Exhibitions, yarn shows and fibre festivals

Knitting kits and Christmas craft fairs

I'm launching some knitting kits soon and I shall be selling them as well as paper copies of my patterns at two Christmas craft fairs. Craft in the City The first craft fair is Craft in the City in Waterstones, Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham 10 am–5.30 pm Saturday 30 November and…

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Fun of the fair

A fair has been held in Loughborough for nearly 800 years. The original charter was granted in 1221 by King Henry III for a fair on St. Peter's Day (in July). Later, a second charter extended it to three days and in 1228 a third charter changed the dates to…

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Norwich – a beautiful city

Whilst wandering around the Norwich city centre the day after a wedding, we thought that we should visit this city properly. So, during the Autumn half-term, we stayed there for a few days. Norwich was England's second city from the medieval period to the start of the Industrial Revolution. It…

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MA Expo, Nottingham Trent University, 2013

A few weeks ago I visited the MA Expo at the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University. This is where students show key pieces of work made during their Master's degrees. It's always interesting because there is a great variety of work being displayed, which reflects the range of MA…

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The Big Textile Show

There seems to be at least one yarn or textile festival every weekend at the moment. I've been suffering from real indecision about which ones to visit. Last weekend was one of my few free weekends until December, so it was fantastic to be able to visit a local event.…

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Lavenham in Sussex is a very woolly town

There are many towns in East Anglia where you can still see examples of late Medieval or early Tudor buildings. The Tudor period was from 1485–1603 (the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I). These buildings were constructed during the wool industry's boom years.…

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A Suffolk seaside summer holiday

This year we decided to have a Suffolk seaside summer holiday. We've flown over, and travelled on and under the sea, but not actually been to the coast for a long while, so we were excited about this holiday. We're a bit too old for buckets and spades, but we…

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Quilts UK – fabric and yarn

Inspired to quilt Many years ago, I visited the American Museum in Britain. Inspired by their collection of patchwork quilts, I decided to make one myself. The fact that I had no experience of patchwork or quilting did not put me off! I chose a design, bought some fabrics, cut…

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