Posts Tagged 'handmade'

27th Oct – Craft Fair – Wash Common, Newbury

SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER – 10.30am – 2.30pm
At St Georges Hall, Andover Road, Wash Common, Newbury

Just a small reminder of a local Craft Fair this coming weekend – everyone welcome. I’ll be there with a selection of my creatures and homewares. I know a few of the other stall holders who will be there too, Natalie of NOfkants Curios, Jacqueline of J Austen Jewellery Design  and Pauline of Snowfire & Ruby – we hope you can come along.

The Café will be serving homemade soup, cakes and refreshments

There will be lots of craft stalls offering Handmade

Jewellery  ~  Woodcrafts  ~  Bee Products  ~  Preserves  ~  Cute & Crazy Sock Creatures  ~  Cards  ~  Bags  ~  decorative items for the home

Inspirational Gifts from the Old Chapel Textile Centre

And Lots More!



Upcoming craft fairs in Newbury, Berkshire area

If you are looking for pre-Christmas craft fairs in the Newbury and Thatcham, Berkshire area, here are some details of a couple of new ones.

There are still stalls available for sellers and all visitors will be very welcome – add the dates to your calendars to get some early and unique handmade Christmas gifts purchased:

Saturday 3rd November – 10am-4m – Craft Fair

Catholic Hall, 7 Bath Road, Thatcham, nr Newbury

£10 per table

For information or to book a table please contact: Anne-Marie McInerney on 01635 868904 or 07971 884924 or email:

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Saturday 17th November  –  2pm – 5pm – Christmas Craft Fayre

including handmade crafts, refreshments/cakes, several craft activities for children to take part in and, of course, Santa’s Grotto

  At the school on Gainsborough Avenue, Kintbury, Berks, RG17 9XN.  Run by the PTA.

Pitches available for £10 (tables approx. 180cm x 74cm / 70in x 29in)

For information or to book a table please contact:  Heather Thompson, PTA Chairman on 07776 198269 or Debra Ellington at The Clothes Shop on 01635 47832 or 01488 658512

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For more craft fairs in West Berkshire have a look at my Craft Fairs & Events page


Knitted Sleepy Bear in a Bunny Suit

I spotted a picture on Pinterest last week of the cutest little knitted sleepy bear wearing a red knitted button up suit with big bunny ears.  I really couldn’t resist him, isn’t he lovely 🙂

The Folksy shop is called ‘Hand Knitted Bears’ and you can put an order in with Martha for any colour combination you like. She says to allow up to 7 days for your bear to be made but I had mine within 3 days of my order, which was super speedy. My little bear has moveable arms and legs so he can easily be posed in a sitting position.

Martha has lots of cute bears in different outfits to choose from so do go and have a look, they are amazing value too – after seeing the amount of work first hand, they’re definitely worth a higher price tag. Beautifully made, very good service and delivered wrapped in tissue paper tied up with a ribbon… HAND KNITTED BEARS


Arts, Crafts & Vintage Fair – Park House School, Newbury – 21st April

Park House School, Andover Road, Newbury – Saturday 21st April, 10am-4pm – FREE ENTRY & PARKING

The event is being organised in partnership with Vintagenie and will be showcasing the best of the vintage, arts and crafts world from Berkshire (and beyond).  Here’s a little taster of what’s on offer:

Vintage Village : showcasing vintage clothing, accessories, housewares, make-overs and more, with live music fashion shows.

Crafts Corner : Well – quite a bit more than a corner really! We have a lovely light and airy space for lots of unique hand crafted goods. There will also be some how-to workshops going on.

Arts Arena : Artists stalls and gallery of work for sale. Showcasing work from students of Park House school and members of the local community and beyond.

Grub’s Up! : Local hand-made and organic foods traders will be providing refreshments for the day with a likely mix of delightful cakes, sweets, organic meats, pies and so much more!


