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MAIN IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND MATILDA SMITH

INSIDE THIS ISSUE ¤ KITSCH CHRISTMAS STOCKING ¤ LUXE COCKTAIL SET ¤ EMBROIDERED SWAN HOOP ¤ ADVENT WALL HANGING ¤ KIDS’ PARTY SKIRT ¤ FELT KAWAII DECORATIONS


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CHRISTMAS STOCKING ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND MATILDA SMITH; MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

Cocktail set

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

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

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47 LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

We find the loveliest hand-crafted, creative buys for your home

14 TRENDS Shop and make the dark florals look

50 HOME TOUR

18 KITSCH STOCKING

Founder of Southwood Stores Hayley Southwood’s striking Nordic home

A tactile make full of colour and cheer

26 TEA AND A CHAT Get to know design studio Cherry Press

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55 ADVENT CALENDAR Combine monochrome backing with bright numbers for a Scandi-look hanging

32 COCKTAIL SET

59 CROCHET CUSHION

Glam up tablewear with gold décor

Hook up a star-shaped cushion to cosy up with, using extra-chunky yarn

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63 ORIGAMI LIGHTS

39 TASSEL SCARF

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42 SWAN HOOP Add festive fairytale sparkle to your wall

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67 PULL-OUT PAPERS Festive-themed prints and posters from talented illustrator Louise Cunningham


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There’s change in the air, from the chilly evenings creeping in, to the thought of Christmas getting even closer (hurrah!). And, we’re feeling it on Team Mollie. I’m so excited to be stepping up as Acting Editor while Cath’s away, and can’t wait to welcome two new team members next issue. We’re also looking forward to 2018 with the annual Mollie Makes calendar, filled with Tamsyn Morgans’ beautifully styled projects. But first, Christmas! Get prepped and ready with our festive makes and gift ideas. Embrace the trend for tassels with a quick-knit scarf, get party-ready with a cocktail set, and catch Santa’s eye with Christine Leech’s stocking – a celebration of texture, colour, and all things festive!

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LOVING Treats and treasures to fall in love with

Yvette Streeter Acting Editor

75 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

76 PENGUIN MITTENS Knit these playful mitts to keep you cheery and warm through winter

80 PARTY SKIRT Make an easy-sew skirt from Scandiprint fabric for kids’ festive gatherings

85 CHRISTMAS FELTIES Cute decorations to brighten your home

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Girls’ getaway or romantic stopover, add style to your trip with this floral sew

98 TEMPLATES All the shapes for this issue’s makes

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Christine Leech Author and maker Christine believes everything looks lovelier with a pom pom and some glitter. She has yet to meet a craft she doesn’t agree with – apart from knitting that is, which she’s still trying to master. Make Christine’s stocking on page 18. www.sewyeah.co.uk

David Lewis Military man-turned-printer David is the driving force behind Cherry Press – a traditional letterpress service he runs with the help of his wife, Amie, and his vintage printing presses, Marigold and Martha. Read David’s creative story on page 26. www.cherrypress.co.uk

EDITORIAL Editor (on maternity leave) Cath Dean Acting Editor Yvette Streeter Senior Art Editor (on maternity leave) Helena Steele Art Editor Kit Cheung Deputy Art Editor Matilda Smith Digital Editor (on maternity leave) Nina Dyer Digital Editor Hannah Carr Picture Editor Emma Georgiou molliemakes@immediate.co.uk

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Hayley Southwood Hayley is a keen entrepreneur and marketer. Before she started interiors brand Southwood Stores, Hayley was also known as Mrs Scoops, founder of Vintage Scoops, and catered events from her retro ice cream van, Betty. Take a tour of Hayley’s home on page 50. www.southwoodstores.co.uk

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Louise Cunningham When Louise isn’t busy creating designs for M&S childrenswear or illustrating books, she loves pottering around flea markets, and has a penchant for taking long walks in the Norfolk countryside with her little dog, Stanley. Cut and stick Louise’s festive papers on page 67. www.louisecunningham.co.uk

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Sosae Caetano Sosae loves coffee, cats, and her husband, Dennis, often in that order. Her cross stitch and embroidery designs playfully combine modern and traditional styles, and are all about evoking a sense of cheer. Sew Sosae’s kawaii decorations on page 85. www.trellisandthyme.com

Kirsty Neale Kirsty lives in London with her partner and their prawn-obsessed cat, Albert. As well as drawing and making things, she also likes astronomy, Scandinavian design and listening to the shipping forecast. Embroider Kirsty’s swan hoop on page 42. www.kirstyneale.co.uk

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TOP READ Poem a day Illustrators Papio Press have lent their magical style to the cover artwork of this beautiful collection of daily poems, A Poem for Every Day of the Year, edited by Allie Esiri. Pick up a copy to feel inspired throughout 2018, both when you look at the cover and when you delve deeper inside. www.panmacmillan.com

Miss Patina’s preppy Autumn/Winter collection is inspired by a music academy. This Stradivarius dress comes in peach and blue, and makes a harmonious addition to your new-season wardrobe. www.misspatina.com

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One of Mollie Makes’ fave illustrators, Jade Fisher, has just launched her Women of the World calendar for 2018. The 13 stunningly illustrated original gouache designs are just the thing to fancy up your craft room wall for the year ahead. www.jadefisher.com


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MATERIALS QFloral fabric, 50cm (19¾") (we used Liberty London Fabrics Crochet Meadows in Tana Lawn Cotton) QA5 hardback notebook QGold ribbon, 0.5cm (¼") QFabric glue QDouble-sided tape 01 Press the fabric and place it right side (RS) down onto a flat surface. Open the notebook and lay it on the fabric with the

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pages facing up. Mark around the outside of the notebook, then add a 5cm (2") border to all four sides, giving enough fabric to fold over the edges. Cut out. 02 Close the notebook, then stick double-sided tape to all four edges on the front and back, and along the spine. Repeat along the inside front and inside back edges. 03 Peel off the backing from the tape on the outside of the cover. Starting at the spine, smooth the

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Santa’s been! PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND MATILDA SMITH

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HOW TO MAKE… A CHRISTMAS STOCKING MATERIALS Q50cm (19¾") white felt QWool roving in dark pink, light pink, green, blue and turquoise QSelection of trimmings, including ribbons, pom-pom trim and ric-rac QPink sewing thread QEmbroidery thread in gold, light green, dark pink and turquoise QCrochet yarn in fuchsia, light pink, dark blue, light blue, turquoise and light green QCrystal gems (we used Swarovski sew-on crystals)

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QA6 piece of card QEmbroidery needle QYarn needle QFelting needle QFelting mat

Pom poms and tassels and roving and bling – these are a few of our favourite things. And, they’ve all been incorporated into one jewel-coloured, texture-filled, yarn-tastic tactile stocking. Using a range of techniques, from felting to embroidery, this project is so much fun to make. So, dig deep into your craft supplies, let your inner magpie fly, and pull out your brightest and boldest yarns, threads and trims. You could keep your version neutral using soft pastel hues, but we love the idea of bright, clashing shades adding a pop of colour to our mantelpiece. 01 Using the template on page 98, cut two stocking shapes and one cuff from the white felt.

02 Place one stocking right side (RS) up on the felting mat. Take a length of dark pink roving and spread it out over the toe area, shaping the right-hand edge to create a curve. Use the felting needle to secure the roving in place, pushing it down with quick motions to combine the fibres with the felt and create a solid layer. If any white felt is still showing, position another small piece of roving over the gap and repeat. 03 Repeat Step 2 with light pink roving to felt the heel, this time, creating a rounded curve at the left-hand edge, as shown. Cut away the excess roving from the felt. 04 Using zigzag stitch, add a pink border, 1cm ( 3/8") out from the roving at the heel. Position a length


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of blue pom pom trim 1cm ( 3/8") away from the roving at the toe, and sew with pink zigzag stitch. 05 Drape a 20cm (77/8") piece of light pink crochet yarn between the middle tines of a fork. Take a piece of light pink roving, roughly 3cm (1¼") thick and 18cm (71/8") long, and wrap it around the fork prongs. 06 Tie the yarn around the roving to make a bundle. Slip it off the fork and cut both sides open. Work the bundle into a pom pom, then trim to neaten, leaving the lengths of crochet yarn uncut. Repeat with different coloured roving and yarn to make five pom poms. 07 Position the pom poms on the stocking, using the image as a guide to placement. Use the yarn tails to sew them in place.

