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Creative makes and bright ideas to style your home this Easter
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s I write, there is a warm breeze gently drifting through the window, the birds are softly tweeting and the sun is high in the sky; spring has definitely sprung. It’s the perfect time to sweep away the cobwebs of winter and refresh and revive your décor. So go ahead and tuck into our array of crafty projects and interior ideas to give your home that well-deserved once-over. We begin the issue with our celebration for Easter on page 13. Handmade table decorations in soft blue and cheerful yellow, combined with gorgeous rustic touches – bird nests, natural feathers and delicate eggs – complete the look, making for a truly special occasion. Though, if you’re looking for something a little bolder, have a go at decoupaging eggs with bright Cath Kidston napkins (p.38) or stitch a cute chick cushion, courtesy of Sophia Palmer (p.58). Natalie has been hunting for tea towels this issue and gathered her top-picks to share with you. The prints and patterns are absolutely © GISELA GRAHAM EASTER TREE, £20, TCH.NET gorgeous and needn’t be left just for drying up (that’s what the draining board is for!), instead frame your favourites and pop them on display. Or do what Amanda Walker has done and turn one into a piece of art by stencilling onto it (p.30). Naturally, at this time of year, our eye turns to muted colour palletes with pastels taking centre stage; I’ve just completed a spruce up of my lounge with a peppering of pale pink and soft lemon. If you need a little inspiration, see Seoana’s round-up of sweet shades for your abode (p.88). And don’t forget to download your free Emma Block print which fits this theme perfectly – read all about Emma on page 81. Last but not least, a massive thank you goes to Natalie’s dearest mum for allowing us free reign on her home for our photoshoot this issue, and a big thumbs up to her nan, too, for a gorgeous Ashburton carrot cake – we couldn’t get enough! Happy homemaking,
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Ruth Cross 66 HELLO DAISY Crochet a floral garland to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your abode DAY IN A DONE 46 6 DAY IN A DONE Home Baking 71 THE ADVENTURES OF CAKE BOY Our baking boffin chats to us about his Easter traditions 72 THREE SISTERS BAKE This talented trio divulge their exotic recipe for coconut pie with a tangy passion fruit curd 42 PAPER PERFECTION Get ready for Easter with an intricate paper cut egg.contents 58 Issue 17 44 In Every Issue 9 PICK OF THE MONTH Create an eggciting arrangement using egg shells and miniature blooms 10 HEADLINES The turn-to pages for keeping you on top of the latest trends. which is the perfect way to avoid piling on the calories! 49 TAKE A SEAT Complete last issue's crackle dining suite with easy-sew cushions . window seating and hanging lamps 95 LESSONS WITH LINDA HM regular Linda Barker shares her tips for revamping floorboards 96 OUT AND ABOUT Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon 98 LEARNING CURVE Expand your crafting wisdom with a creative class or two 112 HOMEMAKER NOTES Find all your essential home hints and secrets here 114 WHAT MY HOME MEANS TO ME Queen of the ice Suzanne Shaw discloses her top entertaining tips 52 KEEN BEAN Recline in style this spring with a brilliantly bold bean bag DAY IN A DONE 54 FAB TAB This issue's masterclass shows you how to stitch a pair of tab-top curtains 58 QUICK CHICK Re-purpose your fabric scraps into a colourful cushion DAY IN A DONE Home Making 24 BENCH MARK Transform a plain bench into a multi-hued marvel with our furniture facelift 26 LOOK SHARP Use your pen collection to jazz up a trio plain mugs 32 TAKE NOTICE Organise your life with our easy stencilled memo board and quirky drawing pins 60 MAKE YOUR FREE GIFT Bring Cedric the cat and Bertie the bird to life with our how-to guide 62 KNITTED HOME Treat your teapot to a colourful new cosy courtesy of our resident designer. new ranges and shows 79 I SPY Our round-up of the best blogs and sites that we stumbled upon this month 85 HOMESTORE No space for your stuff? Hide your junk away with our under-the-bed storage solutions 88 MOODBOARD: PRETTY PASTELS Discover how to use sweet shades in a contemporary and chic way 91 REMADE Give your tired wooden furniture a spruce up with our handy hints 92 Q&A This month the experts discuss blinds.

