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Christmas! ’Tis the perfect season for crafting, because there’s no better time of year to get creative. Putting this issue together has been a joy, as it’s packed with all manner of ideas to make this year’s celebrations extra special. We’ve got gorgeous presents to make (I want the silver bracelet on page 34), cross-stitch projects to embroider, a warm hat to knit, fab tree decorations, dazzling candles, garlands, wreaths and so much more. For children, why not make the cute snowmen we’ve featured on the cover – they are simple to do and bring a smile to our faces whenever we see them (see page 62) – an adorable hot-water-bottle cover, also featuring a snowman (page 48) or a pompom Santa. Add that personal touch to your Christmas table, too. We show you how to fold napkins to create an instant impression (page 52), make a contemporary table runner (page 37), produce handmade Christmas crackers (page 56) and form a table centrepiece (page 7). Do keep your letters coming in. Our next issue is on sale 3 December and, as ever, it will be packed with creative ideas. If you want to be sure of a copy, how about taking out a subscription? See page 8 for details of how you can save money and get LOVE TO MAKE delivered straight to your door (or how about buying it as a gift for a friend?) I know it’s early, but have a fabulous festive season…

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to light up! Flickering candlelight creates a welcoming atmosphere, and these ideas will add seasonal appeal as well as a warm glow to your home

Glittery Tealights These tealights look dramatic clustered on a coffee table – and cost next to nothing. Sprinkle brightly coloured glitter on some newspaper, then paint the metal tealight candleholders with PVA glue and roll them in the glitter. Repeat with different shades of glitter and leave to dry overnight.

Rosy Tapers Create these Christmas candleholders in no time. Using metal clip-on Christmas-tree candleholders (you’ll find them on the web), open out the candleholder’s clips and push them down into the flesh of some large, rosy apples. Place tall, taper candles into the holders and arrange the apples on a windowsill. Decorate with green foliage around the base.

Warning... Never leave lit candles unattended. Place them on a heatproof surface and don’t let them burn too low.

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This display takes minutes to assemble and will look good gracing any side table. Stand a small church candle in a short drinking tumbler. Place the drinking tumbler inside a large cylindrical vase and fill the gap between the two vessels with red berries. Finally, wrap a length of ribbon around the vase and tie in a bow at the front.

Beaded Spirals These beaded candles are easy to create and cost a fraction of what you’d pay for shop-bought varieties. Heat the end of a 150cm length of fine wire with a lighter or match. Push the heated end into the back of a candle, 2cm below the upper edge. Thread beads in a sequence of two gold beads, one red bead, and then two gold beads. Continue in same manner, wrapping the wire around the candle and distributing the beads evenly as you go. Heat the finishing end of the wire and, carefully, push it into the back of the candle just above the base.

Crowning Glory Make this centrepiece from plain, household candles. Take an 8cm-diameter ramekin dish and place 16 candles around the sides, making sure they touch. Wrap masking tape around the base to hold them in place. Lay the candle ring on its side and, using a multi-purpose gas stove lighter, start to melt the wax on the inside of the ring along the sides of each candle to fuse them together. Work on three or four candles at a time, leaving them to set before starting the next section. When you have fused the top half, slide out the ramekin and work around the inside of the ring to fuse the lower section. When set, remove the masking tape, place on a plate and decorate around the base with golden berries.

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Enjoy A Nordic Noel

From garlands and snowflake crochet to stockings and a pompom Santa, these stylish projects will add a Nordic flavour to your festive home

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This Nordic-inspired garland, embroidered on felt and strung on bright red cord or ribbon, will add charm to your mantelpiece or tree

Snowflake Garland EASY PEASY

You will need O Template from page 68 O Pencil O Paper O Scissors O Pins O 10cm square of thick white felt for each star O Fade-away marker pen or dressmaker’s chalk pencil O Dressmaker’s carbon paper O 2m red cord or ribbon O Red stranded cotton embroidery thread O Embroidery needle O Matching sewing thread

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Copy the star template and stitch pattern (there is a choice of 10 LOVE TO MAKE WITH WW

two patterns) onto paper and cut out the shape. Pin the template to the felt. Use the fade-way marker pen to draw around the star shape and cut out. Cut as many stars as you want for your garland.

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Put a sheet of dressmaker’s carbon paper on top of the felt star shape, with the coloured, carbon side face down. Place the star template on top. Draw over the design with a pencil to transfer the embroidery pattern onto the felt.

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Using all six strands of embroidery thread and following the stitch guide on the template, embroider the pattern onto the felt star. See page 65 for details of how to work the stitches.

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Position the finished stars along the length of cord at 40cm intervals, sewing in place with matching thread. Make two loops in between each star and secure with a couple of stitches.

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Upcycle old wine bottles to make your mantelpiece or dinner table glow

Candle Holders and Vases EASY PEASY

You will need O A selection of old glass bottles O Small glass jars O White spray paint O Red candles O Ribbon

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Soak the bottles in hot, soapy water to remove labels, or use a specialist product, such as sticky-stu remover. Leave bottle to dry thoroughly.

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Stand bottles on newspaper in a wellventilated area and apply a covering of spray paint. Leave to dry, then repeat with another coat.

Tip... Make a quick alpine scene in a jar by adding a layer of artiďŹ cial snow to the bottom, pop in two or three small Christmas cake tree decorations and replace the lid.

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Once dry, insert a candle and light it, allowing wax to drip down the sides of the bottle.

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To make a vase, follow steps 1 and 2 using a jar instead of a bottle. Add ribbon around bottom and stick in place.

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Pompom Santa Claus A BIT MORE TRICKY

O One 100g ball each of red and white yarn O Small amounts of red and beige chunky yarn O Five 30cm chenille sticks O One 5cm diameter wooden ball O 20cm length of gold craft wire O Small toilet roll inner O Paper scissors O Size 85mm and 25mm pompom makers O Long, large-eyed sewing needle O Glue gun O Black marker pen O Pink blending pencil

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Start by making a frame for the hat: lay three chenille sticks across each other to form a star shape. Twist the sticks together and mould into a cone shape. Cut a 1cm section from the toilet roll inner (keep it as a ring) and attach the chenille stick ends, spacing them evenly round the circumference of the cardboard by folding them under and round the card. Once secure, bend the cone shape over to make the base for the hat. Cover the entire shape by wrapping it with the chunky red yarn, concealing the card and sticks. Secure the yarn by gluing.

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To make the rim of the hat, wrap two chenille sticks in white yarn. Fold about 7.5cm of each end of the sticks into the centre so that they meet in the middle and flatten the sticks using your fingers. Then, hold both sticks together lengthways and wind more white yarn around to encase them. Continue wrapping chenille stick until you reach a desired thickness. Bend the covered stick around the base of the red hat and secure by stitching at the rear with spare white yarn.

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Using the 85mm pompom maker and following the manufacturer’s instructions, make one pompom in red yarn. Using the 25mm maker, make a second pompom in white yarn. Trim into neat balls using fabric scissors. Glue the wooden ball onto the top of the red pompom. Draw on the eyes and add rosy cheeks using the pen and pencil. Glue the white pompom to the end of the hat.

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Pompoms add a magical touch, so get winding to make this delightful Santa

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Cut 10 lengths of beige chunky yarn approximately 20cm long. Tie the yarn in the centre to combine and secure to form the beard. Form a second bunch of yarn in the same way for the hair. Glue one bunch onto Santa Claus’s face to create a beard. The knot should face inwards towards the wood to conceal it. Spread the yarn across the face, sticking it into position with some glue. Trim the beard into shape, using the photograph above for guidance. Glue the second bunch of yarn to Santa’s head, using the same method, to create the hair. Glue the hat onto the head and trim Santa’s hair as desired. Sew a loop of red yarn onto the hat so Santa can be hung on your tree or elsewhere in your home.

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The final touch is to construct a pair of spectacles. Take the craft wire and wrap it round a pen twice, about 5cm away from one of the ends. This will create one of the lenses. Leave a small gap and repeat the process to form the spectacles. Cut the wire 2.5cm away from each lens and bend inwards. Place the spectacles on Santa’s head and glue into position. Taken from Twenty to Make: Pompom Christmas by Alistair Macdonald (Search Press, £4.99). See page 61.


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Tin Bird Wreath A BIT MORE TRICKY

For the Tin Bird clips: O Templates from page 67 O Tracing paper O Pencil O Scissors O Small piece of aluminum foil from a disposable roasting tray, or thin craft foil O Old ballpoint pen O Wooden clothes pegs or clips O Strong double-sided tape or glue For the wreath: O Moss from a florist O Wire wreath base O Thin wire O Foliage O Silver leaves and decorations

To make the tin birds

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To make the foil bird clips, copy the bird template and design lines onto tracing paper and cut out the shape. Little silver birds perched among foliage and berries look lovely on decorations, both inside and out

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Place the bird shape on a piece of foil and draw around it with a ballpoint pen – an old one that has run out of ink is ideal. Press firmly to indent the tin.

