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Kirstie’s Handmade Fair & Giveaway Winner!


What a treat – a day out out at Hampton Court with a good friend.

Unable to make it to Yarndale this year, I was lucky enough to win tickets to The Handmade Fair (my winning streak continues!) so I invited the host of our Knit ‘n’ Natter nights who also came to Yarndale with me last year.


There was a high percentage of makers from The West Country, many of whom I recognised, including the creator of this magnificent cushion – Sophia, from Jessalli in Dorset.


All of the marquees were beautifully decorated with row upon row of colourful bunting which also ran the entire length of the guy ropes to make for a bright and welcoming exterior. Tissue paper pom poms were a fun addition, too, hanging from the ceiling and swaying gently in the breeze.


The weather was extreme – sunshine and blue skies one minute, black clouds and torrential rain the next. Just look at the colour of the sky over the Super Theatre tent!


Thankfully, we were in the Deco Noir lounge enjoying a glass of Pimms at the time of this shower.


The cocktail waiters made waiting for the rain to pass a bearable experience!


There were plenty of Tea & Cake tents should Pimms not be your thing. This particular one was strung with lines of vintage linen “washing” and huge lampshade pendants.


Waitresses served afternoon tea in period costume whilst a trio of singers in Fiftie’s attire entertained everyone.


I loved these standard lamps which were totally mad and OTT!


These little ones gave me an idea for lighting in our sun room…….more about that another time.


My lovely friend surprised me with this fabulous screen printed “Norfolk Hare” tea towel from the very talented Lottie Day which looks perfectly at home on my range cooker.


I was tempted by the myriad of fabric stalls and came home with a selection from several different traders, as well as the odd free magazine which was being given away.


This sign made us laugh – and give in to temptation!


Tea was served in vintage china, cakes were homemade, and all this consumed at the same time as participating in one of many walk-in workshops.


Sophie, AKA “What Delilah Did”, was running the cross stitch masterclass that we joined in with.


No ‘naff’ designs here, just modern, tasteful, quick little projects that made you want to dive straight in and have a go.

This was the linen “Stag” button that I fell in love with.


Actually, there were so many delightful little designs that I ended up buying the book……


…..which is when Sophie admitted to being the author and insisted on signing for me!


I already know that I’m going to make all these buttons using the linen and embroidery thread that came with the book. Aren’t they lovely?


Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It was manning her stall in person as were many other bloggers that you may recognise, all of whom were happy to chat and pose for photographs.

sew over it


We came home having enjoyed a thoroughly great day and fired up to book a workshop with another of the inspirational artists, Katie Essam, who creates the sweetest mixed media designs like this ‘family’ of wellies which caught our eye.


Finally, after putting all of your names into a hat, the winner of the Giveaway is……



Congratulations Teresa! If you can send me your address, I’ll get these in the post to you on Monday.

Hat Bobble gloves

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41 thoughts on “Kirstie’s Handmade Fair & Giveaway Winner!

  1. What a fantastic day out, you made me long to be there. I love all of the different tent decorations and those buttons might just be the one thing that could get me back into cross stitch. I’ve done a bit in the past but tbh I find it rather boring, I prefer the creativity, freedom and variety of stitches in embroidery. Congrats to Teresa, you certainly won’t be cold this winter πŸ™‚ x

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time and you got some really neat items.

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  3. Ooh I didn’t read this in detail because I’m hoping to go tomorrow! πŸ˜€

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  4. Looks like a wonderful day. Love those tiny cross stitch buttons – will check out the book. And congrats to Teresa!

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  5. Looks like such a fun day, that tea towel is adorable!

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  6. I love those buttons! Very tempted to get that book. Looks like you had a brilliant day out!


  7. What a lovely day! Thank you so much for taking us along, and for all the piccies. Goes to show one needn’t be afraid that a bit of rain will dampen enthusiasm. Congratulations to Teresa!

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  8. It look amazing, I wish I had known about it too, is it on every year? I am feeling deprived as I don’t think that I will get to Yarndale this year either, it just falls on a bad weekend for me. I eagerly await news on your buttons and other makes from you purchases.

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    • It was only the second year but I think it’s going to be every year. It was better than Yarndale for me because I dabble in lots of crafts, not just yarn related ones, and there was a huge variety on offer.


  9. What an amazing fair – I have never seen one so beautifully and funfully[?] decorated as this. The lampshades are wonderful and I would love to know how to make them! Love the button kit too. So many different ideas and ways of doing things – I’m sure I would have wanted to set up a camp bed and stayed for a week! Like you I dabble in lots of crafts and I’m betting this was just heaven on a stick for you and your friend.

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    • Oh, we were like children in a sweet shop! The quality of the crafts for sale was extremely high and there were supplies for just about every craft you could think of – stained glass and weaving being the notable exceptions. I will be making lampshades for my new sun room, so look out for a tutorial on the blog:)

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  10. What a super ‘Give away’ win and a fab day out!! Those lap shades look quite amazing and I love your new tea towel πŸ™‚ Hope the winning streak carries on… maybe the free magazines have competitions too?? πŸ˜‰

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    • As several people suggested I buy a lottery ticket to test my winning streak, I did – and won five pounds too! Ok, not the jackpot, but still nice. I think I’m going to make eight different mini lampshades for the sun room wall lights, all clashing in colours and patterns. It may work, it may not, but it’s going to be fun finding out!


  11. I would have loved that fair! I’m hoping to get to Yarndale next weekend but really just to enjoy the visual delights. A mixed craft one would be my idea of heaven!

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    • You would definitely have loved that fair as your crafty passions are as diverse as mine! The stall holders were even friendlier than at Yarndale, if that’s possible, and many were demonstrating their skills at their stand which made it so interesting. I came straight back and made a blatant copy of the welly picture for my friend who loved it at the fair:)

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  13. Thanks for the post, the virtual tour is much appreciated πŸ™‚

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  14. Love your photos of the day! I won tickets too and had an amazing time. Such a good event!x

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  15. πŸ™‚ I’m currently sat on my sofa after a long day with a very big smile on my face. Thank you so much! It looks perfect for the colder mornings fast approaching. Will email you my details now πŸ™‚ Looks a fab day out. It’s great that the independent pattern makers are so hands on and friendly at these events.

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