I'm super pleased to be able to announce that after a very long year (and a bit!) I am finally able to start running my craft clubs and workshops! YAY! Please click on the WORKSHOPS & EVENTS menu for all current events or see my Facebook events page (link below). I currently have my Mini Crafter's Club and my Saturday Children's Craft Club available to book for next term. During the Summer Holidays I will be collaborating with my fellow artisan workshop ladies to bring you our Festival of Fun (Facebook page on it's way!). Then September brings a new term where I will be introducing an adults 'Learn to Crochet' course and also an after school craft club too!
Thank you so much to all of my lovely customers that have kept me busy (and sane!) through the last year, much, much, much appreciation and love to you all!
Rae Rae and Belle
Hi I'm Gemma, designer and maker at Rae Rae and Belle. I am the mother of 2 beautiful girls, who often help me with new designs, colour schemes and of course modelling items. My passion is creating beautiful unique items that are different to anything you can buy in a shop. I also love the art of crochet, in fact, yes I'm totally obsessed by it and am often found with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook at every possible opportunity. I also design and make lots of crocheted pretties such as baby blankets, hats and other accessories. I enjoy a wide variety of crafts and always have a few different 'work in progress' projects on the go at any one time, us crafters just can't help ourselves!
I am also able to customise items to suit your requirements, if there is something you have in mind just pop me a message over and I'll see if I can assist.
I absolutely love working with children and look forward to all of my craft club events. We have so much fun and there's always plenty of giggles and stories to be told!!
October 2019 saw Rae Rae and Belle open up a workshop/handmade gift shop in Helmshore, Lancashire. Its always been a dream of mine to have my own gift shop selling beautiful handmade items so I as very excited when our other business; Stone and Glass (worktops and splashbacks) needed to expand. I saw an opportunity to open the shop on my own. So 3 months on (now Jan 2020) I've had an amazing first 3 months, there's been Pottery Painting, Christmas Paper Crafts and lots of Saturday Children's Craft Clubs.
March 2020 - sadly Rae Rae and Belle had to close due to the pandemic! Wowsers what a year of uncertainty that was! I managed to keep busy by making and selling my crocheted items, my rainbows were extremely popular, I was literally making them in my sleep! Thank you so much for keeping me busy!
May 6th 2021 - I'd had an idea last year to run an all day event for children whose schools closed due to Polling day (my daughter's!) but obviously wasn't able to go ahead last year, so after speaking to the council I was advised that I could begin my craft clubs again so I had the idea of collaborating with some other wonderfully talented ladies and 'The Festival of Fun' was born! Lucy from Chockle'Art and Kathleen from Make Ceramic Studio joined me to bring a fun packed, crafty, pottery, chocolate filled day for 30 fabulous children! It was THE best day ever!! Filled with laughter, giggles, funny stories and team work! We have met again and have decided that we would love to bring these events to you more regularly so our plans are; setting up an individual Facebook page for the Festival of Fun (F of F as we like to call it!) We have planned 6 dates during the summer holidays which we will be announcing soon (keep your eyes peeled).
May 2021 - Finally after 14 months of being closed I can finally open my doors again! I'll not lie, it hasn't been easy to get back into, my motivation and energy really wasn't there and I struggled to actually come to the workshop! BUT after running the F of F I felt energised, motivated and ready to get Rae Rae and Belle to where it should have been had '2020' not happened! Check out my current events on the WORKSHOPS & EVENTS menu.
257 Helmshore Road
Monday : 9am-2:45pm
Tuesday : 9am-2:45pm
Wednesday : 9:15am-10:15am - Mini Crafter's Club (St. Peter's Church, Haslingden)
Wednesday : 10:30am-2:45pm
Thursday : 9am-2:45pm
Saturday : Children's Craft Club - AM (St. Peter's Church, Haslingden)