This year we are delighted to be welcoming back some of our long standing regular local craft producers, as well as many new talented producers from around the North Pennines.
Anuska uses new and recycled sterling and fine silver, including rescuing sterling silver tableware from being scrapped by turning them into unusual jewellery pieces. Anuska has recently moved to Nenthead and doesn’t think she is going to struggle for inspiration for designs with all the fabulous flora and fauna on her doorstep.
Lisa’s elegant wheel thrown tableware is made using a fairly rough stoneware clay – the same clay used at Bardon Mill for their salt glazed flower pots. Mostly ash glazed and fired in a shared wood kiln in Allendale, which Lisa finds a hugely enjoyable communal activity. It has taken Lisa a while to find the balance, as the delicate pieces don’t always survive the process of wood firing, but when it does work the pieces can be quite pleasing.
Jackie has been willow weaving for the past 7 years and has a huge passion for this craft and all its aspects, from growing it at home, harvesting the beautiful colours and then creating things from this amazing material.
Living and working in a remote part of the North Pennines, Jessica is interested in place, feeling connected and telling the story of a landscape, moment or feeling. Jessica hopes she makes work with character, imperfect and lively pots that slot into your hand with the pleasing comfort of coming home.
A collection of handframed pure wool hats, scarves and wrist warmers with felted wool and embroidered detailing.
All items are handmade in Alston by textile designer Julia Neubauer.
Elizabeth is based in Allendale and has a range of blank books, repaired books and sketch books. Also folders, boxes and pendants.
Elizabeth is also happy to repair customers’ favourite books, giving the books some TLC.
Lindsey is a painter and lino printmaker. Her lino prints are inspired by both nature and local scenes. These striking and contemporary lino cuts are printed by hand using oil based ink on Japanese papers and also digitally reproduced on a range of homewares such as mugs, coasters, tea towels and covers.
Colourful and cosy hats for children and their grown-ups. Handknitted in the North Pennines from rainbow yarns including GOT including certified organic cotton for itchy babies.
Condiments made in Alston since 1983. A great range of honey mustards to taste and recipes to match. The ideal Christmas Hamper gift and treat for yourself.
Tasters and recipes available throughout the weekend.
Anna & Chris Monk based in Alston are creators of handmade local ethical crafts and handiworks.
These include beautiful wooden core rings with a layer of copper between the core and outer layers.
Alexandra Jackson is a self-taught jewellery maker and the owner and designer behind Featheroak. Born and raised in rural Northumberland and now living in the rough and wild landscape of the North Pennines, Alexandra’s work is inspired by where she lives … renowned for their rich and diverse history.
A range of textile based items including unique knitted, crocheted and peg loomed items including cushion covers, throws and bedspreads. Fiona often uses recycled materials or ‘found’ items to see how things can be used in different ways.
Gobannos celtic style jewellery is more than just baubles and trinkets – they are talismans and amulets for the modern day spiritual warrior, priestess and magician! Each piece Andrew makes is completely unique and handcrafted using homemade jigs and tools to achieve the desired style.
A range of unusual and beautiful handmade leather items.
Michelle is a hand painted glass artist, who designs various glass items … vases, candle lanterns and glasses … with a range of styles from Floral to Arabesque. Inspiration comes from many sources. Michelle also designs and makes jewellery, using various different mediums, including genuine gemstones, 925 Sterling Silver and wire work. Michelle’s designs are unique and cannot be found mass produced on the High Street.
A range of handmade goods including wooden clocks, mixed media art, wall hangings, weavings and Christmas gifts.
Individually designed and handmade jewellery in a variety of styles.
James is a Freelance Graphic Designer from Alston who can provide a range of print and digital design services. At this time of year, he enjoys creating cards for all occasions using his photography and illustration skills.
Steph experiments with smoke and fire to create simple ceramic sculptures of stylised fossils and prehistoric arrowheads. White stoneware decorated with oxides and powdered stone such as shale, chalk and sand, making each unique. Steph also produces raku fired jewellery and wood fired sculptures.
Phillippa makes fused glass jewellery layered with Dichroic glass in rich colours and finished with sterling silver and gemstones. She also creates stained glass angels, chakra wands and fused glass wish sticks.
Based in Northumberland, Lolla designs and handcrafts jewellery using sterling silver and mixed metals, in a simple, contemporary style. Lolla likes to keep things simple, so you’ll find beautiful pieces in minimalist, unfussy designs, perfect to mix and match for any occasion.
Decorative ceramics to use with a Pennine landscape theme.
A selection of some of their work will be on sale at the Craft Fair.
Locally handmade plant based skincare range. Natural soaps, balms, oils and cream. Shaving range and bathcare – beautifully packaged and ideal for presents.
The Pure Candle Co produce elegant, high quality long lasting soy container candles and tea lights inspired by nature. They are constantly experimenting with waxes and fragrances to produce clean burning, environmentally friendly candles. All hand-poured in small batches from their studio.
Lizzie makes unique hand-knitted and crochet alpaca goods from her small herd of 12 alpacas. Other products available include yarn, rovings (for hand spinners), rug yarn and raw fleece.
100% natural colours and processing. No dyes or chemicals are used.
Nadine produces a wide range of gifts and home ware, all displaying her beautiful illustrated wildlife drawings. From framed signed prints to cushions, coasters, bags, mugs, tea towels and aprons.
Based on Alston Moor we specialise in the restoration and upcycling of old and tired furniture. Making use of locally sourced items and ethical paints and materials we turn old smaller pieces of furniture and household items into fresh revitalised pieces at purse friendly prices.
Individually designed batik work on natural fibres – cotton, linen tray and tablecloths, bags , also pure silk painted scarves and patchwork waistcoats.
Jane takes her inspiration from some of the landscapes as seen from her studio in Alston, and enjoys experimenting in a range of mediums.