It couldn't have been more perfect, no sooner had I pinned my badge on but Melizza and Sarah spotted me and then Rachel joined us and as we were all learning each other's names when our two organisers arrived and we were off on our fabric adventure.
|Cross stitch Magpie Mimi brooch with gold gauze and purple petals behind and some lavender ric rac stalk|
I can honestly say I've never seen so much trim in one place. There were whole stalls dedicated to trims alone. I think the fabric part of my brain had died and gone to heaven! Melizza and I made the first purchases of mini pom pom trim as we'd both seen something wonderful done with it so had to have some to try it out ourselves. I'm not saying what it is yet as haven't quite worked out the finer details but it's pom pom-tastic!! I also managed to sneak in buying some giant ric rac, 5 packs of ribbon at 2m each and a bag of lavender heads for some stuffed lavender lovelies that shall be adorning my stall and shop soon with any luck!
|6m of purple mini pom pom trim Ooooooh!|
|Just because it's so lovely, another shot of it! hehe!|
|Rachel looking at the trims, my purple pom poms are up there on the left somewhere!|
|Ric rac! Giant Ric Rac!!!!|
|Here's the ones I bought, 2m of aqua and 2m of golden yellow ric rac|
|Trims trims trims!|
|Stalls of trims!|
|5 lots of 2m of ribbon|
We did a good reconnaissance of the stalls immediately outside the rag market and then as best we could inside until our tums started rumbling and our feet aching and headed for Cafe Soya. If you're at the rag market do try it, it's just across the road and it's delicious! Mmmmmmm! We also spent the time to do a pattern and goodies swap and here's what I got:
|Lovely pattern from Mrs SB|
|Yellow ribbon from Sarah and purple zip from Melizza|
|Earrings as a gift from Mrs SB|
So suitably refreshed and with a plan of action in mind we headed back in for fabric. I was not disappointed. I only bought two lots of fabric as with such a long list of 'to do' items I thought I'd be good, but we've all planned another visit is definitely in order. I also got some more trim and some gorgeous thick velvet ribbon in golden yellow which lead Mrs SB and Debbie to think of Orla Kiely's dresses this season as apparently she has used this colour ribbon as belts with her dresses. This in turn made me think of the lovely pillow cases from Orla Kiely that I've taken apart to use for making a dress so this could be the belt.
|Sarah trying to decide which lovely print to have|
|Debbie looking at all the lovely rolls and rolls of fabric|
|Gorgeous golden yellow velvet ribbon|
|Bargain of the century at £1 a metre, think it might be used to make the dress from the pattern above. It's a lovely coral/pink colour with silver flowers and leaves.|
|Lavender two tone wool that I think I may make into the Proper Attire Skirt by Anna Maria Horner|
|Wondering whether to use this orange and brown fabric in the inside of the pleats...if that's how the pattern works...need to look into that.|
Here we all are with our goodies!
|Mrs SB and Sarah showing off her fabric|
|Melizza, Rachel and Mrs SB and more showing off of fabric!|
Mrs Scruffy Badger had put in a special order from me for a seam roll and tailor's ham after she saw earlier in the year I'd been thinking of making myself one. So, to save on postage I whipped up a set for Saturday and think she's pleased with it! You can see the ones I made her on her blog. I've started making a set for myself and will put some in the shop too. So if you want one in a particular colour/pattern let me know and I'll sort it out!
|The tree pattern one is mine all mine but the spotty one can be yours!|
|Reverse of the tailor's hams, mine is the green and blue wool check one, the other has a variety of brown and beige wool check|
Ooooh! And my favourite thing this week has been wearing my new knitting needle bracelets made by the lovely Scrapiana, check out her Etsy shop if you fancy a set!
|Lovely purple former knitting needles now lovely bracelets!|
Hope you're all happily sewing/making/crafting away!