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Welcome! Planning your wedding is such an exciting time and one of the very few occasions in your life when it is all about you (and your husband-to-be, of course). With that in mind, this issue of Handmade Weddings is overflowing with fab DIY ideas, easy makes and gorgeous inspiration for couples who want to make their wedding day amazing and unique. We’ll show you how to add classy, stylish handmade touches to your day, from save-thedates and invitation stationery to flowers, favours, cakes and fantastic décor ideas for your venue – and with simple step-by-step instructions to follow, you don’t have to be an expert crafter! But if there’s something special you really want to make, there’s sure to be a crafty class near you (p27) – and they’re great fun for hen parties!

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All this, plus you can meet four couples who crafted their very own handmade weddings – and they share their top tips to help you give yours that unique wow factor too. Happy handmade wedding day!

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92 Ideas to make 13 Dotty pompoms Make pretty poms with stamped tissue paper 16 Heart garland Super-simple paper heart garland to hang at your reception venue 18 Flower power Dress it up with bright crêpe paper blooms 19 Paper feathers Turn patterned papers into pretty mobiles 23 Spin a wheel Fun pinwheels to get the party started 25 Place cards Create beautiful papercut place cards for your reception

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36 Balloon tassels Quick and easy streamers for your party – mix and match colours 38 Rosebud ice cubes A gorgeous way to cool your champagne 40 Set a pretty table Make a sparkly sequin place mat in minutes 67 Sweet & simple Pretty wedding accessories to knit and crochet 72 Mr & Mrs Cute cross stitch egg cosies for your very first breakfast as Mr & Mrs! 75 From the heart Sweet cross stitch thank you gifts for your little helpers

93 Memory keeper Create a stunning guest book for your big day 95 Pretty perfect Handmade accessories in knit and crochet 104 Watercolour place cards Dip dye paper in colours to match your theme

Wow factor cakes 114 Shades of pink Showstopper layer cake 116 White lace Simply stylish lacy white tiered creation 117 Quilted flower Easy iced cupcake topped with a rose

106 Frosted cocktail glass Add this simple and pretty finishing touch

118 Rosette mini cakes Perfect for favours

108 Paper roses Make flowers that wow

120 Gianduja Chocolate and hazelnut cupcake heaven

110 Twine and flowers Spell it out with giant decorated letters

121 Strawberry and champagne The classic combination in a cupcake - oh yes! 122 Vanilla chiffon Light-as-air, super chic


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07 Paper play Save-the-dates, invitations

42 Vintage charm Jo and Kev’s colourful summer fête theme

12 Button bouquet Sugar almond shades and sweet loveheart buttons

49 A real team effort Jakee and Pete create a vintage colour palette

55 Pompoms Create a stir with outsize tissue paper balls

32 Hot pink style Cool white with a colour pop for your table

79 Country life Ginnie and Tom celebrate down on the farm

56 Seating plan Reloved fabrics for a shabby chic table plan

100 Organic tablescape Sweet and simple wedding venue décor ideas

86 All aboard! Clare and Andrew mixed birds and red buses

74 Pretty headdress Simple sparkly style

27 DIY wedding workshops Find a course near you to make corsages, favours – even your wedding cake

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123 Retro chic Natural tabletop flowers 124 Project templates Everything you need to make the crafty projects 127 Eassential guides Cross stitch, knit and crochet know-how 130 Where to buy Shop the handmade wedding look

78 Bottle bank A fab wall of flowers in recycled glass jars 112 Wave a wand A fun confetti alternative! 119 Crumbs! Fab ideas for your sweet and cake table

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paper play Paper Honeycomb Balls (pack of 3, £12.95) © www.sistersguild.co.uk

Set the scene and create the magic with fabulous ideas and inspiration – from ‘save the dates’ to pretty party poms and fancy favours. And don’t forget the confetti…

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y Gatsby-style ‘20s glam in soft pastel shades, £4.50 www. madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

Choose your wedding stationery to set the stage for the big day – from vintage vogue to colour pop papercut, the only limit is your own imagination y Let the Love Grow Lovebirds Seed Packets – 80% recycled paper and British grown wildflower seeds, £1.50 www.wildflower-favours.co.uk

y Spinners Letterpress bespoke wedding stationery in elegant black on cream, white or ivory, £365 (50 invitations) www. notonthehighstreet.com/piccolo

y Passport to Love invitation… and boarding pass to party! £5.95 www.notonthehighstreet.com/ditsychic

y Wedding Breakfast at Tiffanys’s? Don’t mind if we do! Prices start at £1.45 www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

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y Vintage fabrics and lace layered onto deckle-edged card, from £5.00 www.thevintagedrawer.com


y Spread the love with lucky Lottery Ticket holders, £3.99 for 10 www.gingerray.co.uk

y Save The Date Tags with cute red hearts and cream satin ribbons from Honey Tree, £11 for 10 tags www.honeytreebespoke.com

y Frilly flowers and sweet stamps from Berinmade. To make these super-easy blooms, turn to page 18 www.berinmade.com

y Tea party cards from Bedcrumb for a vintage-theme wedding, £2.95 www.bedcrumb.co.uk

y Make your mark with Noolibird’s exquisite personalised rubber stamps, £50.00 www. notonthehighstreet/noolibird

y Intricate personalised papercut for the bride and groom, £25.00 www.notonthehighstreet.com/papercutsbychloe

y Kitsch florals for a garden party wedding. English Rose collection from £2.95 www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

y Classy Charlotte stationery with mix-and-match fonts. From £0.85 www.notonthehighstreet/ chandlerinvitations

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party paper Let’s get this party started with stacks of fab, fun ideas from favours and fancies to table treats and finishing touches

y Love Poem Vintage confetti 250 paper hearts in a pack, £7.50 www.gingerray.co.uk

y Bubble wand favours make a fun addition to reception tables, www.pandurohobby.co.uk

y Simple and chic, these ‘Drink Me’ tags are just our cup of tea! £0.65 each www.weddingofmydreams.co.uk

y Vintage pastel favour boxes come in packs of 20. £11.25 www.pipii.co.uk

y Vintage Crafts Party Bunting Ribbon for handcrafted inspiration, £2.95 www. dotcomgiftshop.com

y A rainbow of colours with this glorious 6ft Tassel Garland from Pom Pom Studio, £21.00 www.folksy.com

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y Get ready for your close-ups with wacky Photobooth Party Props, £7.50 www.gingerray.co.uk


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y Rambling Rose pompoms in soft vintage shades £5.95 www.dotcomgiftshop.co.uk

y This Heart Design Wedding Table Plan holds the key! £42.00 www.weddingofmydreams.co.uk

y Vintage Postcards are a fun alternative to the traditional guest book £11.00 www.weddinginateacup.co.uk

y Village fete theme? Check out the supersweet Toot Sweet ideas from Berry Red www.berryred.co.uk

y Perfect for afternoon tea parties – a quirky posy vase with waterproof liner, £7.00 www.talkingtables.co.uk

y Colour pop party cups in packs of 10, £8.00 www. notonthehighstreet.com/ peachblossom

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An adorab le bo almond shad uquet of buttons in sugar es – what’s not to love out online ? Check tutorials fo r how want to mak e your own -to advice if you . Or leave th creativity to e the expert s – this read Lovehear t y-made bouquet is from The Fi ner Details .

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Loveheart Bouquet from The Finer Details www.thefinerdetails.co.uk Photography © Cristina Rossi www.cristinarossi.co.uk

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poms Pompoms are a wedding favourite for dressing up your reception venue – now here's how to give them a dotty twist!


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These pompoms are shaped in the usual way with tissue paper and twine, but they're made much more creative and unique by stamping the tissue first with a pattern of dots. It's fun to create your own rubber stamp, and of course it means that you can get exactly the size and pattern of dots (or any other shape!) that you want.

You will need )Tracing paper and pencil )Rubber for carving )14 sheets of tissue paper for each pompom, each piece 19x23 cm (7½x9in ) )Dye-based inkpads in red, blue, and green

)Baker’s twine, 92cm (36 ins), cut into three pieces )Craft knife Dotty template is on page 124 For stockists turn to page 130

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Use a pencil to trace the dots template on page 124 on to a piece of translucent paper.

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Remove the paper and carve the design with a craft knife – take your time over it for best results.

Position the paper on the rubber block with the traced design facing the rubber. Rub the back side of the paper with the pencil so that the entire traced design is thoroughly transferred onto the rubber.

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Stamp the dot motif in red along both long sides of each piece of tissue paper.

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Stack the tissue paper, with the stamped sides facing up. Fold one short edge of the stacked tissue by 2.5cm (1in). Fold again in the opposite direction. Keep folding back and forth until the whole stack is folded like a fan.

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Tie the centre of the folded tissue paper with baker’s twine. Tie a loop at the opposite end of the baker’s twine.

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Repeat all steps with blue ink and green ink to make three pompoms.

Cut both ends of the folded tissue to create a curved scallop shape. Carefully separate the folded tissue on both sides of the twine to allow the pompom to open up and look like a blossom.

Use the loops to hang the pompoms from hooks, nails, tree branches or wherever you like!


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Stamping lots of sheets of tissue does take time, but the beautiful results are totally worth it!

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heart garland

Heart Garland… This garland idea couldn't be easier to make, yet will add swags of romantic colour and detail to your reception décor. Go with pinks and reds or follow your own wedding colour scheme...

You will need )Baker's twine )Strips of paper in various sizes and colours )Hole punch )Double-sided tape

Take a strip of paper and fold it in half. A variety of different sized strips of paper and colours will add charm to your heart garland, so you could use up leftovers from other projects.

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While your paper is still folded in half, add double-sided tape to the outside of one end.

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Pumch three holes. Add one in the joined area and one each on the left and right side of the heart. Punch towards the top so the hearts don't topple when strung through with twine.

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Curl the two ends in until they meet in the middle and form the shape of a heart, then press down so the shape is secured by the tape.

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Plain hearts look fab but you could decorate them too, or use patterned papers

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crepe paper flowers

Project and photography from Berinmade www.berinmade.com

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flower power Make a whole bunch of these super-simple crêpe paper flowers in all shapes and sizes to match your wedding day colour scheme

You will need )Coloured crepe paper )Coloured yarn and card (for the centre of the flower) )PVA glue )Floral wire )Floral tape )Scissors See page 130 for stockists

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Cut the crêpe paper into petal shapes. Gently pull and shape the the petals.

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To create the ‘centre’ of the flower, glue the yarn on to a circular piece of card. Gently opening the flower, attach the circular card into the centre of the flower.

Using floral tape and floral wire, attach each petal onto the wire, using the wire as a stem. Attach as many petals as needed.

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Paper feathers When you've got a big reception venue to decorate, hanging accessories are just the job. Cut patterned papers into these feather shapes and hang them like a mobile – so pretty!


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feather mobile

You will need )Pencil )Card, for templates )Spray adhesive )Selection of scraps of paper in various colours and patterns )Paperclip )Scissors )Needle )Tape measure

)Selection of coloured cotton threads )14cm diameter wooden embroidery hoop )1.5cm wide washi tape or coloured masking tape )Strong cotton thread or embroidery thread, for hanging the mobile

This is the kind of craft project you can do a long way ahead of your wedding – perfect for winter evenings. Cutting out the paper feathers is fun, and if you want to make several mobiles you can round up friends for a feather production line!

For templates turn to page 124

Don't want feathers? Use this idea to create any paper shapes you fancy

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Using the templates on page 124, trace the four feather outlines onto card. Spray the wrong side of one sheet of coloured paper with adhesive and glue it to a second sheet of coloured paper so that you have a double-sided sheet. Repeat with several sheets of paper so you have a mix and match of colours and patterns on each side

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Place a feather template on top of two or three pieces of double-sided paper and clip them together with a paper clip. Using scissors, cut out the feather shapes from the double-sided paper. Repeat using the other templates until you have approximately 30 feathers.

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Snip away little pieces of paper from the edge of the feathers for a real feather-like effect. Score down the centre of each feather with the scissors, as shown on the templates and crease the feathers along the scored lines.

Using a needle, thread the end of each feather onto a length of cotton thread. Vary the lengths of thread so they measure between 5cm and 20cm.

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Measure the circumference of the outside of the embroidery hoop. Cut a piece of washi tape or coloured masking tape to this length and lay it on a at surface, sticky side up. Lay the lengths of cotton with their feathers along the tape so some feathers hang lower than others.

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Roll the embroidery hoop along the tape from one end to the other. The hoop will pick up the tape and feathers as it goes. Trim away any excess cotton and fold the excess washi tape over to the inside of the hoop.

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TO HANG THE MOBILE cut two 50cm lengths of strong cotton or embroidery thread. Tie one end of one length to the hoop and the other end to the opposite side of the hoop. Repeat, attaching the second length of cotton to the other two quarter points of the hoop.

This project is taken from Simple Makes series: Scissors, Paper, Craft by Christine Leech, published by Quadrille Publishing, RRP ÂŁ12.99. For more details visit www.quadrille.co.uk Photography by Keiko Oikawa

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spin a wheel These retro playthings make the perfect DIY dÊcor for a wedding reception – they're colourful, fun, nostalgic and oh-so-easy to make


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Pinwheel

You will need )Craft knife and blades )Cutting mat )Invisible tape )Metal rule )Pencil )Paper that is a different colour on each side )Brass paper fasteners (available from stationery shops) )Wooden skewers or cocktail sticks (depending on size of the pinwheels)

Everyone loves pinwheels, and for a DIY bride they make a great craft project that will result in fun splashes of shape and colour at your reception. Here we show you how to make pinwheels with cut-out details, but if you want to make things even simpler, leave those out and just fold and pin a blank square. You can use all kinds of pretty papers in colours to match your wedding scheme.

Mini pinwheels attached to cocktail sticks are great as cake toppers or even as buttonholes for men's jackets

For the templates turn to page 124

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Cut out the template on page 124. To use the template more than once or to re-size it, photocopy or trace it. Using a craft knife and metal rule on a cutting mat, cut a piece of paper the same size as the template. Using invisible tape, fix the template on top of the paper.

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Cut out the small white parts of the template and the paper at the same time. Next, cut the four diagonal solid lines, being careful to cut only the length of the line, not all the way into the centre of the square.

Remove the template. One by one bring each of the four corners into the centre, aligning the crosses on top of one another. Once aligned, carefully push a brass fastener through all of the layers to keep the corners in place. Turn the pinwheel over and bend back the arms of the fastener so that the blades of your pinwheel are secured in place.

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Attach a thin wooden skewer (or a cocktail stick if you are making very small pinwheels) on to the back of each pinwheel using invisible tape. Your pinwheel is now ready to add to your wedding décor!

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Cut five small crosses where marked on the template – one in each corner and one in the centre. This will allow the brass paper fasteners through easily. Cut around the outside edge of the template.

