Sneak peek! What to watch out for at The Handmade Fair

Handmade fair skills workshop

This weekend we’ll mostly be busy making the most of the sunny weather here in the UK by getting our EPP on in an array of outside venues from beaches to beer gardens. But while we’re not wishing the summer away, we do confess to counting down the weeks until the return of The Handmade Fair in London next month. The 3-day gathering of the UK craft world will see some of the biggest names in the industry come together at The Green at Hampton Court Palace from 16th-18th September. We’ll be there to take it all in and learn a few new sewing tricks along the way. Here are 10 reasons to grab a ticket and come along too.

  1. Learn how to quilt for a living
    Circled firmly on our programme of events is kick starting our trip with the How to Turn your Craft into a Business session in The Super Theatre on Friday morning. Grab a coffee and we’ll see you there.
  2. See the stars
    If you’re planning a Friday trip, head on over to The Super Theatre after lunch, where Patrick Grant and Cath Kinston are set to take to the stage.
  3. Get weaving!
    Quite a few of the Skills Workshops in the Fair’s programme caught our eye, but we do admit to being especially looking forward to a spot of tapestry bunting making. Becky John is going to be showing you how in her skills workshop on Sunday morning (below, centre).
  4. Capture Zeena Shah style
    Another Skills Workshop to make our top hitlist – Do we want to make a Lino Print Tote Bag with Zeena Shah? Why yes, yes we do. (below left)
    HMF Skills workshops
  5. And another one…
    Oh, did we mention we love a good workshop? We cannot state how much we are looking forward to the printing on fabric workshop with Stephanie Witts on the Friday.(above right)
  6. Craft for a cause
    The Fair’s partners DMC are crowd-crafting a giant pink ribbon to raise money and awareness for breast cancer charity The Pink Ribbon Foundation. It hasn’t escaped our notice that hot pink and neons are two of this summer’s hottest patchwork trends, so we’re already turning our thoughts for how to give this task a patchwork twist.
  7. Branch out
    While our fabric obsession is well documented, we’re also pretty keen to check out Annie Sloan’s Printing for Interiors Skills Workshop on Saturday afternoon.
  8. Hit the artisan stalls
    An awe-sinspiring away of talented makers await in the shopping villages and it’s hard to resist treating yourself… after all, it’s a craft day out so a spot of shopping is part of the fun surely?
    HMF Artisan marketplace
  9. Check out the Mollie Makes Mash Ups
    There are some pretty awesome makers taking to The Super Theatre stage for Mollie Makes Mash Ups during the three days. The Mash Ups are basically a dual for craft supremacy over a ready, steady, craft-style challenge between two big names in the craft world. We’re intrigued to see how Momtaz Begum-Hossain vs Mr Stitch will turn out on Sunday.
  10. Save £££ on your tickets!
    Love Patchwork & Quilting readers can save £3 on the price of a Full Experience ticket to the Fair and get a free glass of bubbly when you arrive. Simply quote ref LPQ4 when you book to get a Full Experience ticket for £29. To book, visit www.thehandmade fair.com

HMF gallery