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Crafters exhibiting at the Spring craft fair at Wickham Bishops on the 25th May 2019

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 15th May 2019

Tim Whitelock…Canal Art

“Tim trained at the London College of Furniture in the 1970’s, as a Furniture Designer/Craftsmen specialising in contemporary design of the time. After a few years working as a Technician in the Building Department of Hackney College he went back to college and trained as a Design & Technology teacher. His first teaching post was in East Bergholt, Suffolk before moving to a school at Brentwood in Essex where he progressed to specialised in Graphics and second in charge of a Department.

Tim’s interest in canals and associated subjects started in the year men first walked on the moon and led him to joining the Inland Waterways Association. He took up Canal Art as a hobby, nearly thirty years ago and offers one-day and weekend courses at various locations as well as attending craft shows.  

Tim’s interest in photography goes back to the same time when he won a competition with a black and white photograph of a lock on the River Avon. He offers a variety of talks which link his interest in canals, railways, London, history, the countryside, etc. with his interest in photography.


Tim is currently putting together a new website which is hoped to be up running in 2019. It will be called ‘’. The flick represents painting and the click is the camera shutter.”

Susie G Art…

“I live in Suffolk and love to travel. My work is greatly influenced by my love of everything Australian and I choose to work in colours of the Ocean, beach or bush. My use of dot art in almost everything I do, stems from an appreciation of aboriginal drawings. 
Some examples of my work. My prices start from £5.”

“I love fabric and take great pleasure in mixing the different textures and designs to create quality bags and accessories for all occasions.”

John Bishop…
Various handmade wood turned items.

Bowls and dishes- £10-00 – £36-00

Desk items- £9-00 – £20-00

Fruit- £4-50 – £15-00

Ring and earring stands- £15-00 – £25-00

Clocks- £15-00 – £28-00

Makers at the Easter craft fair at Sudbury this Saturday

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Monday 15th April 2019

Jadwiga Zaleski – designer and maker of bespoke jewellery

Jadwiga Zaleski

“In 2013, I embarked on finding a way on how to crown that unique look women seek with bespoke statement pieces of jewellery. Jewellery made with large multi-colour semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, sea shell pearls as well as natural materials such as crystals, lava, felt and wood. So, if you are creating a new look for yourself, aiming to be bold and different in your choice of jewellery, or simply look for that one off necklace, which will match all your holiday wardrobe, please visit my website. There you will find a number of different bespoke designs to choose from. You may come across my work in some art galleries of East Anglia as well as at craft fairs, where you would experience my designs first hand.

Born in Poland, I am a qualified primary school teacher of arts and crafts. On arriving in the UK, I had to abandon teaching in favour of the English language followed by business and finance, which filled my working life. However, on retirement, I have revived my passion for arts and crafts by attending numerous courses, workshops and exhibitions. These allowed me to profile my reborn interest in arts and crafts. Whilst the training is ongoing, I have set up a small workshop at home, where I design and make my bespoke necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I seek inspiration from the constantly evolving world around me using only natural materials.”

Bracelets:  £10 – £25
Necklaces:  £10 – £135
Earrings:  £8.50 – £15

Made by Steffie B…

“My name is Stephanie and I am 40 something.  Madebysteffieb was started to help us fundraise for fertility treatment for me with the help of my little Cutie Owls.  Over 1000 of my owls were adopted and we achieve our target but sadly the treatment failed.
Health reasons have prevented me from trying again, however, I decided to do this full time and carry on with my passion for handmade and to make people smile.
I am very focused on reducing waste and using sustainable materials for my crafts.  As much as possible, my items are made with eco friendly materials and all my packaging is recyclable/ compostable. As you can see I make a lot of different crafts, lots of gift ideas, they are all in my Etsy shop.”

Cutie Owls, these are £10 and I have lots of them, all unique and all up for “adoption”.  These come in a box with a small certificate for the new owner on how to look after them.

Greeting cards and their prices vary from £2 to £3.

Wish Bracelets, these are all £2.80, at fairs, they are 2 for £5.

Soap Savers, these can be used for small bits of soaps and also shampoo bars, they are £4 each and made from recycled cotton.  Their aim is to reduce waste and they are environmentally friendly.
I make big ones for full soap bars and I also make face scrubbies to remove make up or to wash your face with to reduce the use of wipes.

“Self care box” part of my collection of “Tiny Care Boxes” I usually only take a couple of them with me at fairs as they can be personalised online and sent directly to the person they are for.  These are £8.80 and I have a few to offer.  Self care, Birthday, Best friend, Mum, Loss, Thank you, Special teachers.  My collections is always growing.

Crochet storage baskets, small and big so prices vary.

