This September, Artcuts and other carefully-selected craft suppliers will descend upon the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace to take part in the Handmade Fair, the first dedicated handmade craft fair to be held in the UK. Hosted by TV’s Kirstie Allsopp, the Handmade Fair will feature craft workshops, lectures by the likes of Kath Kidston and Lou Gardiner as well as group activities where you can share your experiences with fellow craft enthusiasts.
The Handmade Fair puts learning and crafting at the heart of your day. Along with Kirstie and an assortment of expert crafters, the aim of the fair is to encourage more people to take up arts and crafts through dedicated workshops, inspirational lectures and advice from experienced artisans such as ourselves. The Handmade Fair features a packed schedule over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and details of some of the available activities are outlined below.
The Super Theatre will be hosted by Kirstie and will bring together some of the talented people that she has worked with throughout her career. Super Theatre sessions are your chance to hear the latest craft trends, find out insider secrets from top experts and see for yourself how many designer products are made. With contributions from some of the leading names in embroidery, fashion and social media such as Cath Kidston, Lou Gardiner, The Crafts Council and Mr X Stitch, you’re bound to be inspired to get crafting.
Every ticket to The Handmade Fair includes one session in the Super Theatre, and each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The Handmade Fair’s skill workshops will provide you with an opportunity to learn a completely new crafting skill or refine one you already know and love. All of the craft experts leading the workshops have been carefully hand-picked by Kirstie and the Handmade Team.
Available skill workshops include food decoration, jewellery making, paper craft, seasonal crafting, textiles and upcycling. One skill workshop is included per general or VIP ticket, and classes last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
In the Grand Make tents you will learn how easy it is to craft something in just a few minutes and to create beautiful products to use in your home, at a party or as a gift. You will have the opportunity to learn from fellow craft enthusiasts and exchange tips and ideas on future projects.
Origami floristry and gift wrapping are covered at this year’s event, and one Grand Make session is included with every purchase of a general or VIP ticket. Each craft making session lasts approximately 30 mins.
Prima Make & Take Theatre
Enjoy small and exclusive workshops in the Prima Make & Take Theatre, where hand-picked craft experts will guide you in making your very own gorgeous and creative arts and crafts. Whether you’re an experienced crafter or a complete beginner looking to learn new skills, you’re guaranteed to have fun and be inspired to make something beautiful that you can take home.
Learn how to create a Christmas wreath with craftwork cards, discover how to create your own fabulous soft furnishings and learn how to crochet like a pro. Other workshops will show you how to make stuffed fabric letters, re-cover fabric lampshades and even make concertina-style notebooks. There really is something for everyone.
All workshops last one hour and cost £10 each.
Etsy Business School
If you like the idea of earning money doing what you love, the Etsy Business School is the place to be at the Handmade Fair. Seasoned professionals and full-time crafters will be on hand to show you how to turn your hobby into an income and will provide you with all the tools you need to start making money by selling your craft projects on Etsy.
Subjects covered include setting up a shop on Etsy, how to get the most out of social media and how to take beautiful product photography. All sessions are completely free and last for approximately 30 minutes.
We will be exhibiting our range of wooden shapes and embelishments at the Handmade Fair, so please do take a moment to pay us a visit.
More information about the Handmade Fair, including travel and booking information, can be found on the Handmade Fair website.