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crochet Upcycle

Old china to a stylish make tiles summer beret

This beautiful cowl tonight

knit, sew & crochet all the way to winter!

sew Sew

A foxytablet felt retro coat caseshanger with Lauren



A Beautiful Mess’s photography tips

we autumn Make a seasonal wreath

35 MAKES Crochet

a fun whale pencil case

Cross stitch your own lampshade


a working cuckoo clock


a chunky boyfriend jumper

ISSUE 07 / UK £4.99 Printed in the UK


Liberty kitchen chair cushions

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TO Crafty


et’s decorate! I’m happy to report that I’m now firmly ensconced in my new home in a leafy ‘burb of Greater Manchester and, as was perhaps inevitable, I’ve come down with an incurable case of renovationitis. All I can think about is retiling the kitchen, ripping out the carpets and inviting my (long-suffering) friends over for a painting party (yes, those exist...). Until I can actually afford to do all these big jobs however, I’m more than happy to settle for doing a few smaller things while I save up for stuff I never knew I’d have a need for, like gas metres, bathroom cupboards and a new front door. So for the next month, you’ll find me curled up on the sofa with Crafty in my clutches, deciding what to make first. I’m all over the working felt cuckoo clock on page 54 and recently bought four old school chairs for the princely sum of £1 each, which are hideously uncomfortable, so the Liberty cushion pads on page 32 are definitely at the top of the list. I’ve also got my eye on that cross-stitch lampshade on page 80 and page 58’s patchwork throw. It’ll be issue eight time before I know it!

editor’s fave ng all “I loved learni ography ot ph h ke about bo it is to – and how easy urself. yo get the ef fects !” go a Have

Chilly weather’s on the approach but I’ll make my way through autumn with Emily Greene Blue’s super-lovely kerchief, complete with natty bow

In case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night!

Page 29 Packaging is such an important part of a business’s offering these days and I got lots of great ideas from Diana Gendron, whose packaging is absolutely stellar Page 91

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Projects 18 Autumn falls


Doll up your front door with a gorgeous wreath and sleepy little owl.


29 Take a bow Colder weather’s on the way so bundle up with our knitted cowl.

32 Won’t you sit down? Here’s how to make your own cushion pads – using Liberty fabric, no less!

36 Thar she blows! Kids won’t feel blue about going to school with this amigurumi whale pencil case.

45 Hanging around Jazz up your coat hangers with this fun foxy cover – easy to sew and customise.

50 Bokeh, you’re the best! Achieve the bokeh effect in your photos using a bit of cardboard and some tape.

u’ll be Wakey, wakey, little owl! Yois lovely the talk of the town with thont door wreath hanging on your fr

54 Cuckoo, cuckoo! Never miss a crafternoon with your pals again with The Makery’s felt cuckoo clock.


56 Keep calm and tile on Upcycle broken china and make your own kitchen tiles from scratch.


58 Patched up Sew up this Navajo-inspired patchwork blanket – ideal for when the wind’s howling.

61 Natural dyeing We find out all about natural dyeing and using plants to colour yarn.


64 A bit seedy... Reusable seed packets would be an ace gift for the green-fingered in your family.

68 The witching hour In need of quick Halloween costumes? Here they are!


73 Coming up roses We used Powertex to upcycle T-shirts into creeping roses to decorate our chairs.

77 Waffling on Knit our chunky waffle stitch jumper and be snuggly all season long.

80 Wicker, man... 84


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Go cross stitch crazy on old wicker lampshades.


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We’re chatting to A Beautiful Mess about their new book. Yes!

PEOPLE 06 Meet your makers A shout out to the peeps who helped us put Crafty together this month.

11 Fight the good fight Sarah Corbett talks about Make a Difference Day. Get involved!

12 Crochet with Kat Kat Goldin covers all you need to know about a hook and yarn.

14 Dropping spindles A behind the scenes glimpse into Prick Your Finger’s drop spindle class.

16 Good reads Our book picks for the month.


24 The Lo-Fi high life Have a nosey around Lo-Fi DIYer Nico Dawson’s home.


40 With a pinch of Saltaire Come oop north with us as we discover the arty side of Yorkshire town Saltaire.

84 Curiouser and curiouser We visit Curious Clare’s craft studio.

87 The social network Our guide to networking for crafters.


88 Making a Beautiful Mess We catch up with A Beautiful Mess’s Emma to find out about their new book.

91 Perfect packaging 24


Super snuggly! We can’t wait for winter now!

Just how important is branded packaging for your business? We find out.

98 X-rated How Mr X Stitch is changing the world, one cross stitch at a time.

Everything that’s going on in the craft world and beyond.

13 Competition We’ve got books, crochet hooks and wool to give away in our Movember competition.

15 Save the date Your very handy cut-out-and-keep calendar for November.

97 Next issue Peek at what’s coming up next in Crafty.

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Crafty Magazine Practical Publishing International Ltd Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG Tel: 0844 561 1202 Fax: 0161 474 6961 EDITORIAL Editor Sarah Adie Tel: 0161 474 6994 Editorial Assistant Hugh Metcalf Creative Art Editor Mat Biggs, Michelle Jones Photographers Rachel Burgess, Dan Walmsley, Suzy Wimbourne Illustrator Sophie Higginson Sub-Editors Becky Higgins, Justine Moran, Ashleigh Morgan CONTRIBUTORS Jamie Chalmers, Laura Clempson, Sarah Corbett, Becca Day, Vicky Eames, Ruth GarciaAlcantud, Kat Goldin, Emily Greene Blue, Kim Searle, Myan Soffia, Zoë Willis

Nancy Andrews

Anna Elliot

Sam Sterken

Nancy runs The Baker’s Daughter, specialising in yarn and felt wreaths. Her dad was a baker (no surprises there!) and inspired her to use fabrics to make the beautiful floral decorations he made out of cake and icing.