My website is


Featured crafters at the Easter craft fair at Sudbury

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Kay Lacey Watercolours & Harriet Lacey Art…

“Harriet has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Creating artwork using Watercolour paint with Polychromos Pencil detailing, Harriet uses her central passion to channel her pieces: Wildlife.  For fear of turning painting into a chore, Harriet chose to follow a different career path. Having completed a BSc in Bio-veterinary Science and an MSc in Clinical Microbiology, she now works as a Scientific Copy Editor in London. Her artwork, therefore, became a means of escape from the medical world, with all her down-time being focussed towards this and her two dogs, Pippa the Miniature Dachshund and Luca the Eurasier.

Harriet’s hobby took a more serious turn around 3 years ago when she branched into pet portraits, and she began to paint pet cats, dogs, and more, from all around the world. She now relishes the notion that her passion can bring joy into another person’s world. 

Harriet’s Mother, Kay Lacey, is also a Watercolour Artist, originally from the Midlands but has lived in Suffolk since 1989. She has run her own Garden Landscaping business with her husband, Richard, for the last 15 years following a career based mainly in Local Government.  Kay began painting after a brief holiday workshop in the Mediterranean in 2011. She paints a variety of subjects, which are mostly inspired by nature and feels that her love of plants and flowers has inspired her painting and strives to interpret both colour and texture in her art.  The two quickly became an artistic duo and now exhibit at various events together across Suffolk and Essex. Harriet and Kay took this opportunity to expand their portfolio with new gift items, such as cushions, bookmarks, and coasters, to name a few, upon which their art appears.”

Both artists also use social media to display and sell their work and may be found at:




Tip Top by Lou…

“I started Tip Top by Lou because of my love of Art and fabrics inspired me to produce a range of handmade bags and accessories. Tip Top by Lou sells handmade bags made from the best quality fabric. I try and find fun and bold patterns to create an exciting range of unique and one of a kind bags. Our main range is a selection of reversible items and offering a personalised service giving the customer a tailored Tip Tip experience. “
Reversible Purple Floral Bag with pocket – £18
Beautiful 2 in 1 Purple floral print bag with purple inside lining & pocket or a wonderfully vibrant purple bag with outside pocket and floral inside. This beautiful floral fabric has touches or silver and is a lovely pattern. This is a lovely size and shape for any use!
Matching accessories available, size 43 x 38cm, 100% Cotton, accessories prices in the picture – mini zipped pouch – £6, zipped pouch standard  – £7
Reversible Woodland print bag with pocket – £16
Perfect for Spring.  This Lovely 2 in 1 Woodland print with a daffodil yellow lining & pocket or a bag vibrant Yellow bag with outside pocket, contrast straps and patterned lining.  An excellent Easter gift this bag is a great size for day to day use or as a shopper. 
Matching accessories available, Size 38x43cm, 100% Cotton
Accessories prices  in the picture – mini zipped pouch – £6
Reversible Comic text & Stars Bag.  £18
This Fantastic bag is fully reversible with two bold prints giving you two bags in 1.  One side as a lovely canvas comic book print with bold Pink Star straps, the other a bright pink stars bag with a bold lining.  This bag can tailor to you and your mood. Is it a stars day or a BAM, POW! Day?  This is a lovely size and shape for any use!
Matching accessories available, Size 43x38cm, 100% Cotton
Accessories prices  in picture – Mini tote bag – £12, large zipped pouch – £8, standard zipped pouch – £7
Reversible Mini Tote Bag – £12
Yo – Ho me’ Harties!!   This lovely mini tote bag is fully reversible to give you two bags in One! This bag can be a Bright Bold red bag with patterned straps or a fun pirate print bag with red lining!
This fabulous print is excellent for any age.  To match your mood!
Very durable bag with matching accessories available, 100% Cotton, Size 24×35
Accessories prices in the picture – zipped pouch standard £7
Reversible Beach Hut print bag with pocket – £18
This Lovely Two in One Beach Hut print with a bold red lining & pocket. Or a bag vibrant Red bag with outside pocket, contrast straps and patterned lining.   An excellent Summer bag is a great size for day to day use or as a shopper. 
Matching accessories available, 100% Cotton, Size 38x43cm
Accessories prices in picture – Coin Purses – £5 each
Camper van pattern tote style handbag with front pockets – £20
Lovely flat base bag with large front pockets for all your essentials!  This lovely bag has a fantastic camper van pattern front pocket with a vibrant orange inside and back.  This bag is perfect as a handbag or shopper.  Lovely size!
The perfect gift or treat for yourself, 100% Cotton, Size 38x43cm
Camper van Handbag with front pockets. £22
This beautiful handmade handbag is fantastic, with two large decorated front pockets for all your essentials and an inside pocket, this bag is great for everyday!
100% Cotton (Prices may vary), 36x40cm
Terry Saunders…
My music is mainly traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland and England played on mandolin.  
My Auntie Made It…
We are three Aunties ( myself, my daughter and my sister) and we make all sorts of textile items , we also make customised quilts and cushions as well as memory quilts and cushions.  I try and use recycled fabric and repurpose a lots of my bags from vintage mateial and recycled clothes and cushion covers.
The photos I have sent are just a small selection of our range, The glasses cases are £5 the handbags range from £9 to £25, this particular one is £15. The quilts range from Buggy blankets at £20 to cot quilts and up to bed size quilts.

