Busy getting Social

This month I’ve set up some new places to find out about our market on the web.

We now have a Facebook page. Our Facebook group is still there and full of lovely discussions but we wanted somewhere to easily share our markets and stallholders work with fans, plus find some new fans along the way.

We also have Instagram. We’ll be using this to post pics of our market days and share brilliant work by our stallholders.

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Come and say hello.

You can now book for our Autumn dates in the Grainger Market, these are:

  • 3rd September
  • 1st October

Stalls are £25 and stallholders need public liability insurance cover for £5million. Take a look at our Stallholder Agreement for more details and email hello@makeandmendmarket.co.uk to book or if you have any questions.

Spring Time Markets

You can now book for Saturday 2nd April and Saturday 7th May in the Grainger Market, Newcastle city centre.

Just email makeandmendmarket@gmail.com to book.

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

If this is your first time at the market make sure to send a description and photos of your work so we know who’s coming. Please read our StallholderAgreement before booking.

Grainger Market

Hello February, how are you?

We’ll be in the Grainger Market for our first market of 2016 this Saturday, the 6th Feb. It feels like such a long break, really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces but also some brand new ones. We’ve got our hands full with with new stallholders and that means more wonderful reasons to pop along to the market.

You can find a full list of our stallholders on the Facebook event along with links to their own pages. See you there!

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 makeandmendmarket@gmail.com 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.

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.

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 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.

Wizard CubesSim Stratego

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.

Space DiceTime Wizards

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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Collaborative Fabric Map of Northumberland National Park

On 21st September we’ll be back in the Star and Shadow cinema with a rather special market, full of workshops and activities to get you inspired for a crafty Autumn. The first one we’d like to tell you about is a fantastic collaborative project, making a giant fabric map for Northumberland National Park.

NNP Authority has commissioned Clare Satow and Clare Armstrong to make a fabric based map of the National Park area, involving people and groups across Northumberland (rural) and Tyneside (urban). The map projection has been done by Clare Satow, with illustrative and site specific contributions coming from group activities during the past year.

The map (size 2.5 x1.5m) covers an area from the Scottish border in the North, down to Hadrian’s Wall in the South, and is 80% complete.

The work still to do mainly involves adding textures to the different terrains and major landscape features such as Redesdale (and other smaller) forests, moorland, the dark skies over Kielder.
Participation on this “worker bee” stage is very welcome, and absolutely FREE!
Your name will appear on any supporting information that accompanies the map on it’s future journey.

All the necessary kit will be supplied, along with any instruction on the stitching involved.