There is a mixture of interests catered for including knitting, quilting, paper crafts, card making, general sewing and also miscellanous stalls like a bloke selling hanging baskets! This year there were less fabric stalls, in fact I only saw 3: Stitch Witch, Eternal Maker and the most beautiful stall I ever saw from Dandelion Designs; they were 4 deep at this stall, all oohing and aahing over the vintage buttons, Scandinavian-esque stitchery and Union Jack Quilt kits.
(beginning to regret not buying this kit…….)
So what did I buy? Well I bought lots of hab-dab stuff including invisible thread, a new blade for my rotary cutter, a new bias binder maker (which allows to add iron on tape to added) and a loop turner.
A new cross stitch kit for Christmas, I was on my way out when I spotted this and just had to have it!
Some strips of pretty panels, not sure what I’ll do with this but it was too pretty to leave behind! I could applique the panels to t-shirts for the girls or on a bag maybe……
and then……. from The Eternal Maker the most lovely Echino linen! Yummy yummy yummy! Echino Bonbon in brown. I bought 2 metres intending to make a skirt for myself and it cost more than I usually spend on fabric (£16/m) but I HAD to have it!. This stall had the best fabrics I’ve seen in the flesh for ages. They have a shop and workshop based in Chichester which I have visited before and will be heading back there soon!
There was a stall run by the UK Hand Knitting Association which was running knitting workshops. Wanting to capitalise my recent knitting adventure I had a little introduction to increasing and decreasing stitches and knitted myself a little kite shape. The lady also gave me a set of knitting needles and a ball of acrylic yarn although not as nice as the cotton yarn and bamboo needles I got from the WI workshop it will do for practise!
After this I decided to go Fabricland where I could easily spend all day and much too much money! I’ve bought from the website before but of course you have to pay postage but as I was in Brighton, well it would have been rude not to visit!
I bought this cotton seersucker with a peach stripe which was £1.99/m! So I bought 4m! I intend to make a shirt for myself with this.
This is a jersey mix which I intend to make a top based on one I bought from Dorothy Perkins.
This is a polyester blend, which I don’t normally like but it will make a lovely skirt for me. There might be enough for one of the girls as well!
So that was my haul from Brighton, I found the show at the Brighton Centre a little disappointing this year, mainly as there were much less fabric retailers this year. Chatting to a stall holder apparently it costs too much for the fabric retailers as they have to have a large stall to hold the stock. In fact all the fabric retailers had small stalls whereas the paper craft retailers had large stalls. I think if you are interested in more than just 1 craft then it would be worthwhile but I don’t think I’ll bother next year, especially as the best stall there is one I can easily get to, living between Brighton and Chichester!
These fabrics will have to wait for a little while as the next project is decorating Miss M’s bedroom….