We are very excited that we have the following amazing local craft producers taking part in this year’s Craft Weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knitted or crotched articles, including head bands, gloves, socks, childrens jumpers/cardigan, baby bootees, slippers, handbag, xmas novelties., baby blankets and finger puppets.
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.
Jocelyn lives in Alston and makes a range of items using the traditional North East hooky and proggy methods. Items include rugs, wall hangings and Christmas wreaths and decorations
Photographs printed by Alan on watercolour paper and canvas … “visual haiku”: apparent simplicity with a contemplative awareness of nature
2019 Calendars, Greetings Cards, Small prints and ever popular notebooks.
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 in Cumbria 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. 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.
Mark Farrelly makes beautiful bespoke handmade furniture, boxes, gaming boards and gifts.
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. She is inspired by the beauty of nature, the mystical and ancient cultures.
Working with both native and exotic hardwoods Andrew Littlejohn Smith produces a range of creative pieces including thumb planes, kitchen tools, hair pins, back scratchers, shoe ‘horns’ and samurai swords! Based in Brampton Andrew is also talented artist who paints in oils, drawing his inspiration from local landscapes. Every piece is unique and commissions taken.
Decorative ceramics to use with a Pennine landscape theme.
A selection of some of their work will be on sale at the Crft Fair.
Alston based Moorlands Candles have been making hand dipped Yorkshire weeswax and paraffin candles since 1981. 40 colours of paraffin candles to choose from!
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.
Signs for home and garden, all handmade in Alston using reclaimed wood.
A perfect Christmas present for that hard to buy for person!
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.
Alston based Sue makes a range of slip-decorated domestic earthenware, tiles and larger more decorative pieces. The pots are coloured with liquid clay (slip) before firing, using a variety of techniques, brushing, trailing, sponging, and spraying parts away with water.
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.
She is also a very popular and sought after pet portrait artist.
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.