Definitely the most fantastic part of the Stitches show is the lovely people you meet and getting a chance to catch up with people you've met at previous shows.
This time the Incubator section was much larger than usual so I'm not going to even attempt to mention everyone (plus I'm terrible with names). But I do have to make special mention of our lovely stand neighbours Julie from Juicy Roo (very lovely and capable of the best pep-talks ever) and the ever wonderful and kooky Cathy and Louise (also great for conversation of an entirely different nature).
And here's a snapshot of the rest!
Stalls by Bettina of BKH Design, Kristen Doran and Fi of Dear Fii
Sandra from Winterwood's stall
Caitlin from Pippijoe
Sprout Design and Surface Art (hello Bek)
The incubator section (just half of it)
Jodie from Ric Rac's awesome selvedge frock display
Dinner with a bunch of crafty ladies in Newtown
And I guess I should show you some pics of our stall! 'Scuse the bad lighting (mixed light sources never make for a happy photo):
The Ink & Spindle Stall
Bolts for sale
Bundles that sell like hot cakes
Pretty Fat Quarters - yah!
In conclusion? The show was great. It's definitely worth being a part of the Incubator Section to any of youse who might be considering it for next year. Especially if you're selling kits of any sort of supplies so the crafty folk who attend can actually be involved in the making process. If you only have finished product you might not do so well (although best to ask those who did and get their feedback).
And... it's really important for us to rally behind a show like this. Living Creatively are trying very hard to change the image of Stitches & Craft and breathe new life into it, and I can only imagine how difficult the transition phase is. But if they succeed it can only be a good thing for us new indie crafters. Seriously.
The end! xx