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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

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

14  trends Three ways with the druzy gemstones trend, plus our top product picks

20  penguin skittles 28  tea and a chat

A striking woven wall hanging featuring fringing and ombré blue shades

With yarn artist Rachael Matthews

Could a craft co-operative help you take your makes further?

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Carlien te Welscher’s Rotterdam apartment is airy, chic and minimal

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60  granny squares Feed your crochet addiction with a floral design and tons of project ideas

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Gorgeous pull-out papers and quote posters by our art editor Helena Tracey

42  kitten mittens

100  templates

Keep warm with these knitted kitties. Plus: our round-up of mittens to buy

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As I type, we’re gearing down for the Christmas break and gearing up for festive parties, plus: packing up the office. Rather poetically, the end of the year is bringing the end of an era for Team Mollie Makes, as we take our HQ from Bath to Bristol. We’re saying goodbye to the building we started in and hello to an exciting future. We have tons of plans to inspire you and we’re keen to get cracking. What will be new for you in 2015? So much is unknown, of course. But we hope it will be filled with new craft skills, new design discoveries and new friendships, and that we’ll play a part in your creative year. Let’s kick things off with the 22 fresh, trendleading projects we’ve gathered for you right here. Happy New Year everyone. Cheers!

77 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make Lara Watson Editor

78 COLLECTOR Keighly Fullick is a sneaker obsessive

80 TRAINER UPDATES Three ways to make over your kicks

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86 STITCHED CARDS Make cards from your fave Insta snaps

89 KNITTED CUSHION Featuring an intarsia chevron motif

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97 UPCYCLED SKIRT Turn a jumper into a cosy tube skirt

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INTRODUCING trends

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

DRUZY GEMS & MINERALS

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Irregular, uncut and dripping with colour – we’re loving nature’s gorgeous creations

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The little black dress

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Hand-dyed and

quilted quartz crystal cushion. www.black 07

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tea and a chat with…

RACHAEL MATTHEWS The textile artist and yarn aficionado talks knitted lobsters, Dadaism and why mistakes are so important when making Words: JANETTE MARSHALL Photographs: POLLY ELTES

Prick Your Finger, Rachael Matthews’ wool and craft shop, sits in hip Bethnal Green opposite a veggie restaurant. A haven of creativity, it’s also a bridge between two worlds of London, Canary Wharf and the grittier Mile End Road. Rachael, who also plays a key part in running the Art Workers’ Guild, founded the space in 2004.The Victorian building was originally on a conservation list, “but the architectural theorist Kevin Rowbotham, who owned it before me, radically altered the interior to make a living space above the shop. This is now 28 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 48

the studio where I teach knitting and craft skills and work on my own knitting and making projects.” The studio also houses Rachael’s collection of antique knitting artefacts such as knitting sticks and intriguingly-named goose thropples. Prick Your Finger overflows with a kaleidoscope of colourful yarns and fascinating haberdashery items such as bonework needles and hand-turned darning stools. It also houses textile art exhibitions by professional artists and students. We visited for a nosey round and a chat about Rachael’s story.

Describe your style in a few words? I don’t like my work to be put into a category, as I love many styles of art and fashion. It’s important to me that the materials and the process of making in my work are honest and that the finished product feels authentic. I constantly try to improve my skills but if my work results in mis-matches or mistakes then that can be interesting and fun, too. I think it’s really important to be comfortable – in your clothes, your home and your heart. Which books and magazines are currently on your bedside table? My house and workspace are full of books that I revisit. I’m always trying to fill gaps in my art and craft history knowledge and love reading The Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century by Tanya Harrod, a brother at the Art Workers’ Guild. I’m also reading the work of sci-fi writer Philip K Dick, author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the book Blade Runner was based on – I’m fascinated by how fashion and culture are so influenced by sci-fi. I loved Tove Jansson’s Moomins books as a child and I’ve just started Sculptor’s Daughter, a collection of her memoirs. I also loved Jonathan Raban’s Driving Home and this summer my boyfriend and I took a Rabanlike journey, driving across the prairies through Kansas and Indianapolis, stopping


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so I could read his books on the banks of the Mississippi. Name your top three creative blogs? Can I name four? I love POP magazine’s blog (www.thepop.com/pop-life) about glossy fashion styling, the antithesis of what I do; Style Bubble (www.stylebubble.co.uk) for up-and-coming fashion and small labels; The Glass Pingle (www.theglasspingle. blogspot.co.uk) written by Fleur who does inspiring needle and craft work and who has exhibited in my shop, and Lisa

Anne Auerbach (www.lisaanneauerbach. com) a politically active American knitter producing cosy subversive sweaters. What’s a typical working day for you? Nothing happens until I’ve had real coffee in bed, listening to Radio 4 while I answer emails. I then write a To Do list on paper which I lose throughout the day. I open the shop at 11am but before that I start making lunch. I eat around 3pm with whoever’s working in the shop. Nothing creative for my art or knitting projects

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COLLECTING

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with my boyfriend to New York in 2009 and being overwhelmed by the volume of trainers I wanted for my collection. I didn’t have a lot of spending money but I still managed to come home with three pairs – my boyfriend told people ‘We couldn’t eat, because Keighly bought shoes.’ Which is fine – right?! My best find has to be a burgundy pair of Vans Sk8-His I found hiding in the TX Maxx children’s section for £7.99. Look in places you wouldn’t normally shop – some of my favourite styles were only released in men’s sizes, but you can find treasures in kids’ departments. www.instagram.com/iheartthreads


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Inside this issue: • Felt penguin skittles • Knitted kitten mittens • Stitched Instagram cards • Upcycled jumper skirt • Trainer updates •...

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