Exciting News!

I have decided, against my better judgement, to sign up for a craft fair. To actually try and persuade people to part with their hard-earned cash for my homemade creations. Possibly to humiliate myself in front of (an admittedly small minority of) Leeds citizens. This was mostly prompted by my recent visits to craft fairs, where the thought kept coming back to me: ‘I could do that!’. Whether or not this is true is yet to be proven, but I’ve decided to take the plunge.

The fair is at St. Matthews Church in Chapel Allerton, Leeds on June 4th. It lasts from 12-3.30pm, so if you’re in the area and want to show some moral support/laugh at how ridiculously full my table still is at 3pm, then please do. It’s a Green Fair, promoting homemade and ethically sourced goods, so I’m looking forward to having a look around myself.

After signing up, however, I realised I have nothing to sell. I tend to make specific projects for birthdays/christmas/myself but having never decided to sell my wares before, I have no ‘stock’ as such. Therefore, my new project, likely to be featured with increasing stress levels in the next few posts, is to make things people may actually want to buy.

The first item is this cushion cover made with Riley Blake fabric. I’m not sure it’s finished, as I want to sew some mismatched pink, green and grey buttons onto some of the umbrellas to make it a little bit quirkier, but Todd isn’t convinced.  What do you think? It’s also in need of a serious iron, but for the meantime it’s somehow managed to find its way onto my sofa with my other cushions… whoops.

My plan is to lure people in with cheap items such as this small blanket stitched brooch (which was incredibly hard to photograph being the size of a 50p piece) whilst also stocking some larger items such as the cushions, chicken doorstops and clutch bags. If anyone has any hints and tips, please let me know. I’m already sensing an impending crafting disaster!

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