“The great joy in putting together an event like The Handmade Fair is the people I get to work with. Everyone coming has a story to tell, something to teach, and we can all learn a thing or two. I want to share as much about our experts and the people selling their wares so you too can get as excited about all of this as I am.” Kirstie Allsopp
We talked to Becki from Millie Moon about what she’s looking forward to most at The Handmade Fair!
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
A typical day at Millie Moon starts with the most important thing and that’s the choice of music for the day. Today is definitely going to be an Elvis day. We always have a little flurry of customers first thing who were sewing the night before and need the finishing touches. Next job is to sort, pack and post the Internet orders that have come through over night and replying to any other emails. The best part is checking out what’s new in the shop – we always get messages from the girls so excited by a new fabric that’s arrived! The rest of the day can vary. Obviously spending time with our very talented customers is always the priority. I’m always amazed at the projects they bring in to show you. Especially the ones who came to our beginners teach me to sew class and are now quilting; dressmaking and crafting like true professionals.
Are there any crafts you don’t like, or can’t do?
My new year’s resolution for this year was to learn to knit and crochet. We are lucky to have a fantastic little knitting shop called Marmalade Yarns close to us in Frome and they have been very helpful. I have discovered I can do the technique of knitting but I just don’t have the patience. Sewing is so instant, you can knock up a dress in a day ready for a party (if the kids dog and husband let you!). So the half a cardigan is still in the bag and will probably stay there for a while.
Who inspired you to start doing what you do?
I’ve always been crafty from a child. After I finished my A levels I went on to do an art foundation course. As part of it we had to spend a term in the fashion department and that was it, I was hooked! My tutor was so open to any ideas and taught it as an art form rather than the terrible home economics classes that we had had at school. Both my sister and I ended up in retail management in separate places until one day we said we should be doing this together and selling something we love! The rest is history. We are very lucky to have supportive families who told us to go for it and have stood by us through the good and bad times.
What do you love most about working in the craft industry?
It’s got to be the people you meet! Whilst writing this I have just had a discussion with a lovely couple of ladies about how techniques become regional and develop. Did you know rag rugs are made in different ways all over England? Who wouldn’t love working with what you love – every day I go home with a new project in mind… there just aren’t enough hours in the day!
What new projects are you currently working on?
I have just finished doing a bit of customizing on my wardrobe. I decided I was bored of what I had so I added a cute little patch pocket to an old t shirt and embroidered some unicorns onto a denim shirt. I had so many compliments on my shirt that it’s gone from being discarded in the bottom of my drawer to one of my favourites! Next, I think want to make bows although I don’t know what I’ll do with them yet. Plus there’s all the projects I’m working on for the shop – currently our own apron patterns and kits are top of the pile.
What are you looking forward to most about being at The Handmade Fair?
We are so excited about coming to The Handmade Fair – it’s like we are going on a little holiday and definitely doesn’t feel like work! How amazing will it be to be with a load of like minded people for a whole weekend? I expect I will come back with more craft supplies than I can use in my lifetime and so much inspiration. We just can’t wait to share a little bit of Millie Moon with everyone and we hope they love it as much as we do.
Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing at the Fair.
For the Fair we really want to build a mini Millie Moon pop up boutique. We have a few fabulous designers that are exclusive to Millie Moon, such as the Anna Vickery range of kids patterns, Angela lai-yens unique kids craft kits (although us adults love them too!) and our own range of crafty bits and bobs. We’ll feature these alongside a small selection of our hand picked fabric and haberdashery goodies.
One final thought you’d like to share with us.
Millie Moon’s first shop in the lovely town of Frome has just turned 6 years old this week. We can’t believe where that time has gone and that we still get excited every day by it! We always have more ideas of things we want to do and things never get boring here! This year’s highlight for us will be The Handmade Fair – we are so pleased to be able to be a part of it. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of a new wave of craft loveliness!!!!
Millie Moon is situated in the West Shopping Village Tent on stand B84
Find out more about Millie Moon at http://milliemoonshop.co.uk
Check out all the exhibitors and book your tickets for The Handmade Fair now by visiting www.thehandmadefair.com