Yarn Shop Day ......
The weather forecast was promising rain & high winds, so Sarah at The Fabric Den quickly went for 'Plan B', and by the time we opened all was as well as it could be, now all we needed was the people of Bolsover to turn out, which some of them did. Enough for Sarah, Claire & Helen to declare it a reasonable sort of day considering.
The Knit & Natter went ahead in the afternoon, and people were asking for more, so watch this space.
May Day Extravaganza ......
The feature of the day will be a - 'May Day Makers Market' organised by Ethos Upcycling & The Fabric Den.
Essentially they have gathered together a group of local craft traders, who will be filling the Courtyard. They have assembled an mix of stall holders, and there is no better way of introducing who they are than through their own words - first is Carl Mason, and he tells us about himself thus -
I am a retired 80 year old self employed builder and I like to have a hobby that involves making things from junk that I’ve accumulated over the years.It also gets me off the couch and into my man cave.
Now if that does get you wanting to know more then .......
I have been a passionate and almost obsessive collector of fabric for several years and the material I am now selling has been part of this collection, this is mainly upholstery weight fabric which includes linens, printed cottons and velvets. These fabric pieces are ideal for crafters who have small projects and do not require more than a metre of any particular design but enjoy having a selection of different materials to choose from.
Moving on we come to, Mrs B from Mr & Mrs B's Allotment, who tells us -
Hi I’m Mrs B and I make small batches of jams & chutneys, mainly using surplus fruit from our allotment in South Sheffield. My husband keeps bees on the plot, so I also sell their honey
So, let's just review who we have so far - a man who makes things from junk in his man cave, a lady who sells small pieces of fabrics ideal for crafters, and a lady who sells jams, chutneys & honey.
Joining them will be Ruth Hattingh of Speckled Gekko -
Speckled Gecko is a small, family run local business, based in Barlborough, Derbyshire. We produce a variety of arts and crafts, including a number of homemade bath products.
My website is www.speckled-gecko.co.uk and my Facebook page is Speckled Gecko Art Studio.
I started out a couple of years ago making gifts out of wood after a kind gentleman gave me his tools, so I had to put them to good use, so a few youtube videos later and a bit of trial and error, I started getting requests. I generally use reclaimed timber, basically what ever I can get my hands on, whether it be pallets or old windowsills and door frames. I don't class myself as a joiner or a carpenter, I’d rather be called a maker
And as I write this blog post the BBC Weather says that the weather for Saturday in Bolsover is - Sunny intervals & a moderate breeze, so no excuse there then.
See You Saturday -
The 'Wobbly Bodger' comes to town! ......
Fresh from his appearance at the Sandringham Craft & Wood Festival at the end of April rubbing shoulders with 'royalty' he comes to Bolsover to showcase his skills.
Looking at his website Gary Joynt - 'The Wobbly Bodger' - says -
We are passionate about keeping alive some of the traditional heritage crafts from around the world. As the world became mechanised, production increased and heritage crafts declined in popularity giving way to modern, faster manufacturing methods.
Our intention is to keep alive some of the traditional and not so traditional heritage crafts under threat in our fast and busy world. All our products are handmade from seasoned and green wood and each item is unique and individual
I know that Gary will be putting on a good day for us, and if you are really good he might let you have a 'bodge'.
Not one to be missed.
The Future High Streets Fund .......
Well in the recent In Touch newspaper published by the District Council & delivered to every house in the BDC area there was an article about the bid, that I thought was worthy of putting in this weeks blog post -
So there you go ......
You are always welcome - rain or shine!