13 August 2013

Folksy Rules OK!

This week started off with a bang! I had such a productive day yesterday, which I put down to feeling inspired and refreshed after spending the weekend in some woods in Yorkshire with 200 lovely designer makers at the Folksy Summer School.

I gave a talk on Crafting Your Blog, which was great fun, alongside an amazing line up that included Doug Richard of Dragon's Den fame, Sinead from Crafty Fox (who has an exciting guest post coming up on this blog), Emma Jones from Enterprise Nation and lots of other awesome peops. It was such a wonderful atmosphere of makers supporting other makers, sharing tips and tricks over halloumi burgers and ice lollies. I got to hang out with the Mollie Makes team, learnt to crochet with Frank & Olive Crochet, met lots of lovely readers of this here blog (hi!), including one pair who'd come all the way from Denmark, and I even spotted a Mathilde Blouse on Sarah! I left buzzing with ideas and aglow from new friendships made.

A few cool things I discovered over the weekend that you may be interested in, whether you're a maker, blogger or run your own craft business:

- Pick up some tips on product photography at Lyndsey James' workshops
- Step back in time at The Button Tin, a vintage sewing wonderland run by the lovely Gemma
- Discover beautiful knitting patterns by Jess Biscoe aka Jessica Joy
- Get marketing help for your craft business from the awesome Claire and Polly at Handmade Horizons
- And general props to Camilla from Butterscotch and Beesting, Andy from vinegar & brown paper and John from Smithery.

Oh and not forgetting Folksy, the online marketplace for modern British craft! We're already pestering James the CEO (or "Captain" as he prefers to be called) to start organising next year's Summer School...

Were you there? Did you have a good time? Hope to see you next time!

[Soundtrack: 'By Your Side' by CocoRosie]


  1. Was a great day (I only could make Sunday as I'd just got back from my holidays).
    It was great listening to you, you're very inspiring and I think I now want to learn to sew!

    Thank you also for standing in line for the toilets with me to answer my question about using photos..really appreciated it.

    Fingers crossed Folksy will do another one x

    Perfect Day Wishes

    1. I met loads of people in that queue for the loos - it was the place to be, it seems! :)

      Thanks for the lovely post, Tilly.

  2. That sounds like so much fun! Wish I could have been there. Have any tips for crafting our blogs out here in the wild internets?

  3. Ha, cocorosie! I went to see them live when I first moved to Beirut and haven't thought about them in an age...ah nostalgia! Totally random thought...soz!
    Glad you had a nice weekend. :)

  4. Hello Tilly, again. It was an excellent day Sunday - eager to learn more photography because Lyndsey just seemed like the person we could learn loads from...

    1. I've just attended one of her day course, was amazing and highly recommend anything run by Lyndsey x

  5. Hello there from Denmark...
    Yes it was a fab weekend, the place was magical and the talks inspirational.


  6. I really enjoyed your talk Tilly, and thought the event was fantastic, not least because of the relaxed atmosphere.

  7. It sounds like a great event. I can't stop looking at that gorgeous tassel bunting all over the marquee. I've never seen anything like it.

  8. Fabulous Tilly so wish I could have come to see you all, what a fab event, maybe next time
    Lots of love

  9. I volunteered on the Saturday, great experience spent the morning helping Lyndsey in her photography classes

  10. Find me on Facebook, handmadebywend

  11. This looks so much fun! I've never actually bought anything off Folksy, I always just automatically go straight for Etsy, even though I'd rather help a British site get going (not that there's anything wrong with Etsy but support your local indie business and all that!). I'll definitely have to check out Folksy next time!

  12. Thanks for sharing - I really wanted to make it - glad I can soak up a bit of the atmosphere with this post. And thanks for some of the links to some of your finds! x


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