Walthamstow Craft Guerilla Review

I’ve lived in Walthamstow, London for ten years and this is the first time I’ve stepped through the doors of Orford Road Social Club. I was here for the Craft Guerrilla Summer Fair:

It was rocking in there!

There were some really interesting stalls and people having lots of fun. I loved these quilted brooches from Honksville:

Aren’t they great? I bought myself this one:

I couldn’t resist one of these pin cushions from Antonia Brown to add to my growing collection:

And I loved these pretty knickers from Neeksie:

The girls on the Neeksie stall were really lovely and friendly.

Outside, I discovered an oasis of calm that I never even knew existed in E17!

All in all, I thought this was a great craft fair – full of originality and friendliness. Everything was very reasonably priced. More power to Craft Guerrilla!

Honksville had a Lucky Dip bowl where you could buy a mystery gift:

I thought I’d use this as an ickle giveaway to my readers. I have no idea what lies behind this novelty tape and brown paper! You could be the one to find out. I’ll send this anywhere in the world. All you have to do is add a comment to this post before midnight GMT Wednesday 3 August. Good luck!

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49 Responses to Walthamstow Craft Guerilla Review

  1. GretchenH says:

    What fun! And lovely photos of the event, especially of the knickers. This is a nice reminder to me to get out in my community and see what sort of crafting events are going on.

  2. ooobop says:

    Lovely photos, Karen. I do hope the craft fairs make a big come back. I haven’t seen one in a long time, my neck of the woods. I love those cute badges and and would love there to be a little bourbon biscuit inside that mystery parcel… count me in!

  3. fearnie says:

    looks like you had a lovely afternoon!! i love little days out like you had – lots of temptation and a feast of lovely hadmade inspiration. Wouild love to know whats inside??!!

  4. Travelling Hopefully says:

    Wow, that looks a fantastic event! I love the biscuit brooches, very sweet!

  5. Lisa says:

    Ooh exciting, a mystery gift! I’m in.

  6. Ashley says:

    What a fun giveaway! The craft fair looked lovely, I’ll have to keep an eye for a local one 🙂
    Ashley x

  7. rachel says:

    Very exciting! And I love your trousers from your previous post.

  8. molly says:

    How pretty! it looks like you had a fun day, i love a good ol’ craft fair!

  9. rachel says:

    Lovely photos. I can’t resist a lucky dip – please count me in!

  10. Rebecca Wood says:

    I went to the fair yesterday too, had a great afternoon & couldn’t resist picking up a few pretty treats! Loving Craft Guerrilla & all they do.
    R x

  11. Yadira says:

    I love craft markets, this one looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing Karen.

  12. Scruffy badger says:

    Hi Karen,
    Inspirational shopping… Sounds a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, and great giveaway idea!! Yes please put me in the hat !! Thank you x

  13. Sue says:

    Looks like a great fair, oh to live nearer London. Craft guerrilla, come to Lincoln?

  14. lazystitcher says:

    Ooo I wish I had known… still I manged to have a browse through Hackney Wicked which hadd some cute stalls and good coffee at the counter cafe! :)Alana

  15. Shelly says:

    What a fun looking market. I love a mystery gift and this is a great fun idea to use something that is a mystery to you too! 😉

  16. Cat says:

    I’m only massively jealous! Wish the annual village craft fair was more like this.

  17. Liz says:

    That looks like a place to visit sometime. I love the beard brooch!

  18. Felicity from Down Under says:

    I thought the knickers looked fantastic – in the best sense. Couldn’t really see them as knickers, but gorgeous. You seem to have lots of fabulous crafty things right on your doorstep. Thanks for sharing the colour.

  19. Carly says:

    Ooh count me in I’m a sucker for a surprise! *crosses fingers*

  20. Kerry says:

    Count me in – I love the idea of a surprise giveaway. The pin cushions are very pretty, think I’d have had to buy one too.

  21. Jacqui says:

    Great photos and I love the pin cushions too. Looks as thou you had a fab time.

