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MAKERS MARKETPLACE

The Makers Marketplace will return for 2024 with a range of thoughtfully curated craft kits and handmade gifts for those looking for something unique. We are passionate about supporting independent businesses and the market will showcase a small selection of the brilliant makers in the North East.

Check out the makers who joined us for this years festival!

Curated by Hello Hooray!

We are very excited to announce that Clare Albans will be curating the market this year!

Clare will be bringing her expert crafty experience to selecting the stallholders and we can't wait to see everyone there!

Clare started with a creative blog sharing her creative ideas and has gone on to develop her own unique brand of colourful embroidery designs with her first book published in 2020.

 

Hello! Hooray! now has its own retail and workshop studio up in Newcastle so we couldn’t think of anyone better to ask to help us create the marketplace this year!  

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Tori Lo Designs

Tori Lo Designs was established on the North East coast of England in 2015 by designer Vicky Wade. She crosses boundaries within leather work by using fun and creative dying techniques to hand colour every hide, creating an individual and unique surface that the bags can then be moulded from.

Every step of the process is done by hand, using traditional techniques, including cutting, dying, and sewing. The collection of products features vibrant colour ways and unique brush strokes, bridging a border between classic style and artistic flair. 

The emphasis is on quality and endurance that will last for years. The true nature of leather only gets better as the years progress, and a patina develops.

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Sonosynthesis is female run, creating handcrafted fibre art homeware and accessories using techniques such as macrame and weaving, as well as DIY kits to encourage and spread the love of crafting. Their pieces are environmentally friendly, using recycled and sustainable materials and encouraging less waste by upcycling and reusing materials where possible.

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Katie founded her business in 2016, when she began hosting workshops to introduce a sense of connection through painting, when she found herself living a rather isolated life daily life as a remote freelance print designer. This allowed the designer to share her love for painting and the joy and relaxation that comes from putting paint brush to paper. 

 

Since starting with workshops, Katie has branched out into creating designs for her own ranges of products, where she uses hand painted illustrations to create prints for both paper and textile products. 

Inspired by the natural world, lots of the designer's work includes flower, fruit and foliage elements along with joyful palettes that celebrate colour. 

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Adele Catchpole

Adele Catchpole is a pet portrait artist and textile designer maker. You can send her a photo of your pet, and Adele will create a beautiful hand drawn and painted piece of original art for you to treasure forever.

 

Once you have commissioned a painting, Adele can create a range of personalised printed home wear products, all designed with love, from one pet lover to another.

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Based in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Kat from THAT. design studio is a mum with a love of the seaside and the North. These true loves are reflected in her work, and her Northern themed makes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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Pink & Peach

Pink & Peach was founded out of a passion for creativity and a healthy mental wellbeing. Prints and greeting cards have been designed to uplift people’s emotions and pause any negative thoughts and/or feelings, even if just for a moment.

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Ellbalou

Ellbalou is a North East based handmade children’s clothing business that creates comfortable, stylish, and colourful clothing for babies and children. Founded by a fashion industry designer, Ellbalou offers quality, durability, and attention to detail in every garment made.

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Katherine Hodgkinson

Katherine Hodgkinson is a maker and illustrator influenced by the art of slow crafting. She’s always loved working with her hands and her small business is all about creating beautiful objects that bring the joy of outside, in.

 

She’s inspired by the organic flow of flowers which she incorporates into her wire art and pen illustrations. 

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Blushing Daisy

Blushing Daisy is a small business ran by Daisy who is a tiny graphic designer from the north east who makes cool and quirky handmade clay pots which are prefect to bright up any room! Each one is unique all show casing a hand painted pattern bursting with personality. 

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Big Knitters

Big Knitters has been around for over 7 years, Kim and Ella initially started making giant knitting needles, they were produced locally and made from reclaimed Victorian floorboards rescued from Sunderland City Centre.

 

After a few years, trends changed and so did Big Knitters, they began hand dyeing beautiful artisan yarn while also designing unique crochet and knitted items and developing them into patterns and kits. More recently,

 

Big Knitters want to share with everyone how wonderful this mindful stress relieving tool can be! 

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Little Cherub Designs

Little Cherub Design is excited to be part of the Maker Market and will be bringing our bright & colourful embroidery kits. Our kits are suitable for beginners or anyone who loves to sew, designs are pre printed onto the fabric so there’s no tricky tracing or transferring required. We design our kits to be completed in a weekend (some even quicker than that)

 

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Helen’s ceramics are simple, ergonomic, thrown forms, made to be used every day. Handmade glazes are added in layers of texture and colour to reflect her love of the landscapes of the Teesside area.