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Cut out the bird shape. Take care, as the edges are sharp, and do not use your best fabric scissors as the blades will blunt easily. Lay the traced template back on the foil bird and trace the patterns with the ballpoint pen, pressing firmly.

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Attach the bird to the front of a wooden clothes peg, using strong, double-sided tape or glue. Repeat steps 1- 4 to make as many birds as required for your festive wreath.

To make the wreath

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Take some moss and start wrapping and pressing it around the wire wreath base. Use thin wire to secure it in place.

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Place the foliage around the wreath by poking it into the moss and securing with wire. Add some silver leaves or strands of small silver decorations for a little sparkle. Clip the foil birds into position amongst the leaves and add a loop of wire to the back to hang your wreath.

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Measurements

Length, approximately 46cm (18in), width at top 22cm (8¾in).

Materials 2 x 50g (116m) balls of Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK in Red (Red Hot 0167) and 1 ball in Cream (Alabaster 03). Pair of 3¾mm (No.9) knitting needles Darning needle.

Tension 23 stitches and 32 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over stocking stitch, using 3¾mm needles.

Knitted in simple stocking stitch, the snowflakes are Swiss darned on afterwards

Abbreviations k, knit; p, purl; st, stitch; tog, together; inc, increase (by working twice into same st); dec, decrease (by taking 2 sts tog); ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on wrong side); wrap1, slip next st on to right-hand needle, take yarn between needles to opposite side (to front after k st, to back after p st) of work, place the slipped st back on to left-hand needle.

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To make With 3¾mm needles and Cream, cast on 96 sts for cuff. K 25 rows. Change to Red. Next row: [K10, k2tog] to end – 88 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 59 rows. Shape heel: 1st row: K59, wrap1, turn. 2nd row: P30, wrap1, turn. 3rd row: K29, wrap1, turn. 4th row: P28, wrap1, turn. 5th row: K27, wrap1, turn. 6th row: P26, wrap1, turn. 7th row: K25, wrap1, turn. 8th row: P24, wrap1, turn. 9th row: K23, wrap1, turn. 10th row: P22, wrap1, turn. 11th row: K21, wrap1, turn. 12th row: P20, wrap1, turn. 13th row: K19, wrap1, turn. 14th row: P18, wrap1, turn. 15th row: K17, wrap1, turn. 16th row: P16, wrap1, turn. Work 15th row, back to 2nd row, in that reverse order. Ss 10 rows across all sts. 14 LOVE TO MAKE WITH WW

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1st dec row: [K20, k2tog] to end – 84 sts. Ss 9 rows. 2nd dec row: [K19, k2tog] to end – 80 sts. Ss 9 rows. 3rd dec row: [K18, k2tog] to end – 76 sts. Ss 9 rows. 4th dec row: [K17, k2tog] to end – 72 sts. Ss 7 rows. Shape toe end: Change to Cream. 5th dec row: [K4, k2tog] to end – 60 sts. Ss 7 rows. 6th dec row: [K3, k2tog] to end – 48 sts. Ss 3 rows. 7th dec row: [K2, k2tog] to end – 36 sts. P1 row. 8th dec row: [K2tog] to end – 18 sts. Cast off pwise. Hanging loop: With 3¾mm needles and Cream, cast on 32 sts. Cast off.

To complete With Cream, Swiss darn snowflake motifs (see diagrams, charts and instructions on page xx) and then, randomly spaced over Red section of stocking. Join row-ends, then cast-off edge of stocking together. Join ends of hanging loop and attach to back of stocking, at top.

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You will need O 340g (12oz) plain flour O One level tsp bicarbonate of soda O Two level tsps ground ginger O 100g (4oz) butter O 160g (51⁄2oz) light brown sugar O 4tbsp golden syrup O One large egg, beaten O Flat baking tray O Greaseproof paper O Rolling pin O Snowflake cookie cutter O Knitting needle To decorate: O Tub of ready-to-use royal icing mix O Piping bag and fine nozzle O Ribbon for stringing

Method

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Pre-heat oven to 180°C or Gas Mark 4 and line the baking trays with greaseproof paper.

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Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Rub in butter with fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar then the syrup and the beaten egg. Bring it all together to form a smooth pastry dough.

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On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 5mm thick. Using a snowflake cookie cutter, cut out biscuits until all the biscuit dough is used up. Make a hole at the top of each snowflake using the knitting needle. Place on baking trays ensuring enough

room is left for slight expansion of the biscuit. Chill on the baking trays for 20 minutes in fridge.

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Cook in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from tray with palette knife and place on a cooling rack.

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Beat the ready-to-use royal icing for a lighter consistency, then pipe small dots over the surface of the cookies to decorate. When set, string cookies onto a length of fine Christmas ribbon and hang where desired. Note: The pot of royal icing should have a resealable lid, so just cover the top with clingfilm before replacing so that you can use the surplus later.

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Gingerbread Doll Decorations HARDISH

You will need O Template on page 71 O Square of 5mm-thick white felt O Scrap of 5mm-thick red felt O Square of 1mm-thick light brown felt O Scraps of narrow plain red and gingham ribbons O Red rickrack braid O Red yarn O Scrap of lace edging O White, red and black stranded embroidery thread O Red and white sewing thread O Embroidery needle O Fabric glue

To make

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Photocopy or trace o the template on page xx. From white felt, cut out one whole shape; from light brown felt,

cut out two whole shapes and from red felt cut out one apron.

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Using two strands of red embroidery thread in your needle, work a row of small running stitches around the edge of the two light brown felt shapes. Then, using small backstitches, work the mouth in red thread and add French knots worked in black thread for the eyes. See page xx for details on how to work these stitches.

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Using two strands of white embroidery thread, work a row of tiny running stitches along the centre of the rickrack braid and plain red ribbon for the waistband. Finally, work a row of running stitches around the edges of the red felt apron.

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Now assemble your gingerbread doll, using the main image as a guide. Glue the embroidered brown felt layer to one side of the white felt layer.

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Cut rickrack into two lengths and stick in place for the apron straps, folding the top edges over onto the wrong side at the shoulders. Stick the red apron on top, followed by the waistband, again folding the side edges over onto the wrong side and gluing in place.

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Using the sewing thread, work a row of gathering stitches along one edge of the lace trimming and stitch it around the neck. Cut several 10cm lengths of red yarn and tie the yarn in the centre with sewing thread and stitch to the top of the head. Tie the yarn into two bunches at each side using the gingham ribbon. Trim yarn and ribbon ends to desired length. Stitch ribbon bows down at each side of the face.

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This fabulous reindeer cushion is worked with large cross-stitches in a single colour, using waste canvas

Cross-stitch Christmas Cushion HARDISH

You will need O Cross-stitch chart from page 70 O 50cm of 150cm-wide red linen fabric O 14 count waste canvas O White stranded cotton embroidery thread O Embroidery needle O Large embroidery hoop O 40cm cushion pad O Matching sewing thread O 150cm of 4-6mm-wide white flanged insertion piping

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Fold your red fabric in half by bringing the two selvedges together (the finished edges down each side of the fabric) and cut into two equal pieces along the fold. Put one piece to the side for later. Tack a piece of waste canvas to the right side of the remaining piece of fabric, making sure that the weave is square to the red fabric.

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Find the centre of the tacked piece by folding it in half, then into quarters. Stitch two lines of tacking along the folds

to form a central cross. Always work your design from the middle outwards.

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Fix the tacked fabric into the hoop with the waste canvas side up. Each cross-stitch is worked with all six strands of embroidery thread over three blocks of your waste canvas; practise on scrap fabric to ensure that you have this correct. You should end up with 3.5 stitches to every 2.5cm, in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

To complete cushion

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Keeping the reindeer design square and central, cut out the front cushion cover 43 x 43cm square. From the reserved red fabric cut out two back pieces 43cm x 48cm. Neaten the edges of all three fabric pieces.

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Lay the piping cord onto the right side of the front cover piece, with the flat, flanged-edge level with the neatened edges of the cushion, starting and finishing on the same edge. You will need to snip into the flanged section of the piping to help it turn the corners and overlap the ends by 2.5cm. Stitch the piping in place, using a zipper foot on your machine.

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Once you are happy with your stitches, make the first cross-stitch just below the central point, then follow the chart on page xx to work the whole design onto the fabric. Some stitches are worked as half a crossstitch diagonally in the direction shown, others are made up of two quarter stitches to form a“V”shape in the direction shown (worked over 1.5 blocks of waste canvas) and finally, some are worked as half a cross-stitch, with a quarter of a cross-stitch to form a sideways “Y” shape. Always follow the chart.

