For us, it’s the vendors (and the craft workshops) that make a craft event successful, and this September the sellers at The Handmade Fair have us adding bits to our wishlist weeks before the event, and that’s always a good sign! Here’s a look at some of the names you’ll find at the fair…
1. IzziRainey is a Norfolk company. Based on a farm, Izzi and the team design textiles inspired by everything from oilcans to flakey paint on an old gate. These aztec-inspired napkins make the list for summer BBQ. Visit them on Stand E34 (East Tent) to see what makes yours.
2. Stitch and Story sell luxe knitting kits. The kits include simple knitting patterns with great illustrations plus everything you need to make anything from a knitted blanket or hat – great for beginners, too. This kit is on the wishlist. Find them Stand W21 (West Tent).
3. Annie Sloan is the main reason for the painted furniture revolution through her easy, lively and creative approach to painting. As well as selling chalk paints in beatuful colours at the fair, Anni will also be inspiring you to upcycle your old furniture and hosting a workshop in the Upcycling Skill Workshop Tent (see more of our favourite workshops at The Handmade Fair).
4. Nikki McWilliams is Creative Director, Founder and Chief Biscuit Sampler at Nikki McWilliams Ltd and her fascination with the ritual of the Tea Break has led to many a biccy cushion and banners. Here’s the one we want! Find her at Stand E59a (East Tent).
5. Mad in England, run by childhood friends Nick & George, is a needlepoint kit company with a difference, bringing this lovely old craft into the 21st Century with modern, designer kits. Find this flamingo design and more at Stand E40a (East Tent).
6. Zeena creates home accessories that bring colour and fun to your home – like this screen printed beauty! Her goods can be found in stockists both in the UK and internationally and she can often be found at boutique markets and lifestyle events around London. She too will be hosting workshops at The Handmade Fair namely Papercraft and Seasonal Skill Workshops.
7. geo-fleur specialises in beautiful geometric homewares, including indoor terrariums, glass air plant hangers, this white geometric vase and more. Find the perfect vessels for your flowers at Stand E14a (East Tent).
8. Charlotte Bezzant makes her beautiful silver jewellery individually by hand in her garden studio a mile from Hampton Court Palace so you’ll definitely find her at the fair. Meet her at Stand E65 (East Tent) to see this button and thimble necklace and more handmade gems.
9. Gemma Lofthouse is a textile designer-maker who creates unique homewares and accessories, sourcing individual antique and vintage items which she upcycles to compliment her bespoke, eco-friendly hand-printed textiles. This little tea cup pincushion is one example of her one-off makes and it’s on our wishlist. Find her at Stand W26 (West Tent).
10. Kate Holliday makes a range of handmade ceramic buttons. Each button is individually hand cut, decorated and fired. The buttons come in many shapes, sizes and designs with decorations inspired by flowers, insects, birds and vintage chintz. Snap up a handful over on Stand W14 (West Tent).
The Handmade Fair, Surrey
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU, UK
18-20 September 2015
Full experience Ticket, £29
Includes a Super Theatre session, Skills Workshop and Grand Make of your choice.
VIP Tickets, £95
Includes a glass of bubbly with Kirstie, afternoon tea, an exclusive gift bag, front row seating in the Super Theatre and access to the VIP lounge, with refreshments and entertainment.