Review of the Living Crafts show, Hatfield House, May 2019
The lyrics of one of the songs in The Sound of Music were “Let’s start from the very beginning”. I am going to do the opposite, and start from the very end.
I am sitting in a quaint outdoor vintage café, sipping tea, talking to other visitors. They all loved the Living Crafts Show and some of them have been visiting each year, for about ten years in a row.
Watching traditional materials such as metal and wood being turned into pieces of art was a bit of a change from my usual world or beads, delicate wire and sparkly bridal accessories.
To be honest, I don’t even remember all the names of the craft techniques I came across today. This included lace making, basket weaving, metalwork, glass making and some sort of wood layering. Some of the scenes were like cut out form a fairy-tale. Ladies dressed in Tudor clothes, weaving and a chunk of wool being transformed into yarn with the use of wooden spinning wheel.
We even got to see products made with genuine goat’s wool as well as the live goats!
All workshops and demonstrations were nicely spaced among stalls showcasing top quality designer craft products, ranging from hand-crafted jewellery to wooden furniture and colourful glass decorations.
I decided to test the quality of some of the products – I am happy to report that the coffee making, organic cider making and brisket making were to the highest standards.
To learn more about Living Crafts at Hatfield House, visit www.livingcrafts.co.uk
Here are some photos:
NOTE: We have no association with the show… apart from being fans