  22. bethanylcm says:

    Love the pin cushions. Spent over an hour looking at some on Etsy when I realized my childhood tomato had gotten lost somewhere and all I had was the cotton one in my sewing basket itself. Such a pretty yet useful indulgence.

  23. Mara says:

    sounds like fun! that heart pincushion with the pink ruffles is adorable – I have some of the same fabric, and am feeling inspired. The knickers are too cute!

  24. C Ynaya says:

    Oh, yes please! And thank you.

  25. Amy says:

    Ooo, how exciting! I love the pencil tape though, I’d definitely struggle to open that package!

  26. Shivani says:

    ooo yes please. that fair looks great – wish I’d known about it!
    I especially love the beard brooch (my husband is beardy and I love a good beard!) x

  27. Amy says:

    Oohh so intrigued by the mystery gift! Brilliant giveaway Karen.

  28. JuliaDBennett says:

    How exciting! I wonder what’s in that little parcel… Count me in as a contender!

  29. i cant resist a good craft fair, looks like there was some great stuff here! I love your choice of brooch lol

  30. Fab brooches! I LOVE craft fairs like that, and who can resist a lucky dip?! Count me in please….

  31. Adrienne says:

    I see you are being your usual productive self this summer, attending Craft Fairs events and hosting giveaways on your website! I’m looking forward to see what this mystery gift is.

  32. RFMK says:

    Hi – I just found your blog when I was looking for reviews on the Lisette dress – what a great site! You’ve made some anazing clothes, I’m so impressed.
    All the best, I’ll be sure to check back in for some more inspiration – Ruth

  33. molly says:

    Looks like fun, I love craft fairs like that!

  34. Sarah says:

    Hurrah! And yes please 🙂

  35. Lula says:

    That looks like such a fun day out – not sure I would have had your patience though – I’m terrible at surprises, the paper would have been removed by now after being shaken, sniffed and squeezed to an inch of its life…

  36. Katie says:

    What a fun day- the sewing community is so active in the UK! Not so (or not that I’ve found thus far) in Washington, D.C.!

  37. Judy Edmonds says:

    My daughter is obsessed with moustache and beard accessories, she would have so loved those brooches!!

  38. Jane says:

    Looks like my perfect way to spend an afternoon. I love it when talented local craftsters come out of hiding like that. I would love for there to be a custard cream brooch in that secret parcel, if I don’t win I may have to pay a visit to Honksville as my son is OBSESSED with custard creams! x

  39. Roisin says:

    Oh the hidden bowling green looks delightful! Count me in for the raffle lovely Karen, I’m very intrigued!

  40. Nykied says:

    Tashtastic – how fab!!

  41. Maria says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while and love that your bubbly personality shines through your writing. You are so funny and a joy to read. I’m a Brit living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. I miss the UK sense of style and humour, but thanks to your blog I get a few minutes of “home” every day. I’m sure the Lucky Dip would like to end up overseas enjoying itself in sunny South Florida.

  42. Brenna says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year, and I love it! I must say that the photos in Me Made June were my favorite yet. Thanks for inspiring me.

  43. Susan S says:

    MysterYYYY!!!! Count me in!

    Washington, DC

  44. Camilla says:

    The fair looks amazing. I know the area well – nice to know there’s a lively crafting community in the ‘stow. Please count me in for the draw.

  45. Betty says:

    That looks like a great craft fair. My sister and I took part in one the other day and it was RUBBISH! I think we may have had 5 people come in for a browse and i’m pretty sure only one stall made any sales. Waste of time and effort, fingers crossed for the next one!

  46. Kat says:

    Oooh how exciting, I do love a good craft fair 🙂 I am a new reader of your blog and I like what I see, I agree with many of the comments above who say that your blog posts have a great amount of personality in them. Please count me in for the giveaway.

  47. Colleen says:

    Unlike most I’ve seen, that craft fair looked pretty good. What were the knickers made from?

    And next time I get to London, I am going to Walthamstow, come hell or high water.

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