Saturday April 18th sees the re-launch of Stone’s Craft Market, to be held on the third Saturday of the month.
It was Cllr Jill Hood who has spearheaded the initiative to bring the market back.
“We have a full take-up of the market stands with more craftspeople still coming forward,” she said. “We have a wealth of talented craft makers in and around Stone,” she told the Gazette earlier. “I have done my homework and they are eager to showcase their work in the town. We have opted for the third Saturday in the month so as not to clash with Stafford Farmers’ Market.”
After the Town Council approved the move in principle last autumn, Jill and Town Clerk Les Trigg have drawn up a budget for promoting and running the market.
Here are just some of the craftspeople showcasing their work at the April 18th launch:
Caramel Ocean – decorated jute bags, padded decorations, plaques, hand-painted pots, jewellery and stationery by two multitalented local craftswomen
Retro Avenue Vintage Clothing – a welcome addition for the younger end of the vintage market
Younique – Leather satchels, bags and bespoke service
Lauren van Helmond – Screen prints, paintings, sculptures
Lucky Canal Arts – traditional canal furniture, flower pots, watering cans
Wiff Of The Woods – handmade wooden crafts, woodturned coffee tables, kitchen equipment, wooden crafts
T/A Threads – handmade hanging hearts, keepsakes, photo frames, shabby chic wall furniture
Emily Bradshaw – crochetted cushions, blankets, brooches, and papier maché bowls
“Stone Town Council will play its part in promoting the market, then it’s up to residents and local craftspeople to support it through social media and word of mouth,“ said Jill. “We need more busy Saturdays in Stone!”