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Take a look at the creative sessions that were on offer at the Fair. We'll be announcing the programme for next year's event later this year - sign up to the newsletter to be the first to see the programme and also receive special subscriber ticket offers.
11:00AM - 11:45AM
Kirstie cooks with her local café owner and party caterer, Carla Simao
Kirstie cooks with her local café owner and party caterer, Carla Simao
To celebrate the launch of Kirstie’s first ever cook book ‘Kirstie’s Real Kitchen’, published this Autumn, our host will be putting on a series of cooking demos at The Handmade Fair. She will be calling to the main stage some of her favourite kitchen heroes who have inspired her cooking at home.on Friday Kirstie will be joined by her local café owner and party caterer, Carla Simaoher. A few words from Kirstie below:
“Once my boys are safely in school I head to Tea’s Me, a tiny cafe run by Carla, a Notting Hill legend. Carla has also been catering for every sort of event for years, including numerous parties of ours. She’s contributed to my book and I’m so thrilled to have her here with me.” - Kirstie Allsopp
Sophie Conran, designer, cook, gardener, author and mother joins Kirstie on stage for an exciting Q&A to talk about her inspirations, experiences and passions, growing up within the Conran design dynasty and how she built her ever-growing online business.
British textile and interiors designer, Cressida Bell, joins Annie Sloan on stage to discuss the inspiration behind their creative work, the influence that the well known Bloomsbury Group has had on them both, and their experiences in creating and building strong brands.
Join Kirstie as she tries her hand at mixology with Conker Spirit founder Rupert Holloway. They will be whipping up an array of mouth-watering Conker Cocktails using their award winning Dorset Dry Gin and Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. Simple yet deliciously moreish try-at-home concoctions that you will not want to miss out in. That’s the spirit!
It’s incredible what a few folds on a flat sheet of paper can make. Join Tea & Crafting making these very easy origami trinket boxes - perfect to hold your washi tapes, paper clips, hair bands anything you like!
You will transform a plain cotton bag into a statement accessory by stencilling using fabric paints and applying applique lettering. There will be extra pieces provided to finish the design at home. You can embellish the bag with a faux leather charm decorated with glitter vinyl. All the wording and shapes have been already cut using the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine.
12:00PM - 12:30PM
Wooden Floral Wreath - FULLY BOOKED
Please note this session is now FULLY BOOKED on Friday and Saturday at the Fair.
Using Artcuts wooden shapes, create a pretty hanging floral wreath embellished with delicate mini blossoms, petals and leaves. You will learn how to colour the wood using our specialist inks and also how to decorate with interesting layering techniques.
Folk Art Painting has been around for hundreds of years and is traditionally used to paint functional items, think Canal Boats, French Furniture, Russian dolls etc. In this session Carol will start you on your Folk Art Painting journey with the very simplest of Folk Art techniques - dotting! Using dots to create effective designs is simple and therapeutic - but be warned it is highly addictive!
Learn how to decorate these simply stunning floral Cupcakes using a piping bag and one piping tip. Learn how to colour icing, fill a piping bag and decorate these beautiful cupcakes, using only a small selection of equipment and guaranteed to impress at any occasion.
Make this fun felt keyring with Kirsty Hartley of Wild Things. Renowned for designing bright and happy clothes, Kirsty shows you how to hand sew this simple shape using cut felt to create a unique accessory to take away.
Ever wanted to learn an addictive craft that is so versatile, easy to do, suits beginners yet can also be taken to super complexity? Well Freehand Machine Embroidery is just the craft for you! Come join Stacey Chapman of Art Sea Craft Sea in the Janome marquee. We will use nature as our muse and paint Autumnal leaves, with stitch, on a sewing machine. Coloured threads will be our artists palette. Starting with a printed reference as your inspiring background and guide, you’ll create your own unique artwork with expressively stitched mark making. You will learn all of the basics of the craft to allow you to go home and apply this amazing skill to your ongoing craft projects. Look forward to seeing you there!
SKILL LEVEL: This session is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to confident dressmakers.
In the workshop we’ll have fun stitching a bunny drawstring bag. Learn perfectly neat appliqué with a cute bunny motif. Then finish off your drawstring bag with a professional looking lining. And of course you can add an adorable pom pom tail if you so wish! Once you’ve mastered this you’ll never get rid of the appliqué bug!
SKILL LEVEL: Prior experience using a sewing machine would be an advantage but is not strictly essential.
In this workshop you will make a Modern Tapestry Wall Hanging. Using luxury soft chunky yarns this workshop will be suitable for all abilities. You’ll learn old classic techniques and bring them into the contemporary world that you can take home with you. Modern Tapestry is extremely popular in Scandinavia and USA. Come and learn a new skill and be prepared to catch the Modern Tapestry bug!
