Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Christmas Crafts at Cowslip Workshops

I am just back from Cornwall. I have been to Cowslip Workshops at Launceston again. This time it was for the Christmas Craft Market held over four days from Friday until Monday 18th. As you may know this is one of my favourite places and I was happy to go back again for the Christmas Market. All the stallholders were in the house and it was a smaller event this year but it was great. There was a friendly, cosy atmosphere and everyone had made the most stunning displays of their wares.
There was a good selection of goods on offer from Plants and Decorations to Hand knits and Hand Felted items.
Maggie's Christmas decorations were very popular and rightly so. All made by hand and superbly finished.
These are some of the things I had for sale as well as my vintage textiles. I love making the raggy rings they always look so plumptious when finished. I made some more sketchbooks and there were some hand knitted and felted bags. I also had some of my Nuno felted scarves. I am pleased to say I sold some of my scarves and bags as well as lots of things for people to use to make their own stuff!!
Of course I couldn't resist visiting Jo's shop and bought another book on making Art Cloth by Rayna Gilman and some lovely dark indigo dyed batik fabric tape. I don't know what I am going to do with this but it was irrestible. I also bought a small piece of fabric with the Cowslip logo on it to put into a Diary page. While I was there I started a piece of experimental work using a piece of wrecked 19th century hexagon patchwork. It is absolutely in shreds but there are a few sound pieces and I have been darning one on to a piece of Polly Lyster's madder dyed linen. I will post a picture when I have finished. I don't know what I shall do with it but it is a good exercise. I get so much beautiful old stuff that is so badly damaged it has no saleability but can never bear to throw it out, so I am hoping that this technique will give things a new lease of life.

This Sunday, 23rd November I am at the fabulous Assembly Rooms at Bath participating in the Ashley Hall Vintage Fashion Fair. It is fully booked and is going to be a very exciting shopping place so my advice is to make sure not to m iss it or you will regret it.
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Monday, 10 November 2008

Bisley Rag Market

I hadn't realised that I have been absent from this blog for such a long time. Can't think where the last month has gone.! However I won't dwell on that but carry on with telling you all about the Rag Market at Bisley in the Cotswolds that was held last Saturday. We drove up on Friday afternoon in glorious weather. The colours of Autumn were spectacular in the brilliant sunshine and we were keeping our fingers crossed that Saturday would be good too as there is nothing worse than unloading all the goodies in the rain. Polly Lyster was set to be outside with all her gorgeous textiles so it was important for the weather to be good.

This was Linda's and my stands. We tend to stall out close together so that we can run in to one. We had an eclectic mix of fabulous french linens, buttons, beads and trims.

There was an eager queue outside and I am sure that they weren't disappointed with all the goodies on offer.

It was a great day and we managed to buy some super things too in readiness for our next three Fairs.
We are at Cowslip Workshops, Launceston, Cornwall this coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Then its the fabulous Bath Assembly Rooms Vintage Fashion Fair on Sunday 23rd November and then we are off to 'The Big Smoke' for Battersea Vintage Fashion Fair on Sunday 30th November. Lets hope it will all be worth it as it is jolly hard work, but if we didn't enjoy it we wouldn't do it.
My last note is about my dear old Jasper ginger cat. We finally said goodbye to him on Monday of last week. It was all very stressful but he was home with us and we will miss him terribly. He has ruled this house and cul de sac even, ever since he first arrived as a baby from Bristol seventeen years ago.