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EcologicoUK

EcologicoUK helps families make eco friendly choices by providing high quality ethical eco-friendly products that are vegan, low tox, plastic free and cruelty-free from other UK based small family businesses.

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Carol Newmarch

Carol Newmarch's workshop is in central Middlesbrough, where she makes raku and pit-fired pottery, and a range ceramic vessels for plants and flowers. 

Her stoneware ceramics for plants are inspired by the natural world, they’re frost resistant, and so suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. 

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Silverkupe

SILVERKUPE is a small, independent boutique jewellery studio based in the creative heart of Newcastle upon Tyne – Ouseburn.

 

Emine Thompson is the face behind Silverkupe. She is a jewellery designer and maker and specialises in limited collections of handmade jewellery in silver and gold with bold designs and colours.

With a background in design and 3D modelling and teaching these skills, she also provides various jewellery making workshops. You can find her creations across eight galleries across the UK and on her website

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A selection of embroidery kits and ready stitched designs, all with a motivational and inspirational theme!

Look out for the launch of new designs at the festival!

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Bee to Bean

Bee to Bean chocolates are created by Chocolate Master Barbara who also happens to be a beekeeper!

Hand made from the best ingredients choose from whole delicious range of dark, milk and white chocolates.

Also available is a vegan selection of chocolates, bars and truffles.

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Kathryn Rose 

Kathryn Rose is a freelance illustrator based in the northeast. She delivers illustration/bookmaking workshops, creates commissioned work for a variety of people/brands and she makes and sells cute and bold products including statement polymer-clay earrings, notebooks, prints, pins, badges, original paintings and stickers.

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My Yoga Bag

My Yoga Bag, based in Saltburn by the Sea and makes unique and quirky Yoga Accessories for Yoga Lovers. 

 

Everything is handmade from Yoga Mat Bags, Cushions, Tote Bags, Birthday Cards etc. There’s something for every Yoga Lover. Namaste.

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The Jamporium

The Jamporium sells home-made, small-batch fruit preserves, marmalades, jellies, cordials and chutneys. The fruit and veg are home-grown, foraged, donated or sourced from local farms, markets or pick your owns.

 

The Jamporium's products are all suitable for vegetarians and are gluten free. Their profits go to a charity to support the education of children in Meserani,  Tanzania.

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Claire creates and sells embroidery designs that are available as full embroidery hoop kits, pre-printed fabric and stick and stitch embroidery transfers. She wants to make embroidery accessible to everyone so all her designs are pre-printed, meaning you can just stitch over the top of them - perfect for beginners 

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Little Light Stitchery

Nicky from Little Light Stitchery hand embroiders funny, cute, inspirational and sometimes rude quotes on to colourful and fun fabric! Perfect for sending a message to a friend or making a statement in your own home. She also sells embroidery kits so that you can have a go yourself!

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Emma Blue Cuts Paper

Emma combines papercutting, digital drawing and lettering to create prints, homewares, and accessories in her box-room studio by the sea. Her work is inspired by her love of books, music and nature, with a feminist, political thread running through.

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Harvest Moon Floral Art

Harvest Moon Floral Art is a seasonal, natural, sustainable floral design studio based in Norton, Teesside. 

With an ethos that celebrates the seasons whilst focusing on sustainably; we work with trusted suppliers and local flower growers to bring you beautiful floral designs.  

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Diya Wellness

Diya Wellness is an ethical wellness brand with sustainability, self-care and modern-living at their hearts! Diya Body Oils, Baths Salts and Diffuser Oils are enriched with a diverse selection of wonderful botanics to help promote wellbeing to mind, body and soul.

 

Inspired by ancient Indian recipes and rituals, Diya products are designed to help you find balance and harmony in your wellness journey. 

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The Prohibition Collection started with The Lockdown Bar. What started with producing bottled cocktails for customers to enjoy at home quickly became something more. Suitable for dinner and garden parties as well as gifts, all the cocktails have the same bar quality taste.

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Lottie's Hoard

Gail is the owner and creator of Lottie’s Hoard, where she hand makes lampshades and homewares using Vintage fabrics. Many of her fabrics had previous lives as clothing or bedding and Gail has lovingly repurposed them into Vintage style lampshades. She loves all things Vintage and draws on Vintage styles for her inspiration. 

