This past week-end I participated in a Swedish Christmas Market in Milan. I’ve been busy sewing and crafting for the last few months getting ready for this famous market that happens every two years. I may not be Swedish (although I apparently look it) but I really loved being in the middle of this fantastic market filled with Scandinavians of every kind and interested locals.
The market was located in a beautiful old palazzo called Palazzina Liberty which is situated in the middle of a park not too far from the centre of the city. From what I hear a few thousand people made their way to the Julmarknad to take a look at the Swedish food stalls, crafts and watch some typical Swedish Christmas traditions.
I made children’s smocks, camera straps, felt garlands, button earrings, button hair elastics, button magnets, reversable head bands and Christmas balls (Jill style). It was colourful to say the least.
Surprisingly enough the camera straps were a hit! At first nobody understood what they were for because I had written the sign in English (anyone know how to say camera strap cover in Italian?). By the end of the day I saw a few ladies proudly walking around wearing their new straps. I was proud!
My new goal is to bring the smock back into fashion. I know they are a little old-school but there is nothing cuter than a little girl in a pretty smock. Join the movement to bring the smock back (I take personal orders!).
Overall a very fun day where I got to meet some great new people, buy some lovely Christmas gifts (more about those in a few days) and share my passion for colourful handmade goods with the people of Milan. Can’t wait for the next one in 2014.