As you may recall, my husband, son and I spent an enjoyable Sunday (8 November 2009) at the International Craft and Hobby Fair at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.
Picking up from my last post, I made my way to the embroiderstitch.com booth because Faye Whittaker, creator of the ’All Our Yesterdays’ range was scheduled to make an appearance at the International Craft and Hobby Fair. I know embroiderstitch.com has a selection of Ms. Whittaker’s ‘All Our Yesterdays’ range so it seemed a logical place to go looking for her. I wasn’t wrong.
embroiderstitch.com has consistently one of the best displays at the ICHF. The partitions which make up their very large stall are covered with completed works of most if not all the kits they have on offer. One partition was almost completely done with selections from Ms. Whittaker’s ’All Our Yesterdays’ range. There were beach scenes, of course, as well scenes of family and friends at social functions of the time. These latter settings are more colourful and fun. I flipped through all the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ kits that were on offer for a while unable to decide which one to pick. I heard someone ask me if I needed any help. And I was that surprised to look up and see that the lady who had spoken to me was not an assistant but Ms. Faye Whittaker herself. I mean it’s not every day you find yourself speaking to one of the most in-demand artists in the UK. She was very down-to-earth and friendly and we chatted a bit about the various designs on offer. I finally decided on a small (5″ x 7″) kit from the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ collection entitled ‘English Roses’. As an unexpected and very welcomed bonus, I received a print from Ms. Whittaker’s ‘Molly Mop-Cap Collection’ titled ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ which she autographed on the spot. Woo-Hoo! I haven’t found the right frame for it yet so I’m keeping it tucked away safely.
A couple of booths later, I came across someone else whose work I had seen in CrossStitcher Magazine many times. Michael Powell’s designs centre mainly around architectual sights that you might find while on holiday in Europe. His designs are quirky, entertaining and remind me of the sort of animation you would see in old 1960s American cartoons. I find them quite charming and delightful. It’s not everyday you get to meet two well known artists in one day. As I had already purchased one kit from Ms. Whittaker it was only fitting I purchase another kit from Mr. Powell. As I was tiring of my husband’s constant lectures on the impracticality of using my credit card as a bookmark, I decided to get a bookmark kit. I opted for one entitled ‘Greek Island Bookmark’. It is a quaint little scene which is dominated by a church steeple. I liked the varying shades of blue in the designas I found them tranquil. Unfortunately no autographed items were forthcoming from Mr. Powell. (sigh) I supposed I could have asked, but I felt really self-conscious so I let it go. With two further goodies tucked away in my bag, my next stop: a gift for my youngest daughter, Sleeper Girl.
Sleeper Girl is a bit tricky to shop for. She’s not into ‘girlie’ things so buying clothes and/or accessories for her, though appreciated, would be a waste of money as they would be used once and never seen again. She’s not into arts or crafts so getting her a kit to work on would have been a waste too. And then I saw a stall selling all manner of stuffed, furry creatures. Puppets! Although not a girlie-girl, Sleeper Girl can’t resist anything soft and cuddly. And offbeat. When I arrived home, I presented her with a caressably soft and silky hand puppet in the shape of a mole. She was immediately smitten and christened it ’Moley’. Moley now shares her pillow along with a scruffy, stuffed Schnauzer she got for Christmas Lord knows how long ago.
With most, if not all, of my tasks on my to-do list ticked off, it was time to head home. You maybe wondering what I got as a gift for my Awesome Dude. Well, food is always a safe bet with him. So I treated him to the takeaway of his choice. Yes, a good time was had by all.