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We’re hippy-chicks this summer. Time for dreamcatcher jewellery and stacks of bangles made from all kinds of crafts. Float about in a summery kimono, before chilling out on a crocheted cushion. Let out your inner child – just like our designer-makers – and embroider a sea monster, or needle felt a zoo. Then, when it’s time to grow up, a lacy collar is smart and just the right side of quirky for our office wardrobe.




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12 OUT AND ABOUT Style a vintage wedding like a pro

52 HOME TOUR Sam Robinson’s colourful London pad

16 TRENDS If at first you don’t succeed: tribe, tribe and tribe again

58 CHEV-RIGHT! Crochet Kath Webber’s exclusive chevron cushion for some boutique chic

20 LITTLE EXTRAS Beaded, crocheted or fabric – exclusive, summer accessories whatever your craft


62 OCEAN’S A HEAVEN Forget the garden, have an octopus’ bedroom instead with Alyssa Thomas’ embroidered patchwork quilt

French design queen Anne Hubert

ON THE COVER Photographer Philip Sowels Model Adele Houghton, Mustard Models Project Lucinda Saunders, Samantha

90 TEMPLATES 36 OMBRE DAY Pamper yourself in Leanne Garrity’s exclusive dip-dyed cover-up


Wood, Christine Hornicke, Pamela Kilcoyne Art Direction and Styling Helena Tracey Styling Lucille Randall


All the shapes for this issue’s makes, plus your cross stitched rose pattern

41 FELTED ZOO Melissa Lowry’s safari-so-good animals

Colour us excited – hue-loving stitcher Oona Balloona invites us into her world

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CRAFT AT PLAY While putting this issue together, we noticed a theme emerging – crafting as kids do. It’s when the obsession started for most of us, right? For me, it was the thrill of going to my auntie’s house, where a box of glitter and felt was on standby to rummage through, cut up and stick together. Our featured artists, Alyssa Thomas and Anne Hubert design with their inner-child at the forefront; and columnist Oona Balloona writes about the giddy pride that comes with handmade on page 98. Project-wise, it’s dreamcatchers, bracelets and dip-dying. Go forth and craft with utter glee!

36 Boudoir babe

LOVING Treats and treasures to fall in love with

Lara Watson Editor

69 LOVING Beautiful things to covet, adore and make

70 DREAM GIRL Craft and style icon, Jazz Domino Holly’s exclusive dreamcatcher How To



One collar, two ways

Crochet Ros Badger’s lacy wonder

80 VISIT HANDMADE BY YOU A must-visit craft space with a vintage vibe in Alfie’s Antiques, London


58 V for victory

Cross stitch with our How To from What Delilah Did’s Sophie Simpson

88 REVEALING CRAFT Behind the scenes at Alison Deegan’s peaceful countryside home studio

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Anne Hubert This French designer finds inspiration in her childhood, but to choose a name for her company, Anne took the grown-up approach over a good bottle of wine with her best friend. Et voilĂ ! La Cerise sur le Gâteau was born. Find out more about Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designs on page 30.

Kath Webber Co-author of crochet bonanza, 500 Crochet Blocks, Kath teaches crochet, and spends all the money she makes on yarn and cheeseburgers. Check out Kathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patterns and inspiration for happy hooking on her blog. Crochet Kathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chevron cushion on page 58.

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Alyssa Thomas Founder of fabric and embroidery company, Penguin & Fish, Alyssaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite way to work on new ideas for whimsical characters is to sit doodling on the patio of her Minneapolis home, listening to the birdsong. Embroider Alyssaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patchwork quilt on page 62.

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Oona Balloona Far away in the land of Kalkatroona, the fabric is as colourful as the inhabitants, and the glasses are always full. There, Oona Balloona crafts, curses and creates with her cohort in cocktails â&#x20AC;&#x201C; husband, Ruggy. Oona makes gowns for Glamazons on page 98.

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Giving an updated edge to the ancient art of Nankeen (a technique where linens and cottons are dyed with indigo), the duo behind LuRu Home have made quite an impression with their breezy, blue range. Liza Serratore (Lu) and Claire Russo (Ru) head up a team of women who create radiant batiks using handcut stencils. The results? To dye for.

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Hot gowns: summer in the city. Don’t miss Poppy and Fred’s pretty pastel London adventures, out soon.

DAYDREAM BELIEVER Inject a little happy this summer with our colourful feel-good finds Miaow! What better way to add a bit of kitsch-cuteness to your summer wardrobe than with a pair of Pop and Moo’s feline flats?

Learn how to cut, punch and glue your way to the prettiest of papercraft bunting thanks to the dream-team bloggers at 8 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

When you buy a vibrant Days of August colourwheel necklace, from Australian eco-friendly gift boutique Rockrose Handmade, part of the profit goes to sponsoring a little boy in Kenya. How? You browse its lovingly curated goodies – and it will donate to social enterprises across the globe. Happy days.


We fell for her royal wedding memorabilia, but now we’re going ga-ga for Lydia Leith’s new Royal baby range. Toast Will and Kate’s happy arrival, with a Shake Rattle and Rule, or Rock Around the Cot mug. Just don’t forget the obligatory sick bag.

Add cheeky chevrons and stripes to your stash with Simply Style. It’s Vanessa Christenson of V&Co’s second, uplifting fabric collection for Moda.,




@ Fashion_ Antidot From beginner sewing classes to top industry -level technical workshops, there’s no end to the skills you can learn at this East London fashion and sewing school.

Momtaz (centre) is a craft writer, published author and consultant.

Stitch and stretch Fancy a night out with a difference? Get yourself down to The Make Escape (Hackney Attic, London) to have a drink, hang out with like-minded creatives and make a mess! On the last Tuesday of the month, maker-turnedauthor Momtaz Begum-Hossain and her crew host themed craft nights, guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. August’s theme? Conscious Couture. Sign us up.

Tara Styles, one of NYC’s most-wanted yoga teachers (and YouTube “yoga rebel”) has gone and got cosy with Swiss DIY fashion brand Wool and The Gang. The result? A fresh range of yoga-inspired DIY knitting kits. Making downward-facing dogs look stylish.

Future themes include: Welcome to the Jungle (24 September) and Fright Night (29 October).


Starling Store Sugar Hiccup and Silver Soul (ace names, right?) are just two examples of the whimsically named collections presented as themed stories at Starling Store. Brighton-based founder, Nicola Eslick curates spectrums of contemporary homeware “with a flash of colour and creative spirit.” Nice one! 30 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 9

THRICE IS NICE With these three latest goodies to grace the shelves – stitch, crochet and snip your way to making pleasure this summer! FABRIC PAPER THREAD This bright book is supposedly for kids, but there’s plenty for grown-ups too – especially the beaded tassel necklace, colour-wheel hair clips and wall art. Well, don’t mind if we do…

SCISSORS, PAPER, CRAFT Snip ’n’ fold your way through 30 projects in this guide to papercrafts (sneak peak on page 47). We love the Japanese bound notebooks, harebell fairy lights and summer party paper pom-poms.


SWEET AND SIMPLE HANDMADE Knit, stitch and upcycle your way to some superspecial makes for kids. The 25 projects include an art smock, newagain sweater, dress-up cape and modern bonnet.

Watch: Butterscotch & Beesting


An illustrator with Danish roots tells the story of her fictional circus top through bold homewares

Sneak under the big top and into the mysterious world of illustrator and storyteller Camilla Westergaard’s magical circus of wonders! Through her playful homewares you follow the stories of dashing circus ringmaster, Mr Bumblewick Beesting and Miss Betty Butterscotch (a former trapeze artist with a fear of heights).


Clown around with a huge pile of gorgeous cushions.

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Glam girls: vintage fair founders, Louise and Jessica.



When barrister Louise Kitchin couldn’t find a local craft fair she liked, she set up her own. Katie Allen finds out how... A journey from opera to craft fairs (via law) might be unusual, but for Cheshirebased barrister Louise Kitchin it’s led to a fulfilling antidote to a stressful career at the Bar – and one she’s passionate about. Louise has always been creative, studying music and arts at university. When a spell in Italy to “make my fortune as an opera singer” didn’t work out, she took a job at a solicitor’s, eventually qualifying as a barrister. But she


Louise, you’re just like us, only with better hair (jealous!).

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wanted a creative outlet. With friend, Jessica Rowlands, Louise started selling at local craft fairs, but couldn’t find one she really liked. So, the pals did it themselves and set up Homemade Heaven & Vintage Style fairs in May 2012. The first was held in the village hall in Hale, Cheshire, with 1940s music and a tearoom with homemade cakes, selling everything from upcycled furniture to soap. It was so popular they had to open a second room in the hall – they had over 300 eager customers queueing out the door. Jessica stepped back from co-running the fairs in June, but she still organises the tearooms. Louise now fits the fairs in around her work and family. Their next fair will be held on 21 September in Knutsford Civic Centre, one of their favourite venues. The small scale appeals to Louise: “I like the village feel,” she says. “We’re using places that aren’t used much any more – but they’re exactly where people used to meet back then, so it really fits.” The stallholders are a mix of regulars and local makers, including jewellery-maker Three Little Peas, vintage-inspired homewares from J’aime Beaucoup and knitter, So Satsuma. This year they launched an online makers directory, with plans to include retail too – and rather excitingly, a city move could be on the cards. “There’s a big crafts and vintage scene in Manchester,” says Louise. “If we do well, perhaps next year that’s where we’ll go. The plan is to go bigger and better, anyway!”


