Here are some of the exhibitors who took part in our 2017 Craft Fair … we hope to see many of them back again this year.
Brewing top quality, award winning craft beers in cask, keg and bottle in the old lead mill at Allen Mill, since 2006.
The Brewery prides itself in creating a variety of ales both traditional and innovative each with a distinctive taste.
Wood fired hand thrown domestic ware.
Jessica makes wheel thrown, functional ware. Working in a lightly grogged stoneware clay, the work is created for utilitarian use. Jessica works to create quiet and honest pots, that enhance the daily rituals of eating and living. The glaze palette is single, simple colours that sit comfortably in traditional and modern settings.
A range of pure wool knitted accessories in a myriad of colours. Designs include fine knit scarves, snoods, neck warmers and hats along with a range of felted brooches and purses.
All items are handmade in Alston by textile designer Julia Neubauer.
Collectable repaired books, blank books, sketch books, notebooks, boxes and folders.
Elizabeth is also happy to repair customers’ favourite books, giving the books some TLC.
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.
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. ,
Simple delicate jewellery made by mum and daughter, Gail &Alexander, that reflects the North Pennine landscape. Many of their materials are recycled or gathered from nature and also British gemstones and minerals … fluorite and quartz from the North Pennines, sea glass from the Durham coast and garnets from Scotland.
Hand crafted Celtic style jewellery currently with four different designs of pendants, necklaces & bracelets – Gobannos, Bridghe, Fafnir & Bones Of The Sidhe. Each trinket is unique and handcrafted by Andrew Helme held together with the inherent properties of the metal, the mineral and muscle. Andrew produces these jewels in copper, bronze, silver, gold and plated versions.
Photographs printed by Alan on watercolour paper and canvas … “visual haiku” … apparent simplicity with a contemplative awareness of nature
2018 Calendars, Greetings Cards, Small prints and ever popular notebooks.
Hand painted glass and hand crafted jewellery.
A variety of glass objects in a range of designs.
Original design jewellery in a range of styles and different mediums.
Individually designed and handmade jewellery in a variety of styles.
James is a freelance graphic designer from Alston who thoroughly enjoys walking around the countryside with his camera.
To share his experiences and love of nature he likes to produce greeting cards using his own photographs.
Childrens knit and crocheted items, xmas tree decorations, small stuffed animals.
Phillippa makes fused glass jewellery layered with Dichroic glass in rich colours and finished with sterling silver. Phillippa also creates stained glass Angels, chakra wands and fused glass wish sticks.
A local woodworker who makes ordinary things you can use …
like a back scratcher, mallet, miniature woodworking planes, shoe horns, kitchen tongs, pochade boxes, artists painting boxes.
The ceramic artwork by Syl & Ray Macro, which is inspired by the Pennine landscape is sold locally throughout the year at their Gallery 1611, by Alston’s Market Cross.
A selection of some of their work will be on sale at the Craft Fair.
(available exclusively at Hi-Pennine Outdoor Shop, Alston)
PVC oil cloth fabric bags, all made locally in Alston. Modern and vintage design fabrics. Large, medium and small shopper bags and a selection of cosmetic bags and coin purses.
Alston based Moorlands Candles have been making hand dipped Yorkshire weeswax and paraffin candles since 1981. 40 colours of paraffin candles to choose from!
Nadine Sutterby is an artist living in Northumberland with a passion for drawing wildlife.
She offers her images on a wide range of merchandise such as mugs, coasters, cushions, bags, framed giclee prints, greetings cards and notelets.
Stoneware figures and pots that are useful, beautiful and have a strong Cumbrian connection. Known locally as “the hedgehog lady”, Clare also makes tactile garden planters of all sizes as well as cosy chickens, ducks, sheep and, more recently, human figures, all with a strong rustic character.
A range of soaps, bath products and face, hand and foot cream and shaving products. All are made in small batches using natural ingredients selected for their specific qualities to nourish and pamper the skin. Every product is made from scratch, hand wrapped and labelled. This allows you to buy with confidence, products which provide your skin with the best that nature can offer.
Pure Candles produce elegant soy wax fragranced container candles and tealights handmade from their studio in the North East of England.
From Wild Blackberry to their Christmas favourite Winter Spice,they make the perfect gift.
Signs for home and garden, all handmade in Alston using reclaimed wood.
A perfect Christmas present for that hard to buy for person!
Steph experiments with smoke and fire to create simple ceramic sculptures of stylised fossils and prehistoric arrowheads. All Steph’s work is handmade from white stoneware and 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.
Locally sourced items of wood furniture and gifts for the home. Rescued, reloved and refurbished using only econ friendly locally sourced paints and materials. Why throw away when you can relove!
Hand painted patchwork silk waist oats and hand decorated silk scarves.
Batik is an old decorative technique of using ‘tjanting’, sticks and brushes to draw in hot wax on cloth before adding dye.
Jane takes her inspiration from some of the landscapes as seen from her studio in Alston, and enjoys experimenting in a range of mediums.
The Woolly Pedlar upcycles waste wool knitwear into a range of quirky, colourful clothing and accessories for all the family. Made from locally sourced, recycled wool.
Eco-fashion at it’s best!