Hi everyone, over the next few days I’m going to be letting you know all about the wonderful Makers who will be at the Makers Market on the 18/19th August at the National Waterfront Museum. This middle weekend of the Swansea Festival of Stitch is going to be so exciting: not only are there the Makers, there are going to be Traders too at the National Waterfront Museum, and I’ll be letting you know all about them in a couple of weeks’ time. There will also be the Welsh Quilt Expo at the LC2 and if you can drag yourself away from the National Waterfront Museum/Marina part of Swansea then the Little Shop of Skills is happening along Princess Way on both the Saturday and Sunday. To help you plan your Festival experience and to whet your appetite for all the lovely things that will be available to buy on the 18/19th I’m going to feature a couple of Makers each day for the next few days. So, you will have plenty of time to raid the piggy-bank or go ferreting down the back of the sofa for some extra funds!
The first Maker I’m going to say a few words about are Willow Moon Cottage Crafts. If you are looking for that special gift for someone that is just that little bit different then make sure to visit Willow Moon Cottage. The padded covers for glasses, mobiles and tablets are just lovely. I hope there will be plenty of the seagull mobile covers as I have my eye on one of those! There are also very scrummy plant pot covers featuring birds and animals. I’m sure there will be lots to choose from over the two days and you will be standing there thinking ‘owl’ or ‘seagulls’ and then getting them both – one as a gift and one to keep!
The next maker I’m going to talk about is Henbethau Henbethau make the most exquisite bears, elephants and other toys from Welsh blankets. They make use of Welsh blankets which are beautiful but are damaged in some way and are no longer fit for their intended purpose. Suddenly the potential of the blanket is released, and it can be repurposed in so many different ways. I love the soft pastel shades of Welsh blankets and these gentle colourways make really special heirloom pieces. I’m sure if I had one of the teddies or rabbit they would take pride of place in my living room! I’m also hoping that Henbethau will bring along some of their lovely hand-made cards which make use of the Welsh blankets too. I think I can justify a couple of cards to the other half – might have a bit of explaining to do if I come home with the two alpacas!