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CROCHET FLOWER KIT

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EASY-SEW BOMBER JACKET UNICORN KIDS' BACKPACK GEO CROCHET

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STITCH A felt fox

WALL HANGING

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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, STYLING: HELENA TRACEY & BECKI CLARK, MODEL: LEANNE MEGSON

WOODLAND PAL

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 loveliest buys for a hand-crafted, creative home

14  TRENDS Shop the trend for watercolour washes, plus get the look with our fabric clock

18  FANTASTIC MR FOX

@MollieMakes

26  TEA AND A CHAT

This statement piece is woven onto a crochet panel – no loom necessary

With knitwear designer Katie Jones

58  LAUNDRY BASKET

Reinvent your foraged beach treasures

Have a go at copper work to create a laundry basket. It’s way easier than it sounds!

38  GOOD READ

67  PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE!

Charity shopping for makers

Cut, stick and wrap with our illustrated bonus papers by Flora Waycott

40  HANDMADE AWARDS

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Paper & Stitch blogger Brittni Mehlhoff shows us around her Atlanta home

55  GEO WALL HANGING

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48  HOME TOUR

Stitch a foxy friend in time for autumn

32  BEACH FINDS

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Step behind the scenes to meet this year’s talented award winners

98  TEMPLATES All you need to make this issue’s projects


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Treats and treasures to fall in love with

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Unicorn rucksack

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HANDMADE LOVE

It’s been a big month for Team Mollie! We held our third annual Handmade Awards in London on 7th July, and were overwhelmed by the talent on display. We owe a huge thank you to all our finalists and judges (including the lovely Harriet and Rosie of Tatty Devine, pictured here with the team) for making it such a fantastic day. Discover our amazing winners on page 40. If this year’s awards taught us one thing, it’s to have confidence in your creativity – something we’ve tried to capture with this issue’s makes. Try loom-free weaving on page 55, reinvent foraged beach treasures on page 32, and get ready for autumn with our foxy cover project on page 18. Don’t forget to share your makes using #molliemakers.

Watercolour fabric clock

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77  LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

79  CLAY NECKLACE Paint your way to on-trend accessories

83  BOMBER JACKER Look the bomb with Lana Red’s pattern-free jacket project

89  CROCHET POCKET Update a striped tee with a cute pocket

92  THE HANDMADE FAIR Get a free glass of fizz when you book your tickets to The Handmade Fair

94  UNICORN BAG Stitch a kitsch-cool backpack

106  BACK PAGE PROJECT Rosy Nicholas on getting a book deal

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INTRODUCING trends

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

WASHED WATERCOLOURS

PHOTOGRAPH: BEN GLEZER; AVAILABLE LATE AUGUST

Use painterly details for a contemporary take on watercolours

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Fantastic Mr Fox

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

Brighten up autumn days with Jenny Blair’s woodland pal, complete with stylish cape

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Describe your style in a few words. Colourful, playful, and always with a twist on heritage style.

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KATIE JONES Yarn-loving London designer Katie Jones, a “half fashion, half crafty” go-getting gal, shares her passion for life, art and family Words: LARA WATSON Photographs: FIONA MURRAY

Katie Jones comes from a small village in West Sussex where everyone made things. Her granddad taught her to ‘turn a heel’ when she started knitting as a child and she “customised everything” in her teens. In fact, a career in fashion never crossed her mind, so typical was her crafty upbringing. “I didn’t know you could do this for a job!” she laughs. Taking creative A-levels changed everything, and she pursued her talent through the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, to the studios of John Galliano and Diane 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 70

von Furstenberg. A key moment came when researching the dress of a Papua New Guinea tribe. “During the Second World War they made their own versions of military uniforms, enthralled by the soldiers stationed there. I became fascinated with using what you have to recreate something you revere.” Tribeswoman crocheting alongside family became the basis of one of her first student collections, and this theme is still echoed today as Katie’s mum currently works with her and her team. We visited her studio to find out more.

Why is the concept of heritage important to your work? I’m so inspired by the older generations of my family and like to say I had an older lady for everything growing up. My greataunt got me my first sewing machine at 11 and my mum and granny taught me how to crochet and knit. I like to recreate techniques and stitches they used – my latest collection celebrates Scottish textiles such as Arans, tweeds and cable knits, with a girly, colourful interpretation. A huge part of what I do is grounded in sustainability, which also links into heritage. We work with fashion companies to use offcuts and waste that would otherwise end up in the bin, one being a family factory in Leicester that makes Arans. Recently we’ve been given lots of lightweight wools to work with so we’ve used them to make our own tweeds. How does working sustainably change your creative approach? It means designing becomes a back and forth process – we look at the materials we have to work with and go from there. It also makes you try things that might not necessarily be in your comfort zone, such


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as having a lot of one colour you wouldn’t normally use. Designing becomes a puzzle to solve, season to season, but I get really inspired by the idea of making something from nothing. It’s very hands on. I research the material and find imagery, then we make samples. Normally I can loosely see how it could work, but I need to make it to explore it. Then we create a few core pieces and the collection grows from there. We’re in our sixth season and our identity has emerged – we always have an Aran in winter, always a twist on a leather jacket,

always a multi-coloured crochet piece. My process is changing now, as I’m starting to develop a bit more of a business head. What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground? Personally, I think it’s been bridging hobby and job. Also, knitting and crochet take a long time! In today’s fashion industry, so much is made abroad because labour is cheap. This means pricing things accurately is a very difficult thing – you might think a piece only took you ten hours to make,

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Beach treasures Hold onto sunny summer memories with Caroline South's ideas for transforming coastal keepsakes

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Laundry Day Add a sleek feel to your space with Hester van Overbeek’s customisable copper washing hamper

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LIVING home tour

Brittni Mehlhoff’s Atlanta home pops with exquisitelystyled colour and texture Words: JESSICA BATEMAN Photography: AMELIA TATNALL

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LIVING home tour

Left: Brittni’s dining table is from Cherner and the chairs are Jens Risom for Knoll. The giant blue painting is one of her own creations. This page: Brittni’s own ‘super duper’ and pineapple prints sit atop her midcentury style West Elm sideboard in the living area.

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Inside this issue: • Autumnal felt fox • Crochet geo wall hanging • Easy-sew unicorn backpack • Clay necklaces • 3 ways with beach treasures...

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