Made By Mrs M

The Handmade Fair

Craft, Dressmaking, Events, London, Review, Shoppingmadebymrsm
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I hadn't planned to visit Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair (last year it clashed with another event I was doing, and this year I was just grateful for a free weekend ahead of the busy autumn kicking off properly) but the lovely Gemma of Ginger Doodles (check out her shop here) had some tickets going spare - the weather forecast was good, so I thought why not?

The 2015 fair was the second time the event had been run, and it seemed pretty well organised. The fair took over a park opposite Hampton Court Palace and there was a (cleaner, less sweary) festival atmosphere about the place. My ticket was for entry to the fair only (there were masses of workshops and talks for people to attend if they had a full price entry ticket) so I ambled about looking at stalls and chatting to people. The dressmaking scissors above are from Ernest Wright & Sons and are sitting right at the top of my Christmas list (thinking the pale blue or pink, but they did mention that they're looking into doing them in yellow!).

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I stopped and chatted to Genevieve of Floss & Mischief (may have shopped a little here but it's a present so shhh!).

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And I finally bought the Tilly & the Buttons book (only a year after it came out - my procrastination can be extreme at times!). It was lovely to see Tilly again and to meet Matt Chapple, winner of this year's Sewing Bee and his wife Gemma (who I have a feeling I met at Blogtacular,  but I did manage to stare at her rather blankly with "mmm yes, I think I recognise you" - I was tired, what can I say!).

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The shopping tents were very very busy so I didn't buy as much as I may have done. The Acorn & Will stand really caught my eye though - so colourful and kitsch and gorgeous.

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The weather really was beautiful after a rubbish few days the previous week - I almost felt as if I needed sunblock. I enjoyed wandering around, looking at the artisan food stalls and admiring peoples' (often handmade) outfits.

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I was quite tired on the day and not really in the mood for dragging myself back around the busy tents - I think I would've got more from my visit if I'd attended some workshops, but by the time I arrived there wasn't really anything available that appealed to me. I'm pretty sure if you go for the full experience ticket, and arrive nice and early you can have a really full, enjoyable day. Everyone was lovely and it was great to chat to so many familiar faces and catch up with people.

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Thanks again to Gem for the ticket! Maybe next year I'll invest and make more of a day of it!