OPEN STUDIOS 10th- 11th Dec 11am-5pm

Pop in – Have a chat -Try on hats – Revamp your Hat – Make a Headband – Shop Local

Emma Fozard and I are throwing open the doors of Studio 5 as part of Open Studios at Marketplace on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 11am – 5pm.

Bring along a hat that needs some TLC and we can have a go at giving it a new lease of life. Drop-in to make a fabric bow headband with Emma between 12noon – 2pm.

A selling exhibition of work made by makers at Marketplace in our gallery space on the ground floor will be open and the last Vintage Village of the year is also happening on Sunday so Stockport really is the place to be this weekend!

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The summer feels like a long time ago and yet I can still feel the benefit of my 2 week holiday on the North Antrim coast back in September. This is the home of giants, whiskey and the ubiquitous garlic chip. If you haven’t experienced these joys you don’t know what you’re missing!

A trip home is just not complete without a trip round the charity and vintage shops in Coleraine. I always find something amazing and this year was no exception. Hope and Gloria on Railway Road always comes up with the goods. This is an interesting vintage shop where you can get a cup of tea, a vintage outfit and take a sewing class. This time I found hidden treasure in the stacks of fabric – probably the contents of peoples’ sewing cupboards, full of half finished projects and some that were never started for one reason or another.

So what did I come home with? …….metres and metres of gold and red dupion silk! One piece was 4m long a total steal at £2.00 for the whole piece.

I also found a gem in the British Heart Foundation; a beautiful 50s yellow fur felt hat – in mint condition. After a bit of a steam, the original shape emerged – a kind of beret shape, quite a tricky shape to wear. I loved the colour, so I set about reblocking it – More about that in my next post.

So it it just goes to show that you can find amazing things in unexpected places.