Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stitches.. to begin at the beginning...

Set-up day. Saved by Bec and Ms CurlyPops' fabulous sister, who helped with the four-flights-of-stairs and three vehicles adventure to the venue. The Ikea shelf was deconstructed and reconstructed (so much for pre-construction.... it wouldn't fit in the van!). Ten hours (yes, I really did say ten hours) of setting up the stand....

I filled (with bags and hats) the most enormous hat-stand the world has seen.

The neighbours were lovely. Those fabulous Ink & Spindle gals and their gorgeous fabric were just across the aisle - great company and very swap-with-able. (I have some fab loot, which I'll reveal later).

Winterwood's felt is so lush I could eat it. Honestly folks - this pure wool stuff is the biz when it comes to felt. I'm a huge convert. And those dragons... eep! (Trying not to gush).

I really really love Julie's wonkies - wondering if I should add to the collection started in Sydney last year...?
These Funky Friends made me go a bit goofy and gushy, too...

It was great to catch up with Caitlin at Pippjoe (...and I have... ahem... more loot to show from this stall.... ). Liesl was also helping Caitlin out, so it was doubly nice to visit.
More home-grown textile printing from Nic at Yardage Design had me thinking about how spoiled we are here for original, talented independent textile designers.

And the inimitable Jodie.... what can I say? What would we do without her and her humour, talent and late-afternoon chocolate distribution?


Thanks to Lara, Nikki, Bree and Leonie for helping me on the stand. Thanks to Leah for soldiering on (with a cold) in the office, and to Super-Duper-Pops for getting me and half a ton of patterns organised for the show. Also thanks to the lovely Cathie for bringing her delicious cupcakes!
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More on the show later. I have more photos, more links and more loot to show, but not much brainspace to do it all right now. Talk soon....

10 comments:

CurlyPops said...

Oh my goodness, what a whirlwind few weeks you've had! Looking forward to a catch up and a cuppa on Thursday!

clare's craftroom said...

Sounds like you had great fun and your stand looks amazing !

Gypsy said...

The stand did look amazing, and I saw it on the last day! All the hard work paid off Nik, it looked amazing :)

yardage girl said...

What a lovely post - thanks so much for including me! Lovely to meet you too - what a great week! Nic

brissmith said...

OK I can't resist that animal bag. Where do I find the pattern? Susan :)

Andi said...

Wasn't it just like a great big friendly blog meet!!!!
I was only there for a few hours but it was so very nice to meet up with many of the people I only get to 'see' on-line.
Your stand looked amazing and was a total blur of colour what with all your stock but also the masses of people trying to hand over their cash!

Fer said...

Sigh.... so wish I could've been there!

Claire Garcia said...

I saw you there on the first day and your stand had the most people around it. Great to see all your bags in person and you. The stand was amazing and I couldn't resist a couple more patterns!

Elizabeth said...

Your stall looked terrific and I even plucked up the courage to buy a pattern. Fantastic range of shapes and colours and ideas and I really like the difficulty-rating symbol you use!

Anna said...

Hi Nikki,
you were very busy when I came by your stall at the craft and stitches show last weekend. I like the changes that have happened to the show in the last two years. It's more young and vibrant.