Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

if you’ve not been before, The Knitting and Stitching Show is an annual event that brings together all kinds of makers under one roof.

Held at The Alexandra Palace in London, it’s like a festival for craft. You can find workshops, showcases and the biggest thing - stalls, selling both raw materials and beautiful handmade goods, for anything from cross stitch, to leather work.

This year was my first visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard mixed reviews - some people return year after year, leaving with bags and bags of goodies, some people say there’s too much variety and that it would be better to split the show into smaller, craft-based events.

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How To Potato Print On Fabric

How To Potato Print On Fabric

Last week I had a go at a craft I don’t think I’ve done since I was at primary school. Nope, I wasn’t making a fortune teller or a paper mache bowl, I actually did some potato printing, and now I love it!

I’ve wanted to have a go at printing on fabric for ages, creating my own designs and artwork to make into something really unique. However, screen printing or lino printing, while looking beautiful, seems a bit expensive and specialist for a beginner. That’s why I thought potato printing might be a fun

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How To Make A Simple Zipped Pouch Bag

How To Make A Simple Zipped Pouch Bag

don’t know about you, but small items just tend to get lost in my house. I don’t know where they go, but when it comes to finding a hair bobble, a lip balm, or a safety pin or darning needle when I’m sewing, I never know where to start. 

That’s why I have decided to get myself a little more organised, and make some small pouchy bags specifically for keeping all those little bits and pieces from getting lost. I thought I’d share this tutorial with you too, so you can make one yourself.

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How To Make An Easy Envelope Cushion

How To Make An Easy Envelope Cushion

I always think it’s incredible how soft furnishings can completely transform the look and feel of a room. They are a relatively easy way to update your style and can also add a bit of personality to your space. 

They are the perfect afternoon sewing project, and this tutorial shows you how to make the simplest cushion possible, with an envelope opening and a contrasting back and front.

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Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Have you heard of The Refashioners? Every year, Portia Lawrie of Makery, hosts a competition open to makers all over the world, to refashion an old piece of clothing or textile into something fabulous. 

In a time where we can get a new outfit from a high street store for under £20, without thinking where it was made, or who made it, we could probably all do with thinking a bit more carefully about what we’re buying.

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DIY Hanging Heart Decoration Tutorial

DIY Hanging Heart Decoration Tutorial

These simple, but beautiful hanging hearts are the perfect way to add a little love and ‘shabby chic’ to your home, as well as being a great way to use up some of your favourite fabric scraps and embellishments. They are also an ideal way to celebrate Valentine’s day, without the tacky or throw-away decorations.

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Tutorial: Handmade Paper Pom Poms

Tutorial: Handmade Paper Pom Poms

So a few months ago month I got married.

It was hilarious, amazing fun and the best day of my life.  

Knowing that I’m a crafty kind of person, a lot of people have asked me whether I’d be making anything myself (disclaimer, I definitely didn’t make my wedding dress!) I wanted to bring some of what I love into our wedding by making a few personal and thoughtful bits and pieces

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Tutorial - Fluffy Strappy Sandals

Tutorial - Fluffy Strappy Sandals

While a lot of my shoes are pretty practical, (think boots, brogues and loafers) I'm partial to a beautiful pair of crazy heels in a very impractical colour like white or light pink suede. They just make any outfit more fun and bring some personality to a simple jeans and blazer look.  

Over the years I've cultivated a small but thriving collection of impractical heels, but I think silver strappy sandals complete with white, fluffy marabou trim are in a league of their own.

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