I’m just back from an absolutely fabulous weekend at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace. It was brilliant, just like a gigantic Great British tea party. I’ve taken a few snaps and I hope that they will show you how far the team had gone to create such a wonderfully perfect vibe.
This is my stand, we’ve made the big change to being all tweed at the shows, I think it looks ace I hope you agree. I also used this event to showcase my antique sewing equipment, this is a new line which we hope will make some of you very very happy this Christmas. Double click on the photo for a closer look. I will post pictures of all my goodies very soon.
Not the most flattering photo of me (I’m waving at you mum.) Kirstie came to the stand on the first day, she was lovely. She spotted our antiques straight away and was particularly taken with the Indian Sadeli work box which is exquisite inside and out.
This is the box in question. It was made in India from Rosewood, Ivory and Pewter. They made thin matchsticks from each material and fixed them together; following which they cut across the layers and made mosaic type designs as you can see on the outside of the box. It is likely that at the time Great Britian was an Empire an officer posted out to India bought this for his wife. I adore the history and romance associated with these items, I hope you do too.
Back to the main event, they had a big top where interviews happened all day.
And there was an amazingly wonderful amount of bunting EVERYWHERE! Every marquee had bunting the whole way around it, in fact anything that wasn’t moving had bunting on all over it.
There was a vintage feel everywhere, all the twiddley bits just showed how the team had gone the extra mile to create all the wonderfullness.
My favourite was the Deco Lounge, a beautiful chrome caravan called Lola, We had free drinkies here on Saturday night
Check out the cool vintage tea room, who would have thought that lacey net curtains and lampshades could look so good.
And…if you couldn’t find Kirstie she was bombing about in her bunting decorated golf buggy…totes vintage amazeballs!
These are my neighbouring stall holders, check out the wide range of crafty handmade bits. Linladan Embroidery, Sarah Westwood and Vintage Lampshades.
Even the visitors and signposts were glamourous too!
I am really looking forward to Kirstie’s Christmas Handmade at Manchester Central from the 20th to the 22nd of November, I hope you will be able to join me there.