Appeal to support crafters by shopping local this year
By Lyndsay Oxley - Reporter
SHOPPERS in the upper dale are being encouraged to buy local this Christmas.
Members of Middleton Crafts have been producing and showcasing their work for more than three decades.
The shop in Chapel Row has been home to craftwork from an array of local artists for the past 25 years. Those looking for a unique Christmas gift idea this year are being encouraged to visit the store. Treasurer and member Geoff Herbert said: “There are very few miles on the products that are in here. It is shopping local. Some of it comes from just across the road. There is something for everyone here.”
Crafts from 13 individuals are on sale. These includes jewellery by Val McQuillan and Barbara’s Beads by Barbara Muckle, stationery items by Jean Black, children’s and adult knitwear by Christine Little, woodturning products by Dave Muckle, paper crafts by Vicky Wilde, patchwork items by Jenny Finn, Tiffany-style stained glass by Jill Savage and photography by Mr Herbert. Also on sale is artwork by Alan Savage, handmade purses and bags by Suzanne Herbert, girls’ dresses by Gail Kent and necklaces, scarves and hats by Teresa Hillary of Thornhill Designs. Mr Herbert said: “One of the things we insist on is that we vet the quality of the work before we let it in the shop. It also gives people an opportunity to put their work out there. Compared to other places our prices are quite reasonable.”
The shop is also selling homemade Christmas cakes and jams. Mr Herbert said: “If people come and shop here they are supporting the local economy.”
The craft retail association has six full members who help to run the shop and whose work is also on sale. There are also seven associate members whose work is available to buy inside.
The shop is open daily except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Winter opening hours are 11am to 4pm.