Handmade at Hardcastle Crags

8th November 2010 5 Comments

I’m back from my 2 day craft event at Hardcastle Crags, it was a great success. Very enjoyable with plenty of interested visitors all day, and the setting, and more importantly the weather, couldn’t have been better.

Hardcastle Crags, a National Trust site, is well known for beautiful woodland walks, and now with the fully and sustainably restored Gibson Mill including a great cafe, is a very popular spot with both locals and tourists alike.

Staffed by many volunteers on the Saturday, and with a mini-bus shuttle service to ferry shoppers to and from the car park, it was very well thought out.



It was the first outing for my new, and hopefully improved, stall. I have done a total redesign, and Gary made me 2 display boards to give me some height, and I have minimalized the clutter. I also designed my own labels for the jewellery, tags for the collections and earring cards. Next time I will put the necklaces on cards too. It also meant my stall was much less prop-heavy, a blessed relief!



There was a great selection of artists, here are my nearest neighbours, others to come in a separate post.


Charlotte Brown Designs


Dave Marsh from The Elm Gallery


Gill from Red Bear Jewellery


Crystal M Kershaw


All makers were local, and visitors seemed delighted to have the opportunity to buy something local and handmade in Yorkshire.

I’ll keep you posted if I do this event again, it’s well worth a visit.

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    8th May 2015

    I’d love to know how You made the displays.. so pretty!

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      14th May 2015

      Hi Robyn,
      Thanks for stopping by and lovely comments. I have my boyfriend to thank for those display boards which are panels he made up with legs that fold out of the back to prop them up. One has now been re purposed to become a grey coloured card stand as this picture was taken quite a while ago.
      Do you do fairs yourself?

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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    9th November 2010

    thanks, vintage :)

    Yes, took it early on. that light streaming in when we first went into the room on Saturday morning was amazing. so great to see the old room alive and full of hustle and bustle

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    Heart Gallery

    9th November 2010

    Love the shot out of the window too Rachel – you must have taken it early before anyone had woken up and walked up to see us at the Mill!

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    vintage eye

    8th November 2010

    I am so excited for you! What a great success!