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INSIDE THIS ISSUE ¤ FELT VALENTINE BEARS ¤ ARTISAN CLAY BOWLS ¤ CROCHET FRUIT POUFFES ¤ NEON ROPE NECKLACE ¤ LUXE VELVET BAG ¤ PAJAKI CHANDELIER PLANTER

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: BECKI CLARK; MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

VALENTINE BEARS

INTRODUCING... LIVING The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

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45 LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

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

14 TRENDS Shop artisan, plus make clay pinch pots

48 HOME TOUR

18 VALENTINE BEARS

Photographer and creative director Kayti Peschke’s colourful, eclectic abode

Give this Mr & Mrs to your sweetheart

54 CROCHET POUFFES 26 TEA AND A CHAT

59 CHANDELIER PLANTER 31 SWAN PAPERCUT

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Hook up a supersized apple and pear

With Makelight founder Emily Quinton

Learn how to cut a romantic design

Brighten up your space and fill this pajaki-inspired hanging with fresh blooms

35 HEART COASTERS

63 EMBROIDERED BOARD

Crochet for your home or for a friend

A new technique to show off in your kitchen

38 GOOD READ

67 PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE!

Make 2017 your most creative year ever

Jade Fisher’s playful Valentine’s designs

40 SEWING HACK

97 TEMPLATES

Embellish a coat with statement sleeves

All you need to make this issue’s projects


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I’m a sucker for a bit of Valentine’s Day romance and nothing says “I love you” like a handmade gift. Anna Machul’s ridiculously cute cover project (page 18) is a sweet make for someone special – give with a DIY card made from Jade Fisher’s illustrated papers on page 67. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance either – we’re big fans of showing our gal pals how much we care about them. Make Mandy O’Sullivan’s colourful granny square heart coasters for a mate who deserves some happy mail this month. If you’re anything like us, your pets score pretty highly on your list of favourite people too – treat them to our pet basket on page 85! Share your makes with us using #molliemakers, and have a great month.

Pajaki planter

Treats and treasures to fall in love with

Cath Dean Editor

75 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

76 BABY SHOES The sweetest pair of mini moccasins

80 COLLECTOR Emilee Anne’s vintage jewellery

81 NEON NECKLACE An easy way to liven up a plain outfit

85 DOG BED Sew a cosy place for your pup to snooze

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Cosy dog basket

89 VELVET BAG Accessorise your date night outfit

94 WRIST WARMERS Cable-knit mittens to keep hands cosy

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Contributors EDITORIAL Editor Cath Dean Deputy Editor Nikki Arnold Senior Art Editor Helena Steele Production Editor Yvette Streeter Designer Becki Clark Digital Editor Nina Dyer Picture Editor Emma Georgiou Newsletter Coordinator Lottie Storey

Karolina Merska Karolina loves colourful pajaki chandeliers, and has a passion for nature that inspires her work and lifestyle. You’ll usually find her hunting for vintage treasures or cooking pizzas for her friends in her spare time. Make Karolina’s pajaki planter on page 59. www.bobbinandbow.com

Alice Hedley Even as a nipper, Alice wanted to be a fashion designer, and spent her summer holidays making clothes for her toys. Nowadays she hangs out with her two young daughters, encouraging them to live creatively, too. Sew Alice’s baby moccasins on page 76. www.amyandivor.com

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Alejandra Pinango After travelling around Latin America working as a software trainer, Alejandra eventually moved to London. Inspired to paint by the city’s creative atmosphere, she now works as a freelance illustrator in Madrid. See Alejandra’s illustration on page 38. www.epoquegraphics.com

Jade Fisher Illustrator Jade Fisher is a fan of joyful design, and has a passion for American folk art. She loves life’s simple pleasures, and appreciates nothing more than an early morning walk with her two dogs, Buddy and Barney. Find Jade’s Valentine’s papers on page 67. www.jadefisher.com

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Ella Robinson One of life’s magpies, Ella is always scouring the floor for anything interesting, like dropped jewellery or children’s toys. She stores her quirky collections in large glass jars, which she displays in her studio as inspiration. Stitch Ella’s embroidered board on page 63. www.ellarobinson.com

Sarah Louise Matthews Sarah’s earliest memories involve making origami penguins and paper doll chains. Her childhood dream was to be a ballerina, but being a paper engineer would have been close second, had she known of its existence. Papercut Sarah’s swan design on page 31. www.sarahlouisematthews.com

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Fancy tying the knot? “Our Wool & The Gang mini macramé wall hanging is a great project to jazz up your living space. Deceptively easy, it’s ideal for macramé beginners, taking only half an hour to whizz up using square knots and double half hitch knots. A contemporary take on boho chic, use it to brighten up a corner of your home. The hanging is designed to be made with our Jersey Be Good yarn, a unique upcycled T-shirt yarn made from fabric roll off-cuts.

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THE LATEST IN CREATIVE GOODNESS – HANDPICKED JUST FOR YOU Strong, enigmatic, creative... It’s difficult to sum up painter and feminist icon Frida Khalo in just a few words, so we’re turning to designer Gudrun Sjödén, who has captured her spirit in a bold new clothing collection. A fiesta of pattern and colour, it’s bound to help you discover your inner artist. www.gudrunsjoden.com

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If bold colour and patterns are your bag, Lizzie King’s new book, Tie & Dye, should be on your reading list. Learn how to hand-dye everything from statement tees to shoelaces and bunting. www.rylandpeters.com

PHOTOGRAPHY: FANNI WILLIAMS

TOP READ Colour dip

Tilly & the Buttons’ new Cleo dungaree dress is just the sort of dress we like – slouchy but in a fashion way. It’s a cinch to make too; buy it either as a pattern or as a complete kit with everything you need to sew your own. www.tillyandthebuttons.com

Some of our finest friends have four legs. If your pet fits the besties bill, why not show them how you feel with Emily McDowell’s My Better Half charms? Each set comes with a necklace for you and a collar charm for them. www.emilymcdowell.com 10 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

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THIS MONTH’S WISHLIST

This month sees the launch of TV shopping channel Sewing Quarter, bought to you by the publishers of Mollie Makes and Simply Sewing. Dedicated to all things sewing and quilting, we’re celebrating by giving away one of three patterns, worth £7.99 each. To claim your free pattern, head to www.sewing quarter.com/freepattern now.

Sweets, flowers, unicorns, rainbows – wherever you get your colour inspiration for your next knitting or crochet project, Paintbox Yarns have a shade to match. These yummy colours are just a teaser of the 60 colours available. Huzzah! www.loveknitting.com


Cosy knits for the tiniest tots

BRAND FOCUS Knitting for Olive

This swoon-worthy scene is from home décor blog Four Cheeky Monkeys, run by interior designer and mother of four, Nessa. Her site is packed with down-to-earth décor tips, cheats and homeware finds to help you to rejuvenate your abode, one wall at a time. www.fourcheekymonkeys.com

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Based in Copenhagen, this family-run business knows a thing or two about designing snuggly woolies for little ones. Instead of selling ready-made children’s clothing, Knitting for Olive is all about sharing its adorable, Scandinavian-inspired designs as downloadable knitting patterns. It’s a great place for finding contemporary children’s knitwear that parents will love receiving as a gift. www.knittingforolive.dk

Does this jumpsuit come in grown-up sizes?

WEBSITE TO WATCH Botany Plant and lifestyle store Botany is based in the heart of Hackney’s creative community. Luckily, there is also an online version where non-capital dwelling folk can shop from a bounty of ethically sourced homewares, stationery, skincare products, paper goods, and of course, an ever-changing range of indoor plants. www.botanyshop.co.uk Subscribe at molliemakes.com

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Making cooking a fun, everyday event is the mantra behind RICE founder Charlotte Guéniau’s new book, Happy Home, Everyday Magic in the Family Kitchen. It features simple and delicious recipes alongside childfriendly DIY makes. www.ricebyrice.com

TOP READ Get set, go Hester Van Overbeek’s creative new book, Making Concrete Pots, Bowls and Platters, features 35 industrialinspired projects for the home and garden using concrete. Find everything from quickmake vases to bigger weekend projects like trays and fire pits. Available in February. www.rylandpeters.com

Budding illustrators (or even just keen doodlers) will love Prinfab, a clever new UK-based site that prints and delivers custom fabric designs to your door. Create your pattern, upload it to the website, then start making with your oneof-a-kind material for a bespoke creation. www.prinfab.com

Fans of The Handmade Fair, rejoice! The all-new spring show launches at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on 12-14th May, and features all the crafty celebs, hands-on workshops and boutique shopping you’ve come to know and love. www.thehandmadefair.com

With a name as sweet as its wares, Honey & Toast is top of our list for cute kids’ bags. Littles will adore the colourful range of school bags, scooter satchels (yes!) and Pippin Purses, including this chirpy garden design. www.honeyandtoast.co.uk 12 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75


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THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

ARTISAN Find beauty in simplicity and turn your home into a hand-crafted sanctuary

Mix woven materials to add warmth and create interest. www. bloomingville.com

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MATERIALS Q Air-dry clay Q Make-up sponge Q Fine sandpaper Q Porcelain paint Q Fine-tipped paint brush Q Gloss varnish 01 Wet your hands, then take a small piece of clay and roll it into a ball. If you want your finished pots to be stackable, repeat the process, making each ball of clay larger than the last.

