Our Visit to the Handmade Fair (with Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston)

Hello from Yorkshire again,

We had a fantastic time at the Handmade Fair last weekend and are here to show you some of our favourite stalls, workshops and sights! Plus comments and photos from the Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston talk.

First thing first, what a stunning venue Hampton Court Castle and Grounds is! Plus we had scorching sunny weather on Friday which only added to the great experience.

The Handmade Fair Entrance and Exit
The Handmade Fair Entrance and Exit

Near the start of our day, we had a lovely chat with Golden Hinde & Goldwork Embroidery and they showed us some of their work, the materials they stock and even how to do it. Incredibly impressed with this stall, I would highly recommend visiting their website: http://www.golden-hinde.co.uk/

Golden Hinde & Goldwork Embroidery
Golden Hinde & Goldwork Embroidery

Here is an example of pattern work. This is a random pattern that she was working on at the stall but she also makes fabulous scenes and characters. Her large framed geisha design was amazing.

Golden Hinde & Goldwork Embroidery
Golden Hinde & Goldwork Embroidery

After embroidery we split up and our manager headed to her first workshop. The ‘Upcycling: Modern Macrame Lampshade’ workshop was held by Out of the Dark who are a charitable social enterprise that are well known in upcycling circles for their wonderfully original upcycled furniture and occasional lighting.

Here is our manager’s before photo:

Upcycled Modern Macrame Lampshade
Upcycled Modern Macrame Lampshade

And below is what she managed to make in the hour workshop from just a lampshade base, some cable ties and some macrame cord. Our manager said the workshop was a good laugh and really got her thinking about the potential of this new ‘modern macrame’ style that Out of the Dark are piloting. She hopes to make a few for her workshop. If you’re interested in Out of the Dark (and you should be) check out http://www.outofthedark.org.uk.

Upcycled Modern Macrame Lampshade
Upcycled Modern Macrame Lampshade

After the workshop we had a look and bought some fabulous crafting goodies from the stalls before heading to Jane Means Gift Wrapping workshop and talk. Jane is such a fabulous presenter and demonstrator. Her enthusiasm, clear easy instructions and wonderful examples would delight and inspire any crafty fan. Definitely added her book to my Christmas list and would recommend giving any workshop of hers a go! Find out more at http://www.janemeans.com/

Here’s one of the bows we made in a 30 minute talk:

Jane Means gift wrapping Workshop at the Handmade Fair
Jane Means gift wrapping Workshop at the Handmade Fair

Carrying on with our networking, we met the fabulous Chachoulie who reworks a traditional and ethically sourced (from the only factory left) Palestinian light cotton called Kuffiyeh. Combining with Western element, she makes unique accessories for today’s market. Find out more at: http://www.chachoulie.com/

Chachoulie accessories at the Handmade Fair
Chachoulie accessories at the Handmade Fair

We also met the team behind Gemmeus who specialise in Medieval and historically inspired jewellery crafted using traditional silver and goldsmithing techniques.

Gemmeus upcycled tiara crown
Gemmeus upcycled tiara crown

We were particularly interested in her upcycled tiara crown project from transformer coil.

Gemmeus upcycled tiara crown
Gemmeus upcycled tiara crown

After more shopping it was time for probably the most exciting part of the day, the talk between Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston who are apparently cousins! Really interesting, inspirational and down to earth talk. I agree with Kirsty, I hugely admire how successful Cath is without everyone knowing her face and it was great to hear about her upcycling furniture days back in her old shop. Upcycling before we all caught on.

Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston talk at the Handmade Fair
Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston talk at the Handmade Fair
Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston talk at the Handmade Fair
Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston talk at the Handmade Fair

Now for two of our absolute favourite upcycling finds at this year’s Handmade Fair. Our First were the stunning vintage books upcycled into fashionable unique handbags, iPad cases and more by My Stuff and Nonsense. Find out more at http://www.mystuffandnonsense.com or follow them: @stuffandnonsense if you like what you see below:

My Stuff And Nonsense
My Stuff And Nonsense

And secondly, this fantastic upcycled radiator chair. Yes, RADIATOR chair by The Barefoot Welder which if you go onto twitter: @barefootwelder you can see Kirsty Allsopp sitting in! Find out more about this chair and the wonderful golf club pegs at http://www.thebarefootwelder.com.

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Lastly, what would be the Handmade Fair without a bit of World Pomination:

Total Pomination at the Handmade Fair
Total Pomination at the Handmade Fair

So we thoroughly enjoyed the show. What about you? Leave us your comments or get in touch to @remadeinbrit or fill in the contact form:

Bye for now 🙂

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