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and welcome to issue 21 of Simply Homemade. It’s hard to believe that we’re in September already… just where did the summer months go? Our house is full of new school uniforms and nametags, as the new school year commences and the joys of academia beckon once again. In the world of craft magazines, September (if not earlier!) heralds the start of the Christmas countdown and it never ceases to make you feel more than a little bit excited, whatever your age. Christmas is THE time of year when you can really go to town on your designs and unleash your creativity and, with this in mind, issue 21 has all you need to get started. The lovely people at NitWits have designed a Christmas collection exclusively for Simply Homemade this issue and, with a gorgeous array of patterned papers and stamps to play with, you’ll be creating Christmas masterpieces in no time. Su Pennick is designing for the home on page 18, with a stunning set of house-inspired projects all with a Christmassy feel. The colour palette she’s chosen is bang on trend too – making her creations perfect for giving as gifts. Staying with a festive theme but with a diﬀerent look entirely, Jill Alblas is working with wood
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on page 52 and we have all the templates you need to get started. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the traditional hues of red and green and Judith Hannington’s fabric delights on the cover and on page 84 ﬁt the bill perfectly. If you’re not ready to join the festive frenzy just yet, we have ideas aplenty to keep you busy. Sally Shepherd’s fabric travel games on page 26 are not to be missed and if you fancy learning a new technique, why not try your hand at making Dorset buttons? Turn to page 46 for our step-by-step guide. With all this and much more besides, including an interview with Dandelion Designs founder Mandy Shaw on page 72, an irresistible recipe for vanilla slices on page 32 and Jennie Musgrove’s amazing felt creations on page 63, I think I’ll leave you to it.
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issue 21 72 INTERVIEW Mandy Shaw talks to us about her passion for patchwork and her love of all things handmade
12 FREE GIFTS Make a colourful Christmas countdown calendar using your free NitWit Collections papers and stamps
FESTIVE FUN Get your Christmas crafting oﬀ to a great start with our stylish seasonal designs
WIN! As always, we have a stash of fantastic prizes to give away
MARVELLOUS MAKES Try your hand at one of our inspiring projects tonight
46 CUTE AS A BUTTON With our simple-to-follow step-bystep guide you’ll be creating your own beautiful buttons in no time
18 HOME SWEET HOME These seasonal décor pieces make gorgeous gifts for family and friends
52 TOUCH WOOD Let the natural beauty of wood shine through with our range of inspiring projects
Step-by-step guidance through every project
Merry & bright: NitWit Collections has designed this issue’s fabulous free papers and stamps exclusively for Simply Homemade! Diane Grimshaw puts them through their paces to create this festive keepsake advent calendar
Home for the holidays: Su Pennick injects a bit of holiday cheer into your home this year with lots of festive makes
Let it snow: Snowﬂakes and pompoms are the order of the day for Julie Ferguson’s adorable knits for babies. They’re impossibly cute!
Dorset buttons: Jenny Best shows you how to create your own Dorset buttons using ribbon this issue. Perfect for making jewellery and for embellishing clothes, these gorgeous buttons are not to be missed!
Vanilla slices: Patricia Harcourt is baking vanilla slices this issue... they’re impossible to resist
Festive felt: Jennie Musgrove is championing felt this issue as she shows you how to create a fabulous advent calendar complete with matching tree decorations and greetings card
Are we there yet?: Sally Shepherd is creating travel games this issue, and they’re perfect for children of all ages!
Simple stitching: Create pretty gifts and decorations perfect for the holiday season. Diane Grimshaw shows you how
Natural beauty: Jill Alblas gets festive with wood as she uses it to create an abundance of fabulous gifts and home décor items
Mandy Shaw: This issue, we catch up with London 2012 Games Maker Mandy Shaw to talk stitching, quilting and all things handmade
Beaded snowflakes: Tracey Cross and Karen Brown from Budding Beads show you how to make beaded snowﬂakes – perfect for festive decorations
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Beautiful baubles: Judith Hannington oﬀers up a stylish array of festive makes, all inspired by traditional Christmas baubles
Next issue: Take a sneak peek at what is coming up in issue 22 of Simply Homemade
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Turn your Friday pink! This October, Breast Cancer Care is encouraging people to liven up their Fridays by turning the day pink to support the 50,000 people in the UK who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Breast Cancer Care is encouraging nationwide Pink Friday fundraising by wearing, eating or partying pink at work, home or school. The money raised will help fund vital services, such as the charity’s helpline, information points in hospitals and support groups for people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Register now for a free Pink Fridays fundraising kit full of party ideas and fundraising tips. ♥ Visit www.breast cancer care.org.uk/pinkfridays or call 0870 164 9422 for more information
ys... itor sa d E r Ou “We’re busy planning our own Pink Friday here at Simply Homemade – we’d love to hear if any of you are doing the same!”
The Glasgow School of Yarn Spooky ribbons New from Berisfords for Halloween creations is a range of spooky and fun ribbon designs featuring scary spiders, fiendish skull and cross bones, haunted houses and more to give your projects a special edge. Why not use the new 15, 25 or 40mm-wide ranges to add trim to your wonderfully wicked costumes, accessories or party decorations? ♥ For stockist information email berisfords@stockist enquiries.co.uk or call 01453 883581
After last year’s success, The Glasgow School Of Yarn is returning in 2012 and will be taking over the beautiful Mackintosh Church in Glasgow on October 19th – 20th with a glorious colourful marketplace, lots of exciting workshops, a design competition, spinning, tea and cake and lots more besides. Tutors include Amy Singer and Woolly Wormhead, and the marketplace will feature dyers and makers from all over Scotland. Come along and join in for some fibre-based crafty fun and to help celebrate The Yarn Cake’s second birthday in style! ♥ More information can be found on www.theyarncake.posterous.com or on its Ravelry group
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Holly garland Springwood House Designs has put its popular Holly Leaf Garland pattern into a kit in response to numerous requests for an all-in-one set. 15 diﬀerent fabrics are provided, together with iron-on wadding, backing fabric, ribbon, buttons and embroidery ﬂoss for just £15. The leaves are sewn onto a 2m piece of ribbon, which allows the maker to adjust the length to ﬁt their space. Perfect for creative festive décor! ♥ Go to www.springwoodhousedesigns.co.uk for more details
Sweet treats In the new autumn/winter catalogue, Stampin’ Up! UK has introduced Sweet Pressed cookie stamps to its vast collection of products. With the three designs you can make cookies for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and at just £15.50 for the set they’re a bargain to boot! Make the cookies and imprint the design to add a touch of seasonality to your baking. ♥ Find your local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator by visiting www.stampinup.eu or call freephone 0808 234 4765
We have a Sweet Pressed cookie stamp set to give away, so enter for your chance to win! Giveaway code: Sweet Pressed
Quilting & appliqué The fabulous new Sizzix quilting and appliqué range has grown for 2012, with the addition of seven new designs to the existing collection. These include trapezoids and circles – some of the trickiest shapes to get right when using a standard rotary cutter. Die-cutting your quilting shapes with Sizzix designs makes this process eﬀortless, so you can get on with creating your bespoke quilted masterpiece in no time. Whether you’re an advanced quilter or just starting out with this fascinating art form, there’s bound to be something in this Sizzix range for you. With further releases planned for the future, including some very cute appliqué shapes, this collection is really one to watch.
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♥ For more information about the Sizzix quilting range and for inspirational project ideas and top tips and tricks, visit www.sizzix.co.uk/quilting
Autumn is fast approaching and now is a great time to start making all sorts of fun and funky knitted and crocheted accessories, including socks, hats, gloves and scarves for all those chilly evenings and fun Halloween and Bonﬁre Night celebrations. Colinette Yarns has the perfect colours for the season – Midnight Black, Mango Lassi, Melba Peach
and Ginger Cinnabar are just some of the beautifully named shades available. Whether you choose the fabulously rich Giotto yarn or any of the natural yarns, such as Skye, Prism or Calligraphy, these shades are perfect for autumnal creations. ♥ These terrific colours are available from Colinette stockists or online at www.colinette.com
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Draw with your sewing machine Freehand Machine Embroidery is a new publication by textile designer Poppy Treﬀry. Poppy builds on the success of her Free and Easy Stitch Style book with over 15 new products using her freehand techniques. Step-bystep instructions, illustrations and photographs combined with fresh, modern design will help readers develop their own free-and-easy sewing style so they can create quirky and fun home accessories and accents featuring their own designs.
Winter weddings at Barleylands If you’re planning a winter wedding you’ll ﬁnd all the inspiration you need at the spectacular weekend wedding fair at Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay on 29th – 30th September, which will include t he chance to watch some special demonstrations. With 60 artisans on site, many oﬀering unique wedding services, and the opportunity to personalise your wedding in a special way and choose gifts to give and receive, this is the perfect place to pick up ideas and consult with numerous experts who will be able to give you the best advice. Simply Cakes For You will give you the chance to sample before
Readers can order Freehand Machine Embroidery for the special price of £11.25 (RRP £14.99 with free P&P in the UK). To order visit www.rucraft.co.uk/R11610 and quote promo code R11610 upon checkout, or call RUCraft on 0844 8805851
We have three copies of Freehand Machine Embroidery to give away, so enter for your chance to win! Giveaway code: Freehand Machine Embroidery
ReCraft with Buttonbag Well known for its award-winning and quirky kits, Buttonbag has now released ReCraft, a fun new book demonstrating modern ways to create and upcycle. There are 50, full-colour projects that show you how transform everyday objects such as jumpers, chipped cups, scratched records and more and give them a new lease of life. ♥ Go to www.buttonbag.co.uk or call 0208 525 1640 for full details
We have ﬁve copies of ReCraft to give away, so enter for your chance to win! Giveaway code: ReCraft
♥ For details go to www.rucraft.co.uk or call 0844 880 5852
you book, browse through a range designs and discuss the bespoke cake of your choice. Heartstrings can create personalised heart-shaped plaques that are ideal as favours and place settings, while Fantabulous can conjure up an amazing sweet table for your wedding or provide favours presented in gorgeous bags and vintage glasses. There’s a whole host of other events, demonstrations and experts on hand during the event, so be sure to pay Barleylands a visit! Demonstrations, entry and parking are free and the on-site cafe provides well-earned refreshment! ♥ Go to www.barley lands.co.uk or call 01268 532253 for more information
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Every issue our Star Letter winner receives £50 worth of crafting goodies from craft and hobby specialist Abakhan and all other letters printed win a free gift Email email@example.com or write to us at Letters, Simply Homemade, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG
Jam jar freebies I started reading Simply Homemade from the third issue and soon subscribed. There are so many projects I wish to try in all the issues, and one craft that particularly intrigues me is glass decorating. I run a free craft group in King’s Lynn in Norfolk, twice a month and this month we decided to make hanging tealights from jam jars. I created three at the group then I continued at home with my mum. We have made 18 so far and plan on making lots more to dot around the garden for a surprise barbecue for my dad’s 50th birthday. As you can see, I have used buttons, paper flowers and stamps that I have received as free gifts from various issues of Simply Homemade. I also used the ProMarkers that I received when I subscribed to colour the stamps. If anyone wishes to come along to the free craft group in King’s Lynn more information can be found
at http://jewelori.blogspot.co.uk or search for ‘Craft Group Kings Lynn’ on Facebook. Next month we are making pillowcase dresses for the Dress A Girl Around the World project, which you featured in issue 17 – it is a fantastic idea that needs supporting! Cat Kilbey, Norfolk SH: We love your funky jam jar tealight holders – what a perfect way to use all your free gifts and we hope you can make use of your Star Letter prize and maybe make some more! We can picture them dotted around the garden and they will be a lovely touch to your dad’s party. It’s great to hear you run a craft group, and we hope your Dress A Girl Around the World project is a success, it’s such a worthy cause! Don’t forget to send us some pictures of the group and the dresses you all make.
