So last Friday we got up at 5.45am, packed the car up (in the dark!) and set off to Farnham Maltings for their now annual Thread Festival. We had an amazing time and it was lovely to meet so many customers face to face for a change!
We were way too busy chatting and making new friends (and drinking restorative cups of tea) to take many photos but here is how our stand looked on the day. This was our first time ever taking part in any fairs or events like this and it was a huge learning curve for us but we’d happily do it again!
One of the best parts was meeting lots of like-minded crafty people and being completely inspired by the beautiful stands and products around us. There were so many - you can see the complete list of exhibitors here but these were some of our favourites:
Our next door neighbour in the Barley room was the hugely talented Laura Adburgham, a weaver who works with wool and silk to make the most heavenly scarves and accessories. It took all our strength to not spend everything we had on her stall…
Another one of our neighbours was Craig Fellows, a textile print designer who sells beautiful prints, bags, purses, silk scarves…
We were both so taken with What Delilah Did, Sophie’s stand was tactile and enticing and I’m totally coveting this Navajo Wolf bag kit (hint to Santa…). Her book, Stitch the Halls, included the most stunning Christmas decorations and if you’re keen to try some out she’s teaching at the lovely Backstitch shop in November - you can find all the details here
If you’re crazy about hand-printed fabrics but also crazy about our planet, look no further than Sarah Waterhouse! She hand prints her original designs onto sustainable fabrics using organic inks.
We love Made by Mrs M’s quirky prints, particularly the mid-century inspired fabrics.
All in all, an exhausting but exciting couple of days - thanks for having us Thread!