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Do you by any chance have a crafty bent of mind? Oops! Did I just say crafty? Well, this one is nowhere related to the wily and cunning type. On the contrary, it is synonymous with the beautiful golden streak of artistry that often journeys from the head to hand and lands on to paper or fabric as art. Hence, if your answer to my initial question is yes, then here is an event to give a big boost to the craftsman in you - The Craft & Quilt Fair, Sydney.
A Happy Place by Alison Withers from Victoria, winner of the 2016 AQC Challenge Tradition with a Twist (image from event website)
Quilts are the manifestation of a love story. Love that extends from the hands of its maker to the home of the user. The affair begins as an idea/inspiration budding in the quilter's mind that is artfully sewed on a fabric transformed into a quilt. It continues as an exquisite tale of warmth protecting the user from the stings of winter. Or on occasions, the knockout beauty is used simply for decoration to treasure the timeless love it holds in its very threads. Talking about the fair, quilts are just the harbingers, this craft show brings in its silky folds a trove of learning and experience.
'Blue Willow Becomes White Lace' by Jennifer Horsford, winner of the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2016 AQC Challenge
Koalas by Julie Harding, Australia. One of the Winners of the 15th Brother International Quilting Contest. (image from event website)
With over 50 stalls to grab every essential for your next sewing project and almost 400 quilts on display to draw inspiration from, the fair holds a lot of promise for all, irrespective of age and expertise. If you are brimming with ideas and have some designs in mind, this show might just be the helping hand to see you through. There will be numerous free workshops and the options of paid classes to cover every thinkable field in handicrafts - sewing, stitching, embroidery, patchwork, papercraft, the list goes on and on. You can also choose from several Make and Take sessions to learn emerging techniques. Kids will have their share of fun too with the Craftaholic Team by getting to create their favorite superheroes and villains. Classes for the little ones start at just $5. The ticket and pass details for the fair are here. For easy access to the fair location in Sydney Exhibition Centre, there will be free ferries from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, and free shuttle buses from Central station.
'I See You' by Sonya Prchal, New Zealand. Winner of the Viewers' Choice Award at the Australasian Quilt Convention. (image from event website)
Renowned quilters, Tula Pink from USA and CÚcile Franconie from France, will add a special punch to the whole event. Of particular significance will be the Japanese "Boro" (patchwork stitched garments) and the debut exhibition of stunning Dreamcatchers.
While doing the rounds inside the fair, if hunger pangs hit then the centrally located food stall - Roy's Carvery - will help douse the flame and keep you going.
A quilter seeking a shred of inspiration, a hardcore hobbyist fabricating a new design, a fledgling embroider holding onto the thread of the newfound love or a wannabe handicraft designer, this event might just be the motivating stitch in time to make you shine.