It was a really enjoyable and new experience for me. I'd been to a similar themed show in NZ once, the biggest in Australasia - the NEC show would have been over 10 times the size!! It was great fun to be surrounded by so many like-minded people and take in all the shops etc. I didn't find the Hobbycraft portion of the show that good, it was predominantly paper-crafting, but it was definitely worth attending for the Sewing for Pleasure side. There were lots of lovely fabric stalls, embroidery stalls and free workshops. I had prepared a list of things I was on the look out for and stuck to it (for the most part), but bought home a little haul of new stash.
- A fat quarter of fabric for an Easter project I have planned
- Some bicycle ribbon trim which I just couldn't resist
- A skein of DMC metallics for another upcoming project
- The 'Tis the Season' stitchery project book, from The Birdhouse. I'd been promised this as a birthday present, but hadn't gotten around to ordering it online, so saved myself some postage!
- Some perle thread for getting started on the stitcheries
- Two small Lizzie Kate patterns, Snowman '10 (which I've been wanting to stitch for literally years) and one of the 6 fat men series, which I'm collecting slowly so I can do all 6 together. Like the ribbon, these weren't on the list, but they were such a good price that I couldn't leave them there.
I also did one small workshop and tried Decoupage for the first time. I would have loved to have done more of the workshops, as there were some lovely ones there, but we'd had a really hectic weekend and I just didn't have the energy. Next time I'll hopefully be better prepared and know what to expect!
I covered this little star. It will make quite a sweet Christmas ornament once I've put some string on it! I certainly wasn't the best on the table and I don't think I'll be taking Decoupage up often, but it was great fun to have a go!
The show was a lovely new experience, I'll be looking forward to the next one.