You may, like us, enjoy the occasional arts and crafts fair, and this year we have ear-marked AEF Pro Paris, the International Needlecraft and Hobby Trade Fair, not least as a show of solidarity against what has been happening in this great city the past week. If you plan a visit to La Belle France before then, there is another, very charming fair L'Aguille en Fete in the capital between the 12th and 15th February. Sadly we won't be able to be there this year as we'll be in the UK, but we have been in the past and it's well worth a visit (I know Selvedge Magazine generally have a stand). However, if you're stuck in the Big Smoke don't forget the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, 5th-8th March. Crazily huge but you can always find lots of interesting young and creative companies like By Hand London; and there's still time to enter their Knitted Farm Competition.
Some of you may have joined us at our Reception last spring at the beautiful haberdashery, Ray Stitch, on the Essex Road, London. We announced at that time our intention of running a joint dressmaking event, Sewing Retreat, which is to be held down here at Les Soeurs Anglaises this September. Rachel and her colleague, Gen (who now runs her own shop in Crouch End) will be popping over to lead the first 5 day/6 night residential dressmaking workshop that we've organised and it promises to live up to all our expectations. Whether you are an absolute beginner who wants to be able to make basic, stylish items of clothing for yourself or family members - or someone with a lot more experience looking to build on your existing skills and keen to master new advanced sewing techniques - these five days could be just up your street. If you would like to talk in person to Rachel about how the five days will pan out just send her an email.
As all our workshops are filling up quickly, we suggest you don't leave it too late to book (on-line or email Susie).
On the subject of sewing, three of our signature aprons were posted out last week to the winners of our Christmas competition and here is a picture of one of them: Helen Ott who apparently ran straight out of her (patently very clean) cowshed to have her photo taken.
We absolutely love how delighted Helen looks in her new milking garb. Makes our competitions all the more enjoyable for us. Happy days in the milk shed, Helen!