Sunday May 10th 2015 marked the second year of the largest event in the Makit Fairs’ calendar. Preparations started earlier with exhibitors and representatives from various Textile Crafts, Guilds and all the many gathered suppliers setting up ready for the doors to open to the public at 10 o’clock sharp.
As always the atmosphere on the day was filled with anticipation and excitement at what the day would bring. Our intrepid photographers were poised throughout the day capturing visitors and Exhibitors alike – they even managed to snap the camera shy Steve as he made his rounds checking everything was in order!
We were thrilled to introduce two new areas to the Fair this year with our Craft Haven and Guild Village – they have proven to be a big hit with our visitors and exhibitors as well as the representatives manning the stalls.
The Craft Haven
Annette Morgan – award-winning textile artist / Janet Cronin – teacher of Japanese embroidery
Jan Best – traditional Dorset buttons / Clive Barnet – fabric printing
Jan Gardiner – traditional and modern lacemaking techniques / Kay Dennis – Stumpwork embroidery
Mary Mcintosh – patchwork and quilting
The Guild Village
The Lace Society / Smocking Branch of the Embroiderers Guild / OIDFA
Ring of Tatters / The Lace Guild
The Quilters Guild / The Guild of Needle Laces
The Embroiderers Guild
Tinhut Textiles – Elements
The Mary Tite Collection
Suppliers and stockists
With over 70 Suppliers, Artisans and specialist stockists all under one roof it made for a delightful experience for our visitors wanting to stock up on supplies for their hobbies and crafts. With a plethora of threads, beads, tools, patterns, artworks, accessories and much more, there was something for everyone to enjoy and to purchase. There was a range of ages of visitors who practice one or more of the textile crafts on show at the event, some seasoned practitioners and others just finding their feet and preferred craft all mixing together and enjoying the day.