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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

I’ve been very slow to get a post up about last week­end but I’ve been hov­er­ing between utter exhaus­tion and the fren­zied real­i­sa­tion that the real Christ­mas is only a week away. I’m back to real­ity now and ready to spill about my amaz­ing week­end at The Mak­ery. Kate and the girls were so so lovely and wel­com­ing; the shop is nar­row and tall and a crafters par­adise. It’s all kinds of charm­ing, and lit up even more with two floors of hand­made good­ness and a big dol­lop of Michael Buble.

If noth­ing else the Buble put me firmly in a Christ­massy mood.

Tucked away up in the rafters my fel­low crafters and I hud­dled around heaters and crafted our wares whilst wel­com­ing happy, smi­ley shop­pers. My won­der­ful sis­ter came to help and shared part of the stall, she embroi­ders pretty tote bags, nap­kins and tea tow­els! I’m hop­ing she’ll have an online shop at some point soon so I can show you all.

I was so blown away by all the lovely com­ments and pur­chases; so much so I had to make an emer­gency batch of bow neck­laces that evening so I was re-stocked for Sun­day. My stu­dio part­ner Ben Tam­bling made sure I had a never end­ing sup­ply of these amaz­ing busi­ness cards, which he designed for me.

I really can’t thank every­one enough for an amaz­ing week­end. My fel­low crafters were so nice in giv­ing me advice about fairs! I think I bought some­thing from almost every­one there. Can’t wait to get out and do some more now.

Eek Christ­mas next week­end — I’m attempt­ing 100% hand­made presents this year. I’ll let you know how that goes! Wish­ing you all a very happy christ­mas; stay safe and eat lots!

  1. Rebekah 21 December 2011, 7:13 pm

    Hi Jes­sica! I have just come across your blog via your etsy shop, I was doing a local search as I live in bris­tol also. I was think­ing of doing a stall at the mak­ery this year but the prices put me off as I’m new to fairs.However next year I think I’ll go for it. I’m on the look out for other fairs in the bris/bath area, it would be great to chat to you about it as it seems we’re in a sim­i­lar place… Any­way I love your stuff and Happy christ­mas! x

  2. Jess 22 December 2011, 6:23 pm

    Hi Rebekah! Thanks for your com­ment, that’s awe­some. Where­abouts in Bris­tol are you? I see you have your stuff in Cox and Baloney — I live just a few min­utes walk from there; such a great shop! Would love to have a chat about craft fairs — your stuff is really cool, you’re very tal­ented! The next I’ve had my eye on is the Bris­tol Mag­pie Mar­ket that’s been hap­pen­ing in Southville this year. Lots of hand­made vin­tage lovelies. Wish­ing you a very happy Christ­mas week­end :) x

  3. The Makery: Book Review | Jessica Joy 29 October 2013, 8:03 am

    […] began in the Win­ter of 2011 when Kate, The Makery’s owner, invited me to have a stall at her Christ­mas mar­ket. It was mag­i­cal, as you’d expect, and no craft fair has ever matched it. So, imag­ine my […]

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