As this fabulous Bank Holiday draws to a close, the new school term is looming fast and with it the cool of autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness and all the lovely festivities it brings.
At The Stitch Society, we are planning all the fairs for the autumn, and we have some crackers this year.
Our season starts with cult magazine Selvedge’s first fair in the north of England with a fair in the fabulous Pendle Heritage Centre on the 23rd September. The fair will take place in the seventeenth century Park Hill Barn at the Pendle Heritage Centre. Set within the Pendle Forest the centre is part of an ancient textile settlement dating back to the thirteenth century. The vernacular buildings of Pendle Forest have been conserved by the heritage centre and form one of the Heritage Trust for the North West’s flagship projects.
The Selvedge Fairs are always fantastically curated, with an array of interesting textile crafts. We will be showing not only our usual fare of fabulous aprons but also our latest shorter design, Erin, who is rather fabulous. The fair offers an opportunity to meet makers, catch up with friends and find that special something. It is part of Fabrications, a festival celebrating textiles in contemporary art. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Selvedge website, or by clicking this link to take you to the tickets page: Pendle
We will be popping in to Yarndale on the Sunday, but we are not exhibiting this year. It is a feast for yarn addicts. Let us know if you are going or exhibiting and we will come and say hello. Anyone needing aprons for the show, please let us know as there’s still time to have a gorgeous apron with your logo or brand name on for the show.
This year we have chosen to attend one show each month and in October will be at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) . The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and runs from the 12th to the 15th October 2017 in its new home of Upper Campfield Market, just off Deansgate, in Manchester city centre. Tickets can be bought by clicking here. This is a new show for us, so please come and say hello if you are attending or just going for a browse.
In November, the fabulous Hepworth Wakefield are having a Christmas Fair at the end of November, a gorgeous start to the festive season and described as one of the top ten Christmas markets in the North – so not to be missed. The fair runs from Friday 24th through Sunday 26th November.
Our final fair takes us back to where we started, with Selvedge and their Christmas Fair on Saturday the 2nd December, this time in London at the Mary ward house, 5-7 Tavistock PlACE, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9SN, with a curated collection of fifty merchants and makers in Bloomsbury.
A Grade 1 listed building, the Mary Ward House is a result of Passmore Edwards’ 19th century philanthropy. Mary Ward gave the inspiration behind this centre for training, care and entertainment, designed for society’s less fortunate. Each room has its own ambience; the Dickens’ library especially, and the back staircase where the original mission statement is found.
There is a lovely range of exhibitors at the Selvedge Fairs, covering a range of rare vintage fabrics, covetable haberdashery and skillfully handmade textile treasures and the fair offers the perfect opportunity to meet makers, catch up with old friends, and pick up that special something in preparation for the festive season.
We hope that you will be able to join us at some point over the next few months, keep an eye on social media for reminders of the events, any sales and new products and have a lovely autumn, full of mists and mellow fruitfulness….