Page 1

FREE!

exclusive! style your home with will taylor

STITCH KIT PLUS PAPERS INSIDE PAGE 67

fun retro fridge magnets

PAGE 96

MAKE IT!

CROCHET WATERMELON CUSHION WEAVING FOR BEGINNERS

MARBLE & GOLD

TABLE DIY EASY

SEW KIMONO

ROLL-UP PICNIC MAT

COLOUR-POP

FLORAL LETTER CROCHET BISCUITS

&more..

Make a loom & learn to weave!

Sweet shades ISSUE 67

PRINTED IN THE UK • £4.99


CONTENTS

issue number sixty seven

67

18

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSE WILD, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY & BECKI CLARK, MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

SUMMER WEAVING

Talk to us! facebook.com/MollieMakes

@MollieMakes

MollieMakes

88

Festival bunting

INTRODUCING... LIVING

The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

9  INTRODUCING…

45  LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

Our top picks of the loveliest buys for a hand-crafted, creative home

14  TRENDS Our pick of lemon yellow products, plus how to DIY the trend

18  SUMMER WEAVING

4 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 67

youtube.com/user/MollieMakes

Rubyellen Bratcher puts family at the centre of her eclectic, artistic home

Liven up your wall with pink and mint, plus learn how to make your own loom

54  IKEA TABLE HACK

26  TEA AND A CHAT

59  WILL TAYLOR SPECIAL

With paper cut artist Emily Hogarth

The Bright.Bazaar blogger’s interior picks

33  SEWING HACK

62  ROLL-UP MAT

Floaty upcycled scarf kimono

For picnicking, lounging, or even sleeping

36  GOOD READ

67  PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE!

How to find your own creative style

Cut, stick and wrap however you like with our illustrated bonus papers

39  WATERMELON pinterest.com/MollieMakes

48  HOME TOUR

Crochet a chunky watermelon cushion from textured T-shirt yarn

An easy instant-luxe upcycling technique

100  TEMPLATES All you need to make the issue’s projects


NEVER MISS AN ISSUE 24 Subscribe UK

Subscribe today and get a fantastic John Lewis mini sewing machine worth £49

76 Subscribe overseas International subscribers save up to 40%

33

54

Table revamp

96

Scarf kimono

Clay treats

LOVING

Treats and treasures to fall in love with 77  LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

85

SUMMER VIBES

I’m typing this with sun streaming through the windows – summer’s finally here! Break out your brightest yarns and fabrics to add some colour to this issue’s newseason makes. Crochet fans will be excused for drooling over our mouthwatering watermelon cushion on page 39, while our easy-sew kimono on page 33 is a must for an instant summer style update. Give your home a new-season makeover with styling and shopping ideas from Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar on page 59 – the man’s got serious style! If you’re saving the pennies, try our Ikea table hack for a budget-savvy update that taps into 2016’s love affair with metallic and marble. Don’t forget to share your makes with us using #molliemakers.

Cath Dean Editor

Crochet biscuits

79  KNITTED TIE Stitch it up in time for Fathers’ day

81  PRINTED HANKIES The second of our Fathers’ day makes

85  CROCHET BISCUITS Treat yourself to a tea and crochet break

88  CROCHET BUNTING Bring some festival vibes to your home

93  MONSTER CASE

93

Monster pyjama case

Pack your pyjamas for sleepover fun

96  LOLLY MAGNETS Polymer clay treats for your fridge

106  BACK PAGE PROJECT Textile artist Angie Parker on India Subscribe at molliemakes.com

Turn the page to learTun rn about your free gift!papers to page 67 for your


TOP READ Bold interiors

A fusion of signature florals and paredback Japanese design, Liberty and Uniqlo's long-awaited collaboration is a heady cocktail of patterns and playfulness. Buy now, or you'll miss out! www.uniqlo.com/libertylondon/uk

THIS MONTH’S WISHLIST

Give your haberdashery a happy home with Loop's new screenprinted bird motif pouches. They're just the right size for stashing those pesky bits and bobs that tend to rolll under the sofa when you're not looking. www.loopknittingshop.com 10 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 66

Up the aw factor with this cute Dougie dungarees knitting kit from Stitch and Story. Requiring only garter stitch to make, it's ideal for knitting newbies, or as a thoughtful baby shower gift, ensuring little ones look terrific whether they're crawling, shuffling, or throwing a tantrum! www.stitchandstory.com

Fill the air with positive vibes and fruity fragrances with ME&MATS' uplifting summer candle collection. Popping with sophisticated colour and uplifting mantras, they're a chic calorie- and caffeine-free pick-me-up after a busy week. www.me-mats.com