This fun pinwheel project is taken fromPapercutting for Special Occasions by Emily Hogarth, published by Search Press, rrp £12.99. For more details about this fab book, please visit www.searchpress.com


Place cards Create beautiful papercut place cards for your reception tables in colours to match your dĂŠcor

To ďŹ nd out how to make matching placemats too, see book details over the page


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placecard

You will need )Craft knife and blades )Cutting mat )Invisible tape )Metal rule )Bone folder (optional) )Thin card )Ribbon (optional)

When guests find their table place at the reception they'll be delighted to see their names written on such elegant, papercut cards. When choosing the colour of the card, remember that it needs to be light enough for you to be able to write on. If you do especially want to use a dark colour card, write in a silver pen.

For the template turn to page 124

To make the cards extra special,s attach a strip of ribbon or a bow to the front

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Cut out the template from page 124. To use the template more than once or to re-size it, photocopy or trace it, following the instructions on page 124. Using a craft knife and a metal rule on a cutting mat, cut out a rectangle of card the same size as the template.

Gently fold the place card in half along the score line, making sure you do not fold the design. Press the fold firmly with your finger or with a bone folder to make sure you get a sharp crease.

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Using invisible tape, attach the template to the card. Using a craft knife on a cutting mat, carefully cut out the white details on the template and the card at the same time. Next, cut out the outline around the motif, remembering that you only need to cut one side; this is shown as a white line on the template.

Now all you have to do is write your guests’ names on the front of the cards and place them on the table.

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Remove the template. Place a metal rule along the centre of the design (where the dotted line is on the template). Using a craft knife or a bone folder, gently score the folding edge on either side of the design, being careful not to cut through the card or through it.

This project is taken from Papercutting for Special Occasions by Emily Hogarth, published by Search Press, rrp £12.99. The book also contains instructions for making the matching placemats (pictured on page 25). For more information about the book, visit www.searchpress.com


DIY wedding workshop guide Want to learn how to add beautiful DIY touches to your wedding? Fancy a crafty hen party? Try a workshop – Helen Self has rounded up details of craft, cake, flower courses all over the UK


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Central and northern England

If you like the idea of adding handmade touches to your wedding day, it honestly is easier than you think to learn crafty tips and tricks from the professionals.You can get the party to come to you or find one in your local area – why not take a friend or two?

Love me Sew,Yorkshire

Nationwide The Crafty Hen This innovative UK-wide scheme, devised by textile artist and workshop leader Julie Roberts, brings craft workshops and parties to you, wherever you are! A huge range of craft professionals and tutors based all over the country will come your chosen location to run the session, or you can choose a venue from some specially selected cafés and bars in major UK cities. Workshops include bunting, corsages, brooches, hair accessories, garters and more, and many can be offered with vintage materials. Or if you’ve got something particular you’d like to do that’s not on the list, just ask!

Who better to set up a craft workshop enterprise than a woman who was a DIY bride herself? Emily Carlill made everything for her wedding in 2011 apart from her dress, and now, with childhood friend and business partner Sam Lowe, runs Love me Sew. Leeds-based Emily and Sam will come to a Yorkshire/North East England venue of your choice and help you and your friends to make beautiful patchwork items, or they can design a bespoke workshop around your own ideas. www.lovemesew.co.uk

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www.craftmepretty.co.uk Nicky Rox Crystal Craft Want to customise your shoes or accessories with gorgeous bling? Learn the tricks of the trade from a professional shoe designer and her enthusiastic team, who’ll come to a venue of your choice (including workplaces) throughout England and North Wales. The team can also help you source a hotel in a city of your choice when you can have a great stay and hold the workshop too. Crystal embellishments and all materials are provided, and various workshop packages can include different kinds of crystals, including pre-bookable selected colours. www.nickyrox.co.uk

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Fancy having a craft workshop brought to you, complete with gift bags to take away your makes at the end, some tasty treats and even photos taken of your fun session? Craft Me Pretty will come to you anywhere in the UK – or even further afield if required – and are happy to run workshops either in your own venue or in one of their specially chosen ones. They’ll even help you with booking a venue if you’ve got somewhere special in mind. Craft options include beaded or vintage jewellery, fascinators, pocket mirrors and coin purses, cupcake bouquets and more.

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Ruth Singer Studio, Leicester Bring friends and family to a craft party in textile artist Ruth’s beautiful Victorian studio in central Leicester. Creative options include bunting (including a weather-proof variety), textile jewellery made from fabric lace, felt and buttons, and paper garlands and decorations. Ruth can also create a bespoke craft party for you, at the studio or in a venue of your choice. www.ruthsinger.com/studio My Craftea Day, Sale, Manchester Learn how to use a sewing machine and create hanging fabric hearts or garters, or go machine-free and make fabric and ribbon flower corsages. The My Craftea Day team can either come to you with up to 8 sewing machines and a huge selection of materials, or they can host your event at the fab, creative traders’ outlet, 7 Tatton Road, in Sale. www.mycrafteaday.co.uk Craft North East, Whitley Bay

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Do you want to sew some accessories for your wedding, but you’re a bit nervous about using a sewing machine? Come to a friendly public workshop such as Make Friends with Your Sewing Machine, or Simple Sewing Skills, held at Made craft café in Whitley Bay. Or, if you prefer, Craft North East can design a bespoke craft party for you and your friends.

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Southern England The Create Place, Bethnal Green, London

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For a crafty venue with an ethical heart, choose The Create Place. It’s a social enterprise run by a community charity, set in an attractive building, and puts every penny of profit into providing free activities and programmes for the residents of Tower Hamlets to develop their creativity in a welcoming environment. Party workshops for DIY brides and hen parties include cupcake decorating, patchwork and creating your own lino stamps to personalise your wedding stationery. Super+Super, Brighton Spend an afternoon or a full day at this central Brighton craft hub with a group of friends and family. Learn how to make wedding accessories, choosing a few options from pompoms, garlands, streamers, bunting, table place cards, fancy tealight holders, peg cake toppers and more. www.supersuperhq.com Sarah Drew, Cornwall Make gorgeous vintage or cool recycled jewellery at beautiful hotels and other venues in Cornwall with your friends, with workshops led by contemporary jewellery designer Sarah Drew. The venues are all either by the sea, next to the river or in the woods, and Sarah can help you include natural materials in your creations. Or if you prefer, she can come to your own choice of venue. Sarah also runs workshops at West Dean College in Chichester, which specialises in arts and crafts. www.sarahdrew.com

Rowan Tree Studio, Higher Clovelly, Devon Come to North Devon for an afternoon of creativity – and keep the party going into the evening if you like! Learn how to make beautiful favours for your wedding such as handmade soaps and candles, or try your hand at fabric corsages or bunting. Rowan Tree Studio is based in a beautiful converted granary with oodles of natural light, plus new and vintage sewing machines. And with the studio being in Devon, all classes and parties can of course include homemade cream teas! www.rowantreestudio.co.uk Rachel Thompson Design, Cambridge Bring your friends and enjoy a private pre-wedding workshop hosted in the beautiful setting of the Hotel du Vin in Cambridge, led by artist, model-maker and teacher Rachel. Choose from a whole range of wedding crafts including corsages, hair pieces, veils, sashes bracelets, hanging decorations and more. Rachel also runs public wedding craft courses in Cambridge, either over a series of evenings or as day courses on a Saturday. See her website for more details. www.rachelthompsondesignco.uk

Scotland Arabella Bridal, Edinburgh

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Make a fabulous fascinator or cocktail hat with experienced milliners in Edinburgh. Workshops are held at a variety of beautiful venues including cool cafés, luxury hotels and quirky tea houses, or you can arrange a private party. You’ll have access to a huge range of materials including feathers, lace, buttons, faux flowers and Swarovski crystals, and you can bring along your own items to include, such as a vintage brooch for your ‘something old’. Homemade London, Marble Arch Enjoy afternoon tea or a champagne supper while you and your friends craft at Homemade London’s West End salon – or the team can come to you. Choose from over 20 ideas including jewellery making, feathered headpieces, garters and lingerie. Then you’re ideally situated for a night out on the town afterwards, or a serious weekend of shopping! For a more focussed DIY bride course, there are more of Homemade London’s popular full day Wedding Craft Workshops running on Sundays in 2014, starting with 2nd February and 30th March, where you can learn how to make all kinds of accessories, decorations and favours. www.homemadelondon.com

www.arabellabridal.com Sheila Kerr Jewellery, Irvine, Ayrshire Sheila is a bespoke jewellery maker, often creating one-off pieces for weddings and for other special occasions, and also loves to welcome small groups (6 or fewer) into her studio overlooking the beautiful harbour area of Irvine, which is situated in a courtyard studios complex also including a gallery and arts centre. You can learn several jewellery making techniques, and you’ll leave having made your own handcrafted piece to one of Sheila’s own bespoke designs. www.sheilakerrjewellery.com

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Denmark Farm, Lampeter

Bouquets & Blooms, Droxford, Hants

Learn how to carve a traditional Welsh love spoon with expert tutor Grace Young-Monaghan over two days at this conservation centre in Lampeter. If you’re not local you can stay in an eco-lodge on the centre’s 40 acre nature reserve – it could make wonderfully romantic weekend away for you and your man where you can carve sycamore love spoons for each other. Courses run on 25-26 January 2014 to celebrate the festival of the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Santes Dwynwen, and on 15-16 February 2014 for Valentine’s.

Louise Bowditch is passionate about wedding flowers and helping brides to learn how to style their own arrangements. She offers a range of workshops that are open for anyone to book onto, based either in a Grade 2-listed private residence

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FLOWER WORKSHOPS Learn how to create wedding flowers with the 'wow' factor by taking a course in your home or at one of these friendly floral designers. Choose from 'Brides on a Budget', buttonholes and corsages to designing your own table arrangements.

Nationwide Wild about Flowers Have a flower workshop in your own home or venue courtesy of Wild About Flowers, an independent Gloucestershire-based florists who are willing to travel almost anywhere in the UK to deliver fun, practical bespoke sessions. Choose anything you’d like to learn or to practise, and discuss colours in advance so you can do the workshop with your actual wedding colours. www.wild-about-flowers.co.uk

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in Droxford, Hampshire – around 15 miles from Southampton and Portsmouth, and 11 miles from Winchester – or in local handmade/wedding shops. Workshops include a two-hour Mini Budget Blooms session, right up to the full-day Bridal Blooms for the Handmade Wedding. Louise is also very happy to arrange private wedding flower lessons for brides or small groups. www.bouquetsandblooms.bluecloudphotography.co.uk Jades Flower Design, Coggeshall, Essex Come to a studio workshop in the beautiful north Essex countryside to learn how to create your wedding flowers.You can join one of the scheduled workshops or create your own bespoke course, covering any aspect of flower arranging you choose. Learn how to create a hand-tied or simple bouquet, make table arrangements or go for the ‘Brides on a Budget’ option, which includes learning how to make buttonholes and corsages. Lead florist Beverley Nichols has had her work featured on TV and in magazines, and is supported by a friendly, well-qualified team. www.jadesflowers.co.uk Jamie Aston Flower School, London

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Situated on Great Portland Street, Jamie Aston’s renowned business and floristry school offers both one-day bridal classes and a full week bridal course for those who really want to get to grips with the entire big day! The one-day class will teach you how to make a bouquet and a pomander, and there’ll also be a buttonhole demonstration. The full-week course, meanwhile, covers everything from bouquets, corsages and buttonholes to table arrangements, pew ends, cake tops and much more besides.

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Make heart-shaped wedding favours and accessories out of a selection of natural, eco-friendly, vintage materials and wild herbs. You can beach comb on the beautiful Gower coast – some of the most stunning beaches in the UK – and take part in herbal walks before making beautiful things. Choose from decorated driftwood hearts, brooches, candles, cupcakes, herb bags, hanging hearts of all kinds and more. Workshops take place in barns, village halls or cottages.

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Emily and Me, Hythe, Kent Learn how to make your own hand-tied bouquets, table arrangements, pew ends and buttonholes, either in a lovely, creative venue called The Dolls House in Hythe, or at a private workshop in your own home or a venue in Kent. Emily and Me can offer a fun, simpler flower workshop for hen parties too. Once you’ve learnt your skills, they’ll even order and deliver your chosen wedding flowers for you two days before the Big Day. www.emilyandme.co.uk Byrd & Spry, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex Come to a one-day course that will teach you all the essential skills for your DIY wedding flowers. Held at Byrd & Spry’s lovely West Street Lofts studio and taught by florist and stylist Ella Turner, the course is taking place on Saturday 1st March 2014. Ella also offers private one-on-one sessions for DIY brides, combining it with consultancy on your theme and ideas, plus fun hen party sessions where you can make hairpieces or corsages.

can learn the essentials for your big day. Or if you prefer, they’ll organise a private workshop for you and your friends, tailoring the session to exactly what you’re after, at the Love Lily shop or in your home or own venue. www.love-lily.com

Scotland Scottish School of Floristry, Glasgow There’s a busy schedule of wedding flower courses taking place throughout 2014 at this long-established flower school in Bearsden, Glasgow. Some are just a half day option, such as the Table Centre course, while other courses run over two or three days for you to acquire the skills to handle more of your wedding flowers. Or if you’d prefer a private workshop with more of a party feel, the School can organise that too for parties of six or more, with weekend dates available. www.scottishschooloffloristry.co.uk

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CAKE WORKSHOPS Whether it's a three-tiered confection or a simple sponge decorated with fresh fruit, you want to make a statement with your wedding cake. Get know-how from the professionals to tackle your own creation with confidence.

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Create the wedding cake of your dreams at one of Zoe Clark’s classes – the numbers are kept small (4-5 students per class) so that everyone can get the most from the course. Come away armed with skills and more importantly, the confidence to attempt your own creation. www.thecakeparlour.com Tallulah Rose Flower School, Bath Located in the heart of the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, Tallulah Rose Flower School offers its signature one-day Bridal Course, Friday once a month, taught by a wedding specialist.You’ll learn the key skills needed to plan, choose and create your key wedding pieces, and how to condition and care for your flowers. Then you’ll be shown how to make a bouquet and finish it with ribbon, plus the basics of wiring so you can make buttonholes.

Peggy Porschen Academy, London

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Little Venice Cake Company

Flowers with a Twist, Cardiff

Mich Turner MBE runs two-day ‘Classic Wedding Intensive’ courses. if you are looking for true designer inspiration for your wedding cake. If you don't feel your capabilities extends that far, why not treat your mum?

