John & Lorna Speight - Papercut Artist and Jewellery Maker
John and Lorna started their individual businesses in North Northumberland over 20 years ago and returned to the area in 2017, opening a new workshop and retail outlet in the old drying kiln directly opposite Heatherslaw Mill. Combining traditional methods with contemporary design, both John's papercut silhouettes and Lorna's hand-made jewellery make ideal gifts.
Watch John at work as he cuts his designs, each one unique, and browse his range of silhouettes which include framed and unframed pictures of animals, trees, places, views, sport and many other subjects.
Lorna's "Spirit of Colour" jewellery features a fabulous array of colour, shapes and sizes and uses semi-precious stones, glass and charms. A wide selection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets are on sale.
Whether looking for an unusual and distinctive present or a treat for yourself, John and Lorna offer a vast choice of designs from which you can choose.
For a small building, Horseshoe Forge in Ford Village can take quite some time to explore. Its unusual horseshoe-shaped entrance makes it one of the most photographed buildings on Ford & Etal Estates, and once inside it’s a cornucopia of all things vintage and collectable – including a huge selection of rare and antiquarian books, with expert John Marrin on hand to offer advice and valuations.
Ford village, picturesque and secluded, is still recognisable as the place it was a hundred years or more ago. After centuries of border warfare, the union of England and Scotland led to a more peaceful time, and by the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the area was a quiet, rural backwater. But it was also an era of change – industry was growing, travel and communications becoming easier, the population was expanding, and agricultural estates like Ford were vital for food production.
Having recently acquired a Robinsons Flour Dressing machine from Offley Mill in Staffordshire, Heatherslaw Cornmill is delighted to announce the launch of a new flour to add to its existing baking range . “Heatherslaw Malt” is made by blending wholewheat and the dressed flour, both traditionally milled at Heatherslaw, and adding malted wheat flakes from Silvery Tweed in Berwick.
Some new works of art - a splendid array of hand-crafted quilts, cushions, purses, scarves, and home textiles - can be found on display in the Lady Waterford Hall until the end of September. The creator of these beautiful pieces is the very talented Judith Bellamy of Old Lace & Roses, who lives near Wooler where she has her own studio. Much of Judith’s work incorporates upcycled, vintage and quirky fabrics which she sources online and from antiques outlets, so that each of her designs is completely individual and unique.