The Excellent Exploits of Mr X Stitch – The Handmade Fair Sellers!

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!

Victory for stitching!

To the celeb spotting and cross stitch workshops…

Mr X Stitch and Stuart Hillard

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.

Art Sea Craft Sea Machine Embroidered Portraits

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 Tapestry Kits

Tina Francis had fantastic designs pushing the tapestry market in a good direction!

The lovely Emily Peacock

Emily Peacock (be still my heart!) was a familiar face with a vibrant stand of great designs.

Jenny Henry 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! 🙂

Katie Essam - Machine Embroidery

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.

Bobo Stitch

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.)

Sue Stratford and I at the Handmade Fair

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.

Sew La Di Da

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.

Toft Alpaca Farm

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.

Tugba Kop at Sew Over It's stand at the Handmade Fair


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!

Mr X

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The Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery.
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