homemakermagazine. Love 40 EDITOR'S FAVOURITES Lizzie reveals the products that she's loving this month 44 EGGS FACTOR Pretty-up your spring celebrations with our pick of Easter treats 64 KNIT NEWS All the latest trends. 22 YOUR SAY Get in touch with us for the chance to win a fabulously indulgent prize 47 CORK TALK Never feel guilty for opening a bottle of red again. Need.co. Red or Dead 35 JULIE DODSWORTH The iconic British designer doles out her indispensable wisdom about the simple life Home Styling 13 AT HOME WITH HOMEMAKER Gather your loved ones and have an Easter feast to remember with our rustic makes and styling inspiration 28 DRY RUN We explore the history of the humble tea towel and turn one into a desirable piece of wall art 36 WHY WE LOVE EASTER Find out what we enjoy about this seasonal celebration and decoupage your own pretty tribute 86 DECORATOR'S DIARY Annie Sloan lends us a hand in a kitchen makeover with her acclaimed Chalk Paint 101 NEUTRAL BUT NICE Rona Wheeldon gives us her verdict on Holly Becker's and Leslie Shewring’s upcoming flower styling guide And the Rest.. plus we get some words of wisdom from flower exepert Vic Brotherson Homemaker Heroes 21 WAYNE HEMINGWAY This issue Wayne takes a look back at the history of his hugely successful business..71 56 ISS UE 1 7 47 apr il 2 014 106 74 ROSEMARY SHRAGER Indulge yourself this Easter with perfect profiteroles and delectable doughnuts 77 BAKERS BOUTIQUE Get cracking in the kitchen with these eggcellent seasonal ideas 72 Want.uk 7 . use the corks to fashion a handy notice board 78 THAT'S RAD Enliven your kitchen with a display of eye-catching tea towels 108 COMING NEXT ISSUE A little teaser of what we have in store for you next issue Meet the Maker 56 ALICE GILLINGHAM Fall in love with Alice's homespun folksy style and learn all about her intriguing inspiration 81 EMMA BLOCK Illustrator and curator Emma chats to us about her short but illustrious career so far and gives every reader a freebie! 106 LORNA SYSON We spend a day with the awardwinning designer and her furry friend subscribe online today at www. products and news from the knitty world 104 FLOWER POWER Let your floristry knowledge flourish with our in-depth introduction.

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Dorling Kindersley). Pick posies that resemble the bright. place empty eggshells in ceramic cups. To create this dainty display. craspedia. freesia and asclepias have been chosen.99. sunny hue of egg yolks for a fresh way to liven up your home this spring. matricaria. make sure to get a copy of Simple Flower Arranging by Mark Welford (£16. so ensure you condition your flowers in fresh water for an hour before arranging. 9 .PICK OF THE MONTH Eggs & Flowers Decorate the Easter breakfast table with this fun miniature arrangement To create more original arrangements. fill with a splash of water. The small volume means that very little liquid can be held in the shells. Here. and trim your selected blooms so that they just peek out of the shells. SCALE DOWN YOUR FLORAL DÉCOR WITH A SWEET ARRAY OF SUCCULENTS.

From £4. the initiative will help to raise the profile of Britain’s favourite craft emporiums. and our campaign is aimed at alerting crafters to the benefits of supporting these independent stores. charbonnel. including the Asian influences that are creeping into interiors at the moment which we can’t get enough of! willowandhall. We love the Dove shade pictured above.co.com to take a peek. Each design is available in a selection of colours.uk 1 2 3 CURRENTLY COVETING.com to browse the full range.” Visit letsknit. primary hues are a great way to add a splash of colour to your home.. Peter Rabbit has teamed up with Charbonnel et Walker to create a collection of tasty treats just in time for Easter.uk Have you heard about Yarn Shop Day? On 3rd May 2014. The online furniture company sells a range of hand-crafted sofas and armchairs. Keep your stationery stash organised with this handy little desk bunny.co. and the bold. Visit luciesheridanshop. which is the perfect base to reflect a number of different trends.uk for more details. visit bodieandfou. with an entire day dedicated to these much-loved outlets. pencil-cases. has this to say about the event: “We know from our readers that they rely on their local yarn store for more than just products. Let’s Knit editor.HEADLINES H News H events H books H trends H hot products Bring nature indoors with the new collection of Bold & Noble wallpapers at Bodie and Fou. this 24-hour event will celebrate Britain’s independent wool stores. base your décor choices around the clean and simple style of Willow & Hall. Sarah Neal.co. Lucie’s friendly and inquisitive Dachschund is an ideal choice for adding a fun flair to your room scheme. 10 . Launched by our sister publications Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting. pared-back scheme this spring. Stylish and striking.99.. which is available in a variety of different fabrics. which is definitely the cutest office accessory ever! £18. Shhhh! IN STORES NOW A NEW RANGE WE LOVE Fresh start If you haven’t got a penchant for pastels and crave a neutral. mollieand fred.uk Bristol-based designer and illustrator Lucie Sheridan has launched the ‘Dash It All’ collection.co. featuring her adorable sausage dog motif on lampshades. the range draws inspiration from all aspects of the British landscape with a Scandinavian folklore twist. including this stylish Dunsmore two-seater sofa bed. cushions and coasters.