08 Decorate the white spaces between the pom poms by sewing star shapes in gold embroidery thread. Work a large straight stitch, roughly 2cm (¾") long, then sew a cross stitch over the top. Vary the lengths of the stitches on each one to give a twinkly effect. 09 Next, embroider decorative borders around the roving at the heel. First, work a row of straight stitches in turquoise thread. Intersperse with gold stitches, worked at 90° angles, and going through the roving. Then, add a line of light green straight stitches in the area between the turquoise stitches and the pink zigzag stitch. 10 Embroider more decorative borders around the roving at the toe. Work a long running stitch in

light green thread between the pom pom trim and the roving, then intersperse it with short vertical stitches in gold. Add hand-sewn zigzag stitch in dark pink thread to the edge of the roving, then work a row of turquoise French knots on the roving, inside each V-shape. 11 Sew five crystal gems to the roving on the heel using matching thread, then repeat with the toe. 12 Pin the two stocking shapes with wrong sides (WS) together and use pink zigzag stitch to sew around the edges, leaving the top open. 13 Lay the cuff RS up, then position a selection of trimmings along the length in rows, leaving a 5cm (2") wide gap across the centre for the roving. Sew the trimmings in place using pink thread. 85 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 21


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positioning the two short ends so they join at the back. Sew along the top edge using pink zigzag stitch. 17 Pull the cuff up and away from the stocking, WS out. Manipulate the cuff so the two short edges sit with RS together and sew. Trim away any excess roving, then turn the cuff back down onto the stocking, with RS out. 18 Cut three 30cm (117/8") lengths of yarn. Lay an A6 piece of card horizontally on a flat surface and lay the yarn vertically across one end. Wrap yarn horizontally around the centre of the card, about 80 times in total, securing the cut pieces. 19 Tie a double knot in the three lengths of yarn to hold the bundle

together, then trim the ends. Take the bundle off the card. Cut three more 30cm (117/8") lengths of yarn and wrap, then tie, around the bundle, 2cm (¾") down from the knot. Cut the yarn at the bottom of the loop to make a tassel, then plait the hanging cord. Repeat with different coloured yarn to create two more tassels, then sew them onto the top of the stocking at the right-hand seam. 20 Cut a 10 x 1.5cm (4 x 5/8") piece of white felt. Sew zigzag stitch along the centre of the length, then fold in half across the width. Pin the short ends inside the top of the cuff at the right-hand seam, then sew to make a hanging tab.


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Can you describe your style in just three words? Industrial, traditional and fun.

Embracing tradition with...

CHERRY PRESS Self-taught letterpress mastermind David Lewis is the owner of Cherry Press, a design studio and shop he runs with wife Amie Words: LOTTIE STOREY Photographs: FIONA MURRAY

After an ill-timed redundancy, David Lewis decided to switch tack and start his own letterpress business. Partly planned and partly serendipitous, a request to print his sister’s wedding stationery led to more and more commissions, and David was finally able to launch Cherry Press in his hometown of Chipping Campden two years ago. A design studio and shop, Cherry Press offers wedding, business and gift stationery collections as well as a bespoke design service. And now, it’s a family business. David’s wife Amie 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 85

works alongside him in the shop, with a flexible approach allowing the couple to work around their two children, Casper and Nancy. Their vintage-inspired studio is home to the beautiful ‘Marigold’, a Heidelberg 10 x 15 Windmill press, and ‘Martha’, a splendid Crown folio Arab. Both David’s precious presses are true works of art, and are fondly cared for to safeguard their original condition and heritage. We caught up with David in his industrial workspace to chat about his creative practice and inspirations.

What does a typical working day look like for you? We start our day around 7.30am. As soon as I get to the shop I check and reply to emails, and look at what’s on for the day. Then work begins on the presses. I line up the plates, mix inks, then fire up the old girls! Inking up and setting up takes a while, so I try to print a batch of the same colour if I can. With a batch being printed, I get on with trimming and wrapping, as well as sorting postage. Then there are the customers who pop into the shop and need serving. I usually finish at the shop around 4-5pm, then pick up admin again at home later in the evening. Was letterpress an industry you always wanted to work in? No! I have worked in a few industries though, and learnt many things in them that guided me to where I am now. I was in the military for five years, which instilled routine, a strong work ethic, and commitment. I stumbled across letterpress about seven or eight years ago and immediately fell in love with the process. I used to work as a sales manager in a commercial print and design company


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where I learnt a lot about processing jobs, paper and print-making. When I was made redundant from that job I found myself at a crossroads. I looked at the possibility of opening my own digital print studio, but everyone was doing that, so I explored other options. A friend suggested letterpress, so I bought a small press, began experimenting, and fell in love with the medium. Then I bought a slightly bigger one, large enough to print my sister’s wedding invitations, and the whole thing spiralled from there. Subscribe at molliemakes.com

Explain to us how your creative process works. I just love letterpress, having fun with it and using the process to really showcase what it can do. Most clients already have a good idea of what they want by the time they get in touch and will hit us with their ideas, while others supply us with a full moodboard to dissect. It’s the best when you get a client who wants you to test the boundaries. I love it when I’m asked to produce something blind debossed (where the paper goes through the press without

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ink) or to experiment with a double ink overlay (contrasting inks that overlap, resulting in a stereoscopic print similar to 3D). It’s the best. I loved working with the Adidas logo recently when one of their employees walked into the shop and asked me to design his business card. Business stationery can be a bit more creative, as people generally want it to stand out more than, say, wedding stationery. Are there similarities with the design company you previously worked for? There are more differences than similarities between letterpress and commercial print and design. People opt for litho or digital printing as it can’t be beaten for speed and price. Letterpress is slow, and an investment, but if you want creative print and that trademark letterpress finish then you only have one option. The oldest press I own dates back to 1892, while the newest is 1952, both of which produce an end product you could never recreate with modern digital printing.

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hoped that other people would like what I was producing. When I started out, my studio was the garage behind my mum’s house. She brought me bacon sandwiches every morning, so I strung that out for four years! But no one knew I was there. Rather than just take on a bigger studio space, I thought I’d do something different and move onto the high street instead. Now I have the shop where passers-by can come in and discover our work, plus the two presses running all day every day in the studio space out the back. Subscribe at molliemakes.com

Tell us about the proudest moment of your career to date. It has to be taking that leap of moving the business to the high street. We stock both our own work and other designers’ pieces, plus products like sewing bits and bobs, handmade journals, things like that. And, it’s the customers who constantly surprise us, too! A couple from Singapore came in last year and took my business card, but it was only last week they emailed to ask me to do their wedding stationery. The shop definitely leads people to us who

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Cherry Press Cherry Press is run by husband-and-wife team David and Amie Lewis from Chipping Campden. At the shop and studio you’ll get a friendly chat, a cup of tea and a superior stationery upgrade. They’re believers in traditional methods, hand-mixing inks and powering presses by pedal. www.cherrypress.co.uk

Are there any designers or creative heroes you look up to? There are two gents who spring to mind. The first is a very dear friend, Terry Wright. Terry is known as ‘the man of letters’ – what this chap doesn’t know about letterpress isn’t worth knowing! He always has been, and will continue to be, my go-to for letterpress emergencies. The second is one of the most creative people I know, Dan Ford of Fords Design. When it comes to understanding a client brief and interpreting it into a fully mocked-up design, there aren’t many people who can do it better than Dan. Finally, can you share the best piece of creative advice you’ve ever been given? It has to be ‘keep it simple’!


