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INSIDE THIS ISSUE ¤ HEIRLOOM BEAR DOLL ¤ SCANDI BABY ROMPER ¤ EASY-SEW WOODLAND QUILT ¤ OMBRÉ FESTIVE BAUBLES ¤ KNITTED UNICORN SLIPPERS ¤ FELT CAFETIÈRE COVER


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INTRODUCING.. LIVING The latest news from the world of handmade

Fill your life and home with crafted goodness

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43 LIVING

Handpicked crafty happenings

We find the loveliest hand-crafted, creative buys for your home

14 TRENDS Create an eye-catching terrazzo vase

46 HOME TOUR

18 HEIRLOOM BEAR

Konoc founder Sally Tooth shows us round her modern, eclectic Surrey abode

Crochet, knit and sew your way to a beautiful gift for little ones

52 WOVEN HANGING

26 TEA AND A CHAT

Create a loom, then use simple weaving techniques to create a tactile hanging

We natter to French-born textile designer, Claire de Quénetain

57 CROCHET CUSHION

31 KNITTED SLIPPERS

Try Tunisian crochet to create a soft cushion with bold colourwork

A splash of rainbow yarn turns plain foot cosies into quirky unicorns

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36 GOOD READ

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39 CHUNKY CUFF This bracelet is an instant outfit update

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67 PULL-OUT PAPERS You’ll be charmed by the sheer loveliness of Holly McCulloch’s festive prints and posters


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...but the temperature’s starting to dip, we’re in full ‘back to school’ mode, and September’s making us think ahead to the festive season. This month’s gorgeous Christmas cover gift, an advent calendar village with exclusive papers and a wooden template, is getting us excited about seasonal making – it’s never too early to start! I’m sad to say this is my last issue editing Mollie Makes for the next year as I’m off on maternity leave, but I’m thrilled to be leaving my magazine baby in the very capable hands of Mollie Makes’ Production Editor, Yvette, who I know will do an incredible job. In the meantime, I’ll be reading and making along with you – say hello on Instagram @cathdean85.

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LOVING Treats and treasures to fall in love with

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75 LOVING Beautiful things to adore and make

77 CAT COLLAR Add a touch of black magic to an outfit

80 CRAFT STORAGE SET A nifty way to stash your yarn and tools

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Knit this Nordic outfit for a newborn

89 FESTIVE BAUBLES Jazz up a set of plain glass decorations

93 CAFETIÈRE COVER Combine sewing and floral appliqué

99 TEMPLATES All the shapes for this issue’s makes

106 BACK PAGE PROJECT Sara Tasker and the power of podcasts Subscribe at molliemakes.com

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Doriana Draghici Doriana loves anything creative. In addition to blogging about her doll-making life, she’s obsessed with bread making, is busy knitting her first ever pair of socks (one down, one to go), and wants to learn the art of pottery, too. Make Doriana’s heirloom bear on page 18. www.doricicadolls.bigcartel.com

Cath Chamberlain Based in rural Gloucestershire, Cath has a love of bold colour and texture. She’ll find inspiration anywhere, from landscapes and tropical plants to taxidermy and other curiosities she picks up at local flea markets. Weave Cath’s hanging on page 52. www.cathchamberlain.etsy.com

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Holly McCulloch Holly is the talent behind Bow & Arrow Press. Based between East London and the New Forest, she takes inspiration from the environments around her, and the spontaneous quality of watercolour on paper. Cut and stick Holly’s festive papers on page 67. www.bowandarrowpress.com

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Claire de Quénetain French-born textile designer Claire de Quénetain had a childhood obsession with Disney princess Pocahontas. She loved their shared passion for nature, and used to dress up like Pocahontas at any opportunity. Read about Claire’s rise to success on page 26. www.clairedequenetain.com

Sally Tooth Pinterest addict, make-up artist and interiors enthusiast Sally confesses an unhealthy obsession with cushions. She met the love of her life, Jay, on her Thailand travels, and they now live in the UK with their two children. Take a tour of Sally’s home on page 46. www.konoc.com

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The countdown is on.. “It was a lot of fun working on the papers for the advent calendar free gift this issue. I love bold shapes and colours and used this as a starting point for my designs. I began by cutting out shapes from coloured paper and played around, arranging them in different ways, then contrasted these designs with simpler, more structured patterns that I knew would work for the rooftops. Jewel tones in the colour palette work perfectly, giving

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TOP READ Knot on For a contemporary take on macramé, dip into Macramé for Beginners and Beyond by Amy Mullins and Marnia RyanRaison. With 24 fresh projects for home and garden, there’s plenty to get you started on a new craft this season. www.sewandso.co.uk

The new AW17 collection by Swedish label Gudrun Sjödén is inspired by the lush gardens of Sintra in Portugal. Expect vibrant prints, touchable textures, relaxed silhouettes and a riot of rich autumnal colour. www.gudrunsjoden.com

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Mollie fave Christine Leech has teamed up with Cloud Craft to create a set of felt flower kits containing everything you need to make a mini wall hanging. We’re crushing on this new season colourway. www.cloudcraft.co.uk

Prove your yarn credentials and own your knitting addiction with We Are Knitters’ collection of fun slogan tees – we’re after one in every design. www.weareknitters.co.uk

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Julie’s collection includes printed silk scarves

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Surface pattern designer Kendra Dandy’s new collection, Bouffants and Broken Hearts, features graphic floral prints applied to cushions, lampshades, murals and blinds. They’re a modern way to add a bold dash of colour to a corner of your home. www.surfaceview.co.uk

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Based in Adelaide, designer Julie White’s hand-drawn prints are inspired by the flora and fauna of the Australian bush. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, Julie returned home to launched her limited-edition range of colourful fashion accessories, which includes silk scarves and seriously snazzy socks, alongside covetable prints to fancy up your walls. Shop her latest collection at www.juliewhite.bigcartel.com.

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TOP READ Art attack

We’re long past school days, but September makes us want to get organised. Tidy up your making space with Block Designs’ Grey Wire Mesh Memo Board – it comes in blue and white too. www.noton thehighstreet.com/block

If you need some creative motivation that doesn’t come from Instagram, 365 Days of Art: A Creative Exercise for Every Day of the Year by Lorna Scobie is a journal to get you drawing and developing your creative energy throughout the year. By 2019, you’ll be an artistic genius! www.hardiegrant.com

Be still our Anthro-loving hearts... Everyone’s favourite homeware store, Anthropologie, has teamed up with Liberty of London to create a beautiful range of furniture, bed linen and crockery that combines classic prints with contemporary design. www.anthropologie.eu

Teri Muncey of The Lovely Drawer couldn’t find baby milestone cards she loved to celebrate her new arrival, so designed her own instead. Pick up a set as a thoughtful gift for new mamas. www.thelovelydrawer.com

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MATERIALS QGlass vase (we used an IKEA CYLINDER vase) QWhite spray paint QAcrylic paints QPaint brush QPaper plate 01 Make sure your vase is clean and dry before beginning.

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Working in a well-ventilated area, protect a flat surface using an old sheet or newspaper, then spray the vase white. Start off with a thin layer, then repeat once or twice more to achieve an even coverage, leaving the paint to dry in between each layer. 02 Once dry, put together a paint palette on a paper plate, using

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bolder shades as well as lighter, softer tones like grey and white. 03 Use the paint brush to create tiny geometric shapes on the vase. Use abstract squares, rectangles, triangles and short stripes in different shades. 04 Paint some singular shapes, as well as shapes in pairs and trios, and continue until the whole

vase is covered. Leave to dry thoroughly before using.

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Bear hugs Use sewing, knitting and crochet to create the prettiest heirloom bear – Doriana Draghici shows you how


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HOW TO MAKE… AN HEIRLOOM BEAR MATERIALS Q30 x 40cm (117/8 x 15¾") main fabric (we used Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Linen in Olive) Q12 x 36cm (4¾ x 15¾in) patterned fabric for the skirt (we used Robert Kaufman London Calling Flower Chains in Spice) Q10 x 20cm (4 x 77/8") patterned fabric for the ears Q10 x 20cm (4 x 77/8") iron-on interfacing QGrey felt, 10 x 20cm (4 x 77/8") QScraps of cream and grey felt QBlack embroidery thread QMatching sewing thread QSoft toy filling QThree Bears Fine Cotton DK, 100% cotton, 50g/125m, small quantity in Pale Mint (Yarn A) 20 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

QStylecraft Special DK, 100% acrylic, 100g/294m per ball, small quantity in Mustard (Yarn B) QSmall quantity of pink yarn (Yarn C) Q2.25mm (UK 13, US 1) knitting needles Q3mm (UK 10, US D/3) crochet hook QYellow button, 2cm (¾") QPom pom maker, 3.5cm (13/8") QPinking shears QTapestry needle QEmbroidery needle QStitch markers QErasable fabric marker ABBREVIATIONS st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl

RS right side WS wrong side kfbf knit into the front and back and front of the next st m2b make two stitches by knitting two below – insert your needle into the right of the V of the st below the one on your left needle and knit it, now knit the next st, insert your needle into the left of the V of the same st and knit it p2tog purl two stitches together as one stitch m1k make one increase – pick up the horizontal bar between the st just worked and the next st, place on left needle and knit into it ch chain tr treble ss slip stitch

From her floral fabric ears right down to her little tippy toes, this heirloom bear makes for the most beautiful handmade gift. As well as turning your hand to sewing, you’ll knit the top section of her cosy dress, then crochet her pretty pom pom shawl to create an autumnal outfit combo we’d love to have in our wardrobe. Use scraps of your loveliest fabrics and yarns, make with love, then gift as a lifetime companion any little girl will treasure forever. Instructions You’ll knit the top of the dress first, then crochet the shawl. Next, follow the steps to sew the bear, and finish her outfit and accessories. Dress top Knitted straight so turn at the end of each row Using 2.25mm needles and Yarn A, cast on 30 sts Rows 1-3 k


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Row 4 k5, kfbf, k3, kfbf, k10, kfbf, k3, kfbf, k5 [38sts] Row 5 p Row 6 k6, m2b, k5, m2b, k2, m2b, k5, m2b, k6 [46sts] Row 7 p Row 8 k7, m2b, k7, m2b, k14, m2b, k7, m2b, k7 [54sts] Row 9 p Row 10 k8, m2b, k9, m2b, k16, m2b, k9, m2b, k8 [62sts] Row 11 p Row 12 k9, m2b, k11, m2b, k18, m2b, k11, m2b, k9 [70sts] Row 13 p Row 14 k10, m2b, k13, m2b, k20, m2b, k13, m2b, k10 [78sts] Row 15 p Row 16 k12, move next 15sts onto stitch marker, k24, move next 15sts onto stitch markers, k12 [48sts] Row 17 p11, p2tog, p22, p2tog, p11 [46sts] Row 18 k Row 19 *p2tog, slip st from right needle onto left needle; repeat from * to end. Break yarn and fasten off.

