JuleExpo arts & craft fair last weekend.

JuleExpo arts & craft fair last weekend.

As I said in a previous post – I attended the arts & crafts fair JuleExpo at Lillestrøm this last Saturday. Here are some photos from the fair to give you an idea how it was.

I was asked to participate together with the other contestants from “Det Store Symesterskapet”. They had prepared a stand for us (18 meters long) where we could exhibit clothes and other things we have made. I had brought some of the clothes I have made for myself and my husband, but not my kids. Here is what it looked like in my corner of the stand.

 

My stand at JuleExpo 2014. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

My stand at JuleExpo 2014. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

My husband can along to help me. and to be my live model. He was wearing a pair of cashmere/wool blend trousers and a pin-striped wool waistcoat with vintage glass buttons. He looked absolutely smashing. I regret that I didn’t take his photo there, but I will show you the ensemble later in another posting.

We arrived a little late- and came to the fair just as it opened. The plan was to be there about an hour earlier, but plans don’t always work out do they. 🙂

JuleExpo Det Store Symesterskapet Stand. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

They had asked me if I wanted to contribute with something during the fair, and I decided to hold a demo on how to work with slippery silk fabrics – as I sew a lot in silk and have picked up a trick or two along the way. I posted a post on these tips a few days ago I you want to take a look at it. There were only a few people that showed up for the demo, but I really didn’t mind. That meant I could have a dialogue with them, which is better in away. They all seemed interested and we had a laugh together.

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Demo at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

Demo at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

 

The main event of the day for my part, was the redesign competition they had made for us from the Det Store Symesterskapet. Two of us couldn’t make it, but six out of eight is not too bad in my opinion. The redesign competition wasn’t until half past two in the afternoon, so I had plenty of time to talk to people and look around the fair. Somehow I ended up walking around with the camera in my bag, not taking photos. 🙁 I guess I haven’t really come in to the “bloggers mindset” yet. Luckily my darling husband took a lot of photos.

Sewing area at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

For the redesign competiton we were given a grey college sweater and told we could transform it into anything, but had to do it in 1 hour and 15 min. We had fabric and different trims we could use as well. I chose to make mine into a tube top/tunic by cutting the shoulders open and turning it upside down on the mannequin. With some elastic, some hand stitching and an elastic neon pink lace it turned out quite nice. At least I think so. The audience voted for the one they liked the best, and Walter came out as the winner. He was himself and made something madly creative and fun. Congratulation Walter. It was well deserved. 🙂 (He won a brand new Janome sewing machine among other things). I came in at 4-6th place somewhere if you were wondering. 

Sewing at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

Sewing at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

Redesign at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

Redesign at JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

Walter hard at work. JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

Walter hard at work. JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

The finieshed redesign top. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

The actually had prizes for all of us, and I got to choose two patterns from one of the sponsors, and two sewing or knitting magazines from Alt om Håndarbeid, in addition to a singer scissor. I was very happy with this. One of the patterns I picked out was a Onion pattern coat -which I might use for my wool coat project I plan to do this winter. 

The finished products. JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

The finished products. JuleExpo. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

I will leave you with these photos. I hope you had a nice weekend too. 

Alpacas at the JuleExpo fair. Photo: Sigvard Lyth

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Photo: Sigvard Lyth

 

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Anne Lyth

I'm a Norwegian woman in my early thirties, -married and with two children, living in Oslo -the capital of Norway. I have a BA in Art and Design from Høyskolen i Oslo, and is at current working with production in my professional life. Sewing is my all time hobby and passion. 

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