Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Magpie Market winter season

The nights are drawing in and there's a definite chill in the air....we're busy preparing for the next few months Magpie Market. Expect some fabulous handmade & indie sellers. 

Please distribute the flyer on your blog, twitter, facebook and wherever else you feel like putting it :)

Vendors for October will be previewed in the next few days... 

Friday, 17 September 2010

Upcoming workshops at The Spider and The Fly

Upcoming Workshops at The Spider and The Fly. We provide all materials, expert tuition &; some lovely refreshments! 

Cardi-hole Surgery & Jean-etic engineering 

Is your favourite cardigan tired and worn out? Give it a new lease of life with some cardi-hole surgery...

Not so much Make do and Mend but Mend and Make Fabulous!

Week 1: Fix & darn holes, make some fancy patches and generally transform your cardi back into one piece!

Week 2: Make that cardi beautiful again! Choose some fabulous buttons, embroider on some patterns and make your other cardigans jealous!

Week 3: Jean-etic Engineering: Patch up and fix your holey jeans in a rather beautiful way.

You will be provided with expert tuition from Ellen Munro and learn the skills you need to patch, darn, embroider, sew amongst other techniques.

You will also be provided with tea & biscuits!

£15 per session or £40 for all 3. Booking essential as places are very limited! Please email or visit The Spider and The Fly at 65 Bread Street. EH3 9AH

Meet and Make Badge-Making Workshop

Join Nikki McWilliams for a drop-in badge making session: bring along your own art, photos or doodles, or use my collection of collage materials to create your own badge collection. 6.30pm - 9.00pm 5th Octiober. 

Free to attend. Small cost per badge. 

DIY Drop-in - On the last Tuesday of every month join us for tea and cake, crafting and chatting. Bring along your own project, or buy one of ours! Bring friends, make friends, craft and chat. Share your crafting dilemmas and see if you can find a solution! From 2pm - 6pm. 

Free! No Need to book! 

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Magpie Market....update!

There will be a review post of Septembers Magpie in the next few days, but just now I thought I'd give you a little update on the rest of the year....

Due to overwhelming demand applications for October are now closed. Applications for all future markets will close on 19th September, which gives you a few days to get an application in if you've been hanging on....

We're currently trying to see if we can squeeze more people in for the markets leading up to Christmas as there really has been such a high quality of applicants we really don't want to have to make some tough decisions! 

We hope to notify everybody of the decision by 20th September!

Thanks for your patience! x

Conversation Pieces & Tea Cakes

(image from Nikki McWilliams)

Nikki McWilliams exhibition opening was on Tuesday evening. Lots of lovely people turned up, wine was drunk, amazing house/tunnocks themed biscuits were eaten (I have no pictures of these....) and drawings were purchased. There is now only two out of the four amazing original drawings left for sale, so I'd advise getting down to the Spider and The Fly early if you think you might like to buy one!

In celebration of the exhibition, all things Scottish and Conversation Pieces blog birthday The Spider and The Fly  is taking part in a give-away over at the Conversation Pieces blog. You can win one of Nikkis Tunnocks cushions! All you need to do is say why you need it in your life in the comments over here

Saturday, 11 September 2010


We will have a giant stall full of fabulous prints and works by some great Edinburgh based illustrators. I'm enjoying calling the stall Neko Cherry & friends....

Neko Cherry

Mina Braun

Olly Paterson

Friday, 10 September 2010

Not long to go now....Sunday at 12pm....come and see....

Glittery Sah

Jolly Good Studio


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Sneak 3

Such and Such are.....

Alexandra Fiddes

Caroline Cloughley

Charlotte Hannett

Caroline, Alex and Charlie are all makers of contemporary jewellery. Their work (lucky for us!) compliments each others due to the theme of nature running throughout. Caroline uses real butterfly wings and unnerving "little people" to create jewellery with a rich internal narrative that stems from her fear of the much adored insects. Alex's bud-like structures are hand forged oxidised and raised then mixed with dyed felt and thread, forming organic pieces which seem to have been grown in an underwater garden! Charlie's jewellery is inspired by her home town of Islay. In her evocative pieces you will find pearly moons, silver waves and boxing hares.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Sneak 2

Rosita Handmade

PegEggLeg (Penny Forbes)

Sneak 1

We have some fabulous vendors lined up for this Sundays Magpie Market.....

Plastic Bat - kitsch jewellery & accessories

The Jazz Emporium - an curated collection of vintage, retro and re-worked clothing & accessories.

Friday, 3 September 2010


In homage to the humble Teacake, Nikki McWilliams presents a collection of drawings and sculpture in tribute to the humble tea-time treat, a family business and scottish culture.

Opening night 7th September 6.30 - coming?

Magpie vendor lists will be revealed shortly....there's only just over a week to go! If you want to help spread the word we could do with some help flyering both before the event and on the day. We pay in tea, coffee and cake. Drop us a line if you want to help out, or pop into The Spider and The Fly!