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
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.
Maz's Arts & Crafts
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.
Maz’s Arts & Crafts 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.
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.