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Wedding workshop Rosaria Sgueglia visits Hammer Hill Barn in Essex for some inspirational tips on the perfect vintage nuptials Woah there, single ladies – no need to skip this page. You won’t have to be getting married anytime soon to attend a vintage wedding workshop by Vintage Style Hire and Violets and Velvet. What you’ll learn from wedding stylist, Kate Fletcher, and florist, Sam Cotterrell, will go beyond any nuptials, and can be applied to any fancy shmancy shindig you’re planning. We are in the middle of the countryside where a beautiful barn offers the perfect scenery for a heavily packed day of vintage activities including practical demonstrations of table plans, flower compositions, guest books, dessert tables and bouquets. Within Sam and Kate’s breathtaking vintage studio – where most of the activities take place – we soon learn about their story. 12 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

After working together for years, the pair decided to leave London and start their workshops. “There’s so much accessibility here in Essex,” says Sam. “The setting is so idyllic, it seemed perfect – especially now I have the opportunity to grow my own flowers. It’s been a dream of mine for years so I’m really happy that I’m finally doing it.” While Sam teaches you all about flowers, bouquets and buttonholes, Kate shares precious tips on creating effective moodboards for your big day; presenting sweet treats; upcycling picture frames; and revamping objects with wax and paint in order to style them in a more contemporary way. From jars and biscuits, to cakes to die for (plus complimentary sweets throughout the day) you’ll certainly leave Hammer Hill Barn on a sugar high, as well as a feeling of cosy nostalgia for the good ol’ days – not to mention a serious craving for Kate’s yummy macarons (fear not, you’ll find a selection in your goody bag). vintagestyle,


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A festival headdress will take you from dancing barefoot at sunset through to the golden rays of dawn.


Need a chief for your tribe? Look no further than Beci Orpin. This rug epitomises her trademark colourful designs. urbanoutďŹ


Every playground clan needs a mini shaman. This crochet headpiece will turn your little one into quite the wise elder.

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Festival season is in full swing! Get to the front in a vest top you’ve designed yourself, with a little help from Spinster’s Emporium’s Donna Bramhall. You’ll be the envy of all the other stylish festies for sure. See you by the dance stage…










You will need: vest, scissors, beading needle, iron-on interfacing, light-weight fabrics, a selection of buttons and beads. 01 Wash and iron your fabrics. Trace your shapes (on page 91) onto the paper side of the ironon interfacing. 02 Roughly cut around the edge of the shapes. 03 Iron the interfacing paper-side up onto the back of your fabric. 04 Cut out the shapes. 05 Peel the interfacing paper off the back of the shapes. 06 Lay your shapes fabric-side up (and glue-side down) on to the vest, then iron into position one row at a time. 07 Using a sewing machine, and with a small zig zag stitch in a contrasting-coloured thread, sew around the edge of the bigger shapes. Straight stitch over the top of the smaller shapes (see the templates for stitch details). 08 Sew on beads and buttons as per your design, or go free flow. Wear with cut-offs, wellies and await glowing compliments.

Donna Bramhall is the founder of Spinster’s Emporium, and lectures in fashion design.


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Describe your style in a few words. Colourful, with a touch of humour. Which books and magazines are currently on your bedside table? Elle Decoration, and children’s magazines like Milk or Papier Mache because they’re full of inspiration.

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ANNE HUBERT The French founder of La Cerise sur le Gâteau embraces a sweet nostalgia with her quirky designs in neon brights Words: LUCY RICE Photographs: HENNY VAN BELKOM

Tradition has played a big part in Anne Hubert’s professional life, from attending business school in order to keep her parents happy, to referencing centuries-old French patterns in her range of homeware designs. But by staying true to her inner child, Anne has taken these classical influences and developed a playful style, replete with colour, charm and bags of personality. Upon graduating from art school in Paris, Anne freelanced as a window dresser and photo stylist – a talent that she still utilises when creating lookbooks 30 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

with friend and photographer Coco Amardeil. It’s not often you see a goat having a snooze under neon-trimmed bedding, or grand-mère climbing a ladder for a closer look at a polka dot-strewn washing line. But such is the wonderful and unexpected world of La Cerise sur le Gâteau, where screenprinted shoes trot across Liberty-print cushions, a fluorescent pink Eiffel Tower stands proud on a tea towel, and a menagerie of circus animals prowl across children’s bed linen. Anne invites us into her creative world to find out more.

Name your top three creative blogs. Poppytalk (, a French blog called Lait Fraise ( and Oh Happy Day! ( How did you start your own business? To start with it was just for fun. As a freelancer I could manage my time, and when I moved into my own apartment I needed things, so I started to make them myself. I began selling my designs from my apartment with friends at the weekend – and people liked them! Then a buyer from [Parisian department store] Le Bon Marché came over and said, “I want to buy your designs.” From there, I started to do it ‘for real’. Describe a typical working day. How do you balance working creatively with the demands of family life? When I started out, it was completely different to today. I was working freelance for years as well as doing the company,

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‘To begin with I was working evenings, nights and weekends.’



so sometimes I’d focus more on one of them for a few months, and sometimes I’d mix the two. I can tell you I was working evenings, nights and weekends! It’s a more traditional working day these days. I come in to the office at 9am, and work with my team. I have a little girl now, so she goes to preschool, and I leave the office at 5pm to pick her up. Sometimes I spend time in Paris if I have appointments or am attending fairs, so I try to combine these trips with weekends and visiting friends, too.

How has your business changed since you moved out of the city? It’s much, much easier. We now have a big office in a converted factory here in Alsace. In Paris it would’ve been impossible for me to have an office for five people, and yet here it’s a very nice place to work from and we still have space. Everything is easier and cheaper – especially with a child; it’s changed my life. I live in another loft in this building with my family. My husband is from Alsace, and he bought this place together with a



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number of other people, and rebuilt it. So we have the place where we live but also the other loft for the office. It was completely empty when we bought it; no water, no heating – we just had windows, the floor and four walls, that’s it. It was a completely blank canvas. Where do you like searching for creative inspiration? My philosophy is to design the collections as if I’m making the objects for myself – I think if I like it, then other people are going to like it, too. I always look to my childhood for inspiration, and there are a lot of personal references, such as my love for shoes and photography.



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created by Anne and photographer Coco Amardeil celebrate the motto: “Normal is boring.”


‘Olga’ and

the Liberty tandem silk-screenprinted cushions are two of Anne’s bestselling designs.



How does your creative process work? Do you keep sketchbooks or use any online resources? I really love Pinterest! I collect all my design inspiration there these days – on secret boards, of course. Before, I worked in a similar way – I would collect pictures throughout the year on my computer, taking photographs, doing drawings… as many things as I could. Then, when I wanted to start work on a collection I’d just open my box and I’d see all the pictures I’d collected. That way, the inspiration isn’t just from one day, it’s from all year round.

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‘I design each of my collections as if I’m making something for myself.’



How do your designs then come to life? All the fabric comes from Europe – some from France (the Toile de Jouy and linen); some from Portugal; and others, like the Liberty fabric, come from the UK. Everything is made in Portugal because it’s important for me to be in an area where they have that savoir-faire for textile manufacturing, like Porto in Portugal. In France, you would end up having to transport a lot of things across long distances, and that’s very complicated and, of course, expensive.

Your work features a fun use of neon… I love colour. I never wear black, for example – ever. It’s too easy. Without it, you’re forced to use your imagination. I’ve used neon in my work since the first collection, so it’s become a signature of the brand. One of our newer designs, ‘Toile de Jouy’, references a traditional French pattern. Toile de Jouy is a very typical French fabric that was used a lot at the beginning of 19th century. So by creating our designs in neon pink, for example, the print gets a new lease of life.



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La Cerise sur le Gâteau is known for its cheeky, quirky styling. How do you come up with the ideas? I’ve worked with photographer, Coco Amardeil since the start of La Cerise sur le Gâteau, and even before that when I was a stylist. We have the same vision. Her collaboration is very important to me. Today, I’m preparing to shoot for the new collection, so we’ll look through the pieces and come up with stories. We have a lot of fun, and when we laugh a lot we know we’ve found a good idea! 01


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La Cerise sur le Gâteau’s latest is a homage to polka dots – from summer neons to monochrome to ‘Celeste’ or sky blue. With a new range of Toile de Jouy neon teatowels, and Anne’s popular dressing line motif now available as bed linen (we want!), it’s definitely time to dress up ‘too normal’ corners of your home.

What are you currently working on? My next collection – the one I will present at Maison et Objets in September, in Paris. It’s a big collection; the first time I’ve done so many products. I’ve got new cushions, teatowels, bed linen and aprons, as well as things for children. And I’m starting to do more accessories, like bags and purses. What’s the best piece of creative advice you have ever been given? Stick to your convictions. If you fall, it’s not important – don’t dwell on it. Back when I was selling designs from my apartment, I wasn’t sure about starting the company. A friend said to me, “Give me one reason not to…” After a long silence, she said, “OK! You’re going to do it!”