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02 Press your thumbs into the centre of a ball, then slowly work the clay outwards to make a small bowl shape. Smooth the clay as you go, until the clay is an even thickness all around. 03 Cut off any excess clay around the rim, then using a damp make-up sponge or similar, smooth out the surface of the pot, taking care to cover any cracks or rough areas. 04 Repeat Steps 2-3 with the remaining balls of clay, then

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to dry again. If necessary, add a second coat, then leave to dry thoroughly before using.

Francesca Stone’s blog, Fall For DIY, is a place for her to explore her hands-on side and her lifelong love of making. Sharing ideas and skills is Francesca’s passion, and on the rare occasion she’s not getting stuck into a new project, you’ll find her enjoying a taco or two. www.fallfordiy.com


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Be mine, Valentine Fall head over heels in love with Anna Machul’s cute felt bears


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Q Pink yarn Q Pink cotton fabric, 34 x 5cm (133/8 x 2") Q Soft toy stuffing Q Vanishing fabric marker

We can’t think of a sweeter Valentine’s gift than this supercute Mr and Mrs. More thoughtful than a box of chocolates (and bound to last longer), make them for your loved one, or as a fun gift for a favourite friend. From their little hats to their cute accessories, not only is everything about these bears completely squee-worthy, but they’re entirely handstitched, too. As long as you can thread a needle and follow a pattern, you can bring our tiny twosome to life today.

01 Cut out all pattern pieces using the templates on page 97. You’ll need to cut a set of ears, a set of arms and a body piece from grey felt for the boy bear, and the same from beige felt for the girl bear. 02 Fold a body piece along the length with right sides (RS) together. Sew the dart closed using blanket stitch and matching sewing thread, then repeat again for all three remaining body pieces. 03 For both bears, sew the nose piece onto the RS of the front body piece using slip stitch and matching


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thread. Using the images above for placement, draw on the eyes, nose and mouth onto the same piece with the fabric marker. 04 With two strands of black embroidery thread, add the eyes using backstitch, the nose using satin stitch and the mouth using straight stitch. Next, embroider on the v-shaped detailing. Use two strands of white thread for the grey bear, and two strands of pink thread for the beige bear. 05 Pin the front and back body pieces with wrong sides together.

Starting on the left side of the bear, blanket stitch around the outside using matching thread, sewing the ears in place as you go, and leaving a 2cm ( ") opening for stuffing. Stuff firmly, using a knitting needle or similar to fill the legs, then neatly stitch the gap closed. 06 Position the grey bear’s left arm on the side of the body, 3cm (1 ") up from the bottom, keeping the top of the arm horizontal. Sew in place across the top of the arm using grey thread. Repeat with the right arm, placing this at an angle

as shown, so he can hold onto his balloon. The beige bear’s arms will be attached later. 07 Sew the two balloon pieces together around the outside using matching thread and leaving the bottom open. Stuff firmly to make a nice round shape, then take your wire and wrap one end tightly around the base of the balloon. Squeeze closed using the pliers. 08 Make a spiral at the other end of the wire, then use this to sew the balloon onto the grey bear’s side, under its right arm. Using a few slip 75 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 21


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at the centre of the bear’s back, high up enough so you can still see the bear’s feet. Sew in place using matching thread, working around the bear’s body and making small pleats as you go. Once attached, trim the top layer of the skirt slightly shorter than the bottom layer. 11 Position the arms on the side of the body, just above the skirt and with the top of the arms horizontal. Sew in place across the top of the arms using beige thread. 12 Fold the party hat along the line marked on the template and

slip stitch the two sides of the hat closed from top to bottom. To make a mini pom pom, wrap the pink yarn around two fingers a few times to make a loop. Slide it off, then tie another piece of yarn around the centre in a knot. Cut the ends of the loops, fluff the pom pom, then trim until roughly 1.5cm (5/8") in diameter. 13 Using pink sewing thread, attach the pom pom to the top of the party hat. Position the finished hat on the left side of the beige bear’s head, then attach using ladder stitch and yellow thread to finish.


Anna Machul Originally from Poland, Anna moved to Scotland 10 years ago where she lives with her partner and two cats. Growing up watching her grandmother creating beautiful rugs, and her mother embroidering napkins and pillows, Anna now loves to sit in her craft room, creating and losing all track of time. www.amurucreations.blogspot.com

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Describe yourself in a few words. Colourful, fun, stylish.

Launching a start-up with...

EMILY QUINTON The Makelight founder takes time out from behind the lens to share the secrets of juggling family life and her online community Words: HOLLY JOHNSON Photographs: INGRID RASMUSSEN

If you’re guilty of non-stop Instagram scrolling (us too), you’re likely to recognise the flower-filled fine art shots that have gained Emily Quinton over 80,000 followers on the platform. One half of a husband and wife entrepreneurial team and with four young children, Emily started out by selling her botanical photographs at art fairs before ‘accidentally’ becoming a wedding photographer when friends approached her to shoot their wedding. After appearing on Channel Five’s How To Take Stunning Pictures, she 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

realised her passion lay in teaching others and her online community, Makelight, was born. Emily now spends three days a week in her West Dulwich studio filming videos for her website and running online workshops to help bloggers and makers grow their following with standout photographs. Describing her style as ‘feminine, positive and joyful’, it’s easy to see how Emily’s work has gained an international following. We visited her light and airy workspace to find out more about her creative journey.

Tell us how you first got into photography and why. I started taking photographs when I was seven years old and always dreamed of being a photographer. While studying plants for my PhD, I took lots of images at Kew Gardens and shared them on Flickr, which had just launched. People started asking to buy my images and I got a couple of local gallery shows of my botanical work. I then started creating a body of fine art photography, which I sold at local art fairs. It was through this that my friend asked if I would photograph her wedding. I didn’t ever plan to become a wedding photographer, but one wedding led to another and I got hooked! So how did you go from wedding photographer to online teacher? Photographing weddings was an amazing experience and I got to work with some wonderful couples all over the UK. But as our family grew, the work became more stressful. I started blogging at The Start Up Wife – a lifestyle blog that was filled with creativity and focused on my life being married to a start-up entrepreneur, my husband Steff. I knew that starting a lifestyle blog would be the ideal way to


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kick-start my dreams of building a creative community. From these small beginnings my online presence grew, especially on Instagram (@emilyquinton), where I shared a daily image of flowers. From here, I began teaching workshops, first in hired spaces and then in my own studio. I originally thought my studio would become a hub of all our creative activity, with workshops being held there. In fact, it was our online presence that really took off, and I was asked to offer our workshops online for those not in the UK. Subscribe at molliemakes.com

How do you balance working creatively with the demands of family life? With four children and a business that’s very much in start-up mode, there really is no typical working day for us. Depending on what childcare we have on hand, some days I have six hours to work and others I have twelve. Steff recently joined the business full-time to offer more technical support to members, so he and I work most evenings too. I usually work from our studio in West Dulwich: it’s a big space flooded with natural light which I’ve filled

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with things that inspire me – from props and flowers to books and magazines. My days usually include time spent filming and writing content for our courses and blog, taking photos for Instagram, teaching students, taking part in live Q&As on Facebook, and occasionally trying to squeeze in doing the accounts too! What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground? As someone who is interested in lots of things, honing in on a clear focus for the business was initially tricky. There are things I’ve had to give up along the way in order to see our vision for Makelight happen – whether it was my wedding photography business or something small like a monthly craft mail-out idea. While the things I’ve given up were both interesting and good in themselves, there’s no way to do them all while remaining focused on the business.