Money-saving tip Cute crafting The patriotic issue 19 of Simply Homemade was my favourite issue yet! Apparently my 9-month-old daughter, Megan, thought so too. I hadn’t even had chance to open it when she beat me to it! I think she might be your youngest reader ever, don’t you? Well, they do say it’s never too early to start crafting – I’ll have a fight on my hands keeping my copy away from her in the future! Patricia Harcourt’s recipes are always a big hit in our house and her Swiss roll recipe was no exception, it was a great success at our Jubilee barbecue! Louise and Megan Kennedy, Stone SH: We love this picture! Megan is a little cutie – and has fantastic taste in magazines too. She looks so pleased with herself! Let’s hope she grows up to enjoy crafting just like her mummy. Patricia’s recipes are always popular in the oﬃce and this month’s is one of the best yet. Turn to page 32 to see what treat she has in store for you this issue!
I loved the Emma Ball papers and stamps free with issue 18 of your fabulous magazine and felt the urge to pass on my money-saving idea to your readers. The stamps are a fantastic way of decorating plain, boring white napkins for a birthday party on the beach! It’s a lot cheaper than buying fancy printed napkins, they are a lot of fun to make and a perfect way of adding a personal touch too! Thank you for yet another fabulous gift and a magazine jam-packed with great ideas! Lorraine Wood, Weston-super-Mare SH: We love Emma Ball’s designs too here at Simply Homemade, and these gorgeous stamps are incredibly versatile. Your napkins are a brilliant way to brighten up a party and save money at the same time, thanks for sharing them with us, we are sure many other readers will want to give this a go.
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Red, white and blue Thank you so much for the British-themed paper pack free with issue 17. I’ve just had a lovely day using it to scrapbook some patriotic pictures of my family. One layout shows a picture of us at Birkenhead Park in front of a giant sculpture of the Queen waiting for the Olympic Torch relay to begin. The other is a double-page layout showing how we spent the Jubilee weekend. We had a lovely family day out at a local farm and enjoyed a special Jubilee afternoon tea. Scrapbooking is just one of many crafts I love to do, so I look forward to your magazine every month. I’m always inspired to make something after reading it. Keep up the good work. Helen Barton, West Kirby
Child’s play Being a single working mother, I often ﬁnd myself busy from morning until night and, although I love to get stuck into a crafty project, I am shattered by the time my son goes to bed. I haven’t managed to squeeze in any crafting for quite some time. Reading your magazine, however, has given me inspiration, and I just had to scratch my craft ‘itch’. My son is chuﬀed to bits with his double-sided apron and on top of tomorrow’s to-do list is getting messy with
some baking! Thank you for making my four year old very happy! Siobhan Foley, Anglesey SH: We’re so pleased you have rediscovered your crafting mojo, and even more so that we helped you find it. We’re not surprised your son is pleased with his apron – it looks great and it means he’s going to be allowed to make a mess, what more could a four-year-old boy want?
Best of British I just had to write in and say thank you for the fabulous free patterned paper and toppers in issue 17. I never use kits to make any of my cards, preferring to stamp and cut everything I need, but these were so gorgeous I just had to use them. So I sat down one evening with a lap tray, surrounded by glue, tape and ink, and discovered the relaxing merits of having a great kit to craft with. I am going to have to buy another copy of the same issue, just to get more of these papers and toppers! Jane Gould, by email SH: Issue 17’s Simply British free gift was a huge hit with everybody. We’ve had a plethora of readers writing in to show us what they made, and everyone came up with something diﬀerent – it’s great to see your unique designs! We especially love your framed red, white and blue campervan!
SH: This paper pack was made for a project like yours. The papers and embellishments couldn’t be any more perfect! We love your take on the Union Jack on the first layout – the diﬀerent styles of ribbon and rickrack you used adds extra texture and interest to your layout. It’s perfect and very patriotic!
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WHERE TO BUY The wooden advent calendar blank used here is available from www.thecraftbarn.co.uk UTEE embossing powder is available from www.afth.co.uk
BY DIANE GRIMSHAW
NitWit Collections has designed this issueâ€™s fabulous free papers and stamps exclusively for Simply Homemade! Diane Grimshaw puts them through their paces to create this festive keepsake advent calendar
Fiskars Threading Water punches are available from www.art-of-craft.co.uk Ranger Stickles glitter glue is available from www.craftsulove.co.uk
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USING YOUR FREE GIFT MATERIALS
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patterned paper inkpads red, pink & teal acrylic paint clear embossing pad UTEE embossing powder Icicle Ranger Stickles glitter glue advent calendar blank Kaisercraft chipboard numbers teal cardstock TOOLS heat tool Fiskars Threading Water border punch scalloped circle punch sponge applicators (makeup sponges work well for this)
SIMPLY MAKE Paint the advent calendar with two coats of red paint. Two thin coats will create an even coverage. Use a piece of scrap paper to draw a template for one of the door fronts. You’ll need to cover the door but leave a cutout for the door handle. Transfer the template onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out to use as a template for all 24 doors. Cut 24 door front covers from co-ordinating pieces of patterned paper. We used three diﬀerent patterns but it’s really all down to personal choice. Attach the patterned paper to the doors using double-sided tape. This does take quite a while but it is worth taking the time to position each piece carefully. Paint the numbers using acrylic paint and allow to dry completely. Emboss each of the numbers using UTEE and melt with a heat tool. Use the Threading Water punch with strips of teal cardstock to create border edges for each of the doors. Ink the edges of the border strips and trim to ﬁt the doors as shown. Punch several scalloped circles from teal cardstock and ink the edges. Attach the numbers and scalloped circles to the advent calendar as shown. Highlight the patterned paper with glitter glue to ﬁnish and set aside to dry.
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Giveaways We’ve got a fabulous array of creative goodies to give away this issue. Enter today for your chance to win!
Over £400 worth of prizes
Gütermann Rayon 40 thread set
Vilene & Hemline sets
The Lavender Lover’s Handbook 3 to give away, worth £18.99 each This is an essential resource for ﬁnding the best varieties of lavender, with a complete checklist of colour, fragrance, size and foliage. Whether you want to create a fabulous container garden, dramatic border, herb garden or more, this book provides tips for growing, harvesting, drying and everything in between. www.timberpress.co.uk
3 to give away, worth £18.99 each Vilene & Hemline has donated these sets of iron-on interfacing and appliqué scissors. The unique Hemline scissors have a duckbill lower blade, which keeps your two layers of fabric away from one another, allowing close cutting in appliqué work. Interfacing is ideal for use on small areas such as collars, cuﬀs, pockets and facings on lightweight fabrics that require a little extra shape and support. For stockists’ details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01453 883581
1 to give away, worth £55.50 Brighten up your machine embroidery projects with the new Rayon 40 thread pack from Gütermann. Oﬀering outstanding value for money and particularly suitable for ﬁne decorative machine embroidery, these packs contain 10 200m reels of thread in a variety of vibrant colours along with the basic essentials. Each pack is selected from the extensive range of 260 colours available in this luxurious machine embroidery thread collection. For stockist information, email gütermann@stockistenquiries.co.uk or call 01453 883581
Creative You sets
Vintage Modern fat quarter bundles 3 to give away, worth £21.70 each The Fabric Loft (www.thefabricloft.co.uk; 01235 524513) has donated these stunning fat quarter bundles from the Vintage Modern collection designed by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.
10 to give away, worth £9.50 each Creative You, the UK distributor for Hooplayarn (fantastic upcycled yarn featured in last month’s magazine), has donated its new Black Sparkle yarn, which has a silver thread running through it, plus an Inspirations leaﬂet containing a pattern for the simple one-bobbin bag in knitted and crochet versions, and ideas on other items you can make and tips on how to adapt patterns for this versatile yarn. Hooplayarn is created from the selvedges of cotton and stretchy jersey fabric, which can be made into stylish and useful items in no time. www.creative-you.co.uk
Big Shot starter kit 1 to give away, worth £100 The Big Shot starter kit is the perfect package to introduce anyone and everyone to the wonderful art of die-cutting and embossing. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, this kit can be used for everything from cardmaking and scrapbooking to home décor and fashion embellishments. The kit includes the Big Shot machine, a Bigz die, two Sizzlits dies, a Textured Impressions embossing folder and a pack of paper and cardstock, giving you everything you need to get started! www.sizzix.co.uk; 0844 4998181
For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name, address and email on a POSTCARD along with the name of the product you want to win to SH21 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 4th October 2012, or enter your details online at www.ppjump.co.uk/sh21comps
The definitive events for anyone with a love of stitch and creative crafts. Supplies, workshops and textile art. Alexandra Palace - 11 to 14 October 2012 RDS Dublin - 1 to 4 November 2012 Harrogate International Centre - 22 to 25 November 2012 To book tickets please call the ticket hotline number 01394 288521 or visit www.twistedthread.com
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Christmas chain Create this charming fabric chain project for your Christmas décor with Pur-ple
Pur-ple is an independent greetings cards, arts, crafts and homewares shop. Owner and crafter Louise put together this simple but charming fabric chain, which is ideal for decorating your home for Christmas and a spin on the always popular bunting
Stylefix ♥ RRP: £5.95
Forest Friends embroidered ribbon ♥ RRP: £1.60 per metre
Embroidery thread ♥ RRP: £4.75
To save on yo ur spends, why craft not try creating the m the chain from ain body of of fabric? It’s felt instead just 9x9” Orienta 50p for a l red w mix felt shee ool t
Buttons ♥ RRP: £1.50 for 10
Bias binding ♥ RRP: £1.25 per metre
WHERE TO BUY Go to www.pur-ple.co.uk or call 0845 275 7033 for the products needed
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Home for the
If you’re looking for something new this festive season, Su Pennick’s contemporary array of house-inspired makes ﬁts the bill perfectly. The elegant house theme is one that can be used for a number of occasions all year round but, as our projects show, it’s a style that lends itself particularly well to creating Christmas decorations and cards.
GETTING STARTED The basic house templates we’ve used can be decorated as simply or as elaborately as you wish. All the items featured here are paper-pieced, a technique that produces a lovely eﬀect but which can be timeconsuming if you want to make multiples of the same design. It is deﬁnitely worth the eﬀort, however, as paper-pieced shapes do tend to have stronger deﬁnition and add a
dimensional eﬀect to the ﬁnished item. Alternatively, the templates can be printed onto white or cream cardstock and simply coloured with your chosen medium, whether it be crayons, pens or chalks. Colour of this kind, especially if it’s watercolour, will bleed into glitter glue that is applied near or over it. Coloured areas will, therefore, need to be sealed if you wish to add glitter
Su Pennick injects a bit of holiday cheer into your home this year with lots of festive makes
glue or any other liquid medium. This applies to ordinary glue that glitter or ﬂock will be attached to. DESIGN POSSIBILITIES The colour scheme used here is not one usually associated with Christmas but it works perfectly and the versatility of this style means you can change the colours to suit yourself. It’s also possible to use patterned papers instead of plain cardstock to paper-
BY SU PENNICK
piece the houses. The paint on the decoration hanger on page 20 and hanging decoration on page 21 can also be replaced with patterned paper. The hanging decoration can be made as long or as short as you wish by adding more decorated houses and die-cut stars and hearts of diﬀerent sizes. Alternatively, this can be made into a banner by punching stringing holes in the top of the shapes.
