Well, what a week with a mini heatwave! Hopefully that wasn’t all the sunshine that we will have this summer and it was lovely to have a bit of warmth after the incredibly long winter we have just had.
With the weather warming up, the season for shows is getting going, and so we thought we would share a few highlights for the next month or so. Our first show of the season, and a favourite as it is our local, is Saltaire Inspired Makers Fair on the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 5th May until Monday 7th May. Their biggest fair to date, with 70 exhibitors and have a growing reputation for presenting the best of contemporary craft and design in the unique setting of Victoria Hall in Saltaire.
Makers include contemporary artists to designer-makers working in ceramics, jewellery, glass, silver, metal, books, paper, leather, wood, plastics, furniture, fashion textiles and accessories, interior textiles printmaking and photography.
The Stitch Society will be launching our limited edition collection in collaboration with Sally Cook of sallysally who produces handmade printed fabrics with a craft twist. The aprons have been specially designed with crafters in mind and will be made in limited quantities, so don’t miss out!
Following on from Saltaire, we will be at the Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall from the 11th to the 13th May. Started by Kirstie Allsopp, is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning skills yourself. The Fair offers workshops on how to make and up-cycle, and plenty to buy in the Shopping Villages, full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, hand-picked and talented makers, plus enviable range of tools and materials. It will be our first time at the fair so we will let you know how we get on. Tickets can be booked in advance by clicking here.
May finishes for us with the Haworth 1940’s weekend, again a local show and one we have enjoyed immensely in the past. We will be dressing up for the occasion, of course. The weekend has a whole range of entertainment for all the family from tea dances, singers, battle re-enactments and flypasts. The whole of Haworth is buzzing and if you haven’t been before, it is well worth a visit.
After 3 weekends of fairs in a row, we will be taking the Bank Holiday off for a rest! If you are coming to any of the shows, please come along and say hello, we love seeing customers and supporters at shows for a chat and any feedback on our aprons.