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Are there any tools or materials you couldn’t live without? My iPhone! I rely on it for so many things, both in life and in work. I use it to take the photographs that I share on Instagram and I use mobile apps to manage our family life and stay in touch with the Makelight team. I also swear by washi tape – no other filing


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bring a range of skills that complement your own. And just keep on improving with each new step you take. Even if these are little steps, soon enough you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come.

Tell us the most important business lesson you’ve learnt. To just start. It doesn’t have to be perfect at first, but by getting going and pushing forward, you’re doing something significant. Also, don’t be afraid to outsource. Build a team around you who

Is there anything that’s been key to you achieving your creative goals? Hard work, focus and a belief in what we’re building, along with a few lucky breaks. Life gets so busy and there’s competition springing up all around, but by remaining true to our vision and focusing on our

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own process we can ensure we remain authentic and true to ourselves. I also aim to constantly develop my skills by joining in with other courses and workshops, and regularly meeting with other creatives to share ideas and to learn from one another. Can you tell us what projects you’re currently working on? Insights reports, hashtag tools, Photography For Makers Level Two, new membership… We’re constantly developing the tools on offer on the website, and those like our handy hashtag library and Instagram Insights reports help you understand more about your profile, which makes such a difference to your business.

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Emily Quinton Makelight founder Emily is a photographer, writer, blogger and maker. Her thriving community offers inspiring online courses to creatives looking to develop their photography skills. When she’s not working, she can often be found crafting with her children. www.makelight.com

Finally, what’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve ever been given? I’ve learnt so much about the freedom of creativity from my children. They have a beautiful way of being creative, being free and just being in the moment. It’s encouraged me to let go of perfectionism. It’s so hard to be creative if you’re feeling restrained or under pressure, whether that’s due to being too busy or comparing yourself to what those around you are doing. Letting go and embracing the freedom that it brings unlocks so much more authentic creativity.


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Layering cleverly-cut papers in different shades, Sarah’s fresh take on papercutting means even beginners can create her intricate swan design. It’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day, or make one as a unique present for newlywed pals. You can make this design to sell (see page 6 for more information), but please credit Sarah if you do. 01 Print or photocopy the respective templates from page 98 directly onto the grey, green, white, pink and lilac sheets of paper. Alternatively, you can print or photocopy the templates onto plain paper and tape the template onto the sheet – you’ll need to do this for the black paper layer. 02 Holding the scalpel like a pen, with the blade at a 45 angle and cutting away from yourself, cut

out the shapes from each sheet, rotating the paper as you cut. Where applicable, remove the plain paper layer and recycle. Place the grey heart-shaped piece and the swan wing pieces to one side. 03 Lay the sheets down with right sides facing up in the following order: black, lilac, pink, white, green, grey. The right side is a mirror image of the templates, so any lines will be on the wrong side. 04 Attach each layer to the next using double-sided tape. Stick the papercut onto the gold metallic

sheet last, then use a metal ruler and scalpel to trim the edges. 05 Sort the wing pieces into left and right, then arrange each side in size order. Starting with the left side, lay the largest piece down. Stick a small piece of tape to the narrow point of the wing, then stick the second largest piece on top, aligning the narrow edges. Repeat with the remaining left wings, then repeat again for the right side. 06 Stick the wings in place on the swans’ bodies, and the grey heart in between them as shown above.

Sarah Louise Matthews Sarah is a paper engineer and paper product designer. She makes innovative stationery and artwork, including bespoke commissions for everything from weddings to visual merchandising. www.sarahlouisematthews.com


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HOW TO MAKE… HEART COASTERS MATERIALS Q Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, 100% Cotton, 50g/125m per ball, one ball each in Bubblegum Pink (451) (Yarn A), Daffodil Yellow (422) (Yarn B), Stormy Grey (405) (Yarn C) Q 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) crochet hook Q Yarn needle Q Cardboard, 3.5 x 15cm (13/8 x 6") Q Washi tape TENSION Tension isn’t too important – just keep your stitches firm FINISHED SIZE Approx. 11cm (43/8") square

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ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) sp(s) space(s) ch chain ch-sp chain space ss slip stitch dc double crochet tr treble rep repeat beg beginning prev previous magic ring to make a magic ring, hold the yarn in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end

Hook up a mini gift for your Valentine or a friend with a little help from the humble granny square. Mandy has adapted this versatile pattern to add a contrasting heart motif in the centre, finishing each coaster with tassels for a playful feel. Make a set in your choice of yarn colours, or make one large version by adding an extra round in the granny style before adding your round of double crochets. Instructions When changing yarn colours, pull the new yarn through the loop of the last stitch you made. Leave a generous length when cutting off to make weaving in the ends easier. Making the coaster Round 1 using Yarn A, start with a magic ring, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr in ring, ch1, [3tr, ch1] three times in ring, ss into the top of beg ch3, pull ring tight [12tr, 4 1ch-sps] Round 2 ss into the next 2tr and

into the corner 1ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) all in the same 1ch-sp, * (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the next 1ch-sp; rep from * twice more, ss into the top of beg ch3 [24tr, 4 1ch-sps] Round 3 ss into the next 2tr and into the 1ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) all in the same 1ch-sp, join Yarn B, cut Yarn A, 3tr in the gap between the next two 3tr groups from the prev round, rejoin Yarn A, cut Yarn B, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner 1ch-sp, 3tr in the gap between the next two groups of 3tr from the prev round, rejoin Yarn B, cut Yarn A, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner 1ch-sp, rejoin Yarn A, cut Yarn B, 3tr in the gap between the next two groups of 3tr from the prev round, rejoin Yarn B, cut Yarn A, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner 1ch-sp, rejoin Yarn A, cut Yarn B, 3tr in the gap between the next two groups of 3tr from the prev round, ss into top of beg ch3 [36tr, 4 1ch-sps] Round 4 ss into the next 2tr and into the 1ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr),


(2tr, ch1, 3tr) all in the same 1ch-sp, rejoin Yarn B, cut Yarn A, 3tr in the each of the next two gaps between the 3tr groups from the prev round (i.e. two groups of 3tr along the side), rejoin Yarn A, cut Yarn B, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in corner 1ch-sp, 3tr in gap between the next two groups of 3tr from the prev round, rejoin Yarn B, cut Yarn A, 3tr in the next gap between the next two groups of 3tr from the prev round, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner 1ch-sp, 3tr in each of the next 2 gaps between the groups of 3tr from the prev round, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in the corner 1ch-sp, 3tr in the gap between the next two groups of 3tr from the prev round, rejoin Yarn A, cut Yarn B, 3tr in the next gap between the two 3tr groups from the prev round, ss into top of beg ch3 and fasten off [48tr, 4 1ch-sps] Round 5 rejoin Yarn B in any corner 1ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), (2tr, ch1, 3tr) in same 1ch-sp, 3tr in each of the next three gaps between the 3tr groups from the prev round, Subscribe at molliemakes.com

*(3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next corner 1ch-sp, 3tr in each of the next three gaps between the 3tr groups from the prev round; rep from * twice more, ss into top of beg ch3 and fasten off [60tr, 4 1ch-sps] Round 6 join Yarn C in any corner 1ch-sp, ch1 (does not count as st), *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in 1ch-sp, 1dc in each st along the side; rep from * 3 more times, ss into beg dc and fasten off [19dc along each side] Weave in the ends to finish. Making the tassels 01 Cut a length of Yarn C the same length as the cardboard, and washi

tape it along one long edge. Wrap Yarn C 10 times around the centre of the cardboard, widthways. 02 Remove the washi tape from the length of yarn, then tie the length in a knot around the wrapped yarn. Cut through the yarn loop at the base of the cardboard. 03 Tie another piece of yarn around the loop, slightly down from the top knot, then trim off any loose ends to neaten. Repeat to make four tassels for each coaster. 04 Using a yarn needle and a length of Yarn C, sew the four tassels to each corner of the coaster to finish.

