Advance tickets: £6.50 / On the door: £8.00
Each year we invite visitors to take an unforgettable day out to see thousands of beautiful parchment craft exhibits, watch demonstrations, take part in workshops, make-and-take sessions and buy their parchment craft supplies. In addition, information and advice is always available from parchment craft tutors from home and abroad as well as representatives of both the Parchment Craft Guild and Association of Parchment Crafters who are on hand to answer questions and take new membership subscriptions. However, over the past few years the craft has seen the incorporation of elements from cardmaking in the form of die-cut embellishments, stamped designs, distressing, beads, lace, to mention but a few. With this in mind the organiser has decided the time has come to extend the exhibition to include exhibitors from the cardmaking community. We are delighted to announce that Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamps, Eric Pepper from Craft Outlet Store, Cheryl Flannagan from Crystals to Shine, Ribbons Galore and Yvonne Randal from Craft Fairy (Kuretake pigment and water-based pens as well as a large selection of beads and jewellery making). have accepted our invitation to participate in the exhibition in May next year. The list is growing so watch this space!
The exhibition venue is the old passenger shed, just outside the entrance to Bristol Temple Meads train station (Brunel's Old Station). Click here for information about this beautiful venue and the many upcoming events.
The Academy of Independent Parchment Craft Tutors proudly wearing their badges and smart new aprons and lanyards.
Pat and Linda with some of the Academy tutors at the Bristol Parchment Craft Exhibition
Once again it was a fabulous exhibition. It's such hard work for the demonstrators to put together a display and I know some are already thinking "what shall I do next year?". The retailers do an amazing job of trying to second guess what you will want and that’s not always easy. New products are coming out all the time, trends and styles and what is acceptable but parchment is so versatile that it can take almost anything.
Bristol had road closures which meant we didn’t get a rush of visitors; they were coming in at all times right up until early afternoon. Sunday was a lovely sunny day, natural light in the Passenger Shed and everyone smiling. It was such a happy place to be. The best ever show. Barbara Gray with the Clarity team brought a little bit of magic to the day with her Groovi plates. A pleasant way was to sit there under Barbara's guidance and produce a lovely piece of work.
The Academy teachers also had a really busy day with teaching the workshop and make-and-take, manning the Tombola, refreshment and entrance. We are gaining momentum, we now have a list of names wanting to be part of the Academy team. The Academy enjoyed the day of teaching and already ideas for next year are forming with some asking whether it is too soon to put their name down. Compliments all round! Hilary of Wightcat Crafts did a fabulous job of bringing her shop to Bristol although it was a traumatic few days before the show so thank you Hilary and Steve for making it. Hope you start to feel better soon Hilary.
Well, the Souvenir Special Magazine was flying out the door and orders were coming in by social media from everywhere. It's the first that Heather and Kim Thomas and me put something together with only weeks to get it sorted. Thank you to all those who are buying. The reviews are so good and we are really happy with the efforts of so many parchers who generously gave their designs. I would like to thank the overseas ladies for coming - there are too many to name them all. I think the Belgian ladies, Ria and Rosemarie, are part of the furniture now. Hilda from The Netherlands, Birthe from Denmark, Heather Attwater from Canada and Amanda Yeh from Taiwan with her amazing freehand embossing. Retailers: Cheryl was selling crystals (we like the glittery things!), Rosella was with Tattered Lace (a lovely gathering there). Karen Fitzpatrick does beautiful displays with dies and card making. Sue is always ready with card and lots of lovely things, Alison Yeates is always a popular lady with papers pencils and all kind of must-haves. One last thing we have needed and wanted for years and which visitors say, is to have a banner over the entrance so they can find us. Well its happening for next year - will say more nearer the time.
I can't say much more other than thank you all for coming and making the Bristol parchment show a lovely place to be.
This year the special magazine was produced by the exhibition organisers. A superb publication comprising a cover printed on 200 gms silk and approximately 60 colour pages with 26 designs printed on 115 gms silk and was on sale at the exhibition. If you would like the magazine posted to you, please send £8.45 (includes £1.50 to cover second class postage - UK customers only). Only digital copies are available for overseas customers at the price of £6.95 (the cost of postage is prohibitive at £7.90 without packaging)!
The workshop, which will be run by Academy Tutors, will start at 11am and finish at 1:30pm. The cost will be £15. You can book your advance ticket and place on the workshop here. You will also receive a free copy of the Make-and-Take pattern to take home with you.
The make-and-take next year starts at 11am and costs £3.50 (to cover the cost of the materials).
The workshop this year was packed. A new venue - a very modern church hall, clean and spacious with plenty of light. We finally got there after the coach driver dropped us off outside he wrong church in the pouring rain. We walked around looking for the entrance and finally ended up inside next to the altar with our craft bags and noisy chatter right in the middle of a service. The congregation turned to stare at us in disbelief and it was all we could do to stifle our giggles as we made our escape back into the rain. Luckily we found the right church just a but further up the hill - phew, what a relief!
We were given two projects, one by Linda and the other by Pat. Both colour work flowers and we enjoyed every minute. Gail, Jackie and Sharon kindly did the catering and we had a lovely lunch and lots of yummy cakes!