Now it is being used for arts and cultural events, like the Thread Festival. And Unravel, a festival of knitting. There were quite a few stalls selling fabric, haberdashery and other sewing related materials. Maybe a bit more than I expected. But there were also independent designers, which were really interesting to discover. I wish there had been more designers, actually.
Sophie Pattinson, and embroidered by women in Bangladesh as a way to make an income. These just blew us away. So beautiful. From a distance this bed spread (I think), looked like it was printed, the stitching was so consistent. I love the effect of the black on white with little pops of colour.
Jen Moules. Such great colours, bright and bold. And I thought the use of the stitches was really interesting, very unusual.
Judith Brown. It's not that obvious in my photos here, but they are made from vintage haberdashery! Such as hooks & eyes, zipper pulls and more. Along with wire that Judith stitches into shape. Really beautiful and intricate work. I could happily have taken several pieces home with me. :-)
I don't wear aprons, so I think I'm going to use that embroidery on a cushion or something. It was just too sweet to leave behind.
Eeep! Strawberry buttons!
Doesn't it look pretty at the Maltings?
I'm not 100% sure, but I think Thread will be back again next year. If you're partial to a bit of crafty shopping, beautiful handmade things and the odd bit of vintage thrown in the mix, set in pretty surroundings, I think you'd enjoy it. :-)
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