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27th Oct – Craft Fair – Wash Common, Newbury

 
FALKLAND WI CRAFT FAIR
 
SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER – 10.30am – 2.30pm
 
At St Georges Hall, Andover Road, Wash Common, Newbury

Just a small reminder of a local Craft Fair this coming weekend – everyone welcome. I’ll be there with a selection of my creatures and homewares. I know a few of the other stall holders who will be there too, Natalie of NOfkants Curios, Jacqueline of J Austen Jewellery Design  and Pauline of Snowfire & Ruby – we hope you can come along.

The Café will be serving homemade soup, cakes and refreshments

There will be lots of craft stalls offering Handmade

Jewellery  ~  Woodcrafts  ~  Bee Products  ~  Preserves  ~  Cute & Crazy Sock Creatures  ~  Cards  ~  Bags  ~  decorative items for the home

Inspirational Gifts from the Old Chapel Textile Centre

And Lots More!

FREE ENTRY

Walking Dead Sock Zombie

We’ve started watching ‘The Walking Dead’ in Thesockgarden house and we’re completely hooked. It’s so tense-making and incredibly addictive. So addictive that Mr. Sock has been sketching zombies and I’ve made myself a sock zombie bunny…

comin’ to get ya…
aarrghh…

I came up with a novel way of making rather revolting innards. I used pieces of sheer tights filled with stuffing and snippets of red thread with random sewing and thread binding to make them look like guts, popping eyes, brains… you get the idea!

guts and wounds!

is it dinner time yet?

GRRRR

I really enjoy making these kind of sock creatures – it’s a good opportunity to do messy sewing and cut holes on purpose! What kind of zombie should I try next – I quite fancy doing a crazed dog. Any other suggestions?

SLEEP WELL :)

This little monster is for my collection of misfits but if anyone wants something similar making do leave a comment here or nip over to my Folksy OddSox shop and send me an email.

Fabric House Christmas Decorations

I have quite a few craft fairs coming up over the next couple of months so I’ve been trying to get a few Christmas items made. I went to a Doughty fabric sale recently and bought some lovely cream coloured cotton with simple red Scandinavian style Xmas shapes and some pretty green flowery print cotton. I came home with a few other choices too – a very dangerous place to spend a fortune if fabric’s your thing!

I’d spotted some lovely hanging house decorations in one of my sewing books and fancied making up my own house pattern using the book method as a guide to putting them together. I used my newly purchased fabric plus a collection of other Christmas patterns from my stash. I’m quite pleased with them – just wish I had a lovely fireplace to hang a few from!

Pieces cut and being decorated with doors, windows, trees, buttons & …

Sparkly stuff!

All strung and sewn together ready for stuffing

All stuffed and closed ready for hanging

I’m hoping there might be the odd bright sky moment over the weekend so I can get some pics taken to put a few in my OddSox shop as well as my craft fairs.

Next task is to sew some orange felt carrot noses onto my latest batch of sock snowmen…

Have a good weekend all. :)

Berry picking for Booze making

Today we nipped up to Donnington Castle on a search for berries. The sun came out for a bit but it was very windy, so we put wellies & coats on to protect from scratches and possible rain.

Almost immediately we found sloes

And there were plenty of brambles all over the place, although it looked like there might have been quite a few visitors before us. As is often the case with blackberries they don’t just grow in the hedgerow, they often abound around dilapidated buildings – we found quite  a lot here…

Off home to give the sloes and blackberries a soaking in Miltons sterilising fluid – mixed with plenty of water of course. I only found out recently that it could be used to sterilise food and I’m glad we used it – there were some horribble wigglers that came out of the blackberries!

I spotted an article in the October Gardeners’ World mag for using any kind of berry, sloes, damsons etc with a spirit such as gin, vodka, tequila, brandy – and caster sugar. So that’s what we’ve done! One bottle of blackberry & sloe gin, one of blackberry & sloe vodka, then one each of blackberry gin & blackberry vodka. It looks such a pretty colour already…

For the first week you shake the bottles whenever you pass them, then put them in a dark place and shake them once a week for 3 months. I was a bit disappointed to find that you have to keep it for a year before drinking though… Until I re-read the instructions and realised that after the 3 month period you strain & decant and it’s ready. It keeps for up to a year!

