Yesterday I had a stall at the Western Port Craft Festival in Hastings, we were lucky with the weather although it was very windy and the tent nearly blew away on a few occasions!
I was sharing the big Bendigo Bank tent with another lady who did quilting and made other fabric things,
I thought I'd show you some pictures of my half of the tent, even though it feels a bit dumb and self promoting.
I took lots of bits and pieces that I thought might inspire people to give crochet a go, several half finished pieces of crochet and my toys and some scarves and baby things and a big pile of my wool. I also brought some of my crochet books for people to look at and get ideas, I wish I had a few to sell as people liked the books!
I have to say that my stall did look colourful, even with the red tent giving everything a rosy glow! There were many comments on the lovely colours of my Heirloom wool, I can't believe how many people find it hard to find good coloured yarn and weren't aware of this yarn, it is Australian too!
I was a bit disappointed in the lack of interesting colour in the other stalls, I don't thing colour gets enough consideration in a lot of crafts, I felt that many people were just using up whatever materials they had on hand and it is such a shame that all this work goes into a piece that is kind of ugly ( in my humble opinion) because of drab colours or really bizarre combinations! I think I must be a colour snob! :) Of course I realise not everyone has the same taste as me, and I have been told my colour choices are a bit 'out there', so I might be the one with the strange ideas!
Anyway, it was a very pleasant day spent chatting to lovely ladies who were all very complimentary and kind about my stuff and I even had a few sales!
I also felt quite young! Most of the people there were older than me and in a lot of cases much older than me! Is craft something that is not interesting to younger people (say 30 - 45 year old) ? I must be a bit weird, but it seems that the online crafting community has a wider age range and more people 'having a go' than our local community. Another reason why blogging is great! But a bit sad really for our local crafters.
I put a sheet of paper out and took email addresses for people who might be interested in learning to crochet and knit, and I am happy to say there were some takers, so I am going to offer some classes or workshops from home and spread the crochet love! Our local area is going to become super crafty whether it likes it or not! :) On the off chance that there are local Hastings/ Western Port area people reading this, if you'd like to join in and learn to crochet or knit, drop me an email and I'll add you to the list!
There were a few things that I got finished in time for this stall, mainly my mini granny square blanket, so I will show you all the tadah moment soon....
So how has your week end been going?
Having a fun one or just chilling out?
Talk soon, bye!