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Emma's Fabric Studio Open Day

in New Products, Personal on October 11, 2013 . 2 Comments.

Last Sunday my dreams literally came true when I attended Emma's Fabric Studio's Open Day. I buy the majority of my fabric online from Emma and a few weeks ago she began planning an open day. I had been looking forward to it since the day Emma announced it - she stocks so much amazing fabric that I just couldn't wait to be surrounded by all that cottony lovely-ness in one room! 

Luckily, Emma runs her company just a 40 minute drive from me so I didn't have far to go. I took my friend Sarah along with me as I am trying to inflict my fabric obsession on to her too, in the hope that I don't feel so guilty about the amount of fabric I buy!! Sarah was new to Emma's Fabric Studio so she didn't really know what to expect, whereas I already knew the 800+ fabrics that would be waiting for me. I took some photos on my way round, the quality of these is awful though - a combination of my sheer excitement and the dark conditions inside the barn! You get the general idea from my photos though!!

Emma's business is an online only business so she held her open day in the beautiful Tithe Barn in the Kent countryside.

The setting was perfect, as was the weather. We arrived at 11am to gorgeous sunshine, bright blue skies and rolling green fields. On the drive up to the barn there were beautifully designed signs directing you to the event and gorgeous strings of bunting and decorations trailing up to the barn. 

Sarah and I walked in and it felt like I was 6 years old again and coming down on Christmas morning to find more presents than you could ever have imagened under your Christmas tree. There were fabrics EVERYWHERE!! Fairy lights and strings of paper pom poms were hung all across the roof of the barn and everywhere you looked there were things to tantalise your tastebuds. 

 We spent at least half an hour just looking at the fabrics before moving on to look at the haberdashery items that were also for sale. Emma had thought of everything in the planning of the day. She had put so much thought and effort into designing the layout and the set up of the items. 

My favourite idea was Emma's 'recipe jars'. These were gorgeous glass Kilner jars filled with the ingredients needed to make a variety of projects including fat quarters of fabric, buttons, thread and ribbon. Each jar came with some instructions on how to use the contents and it all looked so sweet (my photos of these are particularly terrible so stay with me here!!)

As well as all the amazing fabric and haberdashery supplies to buy, there were also crochet classes, cake decorating classes and a food stall. All of the food was homemade by Emma's friends and family and Sarah and I chose an amazing cream tea which included homemade scones to die for! 

We finished off our outing by choosing the fabric we wanted to buy (I will share this in another post as it is currently on my cutting table waiting to be turned into outfits for this weekends photoshoot!) and chatting to Emma herself. I hadn't met Emma before but had spoken to her by email a few times and she knew my name from all the orders I place with her! Emma was so lovely and friendly, chatting away to us and she even gave me a little extra fabric for free, a gesture I really appreciate and shows me I am a valued customer.

This blog post also coincides with the launch of Emma's brand new website and boy does it look enticing!! You can visit it by going to www.emmasfabricstudio.co.uk and Emma also has a Twitter and Facebook page so go over and say Hi! and tell her Nikki sent you! 

Enjoy :)

 

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