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Crafting 'going from strength to strength'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

  • Amy Tavener, Phoebe Ferns and Fern Ferns have a go at Decopatch at the Craft4Crafters Show Picture: Richard Austin

  • Amanda Braggins of West Country Creative makes a woollen scarf

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Thousands of people attended a three-day Westcountry craft show amid claims the economic gloom has sparked a resurgence in people making their own cards, clothes and jewellery.

Organisers claim as many as 11,000 crafters made their way to Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, last week for the 12th annual Craft4Crafters show.

Hobbyists picked up tips from quilting and embroidery galleries, an advice clinic and a new textile zone.

Show director Andrew Thorpe, said: "Crafting is going from strength to strength and we have a committed hard core of followers from all over the South West who braved the winter weather to attend."

Among the exhibitors were knitwear designers Ruth Morris and Belinda Harris-Reid, from Ruth & Belinda, as well as respected crafter and web-based magazine editor Maggie Grey.

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