Arts Derbyshire


Meet Highlight crafts

Highlight Crafts is a family run craft business based in Clay Cross, Chesterfield. Founded in 2021 by lifelong crafter Stephanie Weightman and husband Karl, the company design and produce products for a range of crafts including papercraft, fabric, mixed media, flower making, painting, digital crafting and so much more. Customers can buy products through their own website or through shopping channel Create & Craft.


When Stephanie started her new business at Highlight Crafts one of her main aims was to share her love of craft through teaching, and this is where Highlight Crafts Academy began. The Academy launched in the 2023 as a place for customers who love to craft to come and learn new techniques, refine their skills, meet other friendly crafters and have fun doing what they love while being taught by some of the best in the business.


The Academy also runs 6 craft festivals a year. These are 10 day events where they run 4 classes a day as taster classes for you to come and try your hand at a new craft or just have fun doing something you’ve done before! With 8 different classes over the course of 2 days (which are then repeated for the rest of the festival) pick either just 1 day or 2 days. Tickets are just £55 per day which includes all 4 classes, plus your lunch. They also have an onsite shop for you to stock up on those crafting essentials between classes too! The Academy’s next festival, the Garden Party Festival, runs from the 19th-28th April and projects will include candle making, flower making, painted bird boxes, card making, bunting, pottery painting, cupcakes boxes and decoupage trays. Tickets are still available so if you want to come and have a go.


The Academy run classes for every genre of craft that Highlight Crafts stock from 1 day and 2 day courses to weekend retreats. The Academy houses four class rooms which can host up to 40 people at once. From each class you can expect to create at least one project to take home, receive expert tuition, all tools and equipment are provided and lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included. They are fully wheelchair accessible and can cater to all dietary needs from their in house catering team.


If you’d like to just come and have a look around Highlight Crafts Academy and meet the team, why not come along to one of our open days. Attendees will have the chance to witness live crafting demonstrations including painting, cardmaking, and flower crafting. The event offers a unique opportunity for visitors to not only learn new skills but also to explore and purchase top-quality crafting supplies. Our next open day is on Saturday 11th May, 10am-2pm. There’s no need to book, no cost, just turn up and have fun!


For more information on our classes, festivals and open days, please head to or call 03300 889338. We hope to see you at Highlight Crafts soon!

Submit your news to Arts Derbyshire

Submit your news items to or fill out this news submission form.

You can also register as a member to list your arts business and events in our directory.


Related news posts

Sign up to our newsletter

Find out what’s on with the Arts Derbyshire newsletter.

Artists, creatives, cultural providers, arts and health specialists – Sign up for one of our professional mailing lists.