Stitches and Craft Show Rosehill 2016

So I decided to go along to the Stitches and Craft Show a couple of weeks ago. I apologise for the delay, but I thought that since I didn’t take too many pictures, it wasn’t worth the post. But then I changed my mind and here it is.

We’ve finally moved into a new place and I get to have a craft room of my very own. So I decided the craft show was the best place to start stocking up on the essentials.

Some avid crafters attending the My Patch Fabrics workshop on how to get the best shape and silhouette when creating clothes.

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A lighter wallet and some hours later, I had a good rummage around. I always find it’s so overwhelming attending this event – but it’s great to see all these great retailers all under one roof.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-8 I kinda walked in half way through this workshop, but it looked fun.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-9 Stitches-craft-show-2016-1Guest artist and talented Weaver and designer Rainie Williams joined the craft team for the weekend. Rainie is mad about weaving and I’m super envious of some of these chunky knits. Her weaving workshops looked like they were a big hit.

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I always enjoy seeing the HSC studuents work and how they’ve worked so hard on a piece. These were some of my favourite of the day.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-3 I’m not that into quilting, but I thought these two in particular were beautiful. The blue quilt was just stunning. Why use all the colours when one colour on top of its self is just gorgeous. The colourful quilt on the right is a collection of signatures from all the craft team at the event. Sweet right?

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Although I’ve been to the show almost every year, I’ve never attended any of the workshops or classes. This year, I really wanted to give it a go and narrowed it down between watercolours or fashion illustration. Guess which one I chose.

I loved the flexibility that many of the classes were duplicated during the week and across the weekend, so it gives everyone a chance to attend.

The almost 3 hour class class was hosted by Anita McAdam from Studio Faro, based in Marrickville. Provided in the class was a couple of items including enough paper to draw some creations, access to complimentary backings, backing and a plastic sleeve of course and access to a rainbow of special texters and pencils and of course the expertise of Anita. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who’s keen on learning the building blocks of fashion illustration.

At the end of the class, we were asked to present all of our works so we could admire what we just learnt.

Here is my creation below.

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Also here are some creations from the rest of the class – the girl in the grey below was drawn by an exceptionally talented young lady who is planning on studying fashion design – thank god! Stitches-craft-show-2016-5 Stitches-craft-show-2016-4

Anyway that’s it. If you attended, I hope you enjoyed the show.

until next time,

Love Festival Girl

Greystanes Charity Craft Market and Antique Valuations | 3 May

ChristmasCraftFair-2Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes is running it’s 7th fundraising Craft Market and Antique Valuation event on Saturday, 3rd May, starting at 8am.

Come one, come all. If you’re got a mum that loves craft and you’re still looking for a gift for Mother’s Day, there will be jewellery, potted violets, children and baby’s clothes, home decorations, embroided items, quilts, jam and pickles, paper tole, home-made chocolate, wooden items, doggie treats, plants and so much more.

Ken Buxton from 2UE will be there to evaluate your antiques, from 9am. Bring along your family heirlooms, collectables, Military items, stamps and paintings to be valued by professionals. A photo of the painting and artist’s name will do. Cost $5 per item.

Come and enjoy a Devonshire tea, sausage sizzle and vintage car display.

Profits from the Craft Market will be donated to underprivileged children in India and assist them in gaining an education, a basic right for all people.

There is plenty of parking and entry is free.  It’s going to be a great day so bring the whole family and your friends.

If you want more info on the event, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Love, Festival Girl

Christmas Craft Market and Antique Valuation Review

ChristmasCraftFair-4So I went along to the Christmas Craft Market and Antique Evaluation on Saturday. The morning started out okay, but started to rain as soon as I got out of the car. Isn’t that always the way. Bad weather aside, I always enjoy coming along to this little fair and this time, I was even able to get some Christmas shopping out of the way – score!

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I thought this stall’s creative candies were so clever.

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I used to LOVE these floppy guys!

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There really is something about wooden toys. I can’t put my finger on it, maybe it’s because they seem so far away from all the toys made of plastic, metal, sim cards and power chargers. Just simple toys that aid the imagination.

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I think I’m currently a little overloaded on candles, so it was hard to resist to buying more from Soy Candles by Lynette and Coralee – email at: envirosoycandles@gmail.com

ChristmasCraftFair-15Fight the urge…Must. Not. Buy…. but sooooo pretty 🙂

ChristmasCraftFair-5A Lovely lavender lady called June creates all these Lavender inspired gifts and accessories. She insists she likes to keep busy and sources her lavender from local farms.

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ChristmasCraftFair-7 ChristmasCraftFair-9How cute are these prints from Will and Jacq – I just love the logo! I nabbed myself a couple of wheat bags for when winter rolls around.

ChristmasCraftFair-8A dreary day is the perfect weather for some Devonshire tea.

ChristmasCraftFair-14I loved Polly’s Beads playful nature in creating some unique critters. Learning that Polly gets to play in a bead store all day, it’s no wonder she can let her imagination go wild.

ChristmasCraftFair-11Handmade chocolates – oh so good. My favourite are the Chocolate hazelnut crackles and the dark chocolate with nuts.

ChristmasCraftFair-12The NSW Police band and Belinda Adams really belted a tune as they brought on the Christmas cheer with some Christmas favourites. It’s no wonder she made it into The Voice, she can really sing!

All in all, I had a great time and best of all was able to tick a few things off my Christmas list.

Love, Festival Girl