Bristol Vintage Fair

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

28 January 2014


Hello lovely people! Did you all enjoy the LAST weekend of January?!

I spent mine in the amazing city of Bristol. It was my first time in the area, but luckily I had my guide/best friend who had planned a brilliant whistle-stop tour. I was thrilled at the sheer amount of colour on every street, from the pastel house fronts to the Banksy art hidden around corners. I fell head of heels for the place, at every turn there was something to catch my eye - and I haven't even started on the shopping!

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Image: Unite Students

Talking of shopping, we'd heard a pretty exciting rumour about a HUGE vintage sale, so that was our Saturday sorted! After a lovely wander through the Old Market and a super scrummy lunch, we hopped on a bus to the community-based project Paintworks. Once the old paint and varnish factory, it's now being transformed into the city's new creative quarter for both businesses and residents - I'd definitely suggest checking it out. 

Image: Bilton & Johnson

But down to the important stuff: the vintage. The deal was £15 for a kilo of vintage clothing - yes, a KILO! According to their facebook page, we were in for wall upon wall of mens and womens fashion and accessories, that would be replenished all day long! After paying our £1 entrance fee, we stood in awe, taking in the frenzy around us: the booming music, the swarms of people and the mass of clothes. It only took a few minutes before we dived head first into the nearest 'bin'! 


Image: Ship Shape

Judy's Vintage Fairs, the wonderful people running the event, suggested a kilo amounted to 4-5 items. It still sounds a lot, but when faced with that volume of clothes it was a daunting task! 


Image: Ship Shape

As we began filling our bags, a voice rang out from the corner: 'From now on, all you can fit in a bag for £10!'. From that moment on, all reserve flew out the door and we feverishly scrambled for bargains. Before you start imagining torn trousers and jealous jostling, I can promise you everyone was as nice as pie! One girl we spoke to told us to measure jeans around our necks rather than bother trying them on. A fab time saver, but we did attract one or two confused looks!


Image: Ship Shape

In little over an hour, and with barely a dent in our purses, we were settled down in the upstairs cafe with cooling drinks and overflowing bags! For the grand total of £10 we came away with:

2 pairs of Levis jeans, 

3 pairs Levis shorts,

3 skirts,

2 (very 80's!!) jumpers,

1 dress &

1 cardigan. 

Let me say again, ALL for £10!!

I can say without a shadow of a doubt, this is THE way to shop! I've already put the next date down in my diary, see  you there maybe?

Upcoming Events:

York Hall, London - 2nd Feb

The People's History Museum, Manchester - 9th Feb

The Custard Factory, Birmingham - 15th Feb

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January inspiration

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

21 January 2014


Hello you lovely crafters! How're you? Did you survive Blue Monday?! We just about made it through here in the office with buckets of tea and yummy soup!

Now that we’re fully into the swing of January, and endless cold weather still looming, the fresh New Year seems to be off to a shaky start! So rather than give in to the grotty weather, settle down with a cuppa and blow away the cobwebs with these Spring-time makes.



My fellow non-stitchers, I bring you a make where no needle is required!
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This wall art is super simple yet bold, just wrap up warm before you go foraging!
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Brighten up your life with this easy chandelier craft!
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Not only is this purse big enough for a phone, cards and numerous receipts, it looks basic enough that even I can attempt it!
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A brilliant little make which'll add a bit of interest to your table.
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A quick way to spruce up some well-worn mugs.
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Show off all your memories from Christmas with this ever so simple make.
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I'm a bit obsessed with tie-dye right now, and this one definitely looks doable AND wearable!
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If you're as taken with tie-dye as I am, keep an eye out for February's Making magazine in which we show you some simple tie-dye techniques to add a splash of colour to your home. These cushions are definitely a favourite!

On sale 30th January!!

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Happy making!!x

Dates to put in your diary

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

10 January 2014


First things first, let me introduce myself. I’m Abi, I’m the new Editorial Assistant here at Making. So, hello! Today is only my fifth day, but I’ve settled in pretty well and everyone here in the office is lovely (ie I make a good tea). All that’s left now is to decorate my desk (and work out how to use every programme on my computer…)!

More importantly, Happy New Year from everyone at Making! Despite the ghastly weather destroying coastlines and everyone’s walk to work, 2014 is going to be a simply superb year. I can feel it! To get this year started, we've put together a list of our top ten craft events worth braving the weather for...

