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Easy-to-sew Easter egg cosies
...made from vintage jumpers!
Pretty pastels to freshen up your home & wardrobe
Homestyle knits ✹ Needle felt creatures ✹ Geometric necklace ✹ Sweet rucksack ✹ Kids´ party outfits ✹
NEW! craft secrets six INFLUENTIAL bloggers tell all
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issue number twenty-five
18 Pastel party
The latest news from the world of handmade
Fill your life and home with crafted goodness
The last word in craft happenings
Our pick of the most coveted buys for a happy, hand-crafted home
14 Out and about
bunny side up
Makers Boutique is 100% handmade
52 Home tour
Debbie Lawrence’s former-sweet-shop home in Brighton is still full of treats
We want candy… and pastels too
22 Woolly Jumpers Sara Carr’s upcycled egg cosies
Update your interior with Melanie Porter’s yarn-bombed clock
28 all tied up
65 a clean sheet
Creative ideas for ribbon makes
Scrub a dub dub: Meredith Crawford’s knitted washcloth
30 tea and a chat… Brittany Watson Jepsen on making it big
70 it’s in the bag
36 wild things
Print, and then stitch Jenny McCabe’s ruck sack for your next bright adventure
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60 a stitch in time
43 felted flock Needle felt our fancy farmyard friends
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plans & projects
“Spring is the time of plans and projects,” said Tolstoy, and in the office, we very much have to agree. As well as ramping up the project-count this issue, we’re rolling out the first of our new features: The Back Page Project. Turn to page 106 to meet our six columnists – we’re so thrilled this talented bunch said yes. And of course, you can’t do Easter without cute animals – there are six makes with ears this issue, count ’em.
Treats and treasures to fall in love with
Lara Watson Editor
77 loving Beautiful things to covet, adore and make
78 bright idea Crochet a scarf of granny squares
84 cotton tales Lisa Foreman’s especially-for-us plushie bunnies, made with vintage fabric
90 Visit san franCisco To the Mission District – a mecca of vintage, handmade and the best coffee we’ve had in a long while…
96 Templates All the shapes and templates you need for this issue’s crafty projects
106 the back page project Meet our six new columnists, all ready to share their behind-the-scenes secrets
on the cover Photographer Philip Sowels Project Sara Carr Model Adele Houghton, Mustard Models Art Direction and Styling Helena Tracey Styling Lucille Randall
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Dreamy cakes, sugary treats and crafty makes from Sweet, issue 2. A tasty combo from this quarterly special, out now. myfavouritemagazines.co.uk
Spring has sprung Feel-good treats to guarantee happy faces this season
When it comes to finding fun accessories for the home, it’s a jungle out there. Thanks to the new linen collection at Becky Baur, we’re feeling heaps merrier about spring cleaning our décor. Lion (above), Tiger and Bear with a Bowtie, are the latest bundles of cuteness to emerge from her screen printed pride – and we love ’em. beckybaur.co.uk
Here’s an Easter treat that’ll last longer than a choccy egg – a curious little hare compact mirror from Nicola Rowlands. Want. So. Much! msspanner.etsy.com
Pansy Piglet, a lovingly crocheted cutie, is wearing her floral dress to the spring fête – and we’re all invited. Yay! sweetnellie.etsy.com 10 MOLLIEMAKES.com 25
It’s true what they say: “A stitch in time saves nine.” Keep future knits and crafty WIPs in check with a handy Knit Notes journal. Not only will it keep your nimble fingers busy (the good old fashioned pen-topaper way) but it’ll also be a lovely reminder of all things you’ve made. sixthandspringbooks.com
If you’ve room for only one new fabric collection in your stash, go for Amy Butler’s irresistibly bright Alchemy Studio set. Botanical prints, brilliant hues and organic cottons – need we say more? amybutlerdesign.com
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Photographs: Vanessa Davies
Nestled in Tenterden, in the heart of Kent lies Hoop, a new haberdashery that’s as beautiful to look at as the products inside. Lifestyle photographer and avid crafter, Vanessa Davies, set up her “dream shop,” after travelling, and working with some of the best designers in the industry. With products from the likes of knit-guru, Debbie Bliss and needlepoint designer, Emily Peacock gracing the shelves, it’s a must-visit.
