One of my favourite places to buy quirky habberdashery supplies is All the Fun of the Fair. I frequently use their online shop for yarn, patterns, unusual buttons, lace and accesories.
Located in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street in Soho (London), All the Fun of the Fair has been open for 5 years.
In addition to the cute shop and online space, they often visit craft, handmade and vintage fairs and markets such as the recent Soho Flea Market on Dean Street and the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair in Kent (14/15/16 June). Here’s hoping they will extend the stall to Cambridge one day, perhaps at the Made it Market? *hint hint*
In a bid to improve my knitting pattern skills, I purchased the Chunky Knitted Cushion Cover Pattern for a reasonable £2.50. It is a nice simple knit and purl project with Cygnet Seriously Chunky Yarn and 10mm needles. I ordered the bluebell colour, but when it arrived it was more of a lilac tone, so I decided this would be a gift for my sister rather than another cushion for my spare room.
After a few blips in understanding the pattern repeats and many cups of tea later, I had finished the cover. I do love how a chunky knit grows so quickly! It was a 2 evening project with a bit of telly watching in between. A nice plump cushion insert made it feel really big! My sister was chuffed with her handmade gift.
The great range of Tea Cosies available from All the Fun of the Fair are selling like hot cakes at the moment, with everyone in patriotic spirits. They also recommend Max Alexander’s ‘Knitter’s Accessories’, Lucie Ellen’s fabulous wooden jewellery and Claire Coyne of Diamond Dolls ‘Lavender Ladies’ – small lavender filled dolls that are perfect to make your sock draw smell lovely! I’m a sucker for lavender. The best thing is, all items for sale are handmade
This week, I made a couple of other purchases from their quirky range including the ‘I Love Sewing’ Spool Holder (perfect for my vintage stash), Fancy Trim Pack of Lace and Sew Crafty Gift Tags.
I’ll leave you with Jaqueline from All the Fun of the Fair’s best craft tip:
Try something new. When you’re an expert in a specific craft, be it knitting, crochet or felting, it’s always good to try your hand at a new one. The skills you learn from one can always be transferred to another and help keep your mind creative and filled with new ideas! And if it doesn’t work out, then you just go onto the next one!
I linked up with Rouge & Whimsy, Nifty Thrifty Things and Sew Many Ways for this post.