The Handmade Fair

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

From Kirstie’s pom-trimmed wedges, to the record-breaking length of pom poms, The Handmade Fair (19 – 21 September) was a riot of colour and handmade loveliness. Set in the gorgeous grounds of Hampton Court Palace, there was no way this was going to be a flop – it was going to be bloody darn marvellous. And it was.

My Editor, Lara, introduced me to Kirstie in the green room right at the end of the fair. She’s nibbling from a bag of Kettle Chips like there’s no tomorrow. (If you’ve ever worked at a show like this, you’ll know how important it is to stuff your face at every opportunity, as though it could be your last.) We’re all pretty tired, hyped-up on coffee and a weekend diet of crisps and water, but she’s still vibrantly welcoming. She shakes my hand and asks me how it’s been. “It’s been brilliant. A real buzz,” I say, with my stomach rumbling in the background. She replies: “Well, as long as everyone that’s come has had a nice time, that’s all that matters. What a brilliant weekend it’s been!”  It was a brief encounter, but she came across as a lovely lady with great stamina (and an amazing taste in shoes).

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

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Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

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Highlights included the hilarious Mollie Makes Mash Ups!, our lovely Mollie Makes Cafe workshops with the lovely ray-of-sunshine-Ruby (of Frank & Olive Crochet) and crown-pleasing display of Bonbon Balloons. Alongside all that lovliness, we had our ‘Movers & Makers’ – Girl & Bird, Julia Staite, Ladybird Likes and Kate Rowland – selling their wares and the Hotchpotch Vintage girls, serving tea and cake. Perfect, much? Well don’t take my word for it, here’s a sweet promo video from the event.

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Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

Photo: Fiona Murray www.fionamurray.com

I was therefor the whole weekend, teaching people how to crochet. I probably taught around 60 people how to get hooking, which is quite an acheivement in itself. Sad you missed out? Sign up to their newsletter at www.thehandmadefair.com and get first dibs of tickets next time.

*All photos by me, unless otherwise credited. Some of Fiona Murray’s photos may have been taken by Sally Crane www.sallycrane.co.uk, a talented assistant photographer who was also at the fair :) Please don’t share without permission.

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