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HOW TO… MAKE AN OMBRE KIMONO MATERIALS QLightweight white cotton fabric 160 x 80cm (63 x 31") – plus a few extra bits for test dying QFlamingo-pink fabric dye

Make like a starlet and swan around in this graceful kimono for a girl’s-night-in, pampering. Slip it on as an effortless cover-up at the beach, or style an on-trend festival look by pairing with a vest, cut-offs and stacks of bangles (see page 20!). The sheer fabric and gentle folds are flirty and flattering, and since the kimono is made from a single piece of rectangular fabric, you won’t need to faff about sewing in sleeves. Whip it up! We promise it’ll be an absolute breeze. 01 Mix up a little of your dye solution and practise your dipping technique on dampened fabric scraps. Dye can ‘take’ differently depending on the fabric type, and by doing a test strip you can


gauge the length of time, level of saturation and amount of bleed. 02 Prepare your dye bath following the packet’s instructions. Fold your fabric in half widthwise, and wet it with water. Holding onto the folded edge, dip the bottom half of the fabric in the dye bath. The top edge of the dye line will bleed up the damp fabric a little, giving you a blended transition. Leave the bottom third of your fabric to soak for a while. At intervals, hitch the fabric a little higher out of the dye so that you get a smooth gradient, with the bottom being the most saturated. 03 When you’re happy with the results, rinse your fabric in cold water until it runs clear. Hang to dry then press.

04 Cut a 10cm (4") strip from one long edge of the fabric for the belt, and set aside. 05 Fold your main fabric in half lengthways with the folded edge on the right. For the front opening and neck hole, mark the halfway point on the folded edge. Cut up the folded edge until just before the mark, then cut a smooth halfkeyhole shape around the mark. 06 Now fold the fabric in half again by bringing the top short edge down to meet the bottom short edge. Trim the bottom left corner into a curve, cutting through all four layers of fabric. 07 On your sewing machine, stitch a rolled hem around the edge of your fabric shape. 08 Lay your kimono on a flat





surface, folded at the shoulders, wrong sides (WS) together. Line up the hems and side seams. Pin the side seams at the halfway point (this should be roughly where your dye line starts) and again at the bottom, just shy of the curve. Stitch between the pins using the side of your presser foot as a guide for seam allowance. 09 Take your belt fabric strip and fold it in half lengthways, right sides (RS) together. Pin the raw edge and sew a straight stitch along the entire length. Pivot and continue along the short edge. Turn this fabric tube RS out, press, tuck a hem under at the open end, and hand-stitch closed. 10 Try on the kimono, and place pins approximately 3cm (1") either Subscribe at


side of each side seam, at waist height. These four pins mark where your belt holes will go. Make sure the pins are all aligned. 11 Set your machine to satin stitch. Sew the belt holes by stitching a 3cm-long (1") satin stitch, pivot, then stitch a second row

alongside the first, reinforcing at each end. 12 Cut between the two rows of satin stitching, and thread your belt through the four belt holes. And youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done! Time to slip into your kimono and float about like the utter goddess you are.

Leanne Garrity Leanne is a DIY blogger, freelance writer and designer-maker for her accessories label, Chi Chi Dee Handmade. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely self taught, and loves working from home in her pyjamas. She recently moved with her partner from London to the Bavarian Alps, where she goes for a daily swim in her local watering hole, Swan Lake. (For real.)




Mollie’s Menagerie We asked Melissa Lowry to share her needle felting secrets, and she came up with this zoo-per cute make!







HOW TO MAKE… A NEEDLE FELTED ZOO MATERIALS For each animal: QAt least 2 x size 40 triangular felting needles Elephant Q25g grey roving QSmall amounts of pink and black roving QFelting block Lion Q25g yellow roving QSmall amount of brown merino wool QSmall amounts of light yellow and black roving Giraffe Q25g yellow roving QSmall amounts of white, black, beige and blue roving


Try these animals of Africa – they make cute ornaments for safari-loving little ones, and older explorers too. Needle felting is a great way to bring your imagination to life. You can take your time over this craft, and the best part is that if you make a mistake, you can easily fix it. So grab a nice long stretch of me-time, with needles at the ready. You’ll be roaring with pokey prowess quick smart. Ellie the elephant 01 Take a large amount of grey roving – remember: roving shrinks as you poke, so take a slightly bigger amount than you think you’ll need. Pull the fibres apart to loosen them, then start forming a cylinder shape for the body. 02 Roll the roving between your palms to help the fibres bond. Carefully stab the wool in a downward direction until it starts to take shape. It can take a while before it seems to be getting firm. The longer you poke, the harder

it’ll become. You can also use more than one needle for speed. Add wool as needed, and felt in place. 03 Take four smaller bits of roving for the legs. Make four balls, and secure them to the body with your needle. If they don’t attach seamlessly take a thin layer of wool, and felt around the seams. 04 For the head, make a ball that will end up larger in proportion to the body. Felt until firm, then fix into position. For a seamless bond between the head and body, add a thin layer of roving, and then felt into place. 05 Press the head down to make a flat top and less of a sphere. Stab downwards to keep the shape. 06 To make the trunk, roll some roving into a sausage shape. Roll in more wool at one end to make it thicker, as this part will be attached to the head. If you make it longer than it needs to be you can always cut it later. 07 Fan out the wool on the thicker end and begin attaching it to

the face. Keep it wide and not as defined so it gradually protrudes from the face. Curve it downwards and to the left so that it can nestle the heart. 08 Time to make the ears – you want them to be as wide as the face. Take a fair bit of wool to make the ears nice and thick. Place it on your felting block and, using two needles for speed, felt until it’s smooth and firm. 09 Attach the ears to either side of the head. Stab them lightly into place at first to see if you’re happy with the position. Once they’re even, felt the top and sides so the ears flop forwards and slightly downwards. 10 For the eyes, take two small amounts of black roving, and place to test the position. Once happy, felt into the face. You want the eyes to start slightly below where the trunk starts. 11 For the heart, take some pink roving and place it above the tip of the trunk. Felt it into the shape







of a heart. You may prefer to felt it separately on your block and then attach it. 12 Now for the final touch. Take a small piece of roving and roll it between your palms to create a thin tail. Felt the top half to the body and leave the end bushy. 13 Check your elephant from all sides to make sure she’s even. Leonard the lion 01 Take a good amount of yellow roving as before, and roll it into a cone that’s 7-8cm (3") long. If needed, roll in more wool at one end to make it thicker. 02 Poke the body with your needle as you did with Ellie. Your lion’s body will start to take shape, and you can always add more wool as you see fit. 03 Take more roving, and make a ball. Roll it between your palms to help the fibres bond together as before. Felt it to form an ovalshaped head – it should be wider than the base of your body, as this Subscribe at

will add an element of cuteness to your lion. 04 Take the merino wool and pull it apart to create wispy ‘hair’. The more you pull it apart, the lighter and stringier it will be. 05 Layer the pieces of wool on top of each other on the lion’s head. Make it as thick as you like. Poke them in place but don’t poke it smooth – you want the back of the head to have a messy texture. 06 Turn the head over, making sure the back of the head is covered. Your lion should now have a full, thick mane. 07 It’s time to join the head and body. Fold the mane over towards the front, and place the body directly on top. Felt in all around making sure it’s fixed in place. 08 Once attached, flip it over and place some more roving on top to cover the join. 09 For the snout, take some light yellow, and form a small oval. Attach it to the face, and sculpt it down to the size you want.

10 For the eyes, take small amounts of black, and felt into place. You’ll notice your lion take on a different personality depending on how close together you place them. 11 To make the nose, felt a piece of black roving into a triangle. 12 For the belly, take some more light yellow and felt it to the front of the body. It should take up about half the height of the body. 13 To make the legs, roll two pieces of wool that are thick and long enough to wrap from the sides of the body to the front. 14 Once the legs are felted in place, take some light yellow roving to make the paws. Felt some small balls and attach them at the end of the legs you just made. 15 The last detail on your lion is the tail. Roll a small piece of wool to make a 2.5cm (1”)-long strip. Roll it tightly to make it firm. 16 Attach it to the back of your lion, and felt about half the tail securely onto the body. Add some brown wool at the tip.








HOW TO MAKE… A NEEDLE FELTED ZOO Gerald the Giraffe 01 Take a good amount of yellow roving for the body, as before, and roll it into a cone that’s 10-11cm (4") long. Roll more wool at one end to make it thicker, and start poking into shape. 02 Bend the neck slightly, and poke the bend to keep it in place. Fan out the end of the neck so you can attach the head easily and create a seamless bond. 03 Take more roving and roll it between your palms to make a ball. Felt it until it becomes firmer – the head should be bigger than the width of the neck. Place the ball on the fanned out neck and begin poking to attach them together. 04 Once the head is fixed on, squeeze it together and make a flat front. Poke it to felt it in place. 05 Take a piece of white roving for the snout. It should be about a third of the size of the head. 06 For the belly, take some white roving, and poke it into place on the front of the body. 44 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

07 Now for the legs. Form two small cones of yellow roving and attach them to the body on either side of the belly. 08 To make spots for your giraffe, take some blue pieces of wool and felt them on all over the back – make them all different sizes for a more realistic pattern. 09 Take small pieces of beige and black to create the nostrils and eyes. Place them as close together or as far apart as you like – small details like this add character. 10 Roll a small amount of wool between your fingers to make a thin sausage for the horns. Cut in

half. Carefully felt them onto the head – watch your fingers! Add two small tufts of blue roving to the tops. 11 Take two small amounts of wool and begin shaping them into the ears. Felt them on either side of the head, and place some white roving in the middle for some detail. 12 Repeat the process of rolling some wool between your fingers to make the tail. You can make it as long as you like. Attach it to the back of your giraffe and add a bit of tufty blue roving to the back. Now admire your work – your animal safari is done.

