Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been regaling you with tales from the Handmade Fair, from the battle of knitting vs stitching in which I scored an important win for the world of needlecraft!
To the celeb spotting and cross stitch workshops…
This week I’m going to give you a quick run down of the embroidery artisans that were at the Fair. It was a good spread of style and a healthy dose of artistic talent.
One of my favourite finds is Art Sea Craft Sea whose machine embroidered talent is phenomenal and who I’ll be featuring in forthcoming Edge post.
Tina Francis had fantastic designs pushing the tapestry market in a good direction!
Emily Peacock (be still my heart!) was a familiar face with a vibrant stand of great designs.
It was lovely to meet Jenny Henry (and Liam!) and I’m not just saying that because she brought me Trader Joes peanut butter chocolates! 🙂
I’d seen Katie Essam at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show and it was great to see her range of charming machine embroidered art pieces continue to grow.
I thought Bobo Stitch were great – lovely cross stitch designs, a good dose of glow in the dark thread and, well, it was a good looking stand. 🙂
There was a lot of variety in the craft on sale, but I kept things textile where I could.
A safe haven at these shows for me is always The Knitting Hut and the wit and wisdom of Sue and Heather. (Sorry about the mad eyes, I was doing some intense leaning.)
The girls at Sew La Di Da had great style and good patterns – I ended up with a waistcoat pattern that I’m looking to dive into at some point.
Toft Alpaca Farm are good people with a great product and a lovely venue. You should definitely visit their Workshops and Open Days. They also have a display of knitted toys that is slightly weird and I love them for it.
It was great to see the glamorous Lisa Comfort at the show – competing in another Maship against KnitYouNextTuesday no less! Her SewOverIt shop was packed with very chic designs and it was good to see Tugba Kop helping out.
The Handmade Fair had a wealth of craft stalls and I thought it was a good mix with plenty for people to try and buy. I suspect next year will only be bigger and better!