Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quilt and Craft Fair Excitement!

A small group of us are heading up to the Quilt and Craft Fair in Melbourne this coming weekend.  This year the Tassie version was up in Launceston, so it seemed a good time to branch out to the (apparently rather larger) Melbourne stop instead.  I am torn between wanting to be focused and restrained in what I buy (I have a rapidly growing stash of both fabric and wool and perhaps should finish some more things off before buying yet more to start yet more...!) and wanting to make the most of the opportunity.

My shortlist is therefore as follows:

1.  I definitely want to make some of these:

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/07/jelly-roll-floor-pillows.html
I generally don't go for jelly rolls but these look fantastic and a jelly roll is nice and compact to fit in the luggage home...
    2.  I might want to try and get some wool for my own version of this:

    http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/4/16/elegant-granny-style-the-granny-stripe-blanket.html
    I definitely want to make this but perhaps am better off getting the wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills or Garnstudio or similar - they seem best value and this might be a bit bulky to bring home?

    3.  Maybe some crochet cotton and beads for some of these:

    http://greeneyed.com/2011/07/diy-beaded-bracelet/
    Last craft fair I got the crochet flower bracelet kit that I made for a Issy a little while ago and she loved it, so this might be a nice thing to make for her and her friends perhaps.

    4.  Definitely some dress fabric shopping - top of the list is jersey ruffle to make a maxi skirt, then also nice linen, denim, stretch knits etc.

    That seems like a restrained list to me - one for each of my hobbies (quilting, crochet, knitting and sewing) though clearly item 4 has more than one purchase in it :)

    I also want to look at yo-yo makers (have seen a few cool things made of or partly with yo yos recently), templates and books.  I saw a post about Knook (knitting with crochet hooks) which was intriguing!  I might have to look at bits and bobs too, like eyes for animals as they are well expensive here.  Perhaps that's enough?!!!

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