This award-winning florist in Pontcanna, Cardiff, is well known for its stunning shop with unusual flowers and designs, and the shop is where the workshops also take place. There will be a schedule of workshops for 2014 (contact the shop for more details) and private sessions for brides, family and friends can also happily be arranged. www.flowerswithatwist.com Love Lily, Abergavenny Love Lily’s Flower School is so popular that there’s a regular series of wedding workshops throughout the year, each a full-day session (on a Tuesday or a Saturday) where you

You’re spoilt for choice with Peggy Porschen’s day courses in which you can learn how to make and decorate a tiered wedding cake from start to finish, perfect your icing skills, make biscuits and other delicious patisserie for your wedding favours. Turn to page 120 for a trio of Peggy's delicious cupcake recipes, perfectly stylish for a handmade wedding.

www.lvcc.co.uk Anna Tyler Cakes, Bristol Bristol-based Anna Tyler will show you how to create a three-tiered stunner at her premises in Bristol. Everything is provided for you to complete your course. This includes cakes, fillings, boards, boxes to take finished cakes away in, all equipment and tools, and even an apron! www.annatyler.co.uk

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Hot Pink Inspiration Love colour but don't want a rainbow riot? Pick a single, sizzling shade and contrast with cool whites to create a seriously chic wedding theme with easy ideas to make too


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Pick a single, dazzling shade like hot pink and use it for all your wedding details, from flowers and food to make up and stationery. Then make it pop spectacularly against a multitude of pure white backgrounds – your dress, the cake, some crisp table linen and a wall of helium-filled balloons. Luxury styling achieved so simply.

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Pink Inspiration thanks This photoshoot was created in the USA for Ruffled: ruffledblog.com Photography: Samantha Cabrera Stylist: Alisa Lewis Event Design Model: Alissa Pegram Hair: Camille Schmidt Make up: Julie Farley of The Make Up Studio Dress: 'Blush' by Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory Accessories: Emici Bridal Florals: Garden of Eden Desserts: Batch Bakeshop Food: Feast Catering Vintage & Speciality Rentals: The Attic Stationery Katie Linder Venue: The White Room

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Balloon Tassels

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You will need )2-4 sheets of tissue paper, in different shades of pink )Ribbon )Silver streamers )Hot glue gun )Glue sticks

A wall of plain white helium balloons looks simply stunning. But you can use them as accent features too – tied to the backs of chairs, for example – then dress them up with these fun, easy-to-make tassels. Have fun with colours as you mix and match the metallic and plain paper strips. Tasselled balloons make great props in your photobooth

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Cut the tissue paper and silver streamer into strips, leaving one end of all the strips connected with a ½-1in border. Cut the ribbon to the length you desire and tie it to the balloon.

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Wrap and glue on the connected borders of the strips to the ribbon, layering them slightly, to provide different lengths.

The tassels only need to cover about a foot or two of the ribbon below the balloon.

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Make sure the tassels don't go all the way down to the bottom of the ribbon – leave a length of plain ribbon so that the balloon can be held, if desired.

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You will need )Ice cube tray )Fresh rose buds, )Scissors )Distilled water

When you choose a single colour scheme like hot pink, it's fun to make it pop up in surprising places. These rosebud ice cubes are as unexpected as they are beautiful They do call for having a freezer at or very near your reception venue, of course, but if you can sort the logistics you'll add such a pretty handmade touch to your day!

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Cut the stems off below the rosebuds, leaving just an inch or so of length. Rinse the buds in cool water.

Once the ice has almost frozen solid, fill the water up the rest of the way. Doing the freezing in two stages like this lets the rosebuds settle in the right place.

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Place the buds in the ice cube tray and fill each hole half way with distilled water. Put the tray in the freezer and allow sufficient time for the ice to form.

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Once completely frozen, pop the rosebud ice cubes out of the tray. They're now ready to display in glass containers or in your wine buckets and look simply gorgeous!

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You will need )Plain white placemats )Sequin fabric )Hot glue gun )Glue sticks )Scissors

Really easy to make, these sparkly no-sew placemats will add an extra wow to your wedding party tablescape. They're a very versatile DIY project as you can change the tones to ďŹ t your colour scheme – try cream placemats with gold sequins for an elegant look, or go for rainbow brights to set the scene.

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Wrap the excess edges of the fabric over the back of your placemat and stick down. Allow to dry.

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Your placemat now makes a dazzling setting for your white tableware, silverware and pops of hot pink.

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˙vintage charm

Photography © Tim Hardy Photography www.timhardy.co.uk

Jo and Kev went for a good old British fête theme for their reception in a riot of colour and clever handmade touches


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Vivid colours everywhere made for a day with the brightest, cheeriest feel. Although Jo and Kev hadn't planned on dominant colours, they could see from their photos afterwards how red, orange, pink and yellow came to the fore. Kev's bright red, illuminated 'LOVE' decoration (left) made a standout feature for the village hall.

As history and nostalgia fans, Kev and I wanted a handmade, vintage-style wedding. Yes, that style is really popular, of course, but we love it when memories are attached to a person, object or event, and when everything has a story to tell. We also love the quirky, pretty, homeliness of British vintage. We wanted a wedding that would be unique, have its own story to tell, and reflect our personalities, and a DIY wedding was the best way to achieve that. The matter of nostalgia and memories was especially important to me as my mum passed away in May 2010, and then I lost my dad too just 15 months later. So we wanted a day where we could incorporate little pieces that were evocative

of our childhood, and I could include touches to honour the memory of Mum and Dad too. We opted for a civil ceremony at Markenfield Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire. It’s a beautiful, moated medieval manor house, deep in the countryside. We followed the ceremony with a reception at Kettlesing Village Hall, just outside Harrogate. We ditched the usual idea of a traditional colour scheme and went for a totally hotch-potch ‘granny made a quilt’ feel. We wanted the reception to look like the street parties after the war, when everyone donated old frocks and sheets to make bunting. We’re big on recycling as well as nostalgia! So our wedding and the feel of the day ended up being a perfect embodiment of this ethos. Handmade Weddings

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With an army of helpers, Jo and Kev were able to incorporate handmade details into just about every aspect of their wedding. Recycling was a huge part of their ethos for both ethical and cost reasons, so many of the materials were donated – such as the fabrics for the bunting (below right) – or came from a scrap store.

Flowers can be one of the biggest costs for a wedding, but Jo and Kev took the increasingly popular route of ordering their own from a wholesaler, directed by Jo's best friend's talented mum, Von, who then organised the arrangements including Jo's bouquet (above). Greenery from hedgerows and Jo and Kev's own garden added an extra DIY feel.

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A family affair Since having our children, Sam (now six) and Grace (four), both Kev and I have had our passion for creativity re-ignited. I’d always enjoyed art and crafts at school, like Kev, who is also talented at woodwork. Since losing my parents I’ve also turned to crafting as a therapy. Mum and Dad always made things with my sister and me when we were kids – everything from fancy dress outfits to bows and arrows – so carrying on that family tradition is wonderful. It was a visit to my local recycling scrap craft store, two-and-a-half years ago, which really inspired me to give new crafts a go. You can get all kinds of materials very cheaply there, which means

you can experiment with new ideas and it doesn't matter if something doesn't work. You can also get materials to make large-scale objects, which is perfect when you've got a large venue to dress or you want to go to town, like us, with games and all kinds of quirky features. It feels good, too, to be turning previously unwanted materials into something that makes your day special. Many of our family and friends also share a love of making things so we were lucky to have lots of help with our wedding preparations. This continued the feeling support and community that had sustained us through some incredibly difficult times. It went right up to the day before the wedding, when lots of people helped us set up and decorate the village hall for the reception, generating a huge


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feeling of excitement – and creating the kind of special memories we were after.

Planning ahead Six months before the wedding we hired a church hall for an afternoon and invited friends and family to come to a heart decorating session. I made the hearts in advance out of white presentation board and covered them in a variety of recycled papers – sheet music, pages from old books and gift wrap which I’d asked friends and family to save for me. The plan was to decorate the hearts with buttons, sequins and gems, so I’d also asked family and friends to donate any old buttons they had. On the craft day everyone loved choosing which heart to decorate then going for it. The kids were in their

element! All generations were there, and groups of people who hadn’t met before filled the hall with creativity, laughter, chatting and excitement. The hearts looked beautiful. We mounted them all on a very large piece of MDF, covered with wallpaper, then had it framed ready to hang at our wedding reception. The artwork now hangs in our dining room and it’s something to treasure forever.

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With their own son and daughter at the wedding plus lots of other mini guests, it was important for Jo and Kev to include lots of special touches just for the children, including special picnic bags (above). There was a playful feel for everyone, though, with lots of Scrabble tile styling, and the chance to have a go on a bright yellow vintage typewriter (above centre)!

Getting crafty Crafting was involved in just about everything for the wedding. We designed and had a rubber stamp made to create our invitations, which also featured paper bunting, vintage buttons and twine. For confetti cones I used recycled sheet music, and my mother-in-law, Doreen, and some

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To honour the memory of her mum and dad, Jo made sure the wedding featured plenty of elements related to them. The fabric for one of the gorgeous teepees (below) came from her parents' old living room lace curtains! The whole day was full of such memories – old ones being shared, and new ones being created.

Jo and Kev wanted all their friends and family to have the chance of joining in the creativity, which set the inclusive tone right from the outset. On the wedding day the mini guests especially loved picking out the hearts (right) that they'd decorated six months earlier.

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neighbours helped me fill them with preserved rose petals in wonderful colours. There was more papercrafting to add interest to the tables. I covered old chocolate boxes in adverts from a Victorian journal, plus sheet music with lovely sentiments on and scraps of fabric. We used these boxes plus vintage books as stands for flower arrangements and other table decorations. Our flowers were wonderfully arranged by my best friend’s talented mum, Von. She and I planned the flowers together, and went to a wholesaler a few weeks before the wedding to order them. We also collected extra greenery from hedgerows and our own garden. On the tables at the reception we displayed flowers and greenery in decorated jam jars, which looked so pretty.

Kev was busy too! He made an amazing, huge light-up red LOVE sign out of aero-ply, which proved a real focal point for the hall and now hangs in our home. He also made some great fete-style games – Splat the rat, hook-a-duck and a piratethemed coconut shy. As a music fan he sorted out a wedding playlist, and created a souvenir CD for all the guests, designing his own sleeves and labels saying ‘Dance like nobody’s watching’!

Busy bees To make the bunting I formed a sewing bee with Doreen and a group of friends. I bought my first sewing machine and they helped me to make 120 metres of mismatched bunting, using donated fabric. We had a wonderful time making it, and


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Make a splash... From instant colour such as a hook-a-duck paddling pool (left) to the more intricate details such as beautifully packaged seeds (right), Jo and Kev definitely achieved their desired feeling of a summer fête.

I in return, learned so much from these amazing ladies who’ve been sewing for years. Doreen and husband Len also made two stunning teepees for the children to play in at the reception, with wooden frames and recycled fabric covers. One featured a pair of beautiful lace curtains which used to hang in my parents’ lounge. I’m sure they would have been very happy they were being put to good use! In honour of my dad, who used to keep bees, I decorated lots of honey jars. In them we served raspberry lemonade with retro paper straws. My dad loved nature, as I do, so for another touch to remember him we filled little envelopes with a wildflower seed mix and stamped each envelope with a bee. For even more favours my

friend Fiona made homemade fudge and sweets, which needless to say were very popular! The food – a summer buffet – was done by a fab catering company, and all the children had their own picnic in paper bags. To decorate the bags we printed a picture and a quote from The Wind in the Willows, my favourite childhood book. As a mum myself, making things magical for the children was important to me, so my best friend and her family helped us to create some wooden fairy toadstools. We gave the children boxes of ‘fairy dust’ to scatter around and make a special wedding wish! All in all, the 12 months before the wedding turned into a real journey that we’ll never forget – exactly what we wanted. u

Jo and Kev’s wedding tips y Find out if you have a local craft scrap store – it’s wonderful to use recycled materials and you’ll save lots of money. y Don’t get carried away and feel that every detail has to be homemade. We sometimes made that mistake and ended up feeling like we were drowning. We needed to delegate more, or cross things off our list and forget them. y Set yourselves a making deadline of several weeks before the wedding so you have time to relax afterwards.

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y Paint or wrap in twine _ turn to page 110 for details! £12.00 www. cargohomeshop.com

y Easy as ABC! Bright alphabet paper cups, pack of 30, £9.99 www.theletteroom.com

y Layer upon layer of sweet treats are a real dessert table showstopper, www.pandurohobby.co.uk

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y Love the buzz! Plantable paper bees with flower seeds. Pack of 50, £12.50 www. wildflower-favours.co.uk

It's all about the mix and match of your DIY elements with high street inspiration y Quilted love hearts, a set of 12, £25.95 www.dotcomgiftshop.com y A riot of colourful ABC and number stickers for favour bags, £12.00 www.weddinginateacup.co.uk

y Stripy fabric windmills for party fun. £3.95 each, www. dotcomgiftshop. com

y Rainbow bright patterned straws in stripes, dots, hearts or block colour, packs of 25, £3.00 www.weddinginateacup.co.uk

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y Dahlia Vintage Green tin for simple posies and single blooms, £10.00 www.paper-whites.co.uk

y Shabby black wedding words tape for favours, straws and more! £3.00 www.weddinginateacup.co.uk


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Jakee & Pete

A real team effort All images Š O&C Photography www.oacphotography.com

Jakee and Pete combined their love of the outdoors with a quartet of vintage colours to theme their handmade wedding


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From the stationery to the bouquets, Jakee and Pete's wedding was filled with handmade, personal touches. They used their own creative abilities and benefitted from lots of talented helpers, too.

Jakee's wedding outfit had so many handmade details. She made the sash and waist accessory herself (above), plus a stunning headpiece which included vintage brooches from her grandmother (right).

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Home for us is a smallholding in Pembrokeshire in south-west Wales, where we keep sheep and chickens. It’s next door to Pete’s mum’s land and woods, too, so we enjoy a very outdoor life. Plus as we live near the coast we’re keen sailors – so when we’re not out on the land, we’re on the water! I work as a product designer, and I’m a keen crafter too, so when it came to planning our wedding I knew that I’d want to bring all of these different strands of our lives together to personalise our celebration. We started planning in earnest nine months before the wedding, and it was clear from the outset that we’d go for a combined country/sailing theme. In terms of a colour scheme we opted for a quartet of shades which work beautifully together – duck egg blue, dusty pink, taupe and

teal. With the themes settled, everything else flowed from there. Our wedding ceremony was to be held at the family church in Burton, and then for the reception we had a marquee in the beautiful, mature grounds of Upton Castle.

Thrifty vintage finds My best friend and I started to hit the shops – the charity shops, that is! I love glassware and wanted there to be lots of it in the marquee, so we began to hunt for cloches, unusual jars and more. We found a wonderful jar for the sweet table with a cockerel on the lid, perfect for the country theme. We used the cloches for centrepieces on the tables in the marquee, covering decorative displays mounted on slices of a tree from the woods.


