Pop Up Shop: Handmade for Christmas

by Susan Green November 04, 2015

Hot foot it down to The Workhouse Chapel in Sturminster Newton this Saturday for the opening of Handmade for Christmas - 7 week of Christmas shopping heaven as "in November and December each year the Chapel becomes the most wonderful Christmas shopping venue – a selling exhibition of hand-crafted work from 60 of the West Country’s finest makers and artists plus one or two from further afield. This is definitely not the average craft show!" says lead artist Rose Hatcher.

You'll find a selection of my books there, including the very popular Accordion Sketchbooks (great as photo albums, story telling, artwork and scrapbooking a journey), Mini Journals (pop one in your loved one's stocking), larger leather journals, sketchbooks and Memory Books (perfect 'special' gifts).

I'm so happy to be a part of Handmade for Christmas again this year - the venue and selection of makers is stunning and I did a good deal of my Christmas gift shopping there myself last year.

Here's some information from Rose Hatcher, felt maker and lead artist:

Handmade for Christmas brings the joy back to Christmas shopping - yes it truly does. Hallelujah! Browse amongst the most tempting of treats – you will surely want to buy a present for yourself as well as unique and beautiful things for those you love!  Jewellery, natural skincare and lovely scarves for the ladies – silver cufflinks, leather belts and hats, metalwork and handmade boxes for the men – even hand-made teddy bears for the young at heart;  artwork to adorn your walls – sculpture and ceramics – hand made baskets  – and so much more.

A gallery to rival all others, just not at ‘gallery’ prices!  Especially if you climb the wooden stairs to the BARGAIN BALCONY!! We will be selling slight seconds and old stock (absolutely no old rubbish!) at bargain prices on the mezzanine floor, which will also continue in use as Rose’s workshop throughout the show.

If it all becomes too much,  put your feet up by the roaring log fire and enjoy a glass/cup of something warm and reviving whilst admiring the architecture.  Then just carry on shopping once you’ve got your strength back….

We promise you a shopping experience like no other – and one we hope you will want to shout about.  Tell all your friends; better still, bring them along.

Rose Hatcher - Feltmaker

Opening Times: Handmade for Christmas is open 5 days a week 10:30 - 4:30. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but open every day of Christmas week. 

Directions: The Workhouse Chapel, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DR Head North out of Sturminster Newton town centre on the B3092 towards Marnhull. Pass the Fire Station, then the Chapel is on the right between Rabin Hill and Stour View Close. If you get to the High School, you’ve gone too far! Please park considerately on the road, NOT in the Social Services’ off-road parking spaces – thanks. 

Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder. You can email info@boundbyhand.co.uk or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205mm or 8.25 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages