Traditional Craft Fair

Stained glass hen by Brenda Graham5 November, 2011, 11am to 4pm

  • £1 per adult (children free)
  • Drop-in, no need to book

Back by popular demand the MERL Traditional Craft Fair will be open for business on 5 November. Come along and browse the stalls for beautiful handmade gifts. Meet local craftspeople and learn about a wide range of traditional crafts in the perfect setting of the Museum. Some of the makers will be demonstrating or offering visitors the opportunity to have a go themselves.

All this and great tea and cakes, put the date in your diary now!


Family workshop

  • £1 per child
  • Drop in, no need to book

Join Caroline Rackman for a workshop using straw to weave decorations, inspired by the corn dollies in the museum collection.

Hot and cold drinks, delicious homemade cakes and sausage rolls and vegetarian sausage rolls available for lunch.

List of exhibitors

Elisabeth Beverley cashmere blanketsElisabeth Beverley
Elisabeth uses traditional techniques to dye woollen yarns with colours produced from leaves, flowers, nuts and roots. She then hand-knits blankets, throws, scarves and cushions with her wool.
On the day, Elisabeth will be knitting.

Visit Elisabeth's website at





Lauren Denney ceramicsLauren Denney
Lauren specialises in slip casting ceramics from her own plaster moulds, as well as slab forming.  The textures she uses are taken from wallpaper and lace.
Visit Lauren's website at 





David Glover
David Glover works with local hardwoods to produce bowls. He is a volunteer at Museum of English Rural Life and has been selling bowls in our shop for a number of years. We're delighted to be able to see more of his work.


Brenda Graham duck boxBrenda Graham
Brenda makes pieces of stained glass that can be hung in windows or a place of your choice. Her range includes animals, birds, fish and insects. She also makes glass bunting and pendants.  She will be demonstrating how her work is made.
Visit Brenda's website at




Sasha Kleshcheva bears

Sasha Kleshcheva
Sasha's Bears
Sasha hand-makes collectable bears from traditional mohair and other fabrics. All come with Teddy Bear passports with personal details. She also makes small dry-felted bears, some of which can be worn as brooches. Sasha will be demonstrating teddy bear making and dry felting.
Visit Sasha's website at




Morryce Maddams
Morryce is an artist, looking at our past from photographs and painting believable landscapes, using acrylics and pencil. He will be drawing on the day and visitors can try it out themselves.


Caroline Marriott textilesCaroline Marriott
Caroline's work falls into two categories; rag rugging, in which she makes rugs, mats and jewellery, and weaving on weaving sticks and a peg loom to produce bags, cushions and dollies. She will demonstrate on the day and visitors will be able to have a go.
Visit Caroline's website at




Jo Nickless skep candles

Jo Nickless
R & J Nickless Apiaries
Jo produces local honey and a wide range of honey and beeswax products, including polishes, beeswax cosmetics, candles and honey fudge. Visitors will be able to try candle-rolling, producing a bee-skep shaped candle to take home (cost £1 per candle.)






Cathy Paul felt bagsCathy Paul
Barefoot Craft
Cathy makes her own felt from 100% lambswool and combines it with other fabrics to make a wide variety of goods, including jewellery, bags, gloves, scarves and blankets. She also makes tableware and clothing from a variety of fabrics. She will be showing how she puts together felt pieces she has made.





Gloria Pitt blanket

Gloria Pitt
Gloria hand-weaves scarves and wraps, working with mainly natural yarns, such as wool, silk, cotton and linen. Many of these she hand-dyes before weaving using natural dyes from plants gathered in the hedgerows or garden. All her scarves are unique.
Visit Gloria's website at






Grant Pratt potteryGrant Pratt
The Tilehurst Pottery
Grant produces handthrown domestic stoneware pottery rooted in traditional country pottery.
Visit Grant's website at





Peter Quarmby woodturningPeter Quarmby
Peter's craft is woodturning and he produces bowls, trays and platters up to 24" in diameter.
Visit Peter's website at





Ursula Waechter potteryUrsula Waechter
Ursula makes domestic pottery by throwing on the wheel and press moulding, using a red earthenware clay dipped in a white glaze then decorated in different blue and green shades, taking inspiration from European painted ceramics, textiles and other crafts and nature. She will be demonstrating handbuilding technique.
Visit Ursula's website at



Therese Wicks sunset bowlTherese Wicks
Therese works with stained glass painting and glass fusing to produce stained glass panels, inspired by her love of nature, colour and light.
Visit Therese's website at


Inspired to get creative yourself?

We're running a special week of Christmas craft workshops for adults at the end of November. Click on the link to find out more about the Learn a craft, make a gift series.


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