STYLING: PETRA SLOOT

Uncover the secrets to acheiving crush-worthy spaces with Barb Blair's aspirational book, Furniture Makes the Room. Sharing her knack for finding hidden gems and upcyling furniture, it's our go-to-guide for home rejuvenation. www. abramsandchronicle.co.uk


Ward off an afternoon sugar slump in the best way possible with cake. Lots and lots of cake. Cath Kidston's new book Teatime is packed easy, mouth-watering recipes for sweet and savoury bakes, plus quick and easy treats to make you the most popular person at your local fĂŞte or office bake-off. Teatime is published by Quadrille in June. www.quadrille.co.uk

Tess likes to spread prettiness and unicorns throughout the land

BRAND FOCUS House of Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH: RITA PLATTS

If edgy illustrations, quirky jewellery and slightly absurd homewares are your thing, House of Wonderland (HOW) is going to rock your world. Founder Tess creates magical products for us to enjoy, from pug-print mugs and Battenburg cushions, to totes with attitude and unicorn/dodo hybrid greetings cards. Ooh, and now you can treat yourself to HOW goodies via the Mollie Makes shop! shop.molliemakes.com

Pretty up your grocery list with a whimsical uni-lama notepad

WEBSITE TO WATCH The Handmade Fair

The Handmade Fair has a new look for 2016, and a shiny new website to match. Book your tickets to this year's show at Hampton Court Palace from 16-18th September, and read up on some of this year's craft experts, including Annie Sloan and Patrick Grant. You can find our exclusive ticket offer on page 86. www.thehandmadefair.com Subscribe at molliemakes.com

This eco-friendly tote tells it like it is – I love you more than pizza

66 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 11


INTRODUCING trends

Make a happy hideaway, indoors or outdoors. www.littlemeteepee. etsy.com

PHOTOGRAPH: KEITH DAVIES

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

LEMON YELLOW 14 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 67


INTRODUCING trends 03 01

02

01

With these birds and

blooms, this is summer on a plate. www. anthropologie.com 02

You used to hold

buttercups to your chin – now it’s time to wear 07

them round your neck www.tattydevine.com 03

Add a splash of

sunshine to grey days. www.joules.com 04

We’ve found your

ideal beach holiday companion. www. sunjellies.com 05

If you’re too shy for

all-out colour, add a flash to your toes. www. salt-watersandals.com 06

Light up your life

with a cheery pineapple lamp. www.maiden. bigcartel.com 07

An uplifting print

to please photography and art lovers alike. www.seventytree.co.uk

04

05

06

MAKE IT! TURN THE PAGE FOR HOW TO DIY THE YELLOW TREND Subscribe at molliemakes.com

67 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 15


Tearing up the rulebook with…

TATTY DEVINE From upcycling junk to running one of the UK’s best-loved indie brands, Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden have come a long way Words: ANNE WOLLENBERG Photographs: RACHAEL SMITH

From lobsters and foxes to gin bottles and guitar plectrums, Tatty Devine is renowned for creating quirky-cool, playful laser-cut jewellery. Co-founders Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden met at art school – both studied painting, although their styles were very different – and initially created jewellery from junk other people threw away. Tatty Devine took off from there. They bought a laser-cutter, Evil Edna (Harriet’s a Willo the Wisp fan), which is still going strong today in the basement of their East London studio. Two shops, 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 65

a list of enviable collaborations – such as Belle & Sebastian, and Gilbert & George gin – and two MBEs later, Rosie and Harriet are still head over heels in love with what they do. They never imagined what Tatty Devine would grow into back when Rosie was waiting in a Brick Lane bagel shop for Harriet to call her on the payphone. Times and technology may have changed, but Tatty Devine has the same inimitable spirit. We joined them for a cup of tea – served in Moomin mugs – and a chat about all things Tatty.

Describe the essence of Tatty Devine HV It’s a really fun recipe made from lots of weird ingredients. Everything we see and do and everywhere we’ve been. It’s usually bought by the person who’s going to wear it, which is a twist on the idea of jewellery. RW There’s definitely an element of wearing your heart on your sleeve. We make things that let you express what you love and who you are. We make a finite number of each piece because we want to move on and make something else – I always want the thing that doesn’t exist yet. Is there any such thing as a typical working day for you? HV I try to only answer emails in the morning or I can’t concentrate. I spend as much time as possible drawing and researching, interspersed with meetings. RW No two days are the same, although I have a very structured week. For example, Tuesday always has the same back-to-back meetings. But I could get a phone call in the morning that changes the whole day. How did you manage to learn and hone your craft? HV We asked some illustrator friends to draw us pictures of fuzzy felt shapes in Adobe Illustrator, so we were collaborative from the start. We started out using found treasure such as cake decorations and


INTRODUCING tea & a chat

‘We’re incredibly important to each other – it’s a bit like a marriage.’

