The 2020 New Forest Fairy Festival is cancelled

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!

New Forest Fairy Festival 2020 update

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!

New Forest Fairy Festival 2020

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.

The new site is live!!

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!

Kaftans, kimonos and dresses; oh my!

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!

There’s always one! (The Silk Fairy clothing collection)

There’s always one isn’t there? I came here to tell you that all the new silk fairy clothing is now listed on Etsy, but then I went and found a silk jade green cami top that was hiding when we did the photo shoot for the rest of the collection! So, all the skirts and tops are now listed apart from that one top!!

Edit: and I’ve just sold the jade green skirt and a cream silk cami top, so they aren’t now listed either!

There are two sets of purple silk tops and skirts; a creamy beige skirt, a pinky grey skirt, a mustard yellow top and skirt, a cream top and skirt, a pale pink skirt and a bright pink skirt. If you’d like to see them, please take a look at the Fairytale collection. 

Adult fairy costume

Behind the scenes at a photo-shoot

We are so lucky to live in a beautiful area of the country where we don’t have to go far to find a pretty location for a Threads of a Fairytale photo-shoot. This field with a pretty countryside view of hills and dales is just round the corner from us and I thought it was perfect for the new handmade silk clothing I’m listing in the shop at the moment. The silk skirts remind me of flower petals so I went with a flower fairy theme and took a pile of faux flowers we’ve gathered over the years to be props and my eldest daughter was my model this time.

If you’d like to see behind the scenes, here’s the vlog I filmed that week, which includes the flower fairy outfit photo-shoot, and also me taking more photos of the pink fairy clothing for product photos for Instagram.

Bright pink silk fairy skirt

A newly listed item on the Etsy shop today: a beautiful bright pink fairy skirt – pure silk layered over cotton gauze. I love these skirts – you can have them as a comfortable everyday item of clothing worn with a favourite t-shirt or a chunky knit in winter; or you can dress it up with a pretty cami top to make a complete women’s fairy dress. Just add wings and a flower crown! The purple silk top turns it into a beautiful colourful fairy outfit.

purple and pink women's fairy costume

Look out for more flower fairy style outfits coming soon!