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Winter wonderland MATERIALS
♥ 21⁄4” diameter candle ♥ white, lime, dark teal, cream, ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
pale turquoise, pale blue & dark grey cardstock yellow chalk white inkpad Frosted Lace Ranger Stickles glitter glue template on page 23 TOOLS Memory Box Twiggy Tree die manual die-cutting machine
SIMPLY MAKE Use the template provided on page 23 to cut the widest and narrowest curved strips from white cardstock and the middlesized strip from lime cardstock. Stick the widest strip around the bottom of the candle. Colour the curved edge of the lime cardstock with white ink and stick it in place on top of the white strip, lining up the bottom edges. Die-cut three trees from dark teal cardstock, lay them on a non-stick surface and cover them with glitter glue. Leave to dry. Stick the trees to the cardstock strips, evenly spacing them around the candle. Stick the narrow strip of white cardstock around the base. Copy each of the three houses onto cream, pale turquoise and pale blue cardstock, and all three onto dark grey cardstock. Add yellow chalk to all the windows and cut out the coloured houses. Cut out the roofs and doors from the grey cardstock houses and stick them in place on the coloured ones. Stick these to the candle between the trees. Add glitter glue ‘snow’ to the houses and a line around the bottom of the cardstock to finish.
TOP TIPS When attaching the ends of the first layer of cardstock around the candle, ensure that it’s not wrapped too tightly. This will mean the decorations can be removed easily and reused. Attach each layer separately so the overlapped joins in the layers of cardstock can be staggered around the candle and covered by the decorations. It will also ensure that the cardstock layers are smooth. If the layers are stuck together before being applied to the candle, the inside layers will become puckered and wrinkled when bent The decorative covering can be adapted to fit any diameter of candle by lengthening the curved strips and adding more trees and houses. It can also be modified to decorate a glass tumbler or jar, or used to hold a tealight. A large, cylindrical glass vase could also be used to hold candles as a table centrepiece
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♥ Creativ wooden coat rack (59369) ♥ lime, dark grey, white, cream, pale ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
blue, lemon & pale turquoise acrylic paint Frosted Lace Ranger Stickles glitter glue blue gingham paper grey, teal, cream & turquoise cardstock TOOLS manual die-cutting machine Memory Box Twiggy Tree die Sizzix Sizzlits Tim Holtz Alterations Chip Block Alphabet decorative strip die
SIMPLY MAKE Paint the middle and side edges of the backing panel of the coat rack with lime paint. When dry, cover the top, bottom and edges with white paint, then paint the houses and roofs as shown and leave to dry. Cover the white paint with glitter glue and leave to dry. Die-cut trees and place on a non-stick surface, then cover with glitter glue and leave to dry. Aﬃx various parts of the trees between the houses, with one whole tree across the front of two of the houses as shown. Die-cut the words from cardstock and stick in place, along with a gingham heart. Cover the bottom and top of each house with glitter glue to ﬁnish.
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INSPIRED BY MATERIALS
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House silhouette chipboard pale blue, white, grey, turquoise & lemon acrylic paint grey inkpad snowflake stamp blue gingham paper scraps of cream cardstock Frosted Lace Ranger Stickles glitter glue ribbon TOOLS manual die-cutting machine Sizzix Bigz Hearts & Oringals Stars #2 dies small snowflake punch hole punch
Deck the halls
SIMPLY MAKE Die-cut two of the largest hearts from chipboard and stick them together, repeating for the largest star die. Punch holes in the top and bottom of the two die-cut shapes and a wooden house. Paint the three shapes as shown. Stamp snowflakes onto the heart using grey ink and lightly colour its edges. Add a die-cut gingham star to the large chipboard star. Add glitter glue highlights to each of the shapes as shown and leave to dry. Stick three punched snowflakes to the house. Cut a 12cm length of ribbon, thread it through the top hole of the house and stick the ends together. Fix a longer length of ribbon to the bottom of the house, thread it through the top and bottom of the heart and the star and trim the end to finish.
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Home for the holidays MATERIALS
♥ cream, dark grey & turquoise cardstock
♥ coloured chalks ♥ Frosted Lace Ranger Stickles glitter glue ♥ template on page 23 TOOLS ♥ small snowflake punch
SIMPLY MAKE Photocopy the template on page 23 so it’s in the top righthand corner of cream cardstock. Score along the left-hand side of the house and fold in half. Cut around both layers of card to create a shaped card blank. Add cream chalk highlights to the house. Add colour to
the brick area of the chimney and the windows. Print the roof and veranda areas of the template onto dark grey cardstock, add chalk highlights and cut out. Stick in place on the card blank. Print the door, windows and chimney pots onto turquoise cardstock, cut out and stick in place. Print the steps onto cream cardstock, colour and cut out. Stick along the bottom of the card front, along with a strip of dark grey cardstock. Add a punched snowflake to the door and add glitter glue snow to finish.
Let it snow MATERIALS
♥ cream, lime & turquoise cardstock ♥ yellow chalk ♥ Frosted Lace Ranger Stickles glitter glue ♥ ribbon ♥ templates on page 23 TOOLS ♥ small snowflake punch
SIMPLY MAKE Photocopy the box template onto an A4 sheet of cream cardstock and the folded roof template onto turquoise cardstock. Score down the sides of the house and the attachment tab of the box. Also score from the pointed area of the box sides
to a point approximately halfway down to allow the box to fold closed. Score along the middle of the folded roof piece. Copy two sets of window frames and doors onto lime cardstock and cut out. Colour the windows with yellow chalk and stick the window frames and doors in place. Add a punched snowflake to the doors. Stick the folded roof piece to the back of the box so it folds over and lines up with the roof on the front of the box. Punch two sets of holes through all layers of the roof. Add glitter glue highlights to the windows, door and roof and leave to dry. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow to finish.
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INSPIRED BY House box template
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House card template (page 22) 75% actual size Photocopy at 133%
House box roof template (page 22) 50% actual size Photocopy at 200%
Candle templates (page 19) 50% actual size Photocopy at 200%
SH21 pp24 Comp_pp 23/08/2012 09:59 Page 24
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Are we there
“Are we nearly there yet?” must be THE most frequently asked question by children (and adults!) the world over when going on both long and short journeys. With this in mind, our travel games are designed to add a little fun to your journey and hopefully you’ll be so engrossed in the games that you’ll have reached your destination before you know it!
MAKE IT PERSONAL Our I Spy game on page 28 can be tailored towards a particular trip. If you’re on an urban journey you could add road signs, whereas if the expedition is through a rural area you could include animals and farmyard equipment. You could also theme your game towards the place you are travelling through, for example on a trip to London, you could add sights such as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace. Why not get your child to help
Sally Shepherd is creating travel games this issue and they’re perfect for children of all ages! BY SALLY SHEPHERD
you create the game card, by using stickers or drawing their own pictures. For younger children, cut out larger windows and use fewer items. You could also add an element of competition by making a game card for each child and see who ﬁlls out their card ﬁrst. Noughts and Crosses (or Tic Tac Toe), as shown on page 30, doesn’t have to be made with the traditional imagery associated with it either. You could change
the noughts and crosses to hearts and ﬂowers, trains and cars or even include your child’s favourite cartoon characters. If you don’t want to embroider the buttons as we have, you can add detail using co-ordinating scraps of fabric. You could also decorate the game board with a background pattern before gluing your magnets to the reverse side. The diﬃculty of our maze game on the opposite page
can be adjusted by changing the size of marble, the length of the maze or by using a contrasting thread to make it easier and a matching thread to make it harder. Our dominoes game on page 29 can also be customised in many ways. Instead of using paint, why not add tiny buttons as the spots or do away with the spots all together and sew tiny animals or vehicles onto each piece.
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♥ 2 pieces of fabric each measuring 25cm square
♥ marble ♥ pencil or tailor’s chalk TOOLS
♥ needle & thread
SIMPLY MAKE Place the two fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the edges. Leave a hole big enough to fit your marble through in the bottom corner of the fabric. Turn the fabric through the right way.
Using pencil or tailor’s chalk draw a maze on the top of the fabric. You will need to leave enough room for the marble to fit through the channels. We used a large marble and made sure each channel was 5cm wide. Finish the maze in the opposite corner to the starting one.
Sew over the maze lines you have drawn, through both layers of fabric. Place the marble inside the maze and sew the opening shut. Squeeze the marble through the maze from one corner to the opposite corner.
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SAFETY FIRST All of the games featured do contain small parts so are unsuitable for children under three years old
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♥ A4 piece of yellow felt (for the outside cover)
♥ A5 piece of felt (for the inner pocket)
♥ zip ♥ A5 piece of stiﬀ cardboard ♥ tailor’s chalk/pencil TOOLS
♥ needle & thread
SIMPLY MAKE Measure 1.5cm down from the top short edge of the yellow felt and draw a line in chalk across the width of the piece. Draw ﬁve more lines beneath, moving down 2.5cm each time.
Draw a line vertically, this time 2.5cm from the lefthand edge of the felt and joining up the horizontal lines. Draw another seven lines, 2.5cm apart, vertically between the horizontal lines. You should now have made a grid. Cut out the ﬁrst hole. This is the square immediately below the ﬁrst horizontal line you drew, and immediately to the right of the ﬁrst vertical line you drew. Carefully cut out each square, as these will be used to cover the square during the game. Cut out every other square in the grid, you will have four holes in each row and three rows in total.
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I Spy game
Sew one side of the zip to the top edge of the yellow felt. Place the A5 piece of felt over the rear of the yellow felt, lining up the tops of the pieces. Pin in place Fold the yellow felt in half backwards, enclosing the A5 felt between the diﬀerent pieces. Sew down each side of the felt and then along the bottom. Hand-stitch the zip onto the back piece of yellow felt. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to ﬁt between the yellow felt with the holes and the inner piece of felt.
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Slide it inside and using the front holes as a guide, draw pencil squares where the I Spy items will go. Take the cardboard out and either draw, use stickers or print out pictures and attach them to it within the spaces. Slide the cardboard back into the game and then use the pieces of felt cut from the holes previously to cover up the items once they have been found. The felt pieces can be kept inside the game when not in use so they don’t get lost.
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MATERIALS 36x26cm piece of fabric A4 piece of beige felt A4 piece of red felt fabric paint 60cm narrow piece of Velcro TOOLS ♥ needle & thread
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SIMPLY MAKE Lay the A4 sheet of beige felt centrally on the wrong side of the fabric and draw around the felt. Place the felt to one side for the time being. Fold each raw edge of the fabric up to the line and then fold it over again so it covers the edge of where the felt piece will be by about 0.51cm. Iron the folds so you can see them. This overlapping section is where you will stitch the Velcro later on. Iron the fabric in half along the longest edge and open out again. Cut two lengths of Velcro, one measuring 14cm and one 18cm. If you have wide Velcro, you can simply cut it in half lengthways.
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Place the fabric face up on the work surface and open out the folds. Pin the two shorter ‘soft’ pieces of Velcro in place. They should be positioned in the section of fabric that will be folded over the felt and should ﬁt from the left-hand edge up to the ironed central line. Pin the top soft piece of Velcro to the left-hand edge. Then sew the Velcro in place. Repeat for the right-hand side of the fabric, using the rougher piece of Velcro. Position the felt on the wrong side of the piece of fabric over the pencil line from earlier and stitch around the edge of the felt to secure it in place. Fold the edges of the fabric over and then hand-stitch them to the felt. We used a ladder stitch to hide the stitches. Cut 28 rectangles 2.5x5cm from the red felt and, using fabric paint, create a line down the centre of each domino. Add the domino dots with a diﬀerent colour paint and leave overnight to dry.
