HAPPY 2019 EVERYBODY!!!
I can’t believe it is the new year already! I don’t feel like I was 100% ready for 2018 to be over as it was such a great year for us!!
As it is the first full week of the new year I thought I would do a quick little round up of the great year we had and let you in on some little plans we have for the new year!! You heard them here first!
So in May 2018 I started at Happy Fabric and began to build new friendships within the craft industry. I also started producing new content for all our social channels especially within the world of Instagram.
I made amazing new friends like Jane from Tea and Crafting which is when we started small workshops with craft bloggers like Zeena @heartzeena and Christine @sewyeah. We had lots of fun meeting all the lovely crafters in real life.
I went back to my old University to introduce the fresh new students and my old lecturers on the fashion and textiles degree to Happy Fabric. I taught small groups of the first and second years how to use the vinyl and we have absolutely loved seeing all the amazing unique ideas coming through. It has been very Inspiring. We hope to return this year to continue our relationship with the local students/ future crafters.
I gained a helper for Happy Fabric - Beth. Some of you may have met Beth at the handmade fair or seen her on our Instagram stories. One day a week Beth comes in to help out with design work, brainstorming ideas and generally gives me a fresh outlook every week. Where would I be without her?
We were then lucky enough to meet quite a few of our lovely followers at our first big craft event in September at the Handmade Fair Hampton Court. We were so touched with how supportive our lovely followers were, especially the sweets which were provided to help us with the energy we needed. We also made lots of new lovely friends who inspire us daily by the creative makes they post on social media. We even got a picture with Kirstie Allsopp herself.
We launched the Happy Fabric Gift Boxes which so far have been very successful. We hope to add different themes throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled out for those. Valentine’s day will be next.
We completed the first ever Commercial Mollie Makes take over on their Instagram account, which was so much fun and opened us up to other whole new creative audience. We also created our FIRST EVER step by step tutorial for Mollie Makes Magazine which was called ‘Twinkle Toes’ and can be found in issue 101. Did you see it? More importantly - did you try it?
I saved my most favourite project for the very end of the year, can you guess what it was? If you guessed the polka dot coat, you would be right!! The simple polka dot flock coat was my absolute favourite project. So simple effective. We had a fantastic response from all of your guys too, so I hope to do more like this in the future!!
Talking of the future- 2019 sees some really exciting projects on the horizon.
First up we will be returning to Colchester School of Art and Design and will be working with the fresh student blood.
At the End of February/Beginning of March, we will be attending the Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia in London. We are so so excited about this. We are busy producing new examples of work for you to all see and also some exciting packs exclusive for the show. So make sure you get your ticket! You DO NOT want to miss it!
We hope to expand the happy fabric team this year too, so keep your eyes open for any vacancies that may come up.
We will be attending the Handmade fair at Hampton Court again in September. So we look forward to seeing some old and new faces.
And obviously, we will have lots of fun exciting project to help inspire you along the way. I'm already dreaming up some summer projects.
So Thank you for Crafting with us and we can't wait to have you with us for the exciting year ahead!
2019 We are ready for ya!