I went to the Melbourne Stitches and Craft show yesterday and had so much fun. It pored with rain all day (a great site to see even though we ended up a bit soggy).
I got to do a make and take at the Sew and Sew craft bar. I made a pin cushion by hand with a covered button attached. Ended up a bit wonky but it was fun.
I met some fantastic ladies Cathy and Louise from Audrey and Maude, Jhoanna Monte Aranez from One Red Robin, Lara Cameron from Ink and Spindle, Rosalie and Melanie from Melly and Me, Nicole Mallalieu, just to name a few. (see blog and web lists). It was great chatting with them and finding out how local they are which I think makes it extra special.
It was definitely different and better from previous years with lots of space and plenty to do.
I saw the documentary Handmade Nation which is a must see for any crafty person. I was familiar with a lot of the people in the film as they have appeared in the American magazine Craft: (I have the first year)
I had the opportunity to attend a lecture from the girls from Melly and Me which really helped. I wasn't sure how much I would get out of it but the hints they gave are really going to help my future softie making.
I'm even going to finally hopefully start to make a bag. I have a really cool pattern now from Nicole Mallalieu and some fabric from Lara Cameron, all I need to do now is muster up some time....
I needed to be there for 2 days I think to do all of the classes and studios that I wanted. I was exhausted when I left though after one day.
Thank you to a great crafty friend that also came with me :-)