Dress top sleeves With RS facing, place sts from first stitch marker onto needle to start knitting Row 1 k1, m1k, k13, m1k, k1 [17sts] Row 2 p Row 3 k1, m1k, k15, m1k, k1 [19sts] Row 4 p Row 5 k Repeat Rows 4 and 5 twice and then Row 4 once again. Rows 11-13 k Row 14 *p2tog, slip st from right needle onto left needle; repeat from * to end. Break yarn and fasten off. Repeat for second sleeve. Turn the sleeves through to the RS, then sew up the sleeve seam using mattress stitch. Shawl Using 3mm crochet hook and Yarn B, ch32 leaving a long yarn tail Row 1 1tr in 3rd ch from hook (2ch missed counts as 1tr), 1tr in each ch to end, turn [31sts] Row 2 ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each

st to end, turn Row 3 repeat Row 2 Row 4 7tr in 4th st along, miss 2 sts, ss in next st, *miss 2 sts, 7tr in next st, miss 2 sts, ss in next st; repeat from * to end of row. Break yarn and fasten off. Using the long tail from the start, ch7 and ss in 1st ch to make a button loop. Bear body 01 Fold the main fabric in half with right sides (RS) together, then use the templates on page 99 to trace on the main body, two legs and two arms. Pin the fabric together, then sew along the traced outline, leaving the straight edge at the base of each piece open. 02 Cut out the shapes. On the main body, make several cuts in the seam allowance along the curves at both sides of the head and neck. Turn all the pieces RS out and stuff. 03 Fold the raw edges at the base of the main body to the wrong side 84 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 21


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HOW TO MAKE‌ AN HEIRLOOM BEAR (WS) and pin. Place the raw end of each leg inside the main body and pin, ensuring their length is equal, and using the image for placement. Sew in place using ladder stitch. 04 Iron the interfacing onto the WS of the patterned fabric for the ears. Fold in half with RS together, then use the ear template to trace on two ears. Sew along the traced line, leaving the bottom edges open. 05 Cut out both ears, turn RS out, then stuff. Fold the raw edges to the WS and pin to the head, using the marks on the main body template as a guide. Sew using ladder stitch. 06 Fold the raw edges of the arms to the WS and press in place. Pin the arms to each side of the bear’s body as shown and sew, going around the circumference twice to secure them in place. 07 Using the face template, cut the oval from the cream felt and the 22 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

nose from the black felt, then sew the nose onto the cream felt. Draw on the mouth details, then embroider using black thread. 08 Using the main image and the markings on the main body template as a guide, draw on the eyes. Embroider using black thread, then bring the needle up at the point where the nose will sit to hide the thread end. Attach the face onto the head using backstitch and matching thread. 09 Sew along the bottom edge of the skirt fabric, 0.5cm (Âź") in from the edge, then sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the skirt fabric. Pull to gather. 10 Pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the knitted top, making sure the gathers are even. Sew, then pull the gathering thread out. Fold the dress in half along the length with WS together, aligning the raw

edges of the skirt. Pin and sew along the skirt length. 11 Using Yarn A and a tapestry needle, sew along the length of the top. Thread a couple of yarn lengths through the neckline of the top to use to fasten in a bow. 12 Sew the button onto the top corner of the shawl without a buttonhole. Using the pom pom maker, Yarn B and Yarn C, make two pom poms, then tie around the button, leaving the yarn ends loose. 13 Fold the grey felt in half and trace on two boots using the template. Sew along the traced outline, leaving the straight edge at the base of each piece open. 14 Cut out both boots and turn RS out. Cut a V-shape from the top front of each boot, then use a length of Yarn A to sew on laces as shown. Tie the lace ends into bows, then dress the bear to finish.


Doriana Draghici Doriana is a self-taught doll maker who creates handmade heirloom treasures. She loves flowers and plants, the colour yellow and is keen to take up pottery one day soon, when she can find the time. Follow her fascinating doll-making journey on Instagram @doricicadolls. www.doricicadolls.bigcartel.com


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How did you start working with fabric? It all began when I did a Masters at the Royal College of Art in Printed Textiles. During this time, I began to imagine my paintings as textiles for interiors. I wanted to bring nature indoors, so I started to paint designs onto fabrics.

Finding your niche with...

CLAIRE DE QUÉNETAIN The French-born textile designer, who now lives and works in London, gives us an insight into her creative, colourful world Words: HOLLY JOHNSON Photographs: INGRID RASMUSSEN

There’s something changing in the world of textiles. Exciting new names are enriching our interiors with their fresh approach and artistic flair for fabric design. Using both traditional processes and cutting-edge techniques, it’s about creating desirable one-offs, unique custom-dyes and, for talented RCA graduate Claire de Quénetain, it’s about telling a story. Growing up in France, Claire had the kind of childhood most of us dream of. Surrounded by farmland, she helped her parents raise hundreds of deer that 26 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

roamed the fields around their country home. At the age of 10 the family moved to Paris, and, missing the familiar landscape of her native Normandy, Claire began painting natural scenes using fluid movements. Having found her passion, she went on to study Fine Art in Switzerland, before moving to London in 2012. Claire still lives in London today, with her husband and their 11-month-old daughter, Victoria. We visited her home studio to find out more about how she creates her vivid watercolour designs.

Describe your typical working day. No two days are the same for me, but I’m usually based at my home studio in London. Each September, I start working on a new collection, which involves visiting private gardens and taking pictures of plants and flowers as part of my research process. From there, I create a story. I draw sketches, then paint in a very free way onto paper. Nothing I do is predetermined. Tell us about your creative process. I study colours, shapes and floral compositions in the gardens I visit and then create new patterns, working as sincerely as possible. I use digital printing and screen printing techniques, but I always hand-paint one or two fabrics or cushions per collection. Working from home, how do you juggle your work and your family life? I tend to work when my daughter, Victoria, is taking her naps. My husband, Mads, is a graphic designer and has his own studio,


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so he’s flexible and shares the childcare. My daughter loves watching me cut fabrics and pack orders – she is very curious and is always trying to ‘help’! I think she’s drawn to my fabrics as they’re so colourful. What was the hardest part of getting your business started? Gaining visibility for my work was difficult at first, but I found Instagram was a great tool for sharing images of my designs. Social media was essential in getting collaborations with other brands, and from Subscribe at molliemakes.com

there I also got featured in magazines. The commercial side is a big challenge for me – being a creative person, I’m not so interested in that part! Can you tell us about some of your previous collaborations? Heal’s was my first. In July 2014, at the end of my Masters, we had a graduation show where we presented our work. Heal’s came along and saw my designs, and proposed a collaboration. I met them at the beginning of September and they showed me the

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moodboards and colour palette of the collection they wanted me to work on. I put forward a few paintings and they selected ‘Le Jardin d’Été’ – a bright, summery design made up of blue, pink and turquoise flowers. This was then printed onto fabric by the metre, and cushions, tea towels and ceramics launched in March 2015. More recently, I’ve been working with French fabric house Maison Thevenon on a collection of printed textiles that will be launched in September at interiors trade event Decorex, in London. 01

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Was there a specific plant or flower that inspired your new collections? For this latest collection, it was flowers such as hydrangeas, hortensia and lupins. Some of the designs show floral compositions, drawn from pictures that I took in public gardens – they feature rich colours, subtle details and a variety of shapes and movements. Some of the designs have been inspired by the structure of flowers themselves – close-ups of their


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individual compositions. The following collection will be a continuation of this, more close-ups of a variety of plants and flowers. I’d like them to be screen-printed onto soft linen and sold as fabric by the metre, with cushions too. Do you have a dream project? I’d love to design a whole room from scratch in a private house or hotel. I’d create a complete set design using fabric, furniture and wall paintings – a big installation, or ‘roomscape’. This Subscribe at molliemakes.com

expression was coined by the Italian interior designer Lorenzo Mongiardino, who has been a huge inspiration for me. What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learnt? I’ve learnt to always have a clear vision for the project that I’m working on and the steps that I need to take to see it through to fruition. And, I’ve learnt to be confident that things will happen as they’re meant to – I believe that if I’m on the right road, everything will come together.

