On Friday I visited Abilmente an international craft fair in Vicenza. This fair takes place twice a year: in March and in October.
I decided to go not because I am good at handicraft but because I was curious to see the exhibitors and their creations. There were hundreds of stands promoting all sorts of arts and crafts products, it was also possibile to take part to courses and demonstrations to learn how to make scarfs, bags and many other things.
The main two pavilions F and G were crowded by women looking for wools, fabrics, beads, felt, wooden decorations, and finished items. Most of the products exhibited were dedicated to the Christmas season.
I was positively surprised to see how many women, both young and old, are capable to create things from nothing basically.
I have never seen so many types of wools to do both croquet and needles knitting, threads and fabrics to embroider, tools both for stencil and decoupage and much much more.
Have a look at some of the photos I took and also on my YouTube page I have uploaded a video which explain how to use a wooden frame (my friend bought it).
Many many stands were entirely dedicated to Christmas decorations.
My favorite… The moose- so cute
The woman in red, who was teaching crochet to other several ladies, wearing an incredible white handmade necklace.
New idea for this coming Christmas… (wine holder made by felt)
The pavillon B was entirely dedicated to the Art of Embroidery with the participations of severals embroidery associations from all over Italy. Here are some photos.
Klimt’s painting in the embroidery version.
These are the stands I liked most:
Elly by La Civetta from Badia Polesine (RO)
Elisa La Merceria from Verona email@example.com
Fabric necklaces decorated with metal charms, peals, and fabric flowers. I bought one too.
Modern version of a Christmas tree
La Cabana de Pusy from Barcelona (Spain)
Their particular necklaces made with alcantara (suede leather), pearls, knitted flowers, and wooden decorations. I bought one too in the blue version.
Also if you are already thinking about Christimas presents, you should buy this book (only in Italian ) entitled Aspettando il Natale written and edited by Mara De Stefani – L’Envol Editore.
This was Mara De Stefani’s stand.
I really enjoyed myself visiting such fair and now I am seriously considering to take a arts and crafts course maybe to learn how to knit with needles. I will keep you posted about it, don’t worry.
Surely in March I will attend the spring edition of Abilmente which I was told it varies more than the autumn one.
For more info visit www.abilmente.org