The NEC Trade Show - it is the one event in the UK for the Craft Industry....
It used to excite me a great deal more.
Now, don't get me wrong, its still a lovely event and always worth going BUT its been a long while since i have met any exciting new Suppliers :(
Still - thought you may like to see what it's about. Its like any Retail Show but, free! and free parking, and without the excessive crowds and pushing and shoving and manic pay stations in which nobody has a working terminal / adequate wifi. You get a great deal more time and attention and demonstrations on products.
Cico Books was a lush stand this year. They really made an effort with relevant props and gave the whole stand a trendy upcycled feel. LOOOOOOK! these were made by Chloe Owens (if i was told correctly) and are part of her NEW book due out...can't wait for that.
Review of Chloe's current book HERE:
And look what was on display.... only our good chum LUPIN's books
^^ link above clicks through to Lupin's blog where she reviews loads of gorgeous books.
I could have bought many many great publications... still might!?!
I was toying with the idea of stocking some BOOOOtiful patches.
Embroidered patches as seen below....
But i also liked her use of the embroidery hoops to make artwork for children.
A simple yet effective project.
Then i got carried away with more embroidery hoop displays :)
They are an awesome way to display favourite fabrics, for sure. I could play with embroidery hoops all day and night.
AND look who i bumped in to... Victoria Peat from Little Black Duck:
OK, i totally arranged to meet her there, it was not a chance encounter. Last time we made physical friendship contact was at Jo-Anns in Florida USA (dahling)
SO, here's the skinny:
Let me get the SALE DAY underway this Saturday. Let me shift old stock and make some space, then how about we have a few *new* products?
How about we expand the Wool Felt after all? and get new colours and new sheet sizes and make all that better?... watch this space my beauties... x x x