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Tell us what you’re most proud of in your career to date? To have done a masters at the RCA in Printed Textiles. It was a fabulous experience, where I discovered my passion for painting and textiles. And I’m also so proud of being able to create my own textile collections every year. What couldn’t you live without, be it in your work or personal life? My family and friends. Many of them still live in France, so I travel there regularly. Workwise, it would be my paint pens. 01

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Claire de Quénetain Claire de Quénetain designs colourful fabrics and homeware inspired by floral gardens, using fluid painting techniques that have drawn comparisons with impressionist artist Matisse. Follow her on Instagram @clairedequenetain or see more of her textiles and paintings by visiting her website. www.clairedequenetain.com

Is there one thing you think has been the secret of your success? Be passionate about what you’re doing. If you love your job, working hard won’t bother you – you’ll keep going no matter what setbacks you encounter. Finally, what’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve been given? When I was at the RCA, I attended a lecture from textile designer Sue Timney. It was a real revelation for me – she taught me about the notions of colour, movement and risk, and about working on large scales. She did a presentation and demonstrated what was possible for a textile designer to achieve. It was inspiring.


Today, I’m a unicorn

PHOTOGRAPHY: PHILIP SOWELS; STYLING: KIT CHEUNG

Kick off your shoes and step into something magical with Louise Walker’s knitted slippers

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HOW TO MAKE… UNICORN SLIPPERS MATERIALS QDebbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 55% wool/33% acrylic/12% cashmere, 125m/50g per ball, two balls in White (100) (Yarn A) and one ball in Candy Pink (006) (Yarn B) and Lake (301) (Yarn C) QDebbie Bliss Cotton DK Print, 100% cotton, 84m/50g per ball, one ball in Bouquet (04) (Yarn D) QSmall amount of black DK yarn (Yarn E) Q2.75mm (UK 12, US 2) straight knitting needles Q3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) straight knitting needles QRico Sock Stop in Orchid, Jeans and Neon Yellow QTapestry needle TENSION Approx. 25 sts and 34 rows in st st to measure 10cm (4") ABBREVIATIONS st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl kfb increase by knitting

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into front and back of next st st st stocking st k2tog knit 2 sts together skp slip one st, knit one st, pass slipped st over knitted st SIZES UK 2-4 (US 4-6, EU 35-37) UK 5-6 (US 7-8, EU 38-39) UK 6-7 (US 8-9, EU 39-40) UK 8-9 (US 10-11, EU 41-42) FINISHED SIZE Approx. size of unstretched slippers when sewn up and laid flat, with cast-on edge facing upwards: UK 2-4 – 19 x 10cm (7½ x 4") UK 5-6 – 20 x 12cm (7 7/8 x 4¾") UK 6-7 – 21 x 13cm (8¼ x 5¼") UK 8-9 – 22 x 14cm (8¾ x 5½")

Don these quirky-cute slippers as soon as you get in the door, and embrace that ‘rainbow hair, don’t care’ vibe that only unicorns have the power to give you. With chilly weather just round the corner, they’re a must for keeping toes cosy. And, as they’re worked on straight needles using fairly basic stitches, even knitting newbies can give them a go. We’ve also used variegated yarn to create a colourful mane and tail with the minimum of effort, but you can easily swap it for a different shade in a similar weight. Instructions The slippers are knitted flat and seamed, and the ears and horn are made separately and sewn on. The first part of the slipper pattern (up to Row 18) is the same for all sizes. The pattern is written for size UK 2-4, with variations for the larger sizes shown in brackets, increasing in order of size e.g. 1 (2, 3, 4) sts. The second part of the pattern (Row 19 onwards) is then split into different sections for each size. Slippers (make two) Using Yarn A and 2.75mm needles, cast on 70 (74, 76, 82) sts Rows 1-8 *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row Change to 3.25mm needles Row 9 k27 (29, 30, 33), (kfb, k1) 3

times, k4, (kfb, k1) 3 times, k27 (29, 30, 33) [76, 80, 82, 88 sts] Row 10 p Row 11 k27 (29, 30, 33), (kfb, k2) 3 times, k4, (kfb, k2) 3 times, k27 (29, 30, 33) [82, 86, 88, 94 sts] Row 12 p Row 13 k27 (29, 30, 33), (kfb, k3) 3 times, k4, (kfb, k3) 3 times, k27 (29, 30, 33) [88, 92, 94, 100 sts] Row 14 p Row 15 k27 (29, 30, 33), (kfb, k4) 3 times, k4, (kfb, k4) 3 times, k27 (29, 30, 33) [94, 98, 100, 106 sts] Row 16 p Row 17 k27 (29, 30, 33), (kfb, k5) 3 times, k4, (kfb, k5) 3 times, k27 (29, 30, 33) [100, 104, 106, 112 sts] Row 18 p Shaping (UK 2-4) Rows 19-30 starting with a k row, work in st st Row 31 cast off 12 sts, k to end of row [88 sts] Row 32 cast off 12 sts, p to end of row [76 sts] Row 33 cast off 6 sts, k to end of row [70 sts] Row 34 cast off 6 sts, p to end of row [64 sts] Row 35 cast off 3 sts, k to end of row [61 sts] Row 36 cast off 3 sts, p to end of row [58 sts] Row 37 cast off 2 sts, k to end of row [56 sts]


Row 38 cast off 2 sts, p to end of row [54 sts] Row 39 cast off 1 st, k to end of row [53 sts] Row 40 cast off 1 st, p to end of row [52 sts] Row 41 cast off all sts Shaping (UK 5-6) Rows 19-36 starting with a k row, work in st st Row 37 cast off 12 sts, k to end of row [92 sts] Row 38 cast off 12 sts, p to end of row [80 sts] Row 39 cast off 6 sts, k to end of row [74 sts] Row 40 cast off 6 sts, p to end of row [68 sts] Row 41 cast off 3 sts, k to end of row [65 sts] Row 42 cast off 3 sts, p to end of row [62 sts] Row 43 cast off 2 sts, k to end of row [60 sts] Row 44 cast off 2 sts, p to end of row [58 sts] Row 45 cast off 1 st, k to end of row [57 sts] Row 46 cast off 1 st, p to end of row [56 sts] Row 47 cast off all sts Shaping [UK 6-7] Row 19-40 starting with a k row, work in st st Row 41 cast off 12 sts, k to end of

row [94 sts] Row 42 cast of 12 sts, p to end of row [82 sts] Row 43 cast off 6 sts, k to end of row [76 sts] Row 44 cast off 6 sts, p to end of row [70 sts] Row 45 cast off 3 sts, k to end of row [67 sts] Row 46 cast off 3 sts, p to end of row [64 sts] Row 47 cast off 2 sts, k to end of row [62 sts] Row 48 cast off 2 sts, p to end of row [60 sts] Row 49 cast off 1 st, k to end of row [58 sts] Row 50 cast off 1 st, p to end of row [57 sts] Row 51 cast off all sts Shaping (UK 8-9) Rows 19-44 starting with a k row, work in st st Row 45 cast off 18 sts, k to end of row [94 sts] Row 46 cast off 18 sts, p to end of row [76 sts] Row 47 cast off 6 sts, k to end of row [70 sts] Row 48 cast off 6 sts, p to end of row [64 sts] Row 49 cast off 3 sts, k to end of row [61 sts] Row 50 cast off 3 sts, p to end of row [58 sts] Row 51 cast off 2 sts, k to end of

row [56 sts] Row 52 cast off 2 sts, p to end of row [54 sts] Row 53 cast off 1 st, k to end of row [53 sts] Row 54 cast off 1 st, p to end of row [52 sts] Row 55 cast off all sts Horn (make two) Using Yarn C and 3.25mm needles, cast on 12 sts Rows 1-6 starting with a k row, work in st st Row 7 *k2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of row [9 sts] Row 8 p Row 9 k Row 10 p Row 11 *k1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of row [6 sts] Row 12 p Row 13 k Row 14 p Row 15 k2tog 3 times [3 sts] Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for sewing. Thread the tail through the remaining 3 sts and pull tight. Ear front (make four) Using Yarn A and 3.25mm needles, cast on cast on 8 sts Row 1 k Row 2 p Row 3 k3 in Yarn A, k2 in Yarn B, k3 in Yarn A Row 4 p3 in Yarn A, p2 in Yarn B, p 84 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 33


