This morning there were a few surprises at the local Handmade Craft Market at Chandler’s Ford Age Concern Centre.
It was a delight to meet a popular local non-fiction and military writer Penny Legg, based in Southampton.
Meet the author Penny Legg
Penny has been running Writing Buddies, the group supporting writers, since 2009.
Penny shared a variety of interesting local history books with us. In a draw, I was lucky to have won her book titled Bloody British History Southampton.
You can find out Penny Legg’s books here, including Military Wives From The First World War to Afghanistan, and Under the Queen’s Colours.
Today I also had a quick read of her interesting book called Eastleigh Then and Now, which contains many old photographs of Eastleigh (including a little bit of Chandler’s Ford).
Cartoonist Dry Si
I am very pleased to have met Simon the Cartoonist. Simon is also known as Dry Si – The Cartoonist (Facebook page). Simon considers ‘Parody is the sincerest form of flattery’, and his cartoons drawings are all unique.
I also met a talented Argentina crafter Silvana Baez, who set up her craft stall for the first time. Silvana sells pretty crochet rugs and pillows with her own designs.
You can find Silvana’s cheerful decorative crochet rugs and pillow at her online shop Myellowindow on Etsy.
Jane Duxbury, aka Mrs Craftypants, is an ethical crafter specialising in a wide range of crafts using the most ethically sourced materials, including fairly traded, recycled, organic, sustainable and locally sourced yarns and materials.
Jane runs a popular craft workshop at Beacon Café at St. Boniface Church twice a month.
Jane’s micro crocheting is an eye-opener. Her micro crocheting is crochet using a 0.5mm hook and organic cotton sewing thread. 0.5mm hook? It sounds like a challenge to me.
Jane has now also started private crochet lessons and craft workshops. Trust me, Jane is talented, and extremely kind and patient.
There are a few more stallholders, including Mary Ann Smith’s Double MM Jewellery.
Thanks to organiser Michelle Duffy for bringing such a wonderful mix of talented people to Chandler’s Ford. I interviewed Michelle in this article last year.
Michelle’s mission is to bring us “handmade family markets, made by the community, for the community.”
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