If you would like to see behind the scenes in my studio of me making a red bohemian smock dress, please follow the link to take you to my YouTube channel as I made a video as I went along. This dress turned out to be more challenging to sew than I expected!
I’m always intrigued about behind the scenes of anything I don’t know about. It’s so easy to think we know what’s going on, or to make assumptions over what we’re not being told; or just guess at what it’s like to do something we don’t do ourselves. We can go about our life and meet people along the way, and I always want to know what is really going on with what they do…
I’m absolutely devastated to tell you that the 2020 New Forest Fairy festival has been cancelled. Exhibitors have just been informed, and I expect the organisers are busy letting all the ticket holders know today. This is such a blow for everyone, and I’m so upset about it. I’m so sorry if you thought you were coming – it would have been a great weekend – even the weather forecast was good!
The New Forest Fairy festival is the biggest thing for Threads of a Fairytale every year, and I’ve been preparing for it for weeks. After half the festival was cancelled last year due to a storm, this will come as a big dent in everyone’s income for the second year in a row. If your income hasn’t been affected by the Coronavirus, and you usually make a purchase at the New Forest Fairy Festival; please seek out those exhibitors and see if you can buy from them online – it would mean an awful lot.
(I’m also a bit angry at the powers that be who made this decision. The organisers of the festival have worked hard to make this event as safe as is possibly could be and complying with all the social distancing rules and government regulations. All the stallholders have had strict instructions about what our responsibilities were; and I’ve been fighting with our printer for two days to get it to print out all the safety signs I needed!)
Oh well. *Big sigh* Roll on 2021. And the sun had better shine!
Are you going to the New Forest Fairy Festival this year? If you haven’t been before and aren’t sure about what to wear, then this is the guide for you! If you’re a regular at Burley Park and already have an idea what it’s all about, then I have some outfit inspiration for you…
After this week’s announcements from Boris, you may be wondering if the New Forest Fairy Festival will be going ahead in 2020…
The good news is that it is! As long as he doesn’t change his mind about anything in the next two weeks, then yes, the fairy festival is on! Holly, the organiser of the New Forest Fairy Festival has made a video explaining all the measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
And if you’re wondering where she bought that pretty mermaid dress, it was made by Threads of a Fairytale – in other words, yours truly!
Holly and her team have been working with all the relevent authorities to make sure the festival, as a licensed outdoor event, is covid-19 secure. Please buy your tickets online now as they won’t be available on the gate, and with smaller numbers allowed this year, I’m worried they will sell out very soon. Also note that the workshops will need to be booked beforehand as well, but there will be plenty to see and do otherwise.
Please do come and say Hello at my fairytale clothing stall, I’ll be about in the middle on the right as you go in the entrance at Burley Park!
Many of you ask how I make my fairytale clothing, and I do my best to explain! It’s difficult because there’s a different process for every dress. Due to working with reclaimed fabrics, there are always patterns, embellishments and types of fabric that I use to its best advantage to make each garment unique and beautiful.
Is the New Forest Fairy Festival on this year? – you may be wondering. Yes it is! But it isn’t this weekend as was previously planned; it has been postponed to the 26th and 27th of September 2020. As usual it is in Burley Park, Burley, New Forest, Hampshire.
The other main thing you need to know is that you must pre-book your tickets. To keep in line with government rules, the number of people needs to be controlled and details taken for track and trace, so there are no ticket sales at the door. You also need to pre-book your workshops, which is a good idea to guarantee space for you anyway.
I’ve been taking my Threads of a Fairytale stall to the festival since its very first one, so I’m so pleased Holly, the organiser has been able to make it happen and now, after everything being up in the air about it for a while, I’m starting to get excited again! Please follow the link to purchase tickets for the New Forest Fairy Festival.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already noticed anyway, but never mind, I can’t not announce the new Threads of a Fairytale website on the news section can I?! So here it is! My husband, Chris and I have spent many months working on the updated redesign of the website, and I’m so proud of it. The most important change is that I now have a shop section here, rather than needing to send you over to Etsy to make your fairytale clothing purchases. This is so exciting!
And just to let you know, I’ve been through the new shop, making loads of reductions to celebrate! So now is the perfect time to get browsing and grab yourself a fairy bargain. Have fun!
Hi everyone! Here in south-west England, the sun is shining and it feels like summer again. So it’s the perfect time to post on my YouTube channel the video I made about me making several sheer beach cover-ups. We have got chiffon kaftans, kimono-style jackets and pretty maxi dresses. If you’d like to take a look at the process of sewing them, then please take a look at the video called ‘Making beach cover-ups‘.
They’re all made from quality Indian scarves and some have the most exquisite embellishments. Most of them – in fact, I think all but one – are made from pure silk chiffon. So you’ll feel like you’re wearing a warm summer breeze! To shop, please go to the Indian Summer collection.
Enjoy the sun!
I’m writing this part way into the Coronavirus lockdown, during which, if possible, people are working from home and learning that their usual outfits might need to change a little…