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Cocktail hour Create a glitzy Art Deco bar set-up for festive soirées – Teri Muncey shows you how

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HOW TO MAKE… A COCKTAIL SET MATERIALS Q Metallic gold marker pen For the snack bowl Q White polymer clay Q Metallic gold porcelain paint Q Paint brush Q Rolling pin Q Craft knife Q Heat-proof bowl For the tray QCircular tin tray QWhite gloss spray paint For the glasses QMartini glasses

There are three stages to any drinks party: the initial meet and greet, dancing and making new pals, and finally, falling asleep on a kitchen stool. But, the bit your guests will remember most are their first impressions, which is where this glam cocktail set comes in. Featuring decorated martini glasses, a gold-flecked nibbles bowl and a glitzy bar tray, these simple makes create a sophisticated setting for your festive gatherings. Display on a retro drinks trolley, then fill with Champagne cocktails and smoked almonds for the ultimate in pizzazz. Making the snack bowl 01 Use your hands to roll the polymer clay into a ball, then use the rolling pin to flatten it out into a circle, roughly 0.5cm (¼") thick. 02 Line the heat-proof bowl with the clay, making sure the clay

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is positioned centrally. Press it into place as neatly as possible, starting at the centre, then working towards the outside, pushing out any air bubbles that form. If there are any gathers at the edges, push them down and smooth them out. 03 Use the craft knife to carefully trim away any excess clay from the rim. Place the bowl into the oven, following the manufacturer’s instructions to bake the clay. 04 Leave to cool, then gently remove the clay from the bowl. Using the marker pen, draw around the rim to create a gold edge. 05 Cover a surface with cardboard to protect it, then use the paint brush to flick the gold porcelain paint across the inside of the bowl, creating a speckled effect. Leave to dry, then turn the bowl over and repeat on the underside. Leave to dry thoroughly before using.


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Making the martini glasses 10 Use the gold marker pen to edge the rim of each glass. Carefully follow the lip of the glass, filling in the line all around. 11 Draw a dotted pattern onto one glass, starting with a closer cluster of dots just above the top of the stem, and spacing them out further towards the top of the glass. This will create a glittery effect. 12 Create a confetti pattern on the outside of a second glass by drawing short straight lines in

different directions, making sure to space out the marks evenly. 13 Add gold rings to the outside of another glass, using the gold rim of the glass as a starting point, and working down to the top of the stem. Make sure to space the rings evenly apart to give an neat finish. Leave to dry, then go back over any areas that need an extra layer. 14 Repeat Steps 10-13 with the remaining glasses to make a set – we decorated six, making two each of the three different styles.

Teri Muncey Teri is a DIY and interiors blogger, and spends her free time dreaming up craft tutorials for her website. Her mind is usually awash with new projects to sink her teeth into, inspired by even the most basic of household objects. www.thelovelydrawer.com

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THE GIFT OF HANDMADE Christmas shopping has a bad reputation, but when you shop independently, you can turn it all around Words: SOPHIE BROWN Illustration: RUBY TAYLOR

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A PERSONAL TOUCH

In an ideal world, we’d all have the time to dedicate months to crafting our own truly personal gifts, but with hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, it’s not always possible. Buying handmade, however, is almost as good as making it yourself. And by doing so, you’re not only supporting fellow crafters, you’re still giving unique presents to the ones you love at Christmas. When you start to look beyond the uniformed items on high-street shelves, you’ll open yourself up to an array of gorgeous gifts that can be made especially for you. With online marketplaces like Etsy and Not on the High Street, it’s never been easier to connect with a vast range of crafters from all over the world. Plus, you can shop from your sofa (avoiding hectic shopping centres!), and know that you’re helping a small business to thrive while you do. Annette Picardo, managing director of Etsy UK, explains: “Christmas is the ideal time of year for people to really think about what they’re buying, and who they’re buying from. Shopping from independent and local businesses is a great way to give these companies a huge boost in the lead-up to Christmas, and also the perfect opportunity to find original items and gifts.” Annette’s sentiments are echoed by Nikki Strange (www.nikkistrange.co.uk), a print designer with a range of stationery and accessories that’s guaranteed to impress even the most discerning of recipients. For Nikki, when you shop independently, you’re getting more than just a gift. “You’re buying into something

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special that has a story, giving it even more sentimental value. You also get a lot more transparency in how the items have been made and where the materials have been sourced, which helps you shop sustainably.” If you love the experience of Christmas shopping in person, there are heaps of seasonal markets and craft fairs to visit, and the experience is way more fun than fighting through hoards of people in generic shopping centres. Pop-up markets usually include tasty food stalls, and sometimes even live music. Plus, not only are you likely to pick up original gifts, you’re also able to meet the designer-makers behind your buys, and find out what makes them tick. For Sarah Hamilton (www.sarahhamiltonprints.com), a designer-maker who’s making a difference in the craft community, Christmas is an opportunity for shoppers to help their favourite businesses keep going for the rest of the year. She originally launched the Just a Card campaign (www.justacard.org) to highlight the difference every purchase can make to independent businesses, after reading this quote from gallery owners who’d been forced to close their shop: “If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card, we’d still be open.” As Sarah knows firsthand, “small sales add up – just a card, just a cushion, just a necklace, just a book.” She also points out: “High streets aren’t the enemy, but variety is the spice of life.”

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If you want to make a difference this Christmas, get shopping at your local markets or independent stores. Browse Instagram using hashtags such as #shopindependent, look to marketplaces like Etsy for inspiration, and support the makers you love. Start by joining Sarah’s Just a Card campaign on social media. “We’d love people to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @justacard. Retweet us, share our Facebook posts, put up our poster and spread the word. The more people who hear our message, the more likely we are to retain our independent shops and keep creatives in business.” After all, as Sarah says: “It really is as simple as Just a Card.”

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Deck the halls Decorate pre-cut wooden shapes to create personalised Christmas decorations

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Artcuts’ birch wood Christmas decoration shapes come in a range of different designs that can easily be prettified in the same way as this trio. Follow the steps to create your own beautiful ornaments, being careful not to press too hard when applying ink to the wood or stamp – try to use a light swiping action to build up colour. Likewise, gently apply an even layer of ink for stamping – you can always practise your technique on paper before you begin.

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sheet of paper, and once you’re happy with your design, begin stamping directly onto the shape. Remember to reapply ink to the stamp after each impression. 04 Continue stamping snowflakes all over the birch wood shape. Leave to dry, then repeat the pattern on the reverse. Try stamping along the edge of the shape for a seamless print, or stamp snowflakes in a line to create a striking Scandi-style pattern. To use a different snowflake, repeat Step 2, removing the previous stamp, and adding a new one.

05 Cut a 25cm (97 /8") length of red twine. Thread the twine through the pre-cut hole in the shape, then thread both ends through a wooden bead. Push the bead down towards the shape, and securely tie the ends in a knot, ready to hang.

