Well I’ve got my first craft fair tomorrow at the Grassington Dickensian Fair. Grassington is a very pretty village up in the Dales and every year they hold a Dickensian Fair over two weekends in December, people come for miles around so I decided to take a stall in their indoor craft market on the two Saturdays. The theory being that firstly it would be exhausting doing a full weekend and secondly if I happen to sell a lot of stock I can do lots of sewing next week!!
I’ve been busy making things over the last couple of months, hindered by family needing to take priority, so I didn’t think I’d made enough, but actually when I set up a practice stall at home the table looked pretty full.
I found it hard to decide what to make, there’s always that thought in the back of my mind that ‘what if it doesn’t sell!’ am I going to be left with large quantities of something. My original thought was bags and cushions. I made one bag but then decided against it, they actually take a fair bit of time and fabric and by the time you add interfacings, wadding, hardwear…it all adds up, there is also the factor that as most people now uses tote bags etc for shopping, there are lots of nice but inexpensive ones around.
…but I did make some cushions, six of them in fact. Last Christmas I made my children some with their initials on in black felt and a pompom trim. I didn’t want to do letters, but I used the applique idea and did one of a dachshund, making it with a flappy ear and button eyes. It’s turned out pretty cute. If it doesn’t sell my daughter wants this one!
I also used the elephant pattern from Helen’s quilt to make a two cushions, again the ear is flapping and I also embroidered the tail. The backs of all the cushions have a button fastening, which gives a nice feature to the back I think.
One make I’m hoping will do well is silk padded coat-hangers. I really enjoyed making these and they are so pretty, they are decorated with gorgeous laces, silk roses, feathers, beads, buttons, pearls. Every lady should have one for that special occasion dress!! I’m particularly pleased with my idea of using an embroidery frame to display them!
I also made several lengths of Christmas bunting, 4m lengths, looks very festive!
We’ve got to dress up too…I’m not keen on ‘fancy dress’! I was trying to decide what to wear when I remebered in the loft I have an evening dress from my 20’s which is actually a skirt and top in a stunning blue silk. I’ve also still got a silk dupion blouse I made in the 1980’s which due to it’s voluminous nature, still fits me! The skirt however was far too small, I’m now 2 stone heavier and my waist is about 6″ bigger judging by my attempts to try it on…I just needed a new waistband! I started to rummage in my silk scrap box. I’ve always kept any scrap which was big enough to cover a coathanger. If it was meant to be I would find a length of the blue silk….and there at the bottom was a piece of the bluesilk, plenty big enough to make a new waistband! It was a fairly quick job to unpick it and stitch a deeper, longer waistband on.
I’ve found a shawl to wear with it and a brooch I made a couple of years back. My OH is meant to dress up too. He’s Australian and reckons that as he was born in Melbourne, Victoria, he is a true Victorian and therefore doesn’t need to dress up….that isn’t washing with me, I’ve found his wedding waistcoat to wear!
Fingers crossed it will go OK tomorrow, it’s a bit nerve-wracking to say the least!