Handmade hobbyists' delight at launch of interactive craft fair

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:05

A major craft fair, led by TV celeb Kirstie Allsopp, will open its doors at Hampton Court Palace next month to the excitement of local handmade hobbyists.

The Handmade Fair, sponsored by Hobbycraft and in association with Molly Makes, will be held from the 19th to 21st September. Kirstie Allsopp, credited with spearheading Britain's craft revolution over the last five years, has gathered leading craft experts to create what promises to be a truly interactive learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products with tickets on sale now.

The event will give every visitor the opportunity to make something in one of its craft workshops as pre-booking onto a session is built into the ticket buying system. Visitors will also be able to listen to the grand masters of handmade products, enjoy food in the palace gardens, and buy beautiful products from handpicked sellers.

Leading names including Cath Kidston, Kaffe Fasset, Annie Sloan, Sue Timney, Etsy, Pinterest, Mr X Stitch, Lou Gardiner, the V&A and Poppy Chancellor will be among the famous brands at the fair sharing their experiences and know-how with visitors.

And, if that's not enough, Kirstie has also decided to go for a Guinness World Record at the event for the highest number of pompoms laid end to end. A spokesperson from organisers Brand Events said: "Kirstie makes a mean pompom but she can’t possibly do them all herself, so she is calling on the Great British public to help her achieve #worldpomination."

And the Location, Location, Location presenter herself said: “The Handmade Fair is an event with learning and making at its core. It is a celebration of all kinds of skills; from sewing to knitting, sugar-craft to crocheting, paper-crafts, up-cycling, and of- course, plenty of pompom making. With tents full of talented designer makers, inspiring teachers, workshops and dream speakers, trust me, there’s no other place you’d rather be than Hampton Court with me this September.”

You can buy tickets to the fair now. The £29 entry price includes entry to the event, a pre -booked place in a workshop, a pre-booked place in a 'grand make' session and a chance to hear an amazing speaker of your choice.



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