Craft fair: Made in M32

I was astonished by the range of talent on display at the Made in M32 event last weekend. It’s amazing to think of all of those front doors of Stretford, behind which people are crafting away, creating  these beautiful things in front of the TV. Hundreds of tiny little factories churning out gorgeous handcrafted things in our own town. We may not be able to support a buzzing nightlife but we’ve got realms of craftsmanship right on our doorstep.

Below are some of the stalls that were in attendance last weekend. After the successes of this event, we decided to hold another such event, a little closer to Christmas, to give people a good excuse to buy! That’ll be on November 15-16th, don’t miss it!


Nikki’s handmade cards; personalised, bespoke, original. Most of the cards are below £2. Buy one or the day or get Nikki to design an entire range for your wedding or other special occasion.


Karen’s bags. Made in bright cheerful fabrics, some of which are wipe clean, making them perfect for the beach! These ones are between £5-£10.



A rather inexpert shot of Anya’s art. As well as the larger pictures, Anya makes gorgeous little cards which are perfect for framing.



A little more of an investment piece, Lisa’s beautiful portraits are a great gift for loved ones.


We already display a lot of the Stretford Un-camera Club’s stuff at Sip Club but this was a good opportunity to see the breadth of what they had to offer.

6Nigel had this as his view when he lived in Hulme, so he snapped it…a lot… check out his work displayed regularly at Sip Club.

7Andy Mann Hatton is a member of the Un-camera Club but put together this sundown trio especially for the Made in M32 event. The photos celebrate the colour and modernity of Media City.

8I love Jenny’s comical potting. She’s even made ‘mini Stretford'; tiny little pot houses that look great snuggled alongside the plants in your plant pots.

9Check out Fran’s gorgeous jewellery. She made all her own and her bridesmaids’ jewellery for her wedding last year and since then has been making off-the-peg and bespoke jewellery for friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends…

10Ted discovered is affinity with modelling wood when he retired. As well as creating bespoke walking sticks, he crafts these unique little tree spirits out of unwanted wood. He also fixes all our wonky and wobbly chairs which makes him a hero for anyone who drinks at Sip Club.

11Another offering from Jenny, these perfect little cardigan’s are knitted from leftover balls of wall. They fit babies up to six months, though I’ve a good mind to try to stretch one up to a size 12…

12Love Spreads are officially hamper makers; Tony and Danielle hand make all the ingredients for beautiful mixed food hampers. For this month’s sale though they’d put together a range of lovely jams and chutneys as well as these fun ‘jamtini’ sets.

13Another bad photo of a beautiful thing. Rhonda makes these beautiful decoupage images into fabulous note books and pictures, really special.

14After all that shopping you’ll need some sustenance. These Lush brownies sold out by 11am on Sunday. Get in there quick!

Hope to see you all at the sale in November for these stalls and more!



2 responses

  1. Hello

    I am interested in the next craft fair at the sip club, please can you confirm the date as I am interested in attending and possibly obtaining a place as a crafter if possible.

    I look forward to your reply.

    • Hi Julia, sorry to have missed this, I don’t check my comments section too often. The next craft fair is actually this Sunday 2-6pm if you’d like to come along or email me if you’d like a stall. I look forward to hearing from you :-)

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