Mandy O’Sullivan Mandy is an Australian maker, photographer and designer. She loves all craft, especially crochet, and posts on Instagram daily @crochetbyredagape. Mandy is also the founder of #craftastherapy and shares her inspirational tips and fun ideas for creative living on her blog. www.redagape.com.au

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#CRAFTGOALS It’s time to set resolutions for 2017 – but what’s the best way to achieve your crafty goals for the year ahead? Words: OLIVIA GORDON Illustration: ALEJANDRA PINANGO

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hether you want to learn a new craft, develop existing skills or start a making business this year, typing up a to-do list isn’t the only way to think about your goals. Creative people often need to find a slightly unusual method of goal-planning, one which makes you feel fired up and inspired. For example, you might be like screen-printer Rosha Nutt (www.rosha.co.uk) and tend to think of everything visually. Instead of writing lists, Rosha makes a picture wall as a visual reminder of what she needs to accomplish, or imagines herself on the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz. “I picture myself stuck in the forest, with a party at the castle in the distance. Back in the forest, I need to start by choosing a subject, making the illustration, buying the paper, booking the studio, printing, uploading online, getting the word out – brick by brick, I build the path to the castle.” If you’re a visual person, scrapbooking, pin-boarding or journaling your crafting resolutions to give them colour and form will instantly bring them to life. Write and illustrate your dreams in colourful Sharpies, go wild with stickers and sticky notes, and cover boring storage folders and boxes in beautiful papers to make organising your goals a creative project in itself.

BREAKING IT DOWN For illustrator Sophy Henn (www.sophyhenn.com), “big projects can seem intimidating, but by breaking them down and committing each step to a timetable, it becomes doable.” A mini-goal could be entering a competition (which got Sophy her first children’s book deal; her latest book, Edie, is out next month) or even launching a new ‘collection’ of your work each season to motivate you. Another, more structured, approach is to try the hugely popular trend for bullet journaling (www.bulletjournal.com) or the brand new Dream Plan Do creative journal from The Design Trust (www. dream-plan-do.com), which prompts you to list and accomplish goals month by month. Developing your work into a collection built around a common theme can also help cement your ideas. Sonia Bownes of London Craft Club (www.london

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craftclub.co.uk) took this concept further, working her recent craft projects around a single colour. She picked burgundy as a focus for five craft goals (mohair knitting, ceramics, making a new bag, Christmas poinsettias and sewing), all featuring the shade.

SHARE YOUR GOALS Lifestyle blogger Stephanie Congdon Barnes (www.3191milesapart.com) suggests making your intentions and achievements public to keep you motivated: “I recommend finding a friend or group to whom you have to be accountable and with whom you can share the experience.” Sonia agrees; she announced her burgundy craft list in her newsletter, and says the peer support of social crafting groups and workshops like hers encourage members to practise their skills. If you’re on Etsy, joining one of their local teams will give you an understanding network to share ups and downs with. Social media is another valuable source of support. Share your projects on Pinterest and Instagram, and maximise exposure by using hashtags #craftsposure, #handmadewithlove and #molliemakers. Of course, many creatives find setting goals counter-productive. Weaver Maryanne Moodie (www. maryannemoodie.com), who’s just had her first book, On the Loom, published, says: “I don’t set myself concrete goals in craft, business or life. I find that by being present, rather than focusing on the future, I’m able to notice when opportunities come up and do what feels right at that very moment.” Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether you work formally towards achievements or not; the only aim is to keep creating. Quilter Liza Prior Lucy, co-author of Bold Blooms with Kaffe Fassett, advises: “Set a goal to observe the world around you. We’ve made quilts based on stacks of used shipping containers, displays of eye shadows, stacks of towels and seed catalogues. Go to a museum and look at the art. Window-shop in a city. Walk through a sculpture garden. Open your collection of books and magazines and be inspired. Our goal is always the same. It is simply to make stuff!”

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Ribbons and fringing and pom poms and trims, these are a few of our favourite things... If, like us, you’ve got serious magpie tendencies for all things haberdashery related, put your hoard to good use and give an old coat a new lease of life. Be as bold or as subtle as you like, and experiment with different colours, textures and sizes. If you haven’t got a collection of trims but still fancy customising your wardrobe, there are so many places to source them. Ours came from VV Rouleaux and Etsy, but you could try your local craft shop or fabric store for inspiration, too. 01 Lay out your chosen trims along the coat sleeve to decide the order you’re going to place them in. Try

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putting contrasting colours side by side, and alternating smooth fabrics with highly textured ones for added interest. 02 Measure the circumference around the bottom of the sleeve and make a note of it. It’s a good idea to do this before adding each embellishment, as sleeves are often tapered and will widen as you work up towards the shoulder. 03 Add 2cm ( ") to the noted measurement, then cut this

amount from the trim that will sit nearest the bottom of the sleeve. 04 Pin the trim in place, folding the ends to the wrong side and aligning with the sleeve seam. 05 Sew the trim in place using matching thread and small stitches. Once you’ve finished, repeat the process with the second trim. 06 Continue adding the rest of the trims along the sleeve in the same way, then repeat to add a section of trim to the breast pocket.

Victoria Haynes Victoria was recently bitten by the decluttering bug, so this project was a great way for her to use up her haberdashery collection. Visit her craft and lifestyle blog, The Owl and The Accordion, for more inspiring makes and ideas. www.theowlandtheaccordion.com


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BRAND FOCUS Charlotte Beevor Since graduating from Leeds College of Art in 2014, surface pattern designer Charlotte Beevor has collaborated with the likes of Made.com, Sofa.com and Hillarys to create collections featuring her painterly designs and vibrant colour palettes. Find Charlotte’s fabric and her limited edition prints at www.charlottebeevor.com.

Charlotte’s original collection for Sofa.com

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Kayti Peschke’s unique and colourful home reflects her passion for making Words: HANNAH BULLIVANT Photography: KRISTY NOBLE

Kayti Peschke’s Yorkshire bungalow had been on the market for two years when she finally caught sight of it, but she wasn’t put off by the unloved feel and tired 80s-style decoration. “I’d been looking at houses for ages but when I saw this one, it felt like it had been waiting for me,” she explains. “I could really see the potential and loved the idea of one level living. I just knew it was the place for me!” Her offer was accepted and she moved in shortly after.

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Kayti mixes designermaker pieces with thrifted finds, which makes for a colourful and ever-evolving array of knick knacks around her home.

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SHOP SMALL Kayti is passionate about supporting designer-makers, fuelled through her work with Crafty Fox Market, which connects UK crafters with savvy shoppers. Some of her favourites displayed on the inspiration wall in her office include Natko Ceramics, Andsmile and Monstrous Pencil. She also keeps everything organised in Sun Jellies’ colourful pastel bags.

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The bungalow’s practical open plan layout suited the look Kayti had in mind for her home, so the main task when she moved in was decorating – starting with the main living room. “Painting the brick fireplace made a massive difference and really brightened the room up,” says Kayti. “The triangle wall decals by A Lovely Wall add colour and I love that they peel off!” She then moved onto the spare room, dubbed The Groovy Room in honour of its 70s-inspired oranges and browns. “It has a cocktail bar, disco balls and a sofa bed for when friends stay – it’s always the hub of the party in there!” Next Kayti tackled the kitchen, repainting the cupboards and replacing the lighting, tiles, worktops and sink. She also added a breakfast bar to define the space and make it more sociable, and installed a Jetsons-style stove. “It heats the whole house in winter, the dogs adore it, and I just love the retro style!” 50 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

Kayti did most of the decorating herself, fitting it around her busy working life. A photographer, designer, co-founder and creative director of Caboodle magazine, and marketing manager of Crafty Fox Market, Kayti’s varied creative roles shape her aesthetic while also giving her the freedom to work from home. “I have a little office where I spend a lot of my work time,” she explains. “I’ve covered the walls with lots of things people have sent me and they always make me smile, so it’s a really happy place to be! I have a lovely view of the Yorkshire Wolds out of the window, too. “In the garden I have a photo studio which is painted white and filled with backgrounds and props to play with on my shoots, so I feel really lucky to have everything I need right here.” Most of the furniture in Kayti’s home is sourced from car boots and antiques shops, and some of her favourite things have come from

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skips. “I do a lot of upcycling. I love the thought of reusing something and making it feel loved again.” Kayti’s bright yellow piano is a wonderful example of this. The previous owners didn’t want to keep it, so it was in the house when she moved in. “I painted it yellow with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and now it’s just so fun! I don’t play but I love the reaction it gets. Everyone is drawn to it and loves to have a go!” As well as being filled with upcycled finds, Kayti’s quirky home is also filled with handmade items. “I’m passionate about supporting independents and my work with Crafty Fox Market means I’ve built a collection of goodies from the amazing makers I meet there. I love hearing the stories behind their inspirations and the making process involved.” Although she’s threaded her unique style through the whole house, Kayti feels that the space is constantly evolving: “In lots of ways, 52 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

I don’t think the house will ever be ‘finished’. There are still areas I want to attack. I want some new flooring and a new bathroom eventually, and the garden will be the next big project. I’m planning a 60s Palm Springs vibe!” It’s hard to imagine Kayti living and working in a more perfectly suited space. “I love colour, so it just feels right to surround myself with it. My home really feels so ‘me’ right now. It makes me really happy and I love working and living here.”

