Take a wander with us around the online world of arts and crafts.
We know we have a plentiful supply of keen crafters in our midst, so we’ve been out scouring the web to compile a discerning list of the best craft sites to follow.
Grab your paints, tools and sewing kits as we reveal the finest 14 sites craft sites out there.
A design-led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer.
Created back in 2008 to help and inspire designer makers across the UK. They produce a high quality, quarterly digital magazine and regularly updated website full of features, business advice and a friendly network on social media.
Handmade in Britain
Handmade in Britain support and promote designer-makers of contemporary fine crafts working in the UK through events, pop-ups and collaborations, alongside a mentoring programme and membership scheme.
Within their community are makers, designers, buyers, industry professionals and handmade enthusiasts.
Indie Retail Academy
Clare Yuille, founder of Indie Retail Academy has quickly become the go-to expert for artists and designers who want to sell their work to shops.
Want to see to see your work on indie retailers’ shelves? Check out her free starter kit and helpful tweets.
Handmade Nation is all about supporting craft businesses in a vast range of ways.
There are hundreds of thousands of incredible small business owners out there who have a fantastic product or idea, but need a bit of support or advice. That’s where Handmade Nation comes in.
Ultimately, their aim is to help craft, artists and handmade businesses, by not only giving them a platform to showcase and sell their products, but also to provide a vast source of information in order to help these businesses thrive.
Crafty Fox Market
Crafty Fox Market exists to connect talented traders with enthusiastic shoppers who love handmade.
Events take place seasonally in London and include a curated selection of stalls alongside workshops, DJs and drinks.
On the blog, you will find the ‘In Business’ series, covering small business tips for designer makers as well as shopping news and ‘behind the scenes’ interviews.
You can also connect with fellow designer makers in person at Crafty Fox Talks – a series of speaker led evening events for creatives, which take place in London every 2 months.
Make & Sell Jewellery
Make & Sell magazine is the ideal resource for small handmade jewellery businesses. Each month they feature business advice from a team of experts, on a range of topics from funding to photographing your products.
They also have a selection of exclusive copyright free projects each and every month. Online they have a fantastic resource of jewellery tutorials, videos and much more.
You can also follow them on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
Craftspace is a craft development organisation, with over 25 years’ experience in helping to increase opportunities for makers of contemporary crafts.
They aim to build relationships between artists, people and organisations through exhibitions, events, projects, workshops, partnerships and consultancy.
The Contemporary Craft Festival
The Contemporary Craft Festival was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit making company that celebrated their 10th Year in 2013.
Growing from 4,000 to 8,000 visitors since it started, it has become one of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed craft events in the UK.
In November 2013 they opened their first permanent shop on Bovey Tracey High Street.
Bringing you the best craft online, Mollie takes you inside the homes of the world’s most creative crafters, offer tutorials on inspiring makes, round ups of the most coveted stash and tours of the crafty capitals of the world.
Their magazine is out now in all good newsagents, supermarkets, through our official online store and the Apple News-stand.
Craft Central, the new name for Clerkenwell Green Association, is a pioneering non-profit organisation, dedicated to building a strong future for craft and design.
Put simply, Craft Central is a destination for anyone involved in craft who want to get somewhere, make something happen and see things differently.
The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.
They aim to do this by building a strong economy and infrastructure for contemporary craft. Increase and diversify the audience for contemporary craft, and to champion high quality contemporary craft practice nationally and internationally.
Oh My! Handmade Goodness
Since 2010 OMHG has stood for creativity, community and collaboration.
Their mission: To gather makers + entrepreneurs to cooperatively share their knowledge, resources, peer support, and mentorship.
Craft Blog UK is devoted to celebrating the hard work of the UK’s best craft bloggers with regular features highlighting talented crafters and lots helpful articles for bloggers to make their handmade blogs a success.
The blogs listed at CBUK cover such a wide range of subjects – how to’s, art, craft, card making, knitting, sewing, fabric, photography, crochet, design, scrapbooking, paper crafts, jewellery making, printing, bookbinding, pottery, ceramics, glass, woodwork…There’s bound to be many of these crafty blogs that will appeal to you.
Stitch Craft Create is an online craft shop, created by people who enjoy crafting, especially for those who love to craft. With a huge range of crafty products chosen by a savvy team of talented individuals, they have got everything you need to make fabulous and exciting projects.
Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers.
Since starting in 1986, they have helped thousands of talented craftspeople grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success.
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