On Sunday my friend Annie and I spent the day at Hampton Court for Kirstie’s Handmade Fair. Annie had been to the other fair at Ragley Hall and had good things to say about it, so I was looking forward to the day.
With the tickets we’d booked Annie organised for us to go on one skills workshop of Indian block printing, a demo with Kirstie making marmalade, and a wooden floral wreath making in the grand makes tent.
First up was the Indian block printing and I really enjoyed it. The blocks were so intricate, and the outcome when printing were simple yet gorgeous.
Next up we headed to over to watch Kirstie make marmalade. I’ve made marmalade twice before, although I’ve yet to taste the second batch! I thought the demo was fun to watch but it could have been a bit more detailed. The tips were helpful though. There was also an interesting discussion on reducing sugar, something I’m keen to talk more about in a future blog post.
Lastly Annie and I headed to the grand makes tent to have a go at wooden floral wreath making. Annie and I both agreed we were a bit underwhelmed by this demo. It all felt a bit rushed and the finished product wasn’t as good as what we ended up with on the Indian block printing.
After three sessions Annie and I made the most of the Handmade Fair and looked round all the stalls. The first stall we went to was the Indian block printing stall run by The Arty Crafty Place. I got a bit carried away and ended up buying a beginners set and a couple of extra blocks. I can’t wait to have a crafty weekend using these. I think they’re going to inspire some lovely Christmas gifts!
The two large marquees hosted a mix of stuff you could buy to make crafts with yourself and items that small businesses had made which you could buy as gifts. There were so many fabric stalls there too. If I go again I’d definitely go with buying fabric in mind so I would know what I wanted and how much of it.
I also treated myself to the Tilly and the Buttons sewing book, and a separate pjyamas pattern. I really enjoy the challenge of sewing, and it’s something I’d like to try and get better at. Fun fact – at school aged 16 I made my own dress which I still have. And I got an A in my GCSE for it!
I thought the Handmade Fair was fantastic and I’ll definitely go back for another one. Considering you get two makes and a demo in the price of the ticket, I also think they’re very good value. There were so many varied and interesting stalls there, and if you’re in any way crafty, you would love this.