Monday, 10 May 2010

The Sewing Directory and Craft Fair

Patch is now advertising at  The Sewing Directory.
The Sewing Directory is the site for sewing services, sewing suppliers, sewing courses and sewing groups.
You can search for the things you need locally or nationally. And find interviews with the people behind the industry, patterns, how to guides and sewing related articles.
There is a 'whats on' section, where you can find local and national events, and they hold competitions, currently you can win a pair of Fiskars pinking shears. Click here for competition.
You can also find The Sewing Directory on Facebook. 
I think that it is a fab idea to have a site with all resources in one place. Fiona, who runs the site has obviously put in an awful lot of work, and the site, which only launched at the end of March is growing very quickly. The Sewing Directory has its own column in Sew magazine too.
Now I have settled in to Patch, I need to promote the site and this advertising is just the start of getting Patch out there!! I have spent some of the weekend listing some Patch products onto ebay too, not my most favourite job!!

Ah...the craft fair!!
I expect you will be wanting to hear all about it.....
well - it wasn't quite the event I hoped it would be. Not worthy of the late nights I spent wrapping, folding, cutting, etc!!
It wasn't a total waste of time...I made quite a few sales but there just weren't the bums through door to get more. I had a stall next to my friend (thankfully otherwise I think I might have died of boredom, I'd eaten my packed lunch by 11 lol!) and we were in one of the classrooms rather than the main hall. I think we actually only had about 20 people into the room all day :(
The main hall by all accounts didn't fare much better!!! The weather was appalling so perhaps that kept people away.
It hasn't put me off..I will try somewhere else, it gave me an idea of how much stuff to take with me and how to lay out my table at least. And people were interested in the products with lots of positive comments....
Better luck next time!!!
My pictures have disappeared off my phone, if they reappear I'll upload them. I was pleased with how it looked except the flat plastic baskets I used , I need to change those for wicker ones when I find the right sizes. It worked in principle I just don't like plastic!!!
pics re-appeared!!
I didn't have enough space to get far enough back to take in the whole table...but these give you an idea!!!

So to sum up...the day could have been worse could have been better...I am hopefully going to do a village fete event in June, so fingers crossed for next time!


  1. Shame the fair wasn't busy, but as you say its all good practice. It all looks lovely to me, better luck next time ey x

  2. Sorry to hear about the fair...but like you said and hopefully it will be a one off..and the fair in june will be a lot better for you...your stall looks gorgeous.
    TFS Hugs Clare xx

  3. I'm sorry to hear that it was so slow for you, but look on the bright side, the next one must be better. Just a thought about baskets - try a florists wholesalers? The one here has a great selection of baskets and they are really cheap.xx

  4. Fairs can be a bit dissheartening sometimes - the trick is to put it behind you xx

    I do think that this type of event is good for giving out cards or flyers though, and also for a bit of networking. Your stall looks great btw! Chin up, boobs out (not literally though)! xxx


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