Today, I headed off into London, something I rarely do on a weekend but I was on an exciting mission. I usually find my way round London pretty well, I've lived here for seventeen years after all, but West London is not my natural stomping ground and I was a tad lost. Perhaps it was because I was rather sidetracked by the attractive sights on offer all around me. Some of London's tube stations are absolutely stunning to look at and do you know, I don't think I've ever emerged from South Ken before, I've just got off and followed the tunnel straight to the V&A.
I picked my way through the streets admiring the gorgeous houses and garden squares. Ah, England is so beautiful.
I so love this pink front door. Funnily enough, having seen another one in Bridport, I have been thinking recently how wonderful it would be if every time I came home, I saw a pink front door. Don't think the boys would be too keen.
I finally found my way to the Kings Road and Chelsea Old Town Hall. I had a date with my first visit to the Selvedge (magazine) Fair.
The hall itself is absolutely lovely, a really great setting. As you can see, it was very busy, but not unpleasantly so. There were two further rooms full of stalls plus some more in the corridors. Oooh my giddy aunt. Good job I saved those pennies!
I knew from the Selvedge website that some of my favourite crafts people were going to be there but I was pleasantly surprised to find so many more and such delightful people to meet and talk with. Obviously not everything is going to be to any one person's taste but I generally found the workmanship superb and the items on offer exquisite. Let's have a look at a few highlights, shall we?
Matilda-Rose had made some lovely items with vintage blankets as the base cloth, snippets of Tana lawn and some fine free motion stitching.
Cindy Incidentally with lovely Liberty fabric applique teacups.
I am already a big fan of Claire Fletcher's work having been introduced to it through Made in Hastings. Her work is unashamedly girly and pretty, so right up my street! Her illustrations are just charming. A while back, I decided I really wanted to support talented crafts people and buy a special piece of work every now and then and one of her painted tambourines hangs in my Den.
I was also pleased to meet and chat with the lovely Sarah Strachan whose work was new to me. I noticed that Sarah is featured in the current Selvedge magazine. Oh look at that cute crocheted blanket.
I loved the miniature patchwork quilt you can see and Sarah explained to me that the patchwork effect is actually painted onto the cloth Too cute.
Everywhere there were beautiful things to exclaim over. Out in the corridor, the knitted "Best in Show" cats and dogs were going walkies!
Having first read about Abigail Brown in Homes and Antiques magazine, I have admired her work for some time so I was thrilled to see her work in the flesh. I adored the little owl, he had such a cute expression on his face but the most comments from fellow visitors were exclamations over the fabulous flamingo.
Having lusted over one for ages, home came the pink birdy.
More excitement awaited round the corner when I beheld the stall belonging to Jessie Chorley showcasing the gorgeous goodies usually found in the Colombia Road shop belonging to her and her friend, Buddug Humphreys.
What is it about these pieces I love so much? I looked at them a long time, admiring all the little details. Jessie herself was a delight to chat with. I think a place on one of her workshops must be secured soon.
And finally, I couldn't have been more thrilled to find Julie Arkell in attendance. Both she and her stall were looking wonderful and it always amazes me, the new ideas she comes up with and makes her own.
All beautifully and quirkily displayed.
Ooh, rabbit brooch love. Could that black one need to come home with me, too?
Julie had the lovely idea to copy postcards which I think her grandfather had brought back from the First World War and combine them with her stitched "everlasting" poppies for Remembrance Day, and every day thereafter.
The lovely lady herself.
Oh what a perfect treat of a day.
Perfect from the lovely poster advertising the fair to the amazing items on offer and the equally pleasant visitors with their compliments on my 1940's cardi. I bought this at the Chatham Dockyard event and it hangs on the outside of my wardrobe every day for me to admire. Today, I finally wore it for the first time and I remembered I hadn't shown you. A perfect cardigan, there can be no doubt.
Do go to the next fair if you get the chance, you have until March to organise your trip. I'd better start saving...