One of the first exhibitors I saw at Craft Alive this morning was Crystals and More. I was intrigued by the type of weaving the presenter was doing and stopped to take a look.
She was doing Meshwork which I had never heard of before. She was making bias binding which was backed by Clover fusible web and she wove this into a pattern then ironed the whole piece which was pinned to baking paper.
She made quite a variety of patterns and I noticed she had made a purse out of one of the pieces. I think these would make great mug rugs too.
I ended up buying a couple of patterns for beginners....
...and a kit which contained bodkins for threading through the bias binding, fusible tape to back it with and the bias tape maker. When I did a search on Pinterest it looked like this craft is called Japanese Meshwork.
Another exhibitor was selling Japanese fabric. Indigo Niche had some beautiful fabrics which were very good quality with fabulous designs and there were displays of Sashiko Embroidery which I was very interested in.
This colourful patchwork skirt made from scraps left over from quilting was displayed at Passionately Sewn . Such a good idea to use up scraps which some people would just throw away.
When I used to go to craft shows in Brisbane World of Lace was always one of the most popular exhibitors. I knew I couldn't pass by without buying something and when I saw their latest coathanger kit I had to buy one as the lace is just beautiful and it will make a lovely present. There are different laces to make two coathangers.
These bobbin earrings caught my eye and I think they are so cute but I am not sure if I would be brave enough to wear them. However if you would have no hesitation in wearing them and want to buy a pair just click on the link.
They are from Wacky Jacky's Batiks and Fabrics.
A lot of the exhibitors were from out of town but I did notice a local one from Whispers of the Valley.
They had a counting book which I thought was a Quiet Book and it had New Zealand animals in it but there is also a panel of Australian animals available if anyone local would like to make a counting book. I had a look online and Whispers of the Valley seems to be a B & B near Gatton and there is a Fabric Craft and Gift Boutique on the property. Sorry about the dodgy photo but I was feeling unwell by then and needed to leave in a hurry so rushed the photo.
It was a pleasant morning and I would recommend going along if you live in the region. This show seems to cater for the regional areas which is nice. This weekend is going to be a scorcher so I would suggest taking plenty of water with you. There is a cafe there if you would prefer a caffeine hit. Just click on the link for details on where Craft Alive is being held if you are interested.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Aussies about the heatwave conditions on the weekend and the health authorities are giving advice about keeping hydrated and out of the sun so I wish everyone living in the areas that will be sizzling all the best and I hope you have a plan in place to try and cool down. We will be heading to the shopping centre tomorrow afternoon and the movies on Sunday afternoon and there will be no cooking done...that's for sure! Salads are the order of the day.