Thursday, 15 January 2015

My day at WindUp Steyning!

After an hour long windy bus trip to Steyning we found Penfold Hall tucked away just off the high street.
We were welcomed by Helen and her partner Nigel and made to feel so welcome, they even brought us over some hot drinks to warm us up!

My stall set up seems to take forever and I wasn't able to make it any faster despite there being two of us, jewellery stall displays are so fiddly! so many small pieces (I'd really appreciate anyone's tips on making this easier) but we got there in the end, even if it wasn't quite how I wanted it to be.

 Does anyone have any ideas for an alternative low space/weight way of displaying necklaces on a stall where people can see all the different colour options but without getting chains tangled up? (at the moment these curved/triangle necklaces are in bags and I know that isn't the best way!).

The hall soon started to fill out with a large amount of talented crafters whom had brought their projects to share and work on while having a knatter with friends and share tips and techniques. It really was a lovely atmosphere, such an array of things being made.

There were 4 other beautiful, high quality stalls in total at the meeting:
 Next to me was 'byhookcrochet' whose table was filled with beautiful colourful crochet goodies including a shawl, a lampshade and some bowls I completely fell in love with!

I bought one of her crochet bowls in grey and green to use for displaying items on my stall and I love it so much that I have commissioned her to make me a whole set, this will help with making my stall more portable instead of having solid objects (like wicker baskets) to hold things in, I will have soft squish-able and easy to pack crochet!

Next along was 'Momo' who had some stunning felt creations including these gorgeous landscape and still-life brooches:
She also had some needle felted sheep made with sussex wool of which I purchased one to keep me company on my stall whilst my reindeer and polar bear are in hibernation (they come out for christmas fairs!).
One along from Momo was Colin from 'Textile Garden'  whose partner Marguerite also runs WindUp Steyning with Helen. They have the most amazing array of habedashery and amazing button selection:

I simply could not resist these small coconut shell donkey and bear buttons:

Not sure what I will make with them yet but they'll get used at some point for sure! Textile Garden will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March this year (where I will also be!) they gave me lots of helpful advice about getting stock up there for the show, thank you Colin!

Last but not least was 'Bessie May' ran by Helen, who co-runs this event, she had the most beautiful selection of yarns and patterns which really made me wish to be a more competent knitter than I am, but what with Yellow Bear Wares and my other job I just don't have the time for improving hobbies at the moment, one of my aims this year is to make time.

As you can see it was a lovely day out, I fully recommend it to anyone in the local area that would either like to join in the making or have a nice day out with their stall. There are two more planned events, one in February and one in March, then they are planning to possibly start again next Autumn, I really hope they do!

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