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BON BON BOWLS BY KATHLEEN BALLOS OF SNOWDROP & CO

Forget Love Hearts – this year we’re planning to win over our Valentine with a supersized treat. Fill vintage glassware or ceramic bowls with your other half’s favourite sweets (preferably red and heart-shaped for bonus Insta points), then wrap in cellophane to make a candy so giant, even Willy Wonka would be impressed. We’ll be making mini versions for our friends too, and hoping someone’s kind enough to share. Find the full tutorial for these bon bon bowls at www.minted.com/julep.

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APPLES & PEARS Encourage kids to get their five-a-day with Anne Weil’s chunky crocheted pouffes

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HOW TO MAKE… HAND CROCHETED POUFFES MATERIALS Q Scrap yarn for stitch markers Q 12mm (US P/16) crochet hook For the pear Q Red Heart Grande, 78% Acrylic/22% Wool, 150g/42m per ball, 15 balls in Oatmeal (0307) Q Wadding, 2.4 x 5m (2 x 5yrds) Q Beading wire, 20 gauge, 1m (391/8") Q Yarn remnant from the apple, 10m (10 yrds) For the apple Q Red Heart Grande, 78% Acrylic/22% Wool, 150g/42m per ball, 12 balls in Currant (0901 56 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

Q Wadding, 2.4 x 3m (2 x 3yrds) wide Q Two round cushion pads, 40cm (15 ") diameter Q Beading wire, 20 gauge, 1m (391/8") Q Yarn remnant from the pear, 10m (10 yrds) TENSION Tension isn’t too important, just aim for a firm finish ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch dc double crochet dc2tog double crochet 2

together – (insert hand in next st, pull working yarn through st with your hand) twice, you now have three loops on your hand, pull working yarn through all three loops on hand tr treble htr half treble dtr double treble FINISHED SIZE Apple – 40 x 50cm (15 x 19 ") Pear – 56 x 62cm (221/8 x 243/8")

Accessorise a nursery or kids’ room with these super-sized fruit pouffes. Little ones will love relaxing on them, and they’re a fun way to get to grips with Anne’s hand crochet technique. Instructions The main body of the apple and pear are made with hand crochet, using your hand instead of a crochet hook, working three strands of yarn held together. They are crocheted in the round in a continuous spiral (do not join at the end of each round) from the bottom upwards. Place a marker in the first stitch in each round using a contrasting piece of scrap yarn. With each round, move the marker to the first stitch in the next round.


Single hand crochet Holding the working loop on your hand, reach under the crochet stitch for the working yarn with your fingers. Pull a loop of the working yarn through on to your fingers. Stretch both loops across your fingers to make them the same size. Pick up the working yarn with your fingers and pull a new loop through both previous loops. Continue to the next stitch to the left and repeat for each subsequent stitch. Pear Foundation ch3 and join into a ring with a ss Round 1 8dc in ring [8 sts] Round 2 2dc in each st around [16 sts] Round 3 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each Subscribe at molliemakes.com

of the next 3 sts) four times [20 sts] Round 4 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of the next 4 sts) four times [24 sts] Round 5 1dc in each st around [24 sts] Round 6 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of the next 5 sts) four times [28 sts] Round 7 1dc in each st around [28 sts] Round 8 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of the next 6 sts) four times [32 sts] Rounds 9-12 1dc in each st around [32 sts] Round 13 (dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 6 sts) four times [28 sts] Rounds 14-15 1dc in each st around [28 sts] Round 16 (dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 2 sts) seven times [21 sts] Rounds 17-18 1dc in each st around [21 sts]

Round 19 1dc in next st, (dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 3 sts) four times [17 sts] Rounds 20-22 dc2tog, 1dc in each remaining st around [16 sts] Stuff the pear with the wadding, then continue the last two rounds. Round 23 [dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 2 sts] four times [12 sts] Round 24 dc2tog six times [6 sts] Finishing Cut the yarn, leaving a 1.8m (707/8") length. Bring the yarn end through the loop, then pull across and weave through the top 6 sts to close. For the stalk, attach the wire to the top of the fruit, next to the yarn end. Twist the end of the wire around the yarn and wire, then tuck the wire end under and hide in the yarn. 75 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 57


HOW TO MAKE‌ HAND CROCHETED POUFFES Ch5 using wire and yarn, then ch1 with yarn only. Twist the wire into chain and tuck in. Beginning at the end, and leaving a small loop sticking out, twist the yarn around the wire/yarn chains, down towards the fruit. Knot at the base to secure the yarn, then tie the yarn ends back to the fruit. Cut and weave in the ends. Apple Foundation ch3 and join into a ring with a ss Round 1 8dc into ring [8 sts] Round 2 2dc in each st around [16 sts] Round 3 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of the next 3 sts) four times [20 sts] Rounds 4-5 1dc in each st around [20 sts] Round 6 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of the next 4 sts) four times [24 sts] Round 7 1dc in each st around [24 sts] Round 8 (2dc in next st, 1dc in each of the next 5 sts) four times [28 sts] Rounds 9-13 1dc in each st around [28 sts] 58 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

Round 14 (dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 5 sts) four times [24 sts] Round 15 (dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 2 sts) six times [18 sts] Round 16 (dc2tog, 1dc in each of the next 4 sts) three times [15 sts] To stuff, place a cushion pad at the bottom. Wrap the second pad in wadding, then stuff the sides and fill in the top. Twist a piece of wadding to make a circle, place around the outside of the top so the apple dips in the centre, then continue. Round 17 [dc2tog, 1dc] five times [10 sts] Round 18 dc2tog five times [5 sts] Finish in the same way as the pear. Leaf (make 1 for each pouffe) Crochet using one strand of yarn

and 12mm crochet hook. Leaving a 20cm (77/8") tail, ch14. Row 1 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 4dtr, 1tr, 1dc, ss [11 sts and 2 unused ch which will form the stem] Ss into back of chain to cross to the other side of the centre chain Beginning level with last ss, repeat Row 1 directions in reverse, i.e. ss, 1dc, 1tr, 4dtr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc [11 sts] Make 2dc in tip of leaf, then dc around leaf, going behind stem at top of leaf Ch1 at tip of leaf, cut end, pull end through last loop and tuck into the back of the leaf, creating a point. Weave in the end with your fingers or a yarn needle to finish. Use the tail end to tie the leaf to the top of the fruit.

Anne Weil A lover of beautiful things, Anne is the creative voice behind Flax and Twine, designing knitting and crochet patterns and DIYs for the modern crafter. You’ll usually find Anne busy making in her sunny studio in Denver, USA. www.flaxandtwine.com


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Still feeling the loss of cheery festive decorations in your home? Then inject some colour with Karolina’s pajaki-inspired planter. A traditional Polish decoration, pajaki chandeliers are intended to be bold and bright, so fish out your most eye-catching shades of paper and card to make a statement hanging to hold four mini plants. If you really want to go all out, make pom poms – known as kalinka – in rainbow hues by using a different shade of tissue paper for each layer. Or, pick a selection of colours that will complement the flowers you’ll be planting. 01 Cut a 2cm ( ") wide strip from your crepe paper and glue one end to your hoop. Wrap it around

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the hoop, overlapping the paper as you go, then glue the end in place. 02 Cut four 80cm (31 ") lengths of twine and tie them at evenly spaced points around the hoop. Use the punch to cut 32 circles from the coloured card, then cut the straws into eight 8cm (31/8") pieces and 28 3cm (1 ") pieces. 03 Thread each string with seven short straws and two long straws, starting and finishing with the longer pieces, and adding a circle between each straw. Once each string has been threaded, gather all four strings together and knot. 04 To make the top pom pom, fold your tissue paper to create 15 layers. Use your compass to draw out a 10cm (4") diameter circle onto the tissue paper, then push a

needle through the layers to hold them together. Cut out the circles, then make eight evenly spaced cuts around the centre. 05 Separate out the layers. Twist the sections on each layer between your fingers, squeezing and folding in the same direction as shown. 06 Thread a needle with a doubled length of twine, knot it at the base, then wrap a small piece of foil around the knot. Thread on each layer of tissue paper, changing the direction of the curved sections each time to create a round pom pom. Knot the thread to secure. 07 To attach the pom pom, thread the needle with two of the lengths you knotted together in Step 3. Thread through the centre of the pom pom, pushing it down towards


