This week has been mostly about building up to the craft fair, but I also finished an order for slippers. Most of the things I’ve made have been the same as in other weeks, so I thought I’d repeat something I did in a previous post and show you a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ work.
As I showed last week, I have made some lovely silver twinkly stars. They are really quick to make (around 10 minutes each), so ideal for craft fairs. The thread is a DMC one (no idea of the name as I lost the band) and because it is metallic it is really springy. This means that unfortunately spray starch did nothing when I blocked them. I did a spot of googling and decided to get tough, making up a mixture of PVA and water. The trial run was perhaps a bit thick, so I added a bit more water before I used it on the others. I squeezed out the excess glue/water mix and then pinned them out on my blocking mat.
I left them by the radiator, pinning them out last thing at night. By morning they were dry. I think the are perhaps a little too stiff, almost plasticky feeling, but at least they aren’t curling up. I’ve also made some white stars in cotton thread and they should be ok just with spray starch I think.
I also finished the slippers, and I was completely in love with the way the yarn worked up the scales. The rainbows worked so well, and the recipient was very pleased when I sent her a photo!
My orders are now all complete so I can focus my attention on the craft fair. My plan for the next day or so is to add the hanging loops to all of the decorations I have already made, and prepare bags and so on with stickers with my little business logo on so that I’m not having a last minute rush next Friday.
What have you been working on? Do you have any craft fair tips? (The lovely Mrs Cobs has already given me some excellent advice but I am completely new to craft fairs!)