Happy Saturday everyone, hope you have had a lovely day in the sunshine. England’s World Cup journey is over for another four years. The tennis is nearly over for another year as well, and the kids break up next week – aagh come back 2018 please don’t run away from us! Today is another day focused on fabric, not just for quilters though. Both traders I’m featuring today have a wide range of fabrics suitable for all sorts of uses. I’m hoping that both of them will bring some of the kits I saw on their Facebook page and website. They look a great way to start sewing for yourself or with your children.
The first trader up today is White Gecko Craft Lounge. What a fabulous name! They’re based in Dinas Powis, which is close to Cardiff and won the Best Independent Haberdashery Shop: Wales at the British Sewing Awards 2017. These guys travel to all the big shows such as The Knitting and Stitching in London and the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, so it’s brilliant that they’re going to be in Swansea for the 18th/19th August. They will have fabric by the metre and the special quilter packs and have some wonderful quirky fabrics. I saw on their Facebook page that sometimes they have special ‘Swatch’ bags from the fabric producers. Here’s hoping they might make an appearance on their stand in Swansea. White Gecko Craft Lounge also stock yarns and haberdashery items so I’m sure there will be a selection of these goodies as well to buy.
The second trader I’m going to talk about today is the very talented Helen Rhiannon. Helen not only has a fabric shop and runs classes under the name of All Sewn Up Wales but is a bespoke designer who dresses many famous celebrities. Helen is based in Dunvant, Swansea so is a local girl. On Helen’s Facebook page I saw a photo of the most glamorous knicker kits! How fantastic – everyone needs a pair of drop dead gorgeous knickers, and how wonderful to have made them yourself. I do hope Helen brings the kits to the Traders Market. Helen also has the most charming woodland animal kits for you and your children to sew together. They would make a lovely project for the inevitable rainy day in the school holidays.