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A few crafters from the Christmas craft fair at Wickham Bishops

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 5th December 2018

“Sept 2017 I decided to change and reduce my day job from full time to part-time. Creating and crafting has been with me since I was a little girl. This career change amongst other things meant I could have time to develop my ideas and get around to selling my Hotanicals Heatpads online as well as starting to attend craft fairs or arranging pop up shops locally. All the heatpads contain UK grown flax seeds and lavender flowers and the packaging is also UK made and environmentally friendly 

Variety is the spice of life apparently and I do like to have a good variety of things on the go, so along with the heat pads I also have a selection seasonal items.”

Ian Yearsley…

“Ian Yearsley was born in Ingatestone, Essex (England) in 1965. He moved with his family to Southend-on-Sea in 1972 and began his writing career as a journalist with the Leigh Times newspaper there in 1988. He has since gone on to write for numerous other newspapers and magazines, and to publish 18 books in the local history, fiction and poetry genres.

As well as being an author, Ian is a qualified historian and IT professional. He has an MA in History from the University of Essex and is a Member of the British Computer Society.

All Ian’s books are about, or inspired by, the county of Essex.”

Twinkling Traveller…

“Hand made items to inspire you on your journey. From unique stained glass decor and modern embroidered art to bright snap purses and dangly earrings, each item is made by me and waiting for you! It’s the little things that make like beautiful.”
(Prices: embroidery- £25, stained glass gems-£10, Earrings-£15, Bird garland-£5)

Next event…the Christmas craft fair at Wickham Bishops village hall

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Thursday 15th November 2018

Next event…the Christmas craft fair at Lavenham Village Hall

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Thursday 8th November 2018



Crafters at the Christmas craft fair at Lavenham this weekend

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Thursday 8th November 2018

Jewellery by Julie…

“I design and make silver jewellery, which I like to wear.  

After obtaining my degree in Multidisciplinary Design I worked as a Graphic Designer, then an Interior Designer. For pleasure I attended a Silver Jewellery Making evening class. I loved it so much I started to design jewellery and teach myself the new techniques I needed to create my designs at home. Eventually I had so many pieces I started to sell them. I especially enjoy when friends ask me to make personalised pieces for them, relishing the opportunity to make their ideas into a reality.

I love working with the different textures I can obtain in silver: embossing, soldering on shapes and cutting shapes out. The multi layered results are modern and interesting and, I hope, reflect the fun I have making them. It is often difficult to duplicate the effects exactly, meaning each piece is unique.

Stones have always fascinated me and I like to incorporate some of my favourite gemstones into my work. Up until now I have worked mainly with cabachon stones, loving their smoothness and beautiful colours. But after a visit to the rock & crystal stall at my local market, I wondered if I could use more natural shaped stones in my jewellery. The rough textures and irregular shapes fascinate me. I have been experimenting with wire wrapping and drilling to secure the stones. These are some of my favourite designs.

I have also been experimenting with making jewellery from the stones and sea glass I am always collecting from beaches and walks, to make them into more meaningful mementoes.

In my search for new stones I found lots of raw and uncut ones. The colours and shapes are amazing, so I have been working on a range of necklaces using more natural stones. Many are also Birth Stones and make unusual gifts.

I have my work on sale at Haddenham Arts Centre and 20-21 Visual Arts Cente, Scunthorpe.

More of my designs can be viewed on the website, with prices at Jewellery by Julie.”

Marie Hearn…

Handmade crochet and crochet jewellery.



Next event…the Christmas craft fair at St. Peters Church, Sudbury

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Friday 2nd November 2018



Makers at this weekends fair at St. Peters Church, Sudbury

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Friday 2nd November 2018

Polley Art…

“Paula predominantly paints land and seascapes using oil on canvas.  The sizes vary from very large to miniatures.  Much of her work is done in the studio using sketches, photography and her memory.  She endeavours to capture the spirit and mood of a place or experience as well as some of the realism.  She is inspired by her love of nature and the ever changing locations in her life, and believes this was ignited during her early childhood which was spent growing up in Western Australia with its vast landscape of intense beauty.

She moved back to East Anglia which is still a family base.  The beautiful coastline and flat expanses of land meeting big skies are often the subject of her paintings.  Paula is currently based in Canterbury.  She has exhibited and sold work in the UK, Israel and the USA and this is now in hersixth year showing at the Autumn AAF Battersea.”

Karen Twiss…

“Handmade crochet toys, animals, hats and blankets.”

