I’m lucky enough to live near the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum which has a Rare Breeds Show every July. I’d been regularly, but last year it took on a whole new slant as I had been spinning (spindling?) for … at least six weeks! I didn’t let that put me off, I entered two items in the novice classes and came away with two rosettes. I guess I better point out that there aren’t too many novices out there, so the competition was not exactly fierce. I got prize money too – I think a first and third place earned me about £4.50 (so I made a profit – it was £1.5o for each entry)!
I’ve upped my game this year and am entering three classes – Shawl/Stole/Scarf, Natural Skein and Hat/Gloves/Other. I’ve just put the tags on and am ready to roll in the morning.
I agonised over how to attach the tags. Is it bad form to use a safety pin? Would it be showing off to use more handspun yarn – or should it be co-ordinated with the item? I hope I can’t hear them sniggering as I leave the display tent…
I’m hoping I will manage to buy some lovely spinny things too. I have my eye on a spindle from IST crafts and there were quite a few other fibre stalls last year so I’m sure that won’t be all that I come away with.
I bought some buttons today and am about to start frantically sewing them onto my newly felted bag (then adding a lining and some sort of closing device). I couldn’t find any flower shaped buttons, I had a picture in my head but maybe I saw them at the Lewes Guild show in October, not in the shop I went to? I want to take the finished bag on its first outing tomorrow to a suitably fitting event, so hopefully I can post a picture of the finished project tomorrow morning before I go.