02

01

plectrums – people threw more things away back then and we were like magpies. We realised you could take an object and turn it into something else just by having an idea about it. We still do that today. RW Tatty Devine was born very much in parallel with the birth of digital, and our jewellery is rooted in an analogue DIY aesthetic. We started selling at Portobello Market and spent all the money we made buying old junk. We went on a research trip to New York in 2001 and discovered a shop that sold Perspex and acrylic cut-

out shapes. We brought some back, then found a model-maker who could cut out shapes for us. He suggested we get our own machine as we were spending £1,000 a week. We got a loan, bought a laser cutter and Harriet pulled her sleeves up. HV It was great once we finally managed to plug it in correctly.

03

01

necklaces offer

Spot the giant

versions of the

endless gifting

lobster, speech

opportunities.

bubble and cartoon eyes motifs. 02

Tatty Devine’s

iconic name

03

Lobster-making

in the Brick Lane store with Rosie, left, and Harriet.

What individual qualities do you each bring to the partnership? RW We share a similar attitude and inspirations, but we have different skills. 65 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 27


The Mollie Posse

PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSE WILD, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY & BECKI CLARK

Create your own troupe of mini-me dolls with Louise Kelly’s customisable pattern

18 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 66


66 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 19


With his regal expression and brush stroke marks, this flamingo is king of the tropics. If you’d like to opt for art inspired by something closer to home, this allotment print encapsulates urban British summer. www.duckandduffel. co.uk, www.scouteditions.co.uk

GET THE LOOK

Turn up the heat with intense colour, clashing prints and pattern, and a touch of metallic. We’ll be mixing and matching soft furnishings and kitchenware. www.hm.com 46 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 67

PINK UTOPIA

Soft pastel pink with a bright pop of turquoise is the ultimate spring/ summer combination. This pretty pot from Oliver Bonas’ iconic Scandi-inspired Fika range is currently rising to the top of our seasonal must-buy list. www. oliverbonas.com

Help! We’re seriously addicted to filling our homes with plants. Better buy just one more pot, then... shop. molliemakes.com/gb/thisway-to-the-circus

We’ll never stop loving bluebellgray’s gorgeous painterly florals. If you don’t want to go all out, a lampshade is the ideal way to subtly enjoy the look. www.bluebellgray.com


PHOTOGRAPH: RACHEL STANNERS

An elegant set of Art Decoinspired cards in fresh shades.

BRAND FOCUS Prickle Press

Turn everydays into celebration days with these headturning feathered wall decorations. Add a striking teal starcut dresser, and you’re guaranteed to have the best-dressed rooms around. www. grahamandgreen.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHS: HOLLY BOOTH

Several years ago, Rachel Stanners was given an old letterpress. Despite a notquite-successful first attempt at Christmas card making, she persevered and, in 2010, turned her hobby into a business. Now her beautiful watercolour-inspired prints and etchings grace cards, wrapping paper and more. www.pricklepress.co.uk

Stationery fans will swoon over Rachel’s delicate painted marks.

WEBSITE TO WATCH Mon Pote

When Cardiff girl Natalie decided to open up a café, her best friend, Anna, was there to support her. Now, six years later, she’s returning the favour by helping Anna realise her homewares shop dream. ‘Mon Pote’ translates as ‘my mate’ in French, and with these gorge Scandi-inspired pieces, we’ll certainly be getting chummy with it. www.monpote.co.uk

Subscribe at molliemakes.com

We’ll be stocking up on cards for every single celebration.

67 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 47


54 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 65


Knit a chunky lounger-style cushion in no time at all with Anne Weil’s arm knitting how-to

65 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 55


PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY & BECKI CLARK

Bohemian like you Mix and match colourful fabrics and yarn from your stash with Alfie Fulljames’ festival-inspired crochet bunting

88 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 67


67 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 89


PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSE WILD, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY & BECKI CLARK

NECKLACE

38 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 66

COASTERS


Beads & pieces Have fun rediscovering the nostalgic craft of Hama beads with these three different ideas by Charlotte Smith

PHONE CASE

66 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 39

Mollie Makes Sample Issue  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you