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We also hunted for old lampshades, as I wanted to create a glamorous entrance of hanging lights leading to the marquee. I wasn’t bothered by what the lampshade fabric looked like as that was coming off – I just wanted the frames! Pete and I recovered them with a range of fabrics in our wedding colours, and they made a real feature for the wedding.

Early crafting Because we wanted so many handmade elements to the wedding we knew we’d have to get cracking! I’m a product designer so I had all the software I needed to design our own wedding stationery, and I printed it all myself too. The stationery featured a chicken, a sheep, a pig and a duck to reflect our smallholding life, plus a willow

tree, which is something that has special significance for Pete and me. We decided to make our own wedding guest favours too, and settled on the idea of pottery hearts and cockerels for female guests, and key rings for the men with rope ‘monkey fist’ knots, as a reference to sailing. Pete especially felt that the men should have something practical. He made all the key rings on his own, using rope bought from a local chandlery, working in front of the TV in the evenings throughout the winter months. Meanwhile I’d previously been on a pottery course at Pembroke College, so I felt confident to make the women’s favours. One of my friends has a kiln, so we were able to cut out the cockerel and heart shapes then fire and glaze them. Another course that I’d previously been on and

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With their chosen colour scheme of co-ordinating pastels, Jakee and Pete achieved a traditional elegance and prettiness for their wedding. Tracking down fabrics and accessories in the right colours was all part of the fun!

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For the serious business of having fun you can't beat a photo booth and a sweet table! A friend's talents were employed to create the photobooth props (top), and vintage glassware set off the sweet table beautifully, along with some of Pete's handmade wooden stands (above).

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that came in handy was willow weaving. I used willow from our smallholding to create wreaths as marquee decorations, adding our initials in paper to the centre. I’d found ‘the dress’ early on, but decided to add a few details to make my wedding outfit truly mine. I designed a sash, knot and ribbon trail inspired by our love of sailing, and created a waist accessory plus a headdress from beads, jewels and some beautiful vintage brooches that came from my grandmother. I wanted to give my bridesmaids a special gift, so I turned to a friend of mine who’s a jewellery designer and who has an online shop on craft website Etsy, called Tinysilver. She made beautiful necklaces for us, including one for myself that I wore on the wedding day.

Flowers and fancies The flowers ended up being an unforeseen saga! We hadn’t planned to do our own, but difficulties with the florist just three weeks before the wedding meant we had to do a total rethink. A wonderful, talented woman from our sailing club came to our rescue and reassured us that she could help us get it all sorted out. She and I spent an evening with gin and tonic and a big pile of magazines, and by the end of it I knew exactly which flowers I wanted and what sort of arrangement styles. She bought some flowers and mocked up some arrangements, and from there we were able to calculate the quantities of flowers that we’d need. My mum then dealt with a friendly local flower wholesaler and placed the order. The flowers were


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Jakee and Pete's smallholding and the nearby woodland are such a vital part of the happy couples' lives that those natural elements were a wedding 'must'. The combination of Pete's handcrafted cakestand (left) plus the multitude of colourful cake pops made by Jakee's mum and helpers equals a highly original wedding cake!

delivered on the Wednesday before our Saturday wedding, and we were able to store them in the garage on our smallholding. I then had a wonderful time creating the flower arrangements for the church and the marquee tables, and our lovely friend created the bouquets. Thankfully, we didn’t have any similar food crises! My only dilemma had been which sort of cake to go for, as I had far too many ideas. One week I’d be planning a classic three-tiered cake covered in fruit and flowers, then the next week I’d be sketching something completely different. In the end we went for something fun. Pete handcrafted a tiered cakestand from slices of wood, my mum invested in two cake-pop machines and gathered a team of helpers, and we ended up with something completely original! The

top tier of the cakestand held a five-tier gradient cake which I couldn’t resist topping off with mini bunting. At the reception we also had Welsh cakes made by my mum, displayed on my gran’s pretty cakestands. Marquee decorating went well too, thanks to a wonderful team of helpers. Some friends and I made pom-poms from crêpe paper, and my six-year-old niece and I had fun making paper chains and garlands from vintage book paper. The sweet table looked fab with all the jars and sweet colours, and my niece punched out lots of paper hearts to decorate it too. Mum made all the bunting, staying up late a few nights in a row to do it perfectly and even iron it! It was such a team effort, and we are so grateful for everyone’s help on our wedding ‘production line’! u

Jackee and Pete’s wedding tips y Make a wedding mood board with colours, motifs, patterns, and anything else that’s important to you. Then anyone who’s helping you source things like fabrics or flowers can see clearly what’s in your head, and can even source things independently for you. y Delegate! Tap into what people can do – everyone who wants to can help, even children like our little niece. y Make the most of the winter months before your wedding to get lots of your crafting done, and do any jobs as early as you possibly can. Although we felt we did loads early on, we wish we’d done even more sooner so that there had been less pressure in the final weeks.

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Jakee & Pete y Winter Chic hand-tied bouquet in muted shades, £POA www.interflora.com

y Pop these photo booth props on your tables to break the ice! £5.95 www. dotcomgiftshop.com

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y Set sail with pretty patterned paper boats, pack of 8, £9.95 www.sistersguild.co.uk

y Retro glam Butterfly Wishes Hair Comb, £29.00 www.GlitzySecrets.com y Mix it up on the cake table with super-cute cake pops, £POA www.waitrose.com

y Tie the knot with Nautical but Nice wedding stationery, £2.90 www.weddinginateacup.co.uk y Pink lemonade in mini milk bottles with handmade flags and tags, £2.75 each www.weddingofmydreams.co.uk

y Fill pretty glass jars of varying sizes with sweets and treats www.hobbycraft.com

y Sugar almond shades make these name badges so sweet, £1.00 each, www.weddinginateacup.co.uk

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Foodie Favours Your guests will ooh and aah over these sweet and savoury favours that are gorgeous and deliciously practical. They’re quick and easy to make too – only simple ingredients are needed, plus some pretty glassware


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Marinated Goat Cheese

You will need )Goat cheese log )Olive oil )Various herbs: parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage and chives )Sterilised sealable jars Prep time/cook time:10 minutes Total time: 4 hours

For something completely different, surprise your guests with these mini pots of savoury delight. You might well find that some guests can’t wait until they get home to open them up...

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Break off pieces of goat cheese log and form into balls.

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Pour olive oil into your sterilised, sealable jars.

Add a selection of herbs from parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage and chives.

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Add the balls of goat cheese. Top up the oil a little if necessary.


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food favours

You will need )30g mixed fresh herbs )50g coarse sea salt )Glass jars Prep time/cook time:10 minutes Total time: 4 hours

Foodie friends and family members will definitely appreciate these gourmet favours, which look just so attractive finished with hand-written labels Make… herbed salt favours

Using a mortar and pestle, grind together 30g of assorted herbs

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Spoon the mixture into glass jars and let them air dry for 4 hours before capping or corking

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Bottled Vanilla Extract… Bottle the mellow flavour of vanilla in these elegantly rustic little favours – just ensure you make these well ahead of time to give the extract plenty of time to mature before the your special day

Make… these vanilla extract favours

You will need )5 vanilla pods )250ml vodka )Stoppered glass jars )Printed labels

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Use a funnel to pour the vodka into bottles, leaving headroom at the top.

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Split open the vanilla pod and fold in half. If the bottles are small, cut to fit.

Place the cork stopper in each bottle. The extract will mature over time.

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Add a customized tag to finish off your easy DIY wedding favour!


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Vanilla Sugar treats Vanilla is one of those classic aromas that’s almost universally loved, so it’s not only baking friends who'll love this favour idea. Use an unexpected container such as a test tube to show off the treat

Make… vanilla sugar treats

You will need Ingredients for one pod: )1 vanilla pod )400g white sugar )Test tubes )Corks )Funnel )Fork or whisk )Large mixing bowl

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Use a funnel to pour the mixture into test tubes or containers

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Slice open the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds using a knife.

Add a customized tag to set your pretty favours off beautifully!

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Add the seeds of one pod to two cups of sugar. Use a fork to mix.


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sweet & simple

For k nit k pleas now-how e tu , page rn to 126

Designs by Kirstie McLeod

It's the little details that add up to make a handmade wedding extra special, so enjoy knitting or crocheting our selection of pretty accessories and decorations

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Wedding

accessories Heart band Cast on 27 sts using 3¼mm needles. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Purl.

Heart lace pattern Row 1 K2, k2tog, yo, K8, k2tog, yo, K9, yo, skpo, K2. Row 2 and all alt rows Purl. Row 3 K2, k2tog, yo, K7, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, skpo, K7, yo, skpo, K2. Row 5 K2, k2tog, yo, K6, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, skpo, K6, yo, skpo, K2. Row 7 K2, k2tog, yo, K5, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, skpo, K5, yo, skpo, K2. Row 9 K2, k2tog, yo, K4, k2tog, yo, K7, yo, skpo, K4, yo, skpo, K2. Row 11 K2, k2tog, yo, K3, k2tog, yo, K9, yo, skpo, K3, yo, skpo, K2. Row 13 K2, k2tog, yo, (K3, k2tog, yo) twice, K4, yo, skpo, K3, yo, skpo, K2. Row 15 K2, k2tog, yo, K4, yo, skpo, K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, skpo, K1, k2tog, yo, K4, yo, skpo, K2.

Finish off the crocheted flowers with a crystal or pearl bead

Row 17 K2, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, K3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, K5, yo, skpo, K2. Row 18 Purl. Repeat these 18 rows until the border measures 50cm, ending on a purl row. Cast off.

To make up

Crochet corsage

Ring cushion

Yarn Bergère de France, Idéal (40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polymide, 50g/125m) 1 ball each of Danseuse (230.261), Cyclamen (205.551)

Yarn Bergère de France, Idéal (40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polymide, 50g/125m) 1 ball Everest (512.201)

Hook A 3.5mm crochet hook

You will need 25x25cm plain cushion, fabric, 1 metre length of narrow ribbon

You will need Tapestry needle, thread, three glass beads, green ribbon

Flowers (make 1 of each size) Make 30 (36: 46) ch using a 3.5mm hook. Use Danseuse for the two smaller flowers and Cyclamen for the larger one. Row 1 1 tr into 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr into every ch st, ch 2, turn. Row 2 (1 tr, 1htr) into the base of the 2 ch, (1 htr, 1 tr, 1 htr) into each ch. Fasten off.

To make up Weave in all loose ends. Roll the crochet up to look like a flower, then secure the base well. Attach the beads to the centre of the flowers. Sew the ribbon in place with a matching thread.

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Cover the cushion pad with fabric. Pin and sew the border to the centre of the cushion. Attach the ribbon to the knitted border so rings can be tied in place.

Needles A pair of 3¼mm needles

This heartband will fit snuggly around a small ring cushion


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Soft and stylish with a touch of sparkle! This hairband is a lovely idea for a crafty bride

Hairband Yarn Bergère de France, Idéal (40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polymide, 50g/125m)1 ball Everest (512.201) Hook A 3.5mm crochet hook You will need Alice-style hair band, one glass bead, glue

Flower

Sew the leaves onto the base of the flower. Attach the flower to the hairband with a spot of glue, wrapping the yarn around the band.

Row 11 Knit. Row 12 Purl. Row 13 Knit. Row 14 Purl.

Mittens (make 2) Yarn Bergère de France, Idéal (40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polymide, 50g/125m)1 ball Everest (512.201)

Rows 15, 17 & 19 P1, *k2tog, K4, yo, P1, yo, K4, sl 1, K1, psso, P1; rep from * to end of row. Row 16, 18 & 20 K1, *P6, K1; rep from * to end of row.

Needles A pair of 3¼mm needles

Make 72 ch using a 3.5mm hook.

Now work rows 1 to 10.

You will need Pink beads, beading needle

Row 1 1 tr into the 2nd ch from the hook, *tr 2 into next ch, tr into next ch; rep from * to end of row, turn. [106 sts]

Cast on 43 sts using 3¼mm needles.

Continue in stocking stitch for 5cm (measuring from the end of the lace pattern), ending on a knit row.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 2 Ch 1, 2 tr into each of the next 2 tr, (1 tr, 2 tr into next tr, 1 tr, 2 tr into each of the next 4 tr, 1 tr, 2 tr into next tr, 1 tr) rep 10 times, 2 tr into each of the next 2 tr, 1 tr.

Row 1 Knit.

Fasten off.

Rows 5, 7 & 9 P1, *yo K4, sl 1, K1, psso, P1, k2tog, K4, yo, P1; rep from * to end of row.

Leaves Make 7 ch using a 3.5mm hook, ss into the first ch to form a ring.

Next row Knit.

Row 2 Purl.

Cast off.

Row 3 Knit.

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Row 4 Purl.

Rows 6, 8 & 10 K1, *P6, K1; rep from * to end of row.

Weave in all loose ends. Using a beading needle and matching yarn, attach 3 beads to the centre of each lace pattern over the purl stitches. Join together the side seam, leaving a gap for your thumb.

Round 1 Ch 1, work 15 dc into the ring, ss into first dc. Round 2 *Ch 4, miss next dc, (1 tr, 2 ch, 1 tr) into next dc, 4 ch, miss next dc, ss in each of next 2 dc; rep from *, ss into the last dc of the round. Round 3 *(3 dc, 4 ch, 3 dc) into next 4-ch sp, (2 dc, 4 ch, 2 dc) into next 2-ch sp, (3 dc, 4 ch, 3 dc) into next 4- ch sp, ss in between the 2 ss of round 2; rep from * twice ending with a ss. Fasten off.

To make up Weave in all loose ends. Roll the crochet up to resemble a flower. Attach the glass button to the centre of the flower.

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accessories Row 3 Kfb, K1, kfb. [5 sts]

Next row Purl.

Row 4 Purl.

Next row K2tog, k2tog.

Row 5 Kfb, K3, kfb. [7 sts]

Next row Purl.

Row 6 Purl.

Next row K2tog.

Row 7 Kfb, K5, kfb. [9 sts]

Fasten off yarn.

Row 8 Purl. **

Rejoin yarn and work as follows:

Row 9 Kfb, K7, kfb. [11 sts]

Next row Purl.

Row 10 Purl.

Next row K2tog, k2tog.

Row 11 Kfb, K9, kfb. [13 sts]

Next row Purl.

Row 12 Purl.

Next row K2tog.