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

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 3rd April 2019


Some of our talented crafters at our next event

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Tuesday 5th March 2019

Elemental Jewellery Design…
“I started making jewellery 3 years ago as I love silver jewellery but wanted to make myself some more contemporary and ‘different’ pieces. I would wear my jewellery and started receiving compliments when I was out and about from  various people. This gave me the confidence to start exhibiting at Cambridge Open Studios and then attending craft fairs. My work is unique in design with a con temporary and ‘bohemian’ feel. I also take commissions.”

Sterling Silver Bark effect bangle £75

Sterling Silver plain and beaded wire bracelet £50

Sterling Silver and black onyx earrings £50

Sterling silver sapphire flower earrings £40

Sterling silver beaded wire pendant with fine silver rose £60

Sterling silver and black rutile quartz pendant

Sterling silver pendant set with 3 iolite semi precious stones £35

Sterling silver blue topaz ring £60

Sterling silver amethyst, Citrine and topaz ring £40

Sterling silver with green amethyst ring £50

Sterling silver ring set with 4 iolite semi precious stones £50

Facebook @elementaljewellerydesign
Grumpy’s Woodturning…
“I have always enjoyed working with wood as it is such an attractive, tactile material and looks and feels stunning when smoothed and polished.I started woodturning a few years ago, making pieces for my family and friends.It has since turned into a cottage industry based in my rather cramped garden workshop.
A large range of timbers are used including home grown(locally if possible),recycled and exotic.I produce a range of pieces to  appeal to a wide range of taste and budget.I do not tend to stick to rigid designs, instead letting my instinct for design take over when I am actually turning.As a result nearly all my pieces are unique.
Prices start at £6.00 for a spruce mushroom up to circa £50.00 for a large Chilean Pine(Monkey Puzzle Tree)fruit bowl.
I do take commisions, eg if you would like a favourite ceramic bowl recreated in wood I will be delighted to discuss your requirements.
I can be contacted via email and mobile 07707 510474.  My rather amateurish facebook page is soon to be updated.If you look at Grumpys’ Woodturning you will be able to see some photos of my work.”
The Popz & Fitz Company…
“The Popz and Fitz Company is a newly formed partnership created by myself and boyfriend Marc. We work in Marble inks and have enjoyed experimenting to create one of a kind and unique products for all to enjoy. Our products include notebooks, occasional cards, candles, coasters and wooden hearts. Our products come in a range of different colours so there’s something for everyone.”
Wood Wonders by Shelley-Jo…
“I completely love wood, old reclaimed, pallets – any wood. I love working with pallet wood in particular. Once stripped down I turn it into fun and creative decorative items from my pencil holders which Ive named Tidy Bots, Robot key ring holders aptly named Fob Bots and odd shaped robots called Buddy Bots. This is just one of the ranges I play with. I also make candle holders, plaques, mirrors and clocks plus pretty much anything that pops into my head – I love making people with driftwood – basic but cute. I love to see the grain in wood – there is always a picture there somewhere. This is only a hobby for me and not a business – I find working in my workshop with my beloved misshapen and unloved wood a perfect remedy for sustaining a happy and healthy mental heath. Often the items I make just make me smile (and often giggle) when I look at them. I am my own worst critic and am always amazed when people buy my items – but that in itself is a wonderful feeling. I work full time in a stressful management position and this is the other side of my life that keeps me grounded and helps to promote a wonderful positive outlook on the beauty of life.”

Letters & mor by Susan…

Scrabble frames and Scrabble related gifts.


Woodland Crafts…

“I’ve always had a love for working with Wood, in various forms, and also a fairly good imagination for developing different items! I just love spending time in my workshop, and often some really fun craft items get produced!  Items range between £6 and £20 so all affordable!

I’ve been making some gift sets with a selection of bird feeders , which would make lovely and unusual Mother’s Day gifts.”






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

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Tuesday 5th March 2019