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.
Ive had an online shop on Etsy for just under a year now and have noticed a big difference over that time. They have change many things, such as allowing non handmade good to be sold. They have also changed the way search results work, meaning that larger, handmade items (such as my steel roses) that are not bought frequently (such as card etc that are cheaper to produce and sell) do not end up at the top of buyers search results. Not to mention the minefield of free shipping. Im getting a little fed up with it and wondered if anyone ... read more >
My name is Marie, and I have always loved sewing, purely as a hobby, and used to make a lot of cross stitched and embroidered gifts for family and friends. In 2003, a good friend of mine introduced me to machine embroidery and I was immediately hooked on the possibilities and details that I could explore. I bought my first machine second hand and loved it, but I was limited to the size of embroideries that I could do, so I bought a newer bigger machine with better scope and that was it... I was in my element. I would sew on anything ... read more >
I attended the Mynt Image Craft market at Guilford on Saturday 8th September and enjoyed every minute. Paul, who was managing the event ensured we all knew what we were doing, confirmed times with us and made us all comfortable for the day, he even gave us a quick H and S talk to ensure we knew what to do if things went wrong. He then spent most of the day outside advertising the event, calling out and spinning his sign, fantastic work. Personally I had worked hard all week (as well as the weeks before) to get ready, ensure I had ... read more >
I am delighted to have now written, illustrated and self-published two, in a new series of childrens picture story books! Both cute, rhyming tales with endearing illustrations, follow the antics of the farm and woodland creatures living in or near Yew Tree Farm. Each story also gently explores certain social or behaviour issues, within the safety of the animals world- with that all-important happy ending of course! Included in both books are optional Guidance Notes at the back, which provide possible questions and answers regarding ... read more >
I often get asked about Cleaning and Caring for Your Jewellery, whether its for a piece Iíve made or not. It really goes without saying that if you look after the jewellery you have it will last and stand the test of time. There are a few pieces of corse that will last longer than others even if you do nothing with them. For example if you own a pair of simple diamond stud earrings that you never take off, then these arenít really going to get loads of wear compared to say a ring because there in your ears! They will however get ... read more >
Personally fun fairs are not my cup of tea...but Pinner fair has been in existence since the 14th century 700 hundred years ago it has a royal charter for anything to be going that long has a lot going for it originally set up for farmers to sell their live stock and produce and men used to go there to pick up work it was the most important event of the year the story goes...everyone would gather the evening before to witness the rush in At six oclock a police sergeant would blow his whistle and everyone would rush into the parade ... read more >
Over the years we have added several new ways for people to find listings added by members. The most recent is the Craft Directory. The Craft Directory pulls all the different listing types together into one easy to navigate list. When you first enter the directory, you will see the countries and categories, along the top. Click on the link you want to follow and away you go. Then select a region, county and down to town level. We have pulled everything together so that we can focus on some new functionality, to help visitors ... read more >
Your blog is like hungry children, waiting to be fed... and of course needs to be fed. At times there doesnt seem to be anything to write about but once you have written one blog you feel it needs to be fed. I love history... and along with another love of mine craft and with the launching of loadofhay in Pinner Village I would love to give you an insight into Pinner and notable people who was in residence... Pinner is centuries old, once a hamlet of medieval Harrow, records showing a church was here in 1230 the notable people... ... read more >
So here it is. The launch of another craft market. This time in beautiful Pinner. Pinner Village with loadofhay craft market on the 28th October. Not the easiest thing to do right? A number of emotions sweep over me. I tell myself I have done this before predominantly I feel elation it really is an exciting time. This no doubt will be fun and very fulfilling as another creative venture. Curation..de jour ... process of selection getting the right balance, variety, a mixed bag, eclectic! Call it what you want, its got to be right. ... read more >
When you add or link to events you are attending, you can print out an A4 poster to put up on notice boards, in shop windows or hand out to customers. The best part about it, is you donít need to do anything more than just print it out. We pull in your main image, business name, biography, and in addition, up to seven items from your shop window. The page will list up to six events. All you need to do is: log in, go to the referral page, click the link to the A4 leaflet then print. This is a fully automated service, aimed ... read more >
STUFFY! UNINSPIRING! This is how a craft market might have been seen once... People might have conjured up an image of unflattering jumble sale type events!!! Un-drinkable tea from polystyrene cups come to mind, Crafters now THANKFULLY are a new breed, markets popping up all across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and not forgetting fair trade craft and produce with crafters being very skilful in their chosen craft and producing exceptional work all made with love. Craft Market are now very high in peoples estimation getting ... read more >
Have you ever had moments when you have time after all the administration is done the mundane chores are once again finished when you collect all your thoughts thinking about this and that, at the moment I am looking at images of all you very talented people your expertise, from the science of producing those heavenly aromatic soaps and candles to the intricacies of different components of an earring or bracelet the expertise of turning wood making delicious creamy fudge, gorgeous casmere garments just to mention a few but all deserving ... read more >