Makers' Yard Xmas Weekend
23, November 2019 - 24, November 2019

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November
amazing gifts and products handmade by local artists and designers - and French pastries!
An intimate Christmas experience in a unique heritage building at the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter. FREE ENTRY

Saturday 23 November 10am - 4pm
Sunday 24 November 11am - 4pm

Makers' Yard at Christmas


With Christmas shopping in mind, artists and designer-makers open their studio doors and invite you in to browse and buy their wares and see their making spaces at this special Xmas Weekend.

The residents will be joined by guest art/craft makers and food vendors, so expect a fun, festive weekend inside and outside the studios.

Resident makers include:

Giulia Mio fluffy hats

Giulia Mio Millinery
" Do you see this bundle of fluffyness?? They are my super- warm, super- soft, super- comfortable "Marabou" soft hats!!!
Fully lined in silk to avoid itchy foreheads, they come in a variety of colours.
These are the ones I have currently available in my studio and if I don't have the colour you are looking for, I can easily order others and you can have it time for Xmas.

I will be selling them on both days of our Xmas Shopping Weekend.

Come to say hi, to visit me in Studio 6, and the incredibly talented people I am sharing it with!! I will have some more winter hats for sale on a discounted price too.."

Wood Creations Xmas trees

Wood Creations
Christmas trees, robins, and other beautiful, bespoke handmade wooden creations, from Adam and Julie in Studio 3

A and G framers

A&G Picture Framers
See bespoke picture framers Alex and Gary at work in their framing den in Studio 7 - Saturday only

Emma Jane Rule

Emma Jane Rule
Emma-Jane is an award-winning Silversmith and Jeweller, established in 2015 and based in Leicester. Her designs cover a range of sculptural, functional and decorative pieces in silver and base metals, with some jewellery and smaller-scale items enamelled and textured.
She will be bringing unique, enamelled wall art as well as copper vases and her new range of pendant lampshades. There will be a wide choice of mixed metal and enamel Christmas decorations and also a selection of unusual trinket dishes.
She is happy to discuss commissions for bespoke jewellery, sculpture, lighting and silverware.

Prices range from £10 to £1000. Payment methods are cash and card

Emma will be in for the entire weekend!

Rare Folk

Rare Folk
Jewellery and home accessory designer/maker Ruth of Rare Folk turns out treats that are cut from wood in forms of wildlife such as flowers, birds and animals, illustrated with a geometric line. Her creations can be used to pull together your (or your besties') favourite coat/scarf ensemble or to decorate your ears, wall and Christmas tree. Many designs can be personalised with your choice of colour way or by adding an engraved message to your piece when sending as a gift.

Faulty Stone ceramics

The Clay Room
Ceramics by Faulty Stone and others in Studio 4 on the ground floor

Felt 4 Art Sake

Felt 4 Art Sake
Felt artist Sushila created Felt 4 Art Sake as a way of expressing her keen creativity and spread the love for handmade felt! She is a textile artist specialising in the use of felt-making techniques to create art, accessories and clothing. The interplay of texture, colour and form is an important aspect of her work. Taking inspiration from the natural world, and in particular that of plants and flowers, Sushila aims to create work which expresses this. All her pieces invite the viewer to touch and her work is designed to evoke memories of the colours and textures around us through an imaginative rather than a realistic re-creation. Every piece that is created is unique and whilst particular colours or shapes may be requested, Sushila will not repeat any design exactly.

Bhavna Gandhi

Bhavna Gandhi
A resin artist and very proud creator of Resonate Arts. Bhavna creates functional and non-functional artworks which resonate with their owners and give them joy and a form of escapism. Her works are inspired by celestial images, healing crystals and the majesty of the Cornish coastline.

Make A Mark Jewellery

Make A Mark Jewellery was born from a love of traditional jewellery making, etching techniques and mark making. Maker Jodie specialises in creating beautiful handcrafted jewellery and design and create Sterling silver jewellery with delicate copper textures.

She will be welcoming in her space in STUDIO 9 with her amazing selection, so make sure you reach the top floor!

Signature Designs

Signature Designs
Dean at Signature Designs creates personalised retro & nostalgic visual merchandise anything from Acrylic light wall art, Acrylic mirrors, t-shirts, mugs, hats, key rings, pin badges & wedding accessories. He will create for you a personalised gift for any occasion whether it’s a gift for a wedding, a design of your own retro vehicle, scooter, family photo either created using laser cutting technology or printed using sublimation printing.

Pippa Jayne

Pippa Jayne
Pippa Jayne graduated from De Montfort Uni with a degree in fashion design in 2015. She soon started making her own designs to sell, first with children wear and then moved on to bag making.
Her line of small accessories was created with all the scraps of fabric that were piling up, transformed in keyrings, coin purses and, most recently, Reusable Make-up wipes. This is her little way of not producing as much waste.

Pippa has the most incredible and colourful Xmas range and she will be selling it for the full weekend in STUDIO 10 (lift button floor 3).

The Findings

The Findings is a small independent business of vintage & antique accessories, clothing & textiles. Owner Cathy has been collecting and restoring vintage clothing and accessories in Studio 9 for a few months now ...and you will be able to browse them all for the full weekend!

Wren and Wilson

Wren and Wilson
From prints to mugs to organic t-shirts, Jen from Wren & Wilson in Studio 9 creates super fun and playful illustrated goodies to brighten up your day. With designs inspired by pop culture and cute animals, and with a business that is conscious about the environment; Wren & Wilson’s stall is not only colourful and fun, it is also completely plastic-free.

Jen will be selling prints, mugs, stickers, pins and organic David Attenborough t-shirts on SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER ONLY.


Eriko Ogungbeje
Japanese knit designer Eriko is an incredibly talented textile artist and a professional knitting designer. She has been creating knitting patterns for fashion brands for more than 10 years, alongside her teaching role at DMU.

She will be opening her little studio to visitors during our Xmas Shopping Weekend, but for SATURDAY ONLY! You will be welcomed in this little corner of Japan in the heart of Leicester (shoes off, please...) with her beautiful orchids and tonnes of colourful yarns!
Eriko will show you some of her work, talk you about her art and introduce you to the exciting new workshop calendar she is putting together!!


Guest makers include:

Studio 5


Adelina Lucas - fibre art - Sunday only

Studio 6

Sara Budzik

Sara Budzik - ceramics - Saturday only

Jess Davids Glass

Jess Davids Glass - Full Weekend

Bear and Bobbin

Bear & Bobbin - eco-friendly accessories - Full Weekend

Jennie Sargeant Designs

Jennie Sergeant designs - Full Weekend - Illustration, homewares and cards - Full Weekend 


Willsow - the first children' book that you can read and then plant - Full Weekend

Studio 9


Choux'tique - pastries/patisserie - Saturday only
Nathalie created Choux'tique, her home-made French pastries and patisserie business in Leicester and she has been selling her incredibly delicious food mostly in local delis in Clarendon Park and Wigston.
She will treat us with savoury snacks, mini quiches and indulgent French pastries on Saturday 23rd November only!

Studio 10

Alexia Claire

Alexia Claire - illustration, stationery & cards - Full Weekend


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