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the four knotted lengths. Knot to secure, then tie a loop of ribbon through the knot for hanging. Trim off any excess twine. 08 To make a plant holder, cut four 60cm (235/8") lengths of twine. Thread over the hoop where a length of twine is already attached, creating eight equal lengths. Repeat at the other three points where the twine meets the hoop. 09 Separate a set of eight lengths into four pairs. Knot the pairs about 15cm (6") down, then knot another two lengths from a different pair roughly 5cm (2") down. Repeat once more, then knot all lengths together at the bottom. Repeat with the remaining three sets. 10 Cut four 70cm (275/8") lengths of twine, then use the circle punch

to cut 20 circles from the coloured card. Cut the straws into eight 8cm (31/8") pieces and 16 3cm (1 ") pieces, then thread each string with four short straws and two long straws, starting and finishing with the longer pieces, and adding a circle between each straw. 11 Tie the end of each string to the hoop, either side of the plant holders, so they hang in between.

12 Repeat Steps 4-6 to make another four pom poms, this time using your compass to draw an 8cm (31/8") diameter circle onto your tissue paper. Attach them to the hoop, covering the knots where the plant pot holders are tied on. 13 Pot a small plant into each of your four pots, then carefully place one into each of the holders. Hang in your home to display.

Karolina Merska Originally from Poland, Karolina believes pajaki (pronounced pah-yonk-ee) chandeliers really do bring happiness. Now based in London, Karolina runs workshops on how to make these traditional decorations and reveals her secrets to making the perfect pom pom. www.bobbinandbow.com

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Combining rustic wood with delicate floral embroidery, this decorative board gives the trend for all things artisan a feminine twist. Don’t panic if the memory of school woodwork classes brings you out in a cold sweat either – Ella’s templated design is easy to recreate with a bit of patience. All you need is a drill, a chopping board and a steady hand, plus a selection of embroidery threads. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even put up a shelf to display it on once you’re done. 01 Photocopy and cut out the template on page 97, then tape it to your board. Place an offcut of wood onto the surface you’ll be drilling the board on, then place the board on top. 02 Fit the drill bit into the drill chuck, making sure enough of the drill bit is showing to go through the board and out the other side. Wearing safety goggles and keeping your hands clear of the area you’re drilling, hold the board

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We can’t think of a sweeter gift for a little one than these teeny tiny moccasins – the ultimate way to start a lifetime’s obsession with shoes. These keepsake makes are sturdy enough to withstand a serious amount of toddling, and their soft, slipper-like feel will keep toes cosy while they’re at it. Easy to personalise, they’re also a thoughtful gift for friends expecting a new arrival. Choose from three sizes: 3-6 months, 6-9 months or 9-12 months. Alice only uses ethical leather for her shoes, so recommends you repurpose an old leather item, or opt for faux leather instead. If you’re making these to sell at a craft fair or for charity, please credit Alice’s brand, Amy & Ivor, for the design – you can find full details of our Make to Sell policy on page 6.

01 Photocopy and cut out the templates in your chosen size from page 97. Using the cutting mat and craft knife, cut out all pattern pieces, cutting the sole from the beige leather and the remainder from the mint leather. If you don’t have a craft knife, draw around the templates with a pencil and use a pair of scissors to cut out instead. 02 With the templates still on top of the pattern pieces, use the awl to indent the marked holes into the leather. Punch the holes into the leather where marked on the template, using a 2mm (1/8") punch for the smaller holes and a 4mm ( ") punch for the larger holes. 03 Cut in the tassels on the tassel piece along the marked lines using a craft knife or scissors, then cut the ends of the gold leather laces at an angle for ease of threading.

04 Take one sole, one front piece and one back piece, then lay the pieces out right side (RS) up so the A and B marks on the left-hand side of the sole, right-hand side of the back and right-hand side of the front are all aligned. Thread your needle, tying a knot at the base, then start stitching at the hole between the A and B marks. Stitch from the wrong side (WS) out to the RS on all layers through the hole nearest the edge, first through the front piece, then the back piece, and lastly through the sole. 05 Stitch back through the top hole positioned one hole to the right – just through the upper part of the shoe, not the sole. Then, work back through all three layers, directly below the hole you just came out of. Pulling your stitches tightly as you go, continue around


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08 Fold the tassel piece along the marked line, then match up the larger holes in the back piece with the same large holes on the tassel piece. Start threading your lace at one end, working from the outside of the tassel piece and the outside of the back piece. Push the lace in through the hole nearest the fringing on the tassel piece, through the corresponding hole in the back piece, then back through the top hole on the tassel piece to

fold it over the top of the back piece, creating a neat cuff. 09 Repeat Step 8 on the next hole, this time working from the inside of the shoe to the outside, using the lace to create a simple oversized running stitch. Continue around the top of the shoe, working from the outside to the inside and back again, then pull the lace so it’s an even length on both sides. 10 Repeat Steps 4-9 for the second shoe, then tie the laces to finish.

Alice Hedley Alice lives with her partner and two daughters. After making moccasins for her girls when they were babies, Alice received so many requests that her business, Amy & Ivor, was born. Handcrafting ethical leather baby shoes, her brand has since won awards for its eco-friendly footwear. www.amyandivor.com

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Jewellery designer and collector Emilee Anne shares her collection of vintage treasure I was raised by antiques collectors, so I spent my childhood being dragged to flea markets all over the world. To make it more enjoyable, my mom would find collecting projects for me. On one of our trips to England we started a teacup collection, which is still one of my favourite memories and possessions. Each trip was something different, until I was an avid collector myself! My vintage jewellery collection began in high school when I used to borrow my mother’s brooches. Soon we started to hunt for them together – some of my most treasured jewels are the first brooches we collected together. This passion shaped my whole career – I went on to study Fashion Design and began designing jewellery for companies like Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade. 80 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 75

Working for a range of companies taught me the importance of inspiration. My favourite part of a new season is always pulling together images, going to museums and, of course, vintage shopping! A lot of design comes from taking older pieces and finding new ways to reinvent them. I have hundreds of pieces in my collection – I love the thrill of the hunt. I wanted to share my passion with those who have the same love for vintage jewels, so recently launched an online shop. I love to collect in New York and San Francisco, but my favourite place is Dallas, Texas, where I grew up. I try to visit home often so I can shop all my favourite antique malls. www.eaemileeanne.com Use code MOLLIELOVESEMILEE to save 10% at Emilee’s website; offer valid until 28th February 2017.


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W a ar s Get creative and glam up any outfit with Emily Dornbusch’s chunky rope necklace


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Q Hot glue gun Q Strong glue Q Two silver cord ends, 8mm (3/8") Q Two silver jump rings, 6mm (3/8") Q Silver lobster clasp

Fancy making your own jewellery but not too sure where to begin? Then give this bold statement neon necklace a try for instant crafting gratification. Combining simple techniques and colour blocking, you’ll create an eye-catching piece from rope, faux leather and a pom pom, so nothing too fiddly. Plus, you can easily find all the materials online. Pair with a plain tee for effortless style, and customise the colours to suit any (and every) outfit. 01 Fill your silver cord ends a quarter full with strong glue, then press either end of the rope firmly into a cord end, ensuring the glue comes into contact with the rope.

02 Roughly 10cm (4") down from one rope end, place a small dot of hot glue onto the rope and attach the end of your coral cord. Wind this around the rope, leaving a small space in between each wrap so the necklace rope shows through. Once you reach the end of the coral cord, use a small dot of hot glue to secure it in place. 03 Place a small dot of hot glue directly after the coral cord and attach your burnt orange cord. Wind this around the rope; this time making sure each wrap lines up with the previous one so you can’t see the rope. Glue down the end of the cord as before. 04 Repeat Step 3 using the gold coloured cord. Next, fold your


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07 Add a dot of hot glue onto the rope, just after the last wrap of your orange cord. Wrap the uncut section of the leather around the glued rope, with the fringing hanging down over the orange cord. Add a final dot of glue to secure the fringing in place. 08 Place the necklace right side up (choose the neatest side), then

use the hot glue to attach the pom pom to the top of the fringing. 09 Using the pliers, open one of the jump rings. Hook it onto one of the silver cord ends, then hook one end of the lobster clasp onto the jump ring and close. Repeat with the second cord end, the remaining jump ring and the other end of the lobster clasp to finish.