Paint, Paper and Pearls…

“Over the past 15 years I have come to realise that something wonderful can happen when you put paint, rubber stamps, papers and all sorts of materials together, and I have been on a fascinating journey of discovery.

My first love was handcrafted cards with rubber stamping being the essential part of my work.  But I then moved on. I began to realise what could be achieved with fabrics, paints beads and jewellery as well as paper-crafting. A whole new world opened out – that of mixed media art – whether on canvasses or on objects that can become art pieces.

So now there are no limits to how I love to combine different materials with various techniques. I am often covered in glue, paint and glitter but eventually………the result is worth it!  

Inspired by a love of fabric and flowers, I wanted to make some gifts for family and friends! Quilted bags using cotton fabrics and Potted ceramics with seasonal bulbs could be just the present you are looking for? Realistically priced and handmade (or home potted!), I hope you’ll enjoy these festive offerings, which will be dotted amongst my Mum’s beautiful Mixed Media and Handcrafted Cards at the Sudbury Craft Fair on November 3rd.”

Angie West…

“Handmade Christmas tree decoration.”



Sand Fairy…

“This is a little description of the Peggle People Sets. These will retail for £20 and each set is presented with it’s own cotton storage bag.  These sets are inspired by Montessori creative play and each set consists of a small round play base, tree, toadstool, flower and the two wooden peg dollies with ergonomically designed hats which allows them to be easily picked up by little fingers.
Every single element- apart from the wooden pegs- has been designed and embroidered by myself. Every element is made from felt which due to the stitching  can withstand the roughest of play without pulling apart and is made to last for years of enjoyment. They come in a variety of colours and each piece is unique and no two are the same.”



Crafters at the autumn craft fair on Saturday

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 17th October 2018

Star Bear Designs…

“Handcrafted Jewellery (wooden,glass,silver & gemstone), festive decorations (wooden & felt) and wide variety of ideal gifts.”

Wooden standing snowman £6.00

Wooden glitter Witch hanging decoration £3.00
Art & Cards by Ria…
“Pictures painted by myself and made into greeting cards.”
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Makers at the Autumn craft fair at Hadleigh this Saturday

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Monday 15th October 2018

Henrettas Handmade…

“I can only say that my prices range from £5.00 – £69.00 at the moment as each design varies so much according to the gemstones at the time of purchase… I  have  always loved crafting in one form or another since being a small child and settled on jewellery making several years ago as it fills my love of working with the beauty of nature and metal.”

“Fuzzies – all started from a hobby !

I have always enjoyed making things, starting with knitting and sewing and then progressing onto needle felting and crochet (which I learnt from a book !) I have now been making various pieces for approximately 18 months. I started giving small items to friends for Christmas presents and having received such great feedback and recommendations from friends and family thought I may try and create enough items to visit a craft fair/christmas market. Our first market was at Barkway which very successful and this gave me the confidence to pursue this hobby further and create Fuzzies.

I do not have a website page as this is only very early days with this venture but fortunately have grown up children that are fully versed with Facebook and they in turn set up a Facebook page called Fuzzies which is proving to be pretty successful, and from which I have received quite a few orders for my treat jars and other items.  I am showing below some of the many items I will be bringing to the shows: Treat jars – dogs – cats – rabbits – I also copy photographs and produce bespoke items of pets and have found this to be popular and am already receiving orders for Christmas ! – jars are priced at £ 18.”

Photo showing the original pet plus his treat jar!

Felted birds – shown below a bird in teacup and saucer, and black and white bird on mini flower pots.

I also make mini birds on clips and these have proved very popular and am currently making felted Christmas decorations.

Crochet items –

I mainly make bears, rabbits, mice and the Russian dolls shown below, also crochet key rings and again crochet Christmas decorations are being made.

Pull A Thread…

“My name is Paula, and after many years learning, teaching and fabricating curtains, blinds, and soft furnishings, I have found my way to designing and producing these homely additions for any and everyone.
I have now also sidelined into smaller projects, primarily making creative gifts, which in itself has grown from a hobby into something more I wish to share with like-minded people and beyond.
All items for sale are available in limited quantity on stand, though selected items can be made to order. Just ask!”
Instagram – @pullathread

Next event…the Autumn craft fair at Hadleigh Town Hall

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Thursday 11th October 2018


Hadleigh Community News advert

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 10th October 2018

Advert has gone into the ‘Hadleigh Community News’ this month for our next event in Hadleigh.