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Noughts & crosses
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MATERIALS 10 self-cover metal buttons 20 magnets A4 beige sheet of felt 2x15cm-square cream pieces of felt piece of cardboard or sheet of magnetic printable paper Velcro fabric scraps in two colours to cover the buttons embroidery thread (optional) iron-on adhesive (optional) TOOLS hot glue gun needle & thread iron (optional)
SIMPLY MAKE Cut the beige felt in half lengthways to make a 30x15cm piece of felt. Cut an 11cm square from the centre of both 15cmsquare pieces of cream felt. Then place the two squares together and sew around the inner square to hold them together to create an inner frame. Cut two 13cm lengths of Velcro and sew the softer pieces centrally to two
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sides of the inner frame. Cut an 11cm length of Velcro and sew it to the other edge of the inner frame. This will be the top of the frame. Place the inner frame at one end of the larger beige piece of felt and sew around three of the outside edges of the inner frame, ensuring you leave the top edge open. Fold the beige piece over so it covers the inner frame. Position the rough sides of the Velcro where the beige felt covers the inner frame’s Velcro. Using the instructions that came with your buttons, cut out five circles of fabric from each colour. Embroider noughts and crosses on each button as shown. Remove the button shank with a pair of pliers and cover each button. Using a hot glue gun, glue a magnet centrally to the back of each of your buttons.
Cut a 14cm square of cardboard or magnetic paper. Draw or print noughts and crosses grid on it. Glue a magnet into the centre of each grid space, on the reverse of the cardboard or magnetic paper. Make sure that the magnets are the right way round to stick to those on your buttons.
Noughts and crosses closed
Slide the cardboard/ paper behind the inner frame and sew along the top open edge to hold it in place. Decorate the outside of the game using scraps of fabric or embroidery thread. We used an iron-on adhesive to glue shapes to ours.
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SH21 pp32-33 Vanilla Slice_pp 22/08/2012 17:57 Page 32
Patricia Harcourt is baking vanilla slices this issue... and theyâ€™re impossible to resist
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WHY NOT TRY?
Use coloured icing to add a decorative eﬀect to the top of your vanilla slices. Pipe line s of coloured icing and drag a cocktail stick across them to create the eﬀect shown her e
Vanilla slices INGREDIENTS 500g pack readymade puﬀ pastry 4oz/100g granulated sugar 2oz/50g cornflour 50g butter 2 large egg yolks 2 tsps vanilla essence 4oz/100g custard powder 34 fl. oz/1 litre full-cream milk 2 baking trays 24cm-square baking tray tin foil Lemon icing ♥ 8oz/200g icing sugar ♥ 1 tsp butter ♥ 2 tsps lemon juice ♥ grated zest of 1⁄4 lemon ♥ 1⁄2 tsp water
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SIMPLY MAKE Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 – fan oven 180°C and reduce the cooking time by 10 minutes per hour.
Leave the pastry at room temperature for a little while before rolling. Cut the pastry in half and roll out each piece to measure 30cm square. Place each square on an ungreased baking tray and prick all over using a fork to prevent the pastry from rising excessively during baking. Bake the pastry for about 10 minutes or until golden. Carefully trim each baked sheet to measure approximately 24cm square and pat down any risen areas with your hands. Line a 24cm-square baking tray with tin foil, allowing plenty of overlap for easy removal.
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Place one sheet of the readymade pastry in the foil. Add the sugar, cornﬂour and custard powder to a cold saucepan, add a little milk and combine to a paste. Whisk in the remaining milk and mix well. Add the butter, heat the pan and gently bring the mixture to the boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat, stir in the vanilla essence and simmer for a few minutes to allow it to thicken. Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl and then whisk them into the pan.
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Pour the hot custard over the ﬁrst piece of puﬀ pastry, cover with the second sheet and pat down so it comes into contact with the custard everywhere.
Lemon icing SIMPLY MAKE Mix the lemon juice and grated zest together with the butter. Then add the icing sugar to the bowl and a little water if necessary. Allow the custard and pastry to cool completely before spreading the icing evenly over the top as shown. Once the icing’s on, chill in the fridge before cutting them into slices and serving.
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BY DIANE GRIMSHAW
Hand stitching, embroidery and gorgeous fabric combine to create pretty gifts and decorations perfect for the holiday season. Diane Grimshaw shows you how
If you’re looking for a hobby that is both rewarding and therapeutic, hand sewing should deﬁnitely be on your list of techniques to try. You don’t have to be an expert with a needle and thread to
achieve great results, all you will need to get started is a few scraps of fabric, a needle and some embroidery thread. GETTING STARTED If you’re new to hand stitching, the book cover on page 38 is a great place to
start. The pieces of fabric are rectangular so you’ll only need to sew in straight lines, and the blanket stitches around the outer edges have been stitched in a thread that is a similar colour to the fabric so that any uneven stitches aren’t too obvious.
The wording on the front cover of the book has been written using a marking pencil and then stitched; the marking pencil rubs oﬀ easily without leaving a mark. Making your own book covers opens up a whole host of design opportunities – you can
create your own photo album covers and personalise them with hand-stitched sentiments, or send personalised journals as diaries or for holding recipes or gardening tips to family and friends as a gift they can treasure for many years.
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MATERIALS fabric ribbon embroidery thread toy stuﬃng TOOLS ♥ needle & thread
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SIMPLY MAKE Cut two matching heart shapes from pieces of fabric – one gingham and one plain. Hand-stitch a design onto the cream fabric (the design featured here
comes from www.dandelion designs.co.uk). Sew the two pieces of fabric together (right sides facing) and leave a gap to turn the fabric right side out. Fill the heart with stuﬃng and sew a border around the design to create a decorative edge. Tie a ribbon loop to the heart and add a ribbon bow to ﬁnish.
WHERE TO BUY The materials used here are available from www.dandeliondesigns.co.uk Or you can receive them absolutely Free when you subscribe to Simply Homemade. turn to page 34 to find out more
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My little book
MATERIALS fabric for the body of the book fabric for the centre panel embroidery thread fusible wadding jumbo rickrack red heart-shaped buttons notebook scrap paper TOOLS ♥ dressmaker’s pins ♥ marking pencil ♥ iron
Make a template for the book cover from a piece of scrap paper. The template needs to be slightly larger than the book (don’t forget that the fabric cover folds over to the inside front and inside back covers). Use the template to cut two pieces of patterned fabric and one piece of fusible wadding. Iron the wadding to the wrong side of one piece of fabric.
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Pin the other piece of fabric so that the wadding is sandwiched between the fabric pieces (the right sides of both fabric pieces should be facing outwards). Use a blanket stitch to sew all the way around the edges as shown. Fold the cover over the book and sew the flaps into place. Cut a piece of cream fabric to fit the front of your book cover.
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Write out your sentiment using the marking pencil and sew over it using embroidery thread. Sew the sentiment panel to the front of the cover and add jumbo rickrack around the edges for decoration. Thread the red heartshaped buttons and attach them to the rickrack border to finish.
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SH21 pp40-42 Baby Knits_pp 22/08/2012 18:34 Page 40
Snowflakes and pompoms are the order of the day for Julie Fergusonâ€™s adorable knits for babies this issue. Theyâ€™re impossible to resist!
BY JULIE FERGUSON
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Size To ﬁt approximately 0-6 months Tension 20 sts x 30 rows over 10cm in St st
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MATERIALS (hat, bootees & mittens) 1x50g white Artesano Superwash Merino (yarn A) 1x50g green Artesano Superwash Merino (yarn B) TOOLS 1 pair 4mm needles 1 pair 4mm double-pointed needles
Abbreviations: K – knit P – purl Sl1 – slip one stitch K2tog – knit two stitches together Psso – pass slipped stitch over St st – stocking stitch G st – garter stitch
HAT BRIM Using yarn A and 4mm needles, cast on 12 sts. Work in G st for 38cm. Cast oﬀ. Sew cast-oﬀ edge to cast-on edge. HAT CROWN Using yarn B and 4mm doublepointed needles, pick up and knit 60 sts evenly around the top edge of the brim. Knit every round for 12 cm. To shape the crown: Next round: * K8, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round (54 sts). Next round: * K7, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round (48 sts). Next round: * K6, k2tog; repeat
from * to end of round (42 sts). Continue decreasing 6 sts every round as set out until there are 12 sts remaining. Next round: * K2tog; repeat from * to end of round. Break the yarn, thread it through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and ﬁnish oﬀ. To finish oﬀ Using yarn A, make two small pompoms. Attach them to the crown of hat, hanging down. Using yarn A, embroider star snowﬂakes randomly over the body of the hat as shown.
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KNITTING BOOTEES (make two) Using yarn A and 4mm needles, cast on 31 sts. Work 24 rows in G st. Break yarn and join in Yarn B. Work 2 rows in St st. Next row: Slip 11 sts onto a stitch holder, k9 sts, leave remaining sts on a stitch holder. Work on centre 9 sts – St st for 17 rows. Next row: K11 sts from the ﬁrst stitch holder, pick up and knit 10 sts up the side of the foot, k9 centre sts, pick up and k10 sts down the side of the foot. K11 sts from the second stitch holder. Work 11 rows in St st.
SHAPE SOLE K30, k2tog, turn. K10, k2tog, turn. Repeat last row until there are 4 sts left each side of the centre 11 sts (19 sts). Cast oﬀ. To finish oﬀ Sew up the back seam and the sole seam. Using yarn A, make a small pompom and attach it to the toe of the bootee. Using yarn A, embroider star snowﬂakes randomly over the body of the bootee.
MITTENS (make two) CUFF Using yarn A and 4mm needles, cast on 8 sts. K 56 rows. Cast oﬀ. Sew cast-oﬀ edge to cast-on edge.
HAND Using yarn B and 4mm doublepointed needles, pick up and knit 28 sts evenly around the top edge of the cuﬀ. K 16 rounds. Next round: * sl1, k1, psso, k10, k2tog; repeat from * once more. Next round: * sl1, k1, psso, k8, k2tog; repeat from * once more. Next round: * sl1, k1, psso, k6, k2tog; repeat from * once more. Next round: * sl1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog; repeat from * once more. Next round: * sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog; repeat from * once more. Break the yarn, thread through the remaining sts, pull up tightly and ﬁnish oﬀ. To finish oﬀ Using yarn A, make a small pompom. Sew a pompom to the front of each mitten. Using yarn A, embroider star snowﬂakes randomly over the body of the mitten.
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BY JENNY BEST
Jenny Best shows you how to create your own Dorset buttons using ribbon this issue. Perfect for making jewellery and for embellishing clothes, these gorgeous buttons are not to be missed!
The origins of Dorset buttons date back to the 18th century in Dorset, England â€“ hence the name. Originally, the buttons were created using a disc cut from the horn of a Dorset Horn sheep, which was then covered with needleworked thread. Later, button makers began using metal rings as the basis for their buttons. There are diďŹ€erent varieties of Dorset buttons but for the projects featured here weâ€™re going to focus on making crosswheel buttons.
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How to make a two colour crosswheel button from ribbon ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
MATERIALS 1 brass ring of size required for button (we used 3.5cm) approximately 1m black 3mmwide ribbon 2.5m lime green (cream) 3mmwide ribbon TOOLS blunt-ended needle (size 18 tapestry needle works well)
There are four stages to making a Dorset button on a ring: casting, slicking, laying and rounding. We will change colour during the rounding stage of the button and we will be leaving a long tail for stitching the buttons together in a bracelet. Normally, you would thread the tail in at the end.
CASTING Start with the length of lime green ribbon. Tie the ribbon round the ring with a single knot, leaving a tail of about 1-2cm. See Fig 1. Stitch round the entire ring in blanket stitch, covering the tail as you go. See Figs 2 and 3.
Bring the needle towards you through the ring and pass it away from you through the loop created. Make sure to cover the whole ring, moving the stitches along the ring so there are no gaps. Once the whole ring is covered, thread the needle through the first stitch made. See Fig 4.