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When the design is complete dampen the finished piece and pull out the waste canvas threads, leaving behind your perfectly even cross-stitched design. Leave to dry and then press lightly on the wrong side under a damp cloth, taking care not to flatten the stitches.

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Try your hand at kirigami, the traditional art of paper cutting and folding, to create this effective decoration

Reindeer Wall Hanging A BIT MORE TRICKY

You will need O Template from page 69 O A4 sheet of red card O Red and white fine cord for hanging O Sharp craft knife O Self-healing cutting mat O Pencil O Carbon paper O Masking tape

Note: Take time to familiarise yourself with the craft knife, learning how to manipulate it carefully. By mastering confident, precise movements, you’ll achieve a better result. See step 2

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How to make

curves or circles, the hand that holds the card always pivots the paper following the trajectory of the cut, a bit like using a sewing machine where the needle stays still and the fabric is guided in the direction of the seam.

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Photocopy the template from page 69 and then, using the carbon paper, trace the design onto the reverse side of your red card.

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Place your card on the cutting mat, with the design facing upwards, and start to cut out your design using the craft knife. By keeping your hand relaxed, you will intuitively find the right balance between firmness and fluidity. Eventually, you will find a position where you feel completely at ease making your cuts. Always avoid holding the craft knife in a vertical position as the blade will not glide and will tear the card. With your other hand, hold the card flat making sure that it is not in the trajectory of the cut. When cutting

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When the design has been cut out, thread the length of cord through the top hole and hang in up in the desired position.

Taken from Kirigami: The Art of Cutting & Folding Paper by Ho Huu An & Laurence Arnac (Search Press, £12.99). See page 61.


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Make It Tonight! Create these stunning adornments from an old paperback, scraps of ribbon and twinkly transfers

Ribbon Trees Paper Fans

Sparkly Baubles Crazy Patchwork Baubles

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Ribbon trees

Add diamantés to shop-bought baubles to ensure your tree twinkles

A great way to use up odd lengths of ribbon and braid

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Peel the backing off an iron-on diamanté transfer and position it on the glass bauble.

Trim sticks to approximately 15cm lengths. Taking one stick at a time and beginning at one end, start to tie a variety of ribbons and braids along the stick, spacing them approximately 1cm apart.

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Run the tip of a hot, dry iron over the plastic film covering the crystals, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

You will need X Iridescent glass baubles X Iron-on diamanté transfers (from haberdashers) X Iron

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Using the photograph as a guide, trim the ends of the ribbons diagonally to form a tree shape.

You will need

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Leave the transfer to cool and then peel off the film. If the stones aren’t stuck firm, reapply the heat.

X Thin, straight, garden twigs X Ribbon and braid oddments in complementary Christmas colours X Star hand-held punch X Lightweight textured card X All-purpose glue X Secateurs

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Punch a star shape out of the card. Make a hanging loop out of another length of ribbon and glue the ends to the back of the star. When dry, glue the star, with the loop, to the top of the tree and leave to dry once more.

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Paper Fans

This is a great way to use up scraps of quilting fabric – and children will love to make them, too

Create tree decorations using simple origami and a couple of pages from an old book

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Cut the fabric scraps into small pieces about 25-30mm in size. Make the pieces of varying shapes; they do not have to be perfectly square.

You will need X Scraps of red, white and Christmassy printed cotton fabrics X Plastic baubles X PVA glue X Narrow-width red satin ribbon X Matt or satin varnish (optional)

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Using the PVA glue, stick the fabric scraps onto the bauble so that one piece overlaps the other, until the entire bauble is covered in fabric. Leave to dry completely.

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If desired, paint your fabric-covered bauble with a coat of varnish to make it more durable. Leave to dry. Then, thread a length of narrow ribbon through the top of the bauble and tie it into a bow to finish.

Carefully tear three pages from the paperback book and trim the edge that was in the spine binding straight. Take one of the pages and, starting at one short end, form accordionstyle pleats, about 1.5cm apart, along the whole length.

You will need X An old paperback book X 3mm-wide silver ribbon X Glue X Gemstone X Two clothes pegs

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With pleats folded together, fold the strip in half, bringing the two short ends together and crease firmly. Glue the pleats together down the centre; clamp with a couple of clothes pegs and leave to dry. When dry, remove the pegs and splay out the pleats to form a fan shape.

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Form a second fan following steps 2 and 3 and then glue the two fans together to form the circular decoration. Cut a small circle from the remaining page. Glue the gemstone in the centre and then glue this to the centre of the circular fan; leave to dry. Finally, punch a small hole through the top of the decoration and thread through the ribbon to form a hanging loop.

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Wrap Stars! A beautifully wrapped present is a joy to receive and our ideas will give your gifts a unique finish

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No need for fancy wrapping papers. Whether you prefer to stick or sew, these gift-tag ideas will give your presents an extra-personal touch.

Based on traditional Swedish folkart motifs, these may seem rather elaborate for labels but they can be hung on the Christmas tree afterwards to be enjoyed year after year. A BIT MORE TRICKY

You will need O Templates on page 71 O Small pieces of red, green, pink and cream felt O Dressmaker’s carbon paper O Small pieces of thin card O Rotary hole punch O Embroidery needle O Brightly coloured stranded embroidery thread O Fabric glue O 3mm-wide ribbon

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Machine-embroidered Tags Not keen on hand-sewing? Then use your sewing machine’s embroidery stitches to make these super-speedy embroidered tags EASY PEASY

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You will need O Plain luggage tags, or, to make your own tags: plain coloured card, different shaped punches and a rotary hole punch O Sewing machine O Red, white and green sewing thread O Bakers twine for hanging loop O Embroidered Christmas ribbons (optional)

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To make

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If you are making your own tags, then punch out your shapes from card and make a hole at the top for the hanging loop.

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Set you sewing machine to a star shape embroidery stitch and then machine a straight row of these stitches across your tags.

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If your machine doesn’t do embroidery stitches, cut out more complex shaped tags, such as snowflakes, and machine lines of straight stitches across the centre, in contrast coloured thread.

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Glue on embroidered Christmas ribbons, if desired, then attached your hanging strings.

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Photocopy tag templates on page xx. Trace onto felt and cut out. Cut pieces of thin card to match the tags. Hold the card and felt tag shapes together and punch a hole for the ribbon at the top of each one. Set card shapes to one side.

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From contrasting coloured felt, cut out appliqué circles, apron and leaf shapes; tack to the front of the felt tags. Put a sheet of dressmaker’s carbon paper on top of felt shapes with coloured carbon-side down. Place template on top. Draw over stitching lines to transfer the embroidery patterns onto the felt. Work the embroidery designs following the colour key and see page XX for details of how to work these stitches.


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Using fabric glue, stick the card shapes to the back of the corresponding felt tag shapes, making sure that the holes for the ribbon align.

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Cut small lengths of ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the hole in each tag and tie a knot to form a hanging loop.

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Cross-stitched Tags These gift tags are really easy to make and could be kept for use as Christmas decorations once the present has been unwrapped.

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You will need O Cross-stitch charts on page 72 O Ten 4.5 x 9cm sturdy brown card luggage tags with string O DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread in the following colours: B5200 (white), 310 (black), 801 (brown), 817 (red), 699 (green), 720 (orange), 597 (light blue), 3326 (light pink), 3607 (bright pink), 725 (yellow) O Kreinik #004 very fine metallic thread in 002J (gold) O Embroidery needle, size 4 O Self-healing cutting mat O Drawing pin O Double-sided sticky tape

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Finished design sizes: Tree: 2.9 x 5.2cm; 7 x 13 stitches Angel: 3.6 x 4.9cm; 9 x 12 stitches Santa: 3.3 x 5.2cm; 8 x 13 stitches Snowman: 2.9 x 5.2cm; 7 x 13 stitches Robin: 3.3 x 4.5cm; 8 x 11 stitches

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Photocopy each of the charts on page xx and cut out.

Place a luggage tag on top of your cutting mat, cover with the chart that you wish to stitch, making sure that it is straight and in line with the edges of the tag.

You can now use a sharp needle to push all the way through each of the small holes you have made. Then, use the grid you have made to work the cross-stitches following the chart, see page xx for details on how to work this stitch.

Once you have finished your stitching, use double-sided tape to stick a blank tag firmly to the reverse, to cover the back of your stitches.

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Thread through a hanging string and write your loved one’s name on the tag, then give with pride!

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If you are right-handed, hold the chart in place with your left hand and use a drawing pin to push a small hole gently through each of the yellow dots on the chart, taking care not to crease the card. Reverse these instructions if you are lefthanded. There is no need to push the tack all the way through the tag – pricking the surface will be fine.

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Modern Cross Stitch by Hannah Sturrock (Cico Books, from Search Press, £12.99). See page 61.


