Moray set to host a craft fair with a MAD twist

Traditional and new crafts on show.

Moray is set for a craft fair with a difference when people gather at the Inchberry Hall later this month for the inaugural ‘MAD for it!’ event.

Organised by creative community development company The Celtic Tree and creative needlecraft firm Slackstiches, the family event will provide a series of hands-on workshops that allow young and old to try several craft skills for themselves.

The Celtic Tree’s Michelle Gillibrand explained: “We are delighted to bring the first MAD for it! to Moray.

“This would not have been possible without the support of Margaret Hamilton from Slackstiches and the many other crafters, artists and volunteers who will be there on the day to ensure everyone has a great time!

“MAD stands for ‘Make And Do’ and encourages people to have a go at a traditional craft but with a very modern twist to it. As well as providing workshop sessions the event is about supporting local crafters artists and groups.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing this unique event to people in Moray who we would encourage to look at spending the entire day with us so that they have a chance to fit everything in.”

As well as the fabric craft creativity of Slackstiches visitors can take part in a demonstration of traditional spinning and a knitting workshop that will lead to the creation of a Beanie Hat. There will also be interactive basket making and paper crafts – and even a drop-in session where people can learn more about the art of film making.

Ms Gillibrand added: “We will even have the Garmouth Youth Group and Moray Scouting Association on hand to show tie dying, modelling, jewellery, making fairy doors and several nature crafts.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance or at the door on the day. MAD for it! will be on Saturday, August 16 at the Inchberry Hall with a family ticket for up to five people available at £15.

Individual tickets can be booked at £6 for adults or £3 for children – all tickets entitles visitors to participate in as many workshop sessions as they can fit in. Ticket purchased in advance will attract a £1 discount (family) or 50p discount (individual).

Refreshments will be available throughout the day provided by local community group ‘Stable and Able’.

MAD for It! – what you can do

Slackstitches – Fabric Craft – ‘Restyle your Old Clothes into Something New’‘ Make Some Felt Friends’ (also crochet and patchwork)

Artisan Threads – Spinning Demo followed by have a go sessions.

Ewe Can Do – Knitting Workshop – ‘Make a Beanie Hat for Your Thumb!’

Naturally Useful – Basket Making

Neil McCook – Film Making – Drop in session to find out more on what you need to make your own films including equipment, scripting, planning, shooting and editing.

Nayda Wagland – Paper Crafts

Garmouth Youth Group and Moray Scouting Association – Tie Dyeing, Modelling, Jewellery Making Fairy Doors, Nature Crafts (includes felted bracelets kindly assisted by Ewe Can Do). (Please note: Tie Dyeing and Modelling will take place in the morning. For the Tie Dyeing bring your own item to dye (natural fibres), or make your own T-Shirt with help from Slackstitches or buy one of our new t-shirts (£2.00 each).

For further details contact The Celtic Tree at or at or on 07786 320822.

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