Turn all the stitches so they face inwards, leaving a smooth edge to the button. The ribbon should drop from the back of the button. See Figs 5 and 6.
LAYING Bring the ribbon towards you over the ring then back up. This forms one spoke. See Fig 7. Turn the ring and repeat until there are eight spokes around the ring. The spacing should be even. Make two or three stitches in the
centre of the wheel to hold the spokes in place, being careful to catch all the threads. If your spokes aren’t central and you want them to be, firmly tug the middle until it’s placed centrally. You may need to practice laying the spokes several times to get it right. See Figs 8, 9 and 10.
TOP TIPS When laying the spokes, make sure the spoke you’re laying is perfectly in the centre of the ring at the front. Don’t worry about the back, they won’t be central until you make your central stitches. The holding stitches you put in will pull the back spokes into place
When using ribbon make sure you pull tight as you’re casting as this creates a nicer edge We’re using the back of the button for the bracelet on page 49 as the ribbon makes a nice rose when rounding. Usually, all the tail threading happens in the back of the button, not the front, as we’re doing here
Backstitch around the spokes. Bring the needle up from the back. Pass it back down clockwise over the spoke. Bring it back up two spokes anticlockwise (including the spoke you just stitched over). Pass it down one spoke clockwise. Repeat this until you reach the start of the first round. See Figs 11, 12 and 13. Cont pg. 48 >>
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Continue in this way until the button is nearly ﬁlled. Change colour here. Thread the tail of the lime green ribbon through the spoke you just rounded under and thread the black (cream) ribbon through the front of the button along one of the spokes to hold it. Leave a 10cm tail, which you will thread in when the button is complete. See Figs 14, 15 and 16.
Continue backstitching rounds in the same way as before for one round. Turn the button over as you come round to the black again as the last black stitch needs to be on the inside of the ﬁrst black stitch. See Figs 17, 18 and 19.
FINISHING Turn the button back and run the thread down the only spoke without black around it and back down a diﬀerent spoke and trim. See Fig 20.
Thread the remaining tail of the black ribbon along one of the spokes at the front of the button and then back down a diﬀerent spoke. Trim the tail ﬂat, leaving the green tail for stitching the buttons together into a bracelet. See Fig 21.
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Ribbon bracelet Note: we have added a little extra in the ribbon lengths as each person’s tension will be diﬀerent and it’s better to have too much.
MATERIALS size 18 tapestry needle 4m black 3mm-wide ribbon 3m green 3mm-wide ribbon 13m cream 3mm-wide ribbon 5 x 3.5cm brass rings 1 x 1.5cm ring TOOLS ♥ scissors
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SIMPLY MAKE Follow the step by steps on pages 47 and 48 to make two crosswheel buttons in lime and cream and three crosswheel buttons lime and black. Each button should have eight spokes. Leave a 15cm tail of lime ribbon on each of the buttons for stitching together later. Leave a 30cm tail on one of the lime and black buttons. Cast (blanket stitch) round the small button in lime and finish it by threading the ribbon through the first stitch you made, leaving a 15cm tail. This will be used as your fastening. Cast round the small button. See Fig 1. Remember, this bracelet uses the back of the button.
To make the bracelet, start with the lime and black button with the longest tail and thread the tail back through one of the spokes, leaving a loop about 1.5cm. Stitch around the loops in the same way you stitched around the ring when you made your buttons (blanket or button hole stitch). This loop will be your fastening. Thread the tail back through the button to the opposite side from the fastening once, then back again, sliding the needle along the spoke. Trim the ribbon flat to the button. Thread the tail through the back of a spoke to make a 1.5cm loop. See Figs 2 and 3. Cast (blanket stitch) round the loop, then thread the tail through the back of the button. See Figs 4, 5, 6 and 7.
With the right side facing and using the tail from a cream button, join it to the green button by threading the needle under the edge of the green button. Take the needle back through the cream button, creating a link of ribbon. Create a link between buttons. See Figs 8, 9 and 10.
Turn the buttons over so the wrong side is facing. Thread the needle through the back of the cream button close to the link between the two, so that the needle comes out by the edge of the button. Wrap the ribbon around the link twice and bring it to the back again, making sure it lies flat. Thread the needle under the wrap around the linkthrough the back of the cream button, taking care that it doesn’t show on the front, making the wrap around the link between the buttons. See Figs 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
TOP TIPS To check the threads are not showing at the front of the button, turn the button over when the needle is inserted. If you can’t see the needle the thread won’t show As you make the rounds for each button try to make sure that the ribbon lies flat. It helps to hold the needle, drop the button and let it untwist frequently
If you have moved the stitches when threading tails through the back, simply push them back with a finger
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Bring your needle back through the back of the cream button and then thread it through the back as shown. This secures the thread and, once done, you can then trim the tail. See Figs 16 and 17.
Follow the same procedure to attach the other buttons, making the next one black, then cream, then black. See Figs 18 (three buttons), 19 (four buttons) and 20 (five buttons).
With the tail of the small button, attach it to the last button in the same way as the larger buttons. Thread the tail through the back of the large button twice to secure it. Attach the small button in the same way as the larger buttons and thread the tail through the back to secure it. See Figs 21, 22 and 23.
Fasten the bracelet with the small button through the loop to finish. See Fig 24.
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SH21 pp52-57 Masterclass_pp 22/08/2012 18:37 Page 52
Whatever your taste, be it traditional or contemporary, wood is a wonderfully versatile material that lends itself well to creating home décor projects. There’s an inner warmth to wood and its versatility means it fits naturally into almost any setting – modern or vintage, minimal or eclectic chic. With this in mind,
we’ve put together a selection of projects using a range of techniques to inspire you. GETTING STARTED With so many inexpensive, readymade wooden items available to buy from supermarkets and home furnishing stores, getting started with your woodinspired projects is easier than you think. All you need
to do is add a touch of creative know-how and these ordinary items can be transformed into masterpieces in no time. The wooden vases on page 53 are quick and simple to make and perfect if you fancy indulging in a spot of recycling, while the other project on this page features a range of embellishments stuck to a jam jar then tied with string.
Jill Alblas gets festive with wood as she uses it to create an abundance of fabulous gifts and home décor items
The vases and jars are both simple ideas but their natural look works beautifully and both can be completed in an evening. The natural look continues on page 54 with our display plate. The plain plate has been stained and carved before varnishing to make it durable and easy to clean. The carving technique is suitable for beginners and yet the result
BY JILL ALBLAS
looks professional. The pattern has been marked on the stained plate using white tracedown paper – an inexpensive product ideal for transferring designs onto dark surfaces and available from most good arts and craft shops. The plaque on page 55 could well become a family heirloom or a lovely gift, (if you can bear to part with it!). The background colours
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MATERIALS jam jars split logs or wood slices 2cm-square wooden hearts strong craft glue string TOOLS ♥ saw (if using the split logs)
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WHERE TO BUY Dremel 3000 rotary tool, drilling and carving tips are available from www.dremel.com Wooden plaques, split logs, napkin rings and wooden slices can be purchased from www.cccraft.co.uk; 01793 616o68
SIMPLY MAKE For the split log vase. Measure the logs so that they are a few centimetres longer than the height of the jar, and saw enough of them to go around the circumference. Glue the back of a log and position it on the jar. Check it’s upright and press down firmly. Continue to work round the jar in this way, spacing the logs as closely as possible. Wind string four or five times around the centre of the logs and knot tightly. Then secure the string in place using a few spots of glue. Tie the string in a bow. Apply glue down the centre of four wooden hearts, then press them on the ends of the string so the string is sandwiched firmly between the hearts. For the wood slices jar. Glue the slices as closely together as possible around the body of the jar. Press them all down firmly. Wind a piece of string around and around the top of the jar so it’s completely covered. Tie in a bow and decorate the ends with four wooden hearts as described above.
Wooden hearts, rusty wire and safety pins are available from www.homespunhearts.com; 01292 264196 For a wide choice of ribbon visit www.fantasticribbons.com; 0844 8009120
are applied ﬁrst and the pattern transferred using the same technique as the plate. The overall eﬀect is achieved using paint, a handful of embellishments and a spot of carving. If you haven’t tried carving wood before, the tools and tips we’ve recommended will make it easy to get started. Very little pressure is needed – just imagine you’re drawing over the
design with a pencil, take your time and guide the tip round the pattern as accurately as you can. There really isn’t much more to it than that! The coasters on page 56 are worked in much the same way as the plaque. Once the background is painted, the design is transferred and then carved. As an alternative to paint, the coasters could be
coloured using wood stain in the same way as the plate on page 54 and, if you want to personalise the project with family names, just choose a suitable font, adjust the size and print it oﬀ your computer. The lettering can then be traced and transferred as described in the step-bystep instructions. We’ve completed our set on page 56 with a pair of
pretty napkin rings that will add a lovely homemade feel to your table. It’s a straightforward project involving a little paint and glue and fraying some ribbon to go round the edge. The design is easily adapted and the look completely changed by altering the colours. So, it’s easy to follow the basics and then personalise the rings to match your room.
They can be made as a gift in the recipient’s favourite colours or, if you’re really organised and thinking ahead, try pretty tones of pink for a special Valentine’s Day table. Crafting with wood opens up a whole host of creative possibilities and it’s perfect for giving your home a cared for and loved look that family memories are made of.
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Display plate MATERIALS
♥ wooden plate (approximately 36cm ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
in diameter) dark wood stain sponge white tracedown paper satin-finish varnish tape template on page 57 old margarine tub TOOLS Dremel 3000 rotary tool Dremel carving tips: 105 & 107 ballpoint pen large brush
SIMPLY MAKE Wipe the plate with a cloth to remove any dirt and grease. Pour some wood stain into an old margarine tub or similar. Use a sponge to spread a thin, even coat of wood stain over the back of the plate. Leave to dry, then stain the top in the same way. Repeat until you’ve achieved your required colour. Reduce or enlarge the pattern if necessary. Tape it in place, then slip tracedown paper underneath. Draw over the pattern using a ballpoint pen.
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Check the design has been clearly transferred. Insert tip 105 in the rotary tool and gently carve round the outline of the hearts. Insert tip 107 in the tool and carve out the centre of the hearts.
Brush a thin coat of varnish over the back of the plate. Leave to dry, then varnish the top. Repeat to seal with a few coats of varnish, leaving each to dry before applying the next.
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♥ wooden plaque ♥ crimson, cream & dark green ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
acrylic paint rusty wire & safety pins ribbons key embellishments white tracedown paper tape TOOLS Dremel 3000 rotary tool Dremel carving tip 106 & 3 or 4mm diameter drill tip medium & fine paintbrush ballpoint pen
SIMPLY MAKE Paint the top of the plaque with crimson acrylic paint. Paint the rim cream and the edge dark green. Tape the pattern in place. Slip tracedown paper under the pattern and draw over the design using a ballpoint pen.
Remove the pattern and tracedown paper. Insert the drill tip in the tool. Drill through the threading holes as indicated on the pattern. Paint the heart cream and the leaves green. You will probably need to apply a couple of coats in order to achieve a good finish.
Insert tip 106 in the tool, carve the lettering and the stems of the leaves, then dot around the heart. Thread the plaque with wire and wind the ends around a pen to coil them. Thread some keys on the coil. Tie with ribbons and embellish with safety pins.
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Napkin rings MATERIALS
♥ wooden napkin rings ♥ 1.27cm-square wooden hearts ♥ crimson, cream & dark green ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
acrylic paint medium paintbrush strong craft glue 4cm-wide checked ribbon double-sided tape varnish
SIMPLY MAKE Paint the outside and inside of the napkin ring with cream acrylic paint.
