The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth.
The talent of makers and artists needs a vent, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers to exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more.
Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor and purchaser, helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.
It has taken me a while - goodness knows why - but I am now learning the art of packing and unpacking the necessary items for my workshops and classes. Being prone to taking everything bar the kitchen sink this Monday I managed to stick to my check list of absolute necessities. Seems like a no-brainer, but on one occasion, even though I did nearly include the kitchen sink, I forgot a couple of useful items. Luckily they were not essential but even so. A lesson learnt so... Tip 1: Make a check list not only of what your students ... read more >
Hello! Sometimes someone exceptional comes along, with a completely new outlook and a novel idea! Jebril owns a vast collection of Ancient beads and makes beautiful jewellery to wear NOW! I will let him explain: I discovered the fascinating world of jewellery making and beads many years ago, first as a hobby which quickly turned into a passion. Collecting archeological beads dating hundreds and even thousands of years and bringing their beauty back to life by using them again as they were originally intended by our long gone ... read more >
We are pleased to announce that our first title The Adventures of Vince the Cat - Vince Goes to Paris was exhibited at this very important event. The conference took place on Friday 25 January through Tuesday 29 January 2019, at the Washington State Convention Centre, in Seattle, Washington, United States. Copies of the title were displayed at the event and online on the Combined Book Exhibit Website as well as the associated catalogue. We see the United States as an important market for our titles as the stories introduce children ... read more >
Catnap Stories is a series of childrens books to inspire the next generation of children to love cats, meet new friends, travel the world and learn new languages. In October 2018, I decided to take the plunge and realise one of my dreams to create a series of childrens books centred around some of my most favourite things cats, travel and foreign languages. And, after having spent 6 months volunteering at Plan International UK in 2017, I wanted to ensure that I was able to donate some of the proceeds of the book sales to this very ... read more >
There is nothing in the world like writing a childrens book, then getting out into the community to see their reaction to it. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a local pre school playgroup. The children were ages 3 and 4. I had pitched my book for ages 3 to 8 years old so it was a good experiment to read the book to see the response between different age groups, and to see who would be the most receptive. All the children were listening attentively, apart from a couple of children aged 3 who started fidgeting as bit towards ... read more >
Believe it or not it has taken me over 3 years to join UK Craft Fairs. Not out of laziness just the opposite I get so busy making the selling part and networking part just gets neglected. It would be great to get out more! I get so engrossed in my creativity I forget there is a world out there. I love my own company the only one that really gets me out is my dog Napoleon, his needs for exercise pushes me to get out into nature. I always feel completely refreshed and inspired after a good long walk in the woods and grateful for this. ... read more >
Hello, I hope that your week is starting happily despite the wet and grey weather. Today I am going to introduce to Chaimz Charms. Rebeccas jewellery line only joined praenuntia.com recently and it is so nice to add her young vibe to our collections. So, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Chaimz Charms! My name is Rebecca. I started making necklaces a few years ago but it has only been more recently that my passion for beading has really grown. I had knot most of my jewellery with silk and I like to use natural ... read more >
Hello! January is coming to its end which means that business should start picking up again in the craft world! Many of us are working hard at building up stock and are looking forward to offering our new creations to our customers. Valentines Day is the date in the calendar that we can count on to jump start our sales while spreading love and happiness all around! GABRIELLE and LOUISA? All about romance, pearly textures and more romance: Gabrielle and Louisa are a mother and daughter team living with the rest of their family ... read more >
Sewing is a traditional craft where regardless of experience or talent anyone can sew something. Sewing is also a craft where beautiful things can be created and finished within a few minutes or hours and things made can be suitable for everyone. Sewing can also be done by individuals or groups and is a reliatively safe craft. You can even avoid pins these days with handy plastic clips instead! As such sewing is ideal for team and group events. SewingForYou offers sewing clubs, individual sewing classes, hen parties, birthday ... read more >
What can you do to make your UKCraftFairs shop work harder for you? UKCraftFairs has designed the shop functionality around patrons attending events to pick up Click and Collect shop items. The aim is to get people out to events and visiting you. If you have a physical shop or workshop for customers to visit, you can include that too. To create a shop that works, you need a nice listing with a main image. You need to link to or list the fairs you are attending, and you need to add items into your shop. The good news is that just ... read more >
Hello every one My name is Mick Johns I am a woodturner I have been turning for over 30 years and I have just started a craft business selling my hand turned items at craft fairs in the north east of England. If any of you more experienced crafters out there have any advice that may help me avoid making any mistakes please feel free to let me know I have just booked some fairs at the Evron Centre in Filey and one in Helmsley so looking forward to them .I make any thing that can be turned pepper mills , table lamps , bowls , wooden ... read more >
Hello again! This week I have decided to introduce you to Brian from Twisted Workshop. The name might well ring a bell because he is a member of UK Craft Fairs in his own right. It is a pleasure and an honour for Praenuntia to carry some of his products. So here is, introducing himself: My name is Brian. Welcome to my world of something different. Twisted Workshop was started in 2012 after a friend, knowing my interest in knots and Celtic style weaving, asked if I could make a choker using a particular weave. Looking into the ... read more >