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SPRING BUNNY

issue number sixty three

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Kitchen crochet

INTRODUCING... LIVING

The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

9  INTRODUCING…

45  LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

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

14  TRENDS Three ways with 1970s style, plus our top shopping picks

48  HOME TOUR

20  PLUSH BUNNY

55  SQUIRREL CUSHION

Get multi-crafting a sweet springtime bunny with mini crochet jacket

He’ll save your neck during long journeys

28  TEA AND A CHAT

Blogger Leigh Metcalf’s vintage-filled home

58  JAR COVERS Crochet characters for your kitchen shelves

Travelling milliner Mary Jane Baxter

Talk to us!

34  SEWING HACK

pinterest.com/MollieMakes

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Make wall art using simple string and nails

Add an easy zip back to any T-shirt

38  GOOD READ facebook.com/MollieMakes

63  STARBURST MIRROR

@MollieMakes

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67  PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE!

When does craft become art?

Celebrate spring with pretty patterned papers and illustrated posters

40  LACE HEADBAND

100  TEMPLATES

Make a vintage-inspired headband for weddings or formal events

Everything you need to make all the issue’s projects


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Tassel earrings

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Starburst mirror art

SPRING IN OUR STEP

We’re embracing the ‘new’ here at Mollie HQ and are getting very excited about the lovely things the spring season is bringing. If, like us, trying new things is one of your 2016 resolutions, have a go at a different technique. You can make our leather booties (page 85) or starburst art mirror (page 63) without specialist tools. Or if this is the year you’ve decided to try embroidery, our easy sampler (page 79) with a full stitch guide is the perfect starting place. Easter falls early this year so start getting ready with our cover star bunny (page 20) – he’s our new fave. For the editorial team there’s even more change in the air as we’re about to welcome two staff members in the form of our new editor plus a new designer on our art team. All will be revealed next month! Till then, enjoy our seasonal makes (and share them via #molliemakers).

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LOVING

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

78  COLLECTOR

Nikki Arnold Deputy Editor

An impressive trove of vintage tins

79  GEO SAMPLER Traditional embroidery gets updated

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Patchwork oven mitts

85  BABY BOOTIES A pair of future family heirlooms

88  GOOD READ Market your craft business like a pro

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Leather booties

90  SPRING SCARF Cosy coral knit for chilly evenings

95  OVEN MITTS Patchwork prettiness for your kitchen

106  BACK PAGE PROJECT Stephie Ann on small business Saturday Subscribe at molliemakes.com

So many designs to cutitng & stick! Free papercutpers book & pull-out pa


INTRODUCING trends

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

70s STYLE

The often-overlooked decade is enjoying a design moment

Get your mini me on board the trend with matching jellies and bags.

PHOTOGRAPH: XANTHE HUTCHINSON, STYLING: ZOE HANCOCK

www.sunjellies.com

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Take an online class

in the ultimate 70s craft, macramé. www. modernmacrame.com 02

A flash of neon

instantly updates retro styles. www.muravito. etsy.com 03

Team a slouchy

dress with over-kneePHOTOGRAPH: EMILY KATZ

boots for easy cool. www.shopruche.com 04

Orla Kiely’s iconic

prints look just as fab in 3D leather. www. orlakiely.com 05

These wooden clogs

are based on original 07

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Swedish designs from the 1970s. www. swedishhasbeens.com 06

Because we all

need a break from the smartphone sometimes... www. wildandwolf.com 07

Layer a vintage rug

with cosy cushions and blooming plants. www. loomandfield.etsy.com

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PHOTOGRAPH: CHRISTINE M. KIM

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HOP, STITCH & YARN Get multi-crafting with Regina Groleau's mini bunny plush, complete with Sara Huntingdon's cute crochet jacket


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Diversifying your skills with…

MARY JANE BAXTER From gate-crashing hat-making festivals to high-altitude sat-nav clangers, we learn about life on the road with the mobile milliner

Describe your style in a few words? I’d say my style is 1940s land girl meets Rita Hayworth, with a scattering of sequins and a pair of granny shoes! I love the 1940s and the idea of practical skills coupled with an attempt at glamour, even under those difficult circumstances. Is there such a thing as a typical working day for you? Not really, but I always have at least two cups of tea. Even when I was doing shifts at the BBC and getting up at 5am, I always had a boiled egg, half a bagel – I have everything in halves, even slices of cake – and a cup of tea. I have to start the day with a proper breakfast.

