Handmade Christmas Fair

Last weekend I started my Christmas activities early and popped along to the handmade Christmas fair in Manchester, organised by Kirsty Allsop. As part of the ticket price you were able to select 3 different workshops to go to. I went along with my friend Karen and after much debate we decided on doing some folk art, making some mini Christmas stockings and a demo on how to make Christmas Parkin.

The demo was first and we were delighted that Kirsty was there in person helping with the demo and doing some decorating of the Parkin

  
It was passed around for us to try and we managed to sample the one Kirsty had made, it was delicious!

 In between the demo and workshops we had plenty of time to browse the beautiful things that were there to buy. So many talented people were there and I managed to find a few unique Christmas gifts and treated myself to a few things too!

Next we did the folk art, run by Folk it! The proviso of getting Karen to do this with me was that she didn’t need to paint anything, it’s all done with dots. By the end of the 20 minute session we had both made a beautiful heart plaque that can be stuck onto a card. We were both stunned at how simple and effective it was!

  
Lastly we made some mini Christmas stockings. Simple to make yet still very satisfying. The highlight for me was meeting Deborah Simms who was on the Great British Sewing Bee and talking to her about dressmaking.

  
The whole day was fabulous, certainly value for money and a lovely way to kickstart the festivities. I’ll certainly be going back next year!

Sarah x

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