The Handmade Fair – Mollie Makes Mashup


The Handmade Fair has been and gone and it was great fun! Three days of lovely weather at Hampton Court Palace gave a lovely backdrop to all manner of crafty goodness, with thousands of people trying new crafts and buying lots of goodies from a range of great sellers. Next week, I’ll feature some of the great people I met, but for now I’d like to share what was (in my view) the most important event on the schedule.

Deadly Knitshade vs Mr X Stitch

The Mollie Makes Mashup on Friday morning was a twelve round no-holds-barred battle between Deadly Knitshade and I where we sought to decide, once and for all, which was cooler – knitting or stitching! In front of a 300 strong crowd we shared examples of our favourite crafts along a series of themed rounds. Here’s how it went down!

Round 1- Graffiti Thing

Yarnbombing on Saltburn Pier

DK offered up the yarnbombing that took place on Saltburn Pier in honour of the London Olympics…

Andoni Maillard - Truck

I chose Andoni Maillard‘s graffiti cross stitch…

The crowd voted and DK took the round! Knitting 1 – 0 Stitching!

Round 2: Warm Fuzzy Charity Thing

I chose the Bloodbag Project from our very own Leigh Bowser.

The Blood Bag Project


DK chose the Helsinki 7800 – handmade blankets that were made for donation to people in Afghanistan.

Helsinki 7800

The crowd voted and it was a win for stitching! Knitting 1 – 1 Stitching! 
Round 3: Giant Thing.

DK shared Shauna Richardson‘s amazing giant lions…

Shauna Richardson

I chose Ben Venom.

Ben Venom

It was close but… I won! Knitting 1 – 2 Stitching!

Round 4: Teeny Tiny Little Thing.

Chloe Giordano‘s tiny embroidered deer drew lots of aahs from the crowd…

Chloe Giordano

As did Althea Crome’s tiny gloves.

Althea Crome

The crowd voted and DK got the win! Knitting 2 – 2 Stitching!

Round 5: Worringly Odd Thing.

Not for the faint hearted, DK chose Emily Stoneking’s crochet dissections…

Emily Stoneking

I plumped for Eliza Bennett‘s hand embroidery, which has provoked a lot of responses from people.

Eliza Bennett - A Woman's Work - Hand Embroidery

People were unnerved but they voted ! Knitting 2 – 3 Stitching!

Round 6: Scary Thing.

While the crowd was still reeling, I knocked the ball out of the park with Noelle Mason‘s powerful cross stitch.

Noelle Mason Cross Stitch

DK responded with this excellent Exorcist piece from Croshame:

Exorcist Playset With Croshame

Nuff said! Knitting 2 – 4 Stitching!

Round 7: Super Cute Thing.

DK punched hard with the knitted cuteness of Mochimochiland.


I fought back with Hiroko Kobuta‘s embroidered kittens…

Hiroko Kubota's embroidered kittens

It was a close call but stitching took it! Knitting 3 – 4 Stitching!

Round 8: Geeky Thing.

I unleashed Lord Libidan‘s LCARS cross stitch…

Lord Libidan - LCARS

But DK fought back hard with Sunshyne Leland‘s Baby Yoda…

Baby Yoda by Sunshyne Leland

… and took the round! Knitting 4 – 4 Stitching!

Round 9: Superhero Thing.

DK’s Wonder Woman jumper from Kirsty Lothian was good…

Kirsty Lothian

But was no match for StitchFIGHT‘s glow in the dark Spiderman cross stitch!

Knitting 4 – 5 Stitching!

Round 10: Furniture Thing.

Melanie Porter‘s knitting chair stirred some patriotic juices…

Melanie Porter

But Sarah Greaves‘ embroidered bath tub took the win!

Sarah Greaves Bath Tub

Knitting 4 – Stitching 6!

Round 11: Thing You Never Realised Was Stitched Thing.

I came out swinging with the wonderful work of Cayce Zavaglia

Cayce Zavaglia - Sophie

And DK hit back with Ben Cuevas‘ knitted skeleton.

Ben Cuevas

It was close but the crowd made the right choice! Knitting 4 – 7 Stitching!

Round 12: Thing You’ve Made.

I offered up my Whitby Abbey cross stitch (as seen on TV!)

Mr X Stitch - Whitby Abbey Cross Stitch

But it was no competition against the awesomeness of Plarchie – even I voted for him!

Plarchie in Berlin - Three Girls and a Boy and a Squid

Knitting 5 – 7 Stitching!

And that was it! The battle was done and across twelve rounds of awesome textile art, the final result was a win for stitching!

Victory for stitching!

A massive shout out to Deadly Knitshade for providing such an awesome challenge. Big love to the people at Mollie Makes and the Handmade Fair for letting us out to play and thanks to the audience for voting! Fingers crossed we’ll be back next year for more of the same!

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