It's a fairly young show, only about 15 years old and is still quite small and relaxed, but there's still plenty worth seeing, so why not take a walk around the tent with me and see for yourself?
Here are some of the floral arrangements and pot plants with the photography and art displays in the background.
Starting with the part that I head straight for and that most readers of this blog will be most interested in, here are the cross stitch entries (above) and the 'Craft - Any Media' ones (below). The dog picture was made from trimmings from the exhibitor's own dog's hair!
At the back far right of the XS one and the back far left of the craft one, you can see my butterflies as the lone 'One Item of Embroidery' entry. There was also just the one in the 'Cross Stitch - Own Design' category.
Interestingly, the embroidery category pulled in seven entries last year, but just one this time and there were no entries at all for 'Hand Sewn Item', so I wonder if these things cycle. One year the class has lots of entries so some of the competitors think, 'Oh, bother that, I can't win anything. Won't enter next time!' At the same time, someone sees a sole item in a class and thinks, 'Hey! I might stand a chance, so I'll put something in that next year!' I'm interested to see if embroidery makes a come-back next year, but craft and knitting take a drop in entries. Watch this space in late August next year...
These are children's miniature gardens. =)
I usually enjoy the variety and colours in the group allotment displays (above) and what about these for prize vegetables (below)?
Last, but very definitely not least is the winner of the Best in Show trophy, the multi-talented Josie (who also created the knitted noughts and crosses game amongst other prize winning entries!):
She finds it hard to smile for the camera, but I got this lovely shot of her by Sir making her laugh just as I was about to take the photo. She's created this amazing polymer clay miniature of the Show for fun and to attract donations to help stage next year's show. However, the Lord Mayor loved it so much that, even though it wasn't entered as a competitive exhibit, it was awarded Best in Show and I believe is to be on display in the Town Hall! Josie was rightly delighted!
Here are some close ups of each side and then the needlecrafts section.
Wonderful, isn't it?
So, if you've never been to your local Show, be it a Flower Show or an Agricultural one with a Horticulture and Craft tent, I do recommend you give it a go. Even better, get a schedule in advance and enter something. Even if you don't get a prize (which I'll be lucky to do in the Leeds Flower Show in the future, as it's a much, MUCH bigger and more prestigious event), it's such fun joining in and it's inspiring seeing and enjoying others' wonderful work.
I realise that what I'm describing here applies very much to UK events and may not be as relevant even for the local and/or state fairs that take place in the States, Australia and so. However, why not see what's going on in your area, wherever you are and report back?
PS Although I wasn't expecting comments on what stash you could let go of (or not) just yet, I've had some interesting ones so far and please feel free to keep them coming as I'll be using some of them in Sunday's minimalist stitching kit challenge post.
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015