Abandoned Fabric,Stitchery and Haberdashery is the perfect name for this event.
F.A.S.H. 2015 was held at Bethlehem Hall and there was an even greater choice of stalls this year.a There was even a mannequin on stage which featured a black and white long dress made from previous F.A.S.H buys. Piles of fabric pieces, embroidery and craft books, sewing patterns, laces, braids and buttons, wool and threads tempted buyers at every turn. Traders had tables and baskets piled high with many wonderful items to add to your stash. Some people looked carefully first and then went around again before they bought, others dove straight in and their bags were bulging by the time they left. Half the fun was seeing what others had purchased. There is a great deal of fun to be had when women start talking about their own sewing experiences or those of their mothers and grandmothers. It can also be poignant for some as they see a pattern or trimming that reminds them of an outfit from their childhood or one that was worn for a special occasion in their lives. Some of the older ladies came just to reminisce as they no longer sew. Tauranga Embroidery Guild, Turning Point Trust and the hosts, Te Puna Quarry Summer Trust, had their own stalls, as well as stallholders who had cleaned out their own sewing and craft materials. Funds raised go towards the ongoing maintenance costs of the Park.
Diane Hume Green.
Well-known Tauranga creative, Diane Hume-Green has a wide range of talents and abilities. Diane shares her participartion in community, cultural and social events with ARTbop’s readers.