Meet the maker – Jo Hill

We’re feeling very privileged this week to meet artist and designer Jo Hill of www.johilltextiles.co.uk, who’s talented creative eye translates her love of the British Countryside and wildlife into beautiful stitched homewares, including lampshades. With over 30 years experience in the design industry, Jo has taken her already accomplished artistic skills and combined them with the technique of free machine embroidery. By drawing with the needle of her sewing machine, and adding colour and texture onto a blank canvas she creates stunning designs, that bring the outside in! As a regular Dannells customer, we find out more about Jo and her thriving textile homewares business. Hi there! Hello!

Top tips for selling at Craft Fairs

Selling at local craft fair can be a great step forward for your business. They’re a great way of boosting your revenue and as well as making a little money, fairs are a fantastic way to test out your lampshade products, gauge the reaction of your customers and get to know other makers. Image credit: Majdalani Interiors And on top of this there is nothing like a sociable day behind a stall, especially if you normally work from your kitchen table or studio with only your houseplants for company! With Christmas approaching fast here’s our top tips and advice from our Facebook Lampshade Makers forum members on how to get the best from your next Craft Fair…. Pick the right fair Under the ‘Craft