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KNIT PAINT SEW crochet refashion

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FLOWER SCARF DOTTY SNAP PURSE POM POM KNIT

SEW A KID'S

APRON

CUTE DOLL CUSHION

PAPER BLANKET FLOWER DISPLAY

AMIGURUMI SPRING BIRDS

ELECTRIC BLUE FRINGE NECKLACE

3CONFETTI WAYS WITH &more..

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what a doll! on the cover PhotographY: Philip sowels, styling: helena tracey and jen gardner, model: LEANNE MEGSON

pom blanket

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INTRODUCING... living

The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

11  introducing…

47  LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

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

16  trends Three ways with the confetti trend, plus our top product picks

22  hey dollface Sew and paint a super-cute kawaiiinspired mini doll’s head cushion

28  tea and a chat With artist, printmaker and #justacard instigator Sarah Hamilton

Talk to us!

37  kids’ apron

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50  HOME TOUR Mid-century pieces and bold prints rule in Shani Beadle’s colourful home

57 kitchen accessories Add some colour to your kitchen with these patchwork oven gloves and potholders

63  pom pom blanket A chunky knit ideal for gifting to a newborn – or keeping to throw over your lap

Get them ready and set for playtime

67  pull-out papers display it!

40  good read

Paris, confetti and treat-themed posters and papers by illustrator Clare Owen

How did craft become ‘women’s work’? pinterest.com/MollieMakes

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42  PAPER WREATH Welcome spring with florals and lace

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99  templates Make all this issue’s projects


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working together I want to start with a massive thank you. As I type, we’re counting up our contribution to Red Nose Day 2015 with our Mollie Makes Big Comic Relief Crafternoon special – by buying a copy you guys raised nearly £60,000 for charity. That is incredible! It’s a great example of what we can achieve when we come together as a creative community. This issue we continue that theme by chatting with Just a Card campaigner Sarah Hamilton (see page 28), and we’ve launched a new category in our Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2015 – for best creative collaboration. Find all the details of how to enter on page 34 – we’re planning a bit of an extravaganza to celebrate you wonderful lot! Until next month…

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

Lara Watson Editor

78  collectOR Curating a flock of ceramic birds

79  crochet birds Make some mini amigurumi cuties

83  coin purse For all of those night out essentials

86  necklace Get noticed in this tasselled number

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Push pop confetti

90  marble ring dish Keep your rocks where you can see ’em

92  floral scarf Featuring 11 crochet motifs to try

106  the back page project By Hand London on their evolution Subscribe at molliemakes.com

Turn to page 9 For mos!re on your free button and Flick to page 67 For your papers


INTRODUCING trends

THIS MONTH WE’RE OBSESSING ABOUT...

CONFETTI DOTS

It’s time to embrace scattered patterns and rainbow palettes

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Statement balloons make parties go with a bang. www.bonbon balloons.com


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A pared-down,

monochrome take on the trend. www. anthropologie.eu 02

A confetti cluster

brightens up tees. www. benushop.etsy.com 03

This spacious tote

combines confetti print with the painterly trend.

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Present baked goods

to friends in this. www. shopmerimeri.com 05

Sprinkle the real stuff

anywhere you can get away with it! www. knotandbow.etsy.com 06

Get your phone on

trend with this charger.

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Confetti and Paris

− J’adore! www.lacerise surlegateau.fr 08

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it up. www.biancacash. bigcartel.com 08

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Confetti washi tape?

Hell yeah. www.paper pluscloth.etsy.com

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MAKE IT! TURN THE PAGE FOR THREE WAYS WITH CONFETTI

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Hey, Dollface We’re going kawaii-crazy with Dee Rolston’s adorbable doll head cushion

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Describe your style in a few words. Deceptively simple, focused on texture, colour and colour relationships. My style is really about collections and repeat patterns.

tea and a chat with…

What books and magazines are on your bedside table? The New Statesman, Earth and Heaven by Sue Gee, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, Flow magazine and Selvedge.

SARAH HAMILTON Obsessed with colour, texture and drawing, Sarah is a champion of all things creative who can’t stop making art and new friends Words: LARA WATSON Photographs: FIONA MURRAY

You might know Sarah Hamilton for her textured, striking prints on paper, wood and mirrors. Or perhaps you’ve exchanged a fun joke with her on Twitter. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to meet her in person, in which case you’ll know she’s a people person with infectious positivity. She’s also becoming known for her amazing home studio, a listed split-level mid-century terrace property in south London’s leafy Crystal Palace, where she holds an Open House every year, showing her own and others’ work. 28 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 52

With a degree and MA in fine art, Sarah considers herself an “artist first and foremost,” but she’s so passionate about the creative community that her work also covers public speaking, charity work, campaigns and writing. Sarah is fascinated by how things work. She still uses a screenpress she made at college with a £3 piece of MDF, so she could experiment with printing on both wood and paper, and her home is peppered with vintage mechanical toys. We met at her place for a cupcake, a cuppa and a chat.