Paint the rim and nine wooden hearts in crimson or green. Glue the painted hearts around the ring, leaving a gap of about 4cm at the base. Apply a couple of thin coats of varnish to the hearts and ring. Measure and cut ribbon slightly longer than needed to go around the inside of the ring Fray the ribbon edges and ﬁx inside the ring using double-sided tape to ﬁnish.
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MATERIALS wooden coasters crimson & dark green acrylic paint matt varnish white tracedown paper tape TOOLS Dremel 3000 rotary tool carving tip 105 fine & medium paintbrushes ballpoint pen
SIMPLY MAKE Paint the top of the coaster crimson or green. You will probably need to apply a couple of coats to achieve a good ﬁnish. Select the pattern you wish to use. Tape it on the coaster and slip tracedown paper between the pattern and coaster.
Use a ballpoint pen to draw accurately over the pattern and transfer it to the coaster. Remove the pattern and tracedown paper. Referring to our pictures above, paint the heart and leaves using cream paint. If necessary, apply a second coat of paint.
Insert tip 105 in the tool and gently carve the letters and remaining design. For a bolder eﬀect, continue carving around the letters until you’ve achieved the desired ﬁnish. Wipe the carved coaster to remove any dust. Brush with a thin coat of varnish, leave to dry and then apply a second coat.
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MASTERCLASS Plate template (page 54) actual size
Coaster templates (page 56) 50% actual size Photocopy at 200%
Welcome plaque template (page 55) 50% actual size Photocopy at 200%
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Found on... Online market places are fast becoming THE place to buy and sell homemade wares. This issue we bring you a selection of our favourite makes found at www.folksy.com Folksy is a place to buy handmade things, and for makers to sell their work and find supplies. This UK-based company aims to reclaim craft and showcase talented makers and their work
Proprietor Janine says:
Proprietor Fiona says:
in “I’m a textiles graduate currently living a, Afric h Sout in live to used I e. Derbyshir where I studied printed textiles, and I’ve been sewing and making things for 30 years. My influences are diverse… 70s , Bunty comics, Calvin & Hobbes, my sister e creat to is aim My re. natu and ies zomb I useful, unique and well-made products. work on each item individually, so no two are ever the same. If you see something you like, please buy it – I’m unlikely to be able to create another exactly like it. I love calico for its imperfect and hardwearing qualities. It provides a good background for the bold cotton I use to appliqué my ed designs. Each tiny piece is cut and stitch freehand, so every piece is unique.”
♥ To see more of Fiona’s designs, go to www.folksy.com/shops/FionaT
Proprietor Emma Lamb says:
“I crochet each and every flower using my oldest and dearest hook that belonged to my mam. It was with that wee hook that she taught me the basics of crochet with when I was around five years old, almost 30 years ago! Colour is my biggest inspiration. I love to source beautiful palettes to work with. I am particularly drawn to muted vintage tones and pretty floral colou rs. Charity shops and flea markets are a grea t source of ideas. I love to collect coloured glass vases, vintage sewing threads, pretty patterned tins, Depression glass bowls, embroidered linens, kitsch plastic knitting needles, buttons and kokeshi dolls. Anyt hing that is ‘granny chic’ provides me with endle ss inspiration. When asked to describe my creative process I think of these three word s– ponderous, playful and therapeutic.”
Hi, I'm Janine Basil and I'm based in London in good old Blighty. I've had many jobs in my time, but I started oﬀ with hairdressing. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be, as I was actually too terrified to cut hair. C'est la vie! Since then I've been a cutting room assistant, window dresser, and fabric seller at a market. Throughout this time, I've always sewn and created. I'm horribly ticklish. My skin is creeping now just thinking about it. It gets to the point where all someone needs to do is put their hand near me and I'm flinching and laughing. I'm rapidly turning into a grumpy old lady; my boyfriend will confirm that for anyone who doesn't believe me. Also, I hate peanuts (I'm not allergic, I just hate them!).”
♥ Janine’s designs can be found at www.folksy. com/shops/janinebasil
HANDMADE WITH LOVE BY SHELLY LEE Proprietor Shelly Lee says:
“Hello, I’m Shelly and I’m a mum of two and in May 2011 I gave up my job as a chef to become a full-time crafter. I started making again in 2009 for friends and family after finishing my HND in Design Crafts in 2004. I love what I do, I love making new items and having new ideas... I hope you enjoy my items as much as I enjoy making them...”
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Jennie Musgrove is championing felt this issue as she shows you how to create a fabulous advent calendar complete with matching tree decorations and greetings card
BY JENNIE MUSGROVE
As the season to be jolly fast approaches, get into the festive spirit by listening to Christmas carols and making decorations for your home. Christmas is the one time of the year when you can let your imagination run wild and your creativity shine through. The mini stocking project on page 64 uses red, white and grey felt together with pretty fabric to create a versatile advent calendar that can be hung wherever and however you like, bringing Christmas into your home with a dazzling burst of colour! GETTING STARTED The stockings are machine and hand-sewn using several diﬀerent stitches. Some of the machine-sewing techniques are tricky, such as the zigzag stitches around the motifs and the numbers. This can be simpliﬁed by either handsewing or by using Bondaweb. The motifs on the stockings are a great way to use up any fabric scraps you have left over – and in keeping with the make do and mend ethos, there’s nothing more satisfying than using scraps to create a timeless piece that you’ll enjoy year after year. The advent calendar will take a while to complete so it’s worth getting started well in advance to make sure it’s ready by December. The beauty of these motifs is that they can be applied to almost any Christmas make – so once you’ve ﬁnished the calendar, you can adapt them to create everything from tree decorations to Christmas cards. You could also use the templates to create your own paper decorations and cards – the possibilities for a crafty Christmas really are endless!
WHERE TO BUY A wide range of felt is available from www.bloomingfelt.co.uk All other materials and tools are available from www.johnlewis.co.uk
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MATERIALS red, white & grey felt white & grey ribbon fabric scraps in diﬀerent patterns & colours Vilene Bondaweb Vilene firm iron-on interfacing sewing thread in a variety of colours brown & orange embroidery thread white Velcro Sew & Stick 5m curtain cord 24 mini wooden pegs templates on page 68 TOOLS scissors sewing machine pins needle iron
Cut out 48 stockings from red felt using the template as a guide. Each finished mini stocking is made of two pieces of red felt – the front with a motif and the back left plain. (See Fig 1..) Apply Bondaweb to all the scrap fabrics you’ll be using to create the tree, snowman and stars. Cut out eight of each motif using the templates as a guide. You should end up with eight snowmen (with eight corresponding hats and scarves), eight trees (with eight trunks and plant pots) and 24 stars (for three on each stocking). (See Fig 2.) Remove the paper backing from your star motifs and iron them onto eight of the
red felt stockings, making sure you place the top star at least 4cm down from the top of each stocking. Remove the paper backing from the tree trunks and iron them onto eight more red stockings, placing them as centrally as possible. Finally, remove the paper backing from the body of each snowman and iron them onto eight of your stockings. (See Fig 3.) Machine-sew zigzag stitches around the edge of the stars, tree trunks and snowmen. For the stars, use thread in a variety of contrasting colours. For the trunks use brown thread, and for the snowmen use white. (See Fig 4.) The star-patterned stockings are now ready for assembly, so put them to one side. Remove the paper backing from the trees and plant pots and iron them onto the tree stockings, leaving approximately 1cm of the trunk
showing. Remove the paper backing from the eight hats and scarves and iron them in place on the snowmen. (See Fig 5.) Machine-sew zigzag stitches around the edge of the trees in green thread, the plant pots in brown or beige thread, the hats in brown and the scarves in the colour of your choice. (See Fig 6.) The tree stockings are now ready for assembly. To finish the snowman motifs, take two strands of brown embroidery thread and handsew small stitches for the eyes. Tie a knot at the back to secure. Take three strands of orange embroidery thread and handsew a simple diagonal stitch for the carrot nose. Tie a knot at the back to secure, as with the eyes. (See Fig 7.) Cut out 48 rectangles of white and grey felt measuring 7.5x8cm. we used 24 grey and 24 white pieces for an even mix, but you could use just grey or just white for a more uniform look if you prefer. (See Fig 8.)
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Fold each piece of felt approximately 1cm in along the 8cm edge and iron the fold. Using complementary thread (white or grey), machine-sew a straight line along the fold to secure. (See Fig 9.) Match up the stocking tops to the stockings. Turn the 24 stockings with motifs wrong side up so the back of your stitching is visible. Place them on the white and grey tops, overlapping by roughly 0.5cm. As shown in the picture, the tops should be right side up so that you can see the line of stitching along the top but the fold is on the other side. Pin in place and machine-sew the stocking to the top using a zigzag stitch. Now take the 24 plain stockings and repeat this process, making sure that the stocking faces in the opposite direction to your embroidered stockings. (See Fig 10.) Place each patterned stocking piece right sides together with its plain partner and pin in place. Using red sewing thread, machine-sew in a running stitch around the red felt leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance. Then machine-sew in a zigzag stitch around the edges of the pieces to hem. (See Fig 11.)
Turn your stockings the right way out. Now machine-sew a line up each side of the top part of each stocking, leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance, using white or grey thread. (See Fig 12.) Fold down the top of each stocking to ﬁnish. Cut 24 lengths of cream and/or blue ribbon measuring roughly 21cm each. Take one, fold it in half and hand-sew the ends to the inside of one stocking a few centimetres from the top. Repeat for the other 23 stockings. (See Fig 13.) Apply ﬁrm iron-on white Vilene interfacing to some of the grey and white felt. Using the small circle template on page 68 as a guide, cut 12 white and 12 grey felt circles. Sew the numbers from one to 24 on the circles in thread that will stand out against the felt (we’ve used red thread on white felt and white thread on grey felt). Aﬃx a small rectangle of the ‘hook’ side of Velcro onto the back of each circle and push one into place at the top of each stocking. (See Fig 14.) Hang your stockings in a pattern of your choice using the curtain cord and mini pegs as shown to ﬁnish.
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Treats for the tree
♥ red felt ♥ fabric scraps in diﬀerent patterns & colours
♥ Vilene Bondaweb ♥ sewing thread in a variety of colours
♥ metallic gold embroidery thread ♥ brown & orange embroidery thread
♥ white embroidery thread ♥ templates on page 68 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
TOOLS scissors sewing machine needle iron
SIMPLY MAKE Cut out four ovals from red felt using the template as a guide. Cut six circles using the large circle template on page 68. (See Fig 1.) For the snowman and tree motifs, follow steps 2 to 7 of the mini stocking advent calendar to apply just one of each design (not eight as in the calendar) to a red felt oval. For the stars, apply Bondaweb to your scrap fabric, cut out three stars and iron them onto three of your red felt circles. (See Fig 2.) Machine-sew zigzag stitches around the edge of each star using a diﬀerent coloured thread for each one. You should now have a snowman, a tree and three stars ready for assembly. (See Fig 3.) Cut two 25cm lengths of metallic gold embroidery thread. Fold one in half and knot the ends together, forming a loop. Repeat for the second thread, then glue or hand-sew the knotted ends to the back of the tree and snowman decorations. (See Fig 4.) Cut a 35cm length of metallic gold embroidery thread. Tie a knot at one end, a second knot roughly 8cm from the ﬁrst knot and a third knot roughly 8cm from the second knot. Fold the remaining thread back so it just overlaps the third knot and tie the threads together to form a loop. Glue or hand-sew the knots to the back of your three felt stars. (See Fig 5.) Place the remaining plain ovals and circles of red felt behind the patterned pieces and hand-sew them together using white thread and a simple running stitch to ﬁnish.
