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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
on the cover Photographer Philip Sowels Model Adele Houghton,
Pimp your pumps at a shoe workshop!
54 Home tour
Kate Bradbury lives in a white home with four kids and a dog. Lawks!
It don’t matter if you’re black or white – be both with monochrome
60 hot pot
20 Cute kicks
Emma Lamb’s crocheted potholders are homespun style to perfection
Hannah Reed’s exclusive crocheted high tops – mega cosy for you and baby
65 Liberty Sewing set
30 tea and a chat…
Stitch Leanne Garrity’s pincushion and needlecase set to tidy up your craft space
Wayne Hemingway on design and thrift
36 makery makes Stitchy projects from Kate Smith
Mustard Models Project Hannah Reed Art direction and Styling Helena Tracey Styling Lucille Randall
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44 pop your colour Sabrina Weigt’s exclusive knit is easy peasy – plus super-striking to boot
68 Vantastic Take a peek at Kate Ulman’s new caravan adventure book, then make her upcycled vintage teatowel cushion
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Something Wayne Hemingway said to us when we interviewed him really got my attention: “A lot of people in the creative industries don’t do it to get rich – it’s a lifestyle choice.” Is being creative what motivates you? Is thriftiness and being clever with your cash your thing? It does it for me. So this issue is about celebrating doing what you love, doing it yourself and… renovating bargain caravans (see page 53 and 68)! This issue is also our first to include a bonus project for subscribers on page 28. Just a little treat for choosing us as your creative catalyst each month. Thanks!
Lara Watson Editor
75 loving Beautiful things to covet, adore and make
77 Lucky stars Stitch Sarah Fordham’s exclusive rings
81 From little acorns Sew Aimee Ray’s family tree design
84 revealing craft Take a tour around Butterscotch and Beesting’s Sheffield home studio
88 Mollie Makes Institute Purls of wisdom from Jenny Lord
Libertyprint sewing accessories
93 templates Your crewel work family tree stitch guide
98 the back page project For Perri Lewis, it’s the craft fields that get her head nodding at festival season
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Get hooked on old skool styling, and cross stitch video arcade motifs onto wood with a Stedi DIY kit. We’re game if you are. www.stedi.etsy.com
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Smart ideas and retro charm for letting the good times roll
Add a big dollop of printed goodness to your life with Rock The Custard’s feel-good fine art prints. Kiss goodbye to stress, and make a statement with this dandy monochrome number. Sometimes we all need a little ‘you rock’ reminder... www.rockthecustard.com
From zebras to grannies, there’s no doubting it’s Charlotte Taylor’s fruitful prints that have secured her a second collaboration with Anthropologie Europe. This time, the fashion designer has turned her colourful critter mash-up skills to cushion making. Hitting the shelves (softly) right about now. www.anthropologie.eu, www.charlottetaylorltd.com
Following the success of her Staple Dress PDF, pattern designer April Rhodes has launched Date Dress, a guaranteed first-date conversation starter. You’re welcome. www.april-rhodes.com
ONE TO FOLLOW
Helping people tap into their creative powers and enjoy making art is ArtU, a new London craft community. Grab a pen (or brush) and join one of their collaborative classes. www.facebook.com/ArtUBeCreative
Words: Katie allen Photographs: Sally Crane
Playful and bright displays provide heaps of inspiration.
Nestled in the leafy suburb of Chippendale – one of Sydney’s most buzzy districts – lies Sew Make Create, a hub of craft and community run by Melissa Tan-Lu and her “very useful handyman” husband, David. Visitors can hire sewing machines, browse handmade goodies from Australian crafters, choose from a huge range of classes and of course, meet Pepper, the resident Pekingese!
Changing our opinion of maths are the Canadian textile duo behind String Theory. By mastering the physics of fibres, yarns, knitting and weaving, they form structure, pattern and texture for their intriguing scarves and shawls. www.stringtheory.ws
See Melissa’s programme of workshops, and find out about local community projects at www.sewmakecreate.com.au
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Kate Spade & eBay Innovating on modern shopping experiences, designer Kate Spade has collaborated with eBay to create virtual shoppable front windows, giving unused retail spaces a new lease of life. Four touchscreens have already launched in New York to promote and sell items from her Saturday range. Get streetwise; go seek, shoppers! www.katespade.com 31 MOLLIEMAKES.com 11
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High fives for high tops!
