Get ready to bag a bargain at WI Rag Market!

Simon Cantrill looking for a bargain at the 2014 Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market
Simon Cantrill looking for a bargain at the 2014 Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market

On Saturday, May 16 (11am), stall holders will fill the Waterfront Room in Hebden Bridge Town Hall with an amazing selection of textiles, haberdashery, and materials perfect for a diverse range of art and craft projects.

With the continuing trend for ‘make do and mend’ and rise in the popularity of homemade furnishings and clothing the Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market is becoming quite well known amongst the crafting and home sewing and tailoring community, many of whom are inspired by programmes such as The Great British Sewing Bee.

Last year the WI were lucky enough to welcome Simon Cantrill to open their market, and this year are equally thrilled to be welcoming the delightful Deborah Simms who earlier this year took part in the Great British Sewing Bee reaching the semi-finals alongside her team-mate Paul Clarke.

Deborah is a sewer and crafter living in Manchester. When she isn’t working full time at her day job she can be found locked away in her sewing room doing lots of ‘selfish sewing’ (and the occasional item for a friend), as well as knitting, crocheting, embroidery and patchwork.

A Hebden WI spokeswoman said: “Like many of our stall holders and customers, Deborah believes in the continuation of the older crafts through their inclusion in modern creations. She loves nothing more than to pass on these skills teaching in demonstrations and workshops wherever she can. We are all looking forward to her visit!

“Our Rag Market has to be the perfect place to source not only a bargain, but original and quality crafting, dress making and tailoring materials buttons, ribbons, yarn, vintage pieces, patterns, books and anything else you could possibly need to inspire your creativity.

“Many of the fabrics are vintage, one offs and from private collections so you can pick up many items not available in the shops for amazing prices. Our stall holders are generally crafters themselves, reluctantly selling items from a treasured hoard that has become too large to store, but some of our regular stallholders also include local small businesses. Come along and grab a bargain!