Why do all the craft festivals come at once in the south east? I love going to them but I could do with them being spread out a bit more.
We do a bonus ball sweepstake at work, I’ve won it for the second time now, only £15 each time, I never seem to win when it rolls over above £50. Mustn’t grumble though because that’s ticked off my first craft festival booking of the year.
For £27.50 I’ve now got a weekend pass to Unravel at Farnham Maltings at the end of February. I’ve booked on to this workshop: https://farnhammaltings.com/events/unravel-click-1-purl-1-beginners-photography/ A beginner’s workshop in photographing your crafty projects, aimed at those who want achieve great pictures without the professional equipment. Photographer and knitter, Louise Walker will show you how with just a point and shoot or smartphone. The workshop will explore the use of light, props and basic photo editing. An ideal chance to improve your ravelry, etsy and instagram. Please bring your digital camera or smartphone and a finished project and prop such as fabric for a backdrop (optional). Suitable for all levels.
Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? I do badly need some help with my photos, I had a fantastic piece of luck last year when Dawn Elliott and Vintage Vi agreed to take photos of my snoods for my Etsy shop in return for a bit of cross promotion (www.dawnelliottphotography.co.uk and www.vintagevi.co.uk). If you have a look at my Etsy shop all the good photos of a woman wearing a snood are modelled by Vintage Vi and photographed by Dawn Elliott, everything else is taken by me and frankly doesn’t do my work any favours.
The Unravel workshop is such good value, 2 hours of tuition for basically about £15 I think. I’m going to take along one of my snoods, my nice little camera that is capable or much more than I have worked out and I thought a vintage headscarf to use as a backdrop. I’m really looking forward to it.
Last year I did a knitting with beads workshop at Unravel with Fiona Morris that was fantastic.
If you don’t know about Unravel its well worth a visit if you are local. Its a festival of knitting with workshops, exhibitions, tons of shopping and its all held in a fantastic venue. The Maltings is well worth a visit at any time of year just for the café, last year I had the most ginormous bakewell tart. If you are going, I would recommend going on both days, its a bit of a crush and you’ll need a few hours to see it all. I like to have a look on the first day and spend on the second day. I’m kidding myself again that I’m not going to spend any money this year but if I can get a seat in the café I’m going to invest heavily in cake.