As Project Linus UK rep, I was thrilled to be invited back to The Big Textile Show to have a stand. This year it was at a new venue, Leicester Grammar School which was much bigger and more spacious (as well as being very swish! That's private education for you!).
Maria and I went on Saturday, and had enough space for a display and a demonstration table. Julie and Emily were able to help too. Many thanks for that. It looks pretty quiet here, but 100 people took Linus leaflets (50 people did last year) so we were actually very busy, which was lovely.
Here you can see how spacious it was. We were right near the entrance, so there were occasional lulls when people were having lunch etc. and didn't pass by.
Here's a view in the hall where most of the traders were. The man on the right had lots of gorgeous leathers. The smell was fabulous!
Second hand craft books and lots of activity round a stall selling fabric stamps.
A lot was going on upstairs, including Rosie with her Morsbag team. And this is what I bought.
The stand next to us was for the charity Azafady which teaches women in Madagascar to embroider, and then sells their work. This enables them to have a skill and income of their own, to better their families. I fell in love with this embroidery, and intend to frame it - after all, it's a work of art.