HOW TO MAKE… UNICORN SLIPPERS 3 in Yarn A Row 5 k3 in Yarn A, kfb in Yarn B, kfb in Yarn B, k2 in Yarn A [10 sts] Row 6 p3 in Yarn A, p4 in Yarn B, p3 in Yarn A Row 7 k3 in Yarn A, k4 in Yarn B, k3 in Yarn A Row 8 p3 in Yarn A, p4 in Yarn B, p3 in Yarn A Row 9 k2 in Yarn A, skp in Yarn A, k2 in Yarn B, k2tog in Yarn A, k2 in Yarn A [8 sts] Row 10 p3 in Yarn A, p2 in Yarn B, p3 in Yarn A Work all sts in Yarn A from here on Row 11 k2, skp, k2tog, k2 [6 sts] Row 12 p Row 13 cast off Ear back (make four) Using Yarn A and 3.25mm needles, cast on 8 sts Row 1 k Row 2 p Row 3 k Row 4 p Row 5 k3, kfb, kfb, k3 [10 sts] Row 6 p Row 7 k Row 8 p Row 9 k2, skp, k2, k2tog, k2 [8 sts] Row 10 p Row 11 k2, skp, k2tog, k2 [6 sts] Row 12 p Row 13 k2, k2tog, k2 [5 sts] Row 14 p Row 15 cast off Finishing Sew up the slippers from the caston rib end to the base using Yarn A 34 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

and mattress stitch, and continue along the cast-off edge. Weave in any loose ends. To create a grippy sole, add neat dots of Rico Sock Stop to the bottom of the slippers as shown. Leave to dry for eight hours. Assembling the ears and horn Place a front and back ear piece with wrong sides (WS) together. Sew around the outside using mattress stitch and Yarn A, leaving the cast-on edge open. Repeat with the remaining ear pieces. Fold a horn piece in half along the length with WS together, aligning the raw edges. Using mattress stitch and the yarn tail, sew the long edges from top to the bottom, leaving the cast-on edge open. Repeat with the remaining horn. Using the image as a guide, place each ear 4.5cm (17/8") down from the cast-on edge at the front of the slipper, leaving a 3cm (1¼") gap between them at the centre of the slipper front. Sew in place using Yarn A, adding a stitch at the back of the ears to keep them upright. Position the horn 5.5cm (2¼") down from the front cast-on edge, and in

between the two ears. Sew in place using Yarn C. Mane Using Yarn D, sew small loops along the cast-on edge at the front of one slipper, in between the ears. Bring the yarn up at the WS of the slipper, loop it around your finger and take it back down. Repeat several times to create a row of looped stitches, then repeat in rows, working down to the base of the horn. Weave in any loose ends, then repeat with the remaining slipper. Tail Sew a length of Yarn D into the rib edging at the back of one slipper. Cut to give two 8.5cm (33/8") lengths, then knot against the slipper to secure in place. Repeat several times along the height of the rib to create a bushy tail, then repeat for the second slipper. Face Using the Yarn E and the image as a guide, embroider the eyes with two straight stitches, secured in the centre with a small stitch, and the nose with small straight stitches.

Louise Walker A pattern designer and kit maker, Louise can’t get enough of knitting animals. She runs her brand, Sincerely Louise, from a South London studio with two colleagues, encouraging people to knit fun designs with big personalities. www.sincerelylouise.co.uk


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Creative entrepreneur Allison Sadler of The People Shop (www.allisonsadler.co.uk; www.thepeopleshop.co.uk) tapped into a growing discontentment when she posted about peonies, the all-too familiar photo subject that fills thousands of feeds in early summertime. “The biggest thing I’ve been feeling lately is boredom. Every time I flicked through those little photographic squares, I found myself quickly backing away again. How many times can we look at another picture of peonies before we scream ‘Please, please no more!’.” Allison’s message hit a nerve. “I have never had so many responses to a story, ever! Hundreds and hundreds of followers sent me messages expressing the same thing,” she says. “This was something I’d been feeling for a long, long time, but I felt a bit nervous about sharing it for fear of offending an army of diehard peony lovers. But sometimes you just need to be brave and say exactly what you’re feeling.” With over 10,000 posts using Allison’s subsequent #freeupmyinsta hashtag, it looks as though she’s brought back much-needed spontaneity to Instagram. But has Instagram really become so prescriptive? Some believe there’s still variety if you look for it. Blogger Sara Tasker of Me & Orla (www.meandorla. co.uk) says, “What started out as a platform for people who simply loved sharing great photographs has evolved into something a bit more cynical and considered, as more and more people look to it for

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promotional purposes instead of just pleasure. That said, all that picture pleasure is still there for the taking for anyone who wants it – it just means being a little more intentional about how you use it.” So, what’s her view on Allison’s #freeupmyinsta project? “It takes the pressure away from the idea of the perfect subject – the endless spiral of people posting the same repetitive types of photographs because they get the most likes. However, browse the feed and you’ll see everyone is still taking the best photographs they can of all that wonderful variety.” But is there space in all this variety and promotion for the personal? Rachel Basinger of Oh No Rachio! (www.ohnorachio.com) photographs her enamel pins, stationery and gifts alongside pictures of her cats and plants. “I don’t like the idea of a curated feed, per se,” she says. “I think it quickly becomes clichéd. My feed seems to naturally go through phases of colour palettes, depending on what I’m into at the time.”

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Rachel also films a weekly vlog on YouTube and embraces the Instagram Stories function. “People shouldn’t be afraid to show their vulnerability online. More often than not, those things that aren’t so rosy are the ones that people connect with and empathise with the most. Keeping it real shows authenticity, which helps build better connections and a sense of community.” And that’s what Instagram is all about. Sara agrees: “Stories are a great antidote to that overly-curated Instagram world. It’s temporary content lasting just 24 hours, so it makes no sense for anyone to pour hours of work into perfecting it. Instead it’s full of messy, real moments, and you can know people so much better from that. Perfect moments with flowers and teacups are lovely, but we connect over the messier stuff. That’s where the real relationships are forged.” With the growth of Stories, Instagram has become freer again, and has the scope to be whatever you make it – whether it’s for work or play, tidy or messy. The mix is up to you: make up your own rules, but just remember to have fun while you do it.

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01 To begin, colour the flowers by swiping the pink grapefruit ink pad across the surface of one side of the wood. In the same way, colour the leaves with the tea leaves ink. Leave to dry for about 10-15 minutes, then repeat the process on the reverse side of the wood. 02 Add dimension to the flowers by edging them with the cloud white ink pad. Delicately swipe this over and around the edges of the blossom shape on both sides. 03 Colour the dots using the cloud white ink pad on one side only. You will n seven for each

side of the flower. After these have dried, use PVA glue to attach the dots to the centre of the flowers, working from the middle outwards. 04 Next, using the tea leaves ink pad, colour your wooden mobile ring on both sides. 05 Ensure all the ink is dry on all the individual shapes before you begin to assemble your mobile with the jute twine. Measure and cut 25cm lengths of the olive twine for your flower and leaf shapes. Attach the twine to each shape and secure with a double knot. 06 For the fun part, space and

tie your three flowers at different heights through the holes in the wooden ring. 07 Attach your hanging leaves inbetween the flowers. Play around with spacing and heights to achieve your desired look for the mobile. 08 To hang your mobile, measure three equal lengths of satin ribbon, approximately 25cm each. Loop each length through a hole in the mobile at three equal distances. Finally, gather the ribbons together evenly and tie a knot for hanging. A cup hook or similar is ideal to hang from above.


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The chunky cuff Hello Tangle’s beaded cuff elevates even a simple outfit into a serious style statement

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Whether you’re at the office or a weekend brunch, this intricate cuff will add next-level style to any outfit, be it jeans and a white tee, or a plain black playsuit. Work up the design using beads, basic embroidery stitches and knotted cottons, and refer to the stitch guide on page 98 if there are any techniques you need help with. And, you can either follow our colour guide or choose shades in your fave colourway to make a chunky piece of arm candy you won’t want to step out without. 01 Use a pencil to draw a 12 x 4cm (4¾ x 15/8") rectangle onto the aida. Round off the corners, then draw a 1cm (3/8") border around the outside. Repeat on the backing fabric, then place this to one side. 02 In the smaller rectangle, draw a horizontal oval, a circle inside

the oval, and a vertical rectangle either side of it, as shown. 03 Place the aida into an embroidery hoop, positioning the design at the centre. 04 Thread the darning needle with a length of pink yarn, then stitch around the smaller rounded rectangle border using chain stitch. 05 Next, fill the end sections of the small rectangle. Thread the beading needle and bring it up through the aida at one corner. Add three pink beads, then take it back down, close to where it came up. This means the beads won’t sit flush to the fabric, giving a raised texture to the design. Repeat until the section is filled, then repeat again at the opposite end. 06 Thread the darning needle with two strands of grey yarn, then fill the vertical rectangles with grey bullion knots. Next, use gold


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through the centre again. Fill any gaps with gold bullion knots. 10 Cut around the outer border on both the aida and the backing fabric. Place with wrong sides together, then backstitch around the outside to join. 11 Thread the darning needle with two strands of lilac yarn. Secure the fabrics together by taking the needle down through the aida, just outside the chain stitched border, bringing it up and around to cover

the raw edges, then taking it back down next to the previous stitch. Work around the outside, ensuring all the fabric is covered. 12 Cut four 30cm (117/8") lengths of yellow embroidery thread. Thread the darning needle with two lengths, and slip it through three stitches at the end of the bracelet. Pull it through halfway, plait the four lengths, then knot the ends. Trim, then repeat on the other side with the remaining two lengths.