Words: ANNE WOLLENBERG Photographs: CARO WEISS

Somewhere in between shifts at BBC Brussels, Mary Jane Baxter realised she wanted to follow a different path. So she swapped full-time foreign reporting for freelance work, studied couture millinery, bought a flat in Deptford – near one of London’s best flea markets – and sold her first hat collection to Harvey Nichols. Applying her media skills to her interest in craft, she has reported on the ‘make do and mend’ trend for Newsnight, been a presenter on Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution and 28 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 63

is the author of two books, Chic on a Shoestring and The Modern Girl’s Guide to Hatmaking. Last year, she took her revamped camper van, Bambi, on a four-month tour of Europe, writing and blogging, running workshops and doing impromptu craft projects. She splits her time between Deptford, where she has a share of a ginger cat called Ninja, and staying with her brother in Montrose, north-east Scotland. And, as we discovered when we caught up with her, she’s always itching to get back on the road…

How did you learn millinery and hone your craft? I always loved making things and sewing. I was also quite academic and I followed that route, became a journalist, joined the BBC and worked my way up to becoming a foreign correspondent. It’s an incredibly busy job that cuts into every aspect of your life. I spent two years covering major stories in Brussels and realised I’d never have time to do anything creative. So I told my boss I was going to study hat-making and did a one-year part-time BTEC in millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College, London, while freelancing at the


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‘I did workshops including a pop-up session for kids making brooches.’

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BBC. I then went to work for milliner Stephen Jones in Covent Garden a couple of days a week. Why was this the right time to travel around Europe? I was feeling drained and needed to recharge creatively, and it was something I’d wanted to do for a very long time. I took voluntary redundancy from the BBC last April, something I’d been thinking about for a while as it was becoming increasingly difficult to juggle so many

balls. The money from that enabled me to take Bambi around Europe for a few months. I’ve spent the past ten years doing loads of jobs at once out of financial necessity. Now, for the first time, I can fully concentrate on my raft of creative activities.

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varnish coating has

a ribbon pleating

lasted for two and

technique on-board

a half years – and

Bambi the vintage

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Did you plan your travels in advance? The first month was planned. I’ve got friends in Belgium, so I did some workshops there including a pop-up session for kids making brooches and decorations from recycled paper. I met lots of other

exterior. The

Mary Jane

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Retro images and

One of Mary

Jane’s books. Her

found wallpaper

next title will take

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inspiration from her

fun découpaged

recent travels.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS, MODEL: ROSIE EDWARDS


Sewing

hack

Exposed zip top Grab a simple tee and give it some pizazz with Allison Sadler’s easy upcycling tutorial

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PHOTOGRAPHS: LEE GARLAND WWW.LEEGARLAND.CO.UK, STYLING: BECKY HOH-HALE WWW.AMOSTCURIOUSWEDDINGFAIR.CO.UK, FLOWERS: PALAIS WWW.PALAISFLOWERS.CO.UK, HAIR AND MAKE UP: PORTRAITS WWW.PORTRAITSBRIDAL.CO.UK, CLOTHES: MINNA WWW.MINNA.CO.UK


Romance blossoms Move over tiaras and flower crowns – this lace fascinator, by Most Curious Wedding Fair's star milliner Ann-Marie Faulkner, is our choice for statement spring headwear

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LIVING home tour

Leigh Metcalf’s characterful Victorian house is a treasure trove of pre-loved finds Words: CATHERINE DEAN Photography: LEIGH METCALF

Blogger, writer and photographer Leigh Metcalf relocated to London from her home city of Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. The move was prompted by her husband, Andrew, accepting a job transfer, and the couple settled in familyfriendly East Dulwich. Leigh fell in love with the open-plan kitchen and beautiful garden of their rented Victorian terraced house, where the couple live with their two children, Lois, aged seven, and Ellie, three.

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LIVING home tour

This page: Leigh’s living room, filled with fresh flowers from her favourite neighbourhood florist. Each room in her home has its own distinct style.

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Happy families Crochet up a set of new neighbours ready to move into your kitchen, with Anabela Félix’s fun jar covers

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OH, YOU PRETTY THINGS! MOODBOARDS & MUSINGS TO INSPIRE US You can’t go wrong with a fresh springtime palette of baby pink, crisp lime and serene blue when the weather starts warming up. This trio of toiletry bags will liven up your bathroom shelves and keep your favourite products organised. www. lacerisesurlegateau.fr

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