The absolute highlight of the weekend was meeting friends. I met Sarah (of FairyFace Designs) before I even made it to the show! We had a good long chat over coffee like we have known each other for years. It was so fantastic to finally meet her in person! I just wish we had a little more time, but our paths will cross again eventually. I found my way (through a monsoon) to the show and there found Fi (of PatchworkDelights) and we had a shopping spree in fast forward. She's such a riot! We were off shopping for fabric, ribbon and glittery glue with a little break for tea and a muffin (the size of my head). I really had a fab time with her and (again) wished we had more time together before she had to head home.
Once I finished socializing....whew!...I found my way to the shops. There were beading stalls, paper stalls, knitting stalls, book shops and a few fabric stalls. Not as many as I would have hoped for, but enough to entertain me a while. Most were not really to my taste and sold darker, blander, more granny-ish fabric than what I was looking for. There were two great exceptions: Crafty Fox (where I found a few FQs) and Pippablue, which was its usual spectacular self. Ger and Eva are so fantastic to chat/shop with! With lots of picking to the bottom of display baskets, I found 4 FQs scattered around the show that made me smile.
Recently I have been interested in the idea of dyeing my own fabric. I have been reading a lot, but not much actual dyeing...and then I saw this! Colourcraft. They were great in helping me choose a dye and tools that would work for me. Now I can not wait to give it a try!
Looking at that last photo you would be forgiven for thinking I took up another illegal hobby while in Dublin.
Just before I had to head for the train home, I met up with Linda (of Sew Nicely) and her adorable daughter for a snack and a chat. She had a great stash of fabric and yarn that will keep her busy for a while! I can not wait to see what she creates. Again, it was really to put a face with her bloggy personality.
Will I go back next year? Most likely yes - but really for the socializing and not for the shopping. Was a bit disappointed there, but seeing my friends totally made it a fantastic weekend. Thanks, girls!