I'm going to The Handmade Fair 2016 – Eliza Rose
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I'm going to The Handmade Fair 2016

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The Handmade Fair

So this September, my mum and I will be heading off to a paradise of craftiness and handmade love and I am beyond excited!! 

The Handmade Fairy is held at Hampton Court Palace from the 16th to the 18th September (9.30am till 6pm daily) with Kirstie Allsopp (girlcrush alert!), this is the third year it has been held. I didn't get to do it the last couple of years and after looking at the amazing photos it seems like its my dream place. With decorations that look Pinterest worthy, pom pom trees, confetti balloons,bunting, the list goes on.... and tents filled to the brim with handmade gorgeousness and craft supplies galore.

If you haven't heard of The Handmade Fair it is a large craft show with a major difference, there are interactive sessions running all day to let you get hands on with crafting with tips from the Pros. Not only that, you get to buy pretty handmade goodies from your favourite crafters in the Shopping Village and Artisan Marketplace. 

We have the full experience ticket, where you can pick 3 workshops from each section. So I have been studying the timetables and trying to put together some sort of schedule. This is honestly the hardest bit, because there are so many workshops and inevitably there are clashes. 

Here are my choices (I'm going on the Friday)

Kirstie talks to Etsy & GBEX

Kirstie talks to etsy

As I said before, Kirstie is my total girl crush, she has an amazing style. This talk interested me, mostly as a small business owner and Kirstie will be joined by, The Great British Exchange, Etsy and two crafting entrepreneurs. 

The Makers - Needle Felted Bees

Needle felted bees at The Handmade Fair


I have never tried needle felting and have always been curious has to how it really works. This is the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and learn how to make a sweet and simple bumblebee by using wool tops and a felting needle. Watch out for lots of felted bees heading your way ;)

Annie Sloan - Printing For Interiors

Of course, I couldn't go to The Handmade Fair without seeing Annie Sloan! I may stock a different chalk paint, but I always have a place in my heart for Annie as it was she who first gave me by bug for upcycling. I'm really interested to see how she uses chalk paint to demonstrate printing techniques.

Q&A with Kirstie and Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston at The Handmade Fair

I had sorted out everything I was going to see and then I received an email saying that my total inspiration, Cath Kidston would be doing a Q&A with Kirstie to chat about her inspirations, her iconic designs, and how she turned a small store in Notting Hill into a global brand. There was no way that I was going all the way to The Handmade Fair and not see Cath Kidson especially as I was already going that day!!

I'm also hoping to bump into a few of my favorite craft bloggers and check out some small businesses that I know are attending. 

Don't worry I will be taking hundreds of photos and will be writing a blog to let you all know how it goes. If you think this is your heaven as well, you can still get £3 off per ticket by using the code - Handmade29 - and you can buy tickets HERE.

If you are going, what workshops are you attending?

Simone xx

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