MEET THE CRAFTERS
Check out our amazing resident crafters
Hi, I’m Louise. A midwife by day and night, but also a macrame maker whenever I can! I love this craft and find it incredibly therapeutic. It lends itself to making a huge variety of products, from key rings and plant hangers, to intricate wall hangings. Sustainability is very important to me. I use recycled cord from the UK, and all of my packaging is recyclable too. I am so happy to be part of Castle Crafts, please pop along and have a browse!
Hello, I’m Jane of ‘Rainbow Crafts.’ My mum taught me to knit at age 4 and I’ve been crafting ever since! Sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and other odd crafts thrown in for good measure.
I moved to Thornbury from Inverness where I set up my business, Tweedie Bags in 2010. I use canvas & checked Harris Tweed®️, (a soft, woollen, durable cloth, handwoven in the Outer Hebrides). The brightly coloured & traditional tweeds are used to create a beautiful range of bags & purses. There is a range of items for men including glasses cases, whisky flasks and silver and bronze effect cufflinks. Pampered pooches are well catered for too, with an extensive range of collars and leads.
Born and raised in a little town called South Shields on the North East coast, I moved here with my family in 2005 and in 2014 was lucky enough to meet some lovely crafty ladies who showed me the route to making jewellery. I have attended many craft fairs both as a shopper and seller and have enjoyed meeting new people and trying new things. I make jewellery for my friends and relatives together with Christmas decorations and I've even had a couple of commissions, which was wonderful. Come and have a look round our little Aladdin’s cave, you won’t be disappointed.
I’m a yarn addict who has loved knitting ever since my granny taught me as a child. These days I'm the co-founder of marketing agency Good Beans, but I knit whenever I find the time, and I've recently started weaving too. I moved to Thornbury at the end of 2020 and wanted to get involved with Castle Crafts to meet people and get involved in the community. I worked closely with the Castle Crafts team on the shop launch, which has been really fun! Pop in to see my colourful tea cosies and baby booties.
GLAZED OVER GLASS
The Creator behind Glazed Over Glass Designs, Cathy Adams, lives and works in Bristol. Cathy has always had an interest in art and crafts and enjoyed making things from an early age. She has been designing and working with glass since 2010. When she was introduced to fusing glass at a community workshop session, she immediately fell in love with the process. She uses transparent and opaque sheets of glass, crushed and powdered glass, paints, and metals in her work. Her creations are fused in her kiln at temperatures up to 850 degrees Celsius. Her work is influenced by her love of the countryside and sea shore. Cathy has studied many aspects of working with glass including stained glass, engraving, mosaic work, copper foiling and sand-blasting, but fusing remains Cathy’s passion.
Hi my name is Anne and I make socks and other items on my vintage sock knitting machine which dates back to the 1920’s. My trading name is Cymbal Knits as that is the name of my sock making machine. I have been making socks since 2010 and I am thrilled to be part of Castle Crafts.
Hi I’m Julie from Forever Feather. Being a crafter is a hobby of mine, I enjoy making hat pins, dream catchers and feather brooches. My work goes as far as London to this lovely little shop in the town of Thornbury.
Hi, I’m Heather, a local illustrator and team member of Castle Crafts. I graduated from my degree in Illustration and now create digital drawings that I turn into prints and cards. I also designed the Castle Crafts website so I hope you like it! Come and check out my work alongside all these amazing crafters, there’s something for everyone!
TURNED BY STUART
Hi I’m Stuart, Bristol born and bred and just three years into discovering the many skills of a woodturner, on a journey that is a constant learning experience. The majority of wood I use is locally sourced (West County) with a very few more exotic exceptions. On this journey I have been constantly astounded at the hidden beauty of wood and grain revealed within a seemingly ordinary log but I am also drawn to embellishing that beauty with paints, stains, resins and textures to make more artistic pieces. Although there will always be a place for the simple round and brown!
Hi I’m Emily, the owner of “Dolly”. We are a small business, hand making resin accessories, jewellery and home decor, all made locally in Bristol. I am so excited to be sharing my crafts with you all!
A LITTLE LOVELY
Hi, I’m Evie, creator of A Little Lovely. I make gifts and home decor using wiring and other items. A lot of my items are personalised but I’ve recently been busy creating a brand-new range for the shop that can be bought straight off the shelf. I’m really excited to have my products in Castle Crafts and hope you all like them!
Donna is a contemporary artist and ceramicist who likes to experiment with colour and texture. Her preferred medium is acrylic paint and acrylic inks, but she also uses watercolour, pastels and wax on a base of canvas, paper, board and silk. Her ceramics follow the same interest in colour and texture. Colour expresses and stretches the imagination. Texture defines shape and contour and adds another dimension. Her artwork is also reproduced on to mugs, coasters, canvases, cushions and greetings cards.
Hi, I’m Yasmin and I live in Berkeley. I am a water colour artist using nature and wildlife as inspiration for my paintings. I also love animals, so this is reflected in my work too. You can find my artwork on lots of different products such as cards, mugs, tea towels, cushions, chopping boards and more. I also sell seed cards; they can be planted to grow beautiful wildflowers.
RAINBOW GLASS CREATIONS
I’m Wendy a.k.a Rainbow Glass Creations. A lifelong Bristolian and a self-confessed magpie. I’ve always been drawn to anything colour changing, iridescent and sparkly. Making jewellery let’s me indulge my inner magpie. I make a variety of jewellery in different mediums including Kiln Fired Dichroic Glass, Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystals. My passion is Dichroic Glass as a lot of it changes colour due to the multiple layers of different metal oxides. It’s so versatile as you get totally different results depending on which colour glass you fuse it with and the temperature of the kiln. The options are endless and as a result a lot of my pieces are unique.
OODLE DOODLE ART
Hiya I’m Elise, owner of Oodle Doodle Art and Woodland Makery. I run creative workshops teaching crafts like whittling, wicker, clay, textiles as well as fun and games, in a woodland in Old Down. When I’m not there I’m busy being a textile artist, specialising in fibre to use in my needle felting, weaving and rope craft. I wrote the book FELT in the first lockdown and all the money goes to SANDS charity. At the moment, I’m busy making crafts in a bag and postal box kits to sell in the shop as well as fibre for your own projects.
HIVES AND HERBALS
I’m a Bristol based Beekeeper who is passionate about helping the Bristol Honey Bee and handmaking beeswax products. My hand creams and lip balms are made with home grown, organic herbs and my own beeswax, I make 100% beeswax candles which smell of honey when you burn them. I also make eco friendly beeswax food wraps and eco friendly fire lighters. All products have minimal packaging which can either be re used or recycled.
Hi there. My name is Lianne. I am a Creator. I love the experience of inspiring others to create and creating myself. My favourite type of creativity is painting using acrylics and incorporating nature, family, locations and emotions into my work. Art is a form of therapy for me and my aim is for my artwork to make adults and children feel uplifted when they see it. My artwork can be found on greeting cards, prints and original canvases in the shop. Pop in and see them!
MOTHER & DAUGHTER
Hello, I am Jane of ‘Mother & Daughter’. Having retired from a career teaching Textiles and Home Economics I started my own craft enterprise making memory/pinboards in an extensive range of designs and colour combinations. Every one is individual and unique and can be colour co-ordinated to match your existing décor. They can be traditional or contemporary. The boards have a diverse range of uses e.g. kitchens, studies, bedrooms and they are an attractive way of displaying photographs, memos, shopping lists etc. I also make eco-friendly personalised and commemorative bunting that is washable and adjustable with names and messages of your choice. I take commissions and I created the Castle Crafts bunting that hangs on the desk!