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attach a paper rose between each flag. carefully stamp individual letters onto the egg shell to create inspirational words. Pin in place and stitch with a zigzag across the top.CO. wind around the base of the cage and secure with a piece of double-sided tape.CO. Set aside to dry and then display as a table centrepiece. PIPII. RIGBYANDMAC. Next. Hobbycraft Using black ink. HOBBYCRAFT. LAURAASHLEY. FEATHERS. Jane Means Small polystyrene eggs Small feathers in yellow. PORCELAIN BIRD. PLACE MATS. natural and white Coconut hanging basket liner Cotton lace Yellow gingham ribbon Double-sided tape Cut a length of lace. the measurement across the top is 14cm. Thread the letters onto the string provided in the kit. WOODEN EGG CUPS. Position a silk flag at the end of the length of lace.CO.COM. ROYAL DOULTON AT DUNELM-MILL.UK.CO. lay the lace onto the flag. catching the end of the string at the start of the stitching and again at the other end of the flag. Pick out the letters needed to spell ‘Happy Easter’ and a spacer from the bunting kit. The Range Length of cotton lace Cream paper roses Yellow gingham ribbon Floral mini pegs White card Pinking shears Sewing machine and matching thread First make a template for the bunting from cardboard.UK . leaving 8cm of string between each one.UK. Easter bunting (PREVIOUS PAGE) YOU'LL NEED: Scrap of silk dupion Bunting kit. Hobbycraft Mini alphabet stamps.CO.UK. then join the outer points of the 14cm line to the length to make the triangle. then lay the first letter on top of this. {1} {3} {2} 14 DINNER SET. Place another flag alongside the first and repeat the process until all the letters and flags have been attached. Fill the inside with a small handful of coconut fibres and turquoise shredded tissue paper. Make a hole in the centre to nestle a couple of decorative eggs and polystyrene ones. then tie a short length of ribbon around each bloom. find the centre and measure down 21cm. {1} bird cage {2} YOU'LL NEED: Small bird cage Turquoise tissue paper Paper rose Decorative eggs. Finally. CAKE STAND. GREEN EGGS. draw a line to this length. Complete by attaching a paper rose and tying a bow in a length of yellow gingham ribbon. use the floral craft pegs to attach the bunting wherever desired.UK. the flowers have a metal stem which can be used for this process.AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H duck Eggs YOU'LL NEED: White duck eggs Black ink-pad. Cut out the template and use to make twelve flags from the silk dupion using pinking shears. CRAFTSHAPES.

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Use as a table centrepiece. Stick the sprayed twig into the inside edge of the frame using a hot glue gun. Ours were tiny enough to slip into an egg cup for each place setting.it may need a couple of coats. or pop one on each plate to create a pretty place setting for each person.COM ARRANGE DELICATE EGGS IN CUPS wITH PRETTY HAND-STAMPED TAGS stamping steps bird nests YOU'LL NEED: Coconut hanging basket liner Small feathers in yellow. JANEMEANS. line the nest with an assortment of feathers in your colour scheme. DECORATIVE EGGS.UK. {1} {1} {2} {2} BIRDS & NESTS RUBBER STAMP SET.CO. Pull up the twine to secure the nest shape. Hobbycraft Decorative eggs. £25. Finally. you may find you have to position and stick extra pieces of twig to create a pleasing shape. Jane Means Small polystyrene eggs Pull a length of coconut fibre from the liner and wind it into a nest shape. then weave it in a circle fairly near to the base. we selected the Chaffinch design as it was the perfect size. removing the glass. natural and white Cream spray paint Spray adhesive Hot glue gun Find a small twig from your garden. then spray the twig with cream paint . Dismantle the frame. make a tiny nest from coconut fibre. shredded tissue paper and then a couple of eggs to finish. stick music tissue paper to turquoise paper. Stamp onto the card pieces and set aside to dry. natural and white. egg cup YOU'LL NEED: Stamp set. Jane Means Cut out small pieces of card to the size you require. place a few feathers into it along with an egg covered in music tissue paper. let it dry out. Thread the darning needle with a length of twine. Cut out the paper pieces {1} Load up the bird stamp {2} Ink firmly onto the paper 17 . and re-assemble with the music paper. Cox & Cox Paper scraps Scissors Yellow shredded paper. then tie the two ends together. Cut to fit the back of the frame. Whilst the twig is drying. Pop one into each egg cup with a helping of yellow shredded paper and a small egg. COXANDCOX. Hobbycraft Natural twine and darning needle Shredded paper Small twigs from the garden Decorative eggs.AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H art display YOU'LL NEED: Cream wooden frame Music tissue paper Turquoise paper Twig from the garden Small polystyrene eggs Coconut hanging basket liner Small feathers in yellow. using the spray adhesive. Ink up your chosen stamp. You could even paint a name onto the side of each egg cup and use it as a place name setting. Push small twigs into the coconut fibres.

uk. Find the instructions on our website.uk and have a go yourself. give our cone idea a whirl. We customised ours with pretty ribbons from naturaleigh. l Fill vintage melamine travel mugs with delicate eggs for a unique spin on this look. you can fill them with little party favours.co.uk l We absolutely love these yellow birdies made exclusively for us by the talented Stephanie Carswell. See her range of needle felting kits at her online shop hawthornhandmade.co. What's more.com. 18 .co. We've used ones from janemeans. and displayed delicate daffs in sweet milk bottles from violette. and added a ribbon of raffia to complete the look. l Instead of a traditional place setting.AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H AT H O M E W I T H Set the table with Homemaker’s pretty Easter ideas l Create beautiful place settings for your guests to really set the scene.

