Yesterday I had planned to visit the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey in South Devon, and tell you all about it, but I have done so much more this weekend, that a few ‘non-stitching’ things need to be slipped in too!
It’s been a beautiful sunny weekend here in Devon, so my mother and I decided we would visit the Contemporary Craft Fair to get some inspiration, and of course, have an enjoyable afternoon out. We’ve never been before, and to be honest it wasn’t quite what I expected, as it was more of a showcase for professional crafts workers. There was some very interesting work there, such as ceramics and lots of jewellery, but sadly little fabric craft. Photographs were not encouraged either, which I suppose is understandable, but it means I haven’t got any to show you. 😦 However, we had a beautiful drive through the Devon countryside, and enjoyed our afternoon.
But because of the lovely weather, I’ve had a chance to spend some time on one of my other (many) hobbies – geocaching. If you haven’t heard of it before, geocaching is a worldwide game, where small boxes are hidden around the countryside (and in towns too). To find them you use a GPS device) in my case, my phone), and look up clues on the internet. You can then go out to find them, using the GPS. It’s a great way to get out and about, especially if you want to encourage children to get walking – my granddaughter loved it. People leave pocket money toys in the boxes for children to swap, and sometimes little key ring gadgets that you can collect and take on to another box. All this can be logged online. If you want to know more, take a look at www.geocaching.com. I had a lovely walk in the countryside this afternoon, so here are a few photos I took along the way – I have a feeling I may be using some of them for craft activities before too long.
Here’s a lovely view across to the northern edge of Dartmoor, one of the UK’s national parks.
I think this might be an ancient standing stone. This field was covered with buttercups!
The trees almost made a tunnel to walk through.
And there were so many wild flowers…
Very unusual to see bluebells in June – we have had a very cold spring which has delayed them.
And the last part of the lane before getting back to the car.
When I came home I decided to make a start on my latest project – some patchwork using the material left over from the smocked dress I made. I haven’t done patchwork for years, and when I did, I was sewing by hand and strengthening the thread with beeswax, which was all very time consuming. This time I plan to use my sewing machine. I recently found a great tutorial for pinwheel patchwork on Oh Sew Tempting, and that got me very inspired. If you are interested in pinwheel patchwork, you can see the tutorial here.
Well, that was my weekend, which I really enjoyed. I hope you had a good weekend too!