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The latest news from the world of handmade
Fill your life and home with crafted goodness
48 For folk’s sake
The last word in craft happenings
Stitch Karin Holmberg’s Scandi-style, twist-on-traditional cushion
14 Out and about
Emily Peacock’s Toft Alpaca workshop
Our pick of the most coveted buys for a happy, hand-crafted home
Turn over a new leaf with botanicals
22 Daisy, daisy… …crochet our garland, do! Emma Lamb’s garland is a pretty posie
28 tea and a chat From TV producer to creepy crawlies, Lou Rota chats insects and inspiration
34 rabbit on… Gretel Parker’s just-for-us bunny brooch
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The mother-daughter bond is a special one – but would you work with her?
60 Home tour Pene Durston’s Melbourne home is a treasure trove of thrifted delights
68 Blanket gift Anita Mundt’s crocheted throw is a must-make for guys and gals
74 special suppers Knit Carol Meldrum’s pretty tableset for whimsical get-togethers
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…and welcome to issue 24 of Mollie Makes – my first as editor. I’ve worked with this (amazing) team since the first issue, and we’re a lucky bunch to have such dedicated readers and talented designers. We hope to keep delivering the read you love: a lifestyle magazine for creative souls, inspiring you to make more from what you have, seek out treasures that don’t cost the earth and to just have a go, whatever your skill level. Enjoy the issue.
Lara Watson Editor
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92 Visit brooklyn How we managed to visit NY’s thifty capital and return with our credit card in check we’ll never know…
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98 Templates All the shapes and templates you need for this issue’s crafty projects
106 myspace Textile artist, Abigail Brown, gives us a tour of her space at Cockpit Arts
on the cover Photographer Philip Sowels Project Emma Lamb Model Jo Freeman, Mustard Models Art Direction and styling Helena Tracey Styling Lucille Randall
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Chloé Owens’ new range features a retro concoction of bold patterns. We’re going to nickname her ‘Chloé Colour’. Join in the fun: chloeowens.com
It’s crafty shoppers’ heaven at the Knitting & Stitching Show (14-17 March) in London. Quote SUBS13 for cheapo tickets. twistedthread.com
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Set the tone for a pleasant month with feel-good sentiments
If ever there was a sentiment to live your life by, then Kutuu have it sorted. Its dinky, goldplated and sterling silver charms, stamped with inspiring messages will get your mousefinger twitching. The cleverly named ‘Touch Wood’, above, will put a spring in your step (with any luck). kutuu.co.uk
Meet the Craftaholics. Yes, we know you guys are! But we’re talking about Loris, Rab, Sloth and Korat – plush toys and pillows from Japan. Now on sale in the UK, these dudes guarantee smiles, whatever your age. Choose from Surf, Hawaii, Rock and the lessglamorously-named-but-stilllovely Plain and Standard collections. craftholic.co.uk
Whip-up a glamorous day-to-night style with a sprinkling of help from Whippy Cake. Its glossy new site and flirty accessories are giving our old gladrags a new lease of life, just in time for spring! Great make-up tutorials, too. whippycake.com
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Photographs: Kristina Thiele
If you love our My Space features, you’ll adore this. The People Stories is a photo-journal offering a neat insider’s view of creative individual’s homes and workspaces. thepeoplestories.co.uk
On your bike!
Since Annabel Lewis (left) shut her flower shop and opened a ribbon store 23 years ago, V V Rouleaux’s grand London presence was assured. This glorious emporium of embellishments has been the place to shop for tassels and trims for decades, and long may it continue! It’s craft royalty in our eyes, plus the Marylebone Lane store has just had a revamp, so there’s even more cause for a visit. Mollie Makes readers can get 20% off! Just take this issue into the shop and quote VVR2013 before 15 March 2013. vvrouleaux.com
She burst onto the scene in 2003 and we’ve been huge fans of Poppy Treffry’s colourful machine-embroidered delights ever since. Now, she’s taking her love of fabric to a whole new (wearable) level, with a brand-new collection of bags to satisfy accessory queens and fabric addicts alike. That’s right – a pug bag! Our dreams have been answered. Look out for lengths off the roll, coming soon. poppytreffry.co.uk
website to watch
William Morris The William Morris Gallery in London displays the life and work of the radical Victorian designer, craftsman and campaigner. To better understand the huge achievements he made, have a go at this interactive game to see if you have what it takes to set up a booming trade in 1875. Top marks, Will, it’s a toughy. wmgallery.org.uk 24 MOLLIEMAKES.com 11
NEW! tea & a chat
Describe your style in a few words. Dutch Still-Life, modern boho, found, home-made, nature-table. Name your top creative blog. Just A Little Joy (justalittlejoy.com)– which celebrates the beauty in the smaller things in life. It’s lyrical, simple and beautifully curated; like a nature table for the soul.
