Hello! As I started this post the sun was actually shining. For the first time in a loooong time. But chillier weather and rain is now upon us and we can only hope things improve for this Saturday and Bearwood Handmade Summer. SUMMER we say! Whatever the weather, we’re excited. Flyers have been delivered, table plans drawn up, banners and bunting found. All that’s left is to introduce you to our fantastic stall holders…..
First up we have Caroline Jariwala (Mango Mosaics), Bearwood’s own Queen of mosaicing. She’ll be joined by a fantastic line-up of designers and makers that looks like this….
Eleanor Jackson from Mindfully Made, with exquisitely beaded jewellery. Sue Young aka Sew Sews will be sharing a table with Eleanor and selling her fab range of textiles including bags, cushions and fabric notebooks.
Joanna Hughes of The Ruffled Word with her vintage inspired art and jewellery pieces made from upcycled books and paper is sharing a stall with Helena of Helena Moss Designs, creator of stunning silver jewellery incorporating gemstones and pearls.
Returning to Bearwood is Maria Wigley, a textile artist who incorporates the use of photography and poetry in each beautiful and unique piece.
Carolyn Carter will have a fantastic mix of photographic greeting cards, prints & calendars alongside crochet & knitted accessories.
And an old friend of the Crafty Muthas, Amanda Gwilt, will have a full range of fab crocheted products including baby blankets, cushion covers, children’s ponchos and coin purses. Amanda is sharing a stall with Melanie Bridge who makes wooden height charts which can be personalised as well as scrabble art, signs, cufflinks, rings and cards plus some cross stitch gifts.
Mum and daughter, Couple of Cherries, are first timers at Bearwood Handmade. They make and sell unique crochet and knit wear for children.
Pat Wilkes from Starlight Gifts promises us vintage style keepsakes, upcycled loveliness and one-off decoupaged pieces.
Amy Carter is back with her delicate beaded jewellery and bookmarks as well as a range of cross stitched pin cushions.
The very lovely Ita McKenna of The ‘Time For’ Company makes sewn items, bags, aprons, cushions, door stops, as well as delicious homemade jams and preserves from home-grown fruit and veg.
Michelle Rodgers from Gems and Jumprings works with semi precious gem stones and uses many techniques in her jewellery, from macramé and knotting to wire work and polymer clay.
Hannah Girling of Three Bears Bakery makes delicious chocolates, cakes and biscuits from fairtrade and organic ingredients. Her range is free from dairy, soya, eggs, wheat and nuts so everyone can enjoy them!
Textile artist Penny Dixon runs Penny Jane Designs and will be bringing a collection of luxurious hand-felted goods and wall hangings made from soft merino wool as well as quirky upcycled vinyl art. New for spring summer 2014 are some amazingly soft ‘nuno’ felted luxury silk scarves.
Fliss Guard of Offbeat Girl Designs sells cute hair bows and headbands as well as jewellery and a small selection of fabric purses, bunting and bags.
We’ve had to squeeze local mum and daughter businesses Black Horse Gifts and The White Flamingo Gift Company into one stall, so it will be bursting with crafty goodness. Barbara will have original art pieces inspired by folk art and a love of nature and some home made jams & chutneys. While Eliza brings hand crafted brooches & hair accessories and her famous range of hand-painted champagne & wine cork characters, ‘corkies’.
Designer maker Louise Jones will have variety of contemporary lampshades and renovated bases, cushions and place mats plus a range of cards and smaller items.
The lovely Derek Lilley of Daddledo makes stunning, intricate altered book art and hand painted bespoke signs. You can spend an age looking at the detail in his work.
Another mum and daughter team. Lyndsey Prince designs and makes ceramics in a shed at the bottom of her garden in Bearwood. Decorative tiles/wall plaques/hanging decorations compliment handmade decorative textile pieces. Mum Jean creates handmade textile products such as nappy bags, baby bibs, rattles, hair bands and shopping bags in funky materials.
And back by popular demand, the fragrant and very lovely Rebecca Vincent of Mommy Bear’s Soy Wax Melts and Candles with her handmade soy wax melts and candles! Plus oil burners (to compliment the melts) and gift bags.
The Crafty Muthas will be out in force too, with Ceri, Christina and Nat also selling their wares and Rachel in the tea room with cakes and treats. Bearwood Pantry will be serving breakfast – eggs, bacon and those ‘to die for’ mushrooms some of you may remember from the last fair. Albert from Ubuntu Bakery will be baking loaves, toasting buns and making his legendary South African street food, vetkoek. A must try.
Hope you’ll agree we have all the ingredients for a great day. Come and have a look round, have a bite to eat, buy a few treats or gifts, meet up with friends and generally celebrate this lovely community of Bearwood that we live in.
See you Saturday!