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It prompted Gerardine and I to clear our wardrobes of the clothes she had made and didn't wear any more. We paid £6 a day for a stall and over the weekend took almost £300. so we chose 'Red or Dead' (now there's another story to tell!). I told the story about how it all started one fateful day in 1981. Just as we had had no training in fashion. and within weeks we had a few stalls and were taking £2000 a weekend. took her sewing machine with her and made eight styles of women’s clothes with fabric bought on Blackburn Market. other family members. bag collections. We also found that we had all these weird and wonderful images. one of the UK’s most successful spectacles brands. rag and shoddy yards (a story for another day) for stock. we had no training in designing eye wear. we didn't go about creating Red or Dead glasses using traditional methods. along with my excessive collection of second-hand clothes. adverts. Gerardine opened another stall in the magnificent and sorely missed Kensington Market. We did what we always seem to do: we looked into our own experience. We are pretty sure that no other designer brand of eye wear has ever launched in quite this way. my mum set up a manufacturing unit in Blackburn. the rent on our flat was only £18 a week. We went on to add shoe collections. In the mid-90s we were approached by Vision Express who was interested in my (as a glasses wearer) and Red or Dead’s take on spectacles. magazine tear sheets. the people at the trade show liked it! WE DID WHAT WE ALWAYS SEEM TO DO: WE LOOKED INTO OUR OWN EXPERIENCE 21 . The Land of Lost Content. with an amazing set of offbeat individuals. including Gerardine’s sisters.HOMEMAKER HERO The Story of Red or Dead Wayne Hemingway shares the inspirational story of how his brand came to be I was recently asked to do a talk at an optical industry trade show about how we started Red or Dead. I found a rubbish picture of me wearing big specs in a photo booth and this set the scene for our designs. but started to sell all around the world.. when I took the rent money that Gerardine and I had stashed in the tin on our mantelpiece. then our marketing. Swiping that cash was the best thing I ever did. we have always been collectors and I relished wearing our best second-hand finds. However. As with most of what we did back in the day. Just a few short weeks later she had her first wholesale order. or we do today with HemingwayDesign. jumble sales. These formed our education in becoming eye wear designers. opened 15 or so shops both here and abroad and. Diversen. To put this into perspective. chipped in as seamstresses and we not only delivered the Macy’s order. We were quids in and raring to return to Camden next week. but it sure makes for an excellent story – well. and we kept others in the museum of popular culture artefacts that we co-own. When we added used and old stock of Dr Martens into the mix. won Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion awards for three years on the trot.. and spent it on studio time for the band I sang in. and heave the lot down to a new section of Camden market that was opening. brochures and amazing photographs of models and celebrities wearing eye wear through the decades. it wasn't long before we reached £5000. adapting and making our clothes and coming from homes where the whirring of sewing machines was the norm. other than years spent dancing in discos or watching bands in clubs. and a massive one at that – from Macy’s New York! We had to come up with a label. We spent every spare minute scouring charity shops. created an iconic brand that still thrives 15 years after we sold it.

Win “At Christmas. I then had to carefully make a vertical cut in the top of each of the pots the cyclamen were in so that they would fit into my tubes.co. I lined the tubes with sandwich bags and put a small pot of cyclamen in each one. Well done. it was Christmas after all!) I didn’t want to throw the packaging away so I decided to use the tubes as plant pots. and for a first attempt we think it's pretty awesome. Once the biscuits were eaten (which didn't take long. HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST IDEAS: TWEET US @HOMEMAKERMAG TRACEY TODHUNTER @TRACEYTODHUNTER I'm reworking crochet gift bags to fill with choccies for easter :) LUCIE @LOVELOVELUCIE I have a fabric Easter chick garland in mind to adorn my old Welsh dresser ABSO-KNITTINGLUTELY @KNITTYNADIA I'll be making bunny rabbit stitch markers in all kinds of colours! y Your Sa Get in touch for the chance to win a fragrance gift set SNAP HAPPY Send us your pics on twitter and instagram @homemakermag @Illustration_GL @AmberMunchkinCr Kirsty Pattison was inspired to teach herself to crochet by our issue 15 cover. Kirsty! This beautiful gift box contains an elegant Eau de Toilette and a Cleansing Body Wash. Grouped together I think they look very pretty. Leicester @Jessalli_Dorset @tilly_mint @Roxie_P 22 . after being inspired by your feature on unusual planting ideas way back in issue two. which featured gorgeous nesting bowls by Lynne Rowe. Available online at bronnley. My step-daughter recently moved home and I thought they would make the perfect house-warming gift to brighten up the place while it's still dreary outside.uk and in leading department stores.WE ASKED OUR READERS WHAT THEY'RE PLANNING TO CRAFT FOR EASTER. I received three packs of biscuits which were beautifully packaged in very pretty cardboard tubes. We love her bold choice of colours and the addition of a pretty flower motif.” Fiona Adams. infused with a fresh Freesia aroma.