Melissa Lowry Hailing from Toronto, Canada, graphic designer and illustrator, Melissa has been crafting from a very young age. Two years ago she discovered needle felting and fell in love, and she now felts every opportunity she has. Her little felted friends have been shipped all over the world.


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Ahh lovely paper, we do take you for granted! You’re undoubtedly the most affordable and versatile material in our stash boxes. Lucky for you, Christine Leech’s latest tome, Scissors, Paper, Craft has 30 snippingly ace projects to help us rediscover our first love.

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SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT Ideas to help you rediscover, reshape and revitalise your living space

Virtual artist Milo is throwing some serious shapes (of the felt variety) with her jaw-droppingly cool and mighty colourful Graffelti installations. Discover her new ‘Feltworld’ at 48 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30


Take upcycling tips from the one who made adding fauna to pieces of vintage china cooler than collecting them. Recreate one of Lou Rota’s unusually decorated china plates (seek out her exclusive collection, coming soon to Anthropologie) with her new DIY transfer kits. Quote MM13 in her online checkout to get 20% off!

Stop horsing around – get some proper safari styling in your life. Forget Towie-style zebra print throws, Bianca Hall has combined her favourite motifs with a generous helping of neon surrealism to create this wild and wonderful ‘Zebras Pipes ’n’ Roses’ silk cotton cushion. Here’s an idea for day-off DIYs: Take a leaf out of Enter My Attic’s book (well, blog) and give an old stool a lick of paint ’n’ a slice of fabric.


Bring the vibrancy of the ocean into your home with a Thomas Paul tea towel from his all-new glamorous and alluring ‘Amalfi’ collection. Inspired by the luxurious lifestyles of those living on the Italian Amalfi Coast in the 1960s, these bold prints in scorching sunny hues are alfresco dining must-haves. Hot!

Upcycling at its best: the talented craftswomen of the Taragalte (in the Sahara) transform everything from lucky shirts to old dresses and worn-out carpets into an 100% unique-toyou Carpet of Life. What an idea! We love.

Alpine amusement Who doesn’t love a good curiosity shelf collection? Natasha at Candy Pop Images has got herself quite a caboodle of chalets – ooh! Self-confessed ‘photography obsessive and collector of old things’, her cute blog is well worth a pop.

Breezy days Charming, muted tones of European flax and relaxed fibres make the bounty of products at The Linen Works feel like old friends: natural, off-the-roll linens, refreshing Hammam towels and blissful bedding. Tranquility, guaranteed.


KESS InHouse Customise your abode with a touch of artistic flare thanks to KESS InHouse. Its 11 rich, vibrant collections offer up artworks emblazoned onto everything for your gaff, from bold bedding to striking shower curtains and kitsch cushions. Colour your home canvas at Subscribe at


MIX ’N’ MATCH There’s plenty to tempt this month with a real pick ’n’ mix of crafty books and inspiring guides. Which one will you choose? URBAN VIEWS City Quilts’ Cherri House takes her inspiration from the mean streets, and these 12 new projects are a contemporary treat. Graphic lines, solid stripes and geometrics a gogo! HOOP-LA! If you loved issue 28’s exclusive Hello Hoops project, you’ll be equally enamoured with Kirsty Neale’s new book. Stretch out your fabric, and get decorating with appliqué, paint, stencils and crochet. HANDMADE BOOKS FOR EVERYDAY ADVENTURES WORDS: KATIE ALLEN

We don’t often go on treasure hunts, but this imaginative book encourages wanderings of all kinds. It even explains how to make notebooks for them, from canvas-covered pads to waterproof journals.

Designer focus: Oelwein A Parisian art director and illustrator creating poetic homewares in her fuss-free signature style

Launched by French designer and illustrator Séverine Monsonégo, Oelwein uses sustainable processes in its creation of contemporary homewares. Organic cottons, water-based inks and recycled paper all add a crisp layer of cleanliness to her signature tea towels, prints and trays. Aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly. J’adore!


Turn your style on its head with Oelwein’s upside-down cloud tote.

2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the company Donna started while knitting creatures for her finals at the Royal College of Art. Gold leaf gilding – just no one sneeze, m’kay?


THE RIGBY & MAC LOOK Armed with a brush and a little patience, Caroline Taylor finds out how to update furniture at a Rigby & Mac paint workshop A lick or two of paint is one of the most effective ways to breath new life into any piece of furniture. Whether it’s something you’ve dug out of a skip, or a charity shop find in need of some character – a pot of paint and a brush will soon transform it. A few simple coats of your favourite matt emulsion will of course do a fair job, but if you want to create something a little extra special,

Classmates learn a few handy paint techniques.

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then an afternoon at Rigby & Mac’s ‘Annie Sloan chalk paint workshop’ is just the ticket. A four-hour beginner class, held in the Volcano Coffee House in South East London, teaches six paint techniques achieved using a range of Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes. What’s particularly appealing is that the paint can be applied to furniture without any prior preparation. It’s suitable for a huge range of surfaces: wood, metal, walls, floors – and it can even be used to dye fabrics. Using off-cuts of wood, students practice the six techniques, two colour-ageing effects, two crackled effects, colourwash and gilding. The fun part was seeing the different looks the group created, and as instructor Lucy told us: “You never know what you might come up with after a little experimentation.” So we did! While you don’t come away with a finished item as such, you do leave the workshop with a good understanding of how to tackle your first upcycling project at home. The variation of methods learned means you can select the right look for your item, whether it’s ageing a chest of drawers or gilding a mirror with gold leaf. To get you started, Rigby & Mac is offering a 10% discount on Annie Sloan paints from its stores or website:

Best-known for her quirky knitted critters, Donna Wilson will be celebrating a decade of design by hosting a five-day celebration at the London Design Festival. Visitors to the event (14 – 22 September) will be treated to craft workshops, a pop-up shop and the chance to contribute to a knitted rainstorm installation. Not to mention the launch of her eagerly-awaited a/w collection, available from September. Here’s to another ten years of knitted loveliness – cheers!


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Sam Robinson’s London pad is full of heirlooms, art and colourful textiles Words: GAP INTERIORS/JENNIFER HASLAM Photography: GAP INTERIORS/ INGRID RASMUSSEN

Sam Robinson’s home spans three floors of a Victorian terrace above a shop in Kensington. It displays an imaginative mix of styles, and showcases a true collaboration between her and her husband’s tastes; Sam’s pops of neon colour and layers of textiles contrast excellently with the antique wood and shades of grey favoured by husband, John. John runs the hip Polish restaurant Baltic in South London, while in 1996, Sam established


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This page: Grey sofas provide a neutral background for bold cushions from Sam’s shop, The Cross. The sofa on the right is from The Conran Shop. “It was pink, but I had it recovered with fabric from The Cloth Shop. It suits the space much better now,” says Sam.


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lifestyle boutique, The Cross in Notting Hill, which sells an eclectic mix of clothes, homewares and stylish gifts. Sam sees her home as an extension of the shop’s style. “When I’m on buying trips for The Cross, I always pick up something extra to add to my home,” she says. Her most recent purchase was a set of cushions, spotted on a work trip to Istanbul, now displayed on the sofas in the living room. Sam’s love of textiles and clever buying eye is matched by John’s interest in antiques and art, and his collections are displayed in the living room. The couple share their home with Sam’s two sons, Jack and Otto. “If I could have everything my way, the house would be filled with more pink,” says Sam. “But living with John and the boys, I’ve learned to compromise!” John and Sam had been together a couple of years before they married three years ago. Shortly after getting engaged they moved into 54 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30


the Kensington home that had been in John’s family for more than 25 years. “After John’s mother sadly died four years ago, we decided to sell our previous houses and move here,” says Sam, who jumped at the chance to move back to the area. “I grew up two streets away and it’s an area I hold dear to my heart – my teenage years were some of my happiest, so it was like coming home. The neighbourhood in this part of West London is one of the friendliest I’ve known; it has a lovely village feel.” The three-bedroom maisonette didn’t require any structural work, but Sam had lots of ideas for the interiors. She started by painting all the walls white, and then stained the wood floors. “We chose a rich dark brown, as we really didn’t like the previous colour – a warm orangey shade.” This formed the backdrop for adding colour with their art, antiques and vibrant textiles. “We had a rule when it came to


The elegant chaise

longue was passed down from John’s mother. Originally upholstered (according to Sam) in “horrible forest-green cotton,” it has been re-covered in vintage linen sheets from The Cloth Shop. Sam picked up the green trunk on a trip to India.


