Christmas Maker Markets, London 2017

One of things I love most about winter is the arrival of brand new seasonal maker markets. With Christmas around the corner, it’s the perfect time to buy presents before the panic sets in. Below you’ll find some of my favourite seasonal maker markets in London – pop the dates in your diaries!

BUST London Christmas Craftacular 

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When: Sunday 27 November, 11am-5pm

Where: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PJ

Why: The BUST London Craftacular is back, featuring talented, crafty vendors, pop-up cafes, DJs, and DIY workshops. Entrance is £3, and the first 100 shoppers get a goody bag.

I went to the BUST Summer Craftacular last year with my sister and loved it. As well as browsing the wares from independent makers, you can also take part in fun workshops – last year we did a weaving workshop with Peas & Needles – one of my all-time favourite craft workshops.

Christmas Crafty Fox Market

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When: 3-4 December, 11am – 5pm

Where: Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ

Why: The Crafty Fox Market is putting on a host of Christmas markets – this one is in Brixton, and promises the opportunity to support independent designer-makers for a festive shopping experience – with DJs, drinks, food, and an exciting array of craft workshops – more details coming soon.

If you know of any more maker markets not to be missed this winter, please pop them in the comments below. Personally, I can’t wait to start my festive shopping!

Crafty Fox Market, Autumn 2014

On Sunday, Jack and I visited the unique Crafty Fox Market in Brixton. Held at The Dogstar, this quirky pub became a craft showroom for the weekend, packed on all three floors with crafty stall-holders.

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My favourite three stall-holders were Takae Mizutani and Sons – who had cute ‘snail’ plant saucers and tiny horse & fort egg cups; Oh My Gee – who sold cards consisting of colourful animal prints and unexpected slogans such as ‘Twat’, and ‘Piss off’; and Floss & Mischief – who is leading the ‘trendy needlework’ scene with a range of taxidermy themed sewing kits and thread art.

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As well as the stalls, there were also a few pay-as-you-go craft workshops, including tote bag screen-printing (£5) with Mr. Wingate, bunting necklace making with Lucie Ellen (£15), or you could sit down with a cup of tea and a casual skull badge cross-stitch with The Sewcial Circle (£3).

For our tote bag, we designed a butterfly screen-print. I’m not gonna lie – it didn’t come out quite as expected; Lesson #1 of screen-printing – remember the Inverse Rule. That said, it did make me realise how easy it is to design and make your own gifts for people, with a little practice!

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I also made a bunting necklace with the lovely Lucie Ellen. It’s fair to say that Lucie did all the hard work in prepping the wooden bunting, however I used my new-found plier skills to connect them.

All in all, we had a great day! I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere quirky to go to catch up with crafty friends in London. It’s a very laid back atmosphere, plus cake galore!

For better pictures (it was very dark inside), visit the Crafty Fox Market Facebook page.

Autumn Craft Fairs, London 2014

I love this time of year, when mornings are crisp, and trees turn beautiful shades of orange. Something about Autumn makes me want to go outside and retire inside all at the same time, so what better way to spend my weekends than at autumn craft fairs. There are a few upcoming craft fairs in London that provide the perfect excuse to mooch around by day, and curl up crafting by night.

1) Crafty Fox Market – Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th October

Crafty Fox Market caught my eye as they not only feature a selection of hand-picked designer makers, but they also feature creative workshops, tea & cakes, and DJs spinning an ‘eclectic’ mix of tunes. With regular seasonal markets in London – all guest curated – they are not to be missed!

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This weekend, on 4th-5th October, you can visit the Crafty Fox Market Autumn Fair at the Dogstar, Brixton between 11am – 5pm. I’m going on Sunday, which has been guest curated (from over 400 applicants) by Katie Treggiden of Confessions of a Design Geek. As well as featuring some very cool stalls, I’m hoping to take part in some fun creative workshops including a screen printing workshop by Mr Wingate (£5), and a bunting necklace workshop by Lucie Ellen (£15).

2) Renegade Craft Fair – Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd November

Keen DIY’ers will be pleased to hear that the Renegade Craft Fair London Market returns to the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, on 22nd – 23rd November. Founded in 2003 to serve the neglected DIY craft community, RCF now has 14 annual events in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and London. In other words, the Renegade Craft Fair is kind of a big deal!

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Visit the fair in November to kickstart your festivities. Market hours are 11am – 6pm, and you can expect to find over 100 of the best makers from the UK and beyond. Celebrating indie craft and design, you’ll find vendors from jewellery, ceramics, paper goods, artisanal food, art installations and more.

Are you heading to any autumn craft fairs this year?