Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013 is over

Well, it’s all over for this year so make sure you find out about next year’s event.

Saturday was the great day  of makers from all over the country showing what they made and giving everyone a chance to have a go. I loved the atmosphere – a buzz of excitement and people exchanging  information.

The seagull was there again and I saw it go off with someone that evening but not sure with whom or where!Maker Faire Brighton seagull 20130907 0312 PMS

I loved the robotic knitting machine and the Imperia sock knitting machine made over a hundred years earlier and working perfectly with the help of a human hand! Here’s  Tom working with the old knitting  machine.Maker Faire Brighton Tom with Sock knitting machinev20130907 0306 PMS Maker Faire Brighton Tom with children and sock machine 20130907 0309 PMS

Go to his website which is full of wonderful images and info about an exhibition – The Visible Mending Programme: making and re-making. www.tomofholland.com

If you enjoy knitting you’ d love to meet Sue Craig, a real enthusiast and organiser of Knitting the Map project. They are using natural dyes to colour the wool. The subtle colours are  perfect for knitting the strip fields from the old map.

Samples of natural dyess

Samples of natural dyes

There’s information about this project here:: www.knittingthemap.org

All sorts of  workshops took place on the Sunday and I had a great time learning how to make a plaited container using tetrapaks: Native Hands – Foraged from the Urban Jungle.  Have a look at my post about stitched bark containers.

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About Mary Sleigh

Textile artist, tutor and author - passionate about fabrics, stitching and helping others to develop ideas.
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