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Here’s a fun, no-sew option using plain cork coasters and small scraps of festive paper. EASY PEASY

You will need O Cork coasters O Scraps of paper, featuring small festive designs O PVA glue O Large needle O Strong thread, or fine cord for hanging loops O Fine felt-tip pen

To make

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Select various patterns and designs on your papers and cut out small pieces. Arrange them around the edge of a cork mat, overlapping each piece and leaving a space in the centre to write the recipient’s name.

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When you are happy with the arrangement, glue the pieces in place using the PVA glue and leave to dry. If the paper overhangs the edges of the mat, then trim it flush with the edge.

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Use the needle to make a hole in the top of the mat for your hanging string and thread the string through the hole. Write the recipient’s name in the centre of your tag.

More Sticking Ideas EASY PEASY

You can decorate plain luggage tags in all sorts of ingenious ways:

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Create original gift-wraps out of recycled papers, such as stamps or unwanted comics, design fabulous money wallets, make parcel toppers and decorate paper bags to give your gifts wow appeal

Collect bits of paper throughout the year, such as old labels, bits of packaging, stamps and envelopes, paper bags and old comics to create this great wrap. A BIT MORE TRICKY

You will need O Bird template on page 73 O Sheet of brown paper (or an old sheet of giftwrap) O Scraps of labels, stamps, envelopes, graph paper, etc. O Glue O String or Bakers twine O Sheet of thin white card O Metal rule O Pencil O Craft knife O Cutting mat O Tracing paper O Scraps of plain brown and red paper O Hole punch

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Pretty Money Wallets Want to give money for Christmas? Your cash present won’t look dull if you package it in these attractive envelopes using handmade paper EASY PEASY

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You will need O Handmade paper of your choice O Co-ordinating ribbon O Decorative trims (optional) O Plain envelopes the same size as your desired finished envelope O Scissors O Pencil O Roller glue

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Hold your envelop over steam so that the glue becomes tacky and then unfold the envelope. Leave to dry then use the shape as a template to draw around on to your handmade paper.

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Cut out the envelope shape and fold the four flaps in to form the envelope, using your “template” as a guide.

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To make the gift-wrap, first wrap your present in a layer of brown paper or a sheet of old giftwrap. Cut out lots of scraps of paper in different-sized oblongs and start sticking them on like patchwork to cover the base layer. Tie the parcel together with string.

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Apply glue to the wrong side of the diagonal edges on the bottom flap and stick them in place. Insert your gift and then tie the envelope closed using ribbon; attach trimmings, if desired.

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Then, to make a greetings card, cut an oblong of white card measuring 15 x 30cm. Mark the halfway point on the top and bottom edges. Join these two marks, score and then fold the card in half.


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Cover the front of the card with scraps of envelopes and graph paper for the background. Copy the template on page xx and cut out the three sections of the bird. Use plain brown and red paper for the first two sections and a scrap from an envelope for the circle on the wing. Punch out a hole for the eye. Position the bird 1cm in from the right edge and glue in place.

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To make the mini envelope in the bird’s mouth, cut out a small envelope shape. Fold in the two side flaps, glue them and fold the back section of the envelope over so that the sides of the back section align with the glued flaps.

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Fold over the top flap of the envelope but don’t stick this part down; you need to keep it open so that you can place a little Christmas message inside.

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Tip... Personalise the wrap for your family or friends by using photographs or their initials cut from magazines.

Taken from Handmade Christmas (Cico Books, from Search Press, £14.99). See page 61.

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Bow Toppers It’s lovely to wrap presents in recycled or plain paper, finished off with a homemade bow. You can use sheets of music, old books or even newspaper. However, slightly thicker paper is easier to fold and glue. For more printed paper makes, turn to page 55. A BIT MORE TRICKY

You will need O Old book pages or papers of your choice O PVA glue O Scissors O Double-sided sticky tape O Clothes pegs

to hold together while the glue dries. Do this with two or more long strips, then repeat using gradually shorter strip lengths, ensuring that the individual bows fit inside one another.

To make ribbon decorated bags

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Cut a strip of Christmas wrapping paper to fit the depth of the paper bag front, 3cm narrower than the bag width. Glue paper to front of bag using PVA glue; leave to dry.

To make

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To create the bow cut approximately seven to eight strips of paper 1.5cmwide, of varying lengths from 6cm to 15cm. The size of the strips can be adjusted to fit the size of the presents.

For all bags: O Block bottom brown kraft paper bags For ribbon bags: O Oddments of Christmas wrapping paper O Ribbon in various widths O PVA Glue O Clothes peg O Stapler O Fresh springs of green foliage, with or without berries For buttoned bags: O Two buttons O Pencil O Green cotton Perlé Embroidery thread O Large needle O Two circular pieces of felt the same size as your buttons

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Glue the looped strips together at the centre, to create the bow, taking care not to bend or fold the individual loops. It’s important that the strips are at varying angles to each other. Finish the bow by adding a single loop in the centre.

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When dry, make up your bag and insert your gift. Fold over the top of the bag a couple of times towards the front and, if desired, wrap a length of wide ribbon around the bag, tucking the raw ends under the folded top edge of the bag. Temporarily clamp the ribbon in place at the top with a clothes peg.

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Let the bow dry before attaching it carefully to the present, using double-sided sticky tape.

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Cut a length of narrow ribbon, or a couple of contrasting coloured ribbons, and fold it/them in half to find the centre. Lay the ribbon(s) horizontally along the top folded edge of the bag and, using a stapler, fix the centre of the ribbon(s) to the bag, through all layers of paper.


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Lay a couple of foliage springs onto the bag and hold the stalks in place by tying the ribbon(s) into a bow.

To make the buttoned bags

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Make up your bag and insert your gift. Fold over the top of the bag a couple of times towards the front. Next,

mark the position of your two buttons lightly using a pencil.

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Unfold the top of the bag and, using the cotton Perlé thread, stitch a button to each position with one stitch through each hole, and sewing through a felt circle on the inside of the bag at the same time. Knot the ends of the thread together on the inside of the bag over the felt circle.

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Refold the top of the bag again, and take a second length of cotton Perlé thread; fold in half to find the centre and then loosely tie the thread around the top button. Take thread ends down and wind them around the lower button to fasten the bag closed.

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Stamp It Up! Create your own original gift-wrap using kraft paper and festive rubber stamps.

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You will need O A roll or sheets of recycled kraft paper O Christmas rubber stamps O Red, green and white ink stamping pads O Bakers twine

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Decorate plain paper wraps with various trimmings. Use fancy braids, sequins, ribbons and cords to tie the parcels together, then decorate with buttons, rosettes, doilies, stars and hearts to give your parcels that extra pizzazz.

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Of Silver Make your own gem-like bracelet using silver clay and simple techniques

What is silver clay?

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Blossom Bracelet Learn how to make your own dichroic glass cabochons without the need for a kiln. These gem-like glass beads can then be set into silver clay to create stunning jewellery. QUITE A CHALLENGE

You will need Materials: O Crystallized dichroic glass* O 3mm thick clear bullseye glass* O Clear glue O A little polymer clay O 20g Art Clay Silver O Art clay silver paste or syringe easy solder paste O Olive oil O Skeleton leaf O Jump rings *Warning: COE refers to the co-efficiency of expansion of glass. It is important that when fusing any two or more glass pieces that they have the same COE number. Standard dichroic glass is COE 90

Design and photography: Tracey Spurgin

Tools: O Glass cutting tool O Self-healing cutting mat O Safety goggles O Cut running pliers O Blow torch O Firing block

O Fibre blanket O Ceramic fibre paper (optional) O Steel mesh O Cling film O Soft sponge O Piece of card O Non-stick surface – eg, piece of plastic cut from a plastic stationery folder O Acrylic spacers or two strips of 1.5mm and two strips of 1mm thick card 14cm x 2.5cm O Acrylic roller O Fine textured wallpaper O Small circular cookie cutters circles in different sizes, plus a flower shape O Craft knife O Pin vice with 1mm drill bit O Sanding sponge or fine sandpaper O Rotary wire brush (optional) O Jewellery pliers

Tip... Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions before you start. The clay must be bone-dry before firing or it can ‘pop’ and burst. 34 LOVE TO MAKE WITH WW

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Making cabochons

It is important that the glass cools very slowly (at least 1 hour), so work quickly and cover the pieces with some steel mesh and place the fibre blanket on top. This will help retain the heat while the cabochons cool down to cold naturally; do not be attempt to accelerate the cooling or be tempted to peek as they can get thermal shock and the glass could crack. NOTE: If you have used fibre paper when firing your glass, this may have turned to a powder. Do not blow away but discard later, while wearing a dust mask and goggles.

5 Make sure that you select compatible COE 90 clear bullseye and coloured dichroic glass. Work on a cutting mat and, with the aid of a steel rule, use the glass-cutting tool to press firmly and score into the dichroic glass. Listen for a grinding sound as you score – this will indicate that you have pressed firmly enough. Note: the screw on the glass-cutting tool faces up.