Anna Elliott dreams of teashops and haberdashery. In real life, she splits her time between designing knits and primary school teaching. Her designs are influenced by vintage style, unusual colour combinations and an obsessive love of British wool.

Sam’s passion is sewing, but she loves to dabble with anything creative. When she’s not making, she’s busy running her business, Ministry of Craft, or hiding fabric scissors from small hands. She dreams of having her very own crafting space.




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Rachel Grevatte

Elizabeth Corbin

Brit Wellens

Rachel can’t pass a skip without stopping and car boot sales form her Sunday worship. She runs workshops and showcases her work in shop Emily Found A Thing, where the old, broken and discarded are transformed into unique and playful pieces.

Elizabeth’s grandmother taught her to crochet when she was 10. She started crocheting animals a couple of years ago, with just four patterns in her Etsy shop. Little did she know that her critters would soon bring smiles to people all over the world!

Brit Wellens is a crafty Belgian art and design teacher. She’s the official distributor and chief trainer for Powertex in the UK and Ireland. In her spare time, you’ll find her working behind a sewing machine with a stash of Belgian chocolate.


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Craft crossover 

Etsy seller Lapin Blu is rocking our world with her crochet-meets-cross-stitch jam jar cosies. It’s a good idea made amazing by designer Sarah-Louise’s eye for colour and pattern.


new Keep up to date with all the latest news and trends


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Issue 7 in fabric 1 This heritage peacock print from Liberty stands apart from their usual floral offerings and looks pretty amazing on page 32’s seat cushion project. £65 a metre,


2 We love Bokeh photography (see page 50 if you’ve not discovered it yet!) and designer Kristopher K’s digital print captures the idea beautifully. £12 a yard, 3 Whales are killer! Check out our crochet pencil case on page 36. £12.90 a metre,



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A Little Book of Craftivism If you’re a fan of our resident revolutionary and columnist Sarah Corbett, you need to get your hands on her new book, A Little Book of Craftivism. This tiny manifesto introduces some of the ideas behind craftivism, as well as how-tos for some of their signature projects. The book’s available for £5.95 from

HRB TV We love Hannah Read-Baldrey for many reasons... She’s got style and she’s a pretty prolific crafter too, but we can’t help but particularly admire her for her savviness in front of a camera. Proving that the goggle box isn’t the only outlet for crafting content, she’s just launched HRB TV, a site dedicated to craft, beauty and food tutorials and videos. Check it out for some handy how-tos, demonstrated before your eyes by Hannah herself.


images Tiffany Mumford


editor’s fave

Project pots 

Gotta love a bit of stylish upcycling - this ticks all the boxes, even if they are a tad pricey!

Long has Mini Moderns provided fabric and wallpaper in to-die-for patterns but now it’s become our choice as discerning upcyclers. Its colour range of eco-friendly chalky paint is great for furniture revamps and comes in handy project pots. Head to the website to check out its REMIX project, full of inspiration for makes!


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You Crafty devils Cat yarn 

Wait, wait it’s not what you think! Rather than a continuation of now infamous book Crafting with Cat Hair, Meow Yarn Collection is just taking colour inspiration from our feline friends. Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts has produced the yarn from premium British wool, spun in the UK, and donated some of the proceeds to US cat rehoming charity The Meow Foundation. So, would you knit with Calico Cat, Grey Tabby or Siamese?

Instagram or tweet your Crafty makes, tag them #thatscrafty and we’ll feature our faves in the mag!

Avast! Look at this awesome take on our pincushion ring, made and Instagrammed by @bluhojo

A bestiary of brooch es We think that should be the collective noun for brooches, but then we are currently obsessing over Flor Panichelli’s Etsy shop Sweet Bestiary (sweetbestiary.etsy. com). Flor’s clay designs have a wonderfully mystic woodland feel to them, which we love, and we’re not unrequited as she’s given us a special bunny brooch to give away to one oh-so-lucky Crafty reader. Just head over to for your chance to win.

We’re buzzing off this little crocheted bumblebee, duly Instagrammed by @madweeyin

Also super impressed by @audreysteashop’s version of our finger puppets – hand puppets no less!


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new Ginger’s Comfort Emporium Summer days may be gone, but we refuse to leave ice cream behind. If you’re just a fair weather frozen goodies eater, then let Claire Kelsey of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium change your mind. She owns an ice cream van in Manchester for those with tastes more refined than a 99 and a flake and has a book out called Melt, full of unusual icy creations. Anyone who can conjure up a recipe for Guinness and gingerbread ice cream is alright by us!


new Bunny power! 

How cute is little Bunny Hawk? We want one of these felt necklace designs from Etsy seller Le Petit Pot for our winter wardrobe and we want it now. Get one for around £20 from


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