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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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Handpicked crafty happenings

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

14 TRENDS Ethical homewares and fashion finds

46 HOME TOUR

18 LUXE CLUTCH

Be inspired by Stephanie Fradette’s texture-filled modern vintage abode

Combine dalmatian print and quilted mustard velvet for the ultimate accessory

51 TASSELLED POUFFE Crochet a Moroccan-inspired footrest

26 TEA AND A CHAT Meet the creative duo behind colourful textile design studio Home-Work

55 PAINTED PLATTERS

32 BAMBOO MIRRORS

58 PATCHWORK QUILT

Shortcut your way to the Art Deco look that’s on everyone’s shopping list

Geo shapes in rich autumnal shades

36 GOOD READ

Impress pals with this quick project

63 VELVET CUSHION

Why we all need to take a digital detox

Weave blush pink ribbon to make a tactile bolster cushion for your sofa

39 LATCH HOOK MAT

67 PULL-OUT PAPERS

Welcome guests with a hooked hello

Stationery-themed prints by Esther Curtis


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MAKING PLANS

Here at Mollie Makes, late summer consists of barbeques and sunshine off the clock, and all things wintery during the week. Most crafters start getting prepped for Christmas early, which means we get to search out this year’s interior and fashion trends for you before they even hit the high street. It’s a hard life, but someone’s gotta do it! This month is a bumper issue, as there just weren’t enough pages to squeeze in all the new-season inspo we wanted to share. So, as well as your dreamy loom kit, you’ve got a second mini mag filled with projects and styling ideas around AW18’s top trend. Rich jewel tones, all the texture, and opulence galore... Winter is coming, and we can’t wait.

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77 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

79 KIDS’ WINTER SET Crochet the cutest hat and booties for a little ’un, complete with colourful pom poms

86 HAND-DYED COWL Learn how to dye yarn with natural botanicals, then knit it into a chunky cowl

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95 MACRAMÉ NECKLACE Update an outfit with statement jewellery

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106 BACK PAGE PROJECT Jenniffer Taylor talks #sewingrevolution Subscribe at molliemakes.com

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THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Ethical style has seriously upped its game, so it’s easier than ever to shop with a clear conscience

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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: SARAH MALONE AND BECKI CLARK

Nail two trends in one with Elisalex de Castro Peake’s foldover clutch


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Celebrating colour and creativity with...

HOME-WORK Jess Wright and Lara Davies share how they create joy from their characterful textile design studio in Melbourne, Australia Words: LOTTIE STOREY Photographs: JESS AND MARTIN REFTEL EVANS

Jess Wright and Lara Davies are obsessed with print, pattern and colour. With a background in corporate graphic design (Jess) and freelance fashion print design (Lara), the pair’s complementary skills make for an explosive mix. Since 2009, they’ve worked together bringing colourful textile designs to life, on screens – both computer and meshframed – and through teaching from their studio, Home-Work HQ. Jess and Lara run sell-out workshops at Jam Factory Adelaide and The National Gallery of Victoria, where 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 97

they’ve also been collaborating on an exclusive range in the gallery’s Design Store. And, a love of sharing knowledge and expertise with their students led to their first book, Print Play, being published earlier this year. While Jess’s desire for leopard print, sequins and drawing a face on everything might not seem compatible with Lara’s love of flowers, plants and pottery, we chat to the duo to find out how they bonded over bright colour, bold patterns and Beyoncé to produce prints that are both thoughtful and fun.

Describe your style in three words. Bright, bold and joyful! Did you always want to be designers? We were both ‘creative’ kids – always drawing, always designing clothes for our toys. We both have the instinct to cover everything in patterns, so it was pretty inevitable that design was always going to be a big focus of our lives. When you first started out, did you have any particular ambitions? We wanted to create fun designs and teach people how to screen print, but we didn’t think too far beyond that. We just really wanted to share our love of screen printing with other people. It’s so fun and is much more accessible than most people think. We have always wanted to write a screen printing book, so Print Play is definitely a dream come true for us. What’s your typical working day like? We live quite far away from each other, so most mornings start with a phone call that can last for hours! And we both have kids, so our weekdays are usually dictated by their schedules. On the days we’re teaching we arrive at the studio,


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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: SARAH MALONE AND BECKI CLARK

Create sunburst decor with humble materials – Mr Carrington shows you how


PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: SARAH MALONE AND BECKI CLARK


SIGNS OF AUTUMN Prepare to get cosy with Joanne Hart’s new-season patchwork quilt


LIVING home tour

Stephanie Fradette of Le Petit Moose masters the art of modern retro style Words: LOTTIE STOREY Photography: CARO WEISS

After years of roaming, French-Canadian Stephanie Fradette has finally settled in Scotland, where she’s made a mix-and-match home with husband Simon and daughters Sienna (8) and Eva (6). Maker of woven wall hangings, fibre art, needle punch and macramé, Steph has managed the impossible – creating a vintage-heavy interior that doesn’t feel cluttered. “The house was a bit ‘beige’ when we moved in, so we redecorated the entire place in white to

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Steph couldn’t resist buying this ochre sofa from Made.com. “I love how the punchy colour adds depth and richness.”

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“We’ve always the same goal of making our space work in our community.”

Talking tequila and textiles with…

THE LONDON LOOM Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis launched London’s first drop-in weaving studio in 2017. Francesca shares their story. Words: LOTTIE STOREY Photographs: INGRID RASMUSSEN

There aren’t many creative businesses that celebrate their second year of business and launch their first book on the same night, but the London Loom is one such success story. After closing her sewing studio in New Zealand to move to London with her family, Brooke bought her first loom and fell in love with a gentle, tactile practice that allowed her to flow with her intuition rather than following patterns. Meanwhile, Francesca discovered freestyle weaving at a beginner’s class in Japan while visiting

her sister, before training to teach the technique in New York. The pair met in London, bonded over bagels and looms, and decided to open their own studio (or “just a colourful place with ace tunes and good chat”, according to their website). The London Loom is modern and bright, a true creative community that’s about as far away from twee or disposable as you could get. We met the endlessly energetic pair to chat how it all began, what drives them, and why there aren’t more shades of neon green yarn.

Did you have any particular ambitions when you first started out? We always wanted this to be a very open space – inclusive with classes that are unpretentious yet substantial. And we’ve always had the same goal of making our space work in our community. But overall? We really just wanted to turn what we had in our heads into reality, and feeling like it’s happening is just glorious. How did you get into weaving? Weaving just came for us! We love yarn, we love knitting and we love to sew and make garments. In a roundabout sort of way, weaving allows us to be a bit more cross curricular with our crafts. I still wouldn’t call us professional weavers, as we don’t produce cloth for sale. Instead, we’ve always been an educational business, imparting knowledge alongside our joy of fibres and making things with your hands. Tell us more about why you both love this craft so much. There are so many benefits to handweaving. There’s a long history of hand-

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weaving being used as a therapy – the term basket case came from occupational therapists working on hand-weaving with veterans with PTSD. It’s extremely rhythmic, which is soothing and very simple for both beginners and children to get to grips with. Weaving – especially on our floor looms – is also really speedy. Unlike a lot of beginners’ craft classes, you can make something very substantial very quickly which is super satisfying. There is a lot of set up involved in weaving, but we do that all for our beginners so they can

just get straight into the studio and start weaving right away. What’s your typical working day like? We have a big meeting about the week ahead and catch up on each other’s weekends. Brooke’s more practical, moving around the studio at light speed preparing everything for the week, while I’m on the computer, responding to customers and arranging meetings for various businessy plans. When there are customers in the studio, the music is on, the atmosphere

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