Row 13 Kfb, K11, kfb. [15 sts] Row 14 Purl. Row 15 K7 sts, cast off 1 st, K to end. Continue working on these 7 sts. Row 16 P7. Row 17 K2tog, K to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Cake topper Yarn Bergère de France, Idéal (40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polymide, 50g/125m) 1 ball Pavot (224.081) Needles A pair of 3¼mm needles You will need A small amount of black DK yarn, 3.5mm crochet hook, toy stuffing, 2 bamboo skewers, PVA glue

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Row 18 Purl. Repeat these last 2 rows until 3 sts remain. Cast off. Rejoin yarn and work as follows:

Using long stitch, sew initials on two of the big hearts and the number 4 on to one smaller heart. Place a plain and sewn heart together, right sides facing. Sew round the edge, leaving a small gap open. Turn the heart the right way out and fill with stuffing. Cut the skewers in half and wrap the top centimetre in yarn. Secure with glue, leave to dry and then push through the inside base of the heart. Slip stitch the heart closed.

Next row P7. Next row K2tog, K to last 2 sts, k2tog. Next row Purl. Repeat these last 2 rows until 3 sts remain.

Big heart (make 4)

Small heart (make 2)

Cast on 3 sts using 3¼mm needles.

Work as Big Heart until **.

Row 1 Purl.

Next row K4 sts, cast off 1 st, K to end.

Row 2 Purl.

Working on these 4 sts:

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These knitted hearts make fun photobooth props too!


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Choose a ribbon in a shade that matches the wedding colour scheme

Row 14 Purl.

Row 28 Purl.

Row 15 K9, k2tog, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K7, yo, skpo, K1, yo, skpo, K to end.

Row 29 K8, yo, skpo, K4, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, skpo, K4, k2tog, yo, K to end.

Row 16 Purl.

Row 30 Purl.

Needles A pair of 3¼mm needles

Row 17 K8, k2tog, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K9, yo, skpo, K1, yo, skpo, K to end.

Row 31 K9, yo, skpo, yo, skpo, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, skpo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, K to end.

You will need Blue ribbon

Row 18 Purl.

Starting with a purl row, st st 4 rows.

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Next row (Eyelet row) *K1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Cast on 33 sts using 3¼mm needles.

Row 19 K7, k2tog, yo, K2, k2tog, yo, K3, k2tog, yo, K4, yo, skpo, K2, yo, skpo, K to end.

Starting with a purl row, st st 7 rows.

Row 20 Purl.

Next row (Picot row) K1, k2tog, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.

Row 21 K6, k2tog, yo, K4, yo, skpo, K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, skpo, K1, k2tog, yo, K4, yo, skpo, K to end.

Next row (Picot row) K1, k2tog, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.

Bag Yarn Bergère de France, Idéal (40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polymide, 50g/125m) 1 ball Everest (512.201)

Starting with a purl row, st st 11 rows. Next row (Eyelet row) *K1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Row 22 Purl.

Starting with a purl row, continue in st st until the knitting measures 22cm.

Row 23 K6, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, K3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, K5, yo, skpo, K to end.

Row 1 K16, k2tog, yo, K to end.

Row 24 Purl.

Row 2 Purl.

Row 25 K6, k2tog, yo, K8, k2tog, yo, K9, yo, skpo, K to end.

Row 3 K15, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, skpo, K to end. Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K14, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, skpo, K to end.

Row 26 Purl. Row 27 K7, yo, skpo, K6, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, skpo, K6, k2tog, yo, K to end.

Starting with a purl row, st st 11 rows.

Starting with a purl row, st st 7 rows. Cast off.

To make up Weave in all loose ends. Fold along one picot row and slip stitch the hem on the wrong side. Repeat for the other end. With right sides facing, sew together the side seams, and turn the right way out. Thread the ribbon through the eyelet row and tie a bow.

Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K13, k2tog, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K2, yo, skpo, K to end. Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K12, k2tog, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, skpo, K1, yo, skpo, K to end. Row 10 Purl. Row 11 K11, k2tog, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, skpo, K1, yo, skpo, K to end. Row 12 Purl. Row 13 K10, k2tog, yo, K1, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, skpo, K1, yo, skpo, K to end.

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Mr & Mrs

Designed by Diane Machin

Make your breakfasts as newlyweds extra special with this pair of fun egg cosies – they're easy to cross stitch and then sew up by machine or by hand


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Cross stitch in two strands )28-count purple evenweave, two 15x18cm pieces for each )Purple lining fabric, two 11x13cm pieces for each )Mini red pompoms )Gold ric-rac, 24cm for each )Purple ribbon, 24cm for each See page 126 for how to cross stitch and page130 for stockists

DMC Light Effects E677 DMC Light Effects E703 DMC Light Effects E815 DMC Light Effects E3821 DMC Light Effects E3837

Stitch small designs on to a large piece of fabric before cutting out

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Backstitch in two strands of cotton and one strand metallic

550 101 0714 DMC Light Effects E3821 lettering

Make an… egg cosy Use the chart below to cross stitch the pair of designs on separate pieces of fabric. Cut out and trace the cosy template below on to the back of your stitching. Cut a second piece of purple evenweave plus two pieces of purple lining fabric.

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Right sides in, sew one lining and evenweave piece together along the straight edge. Open and press. Repeat with the second set. Stitch on your gold ric-rac trim.

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Designed by Lucie Heaton

from the heart Make a thank you for bridesmaids and page boys with these adorable personalised cross stitch heart and star sachets


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the loop resting on the surface of your stitching.

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Place the backing fabric on top of the design, sandwiching the ribbon, and pin. Sew along the tracing line, leaving one edge open. Turn right side out. Stuff, then slip stitch closed.

See page 126 for how to cross stitch and page 130 for stockists

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Use the alphabet chart to stitch any message you like on a heart

Sewing guide Use as a guide for sewing the seam


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All photography Š Samantha Gilraine www.samanthagilrainephotography.com

Ginnie and Tom had fun creating rustic handmade details for their reception down on the family farm


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This way to the wedding – and lots of other places that matter to Ginnie and Tom too! This signpost idea (right) adds a highly personal touch to a wedding and is easy to make – maybe a good task for some handy woodworking helpers?

Ginnie and Tom included rustic details in every aspect of their wedding, from traditional sheaves of corn in the marquee (above) to sweet and simple flower posies displayed en masse chandelier-style (top right), and even some corn mixed in with the blue and white flower garland around the church porch (right).

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When it came to planning the wedding for my fiancé, Tom, and me, I had an unusual advantage! I’m a wedding event manager at Priston Mill, a popular rural tithe barn and watermill venue in a village near Bath in Somerset, so my working life consists of helping couples plan the look and feel of their special day and getting all the details just right for them. Tom grew up on his family’s farm in the beautiful Chew Valley, also near Bath, so we knew from the outset that we would have our reception in a marquee there. The wedding ceremony itself took place in the local church in the village of Compton Martin. Having helped to turn lots of other people’s dreams into reality at Priston Mill, I felt strongly that I wanted to make our own wedding

completely unique and special to us. Making some of our own decorations, stationery and accessories was definitely the best way to achieve this. A country feel was essential, of course, and we went with blue, my favourite colour, for our main colour scheme.

Sewing fun Shortly before Tom and I got engaged, I’d learnt how to sew using my mum’s little sewing machine, and I became obsessed! As a relative newcomer to sewing it did mean that a lot of what I made for the wedding were first projects for me, but I had a lot of fun making it all. My sewing projects ranged from the huge – 150 metres of bunting for the marquee – to the tiny, such as a mini top hat and veil to go on chocolate fingers


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on the groom’s cake! I also sewed table runners for the reception, and one of the most special details for the wedding ceremony, our ring cushion. Sewing and embroidery make an ideal way to personalise all kinds of items, so I sewed goody bags for all the child guests and stitched our initials on the fabric jar covers for our mini jam favours. I also embroidered a picture and name for each of the tables in the marquee. As Thomas had proposed to me at Salcombe estuary in Devon, we themed our seating plan and table names with the bays and beaches around Salcombe, adding a nautical touch to our overall scheme.

Beautiful blooms There are some jobs that are simply too big to do all on your own, especially the ones that have to

be last minute like floral decorations. So we recruited lots of help from talented relatives and friends to do the flowers for both the church and the marquee. We were able to cover the church in flowers, including a garland over the arched door, and as I love pale pastel colours we added white, cream and green into the arrangements. When it came to the marquee, we were in the incredibly fortunate position of having an abundant supply of flowers, because my green-fingered mother-in-law has an amazing cutting garden on the farm, right next to the spot where the marquee was situated. We cut and incorporated additional colours of blooms to create some gorgeous table centre pieces in a soft cottage garden style, plus a stunning posy chandelier that hung over the top table. That definitely had the 'wow' factor!

Ginnie & Tom

From the absolutely enormous (top) to the teeny-tiny (left and centre), so much fun can be had with personalised handmade details. They make it a day to remember, for both you and for your guests.

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Ginnie & Tom

Happy faces! The ultimate aim of a wedding is for everyone to have a good time, and that includes you. So follow Ginnie's advice on page 28 and plan just the right amount of creativity for you to handle.

Ginnie and Tom recruited lots of helpers for big jobs like the gorgeous wedding flowers (above). This left Ginnie free to focus on the crafts she wanted to take on herself, such as the embroidered table names (right).

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Paper and paint When you’re working within a budget, one of the biggest savings you can make is to create your own wedding stationery.You can also get exactly the look you’re after, and it sets the tone for your ‘handmade’ theme right from the outset.Tom and I made all of the invitations together, which was fun. For the seating plan, I got out my paints. The theme of Salcombe Estuary leant itself to a simple outline map of the area, with the names of all the bays and beaches added to it. I even managed a little sailing ship and a compass! Other little paper-based jobs included tags for the jam favours, saying ‘Homemade strawberry jam’. The good thing about all these kinds of papercraft details is that you can make them as far in advance as you like, so you can steadily work

towards your wedding day, unlike any fresh items like food and flowers which have to be left almost until the big day itself and need lots more hands to the pump.

Pretty preserves As the busy bride and groom, it’s definitely best not to even think about trying to be hands-on with most of the catering at your wedding. But I love making traditional preserves and drinks such as jams and cordials, so I definitely wanted them to feature in the day. I made lots of little pots of strawberry jam as favours, which was another great job to do in advance. And I picked elderflowers and made my own cordial, putting a bottle on each table in the marquee along with a jug of water to dilute it. To add extra ambiance


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Ginnie & Tom

Blessed with the fabulous venue of Tom's family farm, the happy couple were able to make the most all the space and develop their rural theme. What better for country fair-style favours than mini pots of jam with hand-embroidered covers (above)?

to the tables, plus a lovely scent to perfume the air, I filled some pretty vintage teacups with candle wax and a rose essence, and displayed the cups on their matching saucers.

Outdoor antics If you’ve chosen a venue for your reception where you can have some outdoor details, as we were lucky enough to have with Toms’ family farm, then there’s scope for even more fun and personalisation. Possibly one of the most original features seen at any wedding, ever, was our giant bride and groom on a farm trailer! Made from hay bales and accessorised with everything from a tyre top hat to an outsized ‘veil’, they put a huge smile on everyone’s faces. The addition of

old-fashioned milk churns filled with flowers emphasized our pretty country wedding theme. Another fun item was a signpost, like the kind you get at tourist spots such as Land’s End, showing the distances to all kinds of places connected with our engagement, wedding and honeymoon. I think that this sort of detail – like all the other handmade touches – sticks in your guests’ memories, and turns your wedding into something special. We definitely ended up with the unique, personal celebration that Tom and I were after, and we felt that we took on the right amount of work, too. We had fun with it, but we didn’t get overwhelmed, which – as an experienced wedding event manager – was always my goal! u

Ginnie and Tom’s wedding tips y The build-up to your wedding should be a joyful time, so don’t try to do too much and let it get on top of you. Be realistic about what you can achieve and then you’ll enjoy it. Recruit help for when you need it too. y Pick a theme early on and then run with it. When you’re first planning your wedding it’s common to have lots of ideas and you can get a bit confused, but don’t let things get messy and out of hand – at some point you have to settle on your theme and stick to it. y Don’t go overboard on detail – sometimes less is very definitely more.

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y This way to the ‘I dos’ – a fab vintage wooden sign £6.50 www.weddingofmydreams.co.uk

y Just Married bunting, perfect for a country wedding, £20.00 www.johnlewis.com

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y Embroidered floral hoop for your table centres, from £15 www.thevintagedrawer.com

It's all about the mix and match of your DIY elements with high street inspiration y Vintage Rose Ice Cream Cups for summer fêtes, pack of 8, £4.00 www.johnlewis.com

y Pretty in pink – a painted wooden crate of six, £8 www.johnlewis.com y Spread the love with 21 rustic pre-printed labels and tags, £6.95 www.wildflower-favours.co.uk

y Reloved fabrics and lace country-style wedding horseshoe, £35.00 www.thevintagedrawer.com

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y Stamp it up – customise favours, placecards, seating plans and more. Lowercase ABC stamp set, £24.00 www.weddingofmydreams.co.uk

y Chocolate heaven – with a hidden orange centre, £POA, www.waitrose.com


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all aboard the wedding bus All photography by Kelly Clarke of Imagesplash © www.imagesplash.co.uk

Clare and Andrew combined the unlikely choice of birds and buses for their big day’s quirky dual theme – and it worked!


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Why stick with convention? A DIY wedding like Clare and Andew's lets you break with tradition as much as you like and incorporate the things that matter to you. Clare's handmade dress (left) was baby blue, and the quirky, unique stationery (above) featured a bird on a bus!

I’m lucky enough to come from a family with a long history of making things, with the result that I’d had the urge to make things all my life. I work as an art teacher, designer and maker and I learnt many of my skills from my mum and grandma when I was a child. When it came to Andrew’s and my wedding, it was incredibly important that our creativity should be harnessed, and it was a real privilege to have my mum’s and my grandma’s help with the wedding preparations, along with that of other friends and family members. I have firm ideas about what I do and don’t like, so I wanted to have creative control over all aspects of the look and feel of the wedding, right from the invitations through to the reception

décor. Handmade elements really personalise a wedding and make the perfect way of achieving the look you’re after and also reflecting your personalities. To my mind, it’s these things that make a fun, memorable wedding. We’d opted for a civil ceremony at Sale Town Hall in Greater Manchester, with the reception at St Peter’s Church Assembly Rooms in nearby Hale. I’ve got a real passion for colour so our rather unusual colour scheme was hot pink and turquoise, which proved to be a real feast for the eyes on a rainy Manchester day! To go with the quirky colours our wedding theme was out of the ordinary too, blending birds – inspired by a robin I’d seen and drawn on a visit

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Hanging decorations make the perfect way to fill up a large reception space and add instant shots of colour (below). A pompom-making session like the one Clare had with her friends is always great fun, and they're so easy to make that everyone can help, whether they're already into crafting or not.

Hurrah for family and friends who are skilled in the sewing department! Having the wedding dress (above centre) and the bridesmaids' dresses (above right) made by Clare's mum and a family friend meant that every detail Clare wanted could be included – and the dresses were unique.

to the Eden Project in Cornwall – and buses. One of the standout features of the wedding was the heritage red London double decker bus that we hired to transport guests around for the day, so buses just drove their way straight into our theme!

