The Spider and The Fly

Feature by Nikki McWilliams | 19 Aug 2010

As well as being a haven for eclectic design and handmade treasures made by UK based independent designer artists, Bread Street's newly opened gallery and retail space The Spider and the Fly is set to hold a whole host of workshops and gatherings in the coming months.

Kirsty Anderson of Wooden Tree will lead a Teacosy Workshop, where she'll help you realise your own Teacosy dreams. Bring along yourself and your ideas between 6pm and 9pm on Tuesday the 31 August and leave with the essential accessory for Tea Jennies everywhere!

Pop along on the second Friday of the month for the Spider and the Fly's Craft Tea from 6pm until 9pm for a tea party with a twist. We're talking cake, cocktails in teapots and themed crafting making for a welcome and civilised change on a Friday night for those who have overdone it during the festival.

Then DIY to your heart's content on the last Sunday of the month with DIY Drop-In. Either bring along your own project, or buy one of the gallery's kits, meet some new friends and have a natter.

Check out the Magpie Market blog for details of the following workshops, with dates to be confirmed:

Rework tired crockery at Tea Set Transformation: bring along your own doodles and tea set (or use that provided at the workshop) to create unique and usable items for you to enjoy at tea-time for years to come.

Learn how to patch and mend old but beloved clothes with Cardi-hole Surgery and Jean-etic Design: led by Ellen Munro of The Night Owl.

Lastly join NikkiMade for a drop-in badge making session: bring along your own art, photos or doodles, or use Nikki's collection of collage materials to create your own badge collection.

As well as the many exciting goings-on at the Spider and the Fly, Magpie Market (also run by the gallery's owner) will return to The LOT this September every second Sunday of the month. Starting on 12 September, with a changing line up of various talented designers, makers and vintage sellers setting up shop each month. There'll be plenty to see and do with live music, drop-in crafting, workshops, and delicious Sunday brunch served in the Bistro to keep you going.

The Spider and The Fly 65 Bread Street Edinburgh EH3 9AH Opening hours: Tue – Sat 10-6pm, Sun 1-6pm and for full listings visit