Artisan Gift Shop & Craft Studio

Gifts, Cards & Homewares

Contemporary Craft Workshops

Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Creative workshops and courses in a friendly space

Contemporary craft workshops and courses

Drop-in stay & make our craft kits

For adults & children from papercraft to embroidery, knitting, crochet & sewing

Working with local teachers to bring you a changing menu of courses

Artisan shop with local and UK made gifts & homewares

Supporting Isle of Wight and British small businesses

Stockists include Island designers alongside quality UK made housewares & gifts sprinkled with fairly traded products sourced from craftsmen around the globe

Keeping our rural high streets alive #shoplocal


Find us in the village of Freshwater in the West of the Isle of Wight, UK.

Just 10 minutes drive from Yarmouth ferry port or reach us along the coastal footpath through Fort Victoria and old railway line cycle path running along the river Yar. Take bus route 7 or 21 with Southern Vectis.


Monday to Saturday

10am – 5pm

Studio also available to book on SUNDAY for private workshops


Candle Making

Bath Bombs


Festival Flower Crowns

Natural Corsages



Lino Printing

Bullet Journalling

And more!



Whistle and Hound is an independent gift shop with a craft studio

We sell cards, gifts, housewares and craft kits by local Island designers, British makers and global artisans, ethically sourced and fairly traded

Our workshops specialise in contemporary crafts for adults, families and kids



Talented local Isle of Wight teachers run specialist workshops and courses all year. From 1 hour to half day and evening courses across a range of arts and contemporary crafts.

We have a studio for groups of up to 8 and open our shop space in the evenings and weekends.

Our classes are constantly evolving.  Click below to find out more and to book or click on our CALENDAR to plan your visit.

Candle Making

Make your own essential oil soy wax candle 

Knit our IOW Gansey

8 week course knit our British wool jumper

Make Bath Bombs

Family workshop making fizzy bath treats age 10+

Knot a Macrame Bag

Learn macrame knots to make a colourful bag

Cupcake Decorating

Decorative piping tips and techniques

Natural Corsages

Make hand tied rustic flower corsages

Bullet Journaling 

Creative life planning using bullet journaling age 16+

Intro to Lino Printing

Cut, ink and print your own design

Make a Cross Back

Sew your own 100% Linen cross back apron

How to sew using a pattern course

A 3 week evening course to make a simple shift dress from a pattern

Design your own Flower Head Garland

Family workshop age 10+ every Thursday during school holidays

Make a Beaded Tassle Necklace

Design your own 108 bead Mala inspired meditation necklace

Whistle & Hound Founder


I’m an Overner (not born and bred on the Island) and have been on the Isle of Wight for 25 years, based in the West Wight with my family and two Hungarian Vizslas Spike and Milo.

Whistle and Hound evolved from 10 years of creative work from my studio at home as an illustrator, children’s author, photographer and dressmaker. It’s a space created for people to come together and re-ignite traditional skills, with a bit of fresh and modern thrown in.


51 School Green Road
Isle of Wight
PO40 9AS

01983 718 400

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