It's coming up to Fair time again!
I don't really like thinking about September when the summer is just in full swing, but, if you want to go to any of the many fairs around in September and October, you need to put them on your calendar and buy tickets now. Otherwise, they'll pass you by and you'll have missed them.
Despite what I've just said about summer, I'm really looking forward to September and a great Craft Fair season.
I shall be kicking off on September 1st with the JGM Weekender, which returns for a second year, from September 1st to 3rd. Sadly, this has been postponed; I'll keep you posted.
You may remember my telling you about last year's event (here and here). This year, we will be in The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on the South Bank, with a bigger and better fair. It's particularly good if you run a small business. Not only can you meet some small suppliers and manufacturers, but there are also inspiring talks by well-respected speakers, aimed primarily at small businesses. (One of last year's speakers was Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust. I haven't heard yet who's speaking this year.) I shall be there with a presentation and fabric for sale and would love to meet you. Come along and say hello. This year, it's free to enter. There will even be opportunities to have a go at a few crafts yourself.
From September 15th to 17th, Hampton Court will be buzzing with the Handmade Fair.
This is one of the best fairs around, in my opinion, with its emphasis on making. You don't just go to spend your money, you go to join in, with Grand Makes (up to 200 people together in a marquee, all making the same thing), Skills sessions and the Super Theatre, where Kirstie Allsopp talks to all sorts of interesting crafty people. You can read about the first Handmade Fair on the blog. If you can get to it, do try to go.
Finally, from September 21st to 24th, it's the new kid on the block, the brand new Great British Sewing Bee Live at the Excel Centre in East London.
This promises to be a great day out for fans of sewing and fabric, with stands full of sewing-related goodies! One of these will be Print me Pretty, so maybe I'll see you there. Do come and say hello if you're there; I'll be on Stand G1. There will be lots going on, as well as the many opportunities to spend your money, including workshops, a fashion show, demos, dressmaking drop-in clinic and - *drumroll* - Patrick Grant and Esme Young, judges on the Great British Sewing Bee, Jenny Eclair and a number of previous contestants. Phew! Will one day be enough?
**STOP PRESS** As a little incentive to book your tickets early, Discount code: EX055 will give you £1.50 off all adult tickets purchased in advance. Book now!
Look out for all of these events on social media, and find out more on their websites:
Just Got Made Weekender: https://www.justgotmadeweekender.com/
The Handmade Fair: http://www.thehandmadefair.com/
The Great British Sewing Bee Live: http://thegreatbritishsewingbeelive.com/
PS Apologies to those of you who aren't within easy striking distance of London. Look out nearer to home - there are lots of great Craft Fairs all over the country. Please tell us about any you know of below, then we can all go!