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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.

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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.

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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.Unravel_Farnham_2014_by_sharoncooper.co.uk_0005.jpg

Beautiful skeins and crochet from the Natural Dye Studio.

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I chatted with the lovley ladies from Redhound for dogs, loved their marketing and products despite not being a dog owner.

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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.

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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

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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. 

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This rainforest needlefelted hanging by Jenny Saban titled 'Wildlife of Panama' won best in show.

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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.

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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...
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I had a superb time and am definately heading back 20 - 22 February 2015!

 

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Katy sings. So do lots of her friends, an amazing party that her Nana made her promise she would have to celebrate happiness at being 40. I had a blast! So did everyone!

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Katy chose Rock Idol - Earcandy, Rock idol is the UK's finest Rockaoke / Karaoke band available for hire, it was a bit like singing in your VERY own rock band. Yep everyone who took part was a rockstar. It was immense fun.40th_Karaoke_Party_Redbourne_Golf_club_sharoncooper.co.uk_0003.jpg

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I loved taking photos at the party, such a friendly crowd. Thank you for booking me, I hope my photos bring back the night for you all.

 

 

Sharon is a portrait and wedding photographer based in Hitchin.

 

 

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"Genie and the Jive Bombers" are an amazing 1940's Jive Swing band, who perform a gorgeous concoction of tunes, some classic, some original and some borrowed from another decade and all given a Jivebombers magic treatment, which I love. Heres a little blog post dedicated to them, a collection of photos that I've taken.  They always look amazing, a pleasure to watch and photograph too. I took photos at their amazing gig at Hermitage Road Restaurant, if you want to see them they will be playing at Folkstock in Hertford Corn Exchange on Sunday 8th December. 

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Lead singer Rachel always goes that extra distance with her outfits!

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They sound amazing, lead singer Rachel Farrow has a beautiful voice and the band always look fabulous.  Can you imagine sitting on  a train and overhearing four beautiful voices singing in absolute harmony, with love and passion?? Well luckily a fellow passenger videoed just that! So play the little video below and SMILE, it makes me happy to watch. 
Undecided Now

First you say you do and then you don't, 
And then you say you will and then you won't, 
You're undecided now, so what are you gonna do? 

Now you want to play, and then it's no, 

And when you say you'll stay, that's when you go, 
You're undecided now, so what are you gonna do?

 

Taken at the last Summer gig at Hitchin Vic, what a glorious afternoon that was...

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So please pop over to their facebook page to find out what they are up to, and if you are in Hitchin or can get there, they are performing when the town's Christmas lights are turned on, Friday 22nd November 6-8pm market square 

 

Sharon Cooper is a Hitchin based Wedding and portrait photographer, who specialises in creative, emotive and fun location photography.

 
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Hitchin's international-selling artist Sarah Graham, her sister Elaine and Dan Bramall, currently have an exhibition in Hitchin. Its the second birthday for the The Art Nest, which coincides with their in-house handmade cards again being shortlisted for a Henry Cole Award; the Oscars of the greeting card industry. To mark the double success, this 'three-artist show', was put together featuring artist Elaine, illustrator Dan, and star attraction Sarah who is displaying her vibrant work, specially created for their birthday show. As the title suggests - there's a bird theme going on, it's called "Two Birds and a bloke" and each of the artists, have painted birds in their own style. I was invited to the Private view night and here are the photos.

You really should check out the exhibition it is on until 6 November. The Art Nest is a great little gallery and shop in Hitchin's West Alley. Emmeline who runs it regularly has art workshops for adults and teenagers of various types and the gallery sell some truly lovely art pieces. 

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Sarah Graham and Dan Bramall

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Elaine Graham and Dan Bramall, with work from each of them, both owls in these pieces. Top "Owls and Apples" by Elaine, and bottom is "Felix" by Dan

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The exhibition will be on til 9th November, original works, prints and art cards are available to buy.

 

Sharon Cooper is a Hitchin based Wedding and portrait photographer, who specialises in creative, emotive and fun location photography.

 
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The Late Night Shop are a London based performance collective of clowns; providing adult variety entertainment, experimental performance and cultivated cabaret acts for theatres and events across London and the UK. Together they are Charlie Buckitt, Dott Cotton, Allota Bounce and Miss Apple Tart. The Late Night Shop Cabaret ladies combine the sinister sex appeal of a succubi with a sharp-as-a-button wit in their production of underground vaudeville, subversive burlesque and cabaret shows. I had the immense pleasure of photographing them aboard the HMS President. The theme for the shoot was Steampunk Pirates, and me hearties, it that a fine evening of fun!

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Charlie's outfit with leather corset and boat embellishments feathers and belts, boots and mis matched stockings was knock out amazing. All of the outfits were unique and eccletic, bringing together the band of performers as a whole.

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They've performed and entertained, at Prospero's tavern, The Boom Boom Club - The Old vic tunnels, Edinburgh Fringe,  Club Rub, Bestival, Secret Garden party, London Burlesque week, Café De Paris to name but a few. 

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With views across to the OXO tower and The London Eye, HMS President is a permanently moored in the City of London at Victoria Embankment.  During the shoot the most beautiful sunset began to appear...that pretty much made our night. London at its best!

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Inside the ship, the playfullness and height difference between Dott Cotton and Charlie really made me laugh!

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You can find out more about the Late Night Shop Caberet on their website 
"Deliciously dark and saucy brand of entertainment" - The Londonist

All images by © Sharon Cooper 2013, all rights reserved, and may not be used without permission.

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