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The tassel scarf

PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND MATILDA SMITH; MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

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HOW TO MAKE… A TASSEL SCARF MATERIALS QWe Are Knitters The Cotton Wool, 100% cotton, 100g/212m per ball, two balls in Salmon Pink (B787) (Yarn A), one ball in Wine (6461) (Yarn B) Q5mm (UK 6, US 8) knitting needles QMedium-sized crochet hook QYarn needle

ABBREVIATIONS st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl FINISHED SIZE Approx. 212 x 24cm (835/8 x 9½")

TENSION 25 sts and 22 rows over 10cm (4") square in 4 x 3 rib stitch

We Are Knitters We Are Knitters is an international knitting brand founded by María José Marín and Alberto Bravo. These entrepreneurs have put their own spin on the craft of knitting. www.weareknitters.com

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There are lots of things we love about winter – the excuse to stay home with a good book, shopping for new coats, and drinking huge mugs of hot chocolate – but our biggest pleasure is creating new, snuggly knits for our wardrobes. This particularly cosy design checks off two of this season’s biggest trends – burgundy and tassels – and is great for all occasions, from winter walks in the countryside to mooches around Christmas craft markets. Worked in simple rib stitch, this scarf also makes for an easy-knit Christmas gift that’ll go down a treat. Choose your gal pal’s favourite colours, then whip up a version for her, too. Instructions The scarf is knitted using rib stitch, repeating the basic pattern until the scarf reaches the required length. The tassels are then added

along the cast on and cast off edges, to finish. Scarf Using Yarn A, cast on 60 sts Row 1 (RS) k4, (p3, k4) to end Row 2 p4, (k3, p4) to end Rows 3-404 repeat Rows 1-2 Work will measure approx. 160cm (62¾") from cast on edge. Finishing To make the tassels, cut 78 52cm (20½") lengths of Yarn B. Fold six lengths in half, then use the crochet hook to draw the looped centre through the first stitch along the cast on edge, from the front to the back. Pass the ends through the loop, then pull gently to create the first tassel. Repeat with the remaining lengths of yarn, using six at a time, and spacing them evenly across the cast on edge to create 13 tassels in total. Repeat along the cast off edge, then trim the tassels, and weave in any remaining ends.


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Swan lake Use delicate embroidery and appliqué to craft Kirsty Neale’s enchanting winter scene

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’Tis the season for all things sparkly, and we’ve found the prettiest excuse to get out your metallic threads and glitter. Filled with intricate details, this magical scene uses a combination of appliqué and embroidery to create a fairytale-worthy design. And, from the starry night sky to the majestic swan’s tiny crown, you’ll be indulging your inner child with each sparkly stitch. Use three strands of thread for the embroidery, unless stated otherwise, and turn to page 98 to find instructions for each stitch. 01 Place the blue and grey fabric with right sides (RS) together, aligning one long edge. Sew along the edge, using a 1cm (3/8") seam

allowance. Open out and press, then position with the grey linen at the top. Using the stitch guide on page 98, trace the background design detail – the lilies, reeds, stars, moon and swan crown – onto the linen, aligning the base of the reeds with the join in the fabrics. 02 Using the templates on page 98, trace the swan body and wing onto the paper side of the interfacing. Press onto white felt and cut out. 03 Following the stitch guide, draw the stitching detail onto the swan. Press the swan body onto the background fabric, positioning it over the join of the linen, as shown, then press on the wing. 04 Place the fabric into the hoop, keeping the design central. Using all six strands of orange thread and


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working cross stitches in silver thread, then adding white cross stitches on top at an angle. Work white French knots for snowflakes. 10 To create a sense of movement in the water, sew single straight stitches below the swan using light blue thread. Remove the fabric from the hoop and press. 11 Apply glue to the front and side edges of the embroidery hoop and

shake the glitter over it. Leave to dry, then repeat to add a second layer. Leave to dry again, then place the fabric back into the hoop. 12 Trim the fabric at the back so it measures 3cm (1¼"). Sew gathering stitch around the edge of the fabric, pull tight, then knot to secure. Cut a circle of white felt, slightly smaller than the hoop, and stick to the back to cover the gathered fabric.

Kirsty Neale Kirsty is a writer, maker and illustrator, and lives in London with her partner and their prawnobsessed cat, Albert. She loves colour, pattern and fabric, and is the author of two craft books; Paperie, 100 Creative Papercraft Ideas and HoopLa: 100 Things To Do With Embroidery Hoops. www.kirstyneale.co.uk

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Fortune favours the brave with Southwood Stores’ graphic Brave is the New Black wall art, while Wonder & Rah’s Love Rains print is a win for heartfelt home decor. www. southwood-stores.myshopify.com; www.lullabuy.co.uk

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Donna Wilson’s new City Glass Vase is hand-blown and decorated with Donna’s signature illustrations – fill with eucalyptus to give it a festive twist. www.donnawilson.com

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NORDIC NOIR

We fancy swapping our usual tinsel and vintage baubles for a Scandi-esque tree this year, and this simple decoration from Hübsch feels like a good place to start. www.hubschinterior.com

Jane Foster’s distinctive illustrations grace this monochrome Scandi Birds cushion cover for a touch of modern minimalism we can get on board with. www.janefoster.co.uk

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the soft glow of candlelight. Use these Cone Candles from Southwood Stores to create a simple table centrepiece. www.southwood-stores.myshopify.com


Make sure Santa doesn’t leave you off his list by hanging up these House Doctor festive stockings. The pared-back designs will complement even the most minimalist of Christmas styling. www.housedoctor.dk

Go graphic with Coast tea towels

BRAND FOCUS Happy + Co Happy + Co specialise in graphic, printed homewares and soft furnishings with an emphasis on sustainable and socially-responsible style. Their handmade collections are designed in conjunction with talented craftspeople from around the world, and all complement the brand’s sleek monochrome vibe. www.happyandco.com

Bobble cushions tap into this season’s texture trend

WEBSITE TO WATCH Future and Found

Happy mugs are individually made in East London

Concept store and design destination Future and Found has a beautiful bricks-and-mortar space in North London, but you can buy into their carefully-curated selection of modern homewares via their website. Find everything from statement lighting solutions to contemporary furniture and striking textiles. www.futureandfound.com Subscribe at molliemakes.com

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Hayley Southwood’s chic home acts as a canvas for her Scandi-style finds Words: LARA WATSON Photography: RACHAEL SMITH

Describing herself with a smile as an ‘accidental entrepreneur’, Hayley Southwood, founder of Scandinavian-influenced Southwood Stores and the Southwood Social Hub, is a busy woman. As such, she treats her house as her sanctuary – a calm space she feels protective towards. “This is the first time I’ve invited a magazine in!” she admits, a little nervously. And it’s a privilege to visit. It comes as no surprise that the same impeccable curation of her Swanbourne-

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FLORAL STYLING: JEMMA COX OF MARTIN AND COX WWW.MARTINANDCOX.CO.UK

The gorgeous greenery was supplied and styled by florist and Southward Social Hub member Jemma Cox of Martin & Cox


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DANISH CANDLES Hayley’s best-seller at Christmas is the Ester and Erik non-drip cone candle. Husband and wife Ester and Erik Møller launched their company in 1987 in Denmark, paying tribute to its proud tradition of fine candle making. These are handdipped, made the traditional way to produce a beautiful, steady flame. They’re lit for gatherings with loved ones.

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based showroom is evident in her actual home, just up the road. Although she leans towards the monochromatic, keeping it clean and simple, there are fun, colourful personal touches, too. Donna Wilson face-painted plates line the walls in the kitchen where traditional family portraits might go, for instance, and in the living room, a wooden monkey toy hangs from a shelf of prints. It’s instantly friendly and comfortable, much like a first meeting with Hayley. Hayley lives with her husband Paul, an engineering manager, sons Callum, 20, and Jake, 18, and Sid the Schnauzer. They’ve been in this semi-detached house for 11 years. “We rented a cottage in the same village before buying this place,” Hayley recalls, “and when we looked around it we were gripped by the potential.” They had the house gutted, “from electrics to ceilings,” and with a fresh lick of white paint, they moved in. 52 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 85

It was in the summer house in the garden that Southwood Stores started its physical life, where Hayley created a small showroom and then packed orders on her kitchen table. Online, it had been going for some time – Hayley was an early adopter of Instagram and prolific on Twitter, where she started creating the brand. “I had nothing to lose,” she says of her business journey, which began when her mum died young from cancer. “My first solo venture was Mrs Scoops and her Vintage Ice Cream Van. I bought the van on eBay in a moment of madness, to escape my grief, and it gave me something to focus on.” Hayley did all her own marketing and was featured in over 100 magazines. “From that moment, I decided I would never be unhappy in my work or home again. It’s a cliché, but life really is too short.” Southwood Stores itself was born when Hayley started using Instagram to share her

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at the table, lots of extra chairs, and all the trimmings. “I happily let Paul do all the cooking normally, but Christmas dinner is the one meal I love to cook,” says Hayley. “It’s just a big roast isn’t it? Nothing too fancy!” And that’s a good summing up of Hayley’s approach to life: a jump-right-in celebration of the simple things. “I am passionate that we can all live as happy a life as we want to. It’s just giving ourselves the space to start.”

