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Penny Lindop Designs at Spring Fair Birmingham 2016[/caption] January and February are tough, but exciting, months in the gift industry, following on so closely from Christmas. We go to 2 trade shows during this time, and tomorrow is the day I set off for the International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham. Despite the hard work, I love the shows and love meeting so many interesting retailers and designers. People travel so far to attend the shows, either as exhibitor or visitor, and the storie..
I'm just starting on next year's handmade calendar and, not wanting to duplicate ideas from previous years, had a quick look through the back issues.  Originally I thought a handmade calendar would be a fabulous way to welcome in the new millenium, so the year 2000 was going to be my year of the calendar. Just one year. Oh no, customers thought otherwise and here I am planning the 16th one. I'm actually quite proud of the achievement. Here they all are, all 15 to date:   This is the co..
At the shows I'm often asked "What's it made out of?" Well, I use sheep's fleece, but in very small quantities, so this year I thought I'd take some fleece along with me. A splash of colour in the corners, I thought.  I cut a large sack to size and then loosely stitched some of my dyed sheep's fleece to it. I'm not a great stitcher, so this was a tad tedious for me The first dyed fleece stitched to the sack: This shows my beautiful stitching!:   As I stitched on more blocks of f..
I love helping out at these bigger retail shows – there’s so many new people to meet, and so many new beautiful products to look at. In previous years, I have been known to slip away from the stand for an hour and get my Christmas shopping done early (very organised!).    But living out here in Taiwan means I had to miss it this year – I was very sad!   In case you missed our stand, here is how it looked this spring: Note the splash of colour down the corner - Mum stitched (yes, she ..
As you may know, Penny has just returned from a very busy, but equally fun, two weeks in London doing the Christmas shows. Not only does she enjoy meeting some of our lovely customers, she also loves taking a look around the shows and meeting some other brilliant exhibitors.  First up was The Country Living Magazine's Christmas Fair, where she sought out Jenny Burt, who hand makes gorgeous little wooden decorations and signs and has also launched her first book on woodworking. A very talented l..

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