Bearwood Handmade June 2013

fun of the fair

In not so stark contrast to the March Bearwood Handmade fair, Saturday 22 June dawned damp and dreary. One step through the doors of St Mary’s Church Hall, however, made it seem like a light had been switched on, with all the hustle, bustle, handmade loveliness and welcome cheer that spilled out onto the street!

Coming in from the car park, you couldn’t fail to be cheered by the verdant lushness of Andrew’s Urban Herbs, served by Theresa (and her new gardening gloves!). Up the ramp and waylaid by the delicious treats served by Bearwood Pantry, you came into the main hall bedecked with thrifted bedsheets from the finest charity shops Bearwood has to offer! We were up til all hours trying to hang them blighters!

The fare on offer was of its usual high standard, and it was uplifting to see so many familiar faces. Some new names, including

the Faerie Factory, faerie factoryPenny Jane designs, penny dixon

Tigoda  tigodaand Gems and Jumprings  gems jumprings

sat alongside second timers like Oldskoolretro Kitsch Boutique, oldskoolretro kitsch boutique

Offbeat Girl Designs,  offbeat girl Amy Carter amy carter,

Joanna Hughes, joanna hughes, Leigh Pipkin, leigh pipkin

Carolyn Carter carolyn carter  and Lise Heeley. lise

Regular faces at Handmade, Mango Mosaics,mango mosaics

Helena Moss,helena moss   UnRuley Articles, unruley articles

Ita McKenna ita mckennaand Meeni meenireminded us what we’d been missing since Christmas, and the crafty muthas, Jennie, jenniejennie 2

Nat natty bards and Ceri ceri

provided the focus which Bearwoodians and visitors alike flock to when they hear Bearwood Handmade is in town.

Rachel’s cupcakes were sadly missed, and we are glad she is feeling better now. Other edible (and catering for allergies) delights were enjoyed from

Kate DeRight kate derightand Three Bears Bakerythree bears .

As usual it was lovely to see what everyone had to offer – from paper work to reclaimed furniture, beaded parrots to felted minions, jewellery to fairies.

A big thank you to all stallholders, without whom it would not work, and now for a wee rest until the next one…

Can’t wait til Christmas! How many days to go?!

etsy craft party 2013

Thanks crafty muthas for letting me host an Etsy Craft Party at the Bearwood Tapestry. I thought this year’s craft party theme of “craft for the community” fitted right in with the ethos of the Bearwood Tap and that it would be a great opportunity to get started on a project to brighten up Bearwood.

So many people registered for the party and we were able to receive a bunch of supplies from Etsy. I was very excited when these arrived in the post!

etsy parcel

etsy note

etsy craft party supplies

I made some party goody bags that included a range of the supplies.

making goody bags

goody bags

I put the rest of the supplies in boxes and baskets so people could help themselves at the party.

craft party supplies

craft party supplies

crafty muthas quilt

Lots of people brought along knitting and crocheting and there were also a few other projects.

knitting needles


more yarn


Now just to get yarnbombing….

looking at yarnbombing

ta da!


here are the finished tonal blooms, all gathered together.  Think I’ll just do some of the usual fave colours, like red, which are popular.  Maybe some smaller ones too….