Thames Side Studios - Open Studio Weekend 15th-16th June, 12-6pm

Thames Side Studios is a home to over 500 art and design studios and the largest single-site studio provider in the UK. Once a year, for one weekend, we open our doors for the visitors. This is a unique opportunity to come and meet us, talk about what we do and buy directly from the artists and makers.

It is a large site so reserve plenty of time for your visit. Bless This Mess is located in Unit 2, studio 55, please come and say hello!


London Calling

London is a fabulous and vibrant city full of opportunities and places to visit. I feel very lucky to call this city my home. But like anywhere else, everyday life often takes over and we tend to forget about the greatness on our doorsteps. This is why I was particularly pleased to receive post from Meda. She bought a little Mouse Fairy from me just before Christmas and named her Milly. Together they have been exploring the famous sites in London and Meda kindly wanted to share some of the photos from their adventures. They are fabulous images and make me think that it is certainly time for another outing in this great city…

Thank you Meda and keep exploring!


Christmas Fairs with Bless This Mess in London

The preparations for this years Christmas Fairs are in full swing. You will find us in two Festive Fairs this December. We have a wonderful selection of Christmas decorations, including the popular Tree Top Fairies, and bespoke gifts for both children and adults.

The lovely Woodlands Farm in Shooters Hill is our first venue on Sunday 2nd Dec, 11am-3pm. Join us for a day out at the farm, find some unique Christmas presents and meet Father Christmas.

Woodlands Farm, 331 Shooters Hill, Welling DA16 3RP

Woodlands Farm, 331 Shooters Hill, Welling DA16 3RP

On Saturday 15th December we will join The Collective Market and Woolwich Street Feast in Woolwich Market, 12pm-5pm. Come and grab some yummy street food and browse an amazing selection of independent designer makers.

Public-Street FeastPlumstead RoadLondon, England, SE18 7BZUnited Kingdom  (map)

Public-Street FeastPlumstead RoadLondon, England, SE18 7BZUnited Kingdom (map)

Workshop Fun

There is a chill in the air to signify Summer is really over. With crispy mornings and evenings drawing in, it is time to find those knitting needles, balls of wool and other crafting accessories. The Festive Season is just around the corner, let the preparations begin!

Last Saturday we had our first workshop of this Autumn. A wonderfully talented group came together to make needle felted Autumn wreaths. It was a morning of great fun, colourful wool and busy felting needles. Many of them had no previous felting experience but you could never tell by looking at the end results! It was fascinating to follow how simple polystyrene rings turned into beautiful, individual pieces of Art. Our youngest participant was only eight years old. She worked under her Mum’s watchful eye, but very little supervision was needed as her needle control was already very impressive.


Hello September, Welcome Autumn

We are back from our travels and look forward to the new season. It has been a very hot summer both here in the UK and in Finland where we spent some time in July. I took a big stash of wool with me to Finland with an intention to finish a few projects and perhaps to come up with some new ones. It all returned back to London untouched, the heat simply got the best of me. Despite the slight frustration, this 'heat break' seemed to have served me well. The last few weeks have been very productive and there will be new items available on our online shop by mid September. This autumn will be a busy one, we will soon be in full swing preparing for our felting workshops. The first one is already at the end of September, making autumn wreaths. It will be followed by a new workshop for the families, painting with wool. You can find more information about these and the other workshops on our website. At present there are still some places available on all of them. We are also very excited to announce that Bless This Mess will be attending a few craft fairs and local markets here in Southeast London before Christmas. Until now we have mainly worked in the studio with small groups and functioned online. It will be exciting to come out to the big world and meet all of you in person! More information about the venues and dates will follow soon. But before entirely focusing on the new season I would like to share few summer memories with you...

See you soon!



Southeast London Wool and Textile Festival

Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018, 11am – 4pm

Woodlands Farm, Shooter’s Hill, London DA16 3RP

A celebration of the diversity of South East London, and the common thread of textiles, fabrics, fibres, yarns and sewing in our history and cultures.

Meet local designers and makers, learn a new skill at a craft workshops, buy unique and exclusive products and the materials to make your own, and visit the gallery to see textile art created by local school children and professional artists.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Woodlands Farm to help us celebrate the very first South East London Textiles Festival. There are lots of great workshops, talks, artwork and stalls for families to explore.

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Bless This Mess London - Open Studio Weekend

It is time for our annual Open Studio Weekend. We open our doors to visitors on 9-10 June, 12-6pm. We are located in the Thames Side Studios which is the largest single-site studio provider in the UK. This is a unique opportunity to meet us and our fellow artists, makers and designers and talk about what we do. A possibility to buy beautiful handmade items and wool craft kits directly from the studio. Also our new workshop schedule for the autumn will be announced during the Open Studios. You will find us in unit 2 studio 55. Come and join us for this wonderful event!