The Handmade Fair.. Top Picks

A few weeks ago we went on a day-trip to London to visit The Handmade Fair, set up by Kirstie Allsopp to inspire visitors to find and refine their own crafts! There was stall after stall of wonderful designer-makers and here are just a few of our top picks from the day…

Deborah Ballinger

First off a huge thank you to Deborah Ballinger as we won tickets to the fair via a competition through her Instagram page.

Deborah Ballinger’s stall was full of beautiful items adorned with her whimsical illustrations. We first encountered this designer maker at a craft fair in Brighton around four years ago and since then have been avid followers of her work. We had the chance to have a chat with Deborah at the fair and its safe to say she is as lovely as her creations. Her new cosmetic bags have definitely made their way onto our Christmas wishlists and you can find them here  on her website.

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Tilly and the Buttons

We had seen the Tilly and the Buttons book and been tempted by the vintage style garments prior to seeing her stall at The Handmade Fair. When we met the lovely Tilly and saw examples of her designs first-hand we couldn’t resist buying her book and giving it a go ourselves. We spent the rest of the fair searching for the perfect fabric to make our dresses from!

Tilly buttons

Mauds Fabric Finds

Our  hunt for the perfect fabric ended at Mauds Fabric Finds where we found the most gorgeous Atelier Brunette origami bird fabric (pictured above). There’s a huge range of designs on her website and she specialises in eco-friendly and handprinted fabrics.

Death By Tea

Death By Tea’s quirky illustrations caught our attention – more items for our wishlist…

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Ben Rothery

Ben Rothery’s stand lured us in the moment we saw the bumblebee logo and from there on we spent ages lusting after his nature inspired illustrations, including the stag beetle, the bird and our absolute favourite the ‘Unpopular Opinion Puffin’!

Ben Rothery Stag Beetle Ben Rothery Waxwing Bird Illustration Unpopular Opinion Puffin

Did any of you go to The Handmade Fair? Who were your top picks?

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The Handmade Fair was sponsored by Hobbycraft and in association with Mollie Makes. The Handmade Christmas Fair takes place on 20th-22nd November in Manchester.


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