Christmas in the Grainger Market

We’re now fully booked for our Christmas market. Thanks so much to everyone who got in touch. We’re still taking names for the waiting list, if you’d like to be the first to know if we get a cancellation just email and let me know with all the same details as below.

You can now book for Saturday 5th December in the Grainger Market. How exciting is that?

We’re looking for stallholders with the most wonderful and unique handmade, designed and recycled works. Artists, designers and makers of all kinds, to help us celebrate Christmas.

If you’d like to apply just email, if this is your first market with us please also send some photos of your work and a description of what you do. This helps us keep the markets exciting and varied. Please read our StallholderAgreement before booking.

Stalls are £25. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability cover for up to £5million.

In other news we have a new mailing list. We’re still learning what does and doesn’t work so please be patient. While we work out the details you can rely on Facebook, Twitter and here on our website to keep you informed.

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Summertime Sunshine

It’s been a gloriously sunny week, Summer is here.

We’ve got our next set of dates ready for you to book in the Grainger Market:

  • Sat 4th July (we’ve got a small number of stalls left for this one, if you’re interested get in touch ASAP)
  • Sat 1st August
  • Sat 5th September

To book just email with the dates you’d like. If this is your first market with us make sure to send a description and some photos of what you’ll be selling too. The market runs from 9am – 5pm.

These are our regular handmade, art, design and recycled markets. Stalls are £25 each – a table, cloth and 2 chairs are provided. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability for up to £5million.

Payment can be made by paypal or cheque. Just let me know which you prefer when booking and I’ll send details.


See you at the market.

Back at the Market

Happy 2015 everyone.


We’re now taking bookings for our first three markets of 2015.

  • Saturday 7th February
  • Saturday 7th March
  • Saturday 4th April

(these dates are now fully booked, we’re taking names for the waiting list)

To book in just email letting me know which dates you’d like. If this is your first market with us make sure to send some details about what you do and photos of your work.

These are our regular handmade, art, design and recycled markets. Stalls are £25 each – a table, cloth and 2 chairs are provided. The council require stallholders at the Grainger Market to have public liability for up to £5million (find out about public liability). The market runs from 9am – 5pm.

We aren’t taking bookings from sellers of baked goods for our Grainger Market events. This type of food is well catered for by the shops in the Grainger Market.

Payment can be made by paypal or cheque. Just let me know which you prefer when booking and I’ll send details.

Thank You!

Our market goes from strength to strength thanks to our fantastic stallholders and wonderful customers. I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who’s been to the market this year. It’s been lovely. Hope you’ll join us again in 2015 for a great set of markets. First Saturday of the month in the Grainger Market, starting in February.

Here’s some photos from our September market to give you an idea of what to expect from us next year. We’re always finding new stallholders so there’s plenty of surprises in store too.

Make & Mend 1960’s Special – Grainger Market.

As part of the Grainger Market’s October Festival (from 27 October to 1 November 2014) we’ll be having a 1960’s themed market on 1st November. Come down to see our wonderful makers all dressed up and with some 1960’s style goodies for all. A great chance for some early Christmas shopping.

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Due to the cancellation of our Christmas market this is now our final market of the year. We’re looking forward to dressing up and sharing our lovely work with you all.

New Dates to Book

We’re now taking bookings for the following dates in the Star and Shadow Cinema:

  • 18th October

If this will be your first market with us please send some photos of your work when booking.

Make & Mend Christmas Market 2014

The Star and Shadow is moving. To help raise extra funds for the move we’re putting on a lovely family friendly market on the 18th October. There will be a fantastic selection of handmade, recycled, locally made and designed work and vintage.

Stalls are £20, stallholders must bring their own table or display.
The market will run from 10am until 5pm.

We’ll be back in the Grainger Market in February. If you have any questions about the markets just ask.

Market Day – April 2014

Some lovely folk and lovely things at our last market.

I also managed to spot Jessica Catherine‘s porcelain flowers unglazed. I love seeing things in progress. They do look unusual when naked.

You might have spotted us on ezebee last week. We’re thrilled to be featured in their magazine. You can give the article a read here: The monthly Make and Mend Market: a handmade medley in Newcastle UK.

Our next market is on the 3rd May in the Grainger Market.

We’ve also got a special market coming up in Whitley Bay Library on the 24th May. Make & Mend Fictional Worlds Market.


Make & Mend Fictional Worlds Market

Join us in your own fictional world.

Make & Mend has gathered the best artists, designers and makers in the North East for this very special market.

Make & Mend Market Fictional Worlds Market PosterOn Facebook? Join the Make & Mend Fictional Worlds event and invite your friends.

Our stallholders create their own worlds every time they make. We’ve chosen the most inspirational and unique in handmade, upcycled, local and independent work.

Beautiful art for your home. Custom designed items, just for you. Magnificent jewellery. Carefully created ceramics, fresh from the kiln. … and so much more.

Pop in for a short visit in your own Wonder Land or make it a grand day out. The Library has fantastic facilities for all with a lovely cafe, brilliant children’s area and of course books for you to read, borrow and get lost in. Located just off Whitley Bay main street, we’re easy to get to and a hop away from the beach on this Bank Holiday weekend.

Would you like to be part of this market?

We currently have stalls available. For details please email with a little bit about yourself and what you make. We love to see photos of your work.

It’s Good to be Creative

I love a bit of statistics. The only thing missing from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s recent press release, Creative Industries worth £8million an hour to UK economy, is a visually appealing graph. 