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How many days? Count down to Christmas with Anna Alicia’s Scandi-style advent calendar

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HOW TO MAKE… AN ADVENT CALENDAR MATERIALS Q1m (393/8") cotton canvas fabric in cream Q50cm (19¾") patterned fabric, (we used Sevenberry Lightweight Canvas in Poco Black) QFelt in blue, green, orange, pink and yellow QMatching sewing thread QTransfer paper QTailor’s chalk QFabric glue QWebbing, 1m (393/8"), 1cm (3/8") wide QDowel, 60cm (235/8"), 1cm (3/8") wide

This year, ditch the shopbought advent calendar and replace it with this easy-sew version instead. Combining Scandilook clean lines and monochrome prints with a pop of colour, not only will it look good hung in your home, but filling its pockets each year creates a lovely tradition, too. Choose the treats as a family, or surprise little ’uns with a selection of mini toys, candy canes, and heartfelt festive messages. We love that these pockets are big enough to fit in plenty of goodies, but if you prefer, you can easily scale it down to make a smaller version. 01 Using the templates on page 98, cut out the numbers for each day – 1 through to 24 – from different coloured felt. We printed the templates onto transfer paper (visit www.molliemakes. com to download), ironed the

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transfers onto the felt, then cut out each shape. But, you can just draw around the templates if you prefer. 02 Cut out a 56 x 93cm (221/8 x 365/8") piece of cotton canvas. Cut a 56 x 14cm (221/8 x 5½") piece of patterned fabric for the bottom trim, and a 56 x 16cm (221/8 x 63/8") piece for the top trim. On both pieces of patterned fabric, fold one long edge to the wrong side (WS) by 1cm (3/8") and press. 03 Lay the cotton canvas right side (RS) up, with the short edges at the top and bottom. Mark a horizontal line 13cm (5¼") up from the bottom edge, then place the bottom trim on top, RS up, and aligning the long raw edges. Fold up the bottom trim so the fabrics are RS together, then pin along the crease, making sure it stays in line with the chalk mark. Sew along the crease, then fold the fabric back down, aligning the long raw edges.


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07 With the main fabric RS up, mark several points 20.5cm (81/8") down from the top edge. Fold one pocket in half along the length and mark the centre. With RS up, and the folded long edge at the top, align the bottom of the pocket with the marks, matching the centre points, then pin in place. Repeat with the other pockets, lining up each one below the pocket above. 08 Sew along the bottom and side edges of each pocket strip, 0.25mm (1/8") in from the edge.

09 Next, measure and pin a line vertically down the centre of each strip. Repeat 10cm (4") out from the centre on either side to make four equal-sized pockets. Sew along the pinned lines, then press. 10 Use the fabric glue to stick the numbers centrally onto each pocket, then leave to dry. 11 Thread the dowel through the channel at the top of the calendar. Wrap one end of the webbing around a dowel end, sew to secure, then repeat at the other end.

Anna Alicia Anna is the designer-maker behind ethical jewellery and homeware label A Alicia, and lives in East London with her artist husband, and their bonny toddler. She has a passion for eco-ethical and handmade products, and is also the author of Make it Your Own: 25 Stylish Projects for Your Home. www.aalicia.bigcartel.com

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Star bright Give a subtle nod to the festive season with Anette Wetzel-Grolle’s crochet cushion

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HOW TO MAKE… A CROCHET STAR CUSHION MATERIALS QLoopy Mango Big Loop, 100% merino wool, 100g/110m per ball, one ball in Cotton Candy (020) Q25mm (US U) crochet hook QLining fabric, 120 x 60cm (47¼ x 235/8) QSoft toy stuffing QMatching sewing thread QFabric marker TENSION Tension is not too important for this design, just take care to crochet more loosely with the extra-chunky yarn 60 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 85

ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain dc double crochet magic ring to make a magic ring, hold the yarn in your hand and wrap the working yarn around your forefinger twice to create a ring, slip the ring off your finger and insert the hook to pick up the first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for Round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end FINISHED SIZE Approx. 56cm (221/8") wide

Add a playful touch to your sofa with this chunky, tactile cushion. Use it to create a Scandi-style Christmas vibe, or just to cosy up with on a chilly winter’s evening. Worked in the chunkiest of yarn, you’ll whizz through this make in no time. And, if you’re looking for an even quicker finish, skip the insert, and stuff with unspun wool instead. Instructions Crochet two star shapes, then join together using dc. To make the cushion insert, sew together two fabric shapes and stuff. Star (make two) Centre Round 1 start with a magic ring,

11dc in the ring, pull ring tight, now continue working in a spiral (do not join the round), *2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * until you have 20 sts in total (approximately 3 rounds) Making the first point Row 1 1dc in each of next 4 sts, turn Row 2 ch1 (does not count as st here and throughout), 1dc in each of next 4 sts, turn Row 3 ch1, (miss 1 st, 1dc in next st) twice, turn Row 4 ch1, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, turn Row 5 ch1, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st, fasten off Rejoin yarn to next st on the centre


of the star and repeat Rows 1 to 5. Repeat this process until you have five points in total. Secure and weave in all ends. Joining Place both stars with wrong sides (WS) together and, starting at the base of a point, join with dc all around, placing 3dc at the tip of each point to maintain the shape. Keep going until you reach halfway around, then stop to leave an opening for the cushion insert. Making the insert Fold the lining fabric in half with right sides (RS) together. Using the template on page 98, mark on a star shape, then add a 1cm (3/8") Subscribe at molliemakes.com

seam allowance around the outside. Cut out, then sew the two shapes RS together, using a 1cm (3/8") seam allowance, and leaving a 10cm (4") gap for stuffing. Trim the excess seam allowance at the inner corners and at the tips of the points, being careful to avoid the seam, then turn RS out and carefully push out the points.

Finishing Stuff the insert as firmly as possible, using a knitting needle or similar to push the filling into the corners. Top stitch the gap closed. Place the insert between the two crocheted stars and finish joining them together with dc. Cut the yarn and weave in any loose ends to finish.

Anette Wetzel-Grolle Born and raised in Germany, Anette recently moved back to her home country after spending years in California with her husband and two children. They now live in a city apartment, where Anette designs jewellery and works as a stylist and photographer. www.lebenslustiger.com

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HOW TO MAKE… ORIGAMI FAIRY LIGHTS MATERIALS Q 12 pieces of patterned paper, 50 x 12cm (19¾ x 4¾") Q String of 12 LED fairy lights Q Fast-drying glue NOTE Always use with low-heat LED bulbs and fireretardant spray. Do not leave unattended

Take your festive lighting to the next level with this string of origami lanterns, made using contemporary printed papers. Hang them from your mantelpiece, drape over a bookshelf, or intertwine with eucalyptus for the ultimate in festive chic. And, these aren’t just for Christmas – you can leave them up all year round, too. Stick to monochrome prints for an on-trend Scandi feel, add metallics for a touch of luxe, or mix and match different papers from your stash. 01 Take a piece of patterned paper and lay it right side (RS) up on a flat

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surface. Fold it in half along the length with RS together, then open it out again. Fold both short edges into the centre crease and open out, making four equal sections. 02 Using the two new creases as guides, fold in the short edges and open out again twice more, until there are eight equal sections. 03 Using the new creases as guides, keep folding until you have 16 equal sections, then 32 equal sections. 04 Fold in half along the width with RS together, then open out. Fold both long edges to the wrong side to meet the centre crease, then open out again.


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folds, and the horizontal creases down as valley folds. 08 Hold the folded shape with the open sides facing you. Using a small amount of glue, stick the triangular shapes together, along both the top and the bottom.