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Trouvaille Stitch Kits is a North East indie cross stitch designer creating modern, mindful, beginner-friendly cross stitch kits showcasing lesser-known, but much-loved landmarks of the UK.  With matching accessories including super-colourful embroidery scissors and stunning enamel needleminders, the kits make a fab gift... including for yourself!

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The Handmade Florist

The Handmade Florist's felt flower craft kits teach you everything you need to know about the amazing art of felt flower making.

 

From wreaths to bouquets and posies to garlands, every kit comes with beautiful wool-blend felt and step-by-step instructions to guide you through making a gorgeous display of flowers.

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The Haberdasher Bee

The Haberdasher Bee is a sustainable, plastic free haberdashery aiming to make it easier for you to make items without costing the earth. Affordable, quality products are carefully sourced and produced with their environmental impact in mind.

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Ruby Jones

Karen's mission is to create jewellery she is proud of that you are proud to wear.

 

She makes distinctive handcrafted woven and embroidered beadwork jewellery from seed beads, Czech glass and hand dyed silk, ranging from everyday to statement pieces.

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Northstar Needlework

Northstar Needlework is based on the idea that we should all be able to have luxury textiles in our everyday lives.

 

Creator Hayley uses iconic William Morris and Liberty prints using her background in patchwork to create beautiful and functional products. 

Over time, the Northstar Needlework range has grown from a base of cosmetics and wash bags, to include glasses cases, hair accessories and many other items. But they’re still all made in her home in Newcastle.

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The Aromatary are specialists in luxury home fragrance with an elegant touch. Their products are all made with a touch of elegance, designed to enhance and compliment your home decor and not distract from it. Involve reoccurring materials such as neutral wood tones, creamy wax and crystal-clear glass.

 

We are sure their products will look absolutely stunning in any home. Current products include Wooden wick candles, Wax tartlets, Room mist sprays, Reed diffusers, Hand and body wash alongside other Home fragrance accessories.

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Heather Moore from The Peacock and The Printmaker creatures colourful Lino prints designed to bring joy to your home.

 

With prices starting at £15 for mini print up to £700 for a large framed limited edition, her sea and nature themed prints are bound to bring a smile to your face. Can't stretch to an original? Don't worry - she also does reproductions that are a little kinder to your wallet.

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Folly & Bird Flowers

Flowers Make You Happy!

Folly + Bird offers Paper Flower Kits providing everything you need to create exquisite paper flowers. Any flower, any colour, any time, our sustainable, everlasting, paper flower kits are beautifully packaged and perfect for crafters, gifts and home. Crafting nature in paper.

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L of a Bake

L of a Bake is a small batch indulgent bakery, using the best ingredients to create delicious bakes. From stuffed cookies, delectable brownies and enticing cakes there’s something for everyone.

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Michelle Corbin Design

Michelle is an Embroidery and Mixed Media Artist from the North East of England.  Most of her work is created from Free Hand Machine Embroidery where she creates beautifully detailed work by drawing with thread, which is usually enhanced by Fabric Paint and scraps or vintage fabrics and sometimes paper.  Inspired by nature and fairies a lot of her work features whimsical characters which appear on various collections of Home Decor, Gifts and Accessories.  Michelle also creates Patterns and Kits for you to stitch at home, and has recently created an Online Course sharing her knowledge into how to create the perfect Keepsake from pre-loved clothing. 

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Little Bee 

Little Bee Wax Melts creates luxury Beeswax Melts, Candles, home fragrance and natural beeswax wellness products all handmade in Middlesbrough.

 

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Yicrafts

Yicrafts is a London based studio focus on traditional East and SouthEast Asia cultural handcrafts, offering in person and online workshops and handmade textiles by ESEA artisans, especially sharing Chinese ethnic minorities traditional cultures. 

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Knot Worth the Tassle

Knot Worth The Tassle is a small North Yorkshire based business run by macramé artist and tutor, Jess. 

Available to buy on the day will be a beautiful array of macramé home and nursery decor, including rope rainbows, bunting, plant hangers, coasters and key rings. 

Want to learn macramé? Grab a DIY craft kit for one of Knot Worth The Tassle’s popular designs. Jess also runs private workshops for hen parties, retreats, baby showers and any group who’d love to have a go at this beautifully therapeutic craft! 

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