Christmas Markets Tips and Tricks

A lot of people worry about what to do and what not to do for Christmas markets and other craft fairs. Steph of Perran Yarns has done a number of craft fairs and has a lot of experience to share with you! 🙂 Relevance – It generally takes a few years of trial and error…

Craft Fairs and Christmas Markets

It’s September, and we’re nearing Christmas market season. The markets usually start in November, with new ones every weekend until right before Christmas itself. Craft fairs and markets can be quite intimidating for new crafters and sellers, but they require certain skills the same as selling online does. Some things to focus on learning are…

Winter is Coming

It is September, quite firmly by now, and we have officially entered autumn in most of the UK. Perhaps some parts of the country have been there for a while already. But with this calendar based changing of the seasons looms that other season we’re all equally dreading and looking forward to – Christmas! Etsy…

CIJ Featured Shop: No Ditto Designs

Lisa from No Ditto Designs prides herself on creating one of a kind pieces of jewellery, hence the ‘No Ditto’ in her shop name! Lisa is a trained silver smith and jewellery designer, she found a passion for jewellery; as sentimental items, or an accessory to coordinate with whatever outfit one chooses. Lisa likes to…

CIJ Featured Shop: Six Skeins

Steph from Six Skeins is a lifelong knitter and crocheter, and more recently a self-taught indie yarn-dyer. She loves to kettle-dye and hand-paint vibrant colours and is always amazed by the myriad of shades resulting from mixing them in the dye pot. Steph has a need for supersoft non-itchy yarns to wear against her own…

CIJ Featured Shop: Erinnies

Emma from Erinnies has always enjoyed drawing, doodling and creating handmade items. As her children have grown, she has been lucky enough to find the time to be able to teach myself how to screen print. She has also recently ventured into the world of laser cutting which has opened up a lot more creative possibilities. The…

CIJ Featured Shop: The Feminine Touch

Sandra from The Feminine Touch is a designer and creator of high quality knitwear & home decor. She is our resident celebrity after having her patterns published in some bestselling knitting magazines. Sandra has been crafting for a while now, in her younger days, she remembers sewing new outfits for Friday night outs with the…

CIJ Featured Shop: Wendy’s Glass House

Wendy is the artist and owner of Wendy’s Glass House. This small business was born while Wendy was on maternity leave with her second child. Wendy spent 5 years working on an American Summer Camp as Wendy Art, the camp director couldn’t believe she was moving once she had graduated to become a Statistician. Wendy…

CIJ Featured Shop: The Yarn Owl’s Nest

Alice from The Yarn Owl’s Nest was taught to knit when she was a young girl, her Gran handed down the vital skills. Although taking a break from knitting during her teenage years, Alice picked up the needles again during her first pregnancy. She enjoyed knitting for both her children as they grew older, she…

CIJ Featured Shop: Ffigys Designs

Shirley from Ffigys Designs started crafting when she was just 4 years old, and has since tried almost every craft there is! A gift of tools and materials in 2011 opened up the world of jewellery-making to Shirley. She enjoyed beading so much that soon she had mountains of jewellery and so decided, in 2013,…