The Handmade Fair is coming! This September at Hampton Court there will be three days of all manner of crafty goodness, with workshops, talks, loads of great craft sellers and so much more. The show is packed with big names like Kaffe Fassett, Cath Kidston and Kirstie Allsopp… and some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch!
Yes indeed, in case I’d not mentioned it before, I’m going to be doing cross stitch workshops on all three days, when you’ll get the chance to learn to stitch in the company of up to 100 people at a time. It is going to be a workshop like no other – for all I know it might be the world’s biggest cross stitch workshop!
Here’s some official words about the show to whet your appetite!
Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, 19th-21st September 2014
Here at The Handmade Fair, we want to Get Britain Crafting! Along with craft enthusiast Kirstie Allsopp, we have gathered the best experts to create a unique learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products.
Book now for a fantastic day out full of crafting, learning, delicious food and unique shopping. You can try a hands on craft workshop, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the demo theatre, dine in the Palace gardens and buy beautiful products from the handpicked sellers.
Tickets start from just £12.50 for adults. Buy tickets (http://handmadefair.seetickets.com/tour/the-handmade-fair)
Our skill workshops are your chance to learn a completely new skill or refine one you already know and love. Classes include furniture upcycling, jewellery making, cupcake decoration, calligraphy, papercraft, lino printing, crochet and even pompoms!
More information (http://www.thehandmadefair.com/skill-workshops/)
Meet the Experts
Kirstie has chosen Britain’s best craft experts to accompany her in the Super Theatre. Guests include Cath Kidston, Annie Sloan, Kaffe Fassett, Etsy, Stuart Hillard, Mr X Stitch the V&A and the Crafts Council. Full Experience tickets cost just £29 and include a Super Theatre talk, Grand Make and Skill Workshop.
More information (http://www.thehandmadefair.com/kirsties-experts/)
Are you excited yet?!
On top of that, on the Friday I’m going to be taking part in one of the Mollie Makes Mashups – an epic battle with Lauren “Deadly Knitshade” O’Farrell in which you will help us decide which is cooler – knitting or stitching!
(Hint: It’s stitching, obvs).
It will probably be the best craft show the UK has seen for a while – I might be biased, but there really is a great lineup of craft stars and some fantastic craftsellers as well. And boy oh boy, do we have a great competition for you!
We’ve got eight pairs of shopping tickets to the show for you to win! And we’ve also got one pair of Full Experience Tickets up for grabs!
All you have to do to win is get on Twitter and tweet the following: I want to win tickets to the #handmadefair from @MrXStitch
You have until September 10th to get your tweets in, at which point I’ll pick the lucky winners at random and be in touch! I hope you take part, I hope you come to the show one way or the other, and I look forward to meeting you all there.
It’s going to be brilliant!
The only issue with these tickets is that the show is in the UK, so all of you international MrXStitchaholics are welcome to take part, but you’ll have to cover the cost of getting the show. Just flagging that up.