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you can ensure a crisp. Plus. YOU’LL NEED: Wooden bench Ikea Sigurd Bench Paint in various colours Carpenters glue Planks of pine First. you can pick these beautiful wooden candlesticks up for £12. Taking each plank in turn. unclamp. a splash there – within moments a room can be transformed. but with no danger of disaster. Whilst it’s drying. UK FROGTAPE. for example.uk 24 . remembering to paint the edges. then clamp them down and let dry for 24 hours. paint your bench white.e ur t i n Fur ift l e fac T Jazz up a plain bench he quickest antidote to a drab. no matter what your skill level. or create a technicolour paradise by arranging them at the table with your newly-painted bench alongside. Once the bench and planks are completely dry. and you needn’t have even touched the walls or called in the professionals. it really pulls the focus of the room. Inexpensive and readily available.50 each from berryred. so why not put it to good use? Take the candle stick. We’ve actually listed a few of our ideas in step one. you can simply paint over the planks! It’s full-throttle colour. A splash here. let’s give this a go! NEED MASKING TAPE? TRY FROG T EC TAPE – IT’S PERFNE S LI FOR STRAIGHT ES AND NEAT FINISH . Dot around your home for a quick punch of colour. neat finish to the seat. apply your chosen colour.us) and is by the very talented Alicia – we love her playful use of vibrancy. If you’re out of paint. follow the ombre trend (turn to p46 for more {1} ideas in this style) or alternate between different colours. these come in all shapes and sizes – and so do the actual candles. as each plank is painted before assembly. settle on a colour order for your planks. Equally. By doing fun DIYs like this bench.CO. cheap and. This project has been taken from the Likes of Us blog (likesof. and lots of it. a more subtle colour palette could be used. place the planks on the seat in your desired order. too.co. maybe three. If you don’t like the effect. uninspiring home is colour. never fear. it isn’t permanent. then step back and admire your work! {2} {3} DON’T HOLD BACK WITH COLOUR There are all manner of home accessories that will benefit from a lick of paint – and you’re sure to have a bit left over from this project. You could go technicolour as shown. As people will be sitting on them. rest assured colour-shy Homemakers. Use carpenter’s glue to adhere the wood to the bench. Once dry. Paintbrushes at the ready. you’ll need at least two coats. bringing brightness into your home is easy.

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The extra thought and effort you’ve made for your guests will make them feel really special. When filling in or building up colour in the design. As such. STYLE SECRETS.. Use flowing lines and resist the temptation to go over the lines again and again once the ink has dried – this will simply rub the dried ink off the surface and make the tip of the pen sticky. and the great thing is that. strong coffee or a herbal green tea. why not create your own? It’s easy to embellish a plain mug. This method can also be used to blend hues together or produce a gradual change of colour. you can rub it off and start again! Just be careful not to handle decorated items too much before putting them in the oven or you may smudge your carefully-drawn motifs and patterns. that first sip can set you up for whatever life throws at you. be it a good. Avoid handling the outside too much to prevent more grease being transferred from your fingers. If you’re planning a special afternoon tea for Easter. and your clothing too! Marker pens are hugely versatile and really easy to use.CUSTOMISE YOUR CUPS WITH A QUICK DOODLE OR TOO IN A DAY DONE DECORATE COFFEE MUGS wITH MARKER PENS A morning beverage is the key to whether your day is a productive success or a woeful waste of time. Whatever your tipple. it’s only right that you have the perfect vessel to contain your drink. If decorating mugs has given you the customising bug. If you’re stuck for inspiration.. Place the mug in the oven before heating it up and allow it to cool before removing as a sudden change in temperature could cause the mug to crack. 26 . just take a handful of coloured marker pens and let your imagination run wild. take a look around the blogosphere. complete the crafty theme with personalised tumblers. and they can keep them afterwards. fine and permanent Cotton buds Soft pencil Wash and dry your mug thoroughly to remove all traces of grime. Allow the completed design to dry before setting the ink by baking it in the oven for 30 minutes at 180ºC. To ensure that it’s suited to you. too. Rest the mug on a folded towel to stop it rolling around and {1} {4} {2} {5} {3} begin to draw over your design with marker pens. Don’t worry if all the lines don’t come out on the shiny surface. Use a soft graphite pencil to sketch your design faintly onto the mug. YOU’LL NEED: Clean white ceramic mugs Marker pens. you simple need a few reference points to guide you. use a dotting motion to eliminate lines in the shade. until your design is baked on. or on our Pinterest page where we have created a board of our favourite ideas. take your decorating skills and apply them to all manner of different homeware items.

uk Let this feathered friend serve your tea.HOME MAKING 5 tea pots we love THERE’S AN ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF SHADES TO CHOOSE FROM. paperchase. cotswoldtrading. hunkydoryhome. cloudberryliving.uk This teapot oozes vintage charm.co.99. £15. MAKING THEM PERFECT FOR ANY COLOUR SCHEME Uplift your table with a simple poppy pattern.com CORINNE BRADD Satisfy your sweet tooth with this design.co. £19.com 27 . £66.95. creative-tops.co.uk We love this simple repeat motif. £35. £32.

