Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Selvedge Fair

Last Saturday we were up bright and early to travel up to the unfamiliar heights of North London, under the Archway to St Augustine's Church Hall - right next to the Selvedge shop on Archway Road. As we arrived at our destination white balloons were being fixed to the railings and a flutter of floral excitement perfumed the air.

The church hall had been decorated with the most delightful Cabbages and Roses chintz bunting from the ceiling and flounces along the walls. The trestles of the tearoom on the stage were graced with rusting enamel jugs of alstroemeria, lilies and stocks. All a perfect setting for the first ever Selvedge Summer Fair (Facebook pics here).
By 10.30am there was a long and excitable queue of lovely ladies waiting outside for the doors to open, the first two hundred of whom would receive a goody bag of untold delights. The flood gates opened at 11.00am and the hall was soon filled with a miasma of summer prints, gladiator sandals and enthusiasm for all things gorgeous and textiley.
Our plot was next to the fantastically talented and beautiful Rachel Eardley. An old hand at fairs and full of encouragement, quiet confidence and a stall full of lovely prints (above) and jewellery.
We stood our ground and presented the best face of Starch Green. Before us was laid out cards with our D for delightful dachshund and C for charming cat, pattern paper, sketchbooks, mugs, cushions and bags. Of particular note was our Jam Labelling Kit - a hit with those inspired to make the most of the seasonal glut of strawberries and the like. (I'm personally looking forward to going up to my Mum's to bag a few ripe figs and make Fig Chutney - suitably labelled and hatted in the way February's marmalade was.)
All in all it was a great day, we met some lovely people - customers, co-stall holders, Selvedge bods - and had some lovely tea and cakes. Yum!