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Great Northern Events

category: Events & Event Organisers   

region: North West   

Great Northern Events NW Ltd, is a not -for-profit organisation. Established in 2007 by Ann-Marie Franey and Angela Mann, GNE aims to champion contemporary craft in the North, give designer makers a platform to promote and sell their work and engage and develop new audiences of buyers and collectors.

It organises the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and its sister event, the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

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Heart Gallery

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

A beautiful gallery with style and heart in Hebden Bridge…this gallery presents and sells work from talented designer-makers and also runs a maker of the month showcase.

Open Monday to Friday 10.30am-5pm, Saturday 10.30am-5.30pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

address: The Arts Centre, 4a Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA

telephone: 01422 845845

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Holly Booth Photography

category: Photography & Film   

Holly Booth is a product photographer specialising in working with independent makers, designers, crafters & shops. Working from a beautiful natural light studio in Derby, Holly offers makers creative lifestyle photography which captures value, beauty, skill and design in a manner that does their work justice.

telephone: 07814490648

website: Click Here

Just A Card

category: Networks & Advisors   

The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to buy from designer makers and independent galleries and shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even ‘just a card’ are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.

There are different ways to get involved as a maker, craft stockist or craft supporter. The team also run a digital marketing membership group with advice and support for makers. Be sure to follow them and get involved on Instagram @justacard.

Just A Card logo designed by @SarahHamiltonPrints

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Lacy Road Gallery

category: Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: London   

A gallery showing regularly changing mixed exhibitions which always incorporate sculpture.

address: 30 Lacy Road , London, SW15 1NL

telephone: 0208 7891777

Lancashire Farm Wools. From Farm To Yarn

category: Textile/Haberdashery/Knitting Supplies   

region: North West   

From Farm To Yarn ‘3 counties wool’. I’m a textile designer/maker and wool merchant working with farmers in two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire. I work closely with the farmers to promote their wool and buy my fleeces direct from the farms which are high nature value and low intensity.

The coloured fleeces come from a conservation grazer flock in Silverdale on Morecambe Bay, the white fleeces are from an organic flock of Lonk sheep, Lancashire’s ancient native heritage breed in Whitewell, Forest of Bowland. The fleeces are spun into yarn in Derbyshire using minimal processing to impact as little as possible on the environment and made into bags, hats and throws by me in Cheshire. I have Double Knit, Aran and Chunky weight yarn all can be used with standard knitting patterns. I don’t use dyes but the yarns do take dye very well. Samples available on request. Kate Schofield, Lancashire Farm Wools.


Libby Summers Yarns

category: Textile/Haberdashery/Knitting Supplies   

Libby Summers has been designing and making hand-knitted textiles since 2007. Having specialised in social anthropology at University in the 1990s, she is delighted to rekindle a link with Latin America by sourcing her yarn from Peruvian alpaca farmers in the Andes. She brings traditional knitting techniques up to date with her simple, contemporary style, reflecting her love for the colours of British landscapes and the value she places on natural quality fibres.

She was encouraged to turn her hobby into a career when she befriended other women who were finding outlets for their creativity in business. She pursued her passion for bringing hand knitting to the high street, becoming a John Lewis supplier under her ready to wear label ‘LibbyTDesigns’ in 2010. She now focuses on designing for knitters, with her own label ‘Libby Summers’ yarn, and by commission for UK and US knitting companies.

Visit the website for Libby’s yarns, patterns and kits.

telephone: 07818286538

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Lodestars Anthology

category: Publications   

This exciting magazine-meets-journal is all about place, travel and exploration. It’s independently published, distributed internationally and all set to explore the globe one country (and issue) at a time. With beautiful photography, words and an appreciation of craftsmanship and making, this is a magazine to look out for.

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Made Gallery

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: East Midlands   

Made Gallery sell a variety of handmade items, predominantly jewellery but also, ceramics, textiles, prints, cards. Prices range from £5.00 to £1000.00, offering a wide range of contemporary and timeless classics for any occasion.

Julia the owner has over 15 years experience as a jeweller and has a workshop on site. Julia offers a bespoke design service where she can design or personalise an item for you.