Dress to impress Andrew had an inkling that his colour-mad fiancée wouldn’t be turning up to Sale Town Hall in a white dress, and he was absolutely right! My mum made me a gorgeous tea-length baby blue wedding dress out of duchesse satin and lace, based on an elegant 1950’s Vogue pattern, plus a pale pink tulle underskirt that added another subtle splash of

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colour. Mum also made silk cravats for Andrew and the men in the wedding party. We were also incredibly fortunate that my mum’s best friend is a seamstress, so she made beautiful turquoise dresses for my bridesmaids, with pink sashes to complete the colourful look. Meanwhile I couldn’t resist customising some of my accessories, so my shoes and fascinator had lots of added bling!

Décor delights Our reception venue had fantastically high ceilings that allowed me to go to town with hanging decorations. I made vertical bird bunting in bright


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colours and mixed this in with handmade paper pompoms in paler pastel colours and paper lanterns. A couple of friends helped me to make all the paper pompoms – my little Ford KA looked very pretty stuffed full of pastel pompoms when I drove them over to the venue! We had lots of handmade details on the tables, too. The tables were arranged trestle style and my mum made bright turquoise runners to go down the middle of each one. I wanted paper flowers for the tables and worked out that we needed 180 of them, so I trained both Andrew and my son, George, to make them with me. Their help was invaluable so that I didn't feel overwhelmed.

The floral décor for the reception was a DIY job too. I ordered a load of pink hydrangeas from Holland and after they were delivered I had to soak them in the bath overnight before the wedding. I presented them each as a single flower in French-style jam jar decorated with hot pink and turquoise ribbons, and added hand-foiled labels as a finishing touch. With such a big space to decorate it was wonderful to have family and friends to help. Once the whole hall was dressed it looked a real picture with all the decorated tables, the bunting, the other hanging decorations and the covered chairs with big, hot pink sashes. We'd definitely

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Clare's son George (above) looked so smart in his silk cravat made by his grandma, plus a pink rose buttonhole. He was also one of the makers of the origami flowers that helped to dress the reception table (above left) – little hands are great at crafting!

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You can never have too many cupcakes at a wedding (right) – junior guests especially will keep coming back for more! The cakestands and colourful wrappers can add greatly to your colour scheme too.

At the reception the guests could write out wishes and messages on decorated paper hearts and hang them on a branch (above right). It made another pretty display, and Clare and Andrew can treasure the hearts as keepsakes.

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achieved the pretty summer fête style that we were after, it was exciting to have turned our vision into a reality!

Ride the bus It was great fun incorporating lots of bus motifs into the wedding. I’ve got a bit of a laser cutting fetish and luckily the school where I work as an art teacher had invested in a laser cutting machine, so I designed, laser cut and hand foiled invitations shaped like buses with a robin riding on the top deck. On the wedding day itself George was given the important role of bus conductor and collected the individual foiled bus tickets that I’d made for

everyone. The fun bus ride created a lovely informal, relaxed atmosphere among all the guests on the way to the wedding ceremony, setting just the tone for the day that we’d wanted. More buses appeared on the tables at the reception as my mum made intricately-detailed bus felties as favours for all the guests. They had windows, wheels, sequins and labels with our names on, to make a cute souvenir of the day. Mum spent so much time making them and they added so much to the look of the tables, it was a wonderful thing for her to do. For our seating plan, what could be better than – yes, you’ve guessed it – another big red bus! I


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Ordering and arranging some of the wedding flowers yourself (right and above right) is a great way to cut on costs and to be able to have more flowers at the reception than would othewise be possible. You don't have to do all the flowers, though – you can let professionals take care of some elements so you don't get stressed.

curved off the top corners for that iconic vintage London bus shape.

Feel of a fête The reception might have been indoors, but we wanted the food to also reflect that feel of an old-fashioned British summer fête – no stiff, formal catering, but rather lots of chances for guests to mingle and enjoy themselves. So we opted for a hog roast plus a buffet, and made local English ales available. My sister made dozens of delicious cupcakes in pink polka dot wrappers, and Grandma made exquisite sugar paste flowers to decorate them all. We displayed the cupcakes on a variety of

pretty cakestands so that they formed part of the reception décor, as well as the catering. There's always music at a fête, too, so we had a guitarist to play. It was slightly more fiesta than fête, though! We asked him to play Spanish tunes, to reflect the time when Andrew had lived in Spain for 18 months, and we’d maintained our relationship over the distance. A favourite part of the party was our ‘Faceswap’ area where guests could put on celebrity masks and play at being Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne or the Queen! Witnessing all the fun and photos being taken confirmed that our guests were having a great time – mission accomplished! u

Clare and Andrew’s wedding tips y To help you work out what you really want, begin by gathering lots of ideas from magazines and online sources such as Pinterest. My own Pinterest page is at www.pinterest.com/curiousclare y Do keep a tight control on the budget, as handmade is not always necessarily the cheap option you’d think it would be! y Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends to help out, especially if you’ve got a venue to decorate yourself, otherwise you’ll become overwhelmed with it all. Involve family members with making all kinds of details for the wedding. and don’t forget the groom and other menfolk too. My husband and son were brilliant at making the origami flowers!

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Clare & Andrew y Too cute roses and swallows wraps and toppers, £4.99, 10 of each www.gingerray.co.uk

y Dress up your table with vintage bird place cards, £4.49 for 10 www.gingerray.co.uk

y All aboard! Magic Bus wedding stationery for a cool city wedding, £2.40 www.weddinginateacup.co.uk

style file It's all about the mix and match of your DIY elements with high street inspiration

y Love this! Birdcage Wedding post box for your guests' wishes and comments, £14.99 www.gingerray.co.uk y '60s chic Vintage Love Hanging Metal Sign, £ 5.95 www.dotcomgiftshop.com y Colour pop retro pink honeycomb paper balls, £12.95 for 3 www.sistersguild.co.uk

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y So tweet! Miho Unexpected Things Romantic Resort Bird House, £29.95 www.johnlewis.com

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y Confetti cones from bird wrapping paper, £3.50 a sheet www.weddingofmydreams.co.uk


memory keeper

Design by Lesley Teare

Personalise a simple album with this easy cross stitch motif to turn it into a stunning guest book


Ideas

Album

Keep the memories of your wedding alive with a beautiful guest book. Reading your friends and family's comments, reflections on the day and heartfelt wishes will make the experience live again whenever you leaf through its pages. Substitute the gold thread for your own colour scheme and colour match the book cover in a swathe of luxurious fabric or themed paper.

DMC

Anchor Madeira

Cross stitch in two strands

B5200 001 2401 3823 386 2512 DMC Light Effects 3852 Backstitch in one strand

DMC Light Effects E3852 all outlines and details

If you like this idea, take a look at these… y East of India 'Happily Ever After' album, John Lewis £15.00

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y Wedding planner with handy pockets and space for all your notes Prezzybox £18.95

You will need )28-count evenweave fabric, 10x10cm )Piece of white card )Album to display your stitching )Fabric or paper of your choice to cover the album if required See how to cross stitch on page 126 and for stockist details see page 130


Ideas

yarn accessories

pretty perfect

For k nit k pleas now-how e tu , page rn to 126

Designs by Kyoko Nakayoshi

Handmade accessories in soft colours and textures add such a natural prettiness to your wedding scheme, so knit a few to scatter throughout your day

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yarn accessories

Birdcage veil Yarn Bessie May, Lishie Lou Grace lace weight (70% super kid mohair, 30% silk, 25g/195m) 1 ball Mist (9140) Needles A pair of 4mm needles You will need Tapestry needle, thread, 6cm (2½in) hair comb, 3 x 6mm (¼in) oyster glass pearl beads (comb and beads used here are from www.spoiltrottenbeads.co. uk), 25x60cm (10x23½in) tulle fabric (or Russian netting, which has larger mesh)

Flower (make 8) Cast on 5 sts using 4mm needles. Row 1 (RS) K1, *yo, K1; rep from * to end. [9 sts] Row 2 and all alt rows (WS) Purl. Row 3 As Row 1. [17 sts]

A small birdcage veil is a great alternative to the traditional style

Row 5 K1, *yo, K2; rep from * to end. [25 sts] Row 7 K1, *yo, K3; rep from * to end. [33 sts] Row 9 K1, *yo, K4; rep from * to end. [41 sts] Row 11 K1, *yo, K5; rep from * to end. [49 sts] Row 13 K1, *yo, K6; rep from * to end. [57 sts]

Row 16 Purl. Cast off. Break yarn leaving a tail 20cm and pull through. Use this end of yarn to join the edges and make the piece into a circle.

To make up Gently apply a steam iron to each petal. Fold 4 of them in half with RS facing each other, and fold the other 4 pieces into

Beads nestled in the flower give an instant touch of glamour

quarters with the RS facing each other. Place the half-folded pieces on top of each other one by one to make a circle (see fig. 1 for the corsage). Using the yarn tail, sew them together at the folded edge and the centre but make sure that the petals will still open up once sewn. Then place the quarter pieces one by one at a 45° angle. Sew the edges together to secure. Open the petals to shape. Weave in the free ends of yarn at the back of the flower

and attach 3 pearl beads at the centre front of the flower. Cut approx 25x60cm of tulle fabric (if you have Russian netting, you can use its 23cm width). The length of the fabric should be enough to wrap over your face. Fold in half and cut a round corner on one of the edges (fig. 1). Open out and tack around the round edge (grey line) and gather (fig. 2). Fix at the back of the flower, then attach the hair comb.

fig. 1

FOLD

Row 15 K1, *yo, K7; rep from * to end. [65 sts]

Tulle fabric

fig. 2

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fig. 3 1

Choose fabric that will work with the bridesmaid's dresses

Half-folded petal

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Petal 1

Petal 2

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Row 5 K3, (K1, yo, K1) into the next st, K3. [9 sts]

Yarn Bessie May, Lishie Lou Honour DK (85% microfibre acrylic, 15% nylon, 50g/90m) 1 ball of each Yarn A Zest (7330) for petals Yarn B Zing (7320) for the leaf

Row 7 K4, (K1, yo, K1) into the next st, K4. [11 sts]

Needles A set of 4mm DPNs You will need Tapestry needle, thread, 20x20cm (8x8in) white tulle, brooch pin (pin used here is from www.spoiltrotten beads.co.uk)

Petals (make 5) Cast on 40 sts using 4mm DPNs and yarn A. Distribute stitches evenly over DPNs and join to work in the round. Rnd 1 *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end. [32 sts] Rnd 2 and all alt rows Knit. Rnd 3 *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end. [24 sts] Rnd 5 *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. [16 sts] Rnd 7 *K2tog; rep from * to end. [8 sts] Break yarn and thread through 8 rem stitches. Pull yarn tightly to close gap. Weave in ends leaving one free end of yarn to sew the petals together later on.

Leaf (make 2)

Row 11 K4, sl 2, K1, p2sso, K4. [9 sts] Row 13 K3, sl 2, K1, p2sso, K3. [7 sts] Row 15 K2, sl 2, K1, p2sso, K2. [5 sts]

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Row 17 K1, sl 2, K1, p2sso, K1. [3 sts] Row 19 Sl 2, K1, p2sso. [1 st] Break yarn and pull through rem st. Weave in ends, but leave the yarn at the base of the leaf to sew the leaves at the back of the flower later on.

Petal 4

To make up Weave in ends. Gently apply a steam iron to the petals and leaves to shape them. Cut 5 circles of fabric slightly larger in diameter than the knitted petals.You can cut the fabric freehand. Place one fabric disc onto WS of each petal and fix at the centre using thread and needle. Fold all the petals in half with WS facing each other. Place 4 petals on top of each other in a circle (fig.3). Sew them together along the fold to fix (do not sew through all the layers as it will prevent the flower opening – just sew the edge lightly).

Row 1 (RS) K1, (K1, yo, K1) into the next st, K1. [5 sts]

Turn the piece around (so the sewn part is facing down). Roll the last petal and place at the centre, facing up. Sew the rolled edge and fix at the centre base.

Row 2 and all alt rows (WS) Purl.

Attach the leaves beneath the flower.

Row 3 K2, (K1, yo, K1) into the next st, K2. [7 sts]

Attach the brooch pin to the back.

Cast on 3 sts using 4mm DPNs and yarn B.

Petal 3

Row 9 Knit.

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Hearts Yarn Bessie May, Thea Bea Snikel 4ply (100% extra fine Merino wool, 50g/185m) 1 ball Sorbet (4120) Needles A set of 3¼mm DPNs You will need Tapestry needle, thread, small amount of stuffing, 10-15cm ribbon (ribbon used here is from www.vvrouleaux.com)

Hearts (make 2) Cast on 5 sts using 3¼mm DPNs. Distribute stitches evenly over DPNs and join to work in the round. Set-up row (WS) Purl.

The bows don't have to be perfect, especially if your theme is shabby chic or boho

Row 1 K2, m1l, K to last 2 sts, m1l. [7 sts] Row 2 (WS) Purl. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 17 sts, ending with a WS row. Next row (RS) K8, w&t . Next row (WS) *P6, w&t. Next row K5, w&t. Next row P4, w&t. Next row K3, w&t. Next row P2, w&t*. Next row K to last 2 sts, picking up wraps from base of sts and knitting them together with the st, w&t. Rep from * to * once more.

Vase covers

Because this is an odd number use 36 or 38 stitches.

Yarn Bessie May, Lishie Lou Honor DK (85% microfibre acrylic, 15% nylon, 50g/90m) 1 ball of each Zing (7320), Sherbet (7350)

Vase covers

Needles A set of 4mm DPNs

Cast on 36 (50) sts using 4mm DPNs. Distribute stitches evenly onto DPNs and join to work in the round.

You will need Tapestry needle, thread, 3 pieces 30cm (12in) florist wire, 50mm (20in) width ribbon (ribbon used here is from www.vvrouleaux.com), 40cm (16in) for 22.5cm (9in) circumference jar, 60cm (24in) for 29.5cm (12in) circumference jar Tension 19 sts and 25 rows to 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles Note The pattern repeat is small (repeat of 2 sts) so that you can adjust easily to fit any circumference. To adjust for any size vase (or jam jar), measure its circumference in cm.Then take 3cm away from this measurement so that the cover has a negative ease and will therefore fit tightly. Using the stitch tension, calculate how many stitches you would need to cast on. Make sure this is an even number. For example, 22.5cm circumference jar: 22.5 – 3 = 19.5cm 19.5 x 1.9 (number of stitches per cm) = 37 stitches

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For a jam jar of 22.5 (29.5)cm circumference.