A retro map

makes the perfect backdrop for a display of vintage and flea market wares.

This page: Sam left the existing Ikea cupboards and added display units – like the wall-mounted shelving used for cookery books, pots and pans – from Myriad Antiques.

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choosing which pictures to hang; we both had to love them equally,” says Sam. “Both John and I enjoy buying art, but we can’t spend lots of money, so we buy pieces we love from flea markets and auctions.” On the walls of their bedroom, for example, Sam and John hung a mix of prints and paintings – some inherited, some thrifted. And it’s not just the art that’s curated from non-high street emporiums. Sam found a bedspread on a work trip to Paris with added sentimentality: “It combines our favourite colours – grey for John and bright-pink for me.” A bedside table and lamp are antiques from Lille Road; an ornate gilt mirror was one of John’s mother’s pieces. Elsewhere, the couple’s love for found items is obvious. In the living room, Sam made the original fireplace a focal point with a chair from Kempton’s Sunbury antiques market that she had re-covered. “I collect antique fabric,” says 56 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30


Sam. “And so I gave a bag to the upholsterer at Revival, and let him work his magic.” The garden was full of pots and an old enamel bath when the couple moved in. “Rather than try and clear the clutter, we embraced it,” says Sam, who filled the pots with olive trees and planted flowers in the bath. The mismatched style makes a varied focus throughout the home, resulting in a wonderfully inspiring and fun-filled family space.


“Otto had his heart

set on gold and yellow for his room,” says Sam. “But I managed to steer him towards this neon pink.” 02

Packed with colour,

Sam’s garden feels super-summery.

THE CROSS Sam opened The Cross, one of the very first London lifestyle boutiques 17 years ago. Selling an eclectic mix of effortlessly stylish designer fashion, homeware, gifts and kidswear (from the likes of Akira and Bella Freud to Totem and Zero), today The Cross still manages to delight and surprise its customers with its everchanging, deliciously tempting stock.




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Boutique by You It’s easy to bring the look of your favourite interiors shop into your living room. Hook up Kath Webber’s exclusive chevron pillows. Your sofa will thank you…

HOW TO MAKE… CROCHET CHEVRON CUSHIONS MATERIALS QRowan Handknit Cotton, 100% cotton, 50g/85m per ball or any worsted weight yarn Multicoloured cushion Q1 ball each in Tangerine Dream (337), Ochre (349), Seafarer (318), Ecru (251), Black (452), Violet (353) Monochrome cushion Q2 balls each in Ecru (251) and Slate (347) Q4mm (UK 8, US G/6) crochet hook QScissors QTapestry needle QSoft toy stuffing, or 30cm (12") square


cushion pad (multicoloured); 40 cm (16") square cushion pad (monochrome) QVintage fabric for backing QMatching thread TENSION 20 stitches across and 20 rows in double crochet make up a 10cm (4") square ABBREVIATIONS (UK) Qch chain Qdc double crochet QRS right side Qst stitch QWS wrong side

What’s better than your standard everyday chevron print? One that’s stitched by you in pastel and monochrome yarns, and backed with vintage fabric that’s comfy to sit on – that’s what. Add a designer touch to your fave chair while retaining that homespun feel. Stitched in double crochet, the pattern has increases and decreases to create that sharp zig-zag design. Multicoloured cushion Foundation: Using ecru yarn, ch79 to begin. Row 1 (RS): 1 dc in second ch from hook, miss 1 st. *1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, 3 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, miss 2 sts. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, miss 1 st, 1 dc in last st. Turn. Row 2: Working into the top two loops of the stitch (rather than in

between the stitches), ch1 (does not count as a st), 1 dc into first st, miss 1 st. *1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, 3 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, miss 2 sts. Repeat from * to final 2 sts, miss 1 st, 1 dc into last st. Turn. Row 2 is the pattern and is repeated throughout. Rows 3 and 4: Continue in ecru, then work four rows of the following colour sequence – black, seafarer, ecru, black, ochre, ecru, black, tangerine dream, ecru, black, violet, 48 rows in total. Break yarn and fasten off, weaving in all ends. To change colours, cut the yarn, leaving a tail of 10cm. Leaving the loop on the hook, grab the new yarn with the hook and draw through the loop. Pull the tail end of the previous colour tight,

locking the loop down into the stitch. To weave in the ends as you go, hold the tail ends of both colours at the back of the work, just behind the top of the stitch on the previous row. Holding the tips of the tail ends with your yarn hand, work the next row as before, capturing the tail ends as you make each stitch. Continue this for around 8-10 stitches so that the ends are secure. Monochrome cushion Foundation: Using slate yarn, ch98 to begin Row 1 (RS): As multicoloured cushion Row 2 onwards: As multicoloured cushion Work first 4 rows in slate before changing to ecru yarn for the next 4 rows, then alternate between ecru and slate every 4 rows. Subscribe at

Work 60 rows in total. Break yarn and fasten off, weaving in all ends as with multicoloured cushion. Making up Using the bottom ‘dips’ of the chevrons as a guide, measure and cut a piece of fabric the same size as your completed crochet

piece. Carefully pin the fabric and crochet pieces together, RS facing then stitch the three straight sides together. Turn RS out and add toy stuffing or insert the cushion pad. Sew the fourth side together by hand using a slip stitch. Your ‘designer’ cushion is finished – Cue cooing and theft attempts.

Kath Webber Essex-based Kath Webber likes nothing more than yarn, clogs and stripes. As a mother of two boys, she indulges her girly side by smothering her kitchen in Cath Kidston, and dreaming about yarn and the craft studio she might one day have. On her blog, Kath spills all about her colourful adventures in crochet and homemaking.



Fishy Business Everything's going swimmingly for Penguin & Fish embroiderer, Alyssa Thomas. Her secret? Multi-crafting! Words: JESSICA BATEMAN

on-stop creative, Alyssa Thomas, is a graphic designer and illustrator who sells embroidery patterns and fabric for a living, and crochets and knits for fun. Oh, and she makes short films. One of these provided the idea behind the Penguin & Fish business name – a cute paper cut animation about a couple of these creatures who, "bump into each other and fall in love,” she explains. “After a while, the fish tells the penguin that it has to migrate; they’re both sad, but then it’s OK because they keep in touch by email… It was based loosely on my husband and me.” Happily, the real story had a romantic ending, and Alyssa and her husband now live in Minneapolis where they run Penguin & Fish together. “I always wanted to have a craft business,” she says. “When I was little I’d make and sell beaded bracelets and rock animals.” After graduating from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002, Alyssa started selling



crocheted animals while working full-time, but Penguin & Fish only became serious once she decided to combine her drawing skills with her craft. “That’s when I began designing embroidery patterns,” she says. Alyssa’s designs feature playful animal characters with a naïve, whimsical quality to them that perfectly suit children’s items. “I love the idea of being a child – playing all day, trying new things and imagining fun, different worlds,” she reveals. “I design for children in order to keep that sense of childhood alive for myself, and I hope my designs have the same effect on others.” So, if she had to choose just one craft, which would it be? “Knitting and crochet," she responds. "I’m not an expert in either by far – I still have to Google certain stitches – but I love how meditative it is. If I happen to have a stressful day, I knit or crochet a few rows, and the stress is stitched away.”


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HOW TO MAKE… AN OCTO-QUILT MATERIALS QAran(worsted) weight yarn in: coral orange, light teal, dark blue, tan QWater-soluble pen QFor quilt and pillow top: linen in white, 140 x 107cm (55 x 42"); off-white, 270 x 107cm (108 x 42"); tan, 160 x 107cm (63 x 42") QQuilt backing: quilt-weight cotton fabric in three different patterns: 2m (2yds) each QPillow-top backing: muslin at least 84 x 69cm (33 x 27") cut from 92cm (1yd) QPillow envelope: 64 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

quilt-weight cotton fabric, 69cm (2¼') QBinding: quiltweight cotton, 92cm (1yd) QBatting: standard queen-size package, or 229 x 274cm (90 x 108") in your choice of loft and fibre QRotary cutter QQuilting ruler QSelf-healing cutting mat QMasking tape QCurved quilting safety pins QSize 8 Pearl cotton thread, 3 x 87m (95yd) balls in white or off-white

You don’t have to plunder the ocean floor to get your hands on this marine marvel. Stitch Alyssa Thomas’ reef-dwelling patchwork pal for any little one who’s a bit nuts for nautical. Or if you know an adult who’s a 'sucker' for this seaside specimen, then it’s (mari) time – sorry! – to get your stitch on. Sewing your quilt and pillow top 01 Cut your linen fabric into 27cm (10½") strips, then cut crosswise to make 27cm (10½") squares. For the quilt and pillow top, you need a total of 19 white squares, 35 offwhite squares and 15 tan squares. 02 Lay out your squares in nine rows, using the stitch guide and template grid (find our templates starting on page 90). Label each row 1–9. With right sides (RS) together, machine stitch the squares in each row with a 6mm (¼") seam allowance. Make sure you keep your squares in order.

