MEET THE CRAFTERS
Check out our amazing resident crafters
Hi, I'm Alex. I am a jewellery maker specialising in polymer clay and resin earrings. I supply a range of lightweight yet sturdy jewellery, with both silver and gold plated metals available. I have been making jewellery since 2018 and my favourite part of the process is coming up with new unique designs and constantly learning along the way. My brand 'Daydream Designs' represents the sparkling wonders that can appear for those who dare to dream.
Hi my name is Lois, aka HaLo's. The majority of my crafts consist of hair accessories for women and children. Now that I have finished my full time job I am able to spend time doing what I love most - creative sewing! I have loved sewing since a child when I used to make my own dolls clothes; I find sewing relaxing and cathartic so am delighted to be able to stock at Castle Crafts. I am obsessed with buying different fabric so keep an eye out for ever changing patterns in the shop.
HUBBLE BUBBLE BREWS
My name is Jessica May, I'm the owner of Hubble Bubble Brews where we have a keen love for nature, which there's plenty of in the Cotswolds! We create teas, Incense & Bath Salts, all using flowers & herbs, along with other wellness products for meditation. To every illness, there is a cure in nature. For centuries, before big pharma, herbs and flower remedies were used to heal the sick, with positive results. I originally made tea for family and friends, however, through word of mouth, I found there was demand to get them out to the public. My teas have helped people through the pandemic, either calming anxiety or as natural remedies for overcoming cold & flu. Mother Nature brings out the best in all of us. These magical blends are known old wives tales, bonnie brews & spells of witches from times gone by.
EVE BEE CRAFTS
I have been sewing and knitting from an early age and was inspired to try the Sashiko technique (little stabs) on my visits to Japan. It's an embroidery technique that's been used since the 17th Century, first applied to clothing to reinforce and increase durability and I now use this technique to make fabric cases for practical items like Kindles, phones or small tablets. I love the contrast of the simple white stitching on navy blue cotton. The art of origami inspired my bookmark designs as well as providing a use for my stash of Japanese fabrics! I love to make gifts for Christmas and birthdays and my family have encouraged me to share them with a wider audience. So, I am excited and nervous to contribute to the creative collections in Castle Crafts. I hope you like them!
Hello, I’m Diane of Shaw Things and a great fan of decoupage. Using papers to decorate wood is great fun, if a little messy! I started backwards with large items, upcycling furniture for my home and then moved down to smaller home accessories, such as photo frames and mirrors. I now love to give gifts to friends and family in boxes specially created for them and also use pretty decorated crates to create hampers of presents. The possibilities are endless!
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.
MITCHELL WILDLIFE ART
Hi, I’m Ben of Mitchell Wildlife Art, and I’m a wildlife artist based in North Bristol. I love creating detailed acrylic paintings of British Wildlife, especially birds! Together with my wife Joanna, we produce greetings cards, mugs and art prints featuring my original artwork.
DAISY BROOK CRAFTS
I love making things. I have my Granny to thank for being able to sew, knit and embroider. I've been making crafty things since I was a little girl, knitting, crocheting, making clothes, embroideries and more. My hands are always busy. I love making memory bears and keepsakes using fabrics donated by you, making the end product extra special. Pop into Castle Crafts to ask about commissions and see examples of my work.
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!
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!
ALL SEW PRETTY
Hi I'm Laura, owner of All Sew Pretty. I live here in Thornbury with my family and I make fabric gifts, children's dresses and felt wall hangings and garlands. I specialise in making fabric gifts that are both attractive and useful. I love using beautiful, colourful felt to create pretty wall garlands and hangings as well as nursery ceiling mobiles. My aim in everything I make is that it is useful, practical and most importantly, All Sew Pretty!
BURNT OUT CANDLES
Hiya I am Niki from Burnt Out Candles. We hand pour all of our candles, wax melts and other luxury home fragrance products in our little workshop in Bristol. I've been making wax products since 2016. It all started when I was made redundant from my full-time job and needed something to keep me busy whilst my little boy was at school. I really enjoy using candles so I thought why not have a go making them. Zooming forward to 2021, I have tested and tried so many different product ideas and I'm now very happy with my beautiful home fragrance product range and to be able to share them with all of my amazing customers. I hope you enjoy using them as much as I love making them.
Hi, I’m Jenny the felt maker behind FlashBangSparkle. I’m passionate about the crafts of fairytale and ancient wisdom. I discovered the wet-felting method of seamless fabric making - which interlocks individual fibres through agitation and shrinking, rather than them needing to be spun and woven, then cut and sewn - as a millinery trainee. Now I make garments, containers, mini mats and hats. My work falls into three main styles, which I call Artisan, Fairytale Fashion and Wearable Art. Sometimes I find a story arrives alongside a piece as it’s being made. I write these up and record them as Felt Tales. I’m delighted to be one of the crafters at Castle Crafts; being able to offer goods and buy goods locally and in person, where you can share a conversation, is important to me.
JULIA ROSE SEWS
Hi I’m Julia & I love to sew! I’m based in a lovely craft room in my home in Thornbury, where I’ve lived for over 20 years. My love of sewing started in the early 1970s when my Grandma gifted me a Singer hand crank sewing machine & I started making clothes & accessories for myself & my friends. I enjoy using vibrant fabrics to create various useful bags, purses, covered notebooks & other lovely things. I also hand sew cute felt brooches & hanging ornaments. My faithful Singer has now retired, but will always have a special place in my craft room. I am delighted to have joined the Castle Crafts Team, & look forward to meeting you soon.
THE BOHO SET
The Boho Set is a local company creating handmade macrame and rustic plant hangers and wall hangings. We are excited to join the team at Castle Crafts and contribute to this creative initiative. You can also hire our items for weddings and events. Pop in to discuss your needs.
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, 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!
I am Dale Campbell, the founder of Posy. I make natural deodorants which are packaged in lovely eco-friendly recycled paper tubes. I also make shampoo and conditioner bars to do away with using single use plastic bottles. My products are based on the principles of do no harm and are made from natural and organic ingredients which are good for you and are not harmful to the environment. The essential oils have great properties as well as amazing fragrances. Fleur & Kevin Tweehuysen live in Thornbury and are both passionate about being kind to the environment by using eco-friendly, natural products and no single use plastics. Fleur creates the crocheted re-useable face scrubs for the Posy range using organic cotton and attends various craft markets in the South West Region to champion the Posy range. Kevin makes the soap stands for the Posy gift range and display stands from recycled wood.
Clare is a ceramist/potter using traditional methods to create individual functional and decorative pieces. She loves the diversity of clay, its heritage and unique relationship to humanity. Coloured slips, varied glazes and textures work in unity to create her handmade pieces. They are stunning in person, come and check them out!