Set-up rnd Purl. Rnds 1 to 5 Knit. Rnd 6 Purl. Rnd 7 *Yo, ssk; rep from * to end. Rnd 8 Purl. Rnds 9 & 10 Knit. These 10 rows form patt. Rep rnds 1 to 10 once more. Then work in st st until the piece measures to just below the screw opening of the jar (or 1.5cm below the edge of the vase). Next rnd Purl. Next rnd *Yo, ssk; rep from * to end. Next rnd Purl. Cast off.

To make up Weave in ends. Thread the ribbon through the eyelet holes. Tie a knot.

Next row (RS) K to end, picking up wraps from the base of the stitch and knitting them together with the stitch. Next row (WS) P to end, picking up wraps from the base of the stitch and purling them together with the stitch. Cast off.

To make up With WS together, graft the edges (see page 126) leaving approx 2cm gap. Stuff. Graft to end to close the gap. Weave in ends. Gently apply steam using an iron to shape. Do not let the iron touch the heart. Thread the ribbon at the top of the heart. Tie the end to make it a loop. Hide the joint under the knitted fabric.


Ideas

yarn accessories

Ring cushion Yarn Bessie May, Lishie Lou Honour DK (85% microfibre acrylic, 15% nylon, 50g/90m) 1 ball Star (7410) Needles A set of 4mm DPNs You will need Approx 20cm (8in) ribbon (ribbon used here is from www. vvrouleaux.com), approx 44x22cm (17½x8¾in) fabric, 50g stuffing

Tiny beads add a pretty sparkle to this understated subtle sachet

Cushion cover (make 2) Cast on 8 sts using 4mm DPNs. Distribute sts evenly over DPNs and join to work in the round. Rnd 1 *(K1, yo) twice; rep from * 3 times more. [4 sts on each DPN. 16 sts] Rnd 2 Knit. Rnd 3 *K1, yo, K to end of the DPN, yo; rep from * 3 times more. Rnd 4 Knit. Rep from * until there are 26 sts on each DPN. [104 sts] Next rnd *K1, yo, K to end of the DPN, yo; rep from * 3 times more. [28 sts on each DPN. 112 sts] Next rnd Purl. Ptbl the yo made on the previous rnd to close the hole; rep from * once more. [30 sts on each DPN. 120 sts] Cast off all sts purlwise. Ptbl the yo made on the previous rnd when you cast off at the corner. Break yarn and pull through all rem sts.

Cushion Cut 2 pieces of 22x22cm fabric. With RS facing each other, sew the sides leaving approx 5cm gap on one side. Turn the piece right side out and fill with stuffing. Sew the gap to close.

To make up With the WS of the knitted pieces facing each other, graft around the edges leaving one side open. Slide the cushion inside and continue to graft to end (see page 126). Cut approx 20cm of ribbon and thread in the centre of the ring cushion. Place the ring and tie the knot.

Beaded sachet Yarn Bessie May, Thea Bea Smile DK (100% extra fine Merino wool, 50g/120m) 1 ball Creme (3150) Needles A set of 4mm DPNs You will need Tapestry needle, embroidery needle, thread, 352 seed beads (these 3mm silver-lined crystal beads are from www.e-beads.co.uk) How to thread beads (b1) Bring yarn in front with a bead, sl 1 pwise, bring yarn back leaving the beads at RS of work.

Beaded sachet Thread the 352 beads onto the yarn. Push them down until they're needed (as indicated by b1 in instructions). Cast on 56 sts using 4mm DPNs, distributed evenly, place marker and join to work in the round. Rnd 1 Knit. Rnd 2 Knit. Cont in st st in this way until the piece measures 3cm from cast on. Eyelets rnd *K3, yo, k2tog, K2; rep from * to end. Work 2 more rnds in st st. Next rnd *K2, b1, K1, b1, K2; rep from * to end. Next rnd Knit. Rep from * 21 times more. Distribute sts evenly over 2 DPNs (28 sts on each). Using Kitchener method (see page 126), graft the base closed.

To make up Weave in all ends. Block the piece to measure 12x16cm. Cut a 50cm length of ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the eyelet holes. Tie a bow to close.

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Organic Tablescape Go for a natural, organic look but give it an elegant twist with shimmering golds. Use dark woods as your base then layer with green foliage, white blooms and tableware with a warm, golden glow


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Inspiration

organic tablescape Vintage, mismatched furniture and soft, natural floral arrangements have been strong wedding trends for a few years now, yet this tablescape manages to take all of those strands and regenerate them in a fresh, surprising way. The simple wooden base offers such a strong contrast with the whites, greens and golds that it lets each piece or each bloom sing out. There's no hint of sombreness, but rather a fairytale sense of natural organic beauty.

Less is more as you'll see in this style feature – it is a real visual treat as it brings together a beautiful, natural tablescape with eco-friendly appeal, which is sure to inspire all you brides-to-be with a passion for organic accents and rustic themes. Using a variety of containers for the table flowers allows different kinds of displays – some with height to allow artful draping of foliage, others shallow to showcase a single, stunning bloom. The

golden sheen comes not only from the plates and cutlery but also from candlesticks, candle holders and frosted cocktail glasses. If you're inspired by the look, turn over to have a look at the two gorgeous DIY projects that feature elements you can see on these pages. There's a stunning watercolour ombré placecard and a frosted glass cocktail to make – and with their illustrated step-by-step instructions, they couldn't be easier to make!

y ORGANIC TABLESCAPE

CREDITS AND THANKS This photoshoot was created in the USA for Ruffled: www.ruffledblog.com Photography: Urban Rose Photo Styling, DIY & production: Alisa Lewis Event Design Florals: Garden of Eden Vintage & speciality rentals: The Attic

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Watercolour Place Cards


Inspiration

organic tablescape

You will need For 8 place cards: )2 large pieces of thick handmade watercolour paper )Your choice of watercolours )2 jars or ramekins that will fit your size of cards )G  old pen or calligraphy pen of your choice )Newspaper or cardboard for drying

When you're going for an organic, natural look you can easily make your own place cards to keep with the soft styling. Handmade paper makes the perfect material for the 'torn edge' look, and here we show you how to dip it in your chosen shades of watercolour pigment for a pretty ombre (or 'dip dye') finish.

Make... a watercolour place card

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Use pine cones or log slices for natural looking card holders

Cut or tear the handmade paper into pieces that are the size you want for your place cards.

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Mix your watercolour pigments in your jars.You can blend colours to achieve exactly the shades your want. Mix the pigment with small amounts of water and try out on a scrap piece of paper until you achieve the desired intensity of colour.

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Dip each card into the lightest watercolour first and let the paper sit for 30-60 seconds to soak up the colour. Remove and allow to dry on a piece of cardboard or a drying rack.

Once the first layer has dried, dip the card into the darker pigment, but this time only about halfway up to achieve the ombre look. Leave the card in for 60-90 seconds or until the desired shade is achieved.

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Allow to dry completely. Write the names of your guests on to the place cards (or get someone with calligraphy skills to do it for you!).

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Display your place cards on the table. Here they've been mounted on vintage spools, but you could simply lay them on the napkins, or use other simple card holders.

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Frosted Glass & Cocktail


Inspiration

organic tablescape

You will need To make one cocktail: )30ml whisky )60ml sparkling water )60ml simple syrup or 2 tsp sugar )5 shredded mint leaves )1 scoop peach sorbet )Agave nectar or honey for glass rim )Gold glitter cake sugar for glass rim

The natural-with-hints-of-gold look doesn't just work for your table – it looks fab for your cocktails too! This peach mint julep looks wonderful with abundant fresh mint leaves, served in a glass with a sparkling sugar-embellished rim to create a touch of real old-school glamour for your wedding reception. We reckon this cocktail idea deserves plenty of practice at home ďŹ rst, or maybe on your hen weekend...!

Make... a frosted glass cocktail

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Place a ring of agave nectar or honey on a plate in a circle shape about the size of your glass. Place the sugar crystals on another plate.

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Pour simple syrup or sugar into the glass, being careful not to disturb the sugar on the rim. Pour your measure of whisky over the syrup.

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Dip the glass upside down in the agave or honey and then into the sugar crystals. Tip and turn the glass in the sugar to make sure the rim gets coated evenly.

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Add crushed or torn mint leaves. Place the scoop of peach sorbet into the liquid. Top with sparkling water and a few more mint leaves to garnish. Cheers!

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paper roses

Paper Roses Turn simple spirals of paper into beautiful blooms with our easy-to-make paper roses that you can prepare well in advance of your wedding – maybe at a crafty get-together?

You will need )Paper )Pencil )Scissors )Glue

Make masses of paper roses and add them to wreaths, garlands and table centres. Add paper leaves too!

Project and images Š Smitten on Paper www.smittenonpaper.com

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Cut a circle of paper. Draw a spiral on it in a freehand style, then cut all the way along the line.

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Begin to wrap the paper onto itself, curling it up into a tight shape that will start to look like a rose bud.

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Wrap the paper all the way down to the end, then carefully release your grip to let the bud unravel and loosen a bit..

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You've now got a rose shape! Glue the end of the paper to the bottom of the rose to secure it.

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Now make more roses in other colours! You can try different weights of paper to see which you like best.

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Ideas

ampersand

Twine & flowers Decorating a venue with outsize letters is a fun trend, so show off the ‘&’ of Mr & Mrs with this cute twine-covered ampersand. Hang it on the wall surrounded by quirky photos of you and your groom, in mix-and-match frames. If you don't fancy making one from scratch, buy readymade letter blanks to wrap and decorate instead.

Project and images © Smitten on Paper www.smittenonpaper.com

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You will need )Large ball of twine )Craft knife )Paper )Thick corrugated cardboard )Printer/photocopier

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Print out an ampersand to your desired size – printing on to a sheet of A3 paper is ideal, or you could blow one up on a photocopier. Using a glue stick, lightly coat the back of the printed sheet and place on a stack of corrugated cardboard.

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Using an craft knife, trace over the ampersand, cutting through the cardboard. When your ampersand shape is finally all cut out, peel back the sheet of paper.

At the top, tie a knot with the end of the twine.This is your starting point for wrapping. .Wrap the twine around and around the ampersand to cover it completely.

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Where the parts of the ampersand 'cross over' you can make them look neat by crossing twine over the top in an X shape. Glue or tie off the end to finish. Handmade Weddings

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wow factor wedding cakes Perfectly pink shaded layers, oh-so simple iced white tiers, and elegant cupcakes for everyone – bake one or bake them all for your family and friends to enjoy


Shades of Pink The perfect alternative to a traditional iced wedding cake, you’ll just fall in love with this stunning pink confection


Ideas

Layer cake

This spectacular shaded cake (also known as an ombré cake) is surprisingly easy to make. Graduated shades of pink sponge are sandwiched together with buttercream, and the cake is iced to match, with two pretty pink fondant butterflies resting on top. This cake will serve 20 finger portions or ten for dessert.

How to make your ombré cake

You will need Equipment )5x15cm (6in) round cake tins, greased and lined )15cm (6in) cake board )Turntable or lazy Susan )Scraper, smooth-edged )Butterfly plunger cutters in two sizes Ingredients )Butter, for greasing )Classic vanilla sponge batter (see measurements on right) )Large tub of dark-pink (fuchsia) colouring paste

)750g (1lb 10oz buttercream icing )25g (scant 1oz) dark-pink fondant, strengthened Classic vanilla sponge batter recipe )300g (10½oz) unsalted butter, softened )300g (10½oz) caster sugar )6 eggs )1.5tsp vanilla extract )300g (10½oz) self raising flour )1½tsp baking powder

Spread the layers of your cake with buttercream

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A day before you wish to serve, bake the cake. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/Gas 4). Divide the sponge batter between 5 bowls. Add 1⁄8 teaspoon of pink colouring paste to the first bowl; ¼ teaspoon to the second; ½ teaspoon to the third; ¾ teaspoon to the fourth; and one teaspoon to the final bowl. Mix all bowls well until the batter is evenly coloured.

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Pour the batter into the cake tins and bake for 20 minutes, test, and cool. Level the cakes. Spread a little buttercream icing onto the cake board, place the darkest cake on top, and move to the turntable.

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Layer the cakes with buttercream icing, starting with the darkest at the bottom to the lightest at the top. Crumb coat the cake, and allow to rest for an hour.

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Separate the remaining buttercream icing into 5 bowls and add the pink colouring paste to create five shades, from light to dark. Starting with the darkest shade of buttercream icing, ice the base up to about 2.5cm (1in). Continue up the cake using the remaining shades of buttercream icing, from dark to light, until the sides are covered. Ice the top with the lightest shade.

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Pull the scraper across the side of the cake as you turn the turntable. Push a palette knife into the buttercream and spin the turntable, to create lines where the colour changes.

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On a surface dusted with cornflour, roll out the dark-pink fondant to 2mm (1/16 in) thick. Using a plunger cutter, cut out two butterflies and rest them in an open book, on a sheet of baking parchment. Dry overnight. Attach the butterflies to the top of the cake with a little buttercream icing.

You should allow 1½ days for making your cake to give time for the icing to dry Crumb coat sides and top before adding the pink icing

This sumptuous pink layer cake comes from Step-by-Step Cake Decorating by Karen Sullivan, published by DK, rrp £16.99, www.dk.com

Cut out pink butterflies to decorate the iced cake

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Wedding

cakes

White lace wedding cake Pure white is a classic look and works brilliantly for an easy yet super-stylish cake. Simply cut out shapes from sugar paste and arrange them in a lacy pattern. Beautiful!

You will need )Plain white iced cakes, two different sizes )White sugar paste icing )Selection of flower and leaf cutters )Thin white ribbon

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of your layers. Place the larger flowers on the bottom layer first then fill in the gaps between them with smaller flowers and leaves. Wrap some of the larger shapes over from the side to the top of the upper layer.

Make... a lacy floral cake Roll out the sugar paste icing to 2mm thick, keeping the thickness even all over. Cut out a selection of flower and leave shapes in various sizes. It's a good idea to have some really tiny ones to help fill in the gaps for a truly lacy look. Dip your finger in water and wet the back of each shape to stick it on the side of one

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Allow the cake to dry completely. Finish with a thin white ribbon around the base of each layer.


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Quilted flower cupcakes Cover cupcakes with a layer of elegant but oh-so-simple cream or ivory quilting and finish them off with a delicate rose and some edible pearls

You will need )Cupcakes baked in cream cases )Buttercream )Sugar paste in cream or ivory )Edible pearl dragées )5cm (2in) 5-petal rose cutter )Craft knife )6cm (2½in) round cutter )Edible glue

Make... quilted cupcakes

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Roll out the sugar paste icing to 5mm thickness. Use a craft knife to cut a 3x1cm rectangle. Smooth the top edge with your finger

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Starting at one end, roll the rectangle between your fingers, pinching it at the base to form the rosebud centre.

