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Craft Fair Haul

For all I moaned yesterday I did do some spending today. Some things I actually needed for once… The fabric will probably be used for my ticket stub quilt. I wanted something that would offer colour without drowning the embroidery that will create most of the surface decoration and texture. The awesome grey Wonderfil threads are hopefully to inspire me to do more with the photos that I’m so scared to touch. Originally I dreamed of only using the “off black” and “off white” threads I have but maybe I need more subtle options. Ooh shiny beads for my luneville work, hopefully coming to a familiar Etsy shop near you soon. A Twizzler for tightening the frame and stand wing nuts. Total bargain at only £2! And finally a book from the Needlework Archive stand, they probably have the original edition, published in 1870 and not this (almost as old as me) 1986 reprint. I never knew Mrs Beeton created a needlework book. Although I’ve heard she wasn’t really the author of her famous cook book. It is rather awesome. Perhaps it will teach me some more about the old Victorian pockets…

And what have you achieved this week?

Um… nothing. Well the start and end of the month is a bit frantic usually in the old 9-5 but this time it had some additional complications. It was all early starts, working flat out and my easily confuddled brain was all taxed out in the evening. 

However it is Craft Fair season again!! The quilting/sewing/papercraft… oh let’s just call it the SEC show is on this weekend. It’s a confused show in my eyes. A couple of years ago there were massive complaints about how cramped it was when they had 2 halls to use. Back then it was merely sewing and hobbycrafts. That was fixed, mostly, over the next few shows. Then it evolved and developed a quilting side. Again that seemed ok but last year a rival craft fair staging company brought an English show (or a Scottish cousin) to Edinburgh and turn out for the SEC appeared low. In fact I wasn’t the only one to think that. 

However we are in 2017 now… Some of the traders have disappeared this year including “the book guy” (I’ve never remembered his company name and I regret this now). And it’s all in one massive hall, I believe that the SEC in its great rebrand from SECC (well it will save on the signwriting at least) has melded a couple of the halls together permanently. That massive hall is only about halfway full, there’s a good 20 meters of hall at the back that’s not in use. Worse of all it is becoming very, very confused as a show. It has 3 names – the sewing one, the quilting one and hobbycrafts. Can’t it just have one? Sewing, with all the amazing facets it contains – dressmaking, embroidery, toy/bag making and even quilting – can all live under one loving roof. The related textile arts – knitting, crochet, felting, tatting, lace making and the rest could be happy here too…. Oh wait we have a name for all of these – TEXTILE ARTS!! And they grow in popularity with every breath I take.

I’m not grumpy. The traders go where their time and efforts will make the most money and if that’s not the SEC this time then maybe we will see them at Christmas. (Now that’s a show with 2 names but it has 2 distinct areas to cover and it does.) BUT things could be done differently to help folk out. I might travel to Edinburgh but lots won’t. Things could be simplified and given one name. The stalls could be mixed up a little. I realised that maybe this is actually favoured by the traders and the organisations that attend these shows but having all the guilds and groups “hang out” in one area sometimes makes the footfall uneven. They might get more uptake if they were split up and mixed with the traders (of their supplies) to increase the footfall across the entire hall. (Side note – the only show that gets away with an artist’s area is Festival of Quilts but that is specialist so those going will know and interact with these celebrities of the craft world [or gawp at them from a safe distance because I’m too chicken to talk to my idols])

Sigh. That was a long one. Before anyone takes a crack at me this is just my observations of 7 years of SEC, SECC, Festival of Quilts, Knitting and Stitching show attendance. I often go on more than one day so get a chance to see the busy and the quiet. I also love them all in their own ways and this was the first of the shows I ever went to so I’m extra sad to see it get into trouble. The potential is huge and I don’t want it disappear altogether someday. 

New Week, More Projects

Well Monday is back, the day job is done and it’s time to get back to what I really enjoy. 

FrameI’ve set my embroidery frame up with silk organza ready to go with my next piece for Etsy. Big Hippo hiding out in the background there.

The hand quilting on the images for this year’s Festival of Quilts has been started but I can’t share any photos just yet. I’m utterly terrified about this one. 

I’m also brewing two more ideas… One involving my old tickets from events and concerts. The second is another on the local theme, it follows the Festival of Quilts entry… well sort of. Those probably won’t be ready any time soon but they might be public eventually. 

First blog post

First comment! 😛

Just trying to get the new site/blog up and running today since I’m floored with a chest infection. Last night the best I managed was a (badly) stitched hoop art using lyrics from La La Land. It’s not measured, I eye-balled it. It’s not tidy, no two stitches are the same size.img_2028

BUT!! It does look a bit like star charts? It does to me the more I look at it. Like someone joined up the stars to make the words…

I need to work on my back stitch. I never liked the effect as much as chain stitch but that was going to make the words too big to fit it all in. The stars, using 1 strand of metallic thread, turned out nicely. Also can you tell that I did the second and third lines before the first?

Side note – I tried lots of ways to mark the lettering properly but totally failed. Chalk, pen (permanent, water soluble and air erasable) and multi-coloured ‘pencil’ (it feels waxy and doesn’t seem to want to write on anything). None actually worked, well not on this dark background. There’s a couple of chalk options I’ve not tried yet but if anyone know of what you have staying power on dark cotton please let me know.