Last week I went to Kirsty Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace, this was the second year I have attended and I was really excited to see which of my favourite stalls from last year were back and which new gems I could find.
If you are thinking of attending this or any other craft show, my main advice would be comfortable shoes! I struggled to put one foot in front of the other on the way home I had walked so much.
I thought I would put together a selection of my favourite exhibitors from the fair. Maybe you will find something shiny to put on your Christmas list, I know I did!
The Caurnie Soaperie in Kirkintilloch first opened in 1922. They create Scottish natural skin care products from organic herbs and essential oils. They were so approachable and clearly are very passionate about their lovely family business. They also grow their own organic herbs which they use in their products.
Kath Dare is a very talented bespoke jewellery designer who uses traditional methods to make stunning pieces. I adore this necklace with little silver bluebells hanging from a branch.
Artist Sheila Metcalfe (affectionately known as The Crochet Queen) is raising awareness for the Alzheimers Society by making and selling these gorgeous crochet flowers. She has been sent crochet flowers from all around the world to raise money for this very worthy cause. If you would like to join in, contact her via her FaceBook page.
I loved these beautiful hand painted ceramics by E-Louisa. They are so unique. I especially liked this pink blossom tea set.
The RSPB had a wonderful stall at the fair, and I had a lovely chat with their representative and even signed my family up to an annual subscription. I was a member of the YOC (Young Ornithologists Club) when I was a child, but things have definitely moved on since then. We just got our pack in the post and there are different magazines for different aged children, as well as one for the adults. The girls were sent bug viewers and a folder full of fun ideas for outdoor activities, split into seasons. We also were sent a nature journal which Twinkle is going to love filling in. All this and more for a monthly donation which you can set yourself dependant on circumstances. The RSPB do fantastic work restoring and maintaining natural habitats around Great Britain and protecting our bird life.
Swallow Mosaics have gorgeous kits suitable for children which would make lovely christmas presents or stocking fillers this year. If you aren’t feeling creative yourself but love her designs you can buy them ready made. I love the little kingfisher.
These pictures don’t give credit to how talented this lady is. Her biscuits are adorable and also taste delicious. The owner started her business to raise enough money to have a child via surrogacy after losing a baby. Her story is heartbreaking and I wish her all the best in growing her business and fulfilling her dream. To hear more about her family’s battle please check out her ‘Go Fund Me Page’. Her biscuits would make great party bag or stocking fillers.
Miss Libby Rose runs sewing workshops in her beautiful pink bus and also online. She runs classes for all ages and abilities. You can see a full list of classes she runs and where to find her pink bus this year on her website.
I adore this company and was so happy to see they had a stall again this year. Their children’s clothes are bright, colourful and not like anything you will find in high street shops. Their woodland animal range which has some lovely boys items as well.
Little Ragsmith make a ranges of beautiful items, but I particularly love these little kits. You can make your little one a dress to match their doll. I know my girls would think this was amazing! I really love the colours she uses and her range of gorgeous prints.
Stitch & Story make lovely knitting kits for little projects such as scarves, hats and slippers. Their wool is divine and the kits would make a lovely christmas gift for any crafty friend this year. It comes with online support.
How adorable are these little felt booties! She also makes the loveliest broaches which would make lovely stocking fillers and a range of really sweet christmas tree decorations.
I was truly blown away by the work of Jes Hooper. I can not imagine how long it takes her to produce these pieces. They are all made using freehand pyrography and pointillism. She produces both larger piece of art and smaller pieces of homeware.
I loved these little kits, and I will definitely be purchasing them for my girls stocking this year. These mini craft kits would also make memorable party bag fillers. They come with everything you need to make tiny polymer clay charms and other jewellery.
For my last stop of the day, I attended a talk by Fiona Cairn who is the lady who made Prince William and Princess Kate’s wedding cake. She spoke about meeting the queen and then taught Kirsty Allsopp how to make sugar roses which is something I intend to have a go at very soon.