03 Iron the seam allowances in the odd-numbered rows to the left, and the even rows to the right. 04 Pin row 1 to row 2: with RS together, line up the seams at the points of the squares. Because the seam allowances were pressed in opposite directions, the seams should nest together. Place a pin directly through the seam, ensuring that the points of the squares line up exactly. Add additional pins between the points, holding the rest of the row together. Sew the two rows together with a 6mm (¼") seam allowance. Repeat with all of the remaining rows. Press these seam allowances in the same direction, then turn the quilt top over and iron the front. 05 Repeat 2–4 for the pillow top. 06 Fold the pillow top in half along the short edge. Trim 5cm (2") off the (unfolded) edge, cutting through both layers. Unfold the pillow top.





Embroider the motif 07 Using a water-soluble marker, enlarge and transfer the octopus motif onto the patchwork and pillow top using the template grid. Each square on the grid represents a square in the quilt and pillow top. Now, transfer the fish and sucker motifs to your quilt using the templates provided. 08 Place the quilt top in the quilting hoop and, using yarn and the needle, embroider the octopus motif. Assemble the backing 09 Assign letters A, B and C to your three quilt backing fabrics. Refer to the quilt backing diagram above for the fabric layout. Cut your three quilt backing fabric pieces to 97cm (38") wide. Cut the fabric in row 2 to 77cm (30½") long. Cut the fabric in rows 1 and 3 to 84cm (33") long. Set aside the scraps to use in the next section. Stitch your Subscribe at

quilt backing fabrics into rows and then sew the rows together in the same way you made your quilt front in steps 2–4. Make the quilt sandwich 10 Lay your quilt back RS down on a large, flat surface. Smooth out the fabric and tape the edges to the surface to keep it in position. Try not to stretch the fabric as you tape it. Lay the batting on top of the quilt back, lining up a corner of the batting with a corner of the quilt backing with about 1cm (½") of the quilt backing edge still visible. Trim the batting on the other two sides so it lies flat on the quilt backing, with 1cm (½") of the quilt backing visible all the way around. Take the quilt top, and centre it RS up on the quilt backing and batting. Using curved quilting pins, and starting from the centre of your quilt top, pin through all the layers of your 'quilt sandwich'.

Work from the centre out, pinning and smoothing the quilt top as you go. Work carefully, and pin at least every 20cm (8"). When you’re finished, remove the tape. Set it aside. 11 To add a border to your pillow top, start by cutting four 2.5cm (1") strips from your backing fabric scraps, two of them 53cm (21") long and the other two 74cm (29") long. With RS together, line up the long edge of a 53cm (21") strip with a short side of the pillow top, centring the strip on the pillow top. Pin and sew the strip to the pillow top. Press the seam allowance towards the strip, then trim off the ends so they're even with the pillow top. 12 Using the image above as a guide, continue to sew the second 53cm (21") strip to the other short side of the pillow top, and the 74cm (29") strips to the long sides in the same manner. 30 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 65




HOW TO MAKE… AN OCTO-QUILT 13 To create a single batting piece for your pillow, gather strips of batting scraps leftover from your quilt. Loosely stitch them together (side by side, not overlapping) with very large stitches. Trim the assembled batting to 81 x 66cm (32 x 26"). Sandwich your 84 x 69cm (33 x 27") muslin pillow top backing fabric, batting and pillow top in the same way as you did in step 10.

Make the quilting stitches 14 With 90cm (3ft) of doubleup Pearl cotton thread, bring your needle through your quilt sandwich from the top to the bottom, leaving the ends about 10cm (4") long on the top of the quilt. Bring the needle back through your sandwich from the bottom to the top about 3mm (1/8") from where you started. 15 Repeat step 14, making your next stitch about 15cm (6") from 66 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

the last stitch. Continue until you run out of thread, making sure to end on the top of the quilt with at least 8cm (3") left on the needle. 16 At the top of the quilt, cut the floss in the centre of each of the long stitches. Then tie the ends of each stitch into a knot twice. Repeat with the other floss ends. Trim the ends of the ties so that they're about 2cm (1") long. Continue steps 15–16 over the entire quilt and pillow top. Bind the quilt 17 Cut your binding fabric into 6cm (2½")-wide strips. You can use one binding fabric for all of your binding, or use several different fabrics for the binding, for even more of a patchwork look. Join the strips using a diagonal seam. It may be helpful to draw the diagonal line on the wrong side (WS) of one of your fabrics as a guide and sew directly on that line.

Cut off the excess fabric, leaving a 6mm (¼") seam allowance. Iron the seam open. Continue adding the remaining strips until the binding measures the distance around the entire quilt top, plus at least 46cm (18") more. 18 Fold and iron the entire length of the binding in half lengthwise with WS together. 19 Trim the excess batting and backing fabric from your quilt so the edges line up with the edges of the quilt front. Make sure you keep your corners square. 20 Starting on one side of your quilt, and leaving a 15cm (6") tail of your binding free, match the raw edges of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt top RS together. Sew the binding to your quilt through all your layers, with a 1cm (½") seam allowance. Stop stitching 1cm (½") before the first corner. Backstitch and remove the quilt from the machine.


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Rotate your quilt anti-clockwise 90 degrees so the attached binding is on top. Fold the tail straight up at a 45-degree angle, so the strip of binding is running up, and away from to the next side to be bound. Now fold the strip of binding back down, creating a fold that's flush with the top of the quilt. Continue sewing on this new side 1cm (½") in from the corner on either side of the quilt, starting where your last seam ended. 21 Continue sewing the binding, creating your corners in the same way as in step 20. Stop sewing 15cm (6") from the end of the starting tail. Overlap the starting tail and remaining binding, laying them flat against the quilt edge. Trim the excess binding so that the ends overlap by 6cm (2½"). Unfold the two binding tails. With RS together, place the ends together at a 90-degree angle. Pin and join the strips using a diagonal Subscribe at

seam. It may be helpful to draw the diagonal line on the WS of one of your fabrics as a guide and sew directly on that line. Cut off the excess fabric, leaving a 6mm (¼") seam allowance. Refold your binding and sew the remaining edge to the quilt. 22 With the back of the quilt facing you and starting on a side, flip the folded edge of the binding to the back of your quilt. Stitch the binding to the back of your quilt using a ladder stitch. 23 As you approach the corners, fold them into neat mitres and sew them in place. When you’re done sewing on the binding, trim any loose threads from your quilt. Yay, you've just completed your quilt! Finish the pillow 24 But you still have the pillow to do! Trim the excess batting and backing fabric from your pillow top so that the edges line up with the

edges of the pillow front. Make sure you keep your corners square. 25 Cut your pillow envelope fabric to 55 x 46cm (21½ x 18"). Hem the left 46cm (18") edge of one of your pillow envelope pieces and the right 46cm (18") edge of the other. To do this, fold and press the edge over 1cm (½") and 1cm (½") again. Then sew the fold with a 6mm (¼") seam allowance. 26 Place the envelope pieces on top of the pillow front, RS together. The raw edges of the envelope pieces should line up with the outer edges of the pillow front, and the hemmed edges of the envelope pieces will overlap in the centre. Sew around the edge with a 6mm (¼") seam allowance. 27 Clip the corners, and then turn the pillow RS out through the opening between the back pieces. Insert a standard-size pillow to finish. Sweet dreams! 30 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 67





Nesting for Beginners by Nicoline Olsen and Kristina Fjeldren Beyer may be written in Dutch, but just like music – when it’s good, craft transcends all language. It’s from the team behind cool interior mag BoligLiv.

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Dream catching Style up your festival look with Jazz Domino Holly’s free-spirited DIY jewellery – so easy you can make them in your sleep

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HOW TO MAKE… DREAMCATCHER JEWELLERY MATERIALS QHot glue gun QJewellery pliers QJump rings QTapestry needle QSmall metal beads QCharms QFeathers QCrimp beads QChain off-cuts QMetal ring, 6cm (2½") diameter QNecklace chain Q1.5mm polyester nylon Shamballa cord, 3m (10') 72 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 30

QEmbroidery thread, 1m (3') For earrings QPair hinge-clasp hoop earrings, 6cm (2½") diameter Q2 x 1.5mm multi-coloured polyester nylon Shamballa cord, 2m (6½') Q2 x embroidery thread, 1m (3')

Dreamcatchers are an ancient Native American art, intended to ensnare your nightmares, and allow the good dreams to flow through. “These eclectic decorations can be made from a mixture of your findings,” says our festival-going designer, Jazz Domino Holly. “Go for feathers, beads, trinkets, charms and crystals. You can find metal hoops at your local haberdashery or recycle bangles, curtain rings or even a plain pair of hoop earrings.” We love neons, but you could use a pared-down palette, instead.