Emily Dornbusch Emily lives on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Australia. As well as running her jewellery business, Emeldo, she also works as the Creative Specialist for Cotton On Kids. Emily loves spending her downtime at the beach, and enjoys great wine and laughing. www.emeldo.com

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Let your four-legged friend snooze the day away in Debbie Humphreys’ cosy pet bed

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Upgrade your pet’s current sleeping arrangements to a comfy bed that they’ll love snuggling up in. It’s a win-win situation as not only do they get to lounge around in luxury, but you can choose a fabric that’ll tie in with the colours of your living room. You might even be able to claim back your spot on the sofa, although we can’t promise anything. Debbie’s designed the bed with a removable cushion so you can easily pop it in the washing machine. Measuring 70 x 45 x 28cm (275/8 x 17 x 11") when finished, it’ll comfortably fit a medium-sized dog, but if you want to make the bed bigger or smaller, scale the measurements up or down to suit. Use a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance throughout unless stated.

Making the bed 01 Cut two 70 x 59cm (275/8 x 23 ") side panels and two 45 x 59cm (17 x 23 ") side panels from the cotton fabric. As these will be sewn together along the length later on, try to make sure the pattern is aligned on each panel. 02 To make the front panel, take one long side panel, fold in half along the length, then fold in half along the width. Chalk out a rectangular section 10cm (4") down from the corner fold and 15cm (6") across, then mark on a curved edge where the two lines meet, as shown. Cut away the marked section, then open out the fabric. 03 Fold all four fabric panels in half along the length with wrong sides (WS) facing. Press along the crease, then use these folded panels

as templates to cut a piece of wadding for each of the four sides. 04 Open out the fabric panels, then pin each piece of wadding to its corresponding panel along the WS of one long edge. For the front panel, pin the wadding to the WS of the edge with the cut out section. Sew in place, 1.5cm (5/8") in from the raw edge. 05 With right sides (RS) facing, align the short edges of the front panel and one side panel. Pin and sew, then sew the remaining side panel to the other end of the front panel in the same way. Repeat to sew the back panel to the two side panels. 06 Align one long edge of the base fabric along the RS of the base of the back panel fabric. Pin and sew, then repeat to join the two side panels, and lastly the front panel.


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Making the cushion 11 Cut two 70cm x 45cm (275/8 x 17 ") panels, two 70cm x 12cm (275/8 x 4 ") side panels and two 45cm x 12cm (17 x 4 ") side panels from the cotton fabric. 12 Aligning raw edges and with RS together, pin one panel and one long side panel together along the length. Sew, then attach the remaining long side panel to the other long panel edge in the same

way. Repeat with the two short side panels at either short edge. 13 With RS together, pin and sew the side panels along their short edges. Sew the remaining panel to the remaining raw edges of the side panels in the same way, leaving an opening for stuffing. 14 Turn the cushion cover RS out and stuff. Neatly slip stitch the gap closed, then place the cushion inside the bed to finish.

Debbie Humphreys Inspired by her shivering whippet, Bruno, Debbie decided to give up making wedding dresses and started making dog coats and jumpers instead back in 2010. When she isn’t sewing or knitting, you’ll find her in the Kent countryside walking with her two dogs. www.redhoundfordogs.etsy.com

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Made from soft velvet and embellished with metallic embroidery and a matching tassel, this bag has just become our new Valentine’s crush. Pretty in pink, it takes the trend for all things velvet through to spring, and even inexperienced sewists can whip this up with just a few basic skills. Make your embroidered pattern as simple or as detailed as you like, and if pink’s not your thing, switch up the colour combinations. Try stitching gold onto black for a classic look, and add a contrasting lining for an alternative finish. 01 Place the velvet fabric right side (RS) down onto a flat surface. Draw a circle in the middle of the fabric with your tailor’s chalk, then draw a cross shape through it, the same width as the circle. 02 Cut the cross shape out from your velvet, then use this as a template to mark and cut the same

shape from both your lining fabric and your wadding. 03 Place one arm of the velvet shape in the embroidery hoop with RS facing up. Doodle a simple line drawing with your chalk onto the fabric, then embroider on using the metallic thread. Repeat on the remaining three sides. 04 Pin two sides of the velvet shape together along the length with RS facing. Sew, then repeat to join the remaining sides. 05 Pin the wadding to the wrong side (WS) of the lining fabric, then repeat Step 4 to join the sides.

06 Turn the velvet RS out, then place the sewn lining inside the velvet bag, with the wadding against the WS of the velvet. 07 Fold the raw edges at the top of the bag to the WS, in towards each other, creating a neat edge. Pin and top stitch in place along the edge. 08 Attach the eyelets to the top of the bag, cutting away the fabric as per the manufacturer’s instructions and spacing them out evenly. 09 Sew your tassel to the centre of the base of your bag. Thread the length of chain through the eyelets and join the ends together to finish.

Lana Red Lana’s DIY and lifestyle blog, Lana Red Studio, is dedicated to bringing innovative projects to everyone’s home. Drawing inspiration from current trends in fashion and her background in art and design, visit Lana’s blog for more easy-sew craft tutorials. www.lanaredstudio.com


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HOW TO MAKE‌ CABLED WRIST WARMERS MATERIALS Q West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester Aran, 100% wool, 83m/50g per ball, two balls in Coral (542) Q 4mm (UK 8, US 6) double pointed needles Q 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7) double pointed needles Q Cable needle Q Stitch markers Q Scrap yarn TENSION 20 sts and 30 rounds over stocking stitch to 10cm (4") square using 4.5mm needles SIZES Q Small/Medium (18cm (71/8") around the top) Q Medium/Large (20cm (77/8") around the top)

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ABBREVIATIONS st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl k2tog knit two sts together pm place marker slm slip marker ssk slip one stitch knitwise, then next stitch purlwise onto right needle. Slip back onto left needle and k2tog through back loops C6B slip next 3 sts onto cable needle, hold at back of work, knit 3 from left hand needle, knit 3 from cable needle C6F slip next 3 sts onto cable needle, hold at front of work, knit 3 from left hand needle, knit 3 from cable needle M1R make one right M1L make one left (refer to instructions for steps)

If you’ve already mastered the basics of knitting, try something more challenging with these tactile mittens. Combining cabled detailing with ribbed cuffs, these soft, cosy gloves look so inviting. Push up the oversized cuffs for a slouchy, casual feel, or tuck them into your sleeve to stop those chilly winter winds from getting in. Instructions Where the pattern differs between sizes, the smallest size is given first, followed by the larger size in brackets, e.g. 1 (2) sts. The pattern is written in the round, and knitted on needles slightly smaller than recommended for this yarn to create a closer knit. To use the backwards loop cast on, hold the needles in your right hand and the working yarn in your left. Pass the working yarn around your thumb from back to front, then slip the right needle tip under the loop around your thumb. Pull your thumb out of the loop and then pull the working yarn tight. To make one right, pick up the bar

between sts on right and left needles by bringing left needle from back to front, and knit into the front of this st. To make one left, pick up the bar between sts on right and left needles by bringing left needle from front to back, and knit into the back of this st. Right mitten Using 4mm needles, cast on 36 (42) sts and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist st. Pm to indicate start of rounds. Cuff Rib round (p3, k3) to end of round Repeat Rib round 29 more times **Change to 4.5mm needles. Hand Set-up round k24 (30) sts, p3, k1, (M1L, k1) 5 times, p3 [41 (47) sts] Round 1 k24 (30), p3, k11, p3 Round 2 as Round 1 Round 3 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k11, p3 Rounds 4-5 as Round 1*** Begin increases for thumb Round 6 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k1, pm, M1L, k1, M1R, pm, k9, p3 [43 (49) sts]


