I went for a weekend to Farnham on a fabulous fun trip this that any craft lover would adore! In the Maltings in Farnham was held the annual international festival of Knitting. Lots of amazingly talented craftspeople, knitting, stitching, weaving, crochet, so much to see and do, with a variety of workshops talks and demonstrations from wet felting to weaving. It was so well organised and I LOVED the yarn bombing, the pigeon was inspired! Everyone's stands looked amazing and it was brilliant to have the time to really browse and chat with the owners. Im definately going back next year. If you are a keen knitter or just love sewing and crafting, its a must!
Here are a few photos I took along the way.
Two things I loved about the Show before it even began, was the beautiful event illustration by Kate Sutton and the adorable yarn bombing outside.
There was just so much to see, these fabulous knitted animal heads by Louise Walker welcomed visitors as they arrived to over 70 stalls of beautiful yarn, fibre, patterns, needles, buttons and much more besides.
Beautiful skeins and crochet from the Natural Dye Studio.
I chatted with the lovley ladies from Redhound for dogs, loved their marketing and products despite not being a dog owner.
I already knew of the brilliant Jenny Bartlett, her talent at needle felted scultpures is amazing, so it was lovely to meet her, loved her stand so much.
There were quite a fair few stalls which displayed and showed some vintage knitting and sewing items, they were really fun to look over, a trip down memory lane, vintage needle cases, row counters and lots of things my nan would have had in her sewing box. LOVELY
Each year there is a competition for best in show, 2014 being the fourth year of the festival, the standard of work is very high. The brief was 'colour work' two or more colours had to be incorporated in a single item. Items ranged from felting, knitting, crochet and weaving.
This rainforest needlefelted hanging by Jenny Saban titled 'Wildlife of Panama' won best in show.
Another stand I really enjoyed was one displaying pottery buttons and porcelain night lights, by Jack Laverick/ Jack Button. A really friendly young man with a real talent, lovely hearing his passion and roots from him. I cant wait to use the buttons I bought from him.
I purchased The (adorable) intrepid fox kit, by Ella Austin for my daughter to knit, some porcelain buttons, some needlefelting items and some fine knitting needles....some snaps back home of a few of the purchases...
I had a superb time and am definately heading back 20 - 22 February 2015!