Ok, so there are tons of reason to head to the BUST Christmas Craftacular in Bethnal Green, east London, this Sunday. There are 80 stalls of amazing handmade wares (see all the vendors here); you can do lots of workshops for free or much cheaper than usual (check them out here); there will be lunch, cake and beer by the brilliant King's Cross venue Drink, Shop & Do, plus a pop-up bar by Hot Booze, selling, you guessed it yummy hot booze. And there will be music! And now here are 12 more reasons to get yourself down to historic York Hall. Read More
  Have you been swept up by the coloring-in craze? London-based Amelia Gregory, the founder of the fabulous Amelia's Magazine, has.    "I didn’t think it would be my thing as I’m generally more of a crafter in my spare time – knitting, crochet and so on," she says, "But now I see what all the fuss is about! It’s actually really fun to just zone out and color some interesting artwork by someone else. Now I just want to spread the word."    And so she has created her own coloring book. Read More
The BUST Christmas Craftacular London is next weekend! York Hall in Bethnal Green will be fill to the brim with the UK's most talented designer-makers on November 22 – and we are thrilled that Andsmile Studio will be among them. Andsmile Studio is the home of fun, quirky jewellery, prints and stationery – all based around the illustrations of Latvia-born and London-raised designer Viktorija Semionova, who has a thing for coffee and Wes Anderson films. She creates all her designs by hand using watercolour and gouache, before whipping out the digital tools. Read More
Ah, flickering candlelight and Christmas go together like Turkey and Brussel sprouts... And with a handmade candle by BUST Craftacular London stallholder East Wick the festive effect will be all the better! The candles are made in East London (hence the name, although there's a witchy reference in there, too) by Roxi and Em, who use all-natural vegan soy wax in a sense-stirring selection of fragrances. Fancy something sweet? Try Fig, Bergamot & Apple. Something rich? Light up the Woodland Musk. Or maybe the Coconut & Sweet Pea, with its notes of germanium and magnolia. Read More
Well, this is how excited we are that Wool and the Gang are coming to the BUST Christmas Craftacular on November 22! For those of you that don't know, Wool and the Gang is the East London tour de force that is helping to take knitting to a whole new place. Combining scrumptious yarns, patterns and chic kits with knit parties and a gang mentality, founders Aurelie Popper and Jade Harwood are "pioneering fashion production that's made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come". Read More
"One very important thing about Oh Squirrel is that everything has a story," says Katie Wagstaff. So here’s a tale... Once upon a time there was a designer called Katie who lived in north London. She would make treats just for her friends and family when a New Year’s resolution led to her start her own handmade stationery and gifts business in 2012. One of the most popular Oh Squirrel makes is the Insta-smash bespoke hen party sashes for discerning brides to be, which began when she made one as a gift for a pal. Read More
London-based Natalie Lea Owen is “new to the craft market scene”, so where better to start out that at the London Bust Christmas Craftacular? Natalie is a graduate of Leeds College of Art, where she studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. Now a busy freelancer, she launched her own range this year, inspired by “mid-century graphic design and all things bright and colorful”. Natalie makes stationery, cushions, tea towels and other fun bits and pieces, all in her own super-sassy style. She told us a bit about her new range. Read More
If you’ve got a pretty things itch that you just gotta scratch, then Oh No Rachio! is the biz. Designer and blogmaven Rachel Basinger designs and hand-illustrates stationery, cards, tote bags and ceramics as well as selling homewares (check out her baby succulents) and running a mega blog about the creative life. Originally from London, Rachel is now based in Southampton – where trips into the historic New Forest inspire her nature-themed designs, from floral motifs to wreaths of leaves. Read More
The succulent trend is certainly showing no signs of slowing down. It's not only the plants themselves that are in the limelight, it's the pots that hold them – and the macramé hangers (watch this space for a macramé taster workshop coming to the BUST London Craftacular).  Then there are the cactus prints, tea towels, stationery, jewellery and much more. And the best of the spiky bunch can be found at the BUST London Craftacular on November 22. Read More
Get ready to rave with dAKOTA rAE dUST's super-embellished designs. Based in Bristol, Bec opened dAKOTA rAE dUST in 2014, ten years after graduating from a degree in surface design. She then worked in the womenswear industry for five years, designing prints and embroideries. She says: “dAKOTA rAE dUST allows me to continue... my passion for pattern and texture in fashion. Read More