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Continue to cut the dichroic glass into 1cm squares. Next, to create the clear glass layer, cut the bullseye glass in the same way, however, cut them a little larger than the dichroic glass pieces. The clear bullseye glass will eventually cover the whole of the dichroic glass, creating a “lens” effect. Glue the two layers together with a tiny amount of clear glue.

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When cool, use a tiny amount of polymer clay to stick the cabochons to a piece of card. This will prevent them from chasing around the work surface before you work on the next task.

6 Wearing safety goggles, break the dichroic glass using a pair of cut running pliers. The correct way to hold these is so that they arc downward. Place the glass into the throat of the pliers matching the centre mark on the pliers with the scored line on the glass. Gently squeeze and the glass will break along the scored line that you have scored.

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Now the glass pieces need to be torch fired. To do this, transfer the glued layers to a safe firing place (the image above shows them on a firing block) and use the blowtorch directly on the cabochons, maintaining a high heat. They will begin to fuse and slump. As they become more rounded in shape, stop firing.

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Tip... When firing your glass use some fibre paper under the glass to prevent it sticking to your firing block.

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To prevent your clay sticking to the acrylic roller and work surface, smooth a small amount of balm or olive oil sparingly over them.

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the flowers and washers together using a little paste. Make sure your cabochon is set in place well and leave to dry. Finally, use a small hand drill or pin vice to drill holes at opposite ends of the flower petals for the jump rings used in assembly.

To make the bar section of the fastening, roll out some clay 1mm thick. Place a skeleton leaf on top of the clay and roll once again. Using a craft knife, cut out an elongated leaf shape. Remove the leaf and set aside to dry.

Add any dots and spots, and attach the horseshoe to the back of the leaf bar using more paste. After final drying, the pieces can be fired using the blowtorch. Once you have burnt off the binders, gently move the flame over the silver and hold the gentle orange glow for around three minutes, then cool as shown in step 5 for the cabochons. Place a fibre blanket over the top while they cool naturally for about 2 hours.

To make the toggle for the fastening, roll out some more clay 1.5mm thick. Transfer the clay and 1mm spacers and sandwich between two pieces of textured wallpaper. Roll out once again. Using a circle and flower cutter cut out the shape for the toggle clasp. Set to dry, as before.

Next, place the clay onto the prepared work surface with two 1.5mm-thick spacers on either side. Roll the clay, resting the ends of the roller on the strips, to flatten to an even thickness of 1.5mm. Transfer the clay to a piece of oiled textured wallpaper and use 1mm-thick spacer bars to roll it once more. This will impress the textured pattern into the clay.

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Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut a hole in the middle of your clay. The hole should be smaller than the cabochon. Lift and drape the clay over the top so a glass cabochon peeps through. Check that the clay sits up over the widest part of the cabochon. Put a piece of cling film over the top and use a sponge to press the clay gently around the contours of the glass cabochon.

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Next, roll out a small snake of silver clay and bend with the help of a cocktail stick or straw into a horseshoe shape. Dry this before attaching to the back of the bar for the fastening using some silver clay paste. Make a selection of tiny balls or spots using the clay. Allow these to dry. These are optional to add extra decoration to the flowers.

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When cooled, polish the pieces gently with a wire brush. Other tools and devices, such as tumblers or polishing wheels, can be used to gain further polishing. Finally, assemble the bracelet using jump rings and pliers.

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Tip... If your holes are too small after firing, enlarge them with a needle file or a larger drill bit. Remove the cling film before centring up the flower cookie cutter to cut out the shape. Lift away the excess clay and store. Repeat steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 to make a total of seven flowers for the bracelet. Set these to dry either naturally or they can be put into a domestic oven at around 100ºC for about 30 minutes. Be careful when removing the pieces as they will be hot.

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Next, to make the washers that will hold the cabochons in place, roll out and texture the clay once again following step 5 and use two circle cutters to create these washers. Set these aside to dry as well.

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After all the component parts have been dried, neaten the edges with the sanding sponge. Next, begin joining

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This attractive runner will add a modern, contemporary look to your home

You will need O 90cm-wide, 3-5mmthick red felt long enough for your table, plus two overhangs O Plastic star templates, various sizes (choose simple shapes that will be easier to cut out) O Sharp craft knife O Self-healing cutting mat O Metal ruler O Fade-away marker pen

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Lay felt fabric over your table and check the depth of the overhangs at each end. Mark with pins if you need to shorten. Remove felt and trim ends making sure that they are at 90 degrees to the long side edges.

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Using your star templates and fade-away marker pen, draw a selection of stars to form a border at each end of the felt cloth.

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Place one end of your felt cloth on top of the cutting mat and, using the ruler and sharp craft knife, carefully cut out each star shape.

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Our stylish take on the classic bobble hat will keep you toasty on the coldest of days

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Measurements To fit head size 7-9 years (10-12 years) (woman) (man).

You will need 2 x 100g (75m) balls of Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky (80% acrylic, 20% alpaca) in Nature (001). Pair of 8mm (No. 00) and 10mm (No. 000) knitting needles; cable needle.

Tension 9 stitches and 13 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over double moss stitch, using 10mm needles.

Abbreviations K, knit; p, purl; st, stitch; tw2, k2 together, leaving sts on left needle, k first st again slipping both sts off left needle together; inc, increase (by working twice into same st); nil, meaning nothing is worked here for this size.

Note Yarn amounts are based on average requirements and are therefore approximate. Instructions are given for 7-9 years size. Where they vary, work figures in round brackets for larger child size and adult sizes. Instructions in square brackets are worked as stated after 2nd bracket.

Sides (make 2) With 8mm needles, cast on 19 (21) (21) (23) sts. 1st rib row: K1, [p1, k1] to end. 2nd rib row: P1, [k1, p1] to end. Rib another 2 rows and inc 1 st at centre of last row – 20 (22) (22) (24) sts. Change to 10mm needles. 1st row: [P1, k1] 1 (1) (1) (2) time(s), p2 (3) (3) (2), tw2, p2, k4, p2, tw2, p2 (3) (3) (2), [k1, p1] 1 (1) (1) (2) time(s). 2nd row: [K1, p1] 1 (1) (1) (2) time(s), k2 (3) (3) (2), p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2 (3) (3) (2), [p1, k1] 1 (1) (1) (2) time(s). 3rd row: [K1, p1] 1 (1) (1) (2) time(s), p2 (3) (3) (2), tw2, p2, slip next 2 sts onto

Making Pompoms Cut out two identical cardboard discs to the diameter of the intended pompom. Mark out a smaller circle in the centre of each disc. This will form a hole to allow yarn to be passed through. As a rule of thumb, this circle should be half the diameter of the outer circle. Cut the inner circles out.

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Hold the two cardboard discs together and start to wind your chosen yarn round the rings. Cover the ring entirely until the hole in the centre has almost disappeared.

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With fabric scissors, cut through the yarn between the cardboard discs

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cable needle and leave at front, k2, then k2 from cable needle, p2, tw2, p2 (3) (3) (2), [p1, k1] 1 (1) (1) (2) time(s). 4th row: P1, [k1, p1] nil (nil) (nil) (1) time, k3 (4) (4) (3), p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k3 (4) (4) (3), [p1, k1] nil (nil) (nil) (1) time, p1. These 4 rows form pattern. Continue in pattern until work measures 22 (22) (23) (25) cm from beginning, ending with a wrong side row. Cast off in pattern. Join sides together along 3 edges, leaving cast-on edge open. Make 2 pompoms and attach one to each corner on top of hat.

round the outer edge. Cut round the entire circumference, releasing all of the yarn and revealing the cardboard discs. Tie a spare piece of yarn between the discs to secure the middle of the pompom.

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Once knotted securely, tear the cardboard to release the pompom.

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Finish by trimming the pompom into a neat ball.

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Taken from 20 to Make: Pompom Christmas (Search Press, £4.99). See page 61.


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Snow Is Falling These three crochet makes will add a crisp, frosty look to your festive decorations

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Materials 150g (130m) of Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK (100% cotton) in White (080) Size 2.50 crochet hook. 15 clear plastic pony beads Spray starch Fine florist’s wire

Tension 25 stitches, to 10cm, over treble using 2.50 hook.

Abbreviations Ch, chain; dc, double crochet; st, stitch; tr, treble; dtr, double treble; dtr cl, double treble cluster; htr, half treble; slst, slip stitch; bd1, bead one (see boxed copy on page 45 for explanation).

Note Instructions in square brackets are worked as stated after 2nd bracket. There are no fancy stitches in these decorations, although working the beads may take a little practice.