Wrap the hoop 01 Take the Shamballa cord and make a tight knot against the hoop – use a dab of hot glue beneath the knot to secure it. 02 Neatly and tightly wind the cord around the hoop – making sure it doesn’t overlap – until the hoop is completely covered. 03 Make a final knot and tie off using another dab of glue to secure. Trim off any excess cord. Weave the hoop 04 Start the weaving by making a couple of secure knots with one





end of the embroidery thread against the top of your covered hoop. Then thread the needle at the other end. 05 Working clockwise with the thread towards the back of the hoop, make a loop about 2cm (¾") away from the first knot, then bring the needle around to the front of the hoop and through the loop to create a hitch knot. 06 Keeping the thread fairly taught, create these hitch knots at an equal distance apart all the way round the hoop, with your last knot sitting on top of the first. Subscribe at

07 To continue weaving your next round of stitches, bring the needle under and through the first loop created between the first and second knots. 08 Keep weaving the thread in this manner through all the loops keeping in a circular pattern. Thread on your beads at random until you eventually reach the centre of the web. 09 Finally, pull the thread tight to close the pattern. You can thread on a final bead and secure with a couple of knots to the back. Cut off loose ends.


Necklace 10 Attach your necklace chain to the top of the dreamcatcher using a secure jump ring. If you’re making earrings, attach the earring findings at this stage. Decorate 11 Use more jump rings to hang feathers, charms, chains and other findings to the base of your dreamcatcher. Finally, finish off by knotting on some loose ends of thread or cord to complete the look. You’re festival-ready. Now, where did we put those tickets? 30 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 73


All that jazz She’s conquered the Women’s Institute and the book world.What’s next for Jazz Domino Holly? Words: JESSICA BATEMAN Photographs: LILLY CREIGHTMORE

hen you finish writing and promoting a book as comprehensive as Queen of Crafts, you’d think you’d take a good long break, right? Not so for Jazz Domino Holly, who, it turns out, is a complete craftaholic and rightly crowned as such. Becoming a mum to Boudica Venus May last year led her to many new creative pursuits, and a second book, Babecraft, is due out next year. “Since having a baby, DIY fashion has become one of my passions,” says Jazz. “I love customising clothes for her and making items for the nursery.” Her unfaltering urge to try new things feeds directly into her latest venture – craft kits. “Creating a product line has always been a dream, as designing is what gets me excited,” Jazz enthuses. “I like the fact that people who buy them will also be gaining a new skill – it’s empowering people to make and create! I’m going to start with dreamcatcher kits, and then I’ll get a whole range up and running.” Keep checking her site for details. As founder of the UK’s coolest WI branch, The Shoreditch Sisters, Jazz is also continuing to organise innovative, creative get-togethers in the form of her pop-up craft club, the Handmade Hangout – you may have spotted her at Bust’s Christmas Craftacular or the Strummer of Love Festival (dedicated to her father, the late Clash frontman, Joe Strummer). “I’m planning on taking the Handmade Hangout on tour next summer for Babecraft – 2014 will be BIG!” We can’t wait.




Ladylike lace Make your basics work harder with Ros Badger’s two-ways-to-wear crocheted collar


A doily delight for an instant vintage touch.

HOW TO MAKE… A FAN STITCH COLLAR MATERIALS QYeoman Yarns Cannele 4-ply, 100% cotton mercerised, 245g/850m per cone, in Linen (9), approx 140m Q2mm (UK14, US steel 4) crochet hook QSmall amount of soft toy stuffing QTapestry needle QStitch marker FINISHED SIZE Inside neck edge measures 34cm (13½"), excluding ties, and collar is 8cm (3¼") deep

Tie at the front, Peter Pan style…

TENSION You’re aiming for a collar depth of 8cm (3¼") for the 6 rows of pattern ABBREVIATIONS (UK) ch chain dc double crochet dtr double treble rep repeat RS right side sp space ss slip stitch st stitch tr treble WS wrong side


Anyone with lacy crochet hand-me-downs, from chair runners to table mats, will know that feeling: “These are pretty enough to wear!” So we found a project that borrows the vintage doily look for a versatile collar. Tie it at the back or the front. Collar piece Foundation chain: make 89 ch. Row 1 (WS): 1 tr in 4th ch from hook (3 missed ch count as first tr), miss next 4 ch, [2 tr, ch1, 2 tr] in next ch, *miss next 4 ch, [2 tr, ch1, 2 tr] in next ch; rep from * to last 5 ch, miss next 4 ch, 2 tr in last ch, turn. (16 x [2 tr, ch1, 2 tr] shell groups, plus a half shell at each end). Row 2 (RS): ch3 (counts as first tr), 2 tr in first tr, *[3 tr, ch1, 3 tr] in next 1-ch sp; rep from * 15 times more, end with 3 tr in top of 3-ch at end of row, turn. (16 x [3 tr, ch1, 3 tr] shell groups, plus a half shell at each end). Row 3: ch4, 2 dtr in first tr, *[3 dtr, ch1, 3 dtr] in next 1-ch sp; rep from * 15 times more, end with 3 dtr in top of 3-ch at end of row, turn. (16 x [3 dtr, ch1, 3 dtr] shell groups, plus a half shell at each end). Row 4: ch4, 3 dtr in first tr, *[4 dtr, ch1, 4 dtr] in next 1-ch sp; rep from * 15 times more, end with 4 dtr in top of 4-ch at end of row, turn. (16 x [4 dtr, ch1, 4 dtr] shell groups, plus a half shell at each end). Scalloped edge The next row has no turning chain, which starts to shape the curved edge of the collar. Row 5: *[5 dtr, ch1, 5 dtr] in next 1-ch sp; rep from * 15 times more, end with 1 ss in top of 4-ch at end of row, turn. (16 x [5 dtr, ch1, 5 dtr] shell groups). Row 6: 1 ss in each of first 5 dtr, 1 ss in first 1-ch sp, *[6 dtr, ch1, 6 dtr] in next 1-ch sp; rep from * 13 times more, end with 1 ss in last 1-ch sp.

(14 x [5 dtr, ch1, 5 dtr] shell groups). Break yarn and fasten off. Sew in any loose yarn ends.

…Or tied at the back to make a pretty neckline.

Bobbles (make 2) Magic loop: Wind yarn around a finger twice to form a ring of yarn, then remove and work in rounds as follows: Round 1 (RS): 1 ss in ring, ch1, 6 dc in ring, then pull loose yarn end to tighten circle. (6 dc) Marking beginning of each round with a stitch marker to keep track of where to start next round, continue in rounds in a spiral with RS always facing. Round 2: 2 dc in each dc to end of round. (12 dc) Round 3: 1 dc in each dc to end of round. (12 dc) Round 4: 2 dc in each dc to end of round. (24 dc) Round 5: 1 dc in each dc to end of round. (24 dc) Round 6: [Miss 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc] to end of round. (12 dc) Round 7: [Miss 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc] to end of round. (6 dc) Fill bobble firmly with soft toy stuffing. Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long yarn end. Thread yarn end onto a tapestry needle, weave it through 6 sts of last round, pull tightly to gather and secure. Ties (make 2) Cut a 2.8m (9¼') length of yarn and fold it in half. Pull the loop at the folded end through one inside neck edge corner of the collar, then insert hook in loop and make 40 ch loosely with the doubled strand. Fasten off. Make a second tie on the other side in the same way. Finishing Stitch a bobble to the end of each tie, and sew in any yarn ends. All finished, ready to update your tops. Which style will you choose? Subscribe at

Hook, Yarn & Crochet Designer Ros Badger learned how to crochet at the age of eight, and has made things all her life. Find more of her gorgeous crochet makes in Hook, Yarn & Crochet, published by Quadrille at £12.99. Mollie Makes readers can buy their copy for the special price of £7.99, with free p&p. To order, please call 01256 302699 quoting reference 8ZU.



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rriving at Alfie’s Antiques Market in Marylebone, London, it’s easy for a vintage fan to get a little carried away: everything from silver to porcelain, posters to ball gowns can be found in the various stalls under Alfie’s roof. And now a new store will find its way to the heart of anyone who likes their vintage with a side of craft: Handmade by You, where you can join an after-work Craft Therapy session, and leave having turned Victorian clothing pieces into new fashion accessories or personalise your own set of whimsical mix-and-match china. Handmade by You has taken its own journey to its space at Alfie’s Antiques. Founder, Alice Hainsworth-Millar worked in project management for many years, crafting at home for fun, and selling her work through Etsy and



craft markets. A redundancy in 2010 seemed the natural opportunity to take a new direction with her work, and Alice made plans to go into business offering craft workshops alongside a friend’s new venture in the bakery business. With everything going full steam ahead and workshops being planned, the space for the bakery fell through and Handmade by You could have gone along with it. Instead, Alice pushed forward with all things crafty, sans café. “I approached a few small business that I liked – mainly vintage-themed tea rooms – and offered them some hen party options. Within a few months I started to take bookings.” A little over two years later, Alice had a portfolio of workshops to teach, and plenty of experience leading events all over London. Handmade by You, Marylebone was born.


The workshop

space has beautiful light and plenty of table space. 02

Vintage cotton

aplenty – just the right detail for working with old, repurposed fabrics.


The ribbon

drawer is filled with beautiful satins and crocheted trims. 04

Pretty much every

item at Handmade by You has a story and a purpose, from tea cups to the heirloom sewing chest.

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China stacked in

Alice’s doll’s house – far more inviting than kitchen cupboards. 02

Unlike classes

where you get a set kit of supplies, here, you choose from a well-curated collection of fabrics and finishings, to make something 100% yours.


