Hi Everyone, I’ve caught my breath from doing the Masterclass Tutor Questionnaires last week, hope you enjoyed reading all about them. This week I’m turning my attention to the Traders Market which will be running alongside the Makers Market at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on the 18th/19th August. I found out on Monday that the fantastic middle weekend of Swansea Festival of Stitch is only 5 weeks away! So, plenty of time for you to go searching down the back of the sofa for extra dosh or picking up some overtime to pay for all the lovely things you will be wanting to go home with. There are some people who will be doing both the Makers and Traders Market, they must have the secret of self-cloning or time-travel, or just have boundless energy. Anyway, it will give you the chance to see how all the beautiful materials look once they have been transformed into finished pieces and you can make the decision to have a go yourself or go home with it finished and ready to use/wear.
The first trader I’m going to say a few words about are Karen’s Quilts Karen is based in mid-Wales so will be making quite a trek to join us in Swansea, so I do hope you make sure to visit her stand. I’m fairly new to quilting and its own special terminology, so was intrigued to find out that Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes are not to be scoffed but to purchase for quilt making. Karen also uses a special dye technique called ‘ice-dyeing’ which creates lovely unique colour combinations and markings. Karen has her own design quilt kits too, and these are a great way to start your quilting journey.
The second trader I’m going to talk about are Sew Lovely Sew Lovely will also be at the Makers Market but their Trade Stand will be your opportunity to come away with unusual and quirky fabrics and lots of other goodies too. If you do come with your children over the weekend be prepared for ‘pester power’ when they see the Roald Dahl fabrics. Who wouldn’t want clothes or soft furnishings made up in one of these prints. Also, I espied on Sew Lovely’s website and Facebook page, vintage dressmaking patterns! I really hope that they bring some of these along as I love a vintage dress pattern and am always inspired to make something and then realise that I never really go anywhere where a fifties style dress would be appropriate attire.