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Made by Hand craft fair 2014: Part one

IMG_1852Last Friday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Made by Hand craft fair in association with The Contemporary Craft Festival, held in Cardiff’s City Hall. With 140 stalls on two levels and work from ceramicists and jewellery makers to printers and stationery designers, the fair was well-worth a visit. The work featured at Made by Hand was well-made, exquisite and unique and I went away wanting far more than I’d actually bought.

The fair was held on the 31st October until the 2nd November and, as well as the stalls, there were plenty of expert talks and workshops for participants to try too. Workshops included making miniature story books, mosaics and embroidery with Craftivist Collective founder, Sarah Corbett.

Although some crafters had come from further away, there were quite a few local and Wales-based designers, which I was particularly happy to see, and overall the standard of stalls was brilliant.

There really was a lot to see and the event is annual, so I’ll definitely be going again next year.

But for now, here is a selection of some of my favourite exhibitors. As there were too many for one post, part two will follow tomorrow.

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Virginia Graham creates her range of colourful ceramics from a studio in Cardiff. Her work includes mismatched teapots and mugs, floral coasters and even ceramic brooches. Her work is sold throughout the UK and a list of stockists appears on her website. You can keep up to date with her news via her Facebook page here.

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Helaina Sharpley is a wirework artist based in West Yorkshire, who specialises in detailed and beautiful wall art. Her work ranges from postcard sculptures to more intricate posters, like the above. Helaina says it takes her many hours to make each piece of work. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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I really loved Ruth Green’s screenprinted notebooks and cards. The artist sells on Not on the High Street and works from her studio in Birmingham to create prints inspired by the flora and fauna of the British countryside. You can see more of her work here or here.

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All of the items sold by Grace & Favour Home are handmade in Devon. Creator Rachael Rowe works from her studio on the edge of Dartmoor to make unique products, including bunting, cushions and stationery. You can follow her work on Facebook or Twitter.

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I’ve come across the work of Mid Wales based company Llynfi Textiles on many an occasion before and their work is always lovely. Specialising in woollen garments, the brand is run by Sue and Emily James, a mother and daughter team. Llynfi Textiles also has a Twitter, Facebook and a blog, so follow away.

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I just loved the ice lolly necklaces that My Bear Hands was selling. Jewellery designer Sally Haysom’s pieces begin life as a watercolour painting or a sketch with digital colour and she then turns them into wearable jewellery using digital or hand applied techniques. You can follow her adventures on her website, Facebook, Twitter or blog.

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The work of Plymouth College of Art students Luke Axworthy and Nieve Perry really impressed me. Luke’s jewellery pieces were very innovative and I loved Nieve’s ceramic milk bottles.

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I absolutely love screenprinted posters like the ones on sale by Print Garage. Each design was different and I particularly loved the colours of the prints. Creator of Print Garage, Iain Perry, also runs a selection of workshops for anyone interested in learning the craft which you can find out more about here. The Print Garage Facebook page can be found here and its Twitter is here.

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I can imagine having a lot of Katie Almond‘s ceramics in my home as they’re incredibly lovely. Inspired by vintage textiles, Katie creates jugs, cups, plates, teapots and cake stands full of colour and with quirky designs. Plus she also does commissions! Keep up with Katie’s work through her Facebook page, Twitter or blog.


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Back from hiatus

IMG_3174Apologies for being away from the blog for a little while. As I mentioned previously, I’ve been in London, which is where I still am. Things have been happening lately and I got some more work from Prima after they extended my internship, so I’m still here for the time being. I’ve actually been working on their craft supplement, Prima Makes magazine, the next of which is out in February. But if you want to know what I was doing in the summer, and are in the mood for Christmassy crafts (please don’t say it’s too early – I’ve been thinking about Christmas since August!), then pop into WH Smiths and pick up a copy of the above, Prima Christmas Makes, only £3.99. Can you tell I love my job?


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Strummer of Love: Crafting

Crafting was a big part of this year’s Strummer of Love festival and my friends and I certainly took advantage of this. After all, what is more exciting to a craft enthusiast like me than the appeal of a festival which incorporated it into the schedule?

Here’s what I made:

Floral crown headbands

These floral crown headbands were the perfect addition to our festival outfits and what was great about making them was that was they were completely unique and personal to us. Here’s how we made them:

Masking tape was wrapped around gardening wire to make a base for our floral headbands

Flowers were then added to the headband for decoration

Charlotte adding flowers to her headband

We added small flowers to our headbands for an understated floral crown

Me showing my half-finished headband

And the finished result

Charlotte wears her finished headband

Friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets are synonymous with schooldays (I used to make loads of them to wear myself and to hand out to friends) so making them at Strummer of Love felt like a nice nod to my childhood.

Friendship bracelets were made by either plaiting or knotting threads together

My plaited bracelet

Wearing my bracelet proudly on my arm

Charlotte and Bethan at work

Native american headbands

On the final day, we were able to make these wonderful headbands to proudly wear around the site, which was a nice way to finish off our weekend.

Bethan sews feathers to her headband

A piece of fabric was sewn to the elastic base

Feathers were glued onto felt which was then sewn onto the elastic

Beads could be sewn on to add an extra something

My finished headband

There were plenty of craft supplies at the Handmade Hangout

Me with my finished headband

If you’d like to read more about my experience at the Strummer of Love festival, please click here.