09 Place one of the fairy lights inside the open end of the shape, then add a thin line of glue around the edge of one half. Stick the open edges together to secure. 10 Repeat Steps 1 to 9 with the remaining 11 sheets.

Esther Thorpe Esther lives in the heart of central England with her husband, chatterbox toddler and house rabbit. An origami artist specialising in multi-modular creations, she runs popular workshops teaching her craft across the UK. www.origamiest.co.uk

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Forget fairy princess outfits – the kids in the know are getting their reindeer fancy dress on this festive season. With sparkly gold detailing and red and green tassels, these felt antlers from Meri Meri are sure to get little ’uns to the top of Santa’s nice list. www.shopmerimeri.co.uk

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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND MATILDA SMITH; MODEL: ALEXANDRA FIA

Happy mitts Keep your hands toasty and your look quirky-cute with Amy Philip’s penguin mittens


HOW TO MAKE… PENGUIN MITTENS MATERIALS QSublime Superfine Alpaca DK, 100% alpaca, 50g/120m per ball, one ball each in Soft Grey (433) (Yarn A), Tusk (430) (Yarn B) and Flannel (434) (Yarn C) QDrops Fabel 4 ply, 25% polyamide/75% wool, 50g/205m per ball, small amount in Mustard (111) (Yarn D) Q3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) circular knitting needles Q4mm (UK 8, US 6) circular knitting needles Q4mm (UK 8, US 6) double-pointed needles QScrap yarn QStitch markers QTapestry needle TENSION 22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm (4") over stocking stitch on 4mm needles ABBREVIATIONS st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl M1R make one right, pick up the bar between the sts on the right and left needles by bringing the 78 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 85

left needle through from back to front, then knit into the front of this st M1L make one left, pick up the bar between the sts on right and left needles by bringing the left needle through from front to back, then knit into the back of this st PM place marker ssk slip one st, slip one st, knit slipped sts together k2tog knit 2 sts together dpn double-pointed needle FINISHED SIZE Approx. 23cm (91/8") long and 9cm (35/8") wide

You may think mittens have one sole purpose – keeping hands cosy – but these playful penguins will also put a big grin on your face. Adding a fun feel to any winter outfit, and knitted in alpaca yarn for the softest finish, you’ll wonder how you survived winter without them. Instructions These are knitted in the round on circular needles, but you can use double-pointed needles instead. Divide the sts evenly over the needles, cast on two extra stitches for a seam allowance, and sew up the mittens at the end. The steps for the left and right mittens are the same, except the thumb gusset. Add the face detail at the end, using duplicate stitch. Cuff Using Yarn A and 3.25mm needles, cast on 42 sts. Join to work in the round. Work 16 rounds in k1 p1 rib until cuff measures 5cm (2") long. Lower hand Change to 4mm needles and k 8 rounds Left hand thumb gusset Round 9 k14, M1R, k2, M1L, k to end of round [44 sts] Round 10 k

Round 11 k14, M1R, k4, M1L, k to end of round [46 sts] Round 12 k Round 13 k14, M1R, k6, M1L, k to end of round [48 sts] Round 14 k Round 15 k14, M1R, k8, M1L, k to end of round [50 sts] Round 16 k Round 17 k14, M1R, k10, M1L, k to end of round [52 sts] Round 18 k Round 19 k14, M1R, k12, M1L, k to end of round [54 sts] Round 20 k Round 21 k14, M1R, k14, M1L, k to end of round [56 sts] Round 22 k Round 23 k14, M1R, k16, M1L, k to end of round [58 sts] Round 24 k14, slip next 18 sts onto scrap yarn holder, cast on 2 sts using the backward loop method, k to end of round [42 sts] Right hand thumb gusset Round 9 k4, M1R, k2, M1L, k to end of round [44 sts] Round 10 k Round 11 k4, M1R, k4, M1L, k to end of round [46 sts] Round 12 k Round 13 k4, M1R, k6, M1L, k to end of round [48 sts] Round 14 k Round 15 k4, M1R, k8, M1L, k to


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end of round [50 sts] Round 16 k Round 17 k4, M1R, k10, M1L, k to end of round [52 sts] Round 18 k Round 19 k4, M1R, k12, M1L, k to end of round [54 sts] Round 20 k Round 21 k4, M1R, k14, M1L, k to end of round [56 sts] Round 22 k Round 23 k4, M1R, k16, M1L, k to end of round [58 sts] Round 24 k4, slip next 18 sts onto scrap yarn holder, cast on 2 sts using the backward loop method, k to end of round [42 sts] There may be a slight hole between the thumb gusset and the hand, but this can be sewn up while weaving in the ends when finishing. Upper hand K 10 rounds Next round change to Yarn B, k21, PM on the 22nd st (to mark st 1 of the chart when working the penguin design), k to end of round K 11 rounds Next round k21, PM (for mitten top shaping), k to end of round Shape mitten top Round 1 k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k2, ssk, k until 3 sts remain, k2tog, k1 [4 sts decreased]

Work Round 1 a total of 8 times until 10 sts remain. Cut yarn leaving a 15cm (6") tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the 10 sts to close the top of the mitten. Adding the face Cut a 130cm (51¼") length of Yarn C. Following the chart, add the penguin face in duplicate stitch, matching the tension of the mitten. Stitch 1 of the chart is the stitch marked with the stitch marker. Use two more 130cm (51¼") lengths of Yarn C to finish the head. Cut two 30cm (117/8") lengths of Yarn C for the eyes and a 35cm (13¾") length of Yarn D for the beak. Thumb Transfer the 18 sts on scrap yarn to 4mm needles, rejoin Yarn A, and k 12 rounds Next round (k2tog) all around [9 sts] Cut yarn leaving a 15cm (6") tail. Thread the tail through the remaining 9 sts to close the thumb.

Mitten cord Using Yarn A and 4mm doublepointed needles, cast on 3 sts, leaving a 15cm (6") tail. After casting on, knit the sts, then instead of turning, slide the sts to the other end of the dpn. The working yarn is now at the left of the sts. Start knitting again from the right st, pulling the working yarn gently across the back of the sts. Continue knitting each row in this way, sliding the sts back along the needle at the end of each row, rather than turning, to form a narrow i-cord tube. Work an i-cord 137cm (54") long. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15cm (6") tail, and thread through the 3 sts to cast off. Using the yarn tails, sew the i-cord to the centre point of the inside back of each mitten. Weave in any loose ends. To finish, block the mittens, carefully pinning them into shape, then leave to dry.

Amy Philip Amy is a Brighton-based mum of three, and the designer-maker behind Button and Blue, a knitwear brand known for its sweet designs, all handmade from beautiful natural fibres. Find her creations on Instagram @buttonandblue. www.buttonandbluestore.etsy.com

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tiNy daNcer Get your little ’un party-ready with The Fold Line’s easy-sew statement skirt

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We all want to break away from the crowd when it comes to Christmas party outfits, and little girls are no exception. So, make sure they stand out with a tullelined, twirl-worthy skirt you can easily whip up in an evening. Made using panel fabric, where a whole design is printed across one piece, this magical winter scene combines woodland animals and geo shapes for a cute Scandi vibe. Highlighting frosty shades with glimmers of gold, we like to think of it as a luxe take on Narnia. And who wouldn’t want to find this at the back of their wardrobe? 01 To calculate the width, you’ll need to cut the main fabric for the skirt (measurement A), take a waist measurement, then add on half that amount, plus a 3cm (1¼") seam allowance. For example, if the waist