With over 70 makers on display Made offers a wide range of inspirational and individual hand made pieces.

address: 14a Orange street, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9SQ

telephone: 01572822002

website: Click Here

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

category: Independent Craft Shops   Studio & Workshop Space   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: North West   

Manchester Craft & Design fosters and promotes public appreciation of craft and design by developing artistic understanding and participation, promoting high standards, and providing greater public access to the arts.

The stunning Victorian building – once the home of the city’s retail fish market – features two floors of contemporary craft studios and they host an exciting and varied exhibitions programme, showcasing the very best of both British and international contemporary craft and design.

address: 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD

website: Click Here

New Ashgate Gallery

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South East   

New Ashgate Gallery was originally established in the late 1950s. It has been located in the centre of the Farnham Craft Town in a seventeenth century listed building in Waggon Yard since the 1970s. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of exhibitions and is dedicated to champion the best contemporary art and craft in the market place. As a not-for-profit charity, it also fosters emerging artists and makers through mentoring and touring exhibitions, working in partnership with organisations such as The Crafts Council.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

address: Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS

telephone: 01252 713208

New Craftsman Gallery St Ives

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South West   

Purportedly the longest running gallery in the beautiful Cornish town of St Ives, The New Craftsman Gallery harbours a treasure trove of art and contemporary craft, as well as presenting and solo exhibitions.

Open Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm and Sundays: 11am-5pm.

address: 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE

telephone: 01736 795652

website: Click Here

Nicholas Rigg Photography

category: Photography & Film   

Nicholas Rigg is a professional photographer based near Holsworthy in Devon, UK. Work has ranged from still life to location with clients from advertising, design, editorial and Getty Images.

“I bring a creative flair for original photography with an attention to detail and skill in lighting, both in the studio and on location.”

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Oriel Davies Gallery

category: Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: Wales   

Oriel Davies Gallery is a key public art gallery of Wales, presenting world-class, thought-provoking and challenging art and craft by national and international artists in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and free. The Gallery and exhibition spaces are family-friendly, physically accessible and ideal for experiencing contemporary art and craft.

address: The Park , Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ

telephone: 01686 625041

website: Click Here


category: Networks & Advisors   

Own-it offers intellectual property (IP) advice, information and learning resources for the creative sector. Funded by the University of the Arts London (UAL), they offer a range of services, from basic to specialist support, through an online enquiries system, online and face-to face seminars and workshops  and, where appropriate, surgeries with IP lawyers.

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Potclays Ltd

category: Ceramic Suppliers   

Potclays Ltd is a family company, now in its fourth generation, supplying clays, glazes, kilns, machinery and equipment for craft, education and industry.

As well as offering a wealth of knowledge and support for ceramicists, the team also support events and opportunities for makers.

address: Brickkiln Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7BP

telephone: 01782 219816

website: Click Here

R & A Collaborations

category: Photography & Film   

R&A Collaborations is the combined talents of photographer Richard Foot and digital media artist Arron Fowler. Their ethos is to promote makers by engaging public interest in the person behind the products. Their films aim to capture the subject’s personality and get across the reasons why they do what they do.

Richard and Aaron have made films for a number of madebyhandonline Makers and we absolutely recommend them without reservation!

website: Click Here

RBSA Gallery

category: Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: Midlands   

The RBSA Gallery’s Craft Gallery has established a reputation as one of the leading outlets in the Midlands for contemporary craft, striving to demonstrate the diversity and creativity of the UK’s craft-making community. Through its programme of creatively themed exhibitions, the RBSA displays innovative, yet affordable craft from designer makers based all over the country. Works on display range from designer-maker jewellery to ceramics, textiles, silverware and woodwork.

address: 4 Brook Street, St Paul’s, Birmingham, B3 1SA

telephone: 0121 2364353

website: Click Here

Samson and Coles

category: Independent Craft Shops   Venues & Galleries & Exhibition Space   

region: South East   

Samson and Coles is a stunning contemporary jewellery gallery in the fashionable seaside town of Whitstable in Kent, showcasing the work of selected British Designers.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30 – 5.00.

address: 13 Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT51DB

telephone: 01227277985


category: Publications   

Always a thing of beauty, the bi-monthly Selvedge Magazine covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way. “We see the world though a textile lens but cast our eye far and wide looking for links between our subject and achievements in other fields from architecture to archeology.”

website: Click Here

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