Here are just some of the exhibitors who took part in our 2016 Craft Fair:
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.
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.
Blank notebooks, repaired collectable books, bookmarks, decorative boxes, scrapbooks and sketchbooks.
Elizabeth is also happy to repair customers’ favourite books, giving the books some TLC.
A range of honey mustards and condiments made locally in Alston. Make great local foodie gifts.
Tasters and recipes available throughout the weekend.
A range of unique knitted, crocheted and peg loomed items including cushion covers, throws and bedspreads.
Fiona also uses recycled or ‘found’ objects to see how things can be used in different ways – recently creating pots, troughs and sculptures using driftwood from the Solway coast and mosaic pictures using river pebbles amongst other things.
Handcrafted precious and semi-precious wire wrapped jewellery with a Celtic twist.
Jocelyn Hattersley Rag Rugs
Using a variety of recycled fabrics … velvet, wool, cotton and plastic bags, together with lots of memories hooked into it.
Ideal for gifts with a personal touch.
Photographs printed by Alan on watercolour paper and canvas … “visual haiku”: apparent simplicity with a contemplative awareness of nature
2017 calendars, greetings cards, small prints and ever popular notebooks.
Hazy Days Designs
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.
Bespoke furniture and box makers making handmade wooden boxes and gifts. Many made from locally sourced Cumbrian timbers.
Rosalind studied archaeology and then painting at the Slade School of Art in London. In 2014 she completed a Master of Fine Art at Newcastle University. Since qualifying Rosalind has begun working alongside Walter Storey at the Alston Pottery, learning the craft of the potter, in the studio pottery tradition. She is currently developing a body of work that draws on her background in painting and archaeology.
Contemporary fused glass jewellery, art glass hangings, stained glass angels and hearts.
The ceramic artwork by Syl & Ray Macro, which is inspired by the Pennine landscape is featured in their Gallery 1611, by Alston’s Market Cross.
A selection of small framed landscape pictures, plaques and brooches 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!
The Northumberland Gin Co is an artisan gin producer based in the north east dedicated to making only the finest examples of this wonderful spirit!
Their Steampunk Gin won a GOLD medal at the 2016 World Gin Masters. Their flavoured gins are instilled with the finest extracts of violets and roses. They also produce a G&T flavoured fudge!
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.
Handmade pottery decorated with brightly coloured slip on a white earthenware clay body, fired for a hardwearing, dishwasher proof finish. Products range from mugs, bowls, plates, jugs and tiles, to larger “one-offs”, such as big curved platters and wall hung pieces.
Emily is a local artisted based in the West Allen Valley and specialises in the ancient art of millefiori, sculpting intricate designs using polymer clay as her medium and complimenting her pieces with hallmarked sterling silver.
Sourcing all materials locally, we upcyle broken old and second hand furniture and items for the home. ALL our products are upcyled using only 100% VOC free paints which are safe for children, pets and the environment.
Original handcrafted batik work – jewel coloured silks and cotton scarves and clothing. Made in Weardale.
Batik is an old decorative technique of using ‘tjanting’, sticks and brushes to draw in hot wax on cloth before adding dye.
Upcycler and designer, creating one off, unique pieces of clothing, soft furnishings and accessories from locally sourced, recycled wool knitwear.
Our jewellery reflects the North Pennine landscape in which we live; raw, earthy and beautiful. A lot of our materials are recycled or gathered from nature. We also use British gemstones and minerals that we have hunted down and gathered ourselves: fluorite and quartz from the North Pennines, sea glass from the Durham coast and garnets from Scotland. Our style is free and imaginative. We are artisans; we do not strive for perfection, we strive for beauty.