The Handmade Fair which was held from19th to 21st September has been heralded as a record breaking success. 

The first event of its kind, putting learning at the heart of everything it does, The Handmade Fair welcomed over 11,000 crafters to Hampton Court Palace over the weekend where they participated in over 50 skill workshops as diverse as upcycling to sugar craft and paper cutting to knitting.

Kirstie Allsopp who is passionate about crafts and who presented the event says; “What an amazing time we had.  It was an inspiring sight seeing so many craft enthusiasts making things together.”

Kirstie invited her favourite experts up on stage in the impressive Super Theatre where they demonstrated their individual skills and talked about their learnings and challenges faced along the road to success. The likes of Cath Kidston, Annie Sloan and Jane Means all joined in and where the first of the talks to sell out when the show went on sale earlier this year.

Visitors were encouraged to book the full experience, which along with the Super Theatre, included their choice of over 20 different and diverse Skill Workshops and “Grand Makes” from paper-crafting to origami floristry to making Christmas crackers. 

The Shopping Village too, was made up of two tents, full of 200 gorgeous handpicked exhibitors with an amazing array of crafting products and handmade goodies and not forgetting a sumptuous Artisan Marketplace where visitors were able to choose from a handpicked selection of handmade delicacies.

If that’s not enough, The Handmade Fair also smashed the World Record for the longest chain of pom-poms you with more than 7,200 of the fluffy globes on display on Sunday Afternoon.  Hobbycraft staff and customers had been busy making Pompoms with support from the Deafblind charity, Sense.