This weekend sees the second visit to Tredegar House by the Made By Hand craft fair. The House will play host to many stalls of exhibitors, while the majority will be in the huge marquee erected outside the Seventeenth Century entrance. Last year’s event seems to have proved to be very successful indeed. The dates are 2 – 4 December and full details of prices and events can be found here http://www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk/whatsOn.php .
The Servants Hall will be hosting a number of events with free workshops and demonstrations. On Friday, for example, there will be a pottery Masterclass with Morgen Hall and later chances to learn how to make a felt purse and textile flower brooches. Saturday’s workshops involve embroidery and beadwork, while Sunday involves dying and painting bunting and flags.
Unfortunately, however, there won’t be many opportunities to see the House’s magnificent interiors. The stalls set up in the Side Hall, Dining Room, New Hall and Brown Room mean that much of the Seventeenth Century panelling will be hidden and for conservation and security reasons most of the paintings and objects d’art have been put in storage. The good news is that Christmas doesn’t end with Made by Hand. Come back to the House and see the best rooms decorated for the Season and staff and volunteers dressed in a variety of fancy dress costumes. I, for reasons best known to others, will be dressed as Sleeping Beauty’s father. Don’t ask.