CRAFT (Top Drawer & Home, Trade Fair)
London Earls Court, 12th – 14th January

CRAFT, in association with Hand Made in Britain, is a brand spanking new event being held at Top Drawer this weekend. Although being or knowing a retail bod is a necessity, if you can swing yourself a ticket, it is well worth a trip to town. Along with all the fabulous gifts and homewear brands, there will be countless talented crafters showcasing their creations for your delectation.
For more info, click here 

 bp3Image: Katie Brown Designs 

Perfumery Master Class (Discovering Tuberose with Sarah McCartney & Odette Toilette)
Somerset House, London, 6th February

Somerset House is currently swathed in Isabella Blow’s collection of outrageous millinery, and if you haven’t seen it yet, hop on a train now, I insist! But Sarah McCartney is offering something a bit different: an evening of perfumery ending with your very own bespoke bottle of scent. Over the two hours, guests will be directly involved in the development of the fragrance (which includes Blow’s favourite ingredient tuberose) and are invited to marvel at the incredible exhibition of hats.
For more information click here

pb45Image: Somerset House

Creative Stitches & Hobby Crafts
EventCity, Manchester, 6th – 8th February

With so many brilliant (and free) workshops, demonstrations and talks, as well as the extensive list of displays and exhibitors, you’ll be busy from sunrise to sunset! As well as daily catwalk shows hosted by Liverpool Community College, you have the chance to coo over the costumes from Tom Hooper’s masterpiece Les Miserables AND take part in Laura Strutt’s Sewing Club. You’d best start planning your weekend now!
For more info click here

Creative Stitches 1 (1)Image: Stitch & Hobby

Imagination Station (Family Event – Heroes and Villains)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 15th – 23rd February

If you’ve got little ones who need constant entertainment during the half term, the V&A are putting on a truly magical activity each day of the week. Once you’ve explored the museum, and hunted for materials, you and your youngsters will be shown how to transform your treasures into heroes and villains. The goodies and baddies can then battle it out in the storytelling session, so how will your puppet fair?
For more info click here

bp2Image: V&A

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show
Olympia, London, 13th – 16th March

As much as I would love to hop on the bandwagon and start customizing my blazers, I cannot sew for toffee. So perhaps this is the fair for me this year! With dressmaking workshops and expert advice, as well as a generous range of exhibitors, Olympia will house a craft show for all levels of skill (and patience!)
For more info click here

Knitstitch1Image: Knitting & Stitching

Fashion Embroidery & Stitch
NEC Birmingham, 20th – 23rd March

For one weekend, the NEC transforms into a treasure-trove of luxuriant fabrics, flourishes and feathers! Heralded as The Best showcasing of the UK’s textile arts, the choice of activities and exhibitors is exhausting! Whatever you do though, don’t miss the rare and beautiful work of Yasser Barakat: each dress has a story, every fabric has tradition, and never has his collection been farther than Dubai.
For more info click here  

Image: Fashion Embroidery

In The Making
Design Museum, London, 22nd January – 4th May

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, founders of design studio BarberOsgerby, curated an exhibition that reveals the beauty in the unfinished product, that instead celebrates the process of production and manufacture. From cricket bats to marbles to coins, and the Olympic torch, the range of objects is as fascinating as their unfinished state.
For more info click here

In The Making1Image: BarberOsgerby

Handmade in Britain (The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair)
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, 9th – 11th May

For the 8th year running, Handmade in Britain will showcase some of the country’s most innovative and exciting designers in textiles, jewellery and woodwork to name but a few! It isn’t just well established makers who exhibit their pieces, but recent graduates are also invited into the fold.  And with over 100 of these talented souls, there’s sure to be something tugging at your purse strings!
For more info click here

Handmade1Image: Handmade

New Designers
Business Design Centre, London, Part 1 25th – 28th June, Part 2 2nd – 5th July

Teeming with fresh-faced design graduates and their awe-inspiring showpieces, the New Designers show should not be missed this summer! Spanning two weeks, you can pick your design discipline (Part 1: textiles/fashion/jewellery/contemporary applied arts, Part 2: visual communication/product design/motion arts) or go along to one of the Thursday Late shows with awards and debates.
For more info click here

NewdesignersImage: Queen of Hearts

Chilterns Craft & Design Show
Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, 22th – 25th August

I know August is but a dream in these dreary winter days, but it is well worth putting these dates into your diary now! As well as another overwhelming array of talented makers, Chilterns Craft & Design show offers specialist food and drink marquees with live demonstrations throughout the weekend, birds of prey displays and the chance to have a wander around the stunning Manor House and gardens of Stoner Park.
For more info click here

 bp1Image: Chilterns

 Have fun all!
Abi x







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