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Last week we spent a lovely day at The Handmade Fair, for those that haven’t made it yet, it’s fast becoming the craft event of the year! As well as loads of companies selling everything from fabric, patterns and knitted products to books, kitchenwares and gifts there were also talks and loads of craft workshops. You could come and spend a morning shopping and then go and spend the afternoon learning a new skill. There was paper cutting, pom pom making and cross stitching workshops to name but a few.

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As well as all this there were loads of food vendors selling really interesting snacks, giving the whole place a real festival vibe (in London!). We sniffed out the Deco Prosecco bar (of course, 11.30 too early? We don’t think so!) and sat with a glass of fizz whilst listening to music.  All in all a very civilised day out.

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The other great part of the day was that we started using Periscope. It’s a live video feed that links to twitter and you can film what you are up to but it only lasts 24 hours and then it’s gone, so you have to be quick! We did some great interviews with The Fabric Godmother as well as Sew Over It. It’s something we are going to start doing more of and you can follow us @thefoldline.

Josie from Fabric Godmother brought some lovely quilt jersey, pure Italian wools and vintage French 1960s chambrays. Lisa at Sew Over It launched the new Joan Dress pattern at the fair and had plenty of offers on fabrics and kits. We also said hello to Tilly and Laura from Tilly and the Buttons, met Jamie a.k.a Mr X Stitch and bumped into Annie from the Village Haberdashery!

We also discovered some lovely cross stitch designers including Floss & Mischief and dressmaking pattern designs Sew Me Something. Not strictly sewing but couldn’t resist stopping by at TOFT (Rachel is a big fan!), who doesn’t want to make a crochet lime T-rex called Gregor!?

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