On Sunday, with my feet still aching after the previous day’s trip to the Selvedge Spring Fair (and a fair bit of snowy exploration of the finest that London’s King’s Road has to offer) I met up with the lovely Rachel from My Rainbow Vintage Home.
Rachel and I became imaginary friends* through a mutual adoration of classic Heals fabrics of the 1960s. But until last weekend we had never actually met.
Lucky Rachel had won a pair of tickets to Sewing for Pleasure at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham – and invited me along with her to make use of them. Lucky me!
The snow threatened to scupper our plans, but we weren’t having that!
And neither was my Cornish lady bus driver, for whom a bit of snow proved no obstacle to getting me there on time.
The NEC was GINORMOUS. Bigger than the biggest airport I’ve ever been in. The show itself was HUGE.
These were some of the show highlights. First up, quilts…
To be honest, there was a lot on offer that wasn’t exactly to my taste, but the beauty of such an enormous show is that there is room for all tastes.
The same was also true of the fabrics on offer. From old-school rag trade to young pretenders, you could find them all at the show.
These were some of my favourites…
Also worthy of a mention is The Eternal Maker, which had a vast selection of cottons on offer – far too many to picture here, but you can browse at your leisure on their website.
I found a local shop I never knew existed, and bought a lovely bit of trim from Dots n Stripes:
But for me, the real highlight of the day was meeting Rachel.
We nattered about kids, and fabric, and life, and fabric, and sewing, and fabric…
I gave her a teatowel bought from Koi’s Kitchen at Selvedge, for her new kitchen. And guess what she gave me?
Well, scroll back up to that pretty pile at the top of the page for a big clue…
All will be revealed properly tomorrow!
*imaginary friends – my partner’s term for people you only know on the internet!