Yesterday I went to Exeter Westpoint, to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts fair. This was the first time I have been in several years, and I couldn’t wait to get in and look at all the crafty goodies on show!
The fair is held in a large exhibition hall, and features lots of stalls of craft sellers and craft association stands (e.g: The Quilters Guild etc). I go there to get ideas for projects and to buy more crafty materials I probably don’t need…
Here are my highlights from this year’s fair:
Glitter was on my list of things to buy at the fair as I want to mix my own glitter nail polish in time for Christmas. There were several stands selling glitter, however I think Glitter Magic had the edge with their great selection of colours and different size/grades of glitter.
There is something incredibly exciting about lots of tubs of glitter..!
I bought 13 different glitters (approx. 20g each), storage pots, and a tube of glue (designed to be used for sticking glitter to fabric) for £20, which is cheaper than what it would have cost to buy them from their online shop.
They have a website where you can buy their glitter: www.glittermagic.co.uk.
Crafty Ribbons have been exhibiting at Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts for years, and always have an excellent selection of designer ribbons. This year I was particularly taken with their glittery velvet ribbon – I bought six skeins for £5 and I plan to use them to decorate Christmas gifts as they are very festive and unusual.
The ribbons could also look very cute made into bows and sewn onto ballet pumps don’t you think?
Take a look at www.craftyribbons.com.
The Debonnaire stand featured lots of brightly coloured wool and knitting paraphernalia.
I bought a simple tunic pattern that is knitted in the round using DK wool. I plan to use up lots of random balls of merino DK I collected a couple fo years back when I got really in to knitting hats. I’ll end up with a crazy looking tunic/jumper, but at least it will be warm and I will have reduced my yarn stash a bit! The pattern can be bought via Ravelry for $7 (I paid £4.50 for a paper copy): Debonnaire Easy Tunic.
Information about Debonnaire can be found on ehdknits.com.
Despite the name, this stand had a great range of buttons. Three packs of mixed buttons cost £10, and each pack can make two button necklaces (I’m going to post separately about these neat necklaces made using 5mm satin ribbon). A roll of the 5mm ribbon cost £2, so for just £12 I have everything I need to make six necklaces (just £2 a pop!).
Fantastic Ribbons have this offer on their website: www.fantasticribbons.com.
Lovely mixed buttons – can’t wait to make them into necklaces!
If you went to Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts this year I’d love to hear about what you bought, please share any links in the comments below!