I will be there with a selection of my OddSox creatures, textile accessories and homewares. Hope you can come along 🙂

Christmas Vintage & Handmade Fair – Penta Hotel, Reading – 11th December

This will be my last handmade craft fair for 2011 and it sounds like lots of fun! Not only will there be numerous interesting stalls to browse, there will also be live entertainment and workshops, and all in the comfort of the Penta Hotel, Reading. (Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7RH).

Here are a few details of some of the Vintage and Handmade delights to look forward to:

Justine Smith – Vintage brooches, pins and jewellery
Verity Warne – ‘Made By Loulabelle’ – Vintagte inspired and upcycled bags and knickers!
Liz and Dorothy Usher – ‘Dot Draws and Mummy Makes’. Dot is 11 years old and creates greetings cards and Liz creates gifts and fudge
Holly Clarke – ‘Jayne and Joyce’ – Vintage clothing and accessories
Shaz – ‘OddSox’ – Cute & Crazy Creatures made from Socks plus up-cycled woollen & fabric accessories
James and Alice – ‘Vintage Hound’ – Vintage clothes and accessories – especially mens – so tell your menfolk!
Katherine Barton – ‘Barton Jems’ – Jewellery, silver and semi-precious stones
Lisa-Marie Gibbs – ‘Patchwork Butterfly’ – Handcrafted textile items
Jo Slater – Vintage goodies
Alice – ‘Classic Vault’ – Vintage clothes and accessories
Julie Cushing – ‘Boolie-Noo’ Papeir Mache animals, toys and creatures
Kat – Fashion illustration, decoupage and vintage items
Elle – Jewellery, feather braiding and vintage hair and make-up demos
Nichola Pitt – Felt wonders
Barb Goodbun – Up-cycled vintage jewellery
Hannah and Holly – ‘Make and Do’ Hannah and Holly will be running drop-in crafts workshops throughout the day
Lorelai Halls – Vintagenie intern and her own stall ‘Patterned Hearts’ – vintage and handmade goodies
Sue Atkinson – ‘Soobird’ – Millinery and fascinators
Bishopsland – Students and staff from ‘Bishopsland’ silversmithery will be exhibiting work and designs
Anna and Lou – ‘Vintagenie’ … Selling vintage clothes, accessories and housewares (also the organisers!)

I hope you can come along and say hello and have a bit of a pre-Christmas spend. I’ll be there with my OddSox creations, here are a few pics from the fair I did this weekend at Yew Tree Garden Centre, in Newbury.

Cancer Research UK On-line Shop

Laura Cameron from has very generously volunteered her time to set up a Folksy shop dedicated to raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

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All the items in the shop are being donated by Folksy sellers and they will also cover any postage costs. Here’s a preview of some of the lovely handmade crafts on offer.



All the proceeds go to Cancer Research UK and we are hoping to raise lots of money for this leading charity dedicated to beating cancer.

Please have a browse around the shop and thank you for any support you feel able to give.

Alan’s Antics cause Alarm!

Percy Grower decided the Gardeners had earned a day off. They met up with Cousin Charlie and took a trip to Stoke Bruerne. He planned a walk along the canal path, a visit to the canal boat museum and then a drink at the pub.


Alan got rather over excited at the prospect of a day away from The Sock Garden and got himself into a number of alarming situations, much to the annoyance of Percy.

Whilst in the museum he rushed ahead of the others and started clambering about in the tool display.


Alan that looks a little dangerous, mind the blade!


For goodness sake, how did you get in there! Percy to the rescue again!


He even managed to get himself stuck up the fire engine water hose and had to be heave-ho’d out!



That’s enough! Percy told Alan to go and wait outside before he caused anymore trouble and got them all banned.

But he just couldn’t resist a nosey round the gift shop first. He even managed to get stuck again!

Looks like all this commotion has driven the boys to drink!


It might be a while before Percy lets Alan out of The Sock Garden again!

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28th & 29th November 2015 - Yew Tree Garden Centre - Ball Hill - Newbury - 10:30am to 4:30pm - FREE ENTRY

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