ULSTERWEAVERS. How will you start yours? GET THE DESIGNS FEATURED (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) TOP ROW: GINAPIERCEDESIGN. more picturesque – just look at the selection we’ve gathered here. arty twist.UK.CO. ROSAANDCLARADESIGNS. The designs on this page are in our (imaginary) collection.UK. Amanda Goode has shared her vintage one opposite.CO. MIDDLE ROW: SNOWDENFLOOD. tea towels are less functional.UK.COM. overleaf.UK. SUSANTAYLORART.UK. Amanda Walker kick-starts hers with a handmade version.CO.COM. then. OLDENGLISHPRINTS. Designers of all ilks are channelling their creativity into this kitchen staple. PEGS BY CRAFTSHAPES. elevating it way past its everyday duties to give it a new. WILLANDGLORY.Hang about The humble tea towel is experiencing a revival owadays.NET.COM. FLEMINGANDSELL. HAVEAGANDER.CO.CO.COM.CO. BOTTOM ROW: SOLOGRAPHICART.BIZ. TWINE FROM NUTSCENE. SPANNANDWILLIS.UK 28 .

in the 1950s capturing. linen. 29 . best of all. They have a mission to educate. the field is wide open for anyone to have a go. I like the worn and tatty ones just as much as those with their price tags still intact. I’m also drawn to tea towels that capture a particular era. at one stage the Boards (Milk Marketing.uk for more inspiring designs Design? Each era has its identity. TEXTILE LECTURER AT BATH SPA UNI. One example is of the W.HOME STYLING AMANDA GOODE. I have framed a lovely illustration of Oxford Street in London festooned in Christmas decorations – large red double decker buses forge along the street carrying the shoppers. somewhere was smoothing out a tea towel and musing.co. I liked that someone. Sourcing? Of course eBay is an excellent hunting ground for new-to-me additions. And now. Potato and Egg) all produced towels to promote their goods to the public. We’ve continued our collection online! See homemaker magazine. their monthly meetings and activities. Major events are celebrated too such as the moon landing or the construction of the Forth Bridge. Size? Most tea towels are a standard size (30” x 60”) and usually cotton or. I soon decided to focus on the ones that gave instruction or offered information. LETS US PEEK AT HER TEA TOWEL STASH Beginnings? When I started collecting tea towels back in the 80s. Some collectors would be horrified. For example. This fibre is the most absorbent and hard wearing. but also the most expensive. I’m really not such a purist. The drawing may be particularly strong in one or innovative graphics on another. I like their sense of purpose. And I’m happy with any age and condition. but for a contemporary outlet there is the fabulous todryfor. they like the hard chase. ‘I think I will try to truss a turkey like that or bake a cake according to my star sign!’ Why? I appreciate each towel for different reasons. However. with the advent of digital print. through beautiful illustration.com Store or display? I work in a studio in my garden in Shropshire and they keep me company there. Most recently an illustrator introduced a range featuring male celebrities she would like to woo! Ulster Weavers are an established producer of tea towels.I. It is beautiful.

Decide on the wording you wish to use. Stencilled Tea Towel 1 2 Make a guide for the stencilled letters. Divide A4 paper into eight equal lines. 3 4 Remove the template from the back of the towel. ruler and paper D.YOU’LL NEED: Glass cloth tea towel Artists canvas board. make a hanging loop from a length of yellow gingham ribbon and fix it with double-sided tape. 45cm x 35cm 30mm letter stencil Yellow gingham ribbon Felt-tipped pens Double sided tape Spray adhesive Pencil. Use double-sided tape to secure all the edges to the back of the board. so use this as a guide to stencil the lettering with blue and yellow pens. Stencil the letters along the marked lines. Carefully secure the artist’s canvas board to the back of the tea towel. Cut away the excess fabric. Wipe the stencil when changing colours to avoid the inks bleeding 30 . then spray the artist’s canvas with adhesive.Y. Make sure that the stencil is square to the edges and in the centre. The template should be visible through the towel.I. Stick the stencil to the wrong side of the tea towel with masking tape. leaving enough to wrap onto the back. Finally. the words for this project are all related to baking.

