Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Mayday Fair in Kettlewell.

Heads up everyone!
Wonderful Man and I had a super day at the Kettlewell May day Festival. The tag line for the festival was 'Made in't Dale, Festival of Wool and Ale'
And that's just what there was, lots of it too! 
Come and take a look.
 We were up early on Monday morning with a car packed full of felty goodness.
 Our short journey took us through Bishopdale into Wharfdale.
 We arrived in the little village of Kettlewell (of Calendar Girls fame) spot on 8am ready to set up our stall. You couldn't ask for a more picturesque setting!
 Here we are in the corner all set up and ready for the day, lets take a closer look...
I can see a bit of photo bombing going on! Mr Marmalade thought I wouldn't notice! 
We had notebooks, hand felted embroidered cards, little fat owls, 2 types of felt brooches, printed greetings cards of my felty creations, the last felt handbag, tea cosy and kitten kits, art prints of my field mouse and 3 brand new original felt artworks. I'd been a very busy girl over the last couple of weeks I can tell you. lol. Anyway that's enough about us, lets take a look at some of the other lovely stalls.
 Okay, not a stall but who could resist these very fluffy bunnies...awe!
 And of course we couldn't have woolly goings on without the lovely Lucy of Attic 24 and her friends being there to promote Yarndale 2014! We had a nice little catch up in the sunshine and I bought myself a very capatious Yarndale bag. It's huge!
 Looking lovely as always, Edie Pebbles stall, full of gorgeous girly bits and bobs.
Hooked by Design, rug hooking.
 I'm afraid I don't know who's this is as I was snapping while everyone was setting up before the event opened.
 A very smiley stall holder with more rug hooking.
 Even more felted bits and bobs.
 The most gorgeous woven wools from Laura's Loom.
 This one speaks for itself really.
This is my was my neighbour Yvonne's stall, with beautiful felt scarves.
 Gorgeous machine embroidered cushions.
 And last but not least our other lovely neighbours, Lorraine and her sister Deborah with yummy silver and polymer clay jewellery. It was their first craft fair so I hope it didn't put them off being next to me all day, lol!
 Well, the sun shone and the people came. There was live music playing, a fashion show in the village church and a local art exhibition in village hall.
 There were pies and cheeses, hog roasts and cakes...
 Spinning, weaving and gun dog demonstrations. There were even 4 week old puppies to see! We know this because all our craft tents emptied when the announcement came that there were puppies in the demonstration ring, lol! Who can resist a puppy!
 The beer tent was also very popular or so I believe...we didn't get chance to participate as we were so busy chatting to lovely customers. 
 My little felt robin picture flew off to a new home with two lovely ladies within the first hour.
And we hand delivered the hare to his lovely new owner on our way home. He'll be living in the most beautiful old farmhouse a little further up the Dale.
But all good things must come to an end. At 5 o'clock we started to pack away as the live music played and the beer flowed on.
 We left Kettlewell feeling tired but happy.
 The weather had behaved itself beautifully.

And we collapsed on the kitchen sofa and had a much needed cup of tea. 
Our next felty foray will be on June 28th and 29th at 
I better get some felt on the go!
Love Fi x
Edited to add... Liniecat, the hare's eye is not glass it is all wool! Thank you for your lovely comments ladies x


Betty said...

Fi I love robins, yours is so perfect - you have captured all his vibrancy. I would love to visit one of these fairs - too far for me, seeing all these fabulous talents on your blog is delicious - although I have to say that your talent honestly does shine out the brightest. Good luck with the next one.

Jess said...

What a lovely fair in such stunning surroundings! I love your little robin, no wonder he flew away so quickly!
Jess x

liniecat said...

Gosh it must have been a smashing event to visit, sorry I missed it.
I so love your hare, his eyes are amazing, do you insert glass cabochon eyes or is that too needle and wet felted in?
Stunning work : )

Twiglet said...

It all looks so wonderful and that scenery is just spectacular.

Anonymous said...

So pleased you had a lovely and enjoyable day. :-)

The Weaver of Grass said...

That all felt hare looks so alert.
Glad you had a good day.

Gill Swain said...

I love all your market pictures and the views are just glorious! It's interesting to see how different the stalls are from what we seem to sell down here on the South Coast. Your felting work is outstanding!!

Alchamillamolly said...

That cup of tea after a long day at a fair is always the best! You are truly on a circuit aren't you with that lovely hubby of yours

Pat said...

How very beautiful the area is where the fair was held, and such gorgeous goodies on display everywhere!

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

What a great fair - so many interesting stalls. And your work as beautiful as ever - thank you for sharing
Caz xx

Susan Smith said...

What a wonderful craft fair. I just drooled over some of those pics. As usual your items were just stunning.
Glad you had a lovely day and take care.

Virginia said...

it's a tribute to your superb skill that we should be fooled into thinking the hare's eye was glass - it is is alive. What a lucky person the new owner it.

Yvonne Moxon said...

Oh wow what a fantastic day out I so wish I had been there and it seems the weather was perfect for you, Your felt work is beautiful you have become very clever with that wool, what beautiful eyes your hare has!!

Claire said...

What a fabulous sounding fair al your pics and description. So wish I lived close enough to visit it.
How exciting to sell your Robin and Hare pics, I can imagine how excited the new owners would be.
A well deserved cuppa and rest when you got home, love the pic of you and hubby.......
Time to get back into it, have fun.....

Claire Xx

Anonymous said...

Your work gets better and better! Such a clever thing.

Cathy Daniel said...

You really have got this felt thing nailed! Your hare and robin are superb. No wonder they sold quickly! Gorgeous pics of a gorgeous place, as ever! xCathy

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bengelapen said...

What a lovely fair that must have been, the stalls look great !
I am from Belgium but went to the dales in the beginning of may (on a photography facebookgroup meeting with people who live in the dales) and we stayed in Kettlewell from fryday the 8th till monday the 11th of may. I missed you and the fair by an inch :p
Would have been nice to see you and the beautiful things you make in real life.
Loved the area and the things we visited and also the people were so friendly and welcoming.

An from Belgium