If it goes well I may make this a regular project and dip into other wool crafts.
All that hard work done, it was time to set of for the show…
We started off early and after a sleepless, anxiety driven night I was less than equipped to make the drive and travel sickness got the better of me. Not the best start to a weekend show, but one I seem to be getting used to as a result of the last few years of treatment. We took it slow, stopping a few times as we went and eventually got there with about three-quarters of an hour to set up. Fortunately Darrin is a trouper and really rallied round for me. I found that throwing myself into titivating the stand really took my mind off my anxiousness and nerves settled… that and some hellos from stall holding friends. John and Frances of www.lakesidecrafts.co.ukare always great to stumble across… huge hugs all round! And what was even better… we had the stall next to them!!
Here are a couple of pics of the stall…
My hand dyed tops…
Darrin’s batts. Aren’t they wonderful… he really helped me out this time. I had found myself wiped out of stock after the last show and had to start from scratch, so without his training put to good use there was no way I would have had batts for the show without him taking some time to help. Thank you D, as ever you are my best friend and hero xxx Maybe at some point in the future you can give up the day job and come work with me?
I took some video of the sheep run down the high street and will get that ready for the podcast next month at www.dreaminginfibre.blogspot.com. They had Alpaca head up the show… they were just the most darling things… didn’t want to run down the high street at all… preferring instead to sit down or play dead in the road! Still the sheep were better behaved this year and didn’t take a detour into Boots the Chemist!! Instead they formed a close huddle of gentle trotting past the on-lookers towards their pen, being closely watched by a very well trained sheep dog.
Things got busy back at the stall and so I missed the Fashion show in the afternoon and the sheep dog trials up at the Tor, but from what I hear they were a really great display.
Darrin and I worked very hard to field woolly enthusiasts’ questions and show off stock… so much so that I lost my voice on the way home! Still it was a great first day and we had to cut more stock when we got back… which is one of the few times I’ve had to do that in the past, so a good sign that my new direction is suiting my customer base. A relief and a real boost. Thank you!
Woolly hat day was a slower affair, but definitely fun.
Darrin stole my Precious Rock Cheviot Hat… good job I’m spinning up yarn in colourway Africa for a second hat, eh?!
I also wore my Flower Girl fascinator… not quite a hat, but let’s face it, it was hot, hot, hot and no-one wants a full hat on in that weather!
Other events, like the flock blessing up at the Tor and final sheep dog trials took place on the Sunday, which made it a great day for tourists and families… and a chance for me to shop. I’ll show you my buttons on the podcast!
All in all it was a wonderful event… next year is a three-day bank holiday festival and will hopefully see a lot more wool, as well as other family-focused events, so definitely worth a visit. I have put down a deposit for the stall and will make a note to bring much more stock.
A big thank you to all that came to see me and thank you to the organisers for inviting me to come along.
Shop Update 29th June 2012 – from 9:30am- 10am
Welcome to the next shop update!
‘Wow’ you say… not only is she notifying me a day early, but she’s even put a time of upload on it! Yes, well… in light of the last week I’ve tried to give as much advance warning as possible. The reason being that braids in particular have been flying out of the shop leading to many emails and phone calls about what’s in the next update and what may have been missed. So in the interests of making things a little fairer and easier, I’m changing the way I update;
I hope this helps?
I have also doubled my production capacity recently, so I am hoping to have more than 1 of each hand dyed item available. This means that there is now more chance to get your hands on something during an update. Remember so things go faster than others, so please try and keep an eye on the update news and events.
Ok… Today is all about the hand dyed… a chance to grab braids and fleece for spinning, or felt making.
Here’s the list;
You can find all of these in the shop at www.sarastexturecrafts.com, by selecting the hand dyed category from the shop menu bar. I have added this to the front page for this update.
Next Update Due: 6th July! This will include more fleeces (depending on the weather for shearing) and stock (including yarns) left from both June shows (WSD Somerset Guild Fleece day and the Lace Guild Sale day).
Don’t forget to come and see me at my next events! http://sarastexturecrafts.com/page/5172-events.aspx
I always love Jo and her sister’s work over at Sisters Crafty Creations blog shop… they turn their hands to some lovely sewing craft work! So it’s really wonderful that they choose to use some of my products in their work… a real honour.
This is a picture from Jo’s blog http://twiglet5.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/woyww-little-dumfling-update.html
… where she used some of my PreFelt as a base.
Thanks for sharing Jo… as ever, I am thrilled to see your work!
Due to many request and a sucessful customer poll I will be opening a 3 month hand dyed tops club at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com. There will be 30 spots (world-wide shipping) and these will be opened to my newsletter mailing list firstly. To be in with a chance please join the list at http://sarastexturecrafts.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=034d65ea7755ec79ab11ad55e&id=8b697643c0 and watch out for your special update email!
A big think you to everyone who kept me busy dyeing last week, despite being a boiler ring down… Orders are out or packed for tomorrow’s post run. I should also thank Makro for having a great customer service and replacing said boiler ring without a quibble. I’ll test the new one on a couple of custom dye orders this coming week, while I photograph stock for this coming Fridays (29th) shop update.
We have a wonderful time at the Devon Lace Teachers Guild Day yesterday. This was an ‘open to all’ sale at Exeter Racecourse. It was great to meet new faces and to say hello to fellow stall holders I’ve met on occasion at other textile shows. It was also wonderful to see all of that stunning lace work!
After the show we rushed home to scrub up for a Wedding reception in the evening… We had great fun and Darrin really restrained himself over the hog roast… I was proud… Bless him!
This afternoon I plan to do nothing more than sit on the sofa, knit and watch podcasts!
Hope you are all having a great weekend too?
I would have liked to have taken a picture if the stall, but as soon as we came in it was a bit of a blur… I’ve almost lost my voice!
I did grab some fleece though… Always thinking of our shop stock (and fleece club!), so watch the shop for news of new fluff as I get it listed.
I need to work on some more batts and hand dyed fluff for next week’s Lace Guild meet (open to all). Tgat will keep me busy! Having said that if you need anything you saw on the stall that’s not yet on the site drop me a line…
I hope everyone is having a lovely Sarurday? I’m off to put my feet up and ignore the football!