Wednesday, 28 November 2012

my purchases at the K & S show

How I enjoyed meeting Kathryn and Judith at the show, both from SF and blog land, hoping to meet Judith for a visit to Hobbycraft in the next few days, Kathryn is further away in Chester but we had some quality time together and I am sure we will keep it touch.It is good to walk around the show with someone and share ideas and well just the company was wonderful.
Thanks ladies for your comments on the show blog, now I will show you where my pennies went whilst there!

The purchase I will find the most useful is this ironing board, saves getting the big one out when doing my crazy blocks, its just sits on the work top by the sewing machine



I had seen one of these used on create and craft then found The Stitch Witch stand and hey presto have my own. It measures 12" by 18", had thought about trying to make one myself but now no need and it would not have turned out so well as this one.

Also bought three books,  a bit disappointed as I thought they were the tradition English paper piecing method but no they are traditional foundation piecing, just as well they were well reduced at £5 each, Make it simpler paper piecing by A G Solmon ,Paper-pieced bed quilts by J Davis and the Blessed Home Quilt by C Derksen and M Harder, the latter one has some things which really appeal including a project of a pillow with an angel on and the words angels are amongst us. My younger daughter Helen loves angels so think I will make one for her, lets hope she keeps the cat off it.
There were also some beads to add to the stash, I needed a few fat quarters in dark colours, got a black, navy and dark grey ready for the CQJP challenge.
Oh yes there was a lovely lady from Australia who had come over for the show, she makes the most delightful felt dolls    ak traditions   and also knitted dolls, had to have a pattern for the felt ones, her stand was packed throughout the show she said it was well worth the trip and was also seeing a book publisher who was interested in a book from her., she has a web site   www,aktraditions.com for any who are interested.
Silk ribbon was also on my list but there was very little there, was hoping to be able to buy some that I could dye but not very successful, did manage to get these though


Then I found some charms, there were quite a few of each in each packet so have split them up to share with Catherine got a bit carried away I fear, found the more expensive ones first but then could not resist the better buys

 the more expensive ones are the last photo, do not look a better quality, had I have come across the good buys first would not have purchased these.
Now a few buttons

One of my favourite stands is the Oliver Twist one, Jean dyes all sorts of things,  silk tops, cocoons etc, threads , fabrics, all colour coordinated, I love her fine cottons which I use for the fancy stitching in my hardanger, checked before I went and this time only needed 5 colours, her range has about 53 variegated threads in it
 Her range of machine embroidery threads are also wonderful. I love to just stand and look at her stand as she displays her goodies so very well and has work boards above    such a feast for the eyes.Jean and Walter make everyone so welcome and will explain what and how to do if you have any queries, I can`t speak highly enough of them both.
There were also a few strips of friendly plastic to add to those I already have, quite like the technique, will post a pic when I achieve anything worth while.

Well think that is about it for now,   a good two days which I throughly enjoyed.

23 comments:

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Love those little beads and threads! :)

Jules said...

What a lot of lovely goodies! I am envious, I would dearly love to get to the show, but have never managed it yet! I'm glad you had such a good time.x

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

HELLO MARGARET, What a wonderful collection of goodies. Have fun creating with them. Hugs Judy

Annet said...

What a lovely goodies! I can imagine that you couldn't resist all those lovely charms. The embroidery threads looks very nice. Seems you had a very good time!

Claudia said...

WOW - so many lovely goodies! Looking forward what you will create. I also love Oliver Twist and all the wonderful threads and felts and and and...

Marjolein said...

You did some fun shopping!
Cute buttons!

Elizabeth Braun said...

I wanted silk ribbon too, but, sadly, Crafty Ribbons didn't go to the HG show this time.=( They do some good priced stuff and I was hoping... Oh well. They do dye/paintable ones too. You might want to search for their site??

I bought those very same cards of orange and green organza ribbons a few years ago! I haven't used them yet, but I still love to look at them.

Love the Oliver Twists stand too, but I think, for me, it's the overall colour explosion that does it. I can admire the stand better from afar as, as soon as I start looking in detail, there isn't anything I can think of using (yet!!), but taken as a whole, the stand is a colour fantasia!

What a joy a good stitching show is!=)

Pippas quilts said...

That all looks fantastic you will have fun using those.

Createology said...

Lovely purchases you made and sounds like you had a wonderful time. Your new treasures will be well appointed in your creations. Blissful Creating...

Suztats said...

Drooling.....pass the towel, please. Love the threads: thread junkie that I am........

Queeniepatch said...

Oh, Margaret! This must have been like Christmas come early for you!
A small iron board is VERY hand to have next to the sewing machine!
I am sure the books on fundation piecing will be used.
Then you are all set up for CQJP with FQs beads, ribbons, buttons, charms and those lovely Oliver Twist threads. I always buy a lot of their goods when I visit the Festival of Quilts.
Have FUN with your loot!!!

Susan Hook said...

Oh Margaret, what a good couple of days you must have had, I love all the things that you have bought I bet your mind is full of ideas of what to make with them.
I must try to go to one of these shows they look fantastic!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

From an ironing board to books, charms, beads and lovely threads - so many lovely items! Have fun with them all and thanks for sharing your wonderful time at the show with us :)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Wow Margaret! You really found some wonderful treasures at the show to play and create with. I especially like the ironing board. With my small room, if I have my ironing board set up it takes up too much of the room. Connie

shirley said...

You had a wonderful time at the show and it was so nice to catch up with two of your friends from SF. How good to have company. Your purchases are absolutely marvellous. That ironing board will get a lot of work. Love all your purchases you have made lovely choices.

Linda said...

Hi Margaret.........what a great post. So lovely to read such a positive post. You certainly had a great day, and I just adore all your purchases!! I love Oliver Twists, and I have to admit to having way to much silk ribbon from lots of sources!!! Your little ironing board will be great. I have one, and find it extremely useful. Take care in the cold. It's so hot here, and watering seems to be on my agenda day in and day out.

Woolly Soup said...

Hi Margaret the angel pillow sounds really lovely I will look forward to seeing that one on your post. . I think my daughter would also love something like that.
£5 books sounds good too.Sounds like a good day out

Anneliese said...

Hi Margaret, Lovely purchases. I love the 6 colours of thread. These colours are truely wonderful. And all your charms!!!! You will have a lot now to sew on your creations. It is alwlays good to have new books. If not now they might interest you later.
Thank you for your lovely comment on my stars, tatting and bakery - infact DH's.

Margreet said...

What a lovely stuff you have, oh those wonderful threads!

Wanda Maria Roszak said...

Margaret, beautifully thank you for the memories, for visiting the blog, and a very nice word,
Your works are beautiful, on various topics, and are different. Recently I have trouble with the computer and less destruction to blogs.
Margaret, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
warm and cordial greetings!

Paula said...

Margaret, I love those ribbons, and the thread is beautiful.
Merry Christmas to you and your family

DIAN said...

Wow, I love all the things you bought - the threads, the beads, the charms. Everything. It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Thanks also for always visiting my blog and commenting.

Anita said...

Wow! you've bought so many things,wonderful treasures ! cute charms and those threads are lovely! can't wait to see what you are going to come up with..