I visited the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair today and had a fantastic time poking through oddbits of haberdashery. It was PACKED this morning but as the crowds thinned this afternoon I had a chance to talk to some of the exhibitors, visit a few friends working the show, and take pictures. If you’re in Brisbane, maybe you’ll see something that sparks your interest. The show is on at the convention center in Southbank until Sunday. If you’re not from Brisbane, well, think of this like snooping through another crafter’s closet….
My choice of photos reflects my interests more than a representative sample. There’s a lot of quilting, and a quilt exhibition showcasing local talent. I didn’t take pictures because I wasn’t able to ask the individual artist for permission.
Links (all are “local” businesses, I mention them because I like their stuff):
- Yazzii- Indian trims (though you can’t purchase those online) and bags mostly. Some lace.
- Kraft Kingdom- purse frames, “bling,” embellishments, some papercraft. They don’t have a website.
- Melissa- she’s an old coworker of mine and a good friend. She recently began selling her work through her facebook store “It’s Sew You,” with plans to extend into etsy and the local markets.
- Unique Stitching- Textile art, all over the place! Wow.
- That Bead Shop- Beads, chains, watches, findings. Fantastic selection.
- Helen Godden- Beautiful quilting on the Handi-Quilter stand.
- Kimono Girls- Gorgeous Japanese prints.
- No Chintz- I really like their business practices, and the fabrics are gorgeous. I talked to Chrissie, one of the designers at some length. She told me they’re based out of Sydney and they actively work to create a durable and ethical product- no minors, azo-free dye vats, and adhere to international standards for quality and environmental practices. I hope I cross paths with Chrissie again soon!
- Craft Queen- Very pretty painted buttons and other goodies.
It was packed with university students- often a sign of cheap, delicious food. (At $9 for a huge burrito, it’s a medium cheap lunch here- especially in Southbank.) It was so good, I almost cried. Seriously. I might need to move in upstairs from that place.
I picked up a few extra goodies for a “Pretty, Sparkly” Giveaway. It’s always fun to experiment with new embellishments, right?
1m of sequined organza trim (I thought it would make a rad a headband, or a bow, or a hat trimming, or…), a packet of mirrors for Shisha Mirror Embroidery, and a packet of painted wood buttons.
Two ways to enter:
- Leave a comment telling me where you’d use the sparklies in your own sewing
- Tweet this post and MT @3hourspast
This giveaway will end on Friday, October 28th at 5 pm local. I’ll choose one winner at random and ship it out to you. Worldwide!
(Winners of the patterns and books from the last giveaway should keep an eye on their mailboxes..)