Monday 13 October 2014

A great day at Xeirotexnika

Xeirotexnika is an art and craft exhibition with workshops that takes place every year in Athens. This year it was also organised in Thessaloniki.It was this weekend 11th and 12th of October.
Xeirotexnika is organized by two very talented ladies Elina and Valia who were pioneers in this country in the craft world. They started some years ago with a blog about crafting called ftiaxto which evolved into a site with an e-shop. They taught us through tutorials how to make things and I really learnt a lot from them.So I was really very happy to meet them in person at the exhibition and take a photo with them.
I went early on the first day.
This funny little car decorated with crafts was outside the exhibition.

This beautiful huge cross stitch board was in the entrance.
 I went early in order to manage to get enrolled in the needle weaving workshop and I am glad I was one of the ten people who managed to get in! For only 5 euros you had a two hour workshop to learn how to make a mini needle weaved piece of jewelry and it was great!
Our teacher Natassa Fokianidou aka Faraona was great in teaching us all one by one and I hope to finish my piece soon and show you.
Here are a couple of photos of what we did.

 You will soon see the finished piece.
After the workshop it was high time to visit the exhibition. My photos are not very good though.
First I saw this quilting exhibition. Quilting is not very popular in Greece yet but that group here is trying and they have made some really beautiful things.
 They made this fantastic group quilt with the theme of Greece.
 And here are quilts made by people who have fallen victims of Human Trafficking.

 Lots of sellers from around the country were selling their supplies.
I was so eagerly looking around to get ideas and find products that might interest me, that I didn't take too many photos.
There was lots of wool!

There was silk!
There were exhibits to give you ideas.Like this from 2objectrepair who take old furniture and turn them into something new.

And beautiful little nooks.

There was lots to see and to choose from!
 I really loved the idea of making your own book by this couple.(photo from their site)
But didn't take photos of every seller of course.
I did a little bit of shopping too but as I am on a tight budget I only bought a couple of things from two shops and crafts and paper.
I bought ModPodge from the former and the felting needles too. And I bought those lovely felt pre cut patterns for my crafting from the latter.

All in all it was a great crafting day!


faraona said...

Χίλια ευχαριστώ Αριάδνη!!!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Looks like you had a great time! Enjoy your goodies :D

eleanna said...

Great event for our city, we really had a great time! We will be waiting for your new crafts Ariadne!

Decor Asylum said...

Φαίνεται να ήταν άκρως ενδιαφέρουσα έκθεση! Κρίμα που ήταν τόσο μακρυά για εμένα. Την καλημέρα μου!

zina said...

πρεπει να ηταν φοβερη εμπειρια! τελεια!

Unknown said...

It looks like it was a fab event! The victims quilts are very moving, and impressive from a quilter's viewpoint. I'd love to see more of their work. Is there a web site for them?