Craft and Quilt Fair Sydney 2013 Review

Craftandquiltfair2013_9So I went along to the Craft and Quilt Fair in Sydney over the weekend. It’s the fair’s 20th anniversary and in lieu of the traditional gifts of china or platinum, the fair instead saw many smiling patrons walk through the doors and spending a day in crafters heaven.

Craftandquiltfair2013_17The history’s on the wall…

Craftandquiltfair2013_28 Craftandquiltfair2013_3Tea cosies growing wild.

Craftandquiltfair2013_27A newcomer to the fair, Sew Craft Cook is a website that offers sewing and craft project tutorials for free…yep, I said free.

Craftandquiltfair2013_30A gorgeous branchy tree from Sew Craft Cook and look, a Hawaiian dancer from Butterfield Tate Gallery. How can you not love her?

Craftandquiltfair2013_26I just love everything from Butterfield Tate Gallery. Hazel began her career in London 1975, as a decorative painter/antique textile collector. Let me just tell you her career has been truly inspiring – it’s worth a read…

Craftandquiltfair2013_23Jane Davenport is a wonderful artist. Just look at her use of gorgeous colours and depictions of female characters.

Craftandquiltfair2013_22 Craftandquiltfair2013_21Craftandquiltfair2013_16How cool is this? Flexi Craft Moulds lets you become a cake decorating expert in just minutes. Prep the icing and place into mould and some pretty colours and hey presto, you are giving Adriano Zumbo a run for his money.

Craftandquiltfair2013_31Love this colourful rainbow bag and adorable owlies from Indigo Niche.

Craftandquiltfair2013_19Based in Queensland, Indigo Niche specialise in Japanese and Aboriginal fabrics and have a in-depth knowledge on Sashiko stitching.

Craftandquiltfair2013_15Some eager crafters signed up to some of the make and take workshops. It’s great to see so many active participants getting in there and having a go.

Craftandquiltfair2013_11It was great to see Venetian Imports again. You might remember me mentioning them a couple of craft fairs ago. They specialise in importing beautiful Venetian masks, jewellery, beads, fans and other gorgeous accessories. Did you know as a young girl, I must have been around 10 years old, I bought two porcelain masks very similar to the ones below. I remember loving them so much. I thought they were the prettiest things I owned. I know right, what a weird thing for a kid to like… Then one day, when I was taking one off my wall, I accidentally dropped it and it cracked in half. I was heart broken. My dad tried to glue it back together, but it never really looked the same again, but I still loved it anyway.

Craftandquiltfair2013_14Craftandquiltfair2013_13 Craftandquiltfair2013_8I was excited to see the Calvacade of Fashion. Although it was small, it’s an amazing experience to see a garment that was worn a hundred years ago, how it’s held up over time and see how much fashion has changed over time.

Craftandquiltfair2013_10Pitt Trading had me drooling over their vintage appliques and details (as usual). What’s even better was the mega sale they had on a number of their products and fabrics in store. Although I had to restrain myself, I was able to grab a couple of bargains. Whoo me!Craftandquiltfair2013_18I want this turquoise necklace…drools*

Craftandquiltfair2013_25It was great to see my old friend from Scrapmatts with her very own workshop this year – how exciting.

Craftandquiltfair2013_24Isn’t her work fabulous? It’s Dr Who…

Craftandquiltfair2013_5Quilts, quilts and more quilts. Personally, quilting is something I’m just not that into at the moment, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that these talented quilters have put into their works.

Craftandquiltfair2013_6 Craftandquiltfair2013_4 Craftandquiltfair2013_7I think it’s really existing when quilters use more unusual subjects for their quilts, although pretty flowers and patterns will always be envogue.

Love, Festival Girl.