Vintage & Handmade Christmas in Chipping Sodbury

Alice Roberton enjoys a day of vintage and handmade goodness

Alice Roberton enjoys a day of vintage and handmade goodness in South Gloucestershire

Chipping Sodbury’s town hall was a hive of festive activity last Saturday when it hosted yet another fabulous Vintage & Handmade fair. If you appreciate jewel-toned vintage baubles, pretty textiles, kitsch reindeer, hand-crafted fairies and felted animals, then this is a fair to warm your cockles.

I loved Louise Taylor Bowen’s delightful handmade jewellery, accessories and delicate things with which to decorate your home. Louise is inspired by nature, combining vintage lace with acorns, feathers and moss found in the countryside. She describes her makes as ‘a happy mix of pretty and natural’.

I couldn't resist stopping to stroke Jenny Barnett’s cute felted animals as I was doing the rounds. Jenny, who specialises in needle felt, sells fabulous felting kits and runs workshops.

Thirza Chapman was delighted with the Kirstie Allsopp Craft book she received as a free gift when she bought a subscription to Homes & Antiques. Thirza, a maker of vintage-inspired gift boxes, is hoping the book will give her some ideas.
Regular Vintage & Handmade visitor Noreen Clifford travelled from London especially for the fair. ‘I always try and come to buy treats for myself or props for work,’ said Noreen, who works in event production.
Chipping Sodbury Hobbs House butcher and celebrity chef Henry Herbert and his wife Jess popped in for a spot of Christmas shopping and bought some adorable retro tree decorations from Country Cottage Chic. You can see Henry in his Christmas special of The Fabulous Baking Brothers on More 4 on 17th December.
H&A staff writer Rosanna Morris visited me on the stand too; she was whizzing around, notebook in hand, interviewing visitors and traders - so keep an eye out in a future issue for a fabulous story.
The next event will be the Vintage & Handmade Textile & Fashion Fair on 23rd February. I'm suddenly looking forward to the new year!
Homes & Antiques will be at the following fairs this December:
Saturday 8th December 11am-4.30pm, Magpies & I Vintage & Handmade Christmas Market, The Spiegeltent, Waterfront Square, Bristol Harbourside, Bristol
Saturday 15th December 9am - 3pm, The Christmas Vintage Bazaar, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset
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