Rag Hags

The Rag Hag points the way to the Rag Market

Thanks to the hard work of Vanessa Kay and Sue Mellis the Hebden Bridge WI is renowned for its Rag Markets, an opportunity for crafters and vintage lovers to pile their (already large) stashes of goodies even higher.  The latest Rag Market took place place over 2 days at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge and folk from far and wide were attracted by the opportunity to purchase vintage fabric, haberdashery bargains and unique bits and bobs.

The Rag Market starts to fill up
Inspecting some hand spun yarn

Some of the people that came along were more than stallholders, like Leone who gave a spinning demonstration and talked people through her process for dying yarns.

The fleece that Leone turns into yarn
Leone spinning
The finished yarn

The Hebden Bridge WI also uses the Rag Market as an opportunity to encourage young entrepreneurs with an interest in crafting to sell their wares and undertake some market research on the popularity of their idea at a Pedlars’ Day.  This year the school aged entrants were of a very high standard and many went home having had an excellent day of trading.

This pedlar had a very good day of trading
Some a pedlar’s wares
These paper flowers proved to be very popular
This pedlar brought her gorgeous handmade aprons, bookmarks and napkins

The next Rag Market is at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge on Sunday 13th October.  See you there.

Written and posted by Amy

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