We are a family business creating hand-made craft items based in Yorkshire. Our talents cover a wide range of materials, and media, but we all love fantasy, sci-fi, and alternative history. As a result our products are connected and related. On this site you will find items that relate to Medieval, Faery, Steampunk, Fantasy and similar worlds. We try, where possible, to source our materials and equipment from local markets and suppliers. Many items are hand-made so you should be aware that a lot of what we make is unique. We are prepared to undertake commissions if there is something special that you need, just talk to us about it. We hope you enjoy browsing our website, and perhaps you can visit our stall when we are out and about at events. We would be delighted to see you.
Meet the Family!
Chris is retired but still teaches tribal-style and oriental bellydance three evenings a week. An enthusiastic supporter of northern FairyFest events, where her NorthWind tribal ladies often dance, she has decided to start her contribution to Fretika by creating a range of children’s faery skirts, wings, and some Steampunk costumes too! Working from her kitchen with sewing machine and overlocker at the moment her products are only available on our stall - but should be up on here soon.
Ellie is an Archaeologist. Really she should be called “Dr Ellie” because she has a PhD in the subject. She specialises in ancient metals and has just finished a period with the British Museum and Birmingham Museum examining the Staffordshire hoard. To support the shop at the annual volunteer dig in Sedgeford, Norfolk, she has been creating replicas of ancient broaches and other items. She brings her artistic skills to Fretika with a range of fantasy-based Fimo™ and MetalClay™ designs covering the faerie world, dragons and Steampunk items.
Ingram studied graphic design and 3D computing to masters level and works as a web designer, graphic artist, and music video creator. He has created a series of music video’s for a local band “A Forest Of Stars” and has gained a reputation for being able to put together dark-fantasy material of the highest quality. He brings his considerable modelling and graphic design genius to Fretika and is currently developing a range of laser-cut wood-based products that we will add to our web site and stall soon.
Jess is qualified in Criminology to Masters level and works for the local council. But, in her spare time, is rarely to be seen without a needle and thread in her hand. Her felt and cloth creations are based on the natural world, but with a hint of fantasy or Steampunk about them. All the creatures are her own designs and are 100% handmade, as we say, with love - all the more remarkable since Jess is only partially-sighted. Watch this site for her latest charming creations.
Stephen retired from the NHS in 2011 and now spend much of his time creating music for his wife’s tribal bellydance classes. He will be selling his music CD’s here, and on our stall when we are out-and-about. He’s also, at the moment, the constructor / maker / painter of the Fretika family - happily putting together display stands and similar items to get us started on this new adventure.