Oh my. As far as boutiques go, this has to be the most irresistible gift selection we’ve found yet. Plushy critters cuddle-up to retro mixtapes and Dala horses (and that’s just the office wish-list). With treats from designer-makers across the globe, it’s definitely a bookmark for birthdays. littlemoose.com
Hoop will soon be hosting a range of workshops and social groups like its ‘Cushion Club’. Visit hoophaberdashery.co.uk for more info.
website to watch
The Button Company For sprucing-up old cardigans, embellishing craft projects and displaying in pretty coordinated jars (our fave), there’s always an occasion to stock up at The Button Company. Take it from us, its online emporium is a colour-coded craft hoarder’s delight. After all, you can never have too many buttons, right? buttoncompany.co.uk 25 MOLLIEMAKES.com 11
NEW! tea & a chat
Describe your style in a few words. Colourful, bold, layered. Sometimes clean, sometimes complicated. Humorous. For interiors, my ideal style would be a bit of Swedish Gustavian combined with a bit of French country. For my own personal style: bright and bold!
tea and a chat with…
Brittany Watson Jepsen The designer behind The House That Lars Built writes for most top blogs – and you’ll certainly have repinned one of her creations Words: Charlotte rivers & lara watson Photographs and styling: Amanda Thomsen
When American-born Brittany Watson Jepsen moved to Denmark two years ago, she found that her degree in Interior Design wasn’t going to be as useful to her career as she thought: “Interior design as we know it in America doesn’t really exist in Denmark so I had to switch gears,” she said. And she certainly did, concentrating on her hugely successful blog and shop, The House That Lars Built. Brittany wears many hats, morphing from product designer, to events stylist to illustrator. Her beautifully crafted 30 MOLLIEMAKES.com 25
tutorials show how to make all manner of prettiness from floral crowns to her signature paper flowers. If she’s not making for herself, she’s making for others. Brittany’s work appears in a number of blogs and magazines including Brooklyn Bride, Etsy Weddings, Oh Happy Day, design*sponge and Kinfolk. Her most recent collaboration was with Terrain, a sister company of Urban Outfitters. We caught up with Brittany at her Copenhagen home to talk Pinterest, poppies and photobooth props.
Which books and magazines are currently on your bedside table? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Joy Cho’s Blog Inc, Kinfolk, Bolig Liv and the latest Domino that my mom brought over when she visited. I try and pick up a magazine from each country I visit. Name your top three creative blogs. Design Love Fest (designlovefest.com) does a fantastic job of keeping it creative and cohesive, Oh Happy Day (ohhappyday.com is clever, and the Etsy Wedding blog, of course (etsy.com/blog/weddings). Tell us how your blog came about – what’s the story behind the name? I started The House That Lars Built in 2008 for an interior design class at college. My brief was to design a house and I thought my fictional ‘clients’ would love to see the progress I was making. A blog seemed like the best way for them to see the furniture choices and floor plans, and they could leave me comments.
NEW! tea & a chat
‘I might make a mistake and then – boom! – a new idea is born.’
The name stems from the fictional family I created to go with it – I called the dad Lars. Lars is actually my real dad’s alias! His name is Bob, but he used to play jokes on us as kids with the name Lars. It’s only by coincidence that I ended up moving to a country where Lars is every third guy’s name. It’s funny that although it’s a play on words using the British nursery rhyme, The House That Jack Built, the Danes don’t really get it at all! After I got married, I shared pictures of our oversized paper flowers on the blog
and things just snowballed. I started to get asked to do DIYs for websites like 100 Layer Cake and Oh Happy Day. Finally, I realised that I love making things and that’s the direction I should go in for the blog. It’s had many stages from the school days. What was the trigger that started your business? I started the shop after I’d been living in Copenhagen for about six months. I couldn’t work in Denmark legally for the first ten months, so I was putting
A sneak peek into
One of Brittany’s
room reveals her love
– a sticky-label-note
of vintage maps. The
piñata heart. Cute!
rug and pillow are
Flowers are a big
from Butik Nø
feature in Brittany’s
home, and inspire
much of her work.
the geometric throw on the sofa is from Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Head out on your next adventure with a bag you’ve not only made, but printed yourself. All thanks to Coo & Co’s Jenny McCabe
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Une invitation au thé
project from petit wool mascots No. 3123 © 2012 Boutique-sha, Inc.
This fancy farmyard fraternity have scrubbed up for the occasion. Needle felt our noble pair in no time
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The collected and the reclaimed encapsulate Debbie Lawrence’s home Words and styling: Helen Carter / Narratives Photography: Jonathan Birch / Narratives
From the outside, it’s hard to believe that quilter, Debbie Lawrence’s little terraced house is so spacious and light. The 1840s Brighton home, with its striking box sash window at the front (a period charm that echoes its former life as a sweet shop) is arranged over three floors. Home to Debbie, her husband Andrew and their two daughters, Bonnie and Betsy, it has many of its other original features, which is of course what initially attracted them to the
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living home tour
living home tour
This image: Custom-made blanket from Debbieâ€™s boysâ€™ range. The owl print was a present from husband, Andrew. Right: Debbie with Andrew and baby Bonnie in their kitchen. The wall cabinets were salvaged from junk shops and flea markets.
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San francisco San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District beckons. We discover the best shops for unique handmade gifts and secondhand treasures Words and photographs: Leigh Metcalf
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People watching on Valencia St; Vintage cards at Gravel and Gold; Stuffed toys at Laku; Gravel and Goldâ€™s backpacking range; SFâ€™s open-minded spirit; Printed dress at Gravel and Gold.
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