Go back in

time, and stitch on a retro machine. 02



Everything here is cosy and friendly, and so many of the craft supplies on offer feel they have their own stories to tell. Alice serves up tea in delicate china, stored in the doll’s house she played with as a child. With a love of crafting that stretches back to when she was a tiny tot, Alice has developed her new business with the idea of creative play in mind, and hopes to bring like-minded strangers together, much like the ease of befriending someone nice who sat next to you in primary school. “I see it as play, really, and there aren’t enough opportunities to play as an adult these days,” she explains. Heading to a workshop after a hard day in the office gives any handmade fan the chance to relax and meet new faces while working on a project, and leave with something beautiful, useful, handmade and vintage.

HANDMADE BY YOU Alice’s Craft Therapy sessions run on Monday nights from 6pm. You choose the project from several options, and pay £25, which covers all the supplies and instruction. Check out the website for all available workshops, including tea cup pin cushions, vintageprint buttons, upcycled jewellery, vintage hairstyles, handmade cosmetics, and creative stitchery., or @handmadebyyou on Twitter.


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Institute GUIDE TO CROSS STITCH Most of us have tried cross stitch. It’s a simple, universal stitch that can be picked up really quickly, after all. Ideal for beginners, yes, but there are plenty of patterns that will stretch the skills of those with experience, too (and it’s no longer the crafty domain of your grandma, either). Here are some basic techniques from What Delilah Did’s Sophie Simpson – if you’re new, start here. Seasoned stitcher? Well, you can always do with a ‘best practise’


reminder, right?



stitch) one side of your fabric to the

Embroidery fabric is woven so that its

first roller bar, and then fix the

threads form a grid of squares to work

opposite side of the fabric to the

over. This grid corresponds to the one

second roller bar in the same way.

on the cross stitch pattern. Here, we’ve

Once both sides are secure, loosen the

illustrated cross stitch on a fabric called

screws on either side of each roller and

evenweave (linen fabric), which means

wind the fabric around the rollers until

that each stitch is worked over two

you can see your centre point.

threads rather than one. This means that you need to imagine

Clip or sew (with a loose running

Once you have the fabric where you want it, tighten the screws on one of

that the grid of squares is formed over

the roller bars, wind the other bar a

two threads at a time in each direction

little tighter until the fabric is taut,

(Fig. 1). For aida fabric or waste

and then tighten the screws on the

canvas, each square will be formed over

second bar. Your fabric is now ready

one block at a time instead of two, as

for stitching.

Fig. 1

shown in Fig. 1. before you begin – stubborn creases are


much more difficult to remove once

Cut a length of stranded embroidery

you’ve stitched over them. When your

thread about as long as your arm.

fabric is smooth, you need to find its

You’ll notice that the thread is made

centre so you know where to position

up of six strands – these need to be

It’s always best to iron your fabric

the pattern. To do this, fold the fabric in half one

separated before use. To do this, find the end of one strand and hold it

way, open it out again, and then fold it

firmly between your thumb and

in half the other way, gently pressing

forefinger. With your other hand,

along the middle of each fold to find the

loosely hold the rest of the strands

point where they cross. Once you’ve

together and gently push them down

found the centre point, mark it with a

while you pull the single strand up and

pin or your needle until you’re ready to

out of the thread.

begin stitching.

Straighten out the remaining strands and repeat until you’re left


with six separate strands. Now take the

If you’re using a hoop, loosen the screw

of embroidery thread (your pattern

at the top and take apart the two rings.

will tell you have many you need), and

Place the inner ring on a flat surface

line them up together to form one

and lay the fabric, centred, on top of it.

thread that’s the correct number of

Place the outer ring on top of the fabric, and push it down to sandwich

required number of separated strands

Fig. 2

strands thick. Your thread is now ready to stitch with.

the fabric between the two rings. Tighten the screw, making sure the fabric is held taut in the hoop. For larger designs you may wish to



Cross stitch is always worked in

use a roller frame. In this case, choose a

rows of stitches and, in our example

frame that has rollers long enough to

(Fig. 2), each dot in the pattern

accommodate at least the shortest side

represents a complete cross stitch.

of your fabric – you can then wind the

A stitch may be represented as a

length around the bars and roll the

coloured or patterned square, denoting

fabric up and down as necessary.

which colour thread to use – or some

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Fig. 3


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the stitches. To find the point to start


stitching, first locate the centre point

When you have only 10cm (4") or so of

of the pattern (see Fig. 2). Then count

thread left, run the needle underneath

the number of stitches back to the

four or five completed stitches on the

start of the middle row. If you’re

back of the fabric to secure it without a

working onto evenweave or linen (over

knot, then neatly snip off the loose end

two threads at a time), double this

(see Fig. 7). Tidy any loose ends left

number and count that many holes to

from when you started stitching in the

the left from the centre of the fabric.

same way.


almost as neat as the front. If you

Rather than knotting the thread at the

come to a gap or a jump in a sequence

back of the fabric to secure it, leave

of stitches, it’s generally better to finish

5–10cm (2–4") of loose end. This is far

the thread you’re working on and start

neater, and you can tidy this up later.

afresh in the next section than to carry

other way of distinguishing between

loose end





The back of your fabric should look

Using Fig. 3 as a guide, come up

Fig. 4

the thread behind large expanses of

through the fabric at your starting

fabric; it could show through

point (A) and make the first diagonal

(especially if you’re using black thread

half-stitch by inserting the needle back

on a light fabric). Alternatively, you

through the fabric at point B. Pull the

can fasten the thread behind existing

needle back up through the fabric at

stitches over short distances, as if you

point C and down again through point

were finishing a thread off. Just make

D. Continue in this way to the end of

sure you don’t pull stitches out of

the row, counting the number of

shape when doing this.



Fig. 5

stitches from the pattern. The back of the fabric at this point should look like the stitching details


shown in Fig. 4. When you get to the end of the row (or a gap in continuous stitches), go back and ‘cross’ the


stitches you’ve just made. This time you need to work from right to left. Using Fig. 5 as a guide, come up through the fabric at E, insert the needle back through the surface at F, come up again through G and back down through H.

Fig. 6

Once all the cross stitches in this row or section are complete, you can move on to the row above, or to another section, marking off each row of the pattern as you go so that you don’t lose your place. Here’s a tip to keep your stitching neat: if the next row up would normally begin with a stitch at the same point as the previous cross stitch ended (point A), reverse the next half-stitch by working it from B to A (see Fig. 6). Continue the row by stitching from C to D as normal.



Storyland Cross Stitch Storyland Cross Stitch by Sophie Simpson, is out now published by Collins & Brown priced £14.99. Mollie Makes readers can get theirs for £12 (plus free UK p&p). Call 0844 5768122 quoting: CH1752. Fig. 7





Handprinted by A. Deegan A relaxed home studio, bread-maker at hand, lino-cutter ready to go. Printer, Alison Deegan certainly lives an enviable life behind the scenes of her shop, Words and photographs: INDIA HOBSON


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Deep in the Leeds countryside, surrounded by rape crops and red-brick farm buildings, Alison Deegan’s tranquil home studio actually feels like it’s by the sea. Driftwood, shells and collected stones are dotted about the place and aquatic colours are everywhere.

Revealing Craft is a project revealing the life behind the work sold through Folksy. In collaboration with photographer India Hobson, Folksy is celebrating the people, places and processes involved in making in the UK – often a secret world away from the high street, undertaken outside of other jobs, in home studios. See more at and shop for the work at

TEMPLATES All the shapes for this issue’s makes. Unless otherwise stated, templates are shown at 100%.You can find the full-size templates ready to download from





Eline Pellinkhof Eline is a a graphic designer, illustrator and author of Stitch & Sew Home: Over 45 Cross Stitch, Embroidery and Sewing Projects as well as other titles. Her grandmother taught her to sew and knit when she was a little girl, and she has loved crafting ever since.

KEY Use two strands of each colour Red Bright pink Pink Pale pink Aqua

HOW TO MAKE: You will need: The ‘Pretty Rose’ cross stitch kit on the cover of this very magazine, 11 cm (4”) wooden embroidery hoop, patterned fabric, double-sided tape, fabric glue. 01 Find the centre of the piece of aida and start to stitch – turn to page 84 for our tips. Stitch the darkest colours first (so red, then bright pink, then pink, etc). 02 When the rose design is finished place the ribbon and lace strip at the left side of the rose embroidery, and stick them in place with a small amount of fabric glue.

03 Cut your patterned fabric into 1.5cm ( 5/8") strips. Open the hoop, stick double-sided tape on the outer embroidery hoop (the larger circle) and wrap the fabric strips tightly around the hoop. If necessary, secure the ends of the strips with some more fabric glue. 04 Place the smallest hoop under the embroidery. Place the large hoop on top of your embroidery, over the small circle and push downwards. Pull the fabric nice and tight until it sits neatly and taught between the hoops. Secure the hoops together tightly with the screw.

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Fish motif

Sucker motif

SUGGESTED STITCHES QOctopus and fish outline: Long running stitch QOctopus details and fish eye: French knot QOctopus mouth: Chain stitch QOctopus eye and sucker: Satin stitch For a stitch guide, see our blog post at

One square = approx 25cm

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