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TOP TIPS Sew images onto the back of the decorations so that if the y spin around on the tree there’s always something to look at When sewing the felt circles and ovals together, conceal the end s of the white embroidery thre ad by keeping them in between the pieces of felt. Your last stitch should go through only one layer of felt so you can tie a knot to secure the threads between the felt pieces
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MATERIALS red felt fabric scraps in diﬀerent patterns & colours Vilene Bondaweb sewing thread in a variety of colours white embroidery thread white Velcro sew & stick brown corrugated cardstock templates on page 68 TOOLS scissors sewing machine iron glue
Using the large circle template as a guide, cut out two circles of red felt. Apply Bondaweb to the scrap fabric you’ll be using to create the star motif. Cut out one star motif using the template as a guide. Remove the paper backing and iron it onto one of your red felt circles. Machine-
sew zigzag stitches around the edge of the star. Cut a 25cm length of metallic gold embroidery thread, fold it in half and knot the ends together to form a loop. Then glue or hand-sew the knotted end to the back of your star decoration. Place the plain red felt circle behind the circle with the star motif and hand-sew them together
using white thread and a simple running stitch. Use the small star template on page 68 to cut out a starshaped piece of the ‘hook’ side of Velcro. Aﬃx the Velcro star to the centre of the front of your card. Attach the felt star decoration to the Velcro to complete the card.
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Mandy Shaw This issue, we catch up with London 2012 Games Maker Mandy Shaw to talk stitching, quilting and all things handmade Mandy on Mandy... I am a mad and passionate woman who makes all things lovely. I sew every day and smother my poor family with quilts and bears. I cheat and I use glue, I use plaids and then I use orange, I love folky but do whole cloths. My enthusiasm is infectious, let me share it with you.
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What inspires you?
What was the first item you sold?
“My home and family inspire me. From a very young age, I made clothes and houses for my dolls and bears and it was important that things went together and matched. When we bought our ﬁrst home everything was handmade, right down to the sofa and the bed – my husband is a carpenter so between us we were able to create something unique. I love browsing shops but will always say ‘we can make that!’ and I love to be a bit diﬀerent.”
“A pattern for a small wall hanging depicting a circle of angels was my ﬁrst big success and even today sells really well. I was shocked and excited at its success. I still love it dearly.”
What would you say has been your biggest achievement so far? “My greatest personal achievement has been to bring up and see my four children grow into creative and inspiring young adults and to have surrounded them in a home full of love. My greatest creative achievements have been to see my books in shops... but I am still bursting with pride at my decision to become a Games Maker for London 2012. It was just amazing, really truly amazing I was there!”
What are you working on at the moment and what are your latest releases? “At the moment, I am working on a new book for David and Charles called Celebrate With a Stitch. It will be full of things to make for weddings, anniversaries and, of course, birthdays. In the meantime, I am promoting my current release Stitch at Home, a feast of lovely things to make all with a house theme – including quilts, needle cases, a child’s wigwam, beach huts and dog beds!”
What do you think the biggest trends for the next 12 months are going to be?
How long have you been into crafting and what crafts do you enjoy?
“I would love to continue to see the trend of young people getting stuck into creating. It’s not always been fashionable, sewing has sometimes been complicated by rules and fashion, but saying ‘I made that’ is a wonderful feeling. Making and creating is cool!”
“I have tried my hand at all crafts, knitting, crochet, stained glass, dressmaking but when I discovered patchwork, especially old patchwork quilts and their stories, I was hooked. I love the sewing paraphernalia that goes with making quilts – the needle cases, the pincushions and especially the bags!”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to start their own business/line? “Dandelion Designs evolved into a business because of my love of teaching and being able to share what I do. It has been a slow burner, which suited my family life but as soon as my youngest started secondary school I was able to say yes to everything and now ﬁll my days teaching all over the country, writing and making.”
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BY TRACEY CROSS AND KAREN BROWN
Tracey Cross and Karen Brown from Budding Beads show you how to make beaded snowflakes – perfect for festive decorations
Beads as Christmas decorations are often overlooked in favour of tinsel, fairy lights and baubles but these tiny embellishments can do a lot to give your home a little yuletide sparkle. Here’s how to make some lovely beaded snowflake ornaments.
♥ size 8 Czech Transparent seed beads ♥ Matsuno Metallic & Matsuno Trans size 11 & size 8 Matsuno Ceylon seed beads ♥ Swarovski Crystal AB 3mm bicone beads ♥ Nymo beading thread ♥ needle
SIMPLY MAKE Add 10 size 8 seed beads onto some beading thread and tie in a circle. Sew through one bead. (See Fig A.)
Add two beads to the thread and pass it through the next two beads from where the thread is exiting, continuing this step four times. Then step up (where you place your needle to start the next round) through the first bead (see Fig B).
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TOP TIPS Change colours by adding a contrast bead in Step 3. Swarovski crystals, like 3mm Crystal AB bicones, are a great choice. They can also be used for the snowflake tips For a smaller snowflake, use size 11 seed beads Hang the snowflakes at a window, add them to wine charms or use them as confetti on your Christmas dinner table
WHY NOT TRY? Changing the shape of the snowflake by adding extra beads in Step 3, as follows: add two coloured beads, then a white bead and pass the needle down through the next bead (next to the bead where the thread is exiting) and through two beads from the original ring in Step 1. Go through the next bead from Step 2. Do this four more times. Step up two beads to reach the tip
Add two beads and pass the needle down through the next bead (next to the bead where the thread is exiting) and through two beads from the original ring in Step 1. Go through the next bead from Step 2. Do this four more times. Step up two beads to reach the tip. (See Figs D and E.)
Add one bead to create the tip of the flake, then go down two beads from steps 2 and 3, across through two beads from Step 1 and up two beads from Step 2 towards the tip. Continue four more times. Tie and cut the thread to finish. (See figs F and G.)
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baubles Judith Hannington oﬀers up a stylish array of festive makes, all inspired by traditional Christmas baubles
This feature takes a traditional symbol – the festive Christmas bauble – and uses it as the focal embellishment on a number of handmade items that are perfect for both giving as gifts and for adorning your own home this holiday season. Our two main illustrated step-by-step fabric projects
on pages 86 and 88 have templates alongside them for you to use as a guide to cutting all the main pieces. Both the stocking and the scented cushion projects are assembled in layers appliqué-style and use just a simple straight or zigzag stitch. If you’re new to sewing, then the cushion project on page 88 is the place to start with its
predominantly geometric lines. The stocking project uses a standard 5⁄8” seam allowance throughout, while the outer seams of the cushion use a slightly smaller allowance as there are no curves and no clipping or trimming of seams required. The opening left in the cushion cover, which allows the pad to be inserted is quite large – slip stitching it
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by hand to close it is a great way to finish the seam and by continuing this slip stitching around the edge of the cushion you achieve a nice uniform finish. If you prefer to just stick to sewing the opening shut in this way then make sure you position this open seam on the bottom edge of the cushion. Once complete and turned through, the stocking is also
slip-stitched closed but as this seam is completely hidden inside the stocking there’s no need to take things any further – it’s purely a functional action. DESIGN POSSIBILITIES The bauble theme continues through the papercraft projects, with hand-cut shapes using the template provided for the bauble
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MATERIALS Cookbookin’ Sugar and Spice Christmas Gingham patterned paper BoBunny Double Dot cardstock acetate Papermania Adhesive Shimmer Dots red satin & gingham ribbons DL-sized food-safe cellophane bag template on page 91 TOOLS Marianne Design Creatables Bauble/Bell die set Sizzix Tag die or Tag punch manual die-cutting machine star punch long-reach hole punch computer & printer
apertures, then fold and attach the strip around the rest of the box, trimming the left and right-hand edges so they butt together at the back-left corner. Die-cut the bauble shape from Double Dot cardstock and attach the fancy section to the acetate aperture on the box. Punch a hole through all layers in the centre
of the bauble hanger. Tie a knot in a length of ribbon, then thread both ends through the hole inside to outside before finishing with a bow. Place your chosen sweets in a cellophane bag and roll down the top before inserting into your box. Die-cut or punch a tag and star shape from patterned paper and
cardstock and attach together, trimming the right-hand edge of the star as pictured. Punch a pair of horizontally aligned holes in the box top, front and back, and thread with a length of ribbon. Thread your tag onto the ribbon before finishing the ends with a bow. Embellish the box using Shimmer Dots.
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SIMPLY MAKE Cut the box template on page 91 from Double Dot cardstock and score along all the dotted fold lines. Cut a 7cm-high strip of gingham paper the complete width of the 12x12” sheet. Die-cut the bauble aperture so its midpoint is approximately 9cm from the left-hand edge. Position the gingham strip on the flat box shape so the bauble shape is in the centre of the front section of the box (directly above the base flap) and the lower edge of the strip is 5mm away from the base flap score line. Mark and hand-cut the bauble aperture from the centre front section of the box. Attach a piece of acetate the full height of the gingham paper strip behind the aperture on the strip. Fold up the box and use double-sided tape to secure the flaps, gently pushing in the triangle sections on the two sides. Attach the gingham paper strip to the front of the box, aligning the bauble
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string on page 90, or using a fancy metal die from the Marianne Design Creatables collection for the cards on pages 90 and 91 and the sweet box window above. To use this die, you’ll need a die-cutting machine with a thick cutting plate suitable for slim dies together with one of your standard cutting plates and the multi-function platform. This brand of die is
compatible with most leading die-cutting machines on the market, all of which should come with guidelines on the combination of plates required for maximum functionality from each type of die. If you haven’t got access to a die-cutting machine you can simply replace the diecut shapes with hand-cut ones and the layering details
can easily be achieved using punches of varying sizes so you can scale the size of the ﬁnished item up or down according to your personal requirements. SEWING ON CARDSTOCK The two greetings card designs on pages 90 and 91 feature machine sewing as the attachment method for
the diﬀerent sections. The main point to bear in mind when sewing through paper or cardstock is that, although the thread can be unpicked, the needle holes are permanent so sew slowly. Keep adhesives away from areas that are going to be sewn and use a longer stitch length in comparison to fabric appliqué projects to avoid perforating the paper
or cardstock along the stitch line. Working on a separate piece of cardstock of identical size and colour to your folded card blank will allow you to manoeuvre the piece under your machine presser foot more easily before attaching the ﬁnished layer to your blank, hiding the thread ends in the process.
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Christmas stocking MATERIALS
♥ gingham, red & apple green ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
fabric of your choice small piece of felt red satin & gingham ribbon Vilene Bondaweb medium-weight wadding red sequins green seed beads sewing thread fabric glue template on the opposite page TOOLS sewing machine sewing needle household iron computer & printer
SIMPLY MAKE Using the template opposite as a guide, cut two stocking shapes from your main gingham fabric, two from wadding and two from your chosen lining fabric.
Iron the ribbon onto the stocking top followed by the bauble hanger – the ribbon should be free of the background where it sits inside the bauble hanger.
WHERE TO BUY BoBunny Double Dot cardstock, together with the patterned paper, acetate and ribbons used in these projects, is available from www.thecraftzboutique.co.uk Cushion pads – available in a variety of shapes and sizes – and fills can be purchased online from www.design-a-cushions.co.uk
We raided our craft stash for the fabrics used in the stitched projects, but all good fabric or quilting stores should have the basic designs featured here, together with wadding, Bondaweb, ribbon and sewing threads Hobby Art clear stamp sets and acrylic mounting blocks are available from www.thecraftbarn.co.uk
Turn the lining rightside out and sew a ribbon loop close to the back seam along the top edge, stitching within the seam allowance.
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Transfer the bauble sections onto Bondaweb using carbon paper and roughly cut around the shapes, just outside the lines. Using a pencil, complete the background sections on the template over the bauble as shown.
Transfer the three main layering sections of the stocking onto Bondaweb as before.
