Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Daylesford Craft Excitement

Very exciting times in Daylesford. As well as our Makers Market going from strength to strength, there's talk of a new craft club in town, whispers about some exciting projects, and there are lots of collaborations happening between the various crafty and hand made businesses. Lots of meetings over coffee or wine, lots of ideas being hatched. New crafty people moving into town, new craft blogs. To think when I moved here 3 1/2 years ago there was a single craft store and that was about all! One of the most exciting things to come out of all this crafty collaboration is the Daylesford Craft Experience, a two-day retreat in the gorgeous Peppers Springs, set to take place the first weekend of July.

There'll be workshops with some top crafters including Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac, Melanie Hurlston of Melly & Me and Hitomi Fujita of Studio Mio. Lots of fun to be had meeting other crafters, sharing ideas and learning new skills. Threadneedle Craft and Purl's Palace are hosting the event and you can find out more here. I hear that bookings are filling up fast.

Lark will be open extended hours late throughout the Craft Experience weekend to welcome our crafty friends, and we'll be laying on lots of treats and gifts to celebrate. Lots of the other craft and handmade stores around town - and the Daylesford Makers Market - will also be opening late on the workshop days, so it's sure to be a fab weekend.

I'm also excited to be making some special surprise lovelies for the goodie bags that the Craft Experience participants will receive. Seriously, the bags are going to be great. If I didn't already live in Daylesford I would definitely be getting my friends together to plan a girls weekend away!!

UPDATE FROM THREADNEEDLE CRAFT: "we have been advised that one of our designers cannot attend due to a family illness that will require her attention during the year. The designer is Hitomi Fujita from Studio Mio. Fortunately we did have some contingencies in place and have been able to gain the acceptance of another designer we were planning to include in next years event. That designer is Anette Eriksson and she has some lovely stitchery cushions out in the market already. Her website is www.anetteeriksson.com"


Posie Patchwork said...

Sounds like so much fun & amazing company you are keeping too!! Love Jodie, she's been awfully excited about her stay in Daylesford over her Ric Rac blog for weeks.
You should be so proud of what is happening in your town. Canberra (yes, capital city, bit of a difference) has finally gotten into handmade & craft too since the launch of Handmade Market 16 months ago. Totally turned my business around & i've been doing this full time for over 8 years.
Sometimes new fresh blood & ideas is what a town/ city needs. Most excitedly, Handmade is opening up a shop to showcase designers inbetween the quarterly markets & totally up the handmade experience. Love Posie

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zofia said...

Oh wow, I've just realised I know Zoe from from Rmit!
Sounds like a fabulous event...Daylesford is becoming a real little crafty haven.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

This sounds so amazing. I'm going to have to look into it in more detail.

spill said...

This could be really interesting to attend - looking forward to hearing more details :)

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