmas Wish Advent Calendar panel. I loved making this advent calendar panel and loved chatting about it with visitors to our stand, it was one of my favourite projects this summer and lots of visitors decided to give it a try! You can find our tutorial on how we put it together here
Cross Stitch Kits – Now the nights are drawing in people are starting to look for crafts to do in front of the TV and a few customers mentioned that cross stitch was one of their favourite autumn crafts. My personal favourite is this Christmas deer kit but the florals and bag kits were popular too!
Lovely Bakers Twine – Our Lovely Bakers Twine got a lot of attention at the fair, it comes in a rainbow of colours and at £3.50 for 50 metres its a bit of a bargain too! I have a feeling it will be featuring on lots of christmas presents this year.
If you didn’t make it to the Handmade Fair this year keep an eye on their website, the word on the Handmade grapevine is that it will be back in 2015, and we hope to be there too!
Ps. If you fancy making our Country Christmas Wreath we have a few kits left over you can find the kit here and our how to here