tea and a chat with…
Transforming from TV exec to designer was all second nature for Lou Rota.We quizzed her on her curious career path Words: Sarah Montrose Photographs: Alun Callender / Narratives Styling: Fiona McCarthy / Narratives
A hummingbird flits across a cake stand; a jewel beetle chases a forget-menot inside a mug; insects march over a child’s chair; flamingoes dance on a platter… In Lou Rota’s world creepy crawlies flirt with granny style ditsy florals, creating unsettlingly awesome, quirky collectables. Lou trained in graphics before stumbling into the world of TV. She worked as a producer on science and natural history programmes for 15 years – a wannabe entomologist, it’s no wonder her love of birds, bugs and all 28 MOLLIEMAKES.com 24
things nature managed to find its way into her work. It’s upcycling, yes – but not as we know it. Lou forages for cast-off crockery and furniture before creating her collage-like masterpieces, transforming tired vintage plates, unwanted chintzy china and battered, forgotten pieces of furniture into cherished items. Collaborations with Anthropologie, and Not on the High Street have deservedly raised her profile, so we thought it was high time to pin down this busy bee for a chat.
Your background in TV is fascinating. Are there any parallels between your old career and your new one? I did a lot of travelling and had access to people and places I otherwise wouldn’t have, so I’m pleased I did it; I’m equally glad to have returned to my design roots. I like the fact that these days I can see the fruits of my labours at the end of the day – that I’ve produced something tangible. Many of the skills are transferable. Dealing with (and managing) people and budgets, working to a deadline and realising that – whatever you’re delivering – it must be to the highest standard. Writing scripts was a convenient skill to learn too, as it’s definitely been useful when drafting press releases and creating product descriptions. It’s also great having a second career in your 40s. You’re not frightened of approaching anyone, like you might be in your 20s, for example!
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‘It’s great having a second career in your 40s. You’re not frightened…’
How does your creative process work? Do you keep sketch books or do you use online resources? I use all sorts of resources depending on the project in question. I keep a large pile of old plates and other pieces in my garden studio for inspiration. I’ve got an exquisite old Victorian sieve that I’m very excited about and am hoping to use as inspiration for my next Anthropologie collection. I also take lots of photos of flowers, leaves and insects. I collect stones, pine cones, twigs, small animal bones, fossils
and other treasures, and have an on-going nature table. I cut things out of magazines, collect old books and postcards, and have a constantly changing good-old-fashioned moodboard which I’ve just realised still includes some things I collected as a teenager! In fact, I have some etchings of decorative fencing that I did when I was doing my art foundation aged 18 that I’m considering reworking as a new design. I love the idea of Pinterest but have to admit that I haven’t actually got around to pinning anything! A job for 2013 I think…
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MARCH HARE Fall down the needle felting rabbit hole with Gretel Parkerâ€™s easy-make, exclusive-to-us bunny brooch
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Display-savvy Pene Durston packs many a treasure into her cosy home Words and styling: Lucy Feagins, roomimages.com Photographs: john laurie, roomimages.com
For Melbourne Queen of Craft, Penelope Durston (aka Miss Pen Pen), handcraft isn’t just a social hobby or weekend past time, “It’s a philosophy to live by,” she says. Crafting from a young age (her mother and sisters all crafted their own clothing; the infant Pene took up weaving), she originally trained in textile design. Pene eats, sleeps and breathes her craft; she’s prolific, and a tireless perfectionist, filling the shelves of her much-loved shop, Cottage
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This image: The humble glass jar lends practical purpose showing off Peneâ€™s eye candy thrifted finds. Right: Pene has created a single patchwork drape from linen fabric samples to create a unique window dressing.
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Brooklyn America’s DIY capital is awash with gems for crafters and thrifters alike. We take a stroll from Williamsburg down to the Waterfront
Words and photos: Jessica BAteman Photos: Robbie Garbutt
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Clockwise from top left: Brooklynâ€™s industrial history still pervades; ribbons at Brooklyn Flea; thrift stalls at the Waterfront; Park Slope street art; screen printing in The Loom.
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