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Use a rose cutter to cut out five petal shapes. Add them to the rosebud, crossing them over. Trim off any excess at the base.

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For the quilted cake covering, use a craft knife to indent a grid of lines in the rolled-out sugar paste, making the lines 1cm apart. Cut out a circle.

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Spoon a table of buttercream onto the top of the cake, then place the quilted circle over it to cover the cake.

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Add little pearl dragées at the intersection points on the quilting, securing them with edible glue if necessary. Finish by adding the rose, offsetting it from the centre. Again, secure with edible glue.

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cakes

Initial rosette mini cakes Make or buy mini white iced cakes, then add your own ribbon and initial rosettes – they're perfect for bride and groom, bridesmaids or even a whole wedding party!

You will need )Mini cake covered with white sugar paste )Sugar paste in 4 assorted colours )Edible glue )6 circle cutters in a variety of sizes )Letter cutter

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Use edible glue to stick the letter on to the smallest circle, then glue in place on the rosette. Allow to dry overnight, then position in place on a ribbon on your mini cake.

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Roll out 3 of your sugar paste colours to 2mm thickness. Cut out 6 circles of assorted colours, keeping the smallest to one side for the moment.

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Turn the 5 larger circles into rufes by rolling a cocktail stick back and forth around their edges. Use the edible glue to stick them together in order size to make a rosette.

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Roll out the fourth colour of sugar paste to 2mm thickness and use the letter cutter to cut out an initial.

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The three fab cake decorating ideas on pages 116-118 come from 500 Cake Decorations by Amanda Rawlins and Caroline Deasy, published by Search Press, rrp ÂŁ9.99 www.searchpress.com


Inspiration

Cake

y Set the scene with this Vintage Lace ‘Just Married’ bunting cake topper from Ginger Ray £7.50

y Show off meringues and pretty patisserie with these cute mini cakestands, a great idea from Panduro Hobby y Dress a plain iced cake with colour-themed seasonal blooms, Interflora, £POA

crumbs! Grab a slice of the cake action with presentation ideas for the baked centrepiece on your big day y Show off cupcakes in style with the Pearls and Pastries Birdcage from Talking Tables, £12.00

y Show off wedding cupcakes on this Bees Cakestand from Laura Lee Designs £65.00

y In a whirl with the Carnival Time Baking Set from Dotcomgiftshop, £5.95

y Wrap sweet iced biscuit favours in hand-tied organza bags, these are by Fiona Cairns at Waitrose

y This duo of His ‘n’ Hers needle-felted birds are the tweetest! The Felt Menagerie at Folksy, £42.50

y Sweet Love Cupcake Boxes hold four sweet treats. Pack of three, Berry Red, £8.50,

y ’60s-inspired All You Need is Love cake topper in the shade of your choice by Miss Cake at Notonthehighstreet, £17.00

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Ideas

cake

Gianduja Chocolate and hazelnut are a marriage made in heaven (like yours!), so combine them in both the cake and the glossy topping for these mini pieces of chocaholic luxury

You will need )225g unsalted butter, softened )225g light brown sugar )A pinch of salt )150g self-raising flour )50g ground hazelnuts )25g cocoa powder )1½ tsp baking powder )4 medium eggs )50g hazelnuts, chopped and toasted )60ml plain syrup )120g chocolate-hazelnut spread

Plain syrup )60ml water )60g caster sugar Chocolate-Hazelnut ganache )100ml whipping cream )15g glucose )65g dark chocolate )65g milk chocolate )65g chocolate-hazelnut spread

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Place the water and sugar into a small saucepan and bring just to the boil. Stir until the sugar crystals have all dissolved, then remove from the heat. Set aside to cool..

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Preheat the oven to 175°C/Gas Mark 4 and line two 12-hole muffin trays with 20 cases. Place the butter, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and cream until pale and fluffy. Sift the flour, ground hazelnuts, cocoa

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Using a piping bag or tablespoon, fill the cases until twothirds full. Bake for 15–20 minutes, depending on your oven. The tops should look dry and spring back to the touch. If in doubt, insert a knife into the centre of each; it should come out clean. Rest for a few minutes outside of the oven and brush with the syrup.

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When cold, use a melon baller to hollow out a small hole in the middle of each and fill with chocolate-hazelnut spread.

Makes 20

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powder and baking powder into a separate bowl. Beat the eggs in a jug and slowly add to the butter mixture while beating quickly. If the mixture starts to separate or curdle, stop adding the egg and beat in 2–3 tablespoons of flour to rebind the mixture. Once all the egg has been added, add the dry ingredients and hazelnuts, folding until just combined.

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To make the chocolate-hazlenut ganache, place the cream and glucose in a saucepan and bring to a bare simmer. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour over the hot cream. Sit for 30 seconds to let the chocolate melt, then stir with a balloon whisk until smooth and shiny. Stir through the chocolate-hazlenut spread while still warm. Dip in the cupcakes so that the tops are covered, and finish with a gilded hazelnut or other gold decoration.


Ideas

cake

Strawberry & Champagne For a summery wedding you can’t beat the classic combination of strawberries and champagne – in your cupcakes, that is! These lovelies will be the toast of the cake table...

You will need )225g unsalted butter, softened )225g caster sugar )A pinch of salt )Seeds of 1 vanilla pod or 1 tbsp vanilla extract )4 medium eggs )225g self-raising flour )60ml Champagne syrup (see next column) )About 250g good-quality strawberry jam

Champagne syrup )60ml water )60g caster sugar )Flavour to taste with Marc de Champagne Champagne cream cheese frosting )250g full-fat cream cheese, slightly softened )250g unsalted butter, softened )625g icing sugar, sifted )Marc de Champagne to taste and a little pink food colouring.

add to the butter mixture while beating quickly. If the mixture starts to separate or curdle, stop adding the egg and beat in 2–3 tablespoons of flour. This will rebind the batter. Once all the egg has been incorporated, sift in the flour and fold until just combined. Using a piping bag or tablespoon, fill the cases until two-thirds full.

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Bake for 15–20 minutes, depending on your oven. The cupcakes are cooked when the tops are golden brown and spring back to the touch. If in doubt, insert a clean knife or skewer into each sponge; it should come out clean.

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Once cooked, let them rest for a few minutes outside of the oven. Brush the tops with the syrup while they are still warm. Remove from the trays and leave to cool on a wire rack. When they are cold, hollow out a small hole in the middle of each with a melon baller and fill with the jam.

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To make the champagne cream cheese frosting, place the cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Place the butter and a third of the sugar into a separate bowl and cream until very pale and fluffy. Add another third of the sugar and repeat. Add the remaining sugar and beat again, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure no lumps remain. Add the cream cheese, a little at a time, and mix at a low speed until combined. Add Marc de Champagne to taste and a little pink food colouring and combine. Chill until firm enough to pipe. Finish the cupcakes by topping with strawberry bonbons.

Makes 24

Make... champagne cupcakes

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Make the champagne syrup by placing the water and sugar into a small pan and bringing just to the boil. Stir until the sugar has all dissolved, then remove from the heat. Flavour to taste with Marc de Champagne. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 175°C/Gas mark 4 and line two 12-hole muffin trays with cases. Place the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl and cream until pale and fluffy. Whisk the eggs lightly in a jug and slowly

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Ideas

cake

Vanilla Chiffon Real vanilla adds a warm, evocative flavour and scent to these simply classic cupcakes. Make the frosting extra special too with a mixture of butter and cream cheese.... delicious!

You will need )225g unsalted butter, softened )225g caster sugar )A pinch of salt )Seeds of ½ vanilla pod or 1½ tsp vanilla extract )4 medium eggs )225g self-raising flour )60ml vanilla syrup Vanilla syrup )60ml water )60g caster sugar

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Vanilla cream cheese frosting )2 50g full-fat cream cheese, slightly softened )2 50g unsalted butter, softened )6 25g icing sugar, sifted )A  dd ½ the seeds of a vanilla pod or 1½tsp vanilla extract

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To make the vanilla cream cheese frosting, place the cream cheese in a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Place the butter and a third of the sugar into a separate bowl and cream until very pale and fluffy. Add another third of the sugar and repeat. Add the remaining sugar and beat again, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure no lumps remain. Add the cream cheese, a little at a time, and mix at a low speed until combined. Add ½ the seeds of a vanilla pod or 1½ tsp vanilla extract and combine. Leave to chill.

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Decorate the cakes with the frosting and top with white metallic sugar pearls.

Makes 24

Make the vanilla syrup by placing the water, sugar and ½ a used vanilla pod into a small saucepan and bringing just to the boil. Stir until the sugar crystals have all dissolved, then remove from the heat. Set aside to cool. Alternatively add ½tsp vanilla extract to the cooled syrup. Preheat the oven to 175°C/Gas mark 4 and line two 12-hole muffin trays with cases. Place the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl and cream until pale and fluffy. Lightly beat the eggs in a jug and slowly add to the butter mixture while beating quickly. Once all the egg has been added, sift in the flour and fold until just combined. Using a piping bag or tablespoon, fill the cases until two-thirds full.

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Bake for 15–20 minutes, depending on your oven. The cupcakes are cooked when the tops are golden brown and spring back to the touch. If in doubt, insert a clean knife or skewer into each sponge; it should come out clean. Leave them to rest for a few minutes in the tray and brush the tops with the syrup while they are still warm. Remove the cupcakes from the trays and leave to cool on a wire rack.

)A  dd ½ a used vanilla pod while cooking or ½ tsp vanilla extract to the cooled syrup.

Make... vanilla chiffon cupcakes

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These luxury cupcake ideas on pages 120, 121 and 122 all come from Cupcakes by Peggy Porschen, with photography by Georgia Glynn Smith, published by Quadrille, rrp £6.99 www.quadrille.com


Image © David Austin Roses www.davidaustinroses.com

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Ideas

templates

Project Templates Feather 3 Cut out as many as needed

Feather 4 Cut out as many as needed

Feather mobile page 19 These feathers are printed at100% – cut them out in contrasting colours, and different types of paper like crepe, tissue, metallic to create pretty effects

Pompoms page 13 Take care when carving the rubber as the dots are quite small. and positioned close together You can use shop-bought stamps as well or instead if you prefer

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Feather 1 Cut out as many as needed

Feather 2 Cut out as many as needed


Ideas

templates

Place cards page 25 The reverse of this page is printed with a pattern so you can cut the pinwheel templates out (below), but we recommend you photocopy these place cards templates and back with a contrasting paper or trace the designs on to sturdier card, as they will need to be folded after you have completed the paper cutting.

Party pinwheels page 23 The reverse of this page is printed so you can cut the pinwheel templates out, but if you want to make more than two of them, you will need to photocopy the page and back with a contrasting paper or trace the designs on to heavier coloured card. Printed at 100% here so there is no need to increase the size – unless you want to of course!

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Know-how

cross stitch

cross stitch Know-how It’s so easy to cross stitch – just follow these simple steps to make our projects

Flower

Where to start The dotted central lines on the chart should be matched with the centre of your fabric. Fold your fabric in half and then into quarters. Where the fold lines cross is where you start stitching.

Reading the chart The charts are charted on a squared black and white grid. Each coloured square and symbol represents a different thread colour.

Anchor DMC Madeira Cross stitch in two strands 225 301 302

913 744 743

1212 0112 0113

Backstitch in one strand

The key All symbols that appear on the chart are listed in the key with their corresponding thread code alongside it. The key also tells you the different stitches used in the design.

Colour match In the key (right), the closest column of thread codes listed next to the chart symbols is always the thread brand used in the cross stitch design. Similar colour matches are listed alongside it.

403 310

2400

all outlines and details Our design has been stitched on 14-count aida Design stitch count 12 high x 7 wide Design area 2x1cm

Beginners start here…

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Cut a 40cm thread length of thread. Take two strands individually and then regroup together. Knot one end and start your thread with a waste knot as explained opposite.

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Work from the centre of the chart and fabric and bring your thread up to the fabric’s surface to make your first stitch. Make a diagonal half cross stitch, from bottom left to top right over a single aida block.

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Make a second diagonal stitch to complete the cross. This stitch should sit diagonally from bottom right to top left over the same aida block, as shown here.

Always try to work from the centre of your design towards the top first and then from the centre towards the bottom.

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Once the cross stitched areas are complete, add the backstitched outlines. Change to a sharp embroidery needle and weave your thread through the reverse of your stitches to secure.

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Make a backstitch over a single aida block in the direction shown on the chart. Now bring your needle up an aida block away from this stitch and take it down next to your previous stitch and so on.

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Know-how

knit & crochet

Crochet & knit know-how Knitting abbreviations

Rnd(s)

For projects on pages 67 and 95 alt approx b1 DK DPNs K/k k2tog m1

P/p psso p2sso ptbl pwise rem rep(s)

alternate approximately place one bead double knitting double-pointed needles knit knit the next 2 stitches together make 1 by knitting into back of loop between 2 sts (1 stitch increased) purl pass slipped stitch over pass 2 slipped stitches over purl into back loop purlwise; by purling the stitch remain/remaining repeat(s)

RS skpo

sl sl st ssk

st(s) st st w&t

WS yo

round(s) (on a circular needle/DPNs) right side slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over (1 stitch decreased) slip slip stitch slip 2 stitches one at a time, knit 2 slipped stitches together (1 stitch decreased) stitch(es) stocking stitch wrap & turn: bring the yarn forward (RS rows) or backward (WS rows), slip st pwise, take the yarn to the back (RS) or front (WS) wrong side yarn over

Crochet abbreviations For projects on pages 67 and 95 ch(s) ch sp(s) dc htr rep(s) sl sp(s) ss st(s) tr

chain/chain stitch(es) chain space(s) double crochet half treble repeat slip space(s) slip stitch stitch(es) treble crochet

F basic kn or ow-how , go to www.le ar crochet. n2knit.co.uk/ php a learn2k nd www. nit.co knitting .uk/ .php

How to graft with kitchener stitch

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Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn purlwise through the first stitch at the front and knitwise through the first stitch at the back.

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Back to the front. Pass through first stitch knitwise, then slip the stitch from the needle. Sew into the next front st purlwise, pulling the yarn through both stitches.

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Take the sewing needle to the back needle and ‘purl’ a stitch, then slip that stitch from the needle. ‘Knit’ into the next stitch on the back needle.

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Repeat steps 2-3 across until all the stitches have been grafted and weave the yarn in to finish off neatly.

How to graft with mattress stitch Thread your yarn on to a needle, then weave along an edge to where you want to start. Bring it to the front between the first and second stitches of this edge, then insert the needle between the first two stitches of the other edge. Bring it back up through the opposite piece, between the two stitches and below the horizontal strand you just made. Keep stitching in this way, pulling the yarn tight every few stitches.

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