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CROCHET

EASTER JARS UICK-SEW

SHIRT COLLAR EMBROIDERY DETAIL

PILLOWCASES

3FLOWERS

WAYS WITH

DACHSHUND

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

BUNNY HOP!

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Jewelled egg soaps

INTRODUCING... LIVING

The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

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43  LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

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

14  TRENDS Add North African colour and texture, plus make a painted rope basket

18  CROCHET BUNNY Hook up Pica Pau’s Easter bunny pal

46  HOME TOUR Fashion blogger Kate la Vie shows us around her elegant Glasgow flat

52  EASTER BUNNY JARS Crochet some kitchen bunny buddies

26  TEA AND A CHAT Step behind the scenes at Rifle Paper Co. with our exclusive interview

32  FLORAL UPDATE Three crafty ways with spring flowers

58  EMBROIDERY PILLOWS Stitch bold, vibrant florals onto plain pillowcases for a bedroom update

63  DACHSHUND CUSHION Welcome Monsieur Le Woof to your home!

36  GOOD READ facebook.com/MollieMakes

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67  PULL-OUT PAPERS EXCLUSIVE! Cut and craft with Kitty McCall’s designs

39  FAUX SHIRT COLLAR pinterest.com/MollieMakes

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Avoid bunched-up jumpers with Lana Red’s easy-sew scalloped shirt collar

96  TEMPLATES All the shapes for this issue’s makes


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LOVING

Treats and treasures to fall in love with

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MINDFUL MAKING

Mindfulness is nothing new to crafters – the moments of calm found in creativity are one of the reasons we’re so passionate about making. In honour of this, we’ve devoted this issue’s exclusive bonus magazine, Makes for Mindfulness, to the pursuit of thoughtful, nature-inspired makes – you’ll find five allnew projects, plus styling inspiration and DIY ideas inside. Share your mindful makes with us on Instagram using #molliemakers. Whatever you’re planning to make from this issue, take a pause to read our exclusive interview with Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. on page 26. It was a privilege to step behind the scenes at one of the most exciting creative companies out there, and Anna’s journey makes for a fascinating read.

Painted rope basket

Cath Dean Editor

75  LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

76 ARTIST’S ROLL Use geometric fabric to create handy storage for your pens and pencils

80  EASTER SOAPS Make and shape jewelled egg soaps

83  BEADED EARRINGS Use tiny seed beads to create a pair of glamorous diamond (shaped!) earrings

89  KIDS’ DRESS

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Little girls will love showing off their best twirls in Laura Strutt’s pretty dress

93  CROCHET BAG Showcase your Girl Boss credentials

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INTRODUCING trends

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

WORLD TRAVELLER Add a touch of the exotic with vibrant North African-inspired pieces

Inject some souk chic with leather pouffes and vibrant Berber rugs. www.babasouk.ca

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bar in Casablanca... www.ricebyrice.com 03

Serve up some North 04

African sunshine on a Moroccan-print plate. www.amara.com 04

You won’t even need

to stamp down the backs yourself. www. bohemiadesign.co.uk 05

A hand-woven jute

tote for all your

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travelling finds. www. thefuturekept.com 06

Go for authenticity

with a vintage Turkish kilim cushion. www. 08

loomandfield.com 07

There’s no such thing

as too many tassels... www.accessorize.com 08

... although we won’t

judge if you want to

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PHOTOGRAPH: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND BECKI CLARK. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 36 MONTHS

Bunny hop Easter treats just got a whole lot sweeter thanks to Yan Schenkel’s crochet cuddly


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Describe your style in a few words. Colourful, illustrative, feminine, playful.

Learning along the way with...

RIFLE PAPER CO. Talented illustrator and creative force Anna Bond shares the story behind the rise and rise of her stand-out stationery brand Words: JESSICA BATEMAN Photographs: RIFLE PAPER CO.

In just six years, Anna Bond’s company, Rifle Paper Co., has grown from a small greeting card business to an iconic global brand, creating all kinds of stationery, accessories and homewares. It all began when graphic designer Anna was asked to create wedding invites for a friend, which sparked her love of stationery and stirred ideas of starting her own business. She invested the money from producing the wedding invites into creating her first run of cards and a website, and began branching out into other products not long after. 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 77

Anna, 32, and her husband Nathan, who run the business together full-time, have collaborated with names such as Puffin Books and LeSportsac, and their products are stocked everywhere from Paperchase to Harrods and the V&A. The couple have never sought investment, managing the brand’s rapid growth one step at a time, and now employ nearly 200 people across their Florida studio and warehouse, and New York studio. An inspiration to small business owners everywhere, we met with Anna to hear her creative wisdom.

What were you doing before you started Rifle Paper Co.? I was freelancing as a graphic designer and illustrator, and Nathan was a musician in a band. I wouldn’t say that either of us had a very solid income for many years, but we had a lot of fun doing what we loved. Nathan and I first worked together creatively when I began designing posters and album artwork for his band. Did you have certain ambitions for the brand when you first started out? I remember having big ambitions, but at the same time I had no idea what Rifle Paper Co. would become, or how fast we’d start to grow. My goals in the beginning were to be unique, to offer something that felt completely different from what was happening in the industry at the time, and to have great quality and customer service. I’ve always known I wanted the brand to be more than just paper, and we’ve been working on branching out ever since we started. What’s been your proudest moment? Seeing our products in stores is still surreal to me, especially if I’m overseas, or see them somewhere unexpected.


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and mishaps. We had no experience running a company, and had no one to ask questions to, which made many things difficult. It’s natural to make a ton of mistakes when starting a company, but it’s about learning from them. Having a mentor, or a few people to lean on and ask questions to, is so important.

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Paper Co.’s flagship

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artworks are

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Cotton + Steel.

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Treasure hunt Fancy an Easter treat? Tamsyn Morgans’ jewel-like soaps are a gem of a find

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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND BECKI CLARK

Sweet dreams Embellish crisp white linen with Amanda Bryde’s fresh floral embroidery

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The front room has a distinct mid-century influence – Kate spent ages searching for the statement light that replaced the old 80s-style ceiling fan.

Kate Johnson’s Glasgow flat is a stylish mix of modern and mid-century Words: JESSICA BATEMAN Photography: CARO WEISS

Blogger Kate Johnson – AKA Kate La Vie – lives in a two bedroom Victorian flat on Glasgow’s Southside with her boyfriend, Jordan, and their cat, Mouse. The couple bought their home three years ago, after Kate relocated from London. “I grew up in Scotland so I wanted to come back, and I ended up falling in love with Glasgow,” she explains. “It’s got everything. There’s lots going on, yet it doesn’t feel impersonal – everyone’s really friendly.”

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In the bedroom, an Ikea light and mirror, and West Elm rug, complement the high ceilings and period features.

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OH, YOU PRETTY THINGS! MOODBOARDS & MUSINGS TO INSPIRE US Any little Easter bunnies will be hopping with delight on receiving these rose gold mini leather baby shoes from Boden. Available in sizes up to 18 months, they’re a sweet addition to any fashion-conscious toddler’s spring wardrobe. www.boden.co.uk

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floral wreath


Freshly picked Showcase spring flowers and foliage in three creative ways with Teri Muncey’s styling ideas

flower crown

himmeli hanging


PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG AND BECKI CLARK

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Easter parade Accessorise your kitchen with Anabela Félix’s cute crochet bunny jars

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