I was super excited to hear that I would not only be visiting Summer crafting for the first time ever but that I would also have the opportunity spread the Sewingrevolution love! Boom!! For the two days , I was asked to hold a series of Make and Take sessions bringing a sprinkle of upcycle sewing to the event!
Summer Crafting took place at Doncaster Racecourse on July 11-12, and this was its sixth year!
The event hosted 80 exhibitors covering a wide range of craft products, from ribbons and stamps to dies, decoupage and gift wrapping. There were 2,000 individual places for the make and take sessions so people had lots of opportunities to get crafting with Debbi Moore, Nancy Watt, Tilly Rose, Julie Hickey, Sarah Trebilcock to name a few and me of course. There was also the opportunity to be part of the audience for Create and Craft TV as they were broadcasting live from the event, an exciting first for them! The icing on the cake was finally getting to meet Matt Chapple the winner of GBSB 2015, we have been chatting on twitter and email for ages, so it was lovely to finally catch up for real rather than digitally over a pint and a Tom Jones tribute act…don’t ask!
Summer Crafting 2015 was all about entertaining and educating, so it was the perfect event for my #sewingrevolution to get involved.
It was a complete pleasure to be part of the summer crafting and Stephanie Weightman’s team. Working on make and take ideas and sourcing materials was lots of fun. In the end we decided on fabric ‘Forever Flowers’ as this is a great project that can be created time and time again which can easily be made at home and are perfect as gifts.
I had played around with the ‘Forever Flower’ idea on a previous Create and Craft TV #sewfabulous show and we thought it would be nice opportunity for me to teach the attendee’s what I did live on the Channel. It’s the perfect scrap and notion buster project.
The gorgeous selection of fabric was supplied by The Craft Cotton Company so we were very spoilt for choice. Over the two days and 10 workshops later we had a wonderful collection of finished fabric flowers. Each ‘Forever Flower’ had its own individual style as attendee’s added personal extra’s by adding buttons, ribbon and beads.
Within the make and takes, I wanted to vary the type of flowers that were being made; so I came up with three flower designs that could be mixed and matched to create different flower designs every time.
It was lovely to see everyone wearing different types of finished ‘Forever Flowers’ from each session with a huge smiles on their faces. Many of the attendee’s have never sewn before. The majority of them were paper or stamp crafters so I was over the moon that I was the one giving them there first sewing lesson! In true #sewingrevolution fashion I took a group picture after every sessions to show and share all the wonderful makes with you.
So I hope these pictures help inspire you to get those scraps of fabric and odd buttons out and get sewing! Or even head to the Great Create Extravaganza - Harrogate where Ill be holding a series of Forever Flower Workshops and not forgetting your free 'get sewing' sewing kit thanks to Korbond!
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