So I went along to the Stitches and Craft Show last weekend. It was surprisingly nice weather considering the stormy weather that’s been happening the last couple of weeks across Sydney.
Let me just say, the show seemed a little smaller than most years. I’m not too sure if there were less exhibitors this year or if it was just a rejigging of space. For those that have been the venue before, the second foyer area was blocked off and instead, moved to the top floor. This means all the workshops, make and take classes, exhibitions and guilds upstairs. So it actually kinda worked out in terms of themes, but I feel it made it feel just a little bit disjointed.
Going along with a craftie friend is always fun. She is actually actually pregnant and wanted to come along to the show to get some ideas and materials to make some cute baby inspired crafts. She has little sewing experience but is wanting to get reacquainted with her sewing machine and create a cute baby quilt and baby bag for her bundle of joy.
The lovely lady from Moonshine Designs took the patience to chat to us about her tips and tricks and the best advice for novices like us. Did I mention the bag patterns are super cute!
My friend was after a pattern for a baby bag and lucky for us we found the lovely ladies at Margaret’s Fabrics and Moonshine Designs. Margaret’s Fabrics provides the gorgeous prints and Moonshine Designs, the clever cookie, creates some pretty fabulous and easy to use patterns.
Now although I love textstyles and everything stitches, I must admit I’m still definitely a beginner. What I love about events like the Stitches and Craft Show is that complete novices like ourselves, get the chance to get right in there and ask the experts questions and have a play and go yourself.
We got quite cosy at the Quilters Barn where the lovely ladies gave us advice on how best to create a baby quilt including the best fabrics, a quilting book and even advice on colours that are complimentary. We must have spent at least 45 minutes rummaging the sale basket – I forgot to get some pictures, but after many years the business is retiring but will still be selling online. Whoo!
These were some of my favourite Texstyle Designs:
Don’t touch! How can you not? I understand the policy to keep the clothes from peoples fingers, but I think there’s something more to it. I think the most successful costumes or design pieces are ones that make people reach out and want to touch, engage and feel for themselves. Can something so intricate and from the imagination be real? The tactile appearance beckons recognition and a need to be touched. #Just saying
I bumped into my old friend from Studio Mio who’s created some more cute and fun patterns and projects for the crafty minded. I got some super cute wooden leaf buttons. Have I mentioned that I love buttons?
We had a lovely chat with a lady from the Quilters guild who gave us some excellent advice on what constitutes a quilt (apparently it requires 3 layers and stitching that goes through all layers.) She was wearing these creative earrings – she mentioned they were a gift from her daughter when she visited the United States.
Lace! Lace! Lace! Who doesn’t love Lace?
I had a chat with a very nice man at World of Lace funnily enough, it was nothing about Lace, but rather cameras. He was curious about my camera and mentioned he used to be a photographer and is thinking about transitioning from film to digital. My thoughts? Go for it!
And of course, one of my favourite presented stalls, Sister Violet and Miss Rose.
Sister Violet and Miss Rose have so many gorgeous flowers, feathers, crystals, tea cups, lace, potpourri and brooches! Ahhh it’s like dying and going to vintage inspired heaven.
I bought a gorgeous heart shaped closet scent bag. Now everything I open my cupboard I smell roses!
As always, these shows are all about what you make it. Don’t feel embarrassed if you need help or guidance, just go ahead and ask!
Love, Festival Girl