The Pocket Book for July 5th is a round up of what has caught our eye this week …


  • To Visit

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery for the second year from 12-14 July 2019.

We are exhibiting again at the show which presents a great opportunity to buy and commission beautiful handmade pieces for you and your home, direct from 75 specially selected designer-makers, working in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, furniture and more.

More information can be found at  and there is a 2 for 1 offer on tickets for our subscribers, click HERE for details.


  • To Make

Ginger and Lime Fizz

The perfect for cooling summertime tipple for drinking in the sunshine.


  • thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • juice of a lemon + a couple of slices for garnish
  • runny honey
  • ice cubes
  • sparkling water


  1. Muddle together the ginger, thyme, lemon juice and honey in a pestle and mortar or use a small bowl and the end of a rolling pin to smash up the ginger.
  2. Fill your glass with the ice.
  3. Pour over the muddle syrup, top with sparkling water, stir to mix
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of thyme.



  • To Read

Trend forecasts predict”Brown is the new black”

“Black is always in style.” That’s what people often think when they aren’t sure what to wear. According to Dutch trend forecaster, Lidewij Edelkoort, that will soon no longer be the case. She predicts we will see black’s go-to reputation disappear in order to make way for brown.



  • To Use

For all you seamstresses…

SEAMS Hand Cream was originally created for seamstresses hands to help mend and moisturises their dry pin-pricked hardworking hands without leaving an oily residue on fabrics. SEAMS Hand Cream absorbs instantly is non-greasy and a must for very dry rough distressed hands. This wondrous hand cream is recognised across the globe for its mending, softening and deeply moisturising properties. SEAMS Hand Cream is Made In The United Kingdom using the best natural ingredients.


  • Artist and author Anne Kelly will be discussing her inspiration for her book Textile Folk Art in a talk on the 18 July. Taking place at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, the talk will also cover Anne’s unique and inspiring interpretation of folk and naive art in cloth.




  • To Know


Did you know that the UK buys more clothes per person than any other country? in Europe? In this article, The Story of a £4 Boohoo Dress The Guardian looks at the lifecycle of fast fashion, some of which is made in the UK. Surely not what UK manufacturing wants to be known for…


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