31 . making it easy for even the most ardent stick-man artist to create something wonderful. Stencilling takes the hard work out of the job. those with an arty streak can go freehand or get to grips with a more intricate stencil. Alternatively. The choice is entirely yours.HOME STYLING AMANDA WALKER Tea towel + pens = a work of art LET YOUR TEA TOWELS FIND A NEW HOME ON YOUR WALL Revamp your hard-working cloths into an on-trend print with just felt-tipped pens and a stencil! You could even forego the canvas board and frame it instead. we love IKEA’s Ribba collection.

You can’t get much more creative than our design. or important dates be woefully forgotten. Push out the moulded shapes carefully. {4} Massage fibre filling 32 Pipe into moulds Add drawing pins Colour with paint . Sand the edges smooth if necessary and paint the flowers in your desired colours. Drawing pins {1} {2} {3} Cut off the corner and squeeze the plaster out. and fill each section in the mould. at the bottom of your bag. essentially using it as a piping bag.ORGANISE YOUR LIFE WITH OUR CRAFTY TRICKS IN A DAY DONE RETRO STENCILLED MEMO BOARDS FOR ANY ROOM! Everyone needs a memo board. crumpled and smeared. So easy to make. Allow to dry. YOU'LL NEED: FOR THE MEMO BOARDS Foam circles Piece of burlap Hot glue gun Stencil of choice Cosmetic sponge Fabric glue FOR THE DRAWING PINS Cool2Cast fiber plaster Sealable plastic bag Mould Thumbtacks/pushpins Sandpaper Glossy decoupage medium or glossy acrylic sealer GENERAL MATERIALS Scissors Acrylic paint Paintbrush Mix up the fibre plaster according to the manufacturer’s directions. Once dry. Never again will your to-do lists flap around. Pour a small additional amount of plaster over the head to secure. Set the head of a drawing pin into each moulded shape. the humble memo board also serves another purpose: introducing a flash of handmade style into your décor. Seal with glossy decoupage medium or acrylic sealer. with its stencilled burlap cover and fibre plaster drawing pins. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to thicken. The mixture should have a pancake batter consistency. push into your memo board. you just whip them up in a silicone mould – an ice or chocolate tray works a treat. Pour into a sealable plastic bag and massage the mixture well between your fingers to make sure there are no lumps. And whilst its organisational benefits are plentiful. but don’t add too much extra – you need to leave a good length of the drawing pin free.

sophieallport.com Memo boards Use each foam shape to cut a circle from the burlap that is 5cm bigger all around. Set the head of the pins in place and fill the mould with more resin to secure it in position. £85. * When making the drawing pins. To buy fro £10. call 01256 302699 and quote GLR 9NV Tuck or tack – the choice is yours. thegiftoasis. simply select coordinating fabrics to cover the circles. Repeat the steps to make the other two boards. luckandluck. beyondthefridge. {1} Pull the burlap to the reverse {2} {3} Pour yourself a brew and get list making. you can use two-part resin instead of the fibre plaster.co.com Cover the back to finish 33 .85. £28.00. then secure with the hot glue gun.com Who said organising isn't romantic? £10. CICO Books).47 for another fab memo board idea Jot down. Allow to dry.99 including free UK p&p. £4.com Find this and other ingenious ideas in Organise Your Home by Linda Peterson (£14. For all your take-away to-dos.95. Start folding the excess fabric up and over to the back of the foam shape. but make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area. then stash on a 'tache. £11.uk STYLE SECRETS Stencil on your chosen design * If you don’t want to create your own fabric design on your memo board. mygifttree.HOME MAKING Five boards we lOve Turn to p. Cut another circle of burlap the same size as the foam shape and glue onto the back with fabric glue. * You can also use a spray sealer in step four of the drawing pins instead of the decoupage medium.25. Stencil your chosen design onto the front of the fabric using black acrylic paint and a cosmetic sponge. pour into the mould to half fill and allow to set as directed. Mix the resin according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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J excite. more creative life with Homemaker’s newest columnist. and they were all so lovely to watch. Finding that magic mix from my humble palette of three colours is quite a challenge. Sticky buds and willows bursting with life. and became fascinated by her hens and chickens. relax or inspire us.HOMEMAKER HERO All aboard Calamity Jane Enjoy a simpler. the focus is always on the colour. But for me. or fill a mug with a collection of smaller eggs. but the best advice I have ever taken was ‘paint for yourself. IT’S EASY TO TRIM TO SHAPE BUT IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO ADD MORE!” 35 . And spring chickens! The blues and greens are a true reflection of the beautiful British countryside. the folksy prints and patterns that are part of narrowboat heritage are the core of my designs. I find myself drawn to the motifs and florals that form this most ancient of crafts. Julie Dodsworth ulie Dodsworth is an artisan British designer who works and lives on her narrowboat Calamity Jane on the Grand Union Canal. Recently. create something you like. Instantly inspired. “The question most artists and artisans are asked is where they find their inspiration.. though. EASTER TREAT YOU’LL NEED: Good-quality china mug Easter egg Cellophane Ribbon {1} {2} {3} Choose a chocolate egg to fit your mug or cup. but about what you feel. Cut the cellophane in a large circle. The tones and contrasts are not about what you see. There were a plethora of different colours and varieties. approximately 50cm in diameter.’ so I’m passing that little bit of wisdom on to you! Inspiration. I was visiting my lovely friend north of the border. SEE JULIE’S GORGEOUS HOMEWARES & GIFTS AT JULIEDODSWORTH. Mother Nature’s palette once again at her very best. which is a celebration of spring.COM “ALWAYS CUT MORE CELLOPHANE THAN YOU NEED. Scoop the cellophane around the egg in the mug and tie with a ribbon in a pretty bow. Colour can change our mood. I painted a design I call ‘hey little hen’. I LOVE APRIL The flush of green on the hedgerows and the rush of spring. can come from everywhere and anywhere. hearts and daisies. and are guaranteed to breathe new life into your home this season.. roses and castles. scratching and enjoying the freedom of the garden. My friend gave me some eggs to take home and they were the most beautiful mix of colours. For me. My boat boxes busy with pansies and bobbing primroses and the chance to paint in the warmer light. provide ambience.