So by my calculations we should have our lovely pink berry gin & vodka ready to drink on Christmas Day! We couldn’t have planned it better :) Cheers

Sewing Box Treasure

We took a drive over to Hungerford at the weekend and popped into the Antiques & Collectibles Arcade for a browse around. It’s a really interesting old beamed building, with over 100 traders worth of walk-in units and cabinets all housed in one place. So much fascinating treasure to look through, books, furniture, jewellery, crockery, ornaments, watches. As you get older there are more and more items you recognise from childhood and of course wish you’d held onto them!

We didn’t go with the intention of buying anything but I couldn’t resist this vintage retro tiered sewing box – not because it’s a beautiful item, I actually think it’s a bit ugly – but because it was full of sewing treasures…

One top drawer holds a range of Sylko threads in blues & greens – the majority are on those lovely old wooden bobbins. The tier underneath contains almost 50 reels of Gutterman thread – the thick topstitch stuff – and a few reels of Coats Drima thread…

On the other side, the drawer is full of light, dark, pinks and oranges – again mostly wooden Sylko bobbins. Underneath there are all manner of needle types and sizes, tailors chalk, a Dean tape measure, press studs, safety pins…

…and in the bottom tier a mixture of all kinds of old mending things. Hooks & Eyes, boil proof elastic, wundaweb, nylon threads for mending stockings, darning wool and plenty more.

There was also this very dirty but rather sweet little hand embroidered needle case. It looks as though it could have been made by a youngster and perhaps given as a gift. I think I’ll have to risk giving it a wash and hope it doesn’t disintegrate!

There was also this very dirty but rather sweet little hand embroidered needle case. It looks as though it could have been made by a youngster and perhaps given as a gift. I think I’ll have to risk giving it a wash and hope it doesn’t disintegrate!

Fabulous Fabric Fish & Baskets

I’m doing a bit of multi-tasking this afternoon. My computer desk and sewing machine table sit next to each other so I’m alternating between listing some new fabric fish in my OddSox Folksy shop, and sewing together some fabric baskets with freemotion birds on the front.

The fish are made from a collection of really lovely fabrics. The 100% cotton fabric came as a ‘jelly roll’ (I think that’s what it’s called anyway) – which is about 40 strips of complementary patterns and colours 44″ long x 2.5″ wide from the  ‘Howard Marcus for Moda’ range. I think they are often used for quilt making but I don’t have the patience to make such a large item so fish it is!

Just got the blue ones left to list now…

This is my first batch of fabric baskets, they just need to have the ‘turning inside out hole’ sewn shut by hand. These will be coming along to my craft fairs which start next month.

After the fish listing I’ll be putting more new sock creatures and amigurumi cuties into the shop over the next couple of days – please do pop by and have a look.

Thank you and have a good weekend :)

Upcoming craft fairs in Newbury, Berkshire area

If you are looking for pre-Christmas craft fairs in the Newbury and Thatcham, Berkshire area, here are some details of a couple of new ones.

There are still stalls available for sellers and all visitors will be very welcome – add the dates to your calendars to get some early and unique handmade Christmas gifts purchased:

Saturday 3rd November – 10am-4m – Craft Fair

Catholic Hall, 7 Bath Road, Thatcham, nr Newbury

£10 per table

For information or to book a table please contact: Anne-Marie McInerney on 01635 868904 or 07971 884924 or email: a_mcinerney@btinternet.com

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Saturday 17th November  –  2pm – 5pm – Christmas Craft Fayre

including handmade crafts, refreshments/cakes, several craft activities for children to take part in and, of course, Santa’s Grotto

  At the school on Gainsborough Avenue, Kintbury, Berks, RG17 9XN.  Run by the PTA.

Pitches available for £10 (tables approx. 180cm x 74cm / 70in x 29in)

For information or to book a table please contact:  Heather Thompson, PTA Chairman on 07776 198269 or Debra Ellington at The Clothes Shop on 01635 47832 or 01488 658512

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For more craft fairs in West Berkshire have a look at my Craft Fairs & Events page

 

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