We had a great time at Burghley Craft Show this weekend! It’s the first of our Christmas Craft Shows, and the smallest, with some very organised people starting to think about their Christmas Shopping while Halloween still fills the High Street shops!
We were delighted to welcome back many of our regular Crafters: the blacksmiths were there of course, demonstrating some incredibly intricate metalwork and answering a multitude of questions from interested watchers. The chainsaw carvers were also out, with their usual array of owls and bears and other items: starting to look Christmassy now with some rather adorable reindeer, and a wonderful dancing Olaf Snowman, which my daughter would love in her stocking!
In the huge marquees we were busy all day, and many people got fully involved and had a go – the start of a new hobby? Certainly there were a lot of corn dollies created which are probably adorning many a kitchen around Lincolnshire today, and possibly a few handmade pots aswell!
We had a marquee dedicated just to fabric crafts, where we enjoyed the work of weavers, spinners, knitters and sewers of all desciptions. I have to say I love the look of the jumbo knitting needles. If I could knit they would definititely be on my Santa list because it wouldn’t take long to make a scarf with stiches that enormous! Of course, most people are more patient than I am, as demonstrated by some of the incredible patch work on display there too in detailed quilts and cushion covers.
The list goes on! Fabulous Christmas decorations, beautiful jewelley, little houses with chimneys that really smoke, bath salts and scented candles and soaps… I have to say two of my own favourites have to be ‘Clocks in the Woodshed’ (I have one on my kitchen wall) – gorgeous clocks created on natural wood with stunning pyography pictures of owls and kingfishers and gun dogs. I’m also fascinated by the coin jewellry, fashioned out of real coins from around the world: a truely unique present and fascinating to watch.
All in all a fantastic weekend, and very positive feedback from the visitors we spoke to, who had enjoyed wandering around the differnt marquees, sampling the food and starting their Christmas shopping. The weather was lovely and the stunning background of Burghley House only added to the experience.
Next show: Thame Crafts, Food and Gifts – with many more attractions. The Christmas Fun Dog Show; Fiery Jack the Jester, Santa and his Owl Show, Racing Ferrets and much much more.