Canal crafts, canal artists, canalware & canal gift shops

One of the most attractive features of our canals is the colourful decoration of the boats and their equipment. 

That ‘roses & castles’ tradition survives today, not just on the canals but on prized possessions in homes throughout the world. We list canal crafts people who produce hand painted canalware, canal artists depicting canal scenes and the craft and gift shops specialising in canals.


There have been plenty of suggestions and speculation about where ‘narrowboat art’ comes from, but no hard evidence. And it certainly did decorate, nearly everything. The drinking water can on the cabin roof was painted and decorated, as was the wash basin, cabin stool, headlamp, bucket and the horse’s feed tin. Pictures and posies adorned the walls inside the cabin, the built-in furniture and the little doors that led into it. Discover much more in our full section on Canal Folk Art.


But if you want someone to paint your boat, rather than a create a painting of your boat, we list Boat Painters and Signwriters!

Eric Gaskell has created some striking limited edition lino-cut prints of scenes around the Canal System. They make very affordable holiday mementoes or presents to grace a living room wall or narrowboat saloon.

Canal Crafts, Canal Ware & Gift Shops

Abacus Designs Audlem Mill, Shropshire Union Canal Cross Stitch kits of canal scenes 01270 811059

Artist On The Waterways Kent Canal artist, Canalware, Roses & Castles, Cabin
07971 376011
Audlem Mill Limited Cheshire Canal gifts and needlecraft shop 01270 811059
Bewdley Pipes & Pottery Bewdley Worcs Miniature canal pottery &
narrowboats – replica clay pipes
07889 222578

Boaty Bits   Porthole doilies 07539 226326

Brass Binnacle Nautical Gifts United States Nautical Gifts and Decor (001) 910-326-2448

Melanie Cambridge South London Canal Artist 07970 432348

Canal Art by Julie, Dudley West Midlands Roses and castles canal art and
canal boat painter
01384 569198

Canal Arts by Terence Braunston, Northants Supplier of trad roses and castles painted ware including
07534 316784

Canal Prints by Eric Gaskell


  Limited edition Lino Cut prints of canal
01788 521182

Chamberlain Carrying Co East Midlands  Traditional canalware/ decorative ropework/ canalia floating
07918 196519
Charlie Fox Designs Rugby Jewellery inspired by the countryside ~ Including
01788 844702
CHarveyArt Australia Canal Poster Art +61 432 288 245

Colin and Caroles Creations Burscough and
Producers of hand knitted boatmans ganseys and
07931 356204

Crochet Cabin Lace   Narrowboat Cabin crochet patterns, hooks and cotton. 07808 704960
Crochet Lace Derbyshire Cabin crochet and porthole nets 07795 397708
Da Vinci Canal Carrying Co. West Midlands Canal Art 0771 8772203
Dawns Crafts Midlands Cross stitch cushions 07817 481180

Trina Day Belper, Derbyshire Canal Artist 01773 826933
D.B.Canal artist Bishops Stortford canal ware painting 07719 764813
Doug Blane Professional Photographer Bucks Postcard publisher 07963 609049
Dracocrafts Alvecote, Coventry Canal Canal painted wear, tiller pins etc, T- shirts, gifts 07805 602618

Elsie Barge ‘Boaty-Bits River Nene, Northants Canalware, Prints, etc. 01780 444384

English Crafts   Canal Cabin Crochet

Folk Artist Of The Canals Bolton Folk artist who paints traditional Roses And
07846 042653
Henry’s traditional canal art Milton Keynes Traditional and contemporary canal
07904 189241  

Kevin Heyworth

Lancashire UK wide Canal related folk art (roses & castles etc) &
07581 797 913
HoneyBadger Crafts  UK Hand made lace, porthole covers, fenders. Spinning, knitting,
crochet lessons canal side.
07973 821168
Andy Jackson Kennet & Avon Canal Canal Artist 07427 438215
Jenna Bindery Lincolnshire Hand-crafted Narrowboat Logbooks 01652 628337
Jane Marshall Cheshire Roses & Castles Painting Courses 01270 811330
Cathy Morgan Wirral Watercolour Artist 07773 218378
Jane Moss   Canalware artist, Boat decoration 07830 739825
Bruce Mellor Photography East Anglia/Essex Photographers of Narrow Boats and River Boats 01279 778073
Narrowboat Ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent Fine china canal ware 01782 331557
Parrish Paintings Leamington Spa Canals, oil painting artist 01926 332708
Polly Cambridgeshire Traditional Custom Crochet Lace 01945 880888
Raggy Taggy Rugs Oxford Canal Traditional Rag Rugs 01242 262 183
Rebekah Jane Photograph Midlands Bespoke Waterways Photographer 07541421886

Rosewood Embroidery Stafford Canal Boat Names Embroidery 01785 601504

Rosie Lippett Artist Bidford on Avon Fine Artist 07522 342112
Jane Selkirk   Handpainted canalware 07745 259714

Shieling Crafts Chippenham, Wiltshire Hand painted canal and folk art 01249 740459

Splattart Maltby S. Yorks Artist 01709 798733
Sugarfoot Barton upon Humber Gift Ware 07446 910633
The Boat Cellar Stafford Waterways embroidery and printing 01785 244758
Thepaintpalette Fleetwood Lancashire Hand painted canal ware 07952 969904

The Purple Stained Glass Studio Loughborough Art glass door windows/ports 07760 227187
Tony Cartlidge Design Stoke on Trent Ceramic Artist 01782 811562
Traditional Narrow Boat Decoration Preston Painted canal ware 01772 749749
Village Needlecraft Cumbria Canal Maps & Scenes in Counted
Cross Stitch
01539 566919

Waterway Cards   Online greeting cards 07582 587324

Waverley Models Clevedon North Somerset Scale model
boatbuilders. barges
01275 546772

Willowmoor Art Workshop Canal network Artist & Designer 07833 724704

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