To make the heart Designer: Lesley Stanfield Photography: Nicki Downey

Make a slip ring (see panel on page 44). 1st round: Into ring work 3ch, 2tr, bd1, [3tr, bd1] 4 times, pull on free yarn end to close ring, slst in 3rd of 3ch – 20 sts. 2nd round: 3ch, 2tr in next st, [1tr in next st, 2tr in next st] 9 times, slst in 3rd of 3ch – 30 sts. 3rd round: 3ch, 1tr in next tr, [2dtr in next tr, 1dtr in next tr] twice, 2tr in next tr, 1tr in next tr, 1htr in next tr, 1dc in each of next 3tr, 1htr in next tr, 2tr in next tr, 2dtr in next tr, 2ch, 2dtr in next tr, 2tr in next tr, 1htr in next tr, 1dc in each 42 LOVE TO MAKE WITH WW

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of next 3tr, 1htr in next tr, 1tr in next tr, 2tr in next tr, [1dtr in next tr, 2dtr in next tr] twice, 1tr in next tr, 3ch, slst in last tr. Fasten off.

To make up Avoiding the beads, damp press on right side. Spray starch; wipe starch from beads, iron and leave to dry flat. Attach a length of florist’s wire by threading it through a few stitches at the top of the decoration on the wrong side, twist the ends closed and trim. Use wire to hang decoration.


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How to make a slip ring

Unlike a chain ring, a slip ring can be pulled tight after the stitches have been worked so that it makes a firm, small centre.

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As for a slip knot, make a ring with the working end of the yarn crossing above the free end.

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Dip the hook into the ring, catch the working end of the yarn and pull it through the ring to the front.

To make the Christmas rose Make a slip ring (see panel, right). 1st round: Into the ring work 3ch, 2tr, bd1, [3tr, bd1] 4 times, pull on free yarn end to close ring, slst in 3rd of 3ch – 20 sts. 2nd round: 3ch, 2tr in next st, [1tr in next st, 2tr in next st] 9 times, slst in 3rd of 3ch – 30 sts. 3rd round: 4ch, dtr cl in next 3tr (without completing the last wrap of each stitch, make 1dtr in each of the next 3 sts, yarn round hook, pull it through all 4 loops on hook), 4ch, slst in 44 LOVE TO MAKE WITH WW

next tr, [slst in next tr, 4ch, dtr cl in next 3tr, 4ch, slst in next tr] 5 times, slst in slst of previous round. Fasten off.

To make up Avoiding the beads, damp press on right side. Spray starch; wipe starch from beads, iron and leave to dry flat. Attach a length of florist’s wire by threading it through a few stitches at the top of the decoration on the wrong side, twist the ends closed and trim. Use wire to hang decoration.

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Instead of pulling the yarn ends to make a knot, hold the ring flat between first finger and thumb of the left hand. The loop on the hook forms the base of the first stitch, which in this case will be three chain to count as the first treble.

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Leaving the tail end free, make the required number of stitches around the two strands that form the top of the ring. Pull the free end to close up the ring and then join the first and last stitches to complete the round.


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This method means that the beads aren’t strung beforehand. However, they must be beads with a large enough hole to take the crochet hook. The type called a pony bead is used here.

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For these designs make a slip ring and work three chain and two trebles into it. Yarn round hook, insert it in the ring then in the bead.

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Yarn round hook again and pull it through the bead, at the same time pulling the bead through to the front of the ring.

Make a slip ring (see panel on page 44). 1st round: Into ring work 3ch, 2tr, bd1, [3tr, bd1] 4 times, pull on free yarn end to close ring, slst in 3rd of 3ch – 20 sts. 2nd round: 1ch, 2dc in next st, [1dc in next st, 2dc in next st] 9 times, slst in 1ch – 30 sts. 3rd round: 3ch, 1tr in next dc, [5ch, miss 3dc, 1tr in each of next 2dc] 5 times, 5ch, miss 3dc, slst in 3rd of 3ch. 4th round: [6ch, 1dc in first of 6ch, slst in 1tr] 3 times, * 5dc around 5ch, slst in 2nd of 2tr, [6ch, 1dc in first of 6ch, slst in

same tr] 3 times; repeat from * 4 times more, 5dc around 5ch, slst in 3rd of 3ch. Fasten off.

To make up Avoiding the beads, damp press on right side. Spray starch; wipe starch from beads, iron and leave to dry flat. Attach a length of florist’s wire by threading it through a few stitches at the top of the decoration on the wrong side, twist the ends closed and trim. Use wire to hang decoration.

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Yarn round hook and pull it through the next 2 loops on the hook twice to make a treble, with the bead at the base of the stitch.

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You will need O Template on page 73 O A standard flat hot-water bottle O Large sheet of paper to make a pattern O 50cm of 150cm-wide black fleece fabric O 10cm of 150cm-wide white fleece fabric, or a large scrap for the snowman and moon O 30cm of 20mm-wide black touch-and-close fastener O 30cm of 20mm-wide red bias binding O 50cm of 4mm-wide ribbon O 20cm of 15mm-wide ribbon for scarf – woven striped ribbon is best O Scrap of narrow contrast ribbon for hatband O White and medium brown stranded cotton embroidery thread O Stranded cotton embroidery thread to match hatband ribbon and bias binding O Scrap of orange knitting yarn for the nose O Sewing thread to match fleece and scarf ribbon O Embroidery needle 3cm

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To cut out Lay the hot-water bottle on a large sheet of paper. Following the diagram (below left), mark out your pattern, adding a 2.5cm seam allowance to the side neck and side edges as shown. Cut out the pattern.

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Cut a 5cm and 11cm length of the scarf-ribbon for the scarf. Turn under the short length ends at an angle to form a piece to look like it’s wrapped around the neck; pin in place. Using three strands of matching embroidery thread, backstitch a small double-turned hem at each end of the longer ribbon length. Pass this under and over the scarf “neck”. Arrange the scarf and sew in place with tiny whipstitches.

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Lay the black fleece fabric wrong side up. For the front, mark round the pattern adding 8.5cm to the lower edge. Repeat for the back but add only 4cm to the lower edge. Cut out the pieces.

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To embroider front Note: Use the template on page xx and the main photograph as a guide, and 0.5cm stitches unless told otherwise. With the front right side up, place the red binding 9.5cm up from the lower edge and sew it in place with running stitches worked 2mm in from each long edge, using three strands of matching embroidery thread.

Allowing for raw edges to be turned under, cut a hat crown and brim out of the bias binding and use the scrap of narrow ribbon for a trim. Sew in place with small running stitches using two strands of red embroidery thread and four strands of embroidery thread matching the ribbon.

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Using four strands of brown embroidery thread, add twig arms and hands in irregular running stitches. Cut a crescent moon in white fleece and secure it with small blanket stitches, using two strands of white embroidery thread. Finally, stitch random stars with six strands of white embroidery thread.

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Using six strands of white embroidery thread, create snow drifts with meandering lines of running stitches and narrow ribbon, stitched centrally in place in the same way. Work the name in a mixture of irregular backstitches and running stitches as appropriate.

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With the white fleece fabric wrong side up, cut out a 4cm diameter circle for the head, two 3cm diameter circles for padding, a 6.5cm diameter circle for the body and two 5.5cm diameter circles for padding.

To assemble

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Fold the decorated front cover lower edge 3cm onto the right side and stitch the side hem edges in place with a 1cm seam allowance. Snip across the corners and turn right side out. Cut the touch-and-close fastening tape 3cm narrower than the length of the hem. Lay fluffy side of tape on the hem allowance close to the fold and 1.5cm in from the side edges, then stitch in place.

With the circles right side up and the smaller circles pinned centrally under corresponding larger circles, place the head and body on the front, 5mm apart, and blanket stitch in place with three strands of white embroidery thread.

Fold the back cover lower edge 4cm onto the wrong side and tack in place. With the back right side up, place the

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the back along the side edges, reverse stitching at each end to secure. Snip into curved seam turnings as shown (left). Turn right side out, then stitch the remaining front side edges in place as shown right, reverse stitching at each end to secure. Insert bottle through base and close with the touch-and-close fastener.

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For a quick way to make a thick, warm duvet for your bed… simply add more cushions and fabric squares to increase the size

You will need coordinating printed fabric, each 43cm square O One piece of coordinating plain cotton fabric, 123cm square O Packet of coordinating No-sew snap fasteners O Matching sewing thread Finished size: 120 x 120cm

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Arrange the cushions in three rows of three and hand stitch the edges together, leaving the inner corners open to allow a popper to close through each opening. Taking a 1.5cm seam allowance, stitch the print fabric squares, with right sides facing, together in three strips of three. Press the seams open and then sew

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the three bands together to form one large square. Press seams open.

three sides, reverse stitching at each end to secure. Turn to right side and press flat.

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Firmly insert the top part of four snap fasteners at each of the four corners of the central square on your joined top cover. Neaten all edges of the top cover and outer edges of the large plain fabric square: the back cover.

