Greetings to you all from the BECCMARK team. Since I last spoke to you we have changed the clocks and gone into Winter mode! The beginning of Winter never seems to bother me too much as there is Bonfire night and of course Christmas. It’s by January I’ve had enough of it!
Too keep us all sane during these months most of us at BECCMARK are busy crafting. One such person is Chris Brocklebank. Chris makes items to keep us warm, dry and snug in winter, and here is what she is all about in her words:
This is the fourth year I will have had a stall at BECCMARK and I hope it will not be my last. I started knitting as a small girl; I can remember sitting next to my gran with these massive, wooden knitting needles and brown wool as she tried to teach me to knit. I in time taught myself to crochet and by the time I was 11 years old, I was crocheting table cloths and mats using silk, and later on baby clothes for my daughter.
I then decided to change craft and started making embroidery and tapestry and now coming full circle, have started knitting again and have been for around six years. I now hand-knit hats, scarves and snoods in chunky yarns which are marble, glittery or both, and dress scarves in ladder yarn, perfect to wear during the Christmas season. Every item is unique. There are a few designs of hats that I create, suiting various tastes, similarly with the choice of snoods or scarves. The scarves are long enough to wear any which way you choose and the soft yarn is lovely to snuggle into on those cold wintry days and the snoods are big enough to go over the head and still sit inside your coat. Colours vary from white, cream, earth tones, pastels and jewel and there will be something to suit everyone.
Another lady who is with us every month is Sally, who is our Avon lady.
Avon has become very well established beauty product in Britain over many years and Sally has been an Avon representative for over 32 years.
The Avon product has evolved greatly over these years and now sells a huge amount of products from clothing of all types, kitchen accessories, children’s toys as well as the vast arrange of beauty products and toiletries that it is more known for and much more.
Sally always has products to sell on the day of the BECCMARK sale at heavy reduced prices, and of course, can always take orders. She is a very popular lady, not just with our other crafters, but with customers. If you, like a lot of people, think of Avon as just lipstick and perfume, then think again.
The range of gifts she has for Christmas is amazing, from stocking fillers to larger items, which are of a very high standard, different from the normal on the high street and in most cases a lot cheaper than the high street, and that’s got to be a good thing! Sally has brochures which you can take away and look at in the comfort if your home, take orders and (as long as you’re not too far away) will deliver them to you. Come along and see what she has to offer, I think you may be surprised!
As this seems to be an all-girl affair this month I better mention one of our male crafters! Jon Lawrence is new to us at BECCMARK and we feel very privileged to have just a talented gentleman among us. Elements Craft Project is a Buckinghamshire based workshop created and led by the award-winning craftsman Jon Lawrence.
Jon has been developing his skills for over 20 years. Formally trained in cabinet making he has won international acclaim for his design and artistic quality, earning a silver medal at the international woodworking and turning exhibition.
His love for design and materials stems from his training as an engineer. Jon believes that “there is beauty in functional forms that can appear industrial at first glance”. He also has a keen eye for details of shape and form inside a piece of wood, which he says are, “waiting to be revealed”.
Jon has worked on a variety of commissions ranging from furniture, display cabinets, trophies, turned items, musical instruments, jewellery boxes and much more. So if you are looking for something bespoke and just a little bit special for a loved one this Christmas, Jon may have the answer. (email :-email@example.com or mobile no. 07470407050).
Well that’s it for this month. Next time I will be talking to you we will be coming up to the last bit of the Christmas rush. Sounds silly really as I write this today has been 20 deg outside!
So in the meantime take care and we all look forward to seeing you at our next BECCMARK on the 11th NOVEMBER at 10 am at Bourne End Library.
11th November and 9th December
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