How does your creative process work? Everything starts in sketchbooks. I have many on the go at any one time. I just draw, draw, draw. It’s the most important part to me – birds, leaves, stones, pebbles. Everything has a reference. I have pebbles and flora scattered all over the shelves of my studio. My work is mostly nature and travel inspired, with lots of nods to the British countryside and seaside. I then take my drawings and papercut or scan them. I do a lot of digital printing as well as silk screenprinting, but my work never originates in the computer. So much of what I do is about edges and textures, and I find you just have to draw something to really find the edges, if that makes sense! I make screenprints from the cutouts or print them as giclée prints and silkscreen on top. The quality of my materials is really important to me – beautiful paper, gorgeously textured wood, mirrors. I love


INTRODUCING tea & a chat

‘My work never originates on the computer – I just draw, draw, draw!’

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the contrast of different surfaces and use the same inks and techniques on all of them. I think what I’m most proud of is that I’ve been able to develop a style that people recognise as mine. Where do you search for creative inspiration? Tavelling – Mexico, Corsica, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Japan… The American outdoors and around Great Britain – I do so much sketching when I travel. I draw everywhere!

What was your big break as an artist? Straight after art school I organised lots of buyers meetings, and my first big orders came at the same time – for the Conran Shop and Paperchase. It was six weeks of me locked away, printing it all by myself in my old flat in Brixton. I then worked in a studio cooperative in Rotherhithe that sadly no longer exists but I made some great friends there and really valued their support and encouragement − it’s stayed with me right through my career. I landed a homewares collection with Heals, then

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room has incredible

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London. “Bonfire

Sarah’s studio.

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Year’s Eve are

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spectacular to watch

paper pieces that

from the sofa,” she

Sarah then scans

says. The wallpaper

into the computer or

is by Mini Moderns.

uses for her prints.

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e’re so proud at Mollie Makes to showcase and support designers and makers in the creative community, and inspire new talent. We believe in celebrating great craftsmanship and ideas, so we’re very happy to be launching our second Handmade Awards – shining a spotlight on the people turning their passion for handmade into a way of life. It’s free to enter and open to residents of the UK and Europe. The closing date is 11.59pm BST on 22 May 2015 and the shortlisted finalists will be invited to present to judges at The Proud Archivist in London on Thursday 11 June 2015 – please keep it free! It will be a full day of workshops and mentoring from the likes of Pinterest, Pavilion Books, Crafternoon Cabaret and the Mollie Makes team.

a kit without substantial alterations to the original design.

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CREATIVE IDEA AWARD An award to recognise an exceptionally creative idea or innovation in the handmade community.

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NEW! COLLABORATION AWARD Submit any project where you’ve teamed up with another business, establishment or individual to create something brand new. How do I enter? Create a Pinterest board called ‘Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2015’ and pin at least three pictures of your products, bricks and mortar space, or creative services from your website or blog. Use the ‘Description’ box of the board to tell us about your business and the category you’d like to enter. Then invite us to see it by emailing mollieawards@immediate.co.uk through Pinterest’s ‘Send Board’ button. We’ve put together an example on our website if you’re unsure. Just go to our Handmade Awards webpage, below. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, you can still enter by emailing all the info detailed above (attaching three low res images please) to mollieawards@ immediate.co.uk.

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We’re falling in love with letter writing again thanks to gorgeous new book Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh. Set up postal swaps with friends or Instagram pals, then display the beauties you receive. It’s our new fave twist on the statement wall, and a good excuse to hashtag #justacard (see page 107). www.hardiegrant.co.uk

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She’s Electric Whip up Ebru Cangazi’s head-turning necklace in time for your next Saturday night out

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S pring t n e m e t a t S Wow one and all in this knitted and crocheted floral scarf by Deramores, or use the motifs in tons of other projects

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Mollie Makes #52  

Inside this issue: • Dolly cushion • Knitted pom pom blanket • Crochet amigurumi birds • Marbled clay ring dish • Stitched coin purse • Thre...

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