I can’t wait for their new website design to be applied to our pesky tax return forms. Speaking of which, online returns are due at the end of January. Have you filled yours in? Lois Addy’s UK Tax for Small Crafting Business Series is a great place to start if you’re filling in the form for the first time. If you’re really struggling though, Lois points out “there is no substitute for taking paid for professional advice specific to your circumstances”.

Good luck with your creative endeavours during 2014. Hope you’ll join us for our first market of the year, 1st February in the Grainger Market.

Make & Mend Christmas Market 2013
Our Christmas Market in the Star & Shadow Cinema – Photo by Paul Thompson

Make & Mend 1950s Special – A review in photos.

We had a fantastic time last Saturday. Joining in with the Grainger Market’s October Festival, 1950’s themed celebrations. It might have been a little cold for some of our dresses but we had a grand time all the same. We love a good excuse to dress up.

Did you take some photos at our market? We’d love you to share them.

As if that bit of excitement wasn’t enough we got a wonderful write up on F6.Studios blog for our October event and a lovely piece in November’s The Crack, giving readers a run down of our upcoming markets and our wonderful stallholders.

What’s that? Upcoming markets?

Why yes. Our Christmas market is the next up and final for this year, on Saturday 14th December at the Star and Shadow Cinema. Our next few blog posts will be introducing you to some of the wonderfully talented stallholders joining us for this year’s Christmas shindig. So, keep your eyes peeled. If you’re the Facebook type we have an event set up, please join and invite your gang. There’ll be festive tunes (and not so festive ones too to keep it interesting) and mince pies to warm you through. See you there folks.

Make & Mend Christmas Market 14th December 2013 Star and Shadow

Boardgame Jam with Paul Thompson at Saturday’s Market

Next weekend, we’ll be running a Boardgame Jam as part of the Make and Mend Market at the Star and Shadow Cinema.

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This is going to be pretty informal, I’ll be there from ten till four. I’m certainly not an expert, but I do have some ideas and will be bringing worksheets and a box of ideas to get people started thinking about themes and mechanics.

A little bit of structure is useful: deadlines help the creativity along and if people are working to a timetable at least we can figure out when we’re playing each others games – so here’s how it’ll work:

  • 10am and 11am: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas and get people started.
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups.
  • High Noon: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better.
  • 1pm: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas, get people started.
  • 2pm: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups.
  • 2:30pm: Talk about boardgames, come up with ideas, get people started.
  • Make Prototypes individually or in groups
  • 3:30pm: Play the games people have made, and discuss how the games can be made better

The other thing i’ll be bringing is a huge box of boardgame bits that we can use to create mashups with: Any collision of Monopoly and Risk seems almost guaranteed to be greater than the sum of its parts.

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If you’d like to attend, please consider bringing an old boardgame that we can hack up and a donation of three or four quid to pay for any bits and pieces you use or take away with you at the end.

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If you’re interested in board game design and playtesting, you should check out this boardgame playtest group – there are fortnightly meetings in Newcastle, usually on Tuesday evenings in the Bridge Hotel organised by Daniel Howard.

If you’re looking to buy bits to make boardgames you can buy massive stacks of games at the various charity shops around Newcastle, but you’ll get better results in places like North Shields and Whitley Bay. Mosaic sets are good for lots and lots of pieces to use as generic tokens.

If you want high quality bits, check out Board Game Extras.

Crochet Toy Making at our 21st September Market

Also joining us at the Star and Shadow on the 21st is Semeli who will be running a crochet toy making workshop. Join us to learn a simple technique of crochet-in-circles and use it to make children’s stuffed toys and more!

Fee: £7 per person which includes, crochet hook, yarn, acrylic filling, felt and buttons which you’ll get to take home.

This workshop will be running from noon until 2pm. If you’re interested in this workshop please reply and book in.

Crochet Toy Workshop

Upcycled Bottle Plastic Jewellery Workshop with Lena Pringle at our 21st September Market

Based in Hexham, Northumberland, I design and make beaded and metal jewellery and teach jewellery making in my local community. I sell my work through several shops and galleries in the North East, Cumbria and Scotland and through my website.

In this workshop I will show you how to make earrings and a multi-strand necklace using shapes cut from plastic milk bottles and coloured tigertail wire. You will make a pair of earrings and, if there’s enough time, also design a necklace that you can finish off at home.

You will be able to experiment with different shapes and incorporate other beads into your piece. All materials and tools will be provided.

Price of this workshop is £6.00. This includes materials for a pair of earrings.
Additional materials, such as findings, tigertail wire and beads will be available for a small charge – the plastic bottles are free, of course!

This workshop will run from 10am until noon.

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Jewellery Moment’s Drop-in Jewellery Workshop at our 21st September Market

Pop along to the Star and Shadow Cinema for our market on the 21st September and you can join in with our many activities and workshops including the Jewellery Moment’s Drop-in Jewellery Workshop from 2.30pm.

Newcastle’s handmade jewellery company are giving you the chance to make your own jewellery! Alice Thompson, jewellery maker and entrepreneur hosts jewellery workshops across the North East. She will teach you the basics of jewellery making, use of the tools and you will leave with your very own handmade piece(s)!

Choose a kit (all difficulty rated 1-5), learn the skills required to make your chosen piece, leave with your own handmade piece of jewellery!

Priced per piece which can all be taken away. £8 earrings, £10 bracelets and £12 necklaces. Starter packs can be purhcased for £30 which includes all necessary tools, a beading mat and one free kit of choice.

Jewellery Starter Kit

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