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GDBC Designs and Events

GDBC Designs and Events was founded in January 2020 as Graphic Design by Chloe. I started my business as a way to keep occupied whilst still being bedbound due to my disability and have now rebranded as my health has improved, allowing me to host some amazing child centred events!

I started out by producing and selling a range of business essentials such as business cards, logos web design etc, but later began producing educational tools when the Coronavirus pandemic hit - due to my advanced background in early years education.

I also started making greetings cards, keyrings and treat boxes which began my love of creating gift products. At this point, my health began to gradually improve and once lockdown 1 was lifted I began working closely with Kwellers to host a range of events.

You'll now find me in the events room doing my favourite things - helping children to be their best selves and making lots of mess!

The Secret Craft Book

Welcome to my page here at the wonderful Kwellers! I'm Rebecca, owner of The Secret Craft Book. I am a crochet designer and artist who has been fortunate enough to be featured in several global crochet magazines.

 

Inspired by my young daughter, I specialise in making CE tested, educational toys for early years learning and home & nursery décor.

 

My crochet adventure started in 2014 when I picked up a hook and yarn and taught myself to crochet. I've never looked back and as I became more confident, I started to design and make my own patterns. Roll forward a few years and I had lots of requests to make bespoke items which I then turned into my cherished business you see today.

 

Please have a look at a selection of my makes in store. To view my full range, please take a look at my Instagram Account: @thesecretcraftbook

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Blackbox Patchwork

My sewing journey started about 10 years ago when I suddenly got the urge to make a patchwork quilt. So, armed with my mum’s 40 year old Frister Rossman I proceeded to teach myself to sew. I learnt a huge amount in those first few months, not least the importance of good fabric choice, forward planning and accurate cutting.

The first quilt I made was for our middle daughter, we have 3, a double bed quilt in funky browns and oranges.

I think the favourite quilt I have made is a memory quilt, made for the same daughter. It is made from her school, college and early work T shirts and sweatshirts. I gave it a fleece backing and it is the cosiest thing. It was lovely to relive my daughter’s memories with her as we worked together on placement of the pieces. 

I made a number of other quilts and bed runners, but being impatient (quilts grow fairly slowly) I turned my hand to cushions and then bags. I love seeing things take shape and take on a life of their own as they morph from a piece of fabric into something 3 dimensional and practical. I still love patchwork quilts and always have at least one on the go.

Fabrics have become my passion and I love nothing better than spending time in my sewing room or, in pre Covid-19 times, at quilt shows scouring the stalls for beautiful fabrics to add to my stash.

Wildflower Resin & Gifts

I’m Maz and I’m a local Mum of two. I have always been creative and have previously worked as an Art & Photography teacher in Secondary education. I like keep busy and try my hand at all sorts of different arts and crafts.

Wildflower Resin & Gifts came about after I fell in love with resin art. It is a wonderfully versatile medium with so many possibilities. I love experimenting with a variety of media to create different effects, from flowers, to mica powders and alcohol ink, etc.

When creating my pieces, I aim to make each one special and unique. I pride myself in the fact that everything I make is one of a kind.

I am happy to take on custom/ personalised orders, just send me a message through my Facebook page.

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Helen J Crafts

I remember my grandmother making teddy bears with toy fur material and her old black and gold hand singer sewing machine she bought in 1936.  She taught me to sew starting with tacking stitches through the pieces of material and newspaper shapes to make hexagons to hand quilt into cushion covers. My mother kept one of the cushions her mother made with those hexagons. 

 

My first sewing project was carefully hemming a square of cotton to make a handkerchief for my Dad. I came across this hanky soon after he died and realised how precious this small piece of fabric was because of the memories it holds. I keep this in one of my sewing draws as a reminder of my lovely Dad.

A dear friend had held onto some of her dads shirts after he had died and didn’t know what she would do with them. They were well loved and worn in places but she couldn’t bear to part with them. She liked the idea of a keepsake memento type project and chose a bear rather than lap quilt or blanket type memory piece.  It was a pleasure to transform precious items into hand crafted treasures.  

I was unable to part with a pair of jeans that I had loved to pieces.. literally pieces! So when they became unrepairable I upcycled them and made myself a cotton lined reversible hand bag.

Fabrics, materials and clothing can evoke such powerful feelings and be transformed to hold unique individual  memories.

 

I am so thankful that Kwellers & Simone kindly support Helen J Crafts, show case my work and encouraged me to pursue my passion for sewing and creating individual meaningful pieces.

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Fabric Souls

Hello! I have a wonderful memory with my great grandmother Annie, she would sit with me & teach me embroidered doll faces. 

 

She would make all their clothes & then give the dolls to local children. I feel very lucky to still have one of her creations, sitting in my craft room.

My love of that time spent had always remained with me, so a few years ago I decided to learn the art of doll making, from two very well known ladies in the industry.

Today I design my own creations with a modern twist. I think my great grandmother Annie would be very happy to have inspired me!

My dolls & other creations are available in several shops, I regularly attend the St.Ives craft fair on a sat once a month, Ely fairs in The Maltings & others.

I do a workshop The Healing Doll Workshop, which is more needed than ever at this time. Something a little bit different, tailored just for you or someone you know. 

Come along to Kwellers & ask about them, or message me for details!

Kit 'N' Mouse

Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed crafts. I had Aunties that would teach me to knit, sew, draw and paint and at an early age I knew that is what I wanted to do. But as you grow you learn that to make money to live you have to get a degree and get a paid job! And that is what I did however, after many, many years of working I felt it was now time to put my enthusiasm back in to crafts.

The opportunity came up to work with children and I took it. I find it such a positive impact working with children. Patience and understanding is the key to be able to effectively work with this age group and I have a bucket load!

I write short stories for children and read to them in my 'Playful Learning with Kitty' Sessions. Eventually I will get round to having it published!

I love the looks on the faces of the children when they have made something themselves.

Waxtastix

I am Barbara, owner of Waxtastix and I have lived in St Neots since 1988. I have been married for 23 years and we have 3 grown up children. I have always worked and in 2014 I started my own, successful cleaning business. 

However, after a fall down some stairs in 2018, causing lasting health  problems, I had to close my business. I still wanted to have my independence and initially started selling wax products for another company to earn a little extra money but felt I could do something more and investigated making high quality wax products from sustainable products. In October 2019 Waxtastix was born. 

I only use coconut and rapeseed wax which is both kind to and safe for the environment. The melts are all double fragranced to give a long and strong scent with every burn. All of my products are produced in my kitchen in Eynesbury. 

Post pandemic, with things finally opening up again, you will now find me frequenting local school fetes, summer fayres and the likes as well, of course, as here at Kwellers.