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Friday, 7 April 2017

Crafts4Crafters show



at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet - yes, it is that time of year again, although this year it is happening a couple of weeks earlier.






This is not a large show, and it has been struggling for some years to attract exhibitors. This year there seem to be even more spaces between stands. I have been told stories of high rents for exhibitors; throw in poor facilities and there doesn't seem to be a reason to come here.
From my point of view, this year was again top heavy with card making stands.

Last year, for the first time, we had Stef Francis here; not this year.

There are some newcomers - like a really nice needle felting stand, The Makerss; if you like needle felting..

For me, the highlight of the show was Jan Horrox, who recently moved from London to the West Country, and this is her first time here.
I have been admiring her dolls for a long time, even got the book ages ago....., but never quite had the courage to tackle one of those faces. Until I chatted to Jan today; I bought the Basic Doll Makers Kit and few other bits, so watch this pace ūüėČ









Comfort from Kindness


I enjoyed a small exhibition of quilts up on the gallery - rather special quilts - Canadian Red Cross Quilts.
Part of a much larger collection, these were made by Canadian women during the WWII; thousands of these quilts were sent by The Canadian Red Cross Society to Britain and other parts of Europe.

Another part of a social history of the quilt.






















There are some interesting articles about Canadian Red Cross quilt here and here .

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6 comments:

  1. Eu gostei de tudo que vi nas suas imagens Radka.

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  2. Love the quilts! Thanks for sharing them.

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  3. good to see some quilts on show. Look forward to seeing your doll seem to think I have the book too. How good to have met Jan I used to love working at the show we stayed in a beautiful house that had the attic as a flat and the owners were so friendly and welcomed us back every year also found a great Indian restaurant where we ate most nights.

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  4. Thank you for your review of this show. I always enjoy "hearing" about it. The dolls look most interesting, I love dolls, even have doll needles and long darners (for teddies etc.)

    I will look forward to seeing one in progress. Wonder how difficult to sculpt the face, get the expression just right?

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  5. That us a beautiful doll, good luck with your kit. Lovely to see the quilts form Canada.

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  6. I love the soft colours of those Red Cross quilts. Good luck with the doll making Radka - they do look beautiful. xx

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