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Putting the best of Britain and Ireland’s craft products online

A crafty antidote to the homogenous high street

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Putting the best of Britain and Ireland’s craft products online

April 13 2011
Charlotte Abrahams

Selling galleries that celebrate all that is wonderful about the world of handmade goods are popping up all over the web these days, and a jolly good thing it is too in this age of the homogenous high street. Made by Hand Online is – at the time of writing, at least – the latest arrival. Launched by craft aficionados Katie Honnor and Sarah James (who also organises The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey in Devon) as a way of bringing the best of Britain and Ireland’s craft products to a wider audience, Made by Hand features a carefully chosen mix of jewellers, ceramicists, furniture makers, and textile and fashion designers.

It’s a big site – each of three main departments is further divided into several subsections – and, as with all such things, shopping here requires patience and selectivity. However, wandering through “Jewellery”, “Fashion” and “Home and Garden”, via “Rings”, “Bags and Purses” and “Sculpture” is a very pleasant way to while away a spare half hour, and if you pick up any of the pieces listed below, you will also have a thing or two of lasting beauty to show for your time.

Ripple texture silver rings by Jan Hinchliffe McCutcheon (first picture, £49); bracelet in white and gold polythene by Rachel Darbourne (second picture, £48); Shipping Forecast canvas bag by Dr Bean’s Bags (£46.50); paper knife set with rack by Jennifer Collier (£70); and Boxing Hares in willow by Julieann Worrall Hood (£1,026 per pair).