Kick around in Hannah Reedâ€™s exclusive crochet slippers, and while youâ€™re at it, stitch some teeny baby ones too
NEW! tea & a chat
Where do you think your creative side comes from? My parents. My dad used to make and fix stuff; and my mum made clothes. Then, I married a very creative lass too.
tea and a chat with…
The founder of Red or Dead tells us why great design shouldn’t start with colour or shape – and reveals his thrifty new project
Words: Perri Lewis Photographs: Alun Callender
There are few people who can say they have their own museum; but Wayne Hemingway is one of them. “We’re collectors,” he says. “There’s over half a million items in our archive.” The design guru, who with his wife, Geraldine built the Red or Dead fashion label in the 90s to worldwide acclaim, has amassed quite a series of 20th-century pop culture artefacts. The majority now lives in The Land of Lost Content in Shropshire (www.lolc.co.uk). Surprisingly, the pair prefer to live and work in a minimalist space. “We’re 30 MOLLIEMAKES.com 31
some of the craziest collectors in the country but our houses and offices are uncluttered,” he says. The aesthetic runs from their home on the south coast to their London offices, housed in a former seven-bedroom ambassador’s residence. From here, they create and curate some of the UK’s most exciting designled projects, from Vintage at Goodwood to regenerating housing at Gateshead’s South Bank. No matter what they take on, Hemingway says, the intention is always the same: to make people happy. Seems like a good ethos to us…
What’s it like working with your wife for Hemingway Design? Geraldine is a lot more thorough than me, and she often sees the possible downside to something long before I have. I’m more optimistic and headstrong, whereas she’s more of a realist. We’re both very good with ideas and free thinking, but sometimes I need reigning in a bit. It works well. When we’re in the office we sit close to one another and, on days like today when we’re working from home, we’ll sit opposite each other too. How do you get in the mood for designing? What do you do when faced with a blank piece of paper? You never start with a sheet of blank paper – ideas are always there in your mind. Most really good creative people that I know are never lacking in creativity; it’s more about focusing on the things that can be delivered that aren’t just flights of fancy. Tell us about your design ethos. We have a philosophy that design is about improving things that matter in life. You’ll
NEW! tea & a chat
‘We don’t ever think: “What’s the new colour? Are stripes the new spot?”’
03 Photograph 03: TAKEN from Wonder Walls by Sarah Bagner, published by Cico Books
see a problem, and you work out ways of solving it. We don’t ever think: “What’s the new colour going to be?” “Are stripes the new spot?” – we don’t look at trend forecasting, and never have; it’s of no interest to us. For example, we’re working on uniform for Transport For London at the moment: if the problems are that a train driver’s trousers go up his crack, we’ll try to solve that with good design. If we’re working on a housing development, we’ll think about the things that make that place a great
place to live – and that’s got very little to do with the colour of the front door or the shape of the roof; that’s the very easy bit at the end. Experience makes all that easy: you know what colour goes with what, which shape works best – but that’s not what design is. That’s just the final bit of styling at the end. Do you carry a sketchbook? Nowadays everything is on my phone. I write stuff on there and take photos. I’ve got the new Nokia 900, which is amazing.
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Making a business Psst! Stop daydreaming about that future craft business, and get ready to take some notes. The Makeryâ€™s Kate Smith shares her lessons-learned Words: Lara Watson
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hen Kate Smith set up a workshop space and shop called The Makery in Bath in 2008, it was born out of a desire to be creative, make craft accessible to as many people as possible and do something worthwhile – three cheers, we say! Of course, once you’ve had your great idea, taken steps to get the business wheels in motion, and invested all your time into it, it’s easy to go from sorted to swamped. “I did everything at the beginning,” says Kate. “Taught all the workshops and parties, marketing, branding, PR, health and safety, accounts… Looking back, it was a pretty ‘interesting’ time! But along the way, I’ve learned a lot.” So we thought we’d pick Kate’s business brain for her best tips on turning your creative passions into your profession. With help from like-minded people – “it can really lift you out of low moments of self-doubt!” – Kate had time to remain focused on her plan, and importantly, learned to alter it to change with the market. “I’m a firm believer that if you have
a clear vision, you work hard for it and believe in it 100%, then you’ll get there,” she says. “We had a really clear business plan that we spent almost a year writing, and at first it was hard to think outside of it. However, you learn to adapt according to how you develop.” Once you get a handle on accepting help and playing chameleon, Kate recommends actually stepping back from the business side of things. “I still make sure I teach at least one workshop a month, and try to sit behind my sewing machine rather than my computer at least once a week.” Remember what keeps you fulfilled! And trust your instinct: “We’ve done many things that seemed strange, but I’ve been convinced they were the right things to do,” says Kate. “I have to keep reminding myself that no one knows our business as well as we do.” Pep talk done! Feeling inspired? Turn the page to try your hand at two of the projects from Kate’s new book, Makery. Let the left and right sides of your mind wander as you stitch. 31 MOLLIEMAKES.com 37
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Create a relaxed mood in a white home – just add pops of colour and vintage finds Words: Judith Wilson Photography: Rachael Smith
Kate Bradbury has achieved the unthinkable: she lives in a white house with four children and a dog. For some, this would be madness but for Kate it makes perfect sense – and anyway, white is her favourite colour. “My partner Lee and I aren’t precious about possessions,” she says. “The children are free to live in their home, and that’s important!” The family lives in Suffolk in a three-storey Victorian house. Kate and Lee moved here two
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living home tour
This picture: The quirky still life on the mantelpiece includes the letter B, a nod to Kateâ€™s surname. Right: The giant lamp in her daughter, Tallulahâ€™s bedroom was a hardware-shop find.
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