Hello Tangle Veronica and Bibi are sisters who grew up by the beach in Victoria, Australia. Bibi has a background in illustration, and Veronica in finance, but they’ve both had a passion for all things crafty their whole lives, with their mum’s love of knitting and quilting first inspiring them. www.hellotangle.etsy.com

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INSPIRATION ALERT! SPACES, PLACES & NEW DESIGNERS TO WATCH Reinvent your living space with a colourful geometry lesson. This bold Multicoloured Triangles Geometric Wallpaper from Murals Wallpaper adds a contemporary vibe that will pop against white walls and minimal furniture. www. muralswallpaper.co.uk

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Pick up these simple Tapered Cement Pots to add some greenery to your living space – the neutral style means they’ll complement colourful décor. www.gardentrading.co.uk

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KEEP IT COLOURFUL

Suspend this orange Megapolis factorystyle light by Regenbogen over a dining table for an instant injection of colour – we love the lime rope it hangs from, too. www. regenbogen.co.uk

Donna Wilson’s quirky critters add personality to any sofa they’re propped up on – Bunny Blue here loves candyfloss, but isn’t so keen on porridge. www.donnawilson.com

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Stay young at heart with this bold monochrome Don’t Grow Up print from Made at Twenty Two. If you prefer a softer colour palette, opt for Wonder & Rah’s pink leopard. www.notonthe highstreet.com/madeattwentytwo; www.wonderandrah.co.uk

Spell it out with a retro-look letter board by Cubic at Papermash. We’d like to think we’ll use ours for inspirational quotes, but ‘buy loo roll’ might be more realistic. www.papermash.co.uk


Textile designer Margo Selby has teamed up with West Elm to produce a collection of gorgeously graphic cushions in a rich autumn colour scheme. Mix and match the contrasting designs for maximum impact. www.westelm.co.uk

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BRAND FOCUS Duck Ceramics Alice Duck makes and hand-finishes all her pretty pastel ceramics in her Brighton studio, using a technique called slip casting. Each piece is individual, and the simple grey and white designs are offset with drizzles of colourful glaze. See the full range of tumblers, mugs, pots and vases on Alice’s website at www.duckceramics.co.uk. Each versatile porcelain pot has a unique finish

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Mini bowls glazed in soft pastel hues

Specialising in thoughtfully-selected homewares, Homage first launched in Stoke Newington in 2011 before owners Mark and Liza relocated their bricks and mortar store to the Brighton seaside. The pair have a passion for good design, stocking European brands such as Hubsch, House Doctor DK, Nordal and HK Living. www.homageonline.co.uk Subscribe at molliemakes.com

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Sally Tooth’s Surrey home is a mix of modern design and handmade touches Words: FELICITY HAYLES Photography: FIONA MURRAY

Founder of Konoc bags Sally Tooth describes her home as “ever changing, with an eclectic mix of furniture and tactile materials.” She shares the space with her partner Jay and their two young children, Rocco and Maddi, and their home, along with her business, is steeped in the memories of the couple’s travels together. After studying fashion with photography, Sally ventured to Thailand. Enchanted by the tropical surroundings and simple lifestyle, she stayed for

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The playroom is a riot of colour and pattern, with its hand-painted, multicoloured feature wall and pouffe from Ibiza.

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DESIGNER DIY Sally loves adding handmade touches to their home. To create Maddi’s contemporary doll’s house, she converted simple shelves from Ikea, wallpapering the inside and making the rugs, cushions and bedding. There’s even a mini tepee in the bedroom, similar to Rocco’s own monochrome tepee (opposite page). This tiny house bears a resemblance to their own family home!

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the ground floor, and finished the floors with smooth oak boards from a local salvage yard. They made savvy choices with their interior design, opting for a bespoke, high-end kitchen, but sourcing the majority of the furniture from eBay and Gumtree. Sally found the dining table at a local charity shop, and painted it to make it the focal point of their dining area. She teamed the table with peacock-coloured chairs from Ikea, and hung bright orange lampshades above. “We certainly eat well in this house. Jay is an excellent cook and loves making all our favourite traditional Thai dishes,” says Sally. The kitchen and dining area flow seamlessly through bifolding doors onto a Zen-inspired garden. This outdoor space is reminiscent of an urban rooftop garden, with its concrete seating area, plant pots and contemporary furniture. Konoc’s range of accessories confirms the importance of balancing colour and form,

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which is also reflected within their home. In the playroom, Jay created the wallpaper design using paint tester pots. “It took an extremely steady hand and a lot of patience; I couldn’t have done such a good job!” says Sally. A bohemian-style pouffe, brought home from a trip to Ibiza, also provides a vivid multicoloured punch to this space. “In terms of colour, I tend to get fixated on a particular one for a while – I’ll use it as an accent colour. Keeping our sofas and walls neutral allows me to change the whole vibe of the room in this way,” explains Sally. As a designer, she appreciates contemporary makers and takes much of her inspiration from Pinterest, adapting ideas to suit her own style. Her children benefit from her nimble fingers too – she sewed all the soft furnishings for Maddi’s doll’s house, which is a miniature home not too dissimilar to their own. The children’s bedrooms are magical spaces: Maddi’s is filled 50 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

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with delicious pastel tones, while Rocco’s room boasts a bold monochrome vibe. Sally’s eye for selecting punchy artwork gives their home a modern edge. “I’m a huge fan of Desenio, which has a great range of Scandi-style posters,” she reveals. In the kitchen, among family photos, maps and prints, hangs a picture of the Thai king and queen, homage to Jay’s homeland and a reminder of the faraway shore where they met, and where their story began.

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“Our home is everchanging, with an eclectic mix of furniture and tactile materials,� says Sally.


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Dream weaver Combine soft, textured yarns in dusky shades to make Cath Chamberlain’s tactile hanging


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HOW TO MAKE… A WOVEN WALL HANGING MATERIALS For the loom Q Four pieces of wood, 90 x 3 x 1.5cm (35½ x 1¼ x 5/8") Q Hardboard nails, 12 x 14mm (1/8 x 1/8") Q Two clout nails, 12 x 3.5mm (1/8 x 13/8") Q Hammer Q Chisel Q Set square For the weaving QDY Choice Aran with Wool in Peat (Yarn A) QWomen’s Institute Cotton in Cream (Yarn B) QKatia Peru in Yarn 11 (Yarn C) QKatia Concept All Seasons Cotton in Salmon Range (Yarn D)

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Cath Chamberlain Cath is a weaver, embroider and designer-maker who loves colour and texture. She creates unique woven cushions, wall hangings and clutch bags that are original, tactile, vibrant and fun. www.cathchamberlain.etsy.com

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Soft greys, earthy creams and dusky pinks are the loveliest tones for bedroom décor, creating a calming ambience. Made with natural fibres, including soft-as-a cloud wool roving, use this tactile hanging to add texture and interest to a plain wall, instantly transforming a room. 01 To make the loom, lie two pieces of wood horizontally on a flat surface – these will be the top and bottom. Measure and mark 0.5cm (¼") intervals across both pieces, then hammer in nails where marked, leaving 1cm (3/8") of each nail exposed. Mark two 3cm (1¼") wide sections on the bottom of each piece, 4cm (15/8") in from either end. Chisel a 1.5cm (5/8") deep recess from the sections. 02 Place the two remaining pieces of wood vertically into these recesses to form a square, then nail the wood together to secure. 03 Knot Yarn A around the bottom left of the loom. To warp the loom, wind the yarn up and down around the nails, two at a time, and keeping it taut, until the warp is


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roughly 50cm (19ž") wide. Knot at the bottom right corner to finish. 04 Start with a section of tabby weaving. Thread the needle with a length of Yarn B, then weave it under, then over, alternative warp threads across the loom. Take it back across the loom in the opposite direction, this time weaving over the warps it went under, and under the warps it went over. Work two rows. 05 Create the fringing using rya knots. Cut two 30cm (117/8") lengths of Yarn B and fold in half. Lay the centre over the first two warp threads, then pass the left side under and around the left warp thread, and the right side under and around the right warp thread. Pull the yarn to the bottom of the loom, then tighten to knot. Repeat across the remaining warp threads. 06 Trim the fringing into a point. Add another row of rya knots across the centre third of the warp using Yarn D, then trim to match the point below. 07 Use tabby weaving in Yarn C to create a curved block of grey colour. Begin by working across

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all warps, then start each row of weaving further across to create an angle. Use your hands to move the weaving down the loom. 08 Cut two 10cm (4") lengths of Yarn D and fold in half. Wrap the centre around the first warp thread, then pull the ends through the loop. Pull tightly to knot, and repeat across the remaining warp threads. Trim the ends to create a section of fluffy fringing. 09 Work tabby weaving and Yarn E across the left of the loom, finishing with a single row across the width, above the fluffy fringing. 10 Work a section of tabby weaving in Yarn F, eight rows high, covering the left two-thirds of the loom. 11 Use Yarns A, E and H to make two pom poms. Tie onto the warp at the right of the Yarn F block. 12 Use Yarn I and tabby weaving to add a section on the right of the loom, weaving under and over two strands at a time. Gently pull the roving away from the warp as you go to add texture, using the main image as a guide to placement. 13 Next, add a section of sumak stitch. Weave a length of Yarn G

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Cushion crush Try something new with Michelle Robinson’s colour-popping Tunisian crochet cushion

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HOW TO MAKE… A TUNISIAN CROCHET CUSHION MATERIALS QRico Essentials Cotton DK, 100% cotton, 50g/130m per ball, three balls in Natural (51) (Yarn A) and one ball each in Turquoise (33) (Yarn B), Grass Green (66) (Yarn C), Candy Pink (12) (Yarn D), Banana (63) (Yarn E), Purple (18) (Yarn F), Aquamarine (31) (Yarn G), Salmon (23) (Yarn H) Red (02) (Yarn I) Q5mm and 6mm Tunisian hook Q5mm (UK 6, US H/8) crochet hook QCushion insert, 30 x 45cm (117/8 x 17¾") QYarn bobbins Q Pom pom maker TENSION Approximately 21 sts and 15 rows to 10cm (4") measured over the lattice pattern on the side panels ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch 58 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

dc double crochet crab st work as a dc but work in reverse, ie from left to right yo yarn over lp loop tss Tunisian simple stitch tks Tunisian knit stitch (refer to Instructions for both these stitches) tss2tog insert hook under next 2 vertical bars, yo and pull up a loop (1 loop on hook) RS right side WS wrong side FINISHED SIZE Approx 30 x 45cm (117/8 x 17¾")