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measures 54cm (21¼"), you would add 54cm (21¼") + 27cm (10 5/8") + 3cm (1¼") to get 84cm (331/8"). 02 To calculate the height (measurement B), measure from the waist to just above the knee, then add a 3cm (1¼") hem and 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance. For example, if the measurement is 20cm (77/8"), you would add 20cm (77/8") + 3cm (1¼") + 1.5cm (5/8") to get 24.5cm (9¾"). If you’d prefer to make a longer skirt, adapt the measurement accordingly. Cut a piece from the main fabric using measurements A and B. 03 Cut a 9cm (35/8") x measurement A piece from the contrasting fabric for the skirt waistband. 04 Cut a piece from the tulle lining, using measurement A as the width, and measurement A minus 6cm (23/8") for the length. We used a single layer of tulle, but to


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sew to create the back seam. Press open the seam. 09 Fold over the waistband, using the first crease created in Step 7, and fold the raw long edge to the WS, using the crease as a guide. Pin in place, 2-3mm (1/8") along the seam where the waistband and skirt join. Turn the skirt RS out and transfer the pins to the RS. 10 Starting and finishing 4cm (15/8") either side of the back seam, sew the waistband in place. Sew into the seam created in Step 7,

checking to ensure the waistband is being caught in the stitch. 11 Using a large safety pin, thread the elastic through the channel created by the waistband. 12 Overlap the two ends of the elastic by 2cm (ž") and zigzag stitch together. Tuck this join back inside the waistband, then pin and sew the gap closed. 13 Fold the bottom long edge of the skirt to the WS by 1cm (3/8"), then again by 2cm (ž"). Sew using a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance.

The Fold Line Rachel and Kate run The Fold Line, an online sewing community and hub of all things creative for the new tribe of dressmakers. Visit to find sewing patterns, get inspiration, chat in their friendly forum and discover a wealth of resources. www.thefoldline.com

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HOW TO MAKE… KAWAII DECORATIONS MATERIALS QBlack embroidery thread QSoft toy stuffing QBaker’s twine QBlack fine-tipped pen For the star cookie QFelt in brown, pink, white and yellow QEmbroidery thread in blue, pink and yellow For the mitten QFelt in blue, brown, pink, turquoise and yellow QEmbroidery thread in blue, pink and white For the hot chocolate QFelt in brown, dark brown, pink, light pink, white and yellow QEmbroidery thread in brown, pink, white and yellow

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Team Mollie can’t resist the opportunity to go super-kitsch with our crafting, especially when it comes to Christmas. And, with their twinkling smiles and candycoloured hues, these squishy tree decorations are so cute, they’ll even have Santa breaking from his busy schedule to admire them. Inspired by the Japanese art of kawaii, these mini makes are lovely ideas for stocking fillers, too. Use felt in pastel shades to replicate our versions, or opt for reds and greens for a more traditional feel. Work three strands of thread to give the details definition, and use a knitting needle, or similar, to help push the stuffing into the corners. Making the star cookie 01 Using the templates on page 98, cut a large star from the yellow and brown felt, a small star from the white felt, and two cheeks from the pink felt. Make a loop from a length of baker’s twine. Using a pin,

and the template as a guide, prick holes in the white felt for the eyes and mouth. Dot over the holes with the black pen. 02 Place the white star centrally onto the yellow star and use white thread to backstitch it in place. Use black thread to embroider the face detail, then position on the pink cheeks and use pink thread to backstitch in place. 03 Using blue and pink thread, embroider single stitches onto the white star to create sprinkles. 04 Back the yellow star with the brown star and blanket stitch together, adding the twine loop at the top, and leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff, then blanket stitch the gap closed. Making the mitten 05 Using the templates on page 98, cut a large mitten from the yellow and brown felt, and a small mitten from the turquoise felt. Cut two cheeks from the pink


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yellow and the brown felt, a mug and a large handle from light pink felt, a small handle from yellow felt, hot chocolate from brown felt, whipped cream from white felt and two cheeks from pink felt. Make a loop using baker’s twine. Using a pin, and the template as a guide, prick holes in the pink felt where the eyes, mouth and mug rim detail should go. Repeat on the froth. Dot over the holes with black pen. 10 Place the large handle onto the yellow mug backing as shown, and backstitch on with pink thread. 11 Position the pink mug onto the yellow mug backing as shown,

backstitch on with pink thread, then repeat with the hot chocolate and brown thread. Add the whipped cream on top, using white thread to backstitch it in place. 12 Use black thread to embroider on the face detail, then position on the pink cheeks, and use pink thread to backstitch in place. Add on the yellow handle detail using yellow thread and backstitch. 13 Back the design with the brown mug backing and blanket stitch together, adding the twine loop at the top and leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff, then blanket stitch the gap closed.

Sosae Caetano Sosae and her husband Dennis are the founders of Trellis & Thyme, an indie pattern company. They live in sunny Southern California, USA, where they spend their days designing cheerful cross stitch, embroidery and felt softie patterns. www.trellisandthyme.com

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HOW TO MAKE… AN OVERNIGHT BAG MATERIALS Q1.25 x 1.15m (49¼ x 453/8") main fabric (we used Rifle Paper Co Les Fleurs in Folk Birds Black, available from www.fabric.com) Q125 x 115cm (49¼ x 453/8") backing fabric (we used cotton canvas) Q125 x 115cm (49¼ x 453/8") lining fabric (we used Cotton + Steel Printshop in Moons Black, available from www.fabric.com) QMatching sewing thread QHeavy-duty zip, 61cm (24") QTwo leather straps, 107 x 4cm (421/8 x 15/8") QSmall rivets, eight pairs QRivet tools

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Whether you’re off on a shortstop city break, or just driving to stay with family over Christmas, this sleek weekend bag is your new essential travel companion. Roomy enough for your chunky winter knits, make-up and toiletries, it also has two handy pockets inside – one zipped and one open – so you don’t have to pull out the entire contents of your bag looking for your phone charger. And, we love the versatility of having both long and short handles, too. Use a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance, unless stated otherwise. 01 From the main fabric, cut two 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/8") pieces for the bag, and two 9 x 7cm (35/8 x 2¾") pieces for the D-ring fastenings. From the backing fabric, cut two 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/8") pieces. From the lining fabric

cut two 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/8") pieces for the main bag, two 31 x 33cm (12¼ x 13") pieces for the zip pocket, and one 28 x 20cm (11 x 77/8") piece for the open pocket. Cut one leather strap into four 4 x 4cm (15/8 x 15/8") squares for the zip tabs, and two 2 x 41cm (¾ x 161/8") lengths for the side handles. 02 Use the adhesive spray to glue the backing fabric to the main fabric bag pieces, wrong sides (WS) together, and aligning the edges. 03 To make the open pocket, take the 28 x 20cm (11 x 77/8") piece of lining fabric and fold the side and bottom edges to the WS by 1.5cm (5/8"), twice. Fold the top edge to the WS by 0.5cm (¼"), then by 2cm (¾"). Top stitch along the top edge, close to the fold, to secure in place. 04 Fold the pocket in half along the length and mark the centre line. Fold one 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/8")


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06 Push the pocket lining into the opening, pull through to the WS of the bag lining, and press flat. 07 Position the cut-out rectangle over the 18cm (71/8") zip, both with RS up, and pin. Top stitch in place. 08 Pin the remaining 31 x 33cm (12¼ x 13") piece of lining fabric to the sewn pocket lining with RS together, and aligning raw edges. Sew, being careful not to catch the bag lining, then tack the top of the pocket to the top of the lining. 09 Following the manufacturer’s instructions, attach the socket part of a heavy-duty snap to two 4 x 4cm (15/8 x 15/8") leather tabs. Place a plain leather tab and a snap tab with WS together, then sandwich one end of the remaining zip between them, positioning the snap on the WS of the zip. Repeat at the other end, making sure the zip has at least 61cm (24") of tape

exposed, and clip in place. With a leather needle, sew around the outside of the tabs, using a stitch length of 3.5-4mm. 10 Place the zip along one long edge of the 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/8") piece of main fabric, RS together, and aligning the top edges. Place the 63.5 x 51cm (25 x 201/8") piece of lining fabric on top, WS up. Clip, then sew along the top edge, using a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance, and leaving 2cm (¾") unsewn at either end. Position the lining and main fabrics with WS together, press along the seam, then repeat along the opposite side of the zip to create the second side of the bag. 11 Mark the position of the handles onto the main fabric, 8cm (31/8") down from the zip, with the ends 12cm (4¾") apart. Sew the straps to the main fabric only, positioning them as shown, and securing with 85 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 93


