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!

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London Craft Dates For Your Diary

Over the next few months there are some fantastic crafty events taking place in London. Below are my top three spanning October and November. I’ll be going – hope to see you there!


The Crafternoon Cabaret Club

When: 24 October 2015 (2-4pm)

Where: The Book Club, 100 – 106 Leonard Street, London

What: The Crafternoon Cabaret Club host a different craft workshop every month. Next weekend, we’ll be making Macrame Hanging Planters to display indoor succulents. As well as taking part in the workshop, each event introduces a cabaret artist, in this case Ukulele songstress Jo Stephenson.

Price: £15 with all materials included. Click here to book.


The BUST London Christmas Craftacular

When: 22 November 2015 (11am – 5pm)

Where: York Hall, Bethnal Green, London

What: The BUST Christmas Craftacular features over 70 vendors, as well as a Drink Shop & Do pop-up cafe, DJs and your choice of DIY workshops. I’ve signed up to weave a Mini Wall Hanging with peas and needles and Amy Ilic (£5),  but you can also make a geometric Christmas decoration with bobbin & bow (free), arm-knit a snood with Wool and the Gang (£20), create a sweater bobble hat with Traid (£5), customise a Christmas jumper with Fabrications (Free), and stitch your signature on Craftivist Collective’s Giant Petition (Free). Check out the website for the full schedule.

Price: £3 entrance, plus workshop costs.


The Holiday Renegade Craft Fair

When: 7-8 November 2015 (11am – 6pm)

Where: Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London

What: The Renegade Craft Fair is a curated marketplace of indie-craft goods which showcases the best and brightest talent from the modern Maker community. I attended the fair last year, and had a great time browsing the stalls, and being inspired by an array of makers. Not only will this event provide great inspiration for festive gift-giving, you can also participate in DIY workshops at a small cost.

Price: Free to attend, plus workshop costs.


Stay tuned to see how I get on at the weaving and macrame workshops!

Renegade Craft Fair London 2014

You might remember back in September, I told you about the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair at London’s Old Truman Brewery, just a stone’s throw from Old Spitalfields Market.

After waiting patiently, I was excited to attend the fair today. Packed full of talented stall holders, the Old Truman Brewery was the perfect venue to showcase an array of festive crafts.

From jewellery to cards, there was the opportunity to buy a range of wares in different styles. My favourite stalls were Mister Peebles, Peggy & Kate, Hello Harriet, and Blank Inside.

Blank Inside Design:

Blank Inside was the first stall I fell in love with – feat. gorgeous wrapping paper, gift tags and cards.

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Mister Peebles:

Mister Peebles had some truly gorgeous illustrations which he’d adorned on a range of stationery.

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Peggy & Kate:

I was constantly drawn back to Peggy & Kate’s stall, as they use such a beautiful deep blue pallet.

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To conclude, Renegade Craft Fair was a blast. As well as browsing stalls, there was the opportunity to take part in some workshops such as pom pom making and letterpress printing, for a small fee.

I was also pleased to receive a complimentary ‘geometric neon mug cosy’ kit from Mollie Makes. The fair is open tomorrow (Sunday 23rd Nov) for the final day, so do check it out if you can!

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?