Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018




Was on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November

Please read on for information on our STALLHOLDERS.

Ceri Aitman, Oakwood Soaperie

Oakwood Soaperie specialises in natural, cold pressed soaps, bath products and skincare, all handmade in small batches using the finest pure plant ingredients, Northumbrian honey and beeswax, natural clays, essential oils and natural colourants. Oakwood Soaperie is based in the grounds of Gibside which provides some of the organic botanicals for their products.  

Joanna Bourne

Joanna Bourne is a printmaker living in Newcastle. Her hand-printed woodcuts are inspired by the allotments, park and town moor near her home, she uses layers of semi-transparent inks in subtle shades to convey fleeting moments in the nature and wildlife of the city. Jo exhibits her prints both locally and nationally.


Natalie Henderson, Vintage Luxe

Natalie will be selling luxurious gifts made from up-cycled cashmere, vintage glass, driftwood & sea glass.  She will also be selling gift vouchers for her popular upcycling workshops to be held at The Hearth and her Corbridge studio throughout 2018.  A wonderful 'experience' gift for someone who enjoys making unusual and quirky things...

 Ellie Langley

Ellie Langley is a British wool specialist feltmaker.  She keeps a small and varied flock of sheep, purely for their wool, at her environment award winning smallholding.  This home-grown, renewable resource forms the basis of her work.  Ellie produces unique functional felted items ranging from egg cosies to coffins, notebooks to tents.


Pam Peart and Dorian Pritchard

Pam has kept cottage hives of honeybees for 35 years.  She uses the excess wax from her colonies  to model her beautiful candles.   

Beekeeper Dorian Pritchard’s bees have been producing Hadrian’s Wall Country Honey for many years.  Based in Heddon-on-the-Wall, Dorian’s honey could hardly be more local!

Sue Reed, The Woolly Pedlar

 Sue Reed upcycles waste wool knitwear into a range of colourful clothing, soft furnishings and accessories for all the family. Working from home, in her woolly garret in rural West Northumberland, The Woolly Pedlar is looking forward to bringing her quirky creation to The Hearth again this year. Discounts given in return for donations of wool knitwear. 

Mr. T’s Utensils

Tom Turnell entirely hand makes wooden utensils to be used and valued.  Working from The Bothy on the Gibside Estate in Gateshead, he specialises in cleft and hewn chopping/serving boards, finished with 100% linseed oil and 100% pure beeswax. He also makes 'found' items such as pine whisks and hangers from unwanted Christmas trees, and bent-branch spoons, whose form follow the fibres of the wood.

He believes in combining hand skills and local materials with research of historical items that have lasted.  

Sheila Walton, WillowInDurham

Sheila creates an eclectic mix of baskets and other functional and decorative items using English Willow, rush, and other natural and occasionally recycled materials. She particularly enjoys incorporating shells, driftwood and other beachcombing finds into her weaving. Sheila is looking forward to displaying a selection of her recent designs at The Hearth Winter Fair along with several of her angels and a few other old favourites. 



Our last event was ...

Northumbria Basketry Group's Tenth Anniversary

Touring Celebration and Exhibition

Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th July 2017, 10.30am - 4pm

Northumbria Basketry Group are celebrating their tenth birthday with a fascinating series of exhibitions showcasing some of the wide range of skills and materials that comprise the art and craft of basketry. These baskets, sculptures and other pieces, created by the Group’s members using willow and other natural or recycled materials, illustrate their progression from their first baskets to a high level of skill.  Replicas of traditional baskets have also been produced, including some examples of those used in the former North East fishing industry.

Below are some of the items that were on display at the exhibition at The Hearth.  If you missed it, or would like to see it again, their next exhibition will be at Beamish Museum on September 23rd and 24th, and then at Berwick Watchtower, Berwick upon Tweed, on November 3rd - 5th.



'Wonderful creative objects, lovely exhibition - very interesting to see the variety of weaving that's possible' ' What a wonderful exhibition, very inspiring creativity' comments from visitors to exhibition in Rothbury, May 2017.

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Twitter: Northumbria Basketry @basketrynorthmb



Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017, 


Mary Chappelhow, Interlude Ceramics



Penny Cooper



Sue Dunne



Michelle Freemantle, Creatively Occupied



Dennis Kilgallon



George Ormerod



Julia Roxburgh







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