Yesterday afternoon I was delighted to be invited to have afternoon tea with Kirstie Allsopp (and 49 other crafty ladies) at the V&A. I’m sure you’ve heard of The Handmade Fair which is taking place this Autumn at Hampton Court Palace. As a Super Pinner (are you following me on Pinterest?) I was able to spend a really fun couple of hours enjoying an afternoon of tea, cake and crafting.
I love paper cutting but so far I haven’t been very adventurous. I was excited to learn how to create beautiful paper cut-out bunting with the help from artist Poppy Chancellor. She was lovely and shared her three top tips with us before we got started:
- Always use a sharp blade
- Always cut towards yourself
- Cut the small details first
We were provided with cutting mats, super sharp blades and pretty designs to cut out. The room was silent as everyone was concentrating so hard. I started off with the simple design and as my confidence increased, was able to tackle the more intricate designs. It was so much fun and I loved the result. I really wanted to take the finished ones home with me!
Before very long people started finishing their cut outs and there was enough to form a beautiful group display. It would be super cute to make your own for your wedding or party and my mind is ticking with ideas!
It was a lovely way to spend a few hours and I’m really looking forward to attending The Handmade Fair later this year. I’ve only ever been to the Knitting & Stitching Show but this is slightly different. The ticket price includes a Skill Workshop of your choice (Textiles & Yarning, Cake Decoration, Papercraft, Upcycling, Jewellery or Seasonal), a Super Theatre Session (featuring Kaffe Fassett, Annie Sloan, Cath Kidston, Sue Timney, Mollie Makes, Paul A. Young, Pinterest, V&A, Etsy), and a Grand Make with 250 fellow crafters.
The idea behind The Handmade Fair is that everyone has a craft they can do. If our creative crafty afternoon was anything to go by then it’s easy to see how much fun you can have with a bunch of women you’ve never met, the chance to create and learn something new! Tickets are on sale now and you can find out more here.