Craft Makers Market – Avoncroft Arts Centre

The Craft Makers Market re-opened for 2012 today with a splendid little selection of contemporary craft work on show at Avoncroft Arts Centre, just outside Bromsgrove.

I packed up my things and headed on over to join in with a great selection of craft work from around the region:

with a mix of textiles, glass, jewellery and woodwork.

Among the lovelies on show was the work of Murgatroyd and Bean, makers of seriously cute textiles:

who produce some rather fine applique/embroideries like these (click to visit their Folksy store) in a most adorable fashion.

The Market takes place every 1st Sunday of the month with a changing pogramme of makers – for more details on who’ll be there and how to get there visit the site here.

Handmade Market – Kenilworth

I spent Saturday having a lovely time at the Handmade Market in the gorgeous castle town of Kenilworth.

It’s a brand new venture set up by Amy (of Amos Denton Designs) and Julia (of Bodkin and Bead) who recognised (and quite rightly too) that there’s not a whole lot going in in the Warwickshire craft world. Some new markets have sprung up in the Midlands in the last few years and it’s really encourging to see that they’re being well recieved.

This weekends market was the first and I was pleasantly suprised about how many people made the short walk out of the Town Centre to St Johns Church to visit. The market featured a small but really well balanced selection of makers including:

Amos Denton Designs

and me ... obviously

The markets will now be held monthly so do pop along on the 12th of March to have a look at who’s exhibiting then.