We’ll begin by working with brush and ink to create a range of different strokes, and then see how we can use best use these to create our lettering. This is a very free style of lettering, so you can be quite adventurous!
Learn how to mobile screen print using an embroidery hoop. The workshop taster will show you a quick and easy way to expose a spring motif design onto silk using a selection of hand mixed printing paints from Pick Pretty Paints.
Please note this session is now FULLY BOOKED on all three days at the Fair.
In this workshop you will learn about the traditional art of Indian Block Printing, you will be using hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks to print a cotton Tote Bag with a selection of bright and colourful fabric paints and a mixture of seed heads, leaves and flower designs. Not only will you take away your hand printed work of art but you will also have the confidence to go away with the skills to print your own fabrics and papers. The workshop will be suitable for all abilities, it doesn’t matter whether you have printed before or not, block printing is a super fun way & easy way to be creative!
Students will learn how to create a series of simple flowers and leaves with watercolour paints, before turning them into a gorgeous wreath design which could be used to make cards and artworks for friends and family.
Join Swarovski and Christine Leech at this fun sewing workshop. Christine will be showing you how to make a gorgeous ombré crystal and fabric patch that you can use to embellish your clothes or accessories. There will be a huge pick and mix of Swarovski Crystals to choose from for added sparkle!
All materials to make the patch included on the day but you are welcome to bring along your favourite piece of clothing to embellish in the workshop!
Christine will also be sharing some more photos of her embellishment projects on Instagram ahead of the Fair - follow her on @sewyeah and @swarovski.createyourstyle
Learn how to coil a small vase in clay, imprint with foliage and apply a sprig; a technique for decorating pottery with low relief shapes to add to your vessel. Coiling is a method of creating pottery which has been used to shape clay into vessels for thousands of years.
What better way to recharge your batteries than by sitting down for an hour, doing some cross stitch in the company of the occasionally hilarious Mr X Stitch. Learn a new skill, rest your feet, and then get back into the action.
Learn to make a stunning bead and wire ring with Kat from Kat&Bee, a regular workshop teacher for the Soho House group. You’ll be using colourful skull beads to channel Kat&Bee’s signature style, but there will also be some lovely roses available in case a skull isn’t your cup of tea!
Flex your creative muscles during an afternoon of fabric design with textile designer and Spoonflower Europe’s marketing manager Allie Tate! Learn how to create a seamless repeat using a drawing and turn it into a fabric design. Each participate will receive one fat quarter of fabric featuring their design, printed in our Berlin facilities.
Here you’ll be introduced to the basic kit needed to learn modern calligraphy, work on basic strokes used for in this style of lettering, before moving onto creating letterforms and putting them together to create words. It’s a great chance to get a taste for calligraphy, as once you start you won’t want to stop!
Learn how to make this gorgeous willow Christmas tree, using different weaving techniques. Each of the vibrant willows you’ll use are grown in England. The Christmas tree shows how versatile and fantastically pliable willow is to weave, and how it can be used to create all sorts of things.
Lucy will cover some useful and inspiring ideas in this workshop, from developing your own wirework jigs, to manipulating the wire and understanding the variety of materials you can use. During this workshop you will construct your jig, create your wirework star and decorate it, using some versatile wirework techniques and a lovely selection of beads to embellish your piece. Create an original and beautiful decoration while learning how to adapt the technique to suit other projects.
Make a life size needle felted robin, using only coloured wool and a felting needle. Steffi Stern, author of Making Needle Felting Animals and longstanding needle felting enthusiast, will teach you the basics of needle felting and how easy fluffy wool can be turned into an adorable 3D object. No prior experience is required and you will be able to take your little bird home with you, as well as your newly acquired skill!
Gift wrap guru Jane Means will be covering how to wrap creatively using pleats. Used by luxury brands, these clever effects will dazzle your gift wrapping and no simple box will ever be the same again.
Jane will also share her top tips on how to recycle remnants, and during the session you will be learn how to creatively pleat paper in your gift wrapping, how to make a pinwheel, and tips on tying the perfect bow.
You’ll also never have to buy a gift bag again after learning how to make your own luxurious version.
This fun session will be packed with handy tips filling you with valuable gift wrapping skills and inspiration.
Folk Art Painting has been around for hundreds of years and is traditionally used to paint functional items - think Canal Boats, French Furniture, Russian dolls etc. In this session, Carol will start you on your Folk Art Painting journey by teaching you how to paint one of the most popular strokes used in Folk Art Painting - the round brush ‘Comma Stroke’.
Folk Art is a skill based art, like learning to write or learning to ride a bike - the skill is learnt by repetition and once learnt the skills are never forgotten. This session is suitable for complete beginners - Carol has been teaching Folk Art skills for over 20 years and particularly welcomes those who have always wanted to paint, but think they can’t!