I forgot to take my camera this time, so sorry, no pictures from the show itself.
It was the first time I met in person the "sashiko lady" Susan Briscoe, who also has a blog, and we chatted for a while about her workshop in Prague.
I bought from her a pattern for a quilt called "99 Treasures", which involves 99 applique circles, and a pack of 99 fabric squares of lovely Japanese fabric.
I also came across this lovely stand, where Melisa Choroszewska is selling her had dyed silks and hand made porcelain buttons.
The real "sweet shop" for me was the stand with Pearsalls silk threads, with their choice of over 300 beautiful shades of silk threads. This very old company is now owned by a friendly team Carol and John, who bought the company from the previous owners who didn't want it any more. If it wasn't for Carol and John, the company would had disappeared. They are doing all the dyeing themselves.
I was very tempted to buy one of their beautiful kits, but I did controlled myself and bought "only" threads.This is my selection from yesterday. What am I going to use them for? Well, I don't know yet, but I just......need them! LOL!
I was also pleased that the Really Useful Box company had a stand there, because I like their storage boxes and I could buy some more.
I have also taken details for Snazzys. Not something I thought I would be interested in, but while my friend was buying a couple of their products and I was just looking around, the idea of stamping on fabric started developing in my head. This needs some more thought, but I have their card...
The one thing which lets the show down is the lack of seating areas for refreshments, with visitors having to sit on the floor to have their sandwiches, the shortage of tables and chairs in the restaurant, with people hovering with their trays with food, nowhere to sit. This always annoys me, it is a sort of meanness on the part of the organisers (you don't buy our food, you will not sit on our chairs), opening only one of the two restaurants.... Best not to get started on this. And yes, we will be back for more.
But leaving this aside, it was a very enjoyable day, in the warm!