Round 7 k24 (30), p3, k to last 3 sts, p3 Round 8 as Round 7 Round 9 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k1, slm, M1L, k3, M1R, slm, k9, p3 [45 (51) sts] Rounds 10-11 as Round 7 Round 12 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k1, slm, M1L, k5, M1R, slm, k9, p3 [47 (53) sts] Rounds 13-14 as Round 7 Round 15 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k1, slm, M1L, k7, M1R, slm, k9, p3 [49 (55) sts] Rounds 16-17 as Round 7 Round 18 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k1, slm, M1L, k9, M1R, slm, k9, p3 [51 (57) sts] Rounds 19-20 as Round 7 Round 21 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k1, slm, M1L, k11, M1R, slm, k9, p3 [53 (59) sts] Rounds 22-23 as Round 7 Round 24 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k1, slm, M1L, k13, M1R, slm, k9, p3 [55 (61) sts] Rounds 25-26 as Round 7 Separate sts for thumb Round 27 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k1, remove marker, place next

15 sts on scrap yarn, remove marker, cast on 2 sts over gap using the backwards loop cast on, k9, p3 [42 (48) sts] Rounds 28-29 as Round 7 Round 30 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k to last 3 sts, p3 Rounds 31-32 as Round 7 Round 33 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k to last 3 sts, p3 Round 34 as Round 7 Rib edging Change to 4mm needles Set-up round (p1, p2tog, k3) 4 (5) times, (p3, k3) 3 times [38 (43) sts] Round 1 (p2, k3) 4 (5) times, (p3, k3) 3 times Repeat Round 1 a further 4 times Cast off in rib. Thumb Using 4.5mm needles, slip 15 held sts from scrap yarn onto needles. Rejoin yarn with right side (RS) facing and knit across 15 sts, then pick up and knit 4 sts around gap where you made your 2 cast on sts earlier [19 sts] Round 1 k to last 4 sts, ssk,

k2tog [17 sts] Round 2 k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 [16 sts] Rounds 3-4 k Rib edging Change to 4mm needles Round 5 (k2, p2) 4 times Repeat Round 5 a further 4 times Cast off in rib. Left mitten Using 4mm needles, cast on 36 (42) sts and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist st. Pm to indicate start of rounds. Cuff Rib round (k3, p3) to end of round Repeat Rib round 29 more times Work from ** to *** as given for right mitten Begin increases for thumb Round 6 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k9, pm, M1L, k1, M1R, pm, k1, p3 [43 (49) sts] Round 7 k24 (30), p3, k to last 3 sts, p3 Round 8 as Round 7 Round 9 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, 75 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 95


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Round 30 C6F 4 (5) times, p3, k to last 3 sts, p3 Rounds 31-32 as Round 7 Round 33 k3, C6B 3 (4) times, k3, p3, k to last 3 sts, p3 Round 34 as Round 7

your 2 cast on sts [19 sts] Round 1 k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2tog [17 sts] Round 2 k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 [16 sts] Rounds 3-4 k

Rib edging Change to 4mm needles Set-up round (k3, p1, p2tog) 4 (5) times, (k3, p3) 3 times [38 (43) sts] Round 1 (k3, p2) 4 (5) times, (k3, p3) 3 times Repeat Round 1 a further 4 times Cast off in rib.

Rib edging Change to 4mm needles Round 5 (P2, k2) 4 times Repeat Round 5 a further 4 times Cast off in rib.

Thumb Using 4.5mm needles, slip 15 held sts from scrap yarn onto needles. Rejoin yarn with RS facing and knit across 15 sts, then pick up and knit 4 sts around gap where you made

Finishing Weave in the ends, using the yarn tails to close any holes where the thumb meets the palm. Steam each mitten gently by holding a steam iron above the finished piece, then pull them into shape to make the stitches uniform and leave to dry flat.

Rosee Woodland Rosee is a textile designer and freelance journalist. When she’s not making things, she loves watching Hayao Miyazaki movies and baking with her daughter. Visit Rosee’s website to see more of her designs and link through to her Ravelry patterns.

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01 Cut eight 1m (393/8") lengths of jersey yarn, a 1.5m (591/8") length and a 50cm (19 ") length. 02 Fold one of the 1m (393/8") lengths in half. Place the looped end behind the piece of dowel, then thread the two ends through the loop and pull tight to secure it. Repeat with the other seven 1m (393/8") lengths. 03 Fold the 1.5m (591/8") length so one side measures 50cm (19 ") and the other side 1m (393/8"). Attach to your dowel on the left of the other strands as in Step 2, giving you 20 strands in total to work with.

04 Lay the left longer strand across your other 19 strands from left to right. Using each of the 19 strands and following the guide on page 98, make a straight line of double half hitch knots directly below the attachment knots. 05 Lay the longer strand back across your 19 strands, this time from right to left. Work a second line of double half hitch knots from right to left, 2.5cm (1") down from the previous line. 06 Repeat Step 4 once more, making a line of double half hitch knots from left to right, directly below the previous line.

07 Next, you’ll need to work a square knot sequence from left to right over your 20 strands. Leaving the first strand to the side, take the next four strands and follow the guide on page 98 to make a square knot. Repeat this three more times across the remaining strands, leaving the last strand to one side. 08 Each of the four square knots has four strands coming from them – we’ll refer to these from left to right as A,B,C and D, as shown in the image above. Take strands C and D from your first square knot and strands A and B

from the knot immediately to the right and make another square knot. Repeat twice more to make three knots along this line. 09 Repeat Step 8, then take the longer strand and place it over the other strands from right to left as shown. Make a line of double half hitch knots, then take it from left to right and make another line of double half hitch knots directly below that. 10 Trim your strands so they meet in a point at the bottom, then tie the remaining 50cm (19 ") length to either end of the dowel for hanging.

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03 Bring A from left to right, taking it over the middle strands and under B. 04 Bring B under the two middle strands and through the new loop formed by A. Pull A and B to tighten.

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THE CRAFTER’S BASKET Cliffoney, Co Sligo, Ireland 00353 (0)71 9166515 We stock a wonderful selection of patchwork fabrics, knitting yarns, crochet threads, embroidery threads (DMC & Appletons), sugarcraft, rugmaking and craft supplies. Great choice of ribbons, buttons and trimmings. Brother machine agent. Visit our unique shop in the scenic West of Ireland or shop online at www.craftersbasket.com. Classes and workshops available. info@craftersbasket.com www.craftersbasket.com

NUTSCENE Online 01307 468589 Nutscene... not just for gardening! Producers of Twine and distributors of Raffia. We offer a range of jute twine in 16 colours an excellent product for crotchet and crafting and 21 colours of Raffia. Get creative with Nutscene. www.nutscene.com

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01579 384376 We supply wooden, MDF, papier mache & galvanised items to decorate yourself. Products include boxes, mini chests of drawers, trays, planters & clocks. orders@boxylady.co.uk www.boxylady.co.uk

hello@folkit.co Anyone can paint with our little boxes of creativity. Open our painting lesson kits and discover the artist within you. www.folkit.co

Leicestershire 0116 3196930 Crafty Sew&So have everything you need for your next sewing project! Use code CRAFTY10 to get 10% off your first order online! www.craftysewandso.com

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07532 053356 Learn the art of Needle Felting with a kit from Felt Creative. Designed for beginners so no experience necessary. 20% off all kits in January! www.feltcreative.co.uk

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Lucy Davidson shares the story behind her love affair with weaving

Name: Lucy Davidson Occupation: Weaver and graphic designer

Lucy sketches ideas, but doesn’t always plan her weaves. Her dad makes all the looms for her workshops.

A few years ago I discovered a strange-looking loom on eBay and decided to order it. It took me a while to figure out it was for weaving, but when I realised its possibilities, I instantly fell in love. I’ve always had a passion for yarn crafts, but there was something about the meditative process of creating beautiful wall hangings that kept me interested. Weaving has recently seen a new-found popularity and is a fast-growing trend. It’s so great to see new weavers popping up all the time, and how each individual puts their own take on it. I run

it’s a joy to see people’s faces when they take their weave off the loom

Lucy’s mini weaving bike is to promote her classes – she’s planning a full-sized version!

weaving workshops demonstrating the basic skills and it’s a real joy to see people’s faces when they get to take their weave off the loom. The thing I love most about weaving, apart from its therapeutic tendencies, is playing with texture and colour. I’ve started recently weaving with chunkier materials, including rope, and materials I’ve dyed with avocados. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. After that, the next big project is a weave for my wedding!

Currents Visit Lucy’s website at www.peasandneedles.co.uk to buy her products, sign up to her workshops and read her blog. Follow her on Instagram @peasandneedles.

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Enjoying: Making quick macramé plant holders for all my plants. Thinking about: Redoing the interior of our new camper van! Listening to: Podcasts. I recently discovered them and love them, particularly The Jealous Curator at www.thejealouscurator.com.


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