Iron the Bondaweb shapes onto the reverse of your chosen fabrics, then – with the exception of the bauble hanger – iron into position on one half of the main fabric stocking.
Cut a length of ribbon the width of the stocking top as shown on the template and apply a strip of Bondaweb to each end, leaving a small gap free in the centre.
TOP TIP If you don’t have a scanner and printer, then carbon paper is great for transferring template designs to your chosen cardstock or papers, as well as for marking them on the paper side of Bondaweb. Just remember when transferring non-symmetrical shapes that you need to flip them so the design doesn’t end up back to front
Machine-sew a zigzag stitch around the bauble sections, starting from the star and working out. Then sew along the ribbon as pictured.
Sew a zigzag stitch over the remaining edges in the same way before placing the two main stocking pieces right sides together, sandwiched between the two wadding shapes. Sew all the way around the shaped edge, then clip the curves.
Sew the two lining pieces right sides together, leaving a turning gap along the front edge of the stocking. Clip the curves as before and press the seam open as shown along the unsewn turning gap and all the way to the top.
Stocking template 25% actual size Full size template available to download from www.craftsonthenet.com
Insert the lining into the inside-out stocking and, with the front and back seams aligned, sew around the top edge. Turn the stocking right side out through the lining, then slip stitch the lining closed before pushing inside the stocking.
Tie a length of ribbon in a bow around the ribbon loop inside the bauble hanger. Glue three sequins to the vertical seam on the stocking and top each with a seed bead before leaving overnight to dry.
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♥ gingham, red & apple green fabric ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
of your choice pale green felt I small & 3 large buttons Vilene Bondaweb medium-weight wadding red sequin green seed bead sewing thread scented filling (we used cloves here) 10”-square cushion pad fabric glue template on the opposite page TOOLS sewing machine sewing needle household iron
SIMPLY MAKE Trace all the separate sections of the cushion template onto the paper side of Bondaweb using carbon paper between the template and the Bondaweb. Roughly cut around the shapes just outside the lines.
Iron the Bondaweb sections onto the reverse of your chosen fabrics, then assemble and iron into position on a square of felt.
Machine-sew a zigzag stitch around the edges of all the pieces starting with the star in the centre of the bauble and working outwards.
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Sew a small button to the centre of the bauble hanger and a large button to each of the three feature squares.
Cut a square piece of wadding 1cm smaller than your stitched panel and sprinkle your scented filling over the surface. Cover with a piece of white fabric, and then stitch around the edges to seal.
Cut two 10”-square pieces of gingham for the main body of the cushion. Lay the scented sachet in the centre of one and pin the stitched panel over.
Machine-sew a zigzag stitch around the edges of the panel.
WHY NOT TRY…
With right sides together, sew your cushion front to the back fabric, leaving a 7” gap for turning along one edge. Turn right sides out and press the hem along the opening edges as pictured.
Insert your cushion pad into the cover and slip stitch the cover closed. Continue to slip stitch around all four edges of the cushion if desired.
To finish, glue a sequin and a seed bead to the centre of the star and dry overnight.
…making the bauble layers on the projects using felt for a completely no-machine-sew approach to these layers? Simply using Bondaweb as the attachment will suﬃce for items that are not overly handled but you could always add a hand running stitch just in from the edges for security and for a decorative touch
Cushion template 40% actual size Photocopy at 250%
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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
MATERIALS 14.8cm-square white card blank white cardstock BoBunny Double Dot cardstock BoBunny Raspberry Green Dot patterned paper Cookbookin’ Sugar and Spice Christmas Gingham patterned paper Hobby Art Christmas Greetings (#CS009D) clear stamp set Black Cherry StãzOn inkpad acetate red gingham ribbon Papermania Adhesive Shimmer Dots 3D foam pads template on the opposite page TOOLS Marianne Design Creatables Bauble/Bell die set manual die-cutting machine sewing machine & thread acrylic mounting block
SIMPLY MAKE Cut a piece of cardstock the same colour and size as your folded card blank. Using the template opposite as a guide, cut the patterned paper layers and the red cardstock frame and attach. Stitch around the edges and over all the joins between the pieces using a small zigzag stitch. Cut the aperture from the centre of the red cardstock frame about 3-4mm away from the stitching. Lay the panel on your card blank and mark the aperture. Remove the panel
Bauble garland MATERIALS
♥ red gingham & rickrack ribbons ♥ BoBunny Double Dot cardstock ♥ Cookbookin’ Sugar and Spice ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Christmas Gingham patterned paper Papermania Adhesive Shimmer Dots 3D foam pads template on the opposite page TOOLS small hole punch circle & star punches
SIMPLY MAKE Cut as many base bauble shapes as you require from red and green Double Dot cardstock, using the template as a guide. Punch a hole through the hanger section of each one.
and cut the aperture through the card blank front just outside the pencil lines. Attach a piece of acetate behind the stitched panel aperture before aﬃxing the whole panel to your card front. Adhere a piece of Double Dot cardstock to the inside back of the blank just larger than, and aligned centrally with, the aperture. Die-cut the fancy bauble shape from green Double Dot cardstock and attach to red cardstock before trimming around the edges and punching the hole through. Tie a knot in a length of ribbon then thread both ends through the bauble hole, ﬁnishing with a bow. Attach the bauble to the acetate in the aperture using foam pads, then repeat the bauble-making process and attach on the reverse side of the card front to hide the 3D foam pads. Stamp your greeting around the corner of a scrap of patterned paper and trim as pictured, before mounting to red cardstock using 3D foam pads for dimension. Trim the mount to leave a narrow border and attach to your card, again using 3D foam pads. Embellish the card front using Shimmer Dots to ﬁnish.
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Attach a strip of contrasting paper across the rectangular bauble hanger section on each side of every bauble. Punch circle and star shapes from patterned paper or Double Dot cardstock and attach these to the baubles on both sides, using 3D foam pads for extra dimension. Embellish the stars using Shimmer Dots Tie a short length of gingham ribbon through the hanger loop of each bauble before sliding them onto the rickrack ribbon. Space the baubles evenly along the zigzag shapes of the ribbon, sitting each one in a dip to stop it sliding sideways when hanging.
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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
MATERIALS A6 white card blank white cardstock BoBunny Double Dot cardstock BoBunny Raspberry Green Dot patterned paper Cookbookin’ Sugar and Spice Christmas Gingham patterned paper Hobby Art Christmas Greeting’ #CS009D clear stamp set Black Cherry StãzOn inkpad red buttons green satin & striped ribbons Papermania Adhesive Shimmer Dots TOOLS Marianne Design Creatables Bauble/Bell die set manual die-cutting machine sewing machine & thread acrylic block small circle punch
SIMPLY MAKE Cut a piece of cardstock the same colour and size as your folded card blank. Cut a 13.8x6cm piece of gingham paper and wrap three lengths of narrow green ribbon around the strip towards the top before attaching the ﬁnished piece to the left-hand side of your cardstock. Cut a 13.8x3.5cm piece of dotty paper and aﬃx to the right-hand side.
Stitch around the outer edge of the papers using a small zigzag stitch, starting just below the ribbons and ﬁnishing just above them. Wrap a length of stripy ribbon around the panel over the join between the papers and secure the ends on the reverse. Tie a second length of ribbon around this, ﬁnishing with a bow, before attaching the whole panel to your card front. Die-cut the fancy bauble shape from red Double Dot cardstock and attach to green cardstock before trimming around the edges. Snip away the bauble hanging loop and tuck the bauble under the ribbon bow on your card, securing it using 3D foam pads for extra dimension. Punch three small circles from cardstock and attach a button to each before securing to the green ribbons on your card. Stamp your greeting onto patterned paper, trim and mount to red cardstock, leaving a narrow border all around. Attach to your card using 3D foam pads then embellish the design with shimmer gems to ﬁnish.
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Sweet box template (Page 85) 40% actual size Photocopy at 250%
Card template (Page 90) 50% actual size Photocopy at 200%
Bauble template (Page 90) 50% actual size Photocopy at 200%
Full size templates are available to download at www.craftsonthenet.com
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The Craft Shop Byrkley Garden Centre, Byrkley Drive, Rangemore, Burton-on-trent, Staﬀordshire DE13 9RN Tel: 01283716467
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2 to give away, worth £34.95 ArtFelt (www.artfelt.co.uk; 07531 288482) has donated its new teddy bear needle felting kits and we have a brown and a pastel teddy for you to choose from.
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Pink kitchen scales 3 to give away, worth £19.95 each Dotcomgiftshop (www.dotcomgiftshop.com; 020 8746 2473) has donated these vintage-style, 5kg-capacity kitchen scales, which would make an ideal gift for bakers!
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Midlands Couling Sewing Machines Lincoln LN5 8AW Creative Hands 2 Worcester WR1 2LU DC Nutt Sewing Machines Walsall WS3 3SS E L Grain Sewing Machines Dom Ltd Nottingham NG6 8UY F L Nutt Sewing Machines Birmingham B14 7AA G S UK Limited Nottingham NG2 2JR L & M Nutt Sewing Machines Birmingham B73 5BS Leamington Spa Sewing Machines Ltd Leamington Spa CV32 4RA Sew Essential Ltd Moira DE12 6EJ Sewing Machine Centre Shrewsbury SY1 1XJ
0131 313 1002 01786 462 993 01463 719 369 01835 862 228 01887 822 999
01522 521 841 01905 249 40 01922 497 603 0115 927 1155 0121 444 3978 01158 448 000 0121 373 5497 01926 427 572 01283 210 422 01743 343 902
East Anglia Beccles Sewing Machines Beccles NR34 9TB Bedford Sew & Knit Limited Bedford MK41 7LE Sew Creative Cambridge CB1 1LD Sew Creative Bury St Edmonds Bury St Edmonds IP33 1NE Sew Creative Norwich Norwich NR3 1LE
01502 714 234 01234 217 096 01223 350 691 01284 755459 01603 305888
Wales J & B Sewing Machine Co Ltd Newport NP19 4SY Sewing Machine Direct Wrexham LL12 0PJ
01633 284 646 01978 851 235
South East Art of Sewing Eastleigh SO50 5LD Ashford Sewing Centre Ashford TN23 1JH Brighton Sewing Centre Brighton BN1 1YD C & A Sewing Machines Ltd Cranleigh GU6 8NE CCB Sewing Machines Rochester ME1 1HS Cooper Sewing Machines Ltd Borehamwood WD6 1FJ Dowlings Sewing Machines Wickford SS11 8YJ Fareham Sewing Fareham PO16 0EH GTS Sewing Machines Banbury OX16 9PQ Lewisham & Deptford S/Mcs London SE8 3NT Maidstone Sewing Centre Maidstone ME14 1ED Regent Sewing and Knitting Ltd Ilford IG1 2AG Rona Sewing Machines Waltham Cross EN8 7BX Sew Devine Reading RG6 1JQ Sew Northampton Northampton NN1 4DX The Sewing Centre Battersea SW11 3BP The Sewing Shop Canterbury CT1 2HX Tysons Sewing Machines Ltd Southall UB1 3DA Wimbledon Sewing Machines London SW17 7AA
350 • 294 Stitches including 10 automatic button hole styles & 3 lettering styles
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South West Caffle Crafts Weston Super Mare BS24 6SE Direct Sewing Machines Redruth TR15 2BY Exeter Sewing Machine Company Exeter EX1 2LD Modern Home Equipment (t/a Bredons) Taunton TA1 3NB The Stitch Academy Taunton TA1 1NZ
See your local dealer for a demonstration, or visit www.brothersewing.eu/uk
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Lena’s Sewing and Knitting Centre Ltd Limerick 00 353(0)6130383 Singer Sewing Centre Dublin 00 353(0)18743374