Newcastle Entertainment Centre became an 'arty place' when the Craft and Sewing Show came to town a fortnight ago. I heard some visitors say that there wasn't much there, but I found lots of fun things to do.... and enjoyed at least two different new arty techniques to try. I did a workshop on paper quilting with Michaela Laurie . I have made a few gift tags, but nothing quite as complex as this example of Michaela's lovely work (image jewelled elephant from the website). I also purchased a kit for this little container made by weaving strips of Japanese fabric and I amazed myself when I completed it in one night.
One of my favourite stalls was Wabi- Sabi Designs manned by Shuji Yamazaki from whom I bought a beautiful silk kimono style jacket. Wabi- Sabi Designs is based in Canberra and has a regular stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston as well as online shopping.
My other favourite stall was BeBe Bold, specialising in Japanese textiles and really delightful patterns, including children's clothes, and the very popular Lucky Owls. Jane McDonald from Lismore is the talented designer behind BeBe Bold ( check out the range on the website). I was very happy with the really soft and subtle colours of the "Galaxy" wool I bought from Be Be Bold and the scarf it made.
However, being somewhat biased, I thought the Hello Dollies stall was really stunning - beautiful work from all the doll makers in our group and the extraordinary quilts from Anne's Glory Box provided the perfect setting for them.
Hope you find and enjoy some arty places where you live.. This was just another in the series of arty places close to my home.