Meet the Maker: Ashley Barnhart – The Handmade Array

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Meet the Maker: Ashley Barnhart – The Handmade Array

The Handmade Array is a small business based out of Cornwall and SD&G. It was founded in 2017 by Ashley Barnhart, who specializes in knitted hats and accessories.

In addition to making and selling hats and headbands for babies, kids, and adults, last year Ashley started organizing markets to build a community of local makers and artisans. I asked her about the most fulfilling and difficult parts of organizing these events.

“Seeing our small business community come together and supporting one another plus getting to mingle with all the wonderful people I’ve met in general would have to be the most rewarding part of organizing these small events. Watching the vendors thrive and grow at each market is another one of my favorite aspects,” shared Barnhart, “The biggest challenge of organizing the events, oh boy. Probably dealing with getting the insurance sorted, handling vendor contracts, and permits.”

How it all started:

Before launching her business, Ashley picked up crochet as a hobby to help cope with anxiety.

“It really did help,” she said, “but then I ended up with an abundance of hats.”

Ashley was creating so much that she decided to put some items up on Facebook marketplace. They sold well, which inspired her to turn her hobby into a business! Since then, she has switched over to mostly knitting.

Where to shop The Handmade Array:

You can shop The Handmade Array in three different ways:

  • Pre-made hats and accessories can be purchased on their Facebook page, at Kids Korner on Pitt Street, and at Piper’s Closet in Hamilton. Also, coming soon to The Village Green in Ingleside!
  • Custom orders can be placed via direct message on Facebook or Instagram.
  • You can also find The Handmade Array at various pop-up markets in the area
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