Original Vintage & Handmade Textiles and Fashion Fair, Chipping Sodbury

An abundance of glorious textiles and stitching ideas at this much-loved Cotswolds fair

An abundance of glorious textiles and stitching ideas at a much-loved Cotswolds fair

The Original Vintage & Handmade Textiles and Fashion Fair offers a delightful mix of pretty clothing, tweed jackets, home textiles, wool blankets, lace, buttons, trimmings and lovingly handmade goods. Homemaker Emma Bright bought this needlepoint cushion from co-organiser Jayne Soule for just £5. ‘It will go really well with the colour scheme in my home and it's lovely that Jayne actually knows the person who made it,' she said.

Nicola Grellier, one half of makers kit company Mad In England, is helping keep needlepoint alive by offering these colourful kits featuring her own contemporary designs.

I met maker Gil Fox and friends Sally Harper and Ella Kelly in the summer at The Cotswold Vintage Fair so it was lovely to catch up with them again. Having travelled from Worcester and Manchester, they were enjoying some quality time together and a spot of shopping. This little red vanity case was a great find.

Block-printer and bespoke maker Emma Boyne was sourcing old textiles for future projects and was interested in this unfinished tapestry on The Washerwoman’s stand.

On closer inspection, we noticed a small Harrods label stapled to the corner, with the date '21/10/75' handwritten on it. Most likely originally bought as a kit, it has ended up years later as an unfinished project that’s quite charming.

Another project in need of some attention was this pouffe that we made up for our patchwork feature earlier in the year. It just needs tidying up at the back and Fiona Barber told me it would go nicely in her cosy living room: ‘I’ve just started re-upholstering and making cushions so this will be perfect as a starter project.'

Members of the Rangeworthy W.I were serving up good old-fashioned pots of tea and delicious homemade cakes to raise money for a kitchen refurbishment in their village hall. The W.I, H&A and lots of lovely traders will be back again for The Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair on December 7th, from 10am - 3pm.

Do come and visit H&A at a fair near you to buy great homewares, textiles, magazines and subscriptions. Here’s where we’ll be during the coming weeks.



Saturday 19th October, 9am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar, The Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset

Sunday 20th October, 10am-4pm - Leamington Spa Vintage Fair, The Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Thursday 31st October - Sunday 3rd November - Antiques For Everyone, Halls 17-19, NEC Birmingham, West Midlands


Fri - Sun 1st-2nd-3rd (Fri 9.30am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 7pm, Sun 10.30am - 5pm) November MK Handmade and Vintage Christmas Extravaganza, MK Shopping Centre (outside John Lewis), Milton Keynes, Bucks

Sat & Sun 2nd - 3rd November 10am - 5pm Jukebox & Retro Fair, Chessington Community College, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey

Saturday 2nd - 10.30am - 4.30pm Penshurst Vintage Christmas Fair, Penshurst Village Hall, High Street, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday 9th 11am - 4pm Vintage In The Shires Olney Fair, The church Hall, Church Street, Olney, MK46 4AA

Saturday 16th 9am - 3pm The Vintage & Makers Market, The Assembly Rooms, South Molton, Devon

Sunday 17th 11am - 4pm My Little Vintage Fair at Bosworths Garden Centre, Finedon road, Burton Latimer, Northants

Sunday 17th 10am - 3pm Vintage Zoo, Chessington Community College, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey

Sunday 17th 10am - 3pm Homespun Christmas Fair, Gerrans Parish Memorial Hall, Gerrans Hill, Portscatho, Cornwall

Saturday 23rd 10am - 4pm My little Vintage Fair at Nene Court, The Embankment, Wellingborough, Northants

Sunday 24th 9.30am - 4pm Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market, Green Park Station, Bath, Somerset









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