A fusion between knitting and crochet, Tunisan crochet gives a chunky, tactile fabric that makes for the cosiest of cushions. Adding geo-inspired intarsia colourwork and a pom pom flourish, Michelle’s updated this traditional technique to create a thoroughly modern make that’ll put your yarn skills to the test. Instructions The cushion front is made in three sections – the central herringbone section in intarsia, then the two side panels in a lattice pattern. The cushion back is made in two sections, then joined to the front section with a row of edging. The buttons and four pom poms are then sewn on to finish. Intarsia colourwork Intarsia is used to create patterns with multiple colours, and is used in the chevron detailing of this cushion, and in the example pictured on page 60. A separate bobbin is used for each colour, with only one colour being worked at a time, and the inactive colour left hanging until the next colour change. To begin, wind yarn

onto bobbins for each separate area of colour. If the same colour appears twice (or more) in each row then a separate bobbin for each area of colour will be needed. Using the first colour on the chart design, work the required number of stitches. Change to the next colour, wrapping the working end of the new colour under the previous colour. Drop the first colour and continue working in the new colour for the required number of stitches. Return as normal, changing colours as they appear. Tunisian crochet In Tunisian crochet, a row is made up of two parts: a ‘forward pass’ (where you pick up the stitches onto the hook) and a ‘reverse‘ or ‘return‘ pass (where you work them off the hook again). This means there’s no need to turn your work – keep the RS facing you. Note: The last st on a forward pass is always worked the same way, regardless of the stitch being used, and will be referred to from here as ‘work end st’. To work Tunisian simple stitch, (as shown in coral, above): Forward: skip 1st vertical bar, insert


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hook from right to left under 2nd vertical bar, yo and pull up loop, keeping loop on hook. Continue picking up loops this way until you reach the last st. Insert hook under the last vertical bar and the bar that lies directly behind it (2 bars on hook), yo and pull up loop, end st made Return: yo, pull through 1 loop, *yo pull through 2 loops, repeat from * to end (1 loop left on hook). To work Tunisian knit stitch (as shown in blue, above left): Forward: skip 1st vertical bar, *insert hook from front to back between front and back vertical bars of next stitch, yo and pull up a loop, repeat from * to last st, work end st Return: as for Tunisian simple stitch Herringbone section Wind three yarn bobbins in Yarn A and one in each of the other yarns Foundation using Yarn A and 5mm Tunisian hook, ch23. Pick up lp in second ch from hook and each ch to end. Return (23 lps on hook) Row 2 using Yarn A, tss 6. Using Yarn B, tss 1. Using new bobbin of Yarn A, tss 13. Using Yarn C, tss 1, work end st. Return using Subscribe at molliemakes.com

corresponding colours Row 3 using Yarn A, tss 5. Using Yarn B, tss 2. Using Yarn A, tss 12. Using Yarn C, tss 2, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 4 using Yarn A, tss 4. Using Yarn B, Tss 3. Using Yarn A, tss 11. Using Yarn C, tss 3, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 5 using Yarn A, tss 3. Using Yarn B, tss 4. Using Yarn A, tss 10. Using Yarn C, tss 4, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 6 using Yarn A, tss 2. Using Yarn B, tss 5. Using Yarn A, tss 9. Using Yarn C, tss 5, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 7 using Yarn A, tss 1. Using Yarn B, tss 6. Using Yarn A, tss 8. Using Yarn C, tss 6, work end st. Return using corresponding colours, yo with Yarn B on last st st Row 8 using Yarn B, tss 7. Using Yarn A, tss 7. Using Yarn C, tss 7, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 9 using Yarn B, tss 6. Using new bobbin of Yarn A, tss 1. Using Yarn D, tss 1. Using Yarn A, tss 6.

Using Yarn C, tss 6. Using new bobbin of Yarn A, tss 1, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 10 using Yarn B, tss 5. Using Yarn A, tss 2. Using Yarn D, tss 2. Using Yarn A, tss 5. Using Yarn C, tss 5. Using Yarn A, tss 2, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 11 using Yarn B, tss 4. Using Yarn A, tss 3. Using Yarn D, tss 3. Using Yarn A, tss 4. Using Yarn C, tss 4. Using Yarn A, tss 3, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 12 using Yarn B, tss 3. Using Yarn A, tss 4. Using Yarn D, tss 4. Using Yarn A, tss 3. Using Yarn C, tss 3. Using Yarn A, tss 4, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 13 using Yarn B, tss 2. Using Yarn A, tss 5. Using Yarn D, tss 5. Using Yarn A, tss 2. Using Yarn C, tss 2. Using Yarn A, tss 5, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Row 14 using Yarn B, tss 1. Using Yarn A, tss 6. Using Yarn D, tss 6. Using Yarn A, tss 1. Using Yarn C, tss 1. Using Yarn A, tss 6, work end st. Return using corresponding 84 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 59


HOW TO MAKE‌ A TUNISIAN CROCHET CUSHION colours Row 15 using Yarn A, tss 7. Using Yarn D, tss 7. Using Yarn A, tss 7, work end st. Return using corresponding colours Rows 16-56 continue pattern, working from chart from Row 16 upwards, reading chart right to left and remembering that the first square is the first stitch already on the hook. Bind off with Yarn A. Front right Change to 6mm Tunisian hook Foundation using Yarn A, join with a ss into first st in foundation row of herringbone section and pick up 56 sts along the side of the herringbone section. Return (57 lps on hook) Row 2 *tss2tog, go back and tss into first of these 2 bars; repeat from * to last 2 sts, tss 1, work end st. Return Row 3 tss 1, *tss2tog, go back and tss into first of these 2 bars; Repeat from * to last s, work end st. Return. These 2 rows form pattern Rows 4-17 repeat Rows 2 and 3. Bind off Front left Foundation work as for right section Rows 2-41 work following pattern as set for Front right Back bottom Foundation using Yarn B and 6mm Tunisian hook, ch50. Insert hook in second ch from hook, yo and pull 60 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

up lp, leaving lp on hook; repeat for each ch to end (50 lps on hook). Return Rows 2-3 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 4 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn D on last st Rows 5-6 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 7 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn C on last st Rows 8-9 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 10 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn F on last st Rows 11-12 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 13 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn G on last st Rows 14-15 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 16 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn H on last st Rows 17-18 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 19 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn E on last st Rows 20-21 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 22 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn I on last st Rows 23-24 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return

Row 25 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn B on last st Rows 26-27 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 28 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn D on last st Rows 29-30 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 31 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn C on last st Rows 32-33 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 34 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn F on last st Rows 35-36 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 37 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn G on last st Rows 38-39 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 40 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn H on last st Rows 41-42 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 43 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn E on last st Rows 44-45 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 46 tss to end. Return, changing to I on last st Rows 47-48 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 49 tss to end. Return,


changing to Yarn B on last st Rows 50-51 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 52 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn D on last st Rows 53-54 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 55 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn C on last st Rows 56-57 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 58 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn G on last st Rows 59-60 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 61 tss to end. Return. Bind off Back top Foundation using Yarn B and 6mm Tunisian hook, ch50. Insert hook in second ch from hook, yo and pull up lp, leaving lp on hook; repeat for each ch to end (50 lps on hook). Return Rows 2-3 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 4 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn D on last st Rows 5-6 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 7 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn C on last st Rows 8-9 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Subscribe at molliemakes.com

Row 10 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn F on last st Rows 11-12 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 13 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn G on last st Rows 14-15 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 16 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn H on last st Rows 17-18 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 19 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn E on last st Rows 20-21 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn A on last st of final return Row 22 tss to end. Return, changing to Yarn I on last st Row 23 tss to end. Return Row 24 tks in next 8 sts, *skip next 2 sts, tks 8, repeat from * to last st, work end st. Return as normal up to skipped sts, **ch2, continue return pass up to next skipped sts; repeat from ** to end Row 25 tss in each st up to buttonhole, *pick up lp in next

2 ch, tss up to next buttonhole. Repeat from * to last st, work end st. Return. Bind off Construction With WS together, place the back top and bottom pieces onto the front piece, aligning the edges and overlapping the back top section over the back bottom. Pin in place. Edging Row 1 using 5mm crochet hook and Yarn D, join all pieces by working a dc into each st, working through all layers around the edge of the cushion. Join with a ss into first dc. Don’t turn Row 2 ch1 (not counted as st), work in crab st to end. Join with a ss into first ch and fasten off. Weave in ends and sew on the buttons, using the buttonholes as a guide to placement. Finishing Using the pom pom maker and leftover yarn, make four pom poms, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew a pom pom to each cushion corner, then insert the cushion pad.

Reader offer This cushion project appears in Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson (£16.99), published by SewandSo, a division of F&W. To buy for just £11.99 including free UK P&P, call 01206 255777 and quote IM3217. Offer ends 15th November 2017. www.sewandso.co.uk

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liTtle wilD oneS Keep kids snug and spark their imaginations with Laura Pritchard’s Scandi woodland quilt

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If the thought of sewing a gorgeous heirloom quilt has always appealed, this mini version for kids is a fun starting point. And, they’ll love the fact it doubles up as an instant woodland den. The smaller size makes for an easy way to get to grips with techniques such as joining hexies and adding binding, plus you’ll finally have an excuse to use those fat quarters you’ve got squirrelled away. 01 Using the template on page 99, cut a hexagon shape from cardboard. Trim the raw edges from all the fat quarters. Cut four hexagons each from Fabrics A-F, and five hexagons from Fabric G. Be sure to cut all the hexagons in the same direction on the fabric. 02 Pierce the dots on the template with a pin, then use it to mark a dot on the back of each hexagon through the holes. This will mark on the 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance.

