Tis the season to get creative and shop independent! With Christmas just around the corner we thought we'd highlight a few events to either go and buy from makers directly or workshops to try your hand at a bit of Christmas crafting!
Play Christmas Gathering at The Forge, Bristol - Friday, 15th December, 2017
Beautiful Bristol-based venue The Forge are hosting a Christmas get together for creative professionals, freelancers & designer makers. Perfect for those who work alone and don't have a traditional 'work Christmas party' - go along and celebrate the festive season in the company of like-minded folk. Tickets are £12.50 - purchase here.
Wreath Making with Rose and Grey, Altrincham - Wednesday, 6th December, 2017
Join florist Chloe Robinson for an evening of festive wreath making whilst supping prosecco and enjoying mince pies. The class will take place within Rose & Grey's beautiful showroom with all materials supplied to create a stunning wreath to take home and adorn your door. Tickets are £40 - Book here.
Crafty Fox Market, London - various dates and locations in December
Now in it's seventh year, the Crafty Fox Market has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of London's best handmade markets, giving makers a great platform to sell their work to a niche audience and offering shoppers a high quality selection of unique, handmade goods. This year the market will be popping up in four London locations, so check their list of dates for your nearest one.
Paperdolls Handmade Market, Birmingham - Saturday, 25th November, 2017
If you are closer to Birmingham, then don't miss Paperdolls Handmade Christmas Market. Launched four years ago by creatives Carolyn Carter and Jo Dowsett, this event hosts an array of super talented makers, such as our very own 91 designer Lucy Davidson selling her weaving work, Copper and Solder, Bloom Collective and Sparrow & Wolf to name just a few. Free entry - more details here.
Scandi Christmas workshop, London - Saturday, 2nd December, 2017
Last year 91 attended MK Design's Scandi Christmas workshop at Skadium, a lovely event that has prompted a repeat this year. This time though it will be held within the brand new Skandium Townhouse - a four-storey London property transformed into a fully shoppable, Scandinavian-inspired home. You can try your hand at various craft pursuits to enable you to style your Christmas to Scandi perfection. Ticket price is £47.60 with all materials included plus some Scandi drinks and treats to enjoy. Book here.
Christmas Wrapping Paper workshop with Hato Press, London - Saturday, 2nd December, 2017
If you've ever fancied trying your hand at print making, then now is the perfect time - design and print your own Christmas gift wrap with the guys of Hato Press. You will learn lots about printing techniques and pattern design, and you'll take home 10 folded A2 sheets of beautifully printed wrapping paper, printed in 2 colours of your own design, plus complimentary mince pies and drinks are included. Tickets are £45, purchase here.
Brighton Etsy market - Saturday, 2nd December, 2017
If you'd rather spend your Saturday shopping other people's handmade creations than making your own, then head to Brighton Dome for the local Etsy sellers annual market, where over 80 sellers will be selling everything from homewares and jewellery to skincare and art, all created by their own fair hands. it's free entry and you'll be safe in the knowledge that you are supporting indie makers and sellers while discovering fab finds for your loved ones. More details here.
We hope there's something there that tickles your fancy, either way we do hope you try and support indie brands this Christmas - they work so hard to build up their businesses and every sale helps!