The Handmade Fair 2015

The Handmade Fair is back for 2015! From the 18-20 September, Kirstie Allsopp and the UK’s best creatives will be taking over Hampton Court Palace following the success of last year’s fair.  You can read all about my experience here.

The-Handmade-Fair-2015This year I am proud to announce that I am an official supporter of the fair and I have a ticket offer for you to snap up your chance to attend.

The Handmade Fair is a fully interactive event with hands-on workshops, entertaining interviews, ‘make and takes’, and all the shopping and fabulous food you can manage. Last year the duck wraps and veggie curry were big hits!


I am hoping to bump into Jamie aka Mr X Stitch, my colleagues at Sizzix and of course squeeze in a bit of shopping at Peach Blossom for craft party supplies!

Kirstie-Allsopp-Handmade-Fair-2014Last year Kirstie joined in on the crafts and workshops. For 2015, there are VIP experiences available again, so you can grab a glass of bubbly with Kirstie and indulge in an afternoon tea experience.

VIP-Experience-Handmade-Fair-2014 Annie-Sloan-Kirstie-AllsoppI’ll be at the fair on Sunday, so give me a shout if you are planning to go and we can meet up to share the crafty fun! Tea-At-The-Handmade-FairAlthough forgive me as I may be jet lagged!
I am planning to vlog my day at the fair so keep an eye on my YouTube channel if you can’t go along and want to see what happens! I will probably share some live broadcasts on Periscope too. Find me there as Claireabellemakes.

Handmade-Fair-Craft-StallsSo I mentioned a ticket offer didn’t I? You can grab tickets from The Handmade Fair website and use the codes below for some discounts.

CLAIRE27               £27 Full Experience offer (usually £29)

CLAIRE12               £12 Entry Only (usually £15)

Did you know there is also Christmas Fair this year? Taking place at Manchester Central from 20-22 November, The Handmade Christmas Fair will include all things crafty as well as all things Christmassy! Find out more here. I LOVE Christmas crafting so I reckon it will be ace.



 *All photos in this post are courtesy of The Handmade Fair.

Win Tickets To The Handmade Fair

Craft events are right up my street. As soon as my crafty pals and I heard about The Handmade Fair, we immediately booked our tickets and planned a road trip from Cambridge.


The fair takes place at Hampton Court Palace from 19-21 September and gives attendees the opportunity to try a hands on craft workshop, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the demo theatre, enjoy great food in the palace gardens and buy beautiful products from the handpicked sellers including my pal Kate from The Homemakery.

I can’t wait!

At a pre-event for the fair, I got the chance to ask Kirstie Allsopp why she wanted such an event to take place. Kirstie wants to promote the craft community and to show people that ‘everyone has a craft they can do’.


The wonderful folks at The Handmade Fair have been kind enough to offer a lucky Claireabellemakes reader a pair of shopping tickets to the fair on 21st!

All you need to do is enter on the widget below – UK entrants only please. Any workshops and talks will need to be booked separately, or you can just spend the day craft shopping your heart out and soaking up the atmosphere!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lastly, a little shout out to all of you who have completed my Reader Survey. It has been so useful, thank you! And a big hello to any lovely new followers! There is still time to complete the survey and enter to win a craft goodie box here.



*Some pages on this site may contain links to outside sites, including paid affiliates.

Papercutting At The V&A

Last week I had a lovely invitation from the folks behind The Handmade Fair to spend an afternoon papercutting with Kirstie Allsopp and Poppy Chancellor and the V&A.


I escaped from the day job and hopped on the train to London knowing I would need some pocket money for the V&A shop too.


Poppy is a fabulous artist. She showed us some great tips for papercutting (press hard and mark all the ‘negative’ space on your design first) and was patient and utterly lovely when we shared our first, slightly wobbly attempts.

We worked on some paper cut bunting that Poppy had designed.


A bit rough around the edges, but here are my bunting flags! I’d love to know in the comments if any of you have tried papercutting.


Delicious cakes were provided by The Hummingbird bakery and I was very pleased to learn that a cake break was a scheduled part of the crafternoon.


Camomile tea and a vanilla cupcake for me.


Around 50 people made buunting flags which were strung into a colourful display at the end of the afternoon.


Super pretty eh?! The bunting project was a nod to the V&A Wedding Dress exhibition. I will definitely be giving paper cutting another go as it was very therapeutic, although I had to concentrate hard.


There was a short Q&A with Kirstie after the craft session. I asked her what she wanted people to get from attending The Handmade Fair. She said a sense of community and achivement – like when you bring something you have made home from school, as we don’t often get that feeling as an adult.

What I found most inspiring was that she said she wanted to be a platform for talented designers (such as Poppy) to thrive and grow.


I met some fabulous ladies at this event (Hello Laura, Claire, Lindsey and Michele!) and it was a great example of the wonders of our creative community. Here’s a super video of the day.

Are you going to The Handmade Fair this year? I’ll be there on the Sunday so give me a shout if you are as I’d love to see some of you.

After the event I rushed back to Cambridge to meet some alpacas. More on this tomorrow!

This weekend I also continued the paper crafts theme and went to a bookbinding workshop in Cambridge. We learnt the Japanese stab binding technique. I think I’ll use my book for calligraphy practice.





TwitterPinterestFacebookBlogLovinInstagram Google+


*Some pages on this site may contain links to outside sites, including paid affiliates.