Sunday, April 4, 2010

Part Two of A Walk through the Cottage on Fair Day

Wendy and Yvonne, waiting for the doors to open, taking  the opportunity to look over this quilt as you go, with the alternate machine embroidered blocks.
Some closer looks at the beautifully worked variety of goodies these girls are selling from the cute 'Drool Rules!' bib to the memories boxes, colourful fridge magnets, table runners and wall hangings.

Some of the members did this sampler workshop at a local embroidery machine shop, creating these lovelies, some framed behind glass, some stretched onto a frame.
Wendy, being one of the patchwork group,  took the opportunity to show just where Crazy Patch is taking us, she has created a basket of beautiful little needle books. 'Crazy in a Hoop' she calls them.
Some have lace along the joining seams, some have rows of embroidery.  So pretty and femine.


A wonderful array of pieces, with some closer views following.

Machine embroidered 'Fairy Woodland' on a prettily dyed piece of fabric. 
Babushka Wall hanging, Black Embroidered Flapper wall hanging, stretched onto a frame, Table runner, hand towels, face washers, and a sewing journal, with a fave motto

A wonderful  tote, just the thing for a workshop, not only outside pockets, with lovely machine embroidery, but a fully zippered closure at the top.  Love the machine embroidered pin cushion on the end.



Marcia all set at the Sales table, not really hiding behind the bags and totes, just an illusion.......promise.

Porcelain Painters group had a wonderful display of goodies for sale, many new lines and a couple that are harder to come by too, such as this footed cake stand that Patsy painted with the black border and vibrant floral ring.
The darker blue on the mugs that this lady painted, (apologies will slot in her name when I find it)  really stood out against some of the more pastel designs.  forgot to ask, but I think they are traditonal Delft Ware patterns.
 There were lovely pastel designs, and some stronger designs too.
How cute are all the bunnies, little pill boxes, ring trays, jewelery containers and vases, but I think my fave (so hard to pick one) is the flapper on the square plate, just under the pair of cats.  Really lovely.

Margaret with some of her pieces, lovely soft colours and feathery brush strokes.

Denise and her helper (sorry, another name lost, will fix asap) from Lacemakers and Tapestry with some of the exquisite lace pieces this group creates.
Little jar or jug covers, booties, gift cards with tatting, doilies with tatted edgings, the cutest little pouches, just right for the 'tooth fairy', lingerie bags with lace inserts and edgings, beaded jug cover, and glorious linen handkerchiefs with lace edgings.

The delicate structure of the lace table centrepiece and doilies shows up beautifully against the dark background, there is even a lovely lace collar - top right hand corner - wouldn't you just love that on the neckline of a hand knitted jumper. Yum..
Unfortunately, I was only able to get permission from one Potter to photograph her pieces, it was wall to wall people in there........so busy, and the stuff was just walking out the door. But the few pieces I did get show just how wonderful the work is that our Pottery group does, Don't you just love the bird bath with permanent residents?




The Cottage is filling with visitors by now, and the first rush is on, those who come early come to buy, they are regulars and know just what they want, returning to their fave artists.
Painters, Shirley and Lyn are busily packaging up a sale of hand painted cards. While another customer makes a selection, just the hand coming in there for one of those little girl cards - or maybe it was the teddy on the line.

Julie showing just a small selection of the many, many canvases from the Painters Group that hang from the Atrium walls.

Silversmith Carolan, making a few last minute adjustments to her display.
As we finish our walk through the cottage, I'll leave you with these two views of Carolan's wearable art....as we continue outside the cottage to see what we can find.
We leave the cottage through the Tea Rooms and continue to the beginning of the tree lined pathway to Carol with her plants.
Carol has been 'doing the plants' for many a Fair, always in this idyllic location, everyone knows where to find her and she sells out early, while I took this pic those Strelitzia blooms walked away!

Outside the Cottage, the Fair continues, everywhere you look, tents stuffed full of goodies while the potters seat at the edge of our Tea Room is put to good use by a couple of husbands who are obviously really enjoying the shopping experience! and on the other side of this maze of sellers, the Memorial Hall is also jam packed with crafters and their offerings, you are met at the door by Lady Lioness President Maureen and helper Rita, selling raffle tickets to that great basket of goodies at a mere $1.00 a ticket.
A wonderful way to spend as much or as little time as you want on an Easter Saturday, so much to see, so much to buy, after all, not only are there Easter gifts to buy, but a year full of birthdays and other celebrations!
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