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WorldMags.net The art of napkin folding is enjoying a revival, so impress your guests with interesting shapes when you sit down for Christmas lunch The history of napkin folding Napkins first graced dining tables back in the 1400s when, often warmed and perfumed, they were provided for royal diners. With the growth of the bourgeoisie in the 1800s, napkins were more widely used to protect the beautiful dresses of female diners. At the same time, the art of folding napkins began to develop, turning these useful fabric squares into table decorations. The Industrial Revolution brought growing prosperity and napkin folding became an art form. In Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, published in 1861, there was an section on napkin folding. Some of these designs have become classics while others have been adapted through the decades. At the beginning of the 1950s, following two world wars, decoration and creativity began to flow once more. The art of napkin folding was revived and some elaborate and complex designs developed. Today, vintage is in vogue and napkin folding is enjoying a revival. Here’s how to ensure your dining table looks stylish when you entertain this Christmas.

Preparation and choice of napkins OStarch napkins during washing or ironing to help them hold their shape. This is particularly important for the designs that stand up on their own or those that have very marked folds. For some complex designs, particularly if using fairly lightweight fabrics, it is recommend to iron in the folds lightly as you work. OIt doesn’t matter whether your napkins are cotton, synthetic or linen, embroidered or printed damask, any kind will work for folding as long as the texture and colour suit the design in question. OFor designs with lots of folds or for those that have to stand up by themselves, avoid material that is too floppy. If your napkins are made of synthetic material or if the material is thin, opt for flat designs or ones with rounded folds. OFairly large, square napkins work best if you are folding them (at least 40 × 40cm) but you can also make some simple designs using a smaller size. Remember that the more complex the design, the bigger the napkin should be.

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Folding techniques Napkin folding is a bit like origami so, before you start, check that you understand the folding symbols shown here. You could start by practising using a piece of paper, to make sure you are certain of what they all mean. Each of the following projects is broken down into steps. Each step gives an explanation of what you need to do before moving on to the next.

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Fan shape HARDISH

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Fold in half, then fold a third upwards.

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Mark the centre with a valley fold.

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Do the same with the quarters.

Square shape EASY PEASY

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Open out the top layer of each trough.

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Then the eighths.

Fold in three.

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Make accordion pleats by putting a mountain fold between each crease.

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Fold the sides down onto the central line.

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Fold all the layers to the top along the line shown.

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Fold in three.

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Fold a third to the right.

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Then fold the flap back to the left.

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Fold the corner to a third of a right angle.

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Repeat step 3.

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Fold again.

Fold the flap back to the right then flip over.

Fold down each triangle, then open into a fan.

Cone Shape

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Fold up the base so that it can stand up.

Taken from Napkin Folding by Didier Boursin (Search Press, £4.99). See page 61.

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Old and unwanted books, sheet music and newspapers have been recycled to create intriguing Christmas decorations for next to nothing

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EASY PEASY

A quick way to jazz up plain gift-wrap is with paper star toppers. Use a star punch and paper from an old book to cut out star shapes. Glue layers of stars together on top of one another. Leave to dry, then fold the edges up to create a 3D effect.

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Christmas Crackers Making your own crackers is great fun and it’ll put you in a festive mood. Choose colours, styles and details to match your table decorations

dry. Cut strips of contrasting paper and wrap around the centre. Glue in place.

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You will need O Sheets of old music or papers of your choice O Contrast coloured papers to decorate O Three cardboard tubes – toilet roll centres work well O Cracker snaps O Ribbon O Glue O Scissors O Short length of craft wire O Round nosed jewellery pliers O Joke/present O Scalpel O Cutting mat O Sealing wax

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Measure the rolls against your chosen paper and mark where the ribbons will go. Cut out diamond shapes to allow paper to fold neatly – thin paper or textiles will not require these cut-out holes.

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Take a length of ribbon and gently tie it in the space between two of the cardboard tubes, at the diamond cut-outs. If necessary, pull the end tube out a little to give better space for tying the ribbon.

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Roll the paper around the three card tubes; the middle piece will stay in place to give the cracker its neat shape.

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Glue the edges of the paper to stick together around the tubes; leave to

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Once one end is tied add the present/joke to the cracker from the opposite end and then tie this end, as shown in step 4. Carefully remove the cardboard tubes from each end.


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You will need O A newspaper O Star-shape, hand-held paper punch O String O PVA Glue

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Cut lots of stars from newspaper using the paper punch. Alternatively, cut them with scissors freehand but ensure that all the stars are the same size for gluing, otherwise sticky edges will cause a problem. You can overcome this by cutting out from two pages at one time.

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Glue the stars in pairs to the string; you can either keep an equal

distance between the stars, resulting in a regular pattern, or vary the distances and sizes for a more organic look.

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Once each string is finished it should be hung up to avoid it getting tangled. Alternatively, the easiest way to store it is to wrap it around a piece of card.

Tip... Hang your star garland above a radiator, where the rising heat will make the stars spin around.

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Slide a cracker snap into the cracker and feed it out the opposite end.

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Using the jewellery pliers, bend the wire to form a decorative shape (we made a treble clef musical symbol, to match the paper).

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Following the manufacturer’s instructions, attach your decoration to the front of the cracker using the sealing wax.

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Paper Pinecones

Make these homemade paper pinecones from recycled sheets of music A BIT MORE TRICKY

You will need Sheets of old music Polystyrene ball Small panel pins Ribbon Scissors

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Cut lots of paper strips and round off one end of each piece to form the pinecone scales. The scales used top and bottom should be narrower than the ones around the centre of the cone. Cut the strips so that any lines in the pattern run in the same direction throughout the design.

scales to the polystyrene ball, ensuring that each layer covers the pins of the previous layer. Whenever possible place each scale so that it overlaps the two scales below.

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Starting at the bottom and working your way up, begin pining the

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When you reach the top, the last layer of paper strips needs to be a bit shorter. Finish the bauble by attaching a ribbon for hanging the cone.

Old Book Christmas Trees Recycle vintage books as decorations to use as simple Christmas displays EASY PEASY

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Old book Pen Scissors Matching sewing thread and a needle

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Draw a symmetrical outline of your tree straight onto the pages of a book. You can opt for a simple shape or more complex one depending on

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the look you would like to achieve. Cut through as many pages as you wish to use; small trees are best done with two to four pages whereas you can use more pages for larger trees. The more pages the fuller the shape but also more difficult to stitch through.

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Once cut, layer the shapes on top of each other and then fold along the centre. Work a row of simple running stitch with needle and thread down the centre fold of the tree. After stitching, fold each page again to create an evenlooking tree when stood up.


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HALF YARD CHRISTMAS By Debbie Shore (Search Press, £11.99) Debbie Shore’s latest addition to her bestselling Half Yard series will have you feeling festive in no time at all. Featuring 30 stylish projects that use just half a yard of fabric, through six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone. Select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. Packed with friendly advice and easy-tofollow photography, it’s not only an ideal book for beginners but also great inspiration for more experienced sewers, too.

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS (Cico Books, £14.99) If you are looking for some new memories to share with your family, then this is a great book to craft them up and cherish for years to come. Filled with classic Christmas projects, covering a wide range of techniques – from papercutting and collage, to embroidery and sugar crafting – it takes its inspiration from different cultures and festive traditions. Every project is beautifully photographed and comes with clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Most require no specialist equipment and many can be made in an afternoon, so you can get started right away.

TWENTY TO MAKE: POMPOM CHRISTMAS By Alistair Macdonald (Search Press, £4.99) Now here’s a fun-packed little book, bursting at the seams with great ideas for Christmas –all made from the humble pompom. These projects have oodles of charm and are easy to make, so ask the children to join in the fun, too – you’ll be able to create a whole host of Christmas characters – including Santa and Rudolph – and decorations. All designs are easy to follow and can be made using the traditional cardboard ring method or a modern, plastic, pompom maker. So pick up your yarn and get making (see Santa Claus, page 12).

KIRIGAMI By Ho Huu An and Laurence Arnac (Search Press, £12.99) The traditional art of Japanese paper cutting and folding is explained here in simple terms. The book contains 40 delightful projects, by two different papercraft designers, to help you to hone your skills. The projects include pop-up greetings cards, Christmas decorations, flowers, tea-light holders, wall decor and much more. With great photography, easy-to-follow instructions and all the necessary templates, each project is graded as to cutting and folding difficulty, so this book is suitable for anyone from a beginner upwards. See the Reindeer hanging on page 18.

NAPKIN FOLDING By Didier Boursin (Search Press, £4.99) Search Press has introduced a new and exciting range of pocket-sized books that are perfect as little gifts for both adults and children. Napkin Folding is bursting with information, from choosing napkins to maintaining them, and it offers 22 folding designs, with step-by-step instructions. So whether you are preparing napkins for a child’s birthday party, Christmas lunch or an elegant dinner party, there is something here to suit the occasion. It’s a real gem of a book, proving that good things really do come in small packages (see pages 52-53).

