The Handmade Fair – Kirstie Allsopp’s pick of the week: Gathered Handmade

We talk to one of Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair favourites, Gathered Handmade about what they’re looking forward to most at The Handmade Fair!

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Gathered Handmade is a sweet brick-and-mortar shop offering a curated selection of special pieces and gifts from designers-makers around the world. Visit the shop to for all sorts of unique and unusual makes, or get it from Gathered Handmade online. Today we’re taking tea with Elly from Gathered Handmade who reveals her current favourite craft, an overview of her day-to-day schedule and what she’s looking forward to most at The Handmade Fair.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
Our day definitely starts with a strong coffee. We always meet on a Monday to review what we have planned and which designers to work with (we currently work with 150 designers from across the UK, and further afield including Australia, Denmark and Sweden).  The rest of the week is spent at Gathered HQ in the historic town of Sherborne in Dorset.

Are there any crafts you don’t like, or can’t do?
Absolutely not! The problem is life’s too short to try them all, but we’ll certainly have a crack. Our current favourite is weaving.

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Who inspired you to start doing what you do?

There’s two of us behind Gathered (Elly and Helen) and we’ve inspired each other – it’s great and means we keep pushing each other forward.   We both come from backgrounds in fashion retail and marketing, and having left London and moved to Dorset we were missing our trusty old haunts for the perfect gift, homewares or fashion.  As a result Gathered was born, and it’s been brilliant seeing it evolve and grow.

What do you love most about working in the craft industry?
We love the enthusiasm of crafters world wide – there is always something new to learn.

What new projects are you currently working on?
We’ve been developing Gathered Gifted – a once a month box of loveliness delivered direct to your door, where you can choose between different treats from women’s lifestyle, homewares, jewellery to stationery.

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What are you looking forward to most about being at The Handmade Fair?
The opportunity to meet a lot of new talented designers, makers & crafters – those exhibiting and those visiting, learning new skills because there’s a craft that everyone can do & the #worldpomination challenge!

Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing at the Fair.
We’ll be bringing Gathered Gifted to life – showcasing the work of the talented designers we work with and that are available in our monthly box of loveliness

One final fun fact?
Helen can make a pom pom in just 3 minutes.


Gathered is situated in the West Shopping Village Tent on stand B125a

Find out more about Gathered
Check out all the exhibitors and book your tickets for The Handmade Fair now by visiting

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