03 Cut the hexagons in Fabrics B, C, E and G in half horizontally, from point to point. Lay out the whole hexagons in five columns of five, using the guide opposite for placement, then add the half hexagons to the top and bottom rows to create flat edges. 04 Take two whole hexagons from the top left corner of the layout and, with right sides (RS) together and edges aligned, pin. 05 Sew along one edge, starting with the needle in one dot, and going no further than the opposite dot, backstitching to secure the thread. Open out, then continue to add the rest of the hexagons to the column in the same way. Repeat with the remaining four columns. 06 To join the columns together, align the side of one hexagon column with another. With RS together, pin one hexagon edge and sew from dot to dot, securing the ends with backstitch. Open up


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and line up the next two edges, folding the previous hexagon in half to get them to meet correctly. Pin and sew, taking care not to sew past the dot, or the fabric will pucker. 07 Continue to join the columns as per Step 6 until the quilt top is complete. Press the seams on the wrong side (WS) of the quilt top, then turn over and press the RS. 08 Using the quilt top as a template, cut a piece of backing fabric measuring 10cm (4") larger than the quilt top on all sides. Lay it RS side down, then place the wadding on top, and add the quilt top RS up. Pin all three layers together, then quilt by stitching straight lines 2.5cm (1") apart, using a walking foot. Trim the quilt edges. 09 Cut the binding fabric into five 6.5cm (23/8") x width of fabric strips. Place two strips with RS together and sew along one short end to join, then add the remaining strips in the

same way to make one long length of binding. Press open the seams, then fold in half along the length with WS together and press. 10 Starting 20cm (77/8") in from one end of the binding, and at the middle of one quilt edge, pin the binding to the back of the quilt with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Sew using a 0.5cm (¼") seam, stopping 0.5cm (¼") in from the first corner. 11 Rotate the quilt to prepare for the next edge. Fold the binding upwards so the raw edge is in line with the quilt edge, then hold in

place with your finger. Fold the binding directly down, aligning the fold with the top edge of the quilt. Pin in place. Continue sewing the binding to the next edge of the quilt as per Step 10, repeating Step 11 on all three remaining corners. 13 Trim the two ends of the binding so they overlap by 0.5cm (¼"). With RS together, sew, press the seam open, then sew the rest of the binding with a 0.5cm (¼") seam. Fold the binding over to the front of the quilt, keeping the raw edge tucked under, then top stitch the folded edge of the binding to finish.

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HOW TO MAKE… A CAT COLLAR MATERIALS QTwo pieces of black cotton twill fabric, 43 x 32cm (17 x 125/8") QIron-on interfacing, 43 x 32cm (17 x 125/8") QWhite embroidery thread QEmbroidery needle QTailor’s chalk QSewing thread in white and black QSpotty ribbon, 60cm (235/8"), 0.5cm (¼") wide QFabric glue QTwo small gold bells QHook and eye

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When it comes to all things feline, we’re definitely somewhere on the crazy cat lady spectrum, which puts Hannah Read-Baldrey’s cat collar top of our ‘to-make’ list. We’ll be wearing it with an LBD and bright red lippy to give cutebut-spooky vibes at Halloween parties, then pairing it with a simple top to add a touch of kitsch to everyday wardrobe staples. So much classier than whiskers and a tail made from black tights, yes? 01 Back one piece of the black twill fabric with interfacing, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Pin to the second piece of black fabric with wrong sides together, sandwiching the layer of interfacing between the two. 02 Use the template on page 99 to mark out a cat shape on the fabric, then carefully cut it out through

both the layers, using scissors or a craft knife and cutting mat. 03 Unpin the two fabrics. Using the template as a guide, mark the eye and eyelash placement onto one of the fabric shapes. Embroider on using three strands of white thread and small straight stitches. 04 Pin the two pieces of fabric back together again, this time with right sides out. Sew around the outside of both pieces to join, as close as possible to the edge. Next, zigzag stitch or overlock all raw edges on the collar, including the gap

above the cat’s tail. If using zigzag stitch, go around the edges two or three times on a 2.5 width and the tightest setting, trimming away any black ends as you go. 05 Wrap the ribbon around the cat’s neck and tie in a knot. Trim the loose ends at an angle and glue to the collar to secure in place, then sew the bells on top of the knot. 06 Sew the hook to the reverse of the ear, and the eye to the reverse of the top leg, using the image as a guide. These can then be used to fasten the collar when wearing.

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HOW TO MAKE… A CRAFT SET MATERIALS QMatching sewing thread QTailor’s chalk For the bag QMain fabric, 50cm (19¾") QContrasting fabric for lining and straps, 1m (393/8") QZip, 45cm (17¾") For the case QMain fabric, 50cm (19¾") QLining fabric, 50cm (19¾") QBias binding, 2m (79") QThin wadding, 1m (393/8") QTwo snap fasteners QSnap fastener tool

For the pincushion QScraps of patterned fabric QSoft toy stuffing

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If your fabric collection is anything like ours – we’re talking fat quarters spilling from drawers and stuffed into baskets – you’ll be keeping an eye out for makes like this craft set to put it to good use. These makes aren’t just lovely to look at; they’re practical too, and designed to help keep your knitting needles, crochet hooks and pins neat and tidy. That way, you can put them all in one place, then fill the extra room in your craft corner with even more new fabric. Knitting needle bag 01 Mark out two 45 x 17.5cm (17¾ x 67/8") rectangles on the main fabric. Add a 1.5cm ( 5/8") seam allowance and cut out, then repeat with the lining and wadding. These will be the sides of the bag. 02 Cut two 70 x 10cm (27 5/8 x 4") pieces of contrasting fabric for the handles. Fold both long edges into the centre, with wrong sides (WS) together, on each piece. Fold both in half along the length, then sew both long edges on each handle. 03 Place one bag side on a piece of wadding, right side (RS) up and

aligning the edges. Mark on two lines from top to bottom, 12.5cm (5") in from either short edge. Pin one of the fabric handles to the bag side, using the marks for placement, and aligning the handle ends with the bottom edge of the bag side. Repeat with the remaining bag side, wadding and handle. 04 Attach the handles to the bag sides by sewing along each long edge, over the original line of stitching. Stop 3cm (1¼") from the top of the bag side, and backstitch over the seam slightly to secure the thread. Repeat with the second bag side and remaining handle. 05 Place one bag side RS up and fold back the handle. Position the zip along the top edge with RS together, then place a piece of lining fabric on top, aligning all edges. Pin, then use the zipper foot to sew along the top edge, close to the zip teeth. Fold back the lining fabric, repeat with the second bag side, then open the zip. 06 Position the two lining pieces with RS together, and the two bag sides with RS together, then lay the fabrics flat. Pin, then sew around


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the outside, 1.5cm (5/8") in from the edge, and leaving a 5cm (2") gap. 07 Square off each corner of the bag by flattening it out, aligning the side seam with the bottom seam. Sew across the corner at a right angle, 2cm (¾") in from the point, then trim the excess fabric. 08 Turn the bag RS out, sew the gap closed, then tuck the lining inside the bag through the zip. Crochet hook case 09 Cut a 20 x 30cm (77/8 x 117/8") rectangle from the main fabric, then repeat with the lining fabric and wadding. Cut three more rectangles from the lining fabric, two measuring 6 x 24cm (23/8 x 9½") with a 1.5cm ( 5/8") seam allowance, and one measuring 16 x 26.5cm (63/8 x 10½") with no seam allowance. 10 Place the two 6 x 24cm (23/8 x 9½") rectangles with RS together and pin along both short edges and one long edge. Sew using a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance, then trim the seams, turn RS out, and press. Pin bias binding along the three closed edges, then sew. This will make the flap section.

11 Take the 16 x 26.5cm (63/8 x 10½") rectangle and fold the right-hand short edge to the WS by 1.5cm ( 5/8"). Press in place. Fold the fabric in half along the length with WS together and press again. Pin bias binding along the folded top edge and right-hand short edge and sew. This will make the pocket section. 12 Lay the remaining main fabric piece RS down and place the wadding on top, then the lining fabric RS up. Measure and mark 2cm (¾") in from both edges at the corners on the right-hand side – this is where the fasteners will go. Add the positive sides of the fasteners, making sure the caps are positioned on the main fabric piece. 13 Fold the left side of the case to the WS, a third of the way along the length. Measure and mark 2cm (¾") in from both edges at the folded corners on the left-hand side, then add the other half of the fasteners at the marked points. 14 Open the case with the lining facing RS up. Position the pocket in the bottom left corner, aligning the raw edges, and pin. Mark 5cm (2") intervals along the bottom of the

pocket, then sew vertically up from these marks to form five pockets, also sewing the right-hand side of the pocket in place. 15 Position the flap in the top left corner, aligning the long raw edges, and 1cm (3/8") in from the short edge. Pin in place. 16 Pin bias binding around all four edges of the case, finishing it neatly in the top left corner. Use zigzag stitch to sew around the inside edge of the binding, joining all the layers together. Fold the case into three and close with the fasteners. Pincushion 17 Cut a 9cm (35/8") square from two pieces of leftover fabric. Pin with RS together, then sew along three sides, using a 1.5cm ( 5/8") seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance, then turn RS out. 18 Fold the fabric on the open edge to the WS by 2cm (¾") and press. Bring the seams at either side of the opening together, turning the flat square into a pyramid shape, and pin. Slip stitch closed, stopping half way to stuff the pyramid firmly, before completely closing. 84 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 83


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Knit Karine Strand Andresen’s gorgeous Nordic romper for the ultimate new baby gift