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the raw long edge, trim any excess, and turn RS out. Position the seams at the back, fold the short edges to the WS by 1cm (3/8"), then press. 16 Loop a D-ring onto one fabric piece, fold in half along the length with WS together, and pin the short edges to one end of the bag, 23cm (91/8") down from the top, with the loop facing up. Secure by sewing a square with a cross through it, then repeat with the second piece. 17 Fold the ends of the remaining leather strap to the WS by 4cm (15/8"). Cut away small triangles at

the corners of each fold. Open out, then slide the non-clasp end of the swivel clips onto the narrow sections. Fold the ends back to the WS, then secure by sewing a rectangle with a cross through it. Attach the clasp end of the swivel clips to the D-rings on the bag. 18 Following the manufacturer’s instructions, attach the stud piece of the heavy duty snaps onto either end of the bag, just above the D-rings – you should be able to fasten the snaps at either end of the bag when closed.

Delia Randall Delia Randall is a 30-something work-at-home mum with three kids, who knows she has the best job in the world. She dabbles in sewing, crochet, photography, and many things creative, and blogs about it all on her website. www.deliacreates.com


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Hot chocolate Cut 1 Large handle Cut 1

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Stitch guide for the swan Straight stitch Running stitch Cross stitch Backstitch

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STEM STITCH Although it can take some practice, stem stitch is great for textured outlines. Come up from the back at point 1, then go down at point 2. Before pulling the stitch close to the fabric, come up at point 3 with the loose thread below the needle. Pull the thread taut, then repeat.

FRENCH KNOT This is a stitch that everyone should learn, because it’s so useful! The secret is to hold the working thread taut while you pull it through. Come up at point 1, then wrap the thread around the needle two times. Holding the working thread with your non-dominant hand, bring the needle down at point 2 (close to point 1, but not the same hole) and pull slowly until the knot is formed.

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1. Enchanted Lace Decor Transform your home this Christmas with unique vintage-inspired and Victorian-style decoration and gifts, all beautifully designed and crafted. www.enchantedlacedecor.etsy.com 2. Handmade by Mee Discover gorgeous handmade Waldorf-style dolls by Carolyn Mee, plus fairies, witches and forest folk, all inspired by nature. Carolyn welcomes custom doll orders, and kits are also available. www.handmadebycarolynmee.etsy.com 3. Clara Find fabulous sewing kits for children and adults alike at Clara. In the festive box pictured, you’ll find enough materials to decorate three Christmas garments. www.claracreate.com 4. Little Tweet Stationery Shop for personalised stationery and activity bundles for children here. The products are fun and creative with a personal touch. www.littletweetstationery.co.uk 5. Peacock in a Pear Tree These beautiful craft kits and sewing patterns are made in The Fenlands. The kits include easy-to-follow instructions and are suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. www.peacockinapeartree.etsy.com 6. The Craft Hutch From elf-shoe stockings to reindeer hoop decoration kits, you’ll find plenty of gift ideas at The Craft Hutch. Follow them on instagram @thecrafthutch, and use MOLLIE10 to receive 10% off in October. www.thecrafthutch.etsy.com 7. Kit2Craft Inspire and create with this exciting range of kits, which include knitting, stitching, crochet, felting and jewellery making. www.kit2craft.com 8. Fudge and Mabel Make a magical rainbow unicorn with a beginner’s DIY needlefelting kit from Fudge and Mabel. Enter the code MOLLIEMAKES at the checkout for a 15% discount. www.fudgeandmabel.co.uk


To feature in the Marketplace contact Jordana Widt (0117 300 8539, jordana.widt@immediate.co.uk) or Chris Gibson (0117 300 8109, chris.gibson@immediate.co.uk)

MISCELLANEOUS

BETTY STITCHKIT 01384 560090 All you need for cross-stitch, tapestry, embroidery and beautiful hand-crafted framing too. 51 High Street, Quarry Bank, West Midlands DY5 2AA. www.bettystitchkit.com

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HANDMADE

CURIOUS ROSE LTD

07783 859419 Proper hand-made soft toys! Cuddly companions in crime, or for lazing on picnics. We also hand-dye vintage blankets, making gorgeous wheat bags for winter hibernation. www.curious-rose.co.uk

WORKSHOPS

MISCELLANEOUS

DOODLECRAFT DESIGN

01333 429597 Contemporary cross stitch, blackwork and needlepoint kits, both functional and beautiful. Game boards by stitching, painting by stitching, creating by stitching and your own photo charts. www.doodlecraftdesign.co.uk

FABRIC & MATERIALS

DADASTICKERS

07542078284 Supplies shop for paper craft enthusiasts and stationery geeks. Here you will find everything from quirky pens to whimsical stickers and beautiful washi tape. team@dadagraphix.com www.dadastickers.etsy.com

FOOD & DRINK

‘WINTER SPICE SET’ OF NATURAL FLAVOURINGS FROM FOODIE FLAVOUR

SEW BUSY

01252 444220 Stockists of Makower, Robert Kaufman, Clothworks, Windham, Makower, Michael Miller, RIley Blake, Stof among many others. Ribbons, haberdashery, sewing themed goods and sewing classes. www.sew-busy.co.uk

Mixed Spice, Mulled Wine and Xmas Pudding.Adding spice to your winter season recipes. These professional, high strength, flavours are great in icings, baking and desserts. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, no added sugar, no added colour and made in the UK. www.foodieflavours.com

RE-MADE BY SAM

sam@re-madebysam.com CRAFT AND CROCHET WORKSHOPS IN TRING, HERTFORDSHIRE. HANDMADE FAIR EXHIBITOR, K NITTING & STITCHING SHOW TUTOR. SEE MY WEBSITE FOR CLASSES, KITS AND HANDMAKES. MM17 FOR 10% DISCOUNT. www.re-madebysam.com

To feature in the Marketplace please contact either: Jordana Widt:

Chris Gibson:

0117 300 8539

0117 300 8109

jordana.widt@immediate.co.uk

chris.gibson@immediate.co.uk


Paper engineer Sarah Louise Matthews talks festive preparation

Name: Sarah Louise Matthews Occupation: Paper engineer and designer

As Christmas is my favourite time of year, I plan as far in advance as I can, starting in spring, with the aim of saving a little time in December for merrymaking. I keep my range concise, settling on a handful of products as well as a showpiece to display at markets – it’s unlikely to sell, but it’s a good conversation starter. Ensuring I have everything I need in plenty of time is vital, and I like to plan out my fair display early, allowing time to make or buy extra props. I especially love Renegade Craft Fair. Tables come with a hefty price tag,

I love renegade craft fair. I always leave feeling exhausted but beyond happy! A f lamingo showpiece gets people talking

On the first day of ‘Papermas’ Sarah made this 3D partridge

but it’s worth it – heaps of fun and amazing for making contacts. I always leave feeling exhausted but beyond happy! Social posts can fall to the bottom of my priority pile, and my workspace becomes an un-Instagrammable mess, so last year I festively styled products and made my ‘12 days of Papermas’ Insta series in advance. I try to remember the old saying, ‘You can do anything, but not everything’.

Sarah’s cards and tags are top sellers online and at markets

Currents Visit Sarah’s website at www.sarahlouisematthews.com to discover more of her amazing work and shop her papercut cards, or check out her Instagram @_sarah_matthews.

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Listening to: La La Land. I’m obsessed with the soundtrack. Eating: Madeleine Shaw’s chocolate chip cookies. They’re so delicious, I’m always baking them. Loving: The Wunderlist app. I love the satisfying noise it makes when you tick things off!


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