Today I had a little trip out. A change from my usual Mundane Monday family jobs. A trip on the train for an opportunity to craft a little and chat a lot.
I sampled up this travel wallet to teach at sewing class and it had its first trip out to the CHSI stitches trade show at Birmingham NEC. I loaded up with my train tickets, press invite, pen and blog cards.
First stop was a bloggers breakfast hosted by ICHF events who organise these exhibitions. I got to meet up with other bloggers: some I knew Lucy from Love, Lucie, some I didn't Julie and Loti and a blast from the past Shimelle Laine from my frenetic scrapbooking days eight years ago.
We had a workshop run by DMC (run-D.M.C!) sharing some of their new products but I have a few more hours to put into those before they are ready to share, all gorgeous though. Otherwise the day was a veritable feast for the eyes in all colours of the rainbow. You couldn't buy anything, because it was a trade show and not open to the public, but I did manage to come home with a considerable amount of given materials to blog about during the year.
So the eye candy...
Yarn from Coats.
Danish toy kits from Go Handmade.
Stylecraft yarn made into the most beautiful blanket.
I must learn to do join-as-you-go crochet.
Fleeces and yarns from woolyknit.
I got to say Hi to Flo-Jo from my knicker making exploits.
There was an amazing knitted exhibition by Bernat of all the Narnia characters, needless to say this was stunning.
I watched a bucket box tutorial by Stuart Hillard using Amy Butler fabrics. I am going to use his corner technique in my class tomorrow night - perfect timing.
I also sneaked a pic with the teeny weeny Tilly from Tilly and Buttons.
I had a great day out.
Thanks for looking. Jo x