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HOW TO MAKE… A BABY ROMPER MATERIALS QDrops Cotton Merino, 50% wool/50% cotton, 50g/110m per ball, two balls in Sea Green (29) Q3mm and 3.5mm circular needles, 40cm (15¾") long Q3mm double-pointed needles Q6mm cable needle or double-pointed needle QThree 1.5cm (5/8") buttons QTwo 2cm (¾") buttons QTapestry needle QStitch holder QStitch marker TENSION Approx. 22 sts and 30 rows in st st to measure 10cm (4") ABBREVIATIONS (UK) st(s) stitch(es) k knit p purl 86 MOLLIEMAKES.COM 84

sl slip st st stocking st (if straight needles, knit one row, purl one row repeated, if knitting in the round knit all rounds) k2tog knit 2 stitches together p2tog purl 2 stitches together dpn(s) double pointed needle(s) tbl through back loop yo yarn over wyib with yarn in back wyif with yarn in front RS right side WS wrong side FINISHED SIZE To fit 38 (44, 50, 54)cm (15 (173/8, 19¾, 21¼)") size waist

We can’t resist a Nordic knit, especially when it’s as out-andout adorable as this tiny romper. Worked in a soft, muted yarn that’s delicate enough for newborns, the intricate details in this mini design are inspired by traditional Scandi knitwear. It’s cosy enough for autumn days, and makes a thoughtful gift for mamas with seriously on-trend offspring. Instructions The romper is knitted top-down in the round on circular needles. The pattern is given in four different sizes, but written for the smallest size. The patterns for the larger sizes are shown in brackets, increasing in order of size e.g. 1 (2, 3, 4) sts. Main body Using 3mm circular needles, cast on 84 (96, 108, 120) sts and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the sts. Place a stitch marker to indicate the start of each

round. Start with 5 rounds of twisted rib, as follows: Round 1 *k1 tbl, p1; repeat from * to end of round Repeat Round 1 another 4 times Round 6 *k twisted rib for 12 (14, 16, 18) sts, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, p1, repeat from * once, k twisted rib to end of round Repeat Round 1 another 4 times Round 11 change to 3.5mm circular needle, k to end of round Flower st round: Round 12 *p1, (insert needle purlwise in next st, wrap yarn 3 times around the needle and pull needle out of the st) 5 times (there will be 3 loops on each of last 5 sts), repeat from * to end of round Round 13 *p1, slip first loop of each of next 5 sts onto a cable needle (dropping the extra 2 loops off each st), and wyib wrap the yarn twice round the 5 sts, repeat from * to end of round Round 14 p Round 15 k Repeat Round 15 until your work


measures approx. 12 (13, 14, 15)cm (4¾ (5¼, 5½, 6)") Cast off 10 (12, 14, 16) sts, k21 (23, 25, 27) sts (these are the front sts), cast off 10 (12, 14, 16) sts, k to end of round. Put the front sts on a stitch holder Now work only on the back sts in rows in st st as follows: Row 1 (WS) p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog Row 2 (RS) k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog tbl Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 15 sts remain on the needle Put the back sts on a stitch holder With RS facing, rejoin yarn to front section and knit the front as follows: Row 1 (RS) k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog tbl Row 2 (WS) p Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 15 sts remain on the needle Place a stitch marker on the needle, and k all front sts Pick up 35 (40, 45, 50) sts between front and back (first leg hole), put Subscribe at molliemakes.com

back sts onto a needle and k them, pick up 35 (40, 45, 50) sts between back and front (second leg hole) Join to work in the round and, starting with k1 tbl, work twisted rib in for 2 rounds Now, make the buttonholes: Next round *k1, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, repeat from * once, k1, yo, k2tog, starting with p1, work twisted rib to end of round Work 5 more rounds of twisted rib. Cast off. Straps Find the middle st on the back of the waist. Using 3mm doublepointed needles, pick up 7 sts about 2 (2.5, 3, 3)cm (¾ (1, 1¼,

1¼)") from the middle st, work on these sts as follows Row 1 (WS) p1, p1 tbl, k1, p1 tbl, k1, p1 tbl, p1 Row 2 (RS) sl first st knitwise, k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl, wyif sl last st purlwise Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the straps measure approx 28 (30, 32, 34)cm (11 (117/8, 125/8, 133/8)"). Cast off and sew in all ends. Finishing Sew the two larger buttons on the RS of the strap ends. Sew the three smaller buttons to the RS of the romper’s back at the bottom point, ensuring they align with the buttonholes at the front.

Karine Strand Andresen Karine started her website, Tiddelibom, after struggling to find clothes to fit her tiny 2kg newborn. She now sells a range of gorgeous designs for little ones of all sizes, from premature babies through to toddlers. www.tiddelibom.no

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As if we need another excuse to buy nail varnish. These festive decs are created by daubing complementary shades of varnish to a plain bauble, then applying gold leaf around the base. They’ll twinkle and twirl on your Christmas tree, reflecting the lights and adding a playful zing of neon. Plus, you can also use any leftover gold leaf to create a matching mani for the big day, wowing friends with your craft skills and your nail art. 01 Clean the baubles with a damp cloth before starting, then dry. 02 Use the nail varnish brush to apply a thin layer of the lightest shade all over the bauble.

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03 Apply a thin layer of the mid-pink shade onto the sponge brush. 04 Press the brush around the top and centre of the bauble, daubing on the varnish to create an even ombré effect. Apply more varnish to the sponge brush if needed. 05 Take the darkest pink shade and paint it onto the brush. Daub it

around the bottom section of the bauble. Leave to dry. 06 Balance the bauble upside down on a small cup. Brush on the gold leaf adhesive then leave to set for around 15 minutes. Place small pieces of gold leaf onto the bauble, then smooth down with a dry brush to create a shiny, even surface.

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Make the most of lazy Sunday mornings with Laura Howard’s cafetière warmer

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Brewing a pot of proper coffee always feels like an indulgent way to start the day, especially when it’s paired with a leisurely breakfast – preferably lovely buttery croissants. Served to you in bed. Use Laura’s Scandi-folk cafetière cover to keep your coffee warm for as long as possible, and to brighten up your kitchen (or bedroom) with a splash of colour. We’ve chosen a soft blue background for a fresh feel, but black felt would work just as nicely, giving a bold contrast for that dark florals-feel that’s all over the high street right now. Alternatively, start sewing for Christmas, and add sparkle with gold thread and matching ribbon.

01 Cut a long length of white embroidery thread and separate out three strands. Thread a needle and sew running stitch around all four sides of one piece of blue felt to create a border, 0.5cm (¼") in from the edge. 02 Using the templates on page 99, and the light pink, dark pink and orange felt, cut out the following: three large flower outers, three large flower centres, five small flower outers, five small flower centres, 10 large buds and 5 small buds. We chose a different colour of felt for each of the flower layers. From the green felt, cut three large leaves, four medium leaves, and four small leaves.

03 Arrange the large flower outers, the small flower outers, seven of the large buds, and the leaves, within the stitched border on the blue felt. Pin in place. 04 Embroider on the leaves using three strands of white embroidery thread and a line of backstitch down the centre, leaving a small gap at either end of each leaf. Remove the pins as you sew each felt piece in place. 05 Embroider the flower centres using three strands of light pink, dark pink, or peach thread, and long single stitches. We used one per petal for some of the flowers, and two per petal for others, contrasting the thread and felt.


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10 Cut four 30cm (12") pieces of light blue ribbon. Pin them to the back of the cafetière cover as shown, so they overlap the felt edges by 3cm (1¼"). Sew using whip stitch, sewing into, but not through, the felt. Trim the ribbon ends at an angle to prevent fraying.

11 Place the two sides of the cafetière cover with WS together and pin. Sew around all four edges using blanket stitch and one strand of light blue thread, finishing your final stitch neatly on the fabric side of the cover. Remove the tacking stitches to finish.

Laura Howard Laura is a designer-maker and craft writer living in the south west, near Bristol. She drinks lots of tea, is partial to a nice bit of cake, and most of all, loves to create things. And when it comes to making, Laura thinks there’s no better material to work with than felt. www.bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk

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draw around the bottom edge of the stencil. If you want to make a tall advent house, you won’t need to move the template up – just draw around it as it is. Remove the template completely and use a craft knife to carefully cut around the pencil lines. 02 Turn over the paper so the wrong side is facing up. Choose which one of the four sides you want to be the front, then position a section of the template with a door and window apertures over the top, making sure the edges align.

03 Use a pencil to draw around the inside edges of the apertures. Add more windows to other sides of the advent house by moving the template along and drawing more apertures. Use a craft knife to carefully cut out each aperture. 04 Using the lines on the template as a guide, score and fold the edges of each house, and each of the tabs. 05 Apply a small amount of glue to each tab and assemble the house, neatly folding it into shape along the scored lines.

06 Cut a number from the embellishment sheet and glue it onto it to the roof of the house, and use the gold foil shapes to add decorative details. 07 For the remaining 23 houses, experiment by using the template in different ways, creating a mini village filled with houses of all shapes and sizes. To make square houses with flat roofs, only use the square face of the template, repeating it four times. Remember to use only the square roof sections, and to add the tabs where necessary.

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Collar Cut 2

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Left ear Cut 2

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Face Cut 1 oval and 1 nose

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Leg Cut 4

Arm Cut 4

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CAFETIÈRE COVER BY LAURA HOWARD PAGE 93

Large flower outer Cut 3 Large flower centre Cut 3

Small flower outer Cut 5 Small flower centre Cut 5

Large bud Cut 10

Small bud Cut 5 Large leaf Cut 3

Medium leaf Cut 4

Small leaf Cut 4

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PATCHWORK QUILT BY LAURA PRITCHARD PAGE 62 Photocopy at 200%

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BULLION KNOT They are tricky at first, but with a little practice, bullion knots are useful for creating texture and beautiful flowers in your embroidery! Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2 and back up at point 1, keeping the needle through the fabric. Wrap the needle until the wrapping is as long as

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