WE LOVE TO CRAFT CHRISTMAS By Annabel Wrigley (Fun Stitch Studio, £11.99) This is Annabel’s fourth book aimed at crafty kids, aged eight and above. Here she shares a variety of Christmas crafts, in both fabric and paper, with difficulty levels ranging from “easy peasy” to “take your time and ask for help”. Included are some great ideas for appliqueing cushions, making an advent calendar, decorations, gifts and more. You can even learn how to make Christmas stockings for everyone in your family. Filled with tips, techniques and templates where needed, this book will make you the best gift-giver ever.

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Little Friends Who could resist this pair of cuddly snowmen? And you’ll never guess what they are made from EASY PEASY

You will need O White fluffy socks O Safety-standard polyester toy stuffing O Rice or dried lentils O White yarn O Orange felt for nose O Fabric glue O Googly eyes O Selection of black buttons O Black yarn for mouth O Multi-coloured socks O Orange yarn for pompom or small, ready-made pompoms

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Sew a row of gathering stitches around the base of the sock and pull it Tie up tight. Then, sew the gathered-edges together to enclose the rice and stop it falling out. Using the white yarn, tie the snowman Gather around the middle for the waist and higher up for the neck, as shown.

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The ribbed ankle section of the sock will form the lower edge of the hat. Turn it inside out and gather the cut edge in your hand and wind a length of orange yarn around it; pull it up tight and knot ends together to form the hat shape (A). Turn right side out then stitch a small orange pompom to the top, as shown (B).

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For the body, take a white, fluffy sock and cut across it, just above the heel. Then, cut out two pieces, as shown, for the arms and put aside.

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Stitch the raw edges of each arm together and sew to the body. Take the orange felt and cut a 6cm diameter circle for the nose. Cut in half to form two semicircles and spread fabric glue on one piece. Roll up into a cone and secure with a pin until dry. Glue or sew the nose onto the snowman’s face and then glue the eyes and buttons in place. Using the black yarn, stitch on a smiley mouth.

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For the scarf, use the piece cut from the foot section of the sock. Make a fringe at each end by cutting 1.5cm deep cuts 5mm apart.

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Cut up a multicoloured sock, as shown by the broken orange lines on the diagram, and discard the heel part of the sock.

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WorldMags.net Woolly Wreath You will need O 30cm round wire ring wreath base

O 50mm-wide rustic hessian ribbon O Red, grey and white yarn, or colours of your choice O 45mm pompom maker O Large-eyed needle and thread to match the hessian O Glue gun

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Wrap your wreath base with the hessian ribbon until the frame is covered, then stitch the ends of the ribbon in place. Tie a length of yarn around the covered wreath base to form a hanging loop; this will be the top of your wreath.

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Using the pompom maker and following the manufacturer’s instructions, make 12 pompoms each from red, grey and white yarn.

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If you have made your pompoms successfully, you should have little tails of wool hanging from each one. Use these tails to stitch the pompoms to the wrapped wreath base, starting with the inner row and alternating the colours as you work around. Repeat process to secure the outer row in place, alternating colours as before.

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Make a bow from the remaining hessian ribbon and fix to the top of the wreath using the glue gun. Your wreath is now ready to hang.

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Stitch Guide All the stitches and techniques you will need to complete the projects in this issue

FREESTYLE EMBROIDERY STITCHES Running Stitch

French Knot

Blanket Stitch 2 1

Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric where you want to start stitching. Insert the needle down into the fabric a short distance away and bring it back up, leaving a similar gap. Repeat to make a line of stitches as long or short as you like, but make them all of equal length.

Backstitch

To work backstitch, bring the needle up through the fabric slightly in front of where the stitching will begin (1). Take a single stitch backward (2), then bring the tip of the needle up again, a short distance in front of its original entry hole (3), and draw the thread through. Take another stitch backwards, going down through the original entry hole (4) and continue stitching in the same manner (5), keeping the stitches a regular size, until you reach your ending point.

Straight traight Sti S ch/Stars ch/Sta

Bring the needle out at 1, reinsert at 2, then – trapping the thread under the needle – out at 3. Gently pull the loop taut, then reinsert needle at 4, ready for next stitch.

Seed Stitch

Cross-stitch

COUNTED THREAD STITCHES

2 A 1 Work small, short, straight stitches at different angles to fill the area required.

Daisy Stitch or Detached Chain Stitch

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Bring the thread up through the fabric, hold it with thumb and first finger of your left hand and turn the needle round it once or twice or as necessary. Still holding the thread firmly with your left hand, turn the needle and reinsert it close to the point where it first emerged. Pull the thread taut so the knot slides down the needle to touch the fabric, then release as the needle goes through the fabric leaving the knot on the surface.

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Work a series of straight stitches from the outside of a circle to the centre point to create a star shape. Straight stitches, of the same or varying lengths, can be used to form these stars. If you wish you can further embellish this stitch by working a French knot at each point of the“star”.

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Bring the needle out at 1, reinsert besides 1 at 2, bring it out again at 3 looping thread around the needle point to form a looped stitch. Make a small, straight stitch at 4, securing the looped stitch in place, then bring needle out ready for next stitch. This stitch may be worked singularly or in groups to form flower petals.

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Cross-stitches can be worked either individually or in rows. It doesn’t matter which direction you work but make sure the bottom halves of the stitches slope in the same direction, so the top halves will do the same. To work either individual stitches or rows, bring the needle up at 1 and insert one block up (or two or three threads up) and one block (or two or three threads) to the right at 2, forming a diagonal stitch. Bring the needle out at 3. Either complete an individual stitch, as in diagram A, or continue in this way to form a row of half crosses then work back, finishing the upper half crosses as in diagram B.


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Swiss Darning Chart

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Thread a blunt darning needle with a length of yarn in chosen colour. Bring point of needle through from back at base of the stitch to be worked and draw yarn through, leaving an end at the back; take needle behind the 2 loops of the stitch above from right to left (fig 1) and draw yarn through. Insert needle into same place as before and bring through at base of next stitch to be covered (fig 2). Draw yarn through to the tension of main knitting. Continue in this way until entire motif is embroidered.

KEY FOR SNOWFLAKE Red (Red Hot 0167) Cream (Alabaster 03)

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Cross-stitch chart

(Each full cross-stitch is worked with six strands of thread over three blocks of waste canvas, unless otherwise stated)

KEY TO CROSS-STITCH CHART Full Cross stitch Half and quarter cross-stitch Half and quarter cross-stitch Two quarter crossstitches (right facing) Two quarter crossstitches (left-facing) Two quarter crossstitches (downward) Two quarter crossstitches (upward) Half crossstitch

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KEY French Knot Backstitch Straight Stitch Star Stitch Seed Stitch Cross-stitch

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CROSS-STITCH CHARTS

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What you are doing, sharing and making this month

FACEBOOK FEEDBACK As the cold weather rolls in, we want to know what projects you’ve got on your knitting needles? Alison Combes: A throw for our lounge. Marian Blevin: Cushion cover... I found some megachunky wool in the shops and had to knit something!

Glenys Salisbury: The second of four hooded cardigans for my wonderful grandchildren in time for Christmas.

Heather Smith: I have been making hair bobbles.

Shirley Turner: A poncho. Sandra Armsworth: A blanket made up of “granny” squares, just doing the edging now.

Jen Reynolds: Christening shawl for my niece in crochet 3-ply yarn.

Have you tried any new crafts for the first time recently?

It’s great to receive photos of been in a makes and Esme Edwards has ft project. cra musical mood with her latest é picture liqu app us She’s created this gorgeo got us It’s . sic” Mu the called “Thank you for y her cop to ps scra ric reaching for our fab tern and pat g win -flo free the design. We love ttons. addition of beads and mini-bu

Jackie Scott: I’ve started to learn to tat – going well so far.

Sheila Venn: Embroidery - I am getting quite good at it but it was hard at first.

Marylyn Sheldon: Our craft group showed us how to glass paint this week.

Lynda Booth: I would love to learn tatting!

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Great fun was had by all at the first of our regional sewing workshops at the Stitching Sewing & Hobbycrafts show in Exeter last month. It was a full-on day, with lots to learn, but all ladies left with an nearly-complete skirt that they could put the finishing touches to at home. Editor Jane is now looking forward to teaching more sewing workshops and meeting you lovely readers in Glasgow, ing month. Birmingham and London this com

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Keepsake Karen Galloway -Dugard (pictu red) brought a smile to our faces with this cross-stitch she designed for her friend’s newborn baby. She writ es: ‘Both parent s are crazy about bulldog s, so I wanted to incorporate one into my de sign as a little joke.’ Karen, keep up the cr eative stitching , we are really impresse d.

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