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How do you feel about craft?
When I say craft, I mean scrap booking, card making, quilling, knitting, crochet, patch working, quilting and everything in between.
Are you a fan of such things? If you are anything like me, then you adore sitting down with a project and letting your creativity flow. However, it is sometimes very hard to find those special supplies - the ones that just pop and are unique.
Well, if you are Melbourne and have some free time between today and this Sunday (31st July 2016), then head to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Clarendon Street. There you will find the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair 2016.
The fair is Australia's number 1 craft and Quilt fair and runs between 9am to 4.30pm daily (From the 28th-31st July 2016), giving everybody plenty of time to wander through the many stalls set out for your shopping and learning enjoyment.
Tickets for the show can be pre-purchased online, eliminating the wait in the lines on the day, or they can be purchased at the door. Concession, children's, normal priced and also group booking options are available. For more ticketing information (including prices and what is available) please see HERE
There 100 stalls this year and so many things to look at you may not know where to start (might I suggest you start at the beginning – first row and work your way through one at a time),
The venue is wheelchair/disabled accessible although I found that I had trouble with moving around using my walking cane. This was due to both the large number of visitors to the show and also the fact that many of the visitors were shoving me out of the way (sometimes quite rudely). So I do advise that if you require a mobility aid such as a walking stick/crutches etc, that you maybe have a person accompany you to help with these issues.
The stalls themselves are large and arranged in aisles throughout the part of the venue which is being used for the fair. The stallholders have all taken great care to ensure that the stalls are bright, welcoming and well presented. You can see immediately how much care they have taken in setting up the stalls for the pleasure of those visiting.
What will you be able to find at the fair you might be wondering?
So many wonderful things. Wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks and other knitting and crochet supplies, as well as knitted and crochet goods already made and ready to wear, and also made as examples. Patterns and ideas and other handy items also await you on these particular stalls.
Patchwork quilt examples, patterns, scissors, cutters, backing, fabric, trim and special rulers are just some of the patch working and quilting supplies on offer from the quilting/patch working suppliers.
At other stalls you will find sewing supplies such as ribbons, laces, trims, edging, cotton and threads, more buttons than spotlight holds, needles, fabrics, padding, patterns and embroidery supplies. Embroidery machines from companies such as Janome, Brother and more also have their own spaces and there are areas where you can try these machines out before deciding if you would like to buy one.
Stamps, inks, stencils, pens and more at some stalls and Quilling paper, tools, stencils, glue and cards on others. So much to keep your hand busy for weeks. Stalls a plenty, bursting with card making kits, blank card, card and envelope sets (to make your own) die cuts, stickers, embossing tools and supplies, buttons, pens, scalpels and knives, tapes, and buckets, baskets and boxes of supplies for making your own amazing cards and scrapbook pages.
Glitters and glues, papers, inks, dyes and paints. Pens and other things to decorate anything you could want to decorate.
If you are wanting supplies to make your own jewellery, you will find stalls with boxes, buckets, bags and baskets of beads in many colors, textures, patterns and sizes. Gems, clasps, pendants, charms, strings, chains and ribbons. You will also find tweezers, clamps and other tools to help you finish the job.
As you can imagine, just by reading, the fair is full of so many marvelous items and there seems to be a stall with supplies for any type of craft you can think up.
So much to choose from and not enough money! (Alas, this was my problem).
If you are wanting a more hands-on experience (apart from hands on the goods and spending your cash on fabulous products that is) then throughout each day there are workshops and pop-up classes throughout the fair.
Please see HERE for details. (Under the workshops and classes tab)