When we’d finished. what makes a great childhood isn’t what you got for Christmas one year. for example. it brings with it a feeling of fresh starts and new beginnings. which for the last decade and a half or so in my world. preferring to paint shapes or patterns. Creative calling Over the years there were so many Easter crafts. around Easter-time we could be found busily cutting. a favourite of mine being the bonnets we made. Unfortunately. I reasoned that the tree house alone was enough to bring the bunny back repeatedly. fairy godmothertypes who encouraged you to seek adventure in everything. we would divide the loot between us. I lived down a cul-de-sac where every other house had children. little twigs and foliage. and enthusiasm for all things fun and crafty. laughter. In the end. very ill from overindulgence (word of warning – do not attempt to eat six chocolate eggs in one day). that I realise how much Tina influenced my crafting life. with eggs placed in areas of differing height and visibility. how I essentially decoupaged my . when the Easter bunny visited to distribute his treasures around Tina’s garden and house. two doors up from our house. I come across a space reserved that I look onto with excitement and anticipation. and when he came to deposit treasure. That. With each memory leading to the next. chocolate is made from cocoa plants so it counts as one of your five a day. when my family moved to Dubai and I felt homesick for England. Tina. Not by me. and wherever she happened to be was always the epicentre of activity. and as I enter the nesting phase and prepare our home for this new addition to our little unit. has been dominated by chocolate eggs and increasingly creative rationalisations (the calories don’t count if you eat standing up. pull it out and hide it in my bedside drawer. The gap in the album is still there. Year after year. sticking and painting. the tallest of us. collapsing into fits of giggles). It’s only now. popping and removing said balloons and adding a base coat of paint. my love for making handmade. then adding the final decorative touches. and my thrifty nature which has left me physically incapable of throwing away nice-looking wine bottles (they make amazing candle holders!). and as I venture through. Her son Jack had the most amazing tree house. it was the perfect place to play. it’s the family times spent laughing. Sometimes the bunny would specify who should look for an egg. would get summoned. when I isolate these memories. no questions were asked. it’s as if the landscape of my brain is its very own egg hunt. We had one wicker basket in which to collect the eggs. Her house was the Easter bunny’s chosen destination. etc). or even how many chocolate eggs you received the Easter you got very. so if it was on top of something high. cycling into the woods and making dens in our back gardens. then Matt. the whole street would join in with the hunt. anyway. There was the year of the papier mâché eggs. As I recall. wardrobe door with pictures of dolphins as a young teen before I even knew what decoupage was. was also my child minder. WHY WE LOVE Naida Redgrave reflects on why her childhood Easters were so special. my unsteady hand would leave my creations often looking unsightly. split over two floors.A s the ripe spring breeze cuts through the air and buds sprout through the earth. Tina felt like the life and soul of the street. so evenings. it held the same scale of magic as Christmas. and when the hunt was over and they’d all been found. personalised cards which has spilled into adulthood. 36 Looking ahead As my husband and I become increasingly frantic in the way that first time parents do (did we buy the right type of pram? Are we going to make good parents? What if we drop the baby?). and years later. although I have no idea what happened to the photograph. complete with pipe-cleaner chicks. warmth and magic – with all the things that made my own childhood so precious. the hunts involved one map between us all. the Tinas’ of youth. She lived right in the middle. This Easter is different for me – I’m expecting my first child. When looking back. I would find that photo in our family album. Santa’s half-eaten cookie on Christmas morning. weekends and holidays were spent knocking on each other’s doors. home-made chocolate is good for you. Easter A special place When Easter was just about chocolate eggs. a three-afternoon labour of love starting with pasting newspaper onto balloons (after Jack was done blowing them up then releasing them into the air. but it never stopped my mum putting our makes proudly on display on the front room window ledge. I’ve been reflecting on the memories that made my own childhood so rich and warm. there’s only one thing I feel completely sure of. with a visit from the elusive yet generous Easter bunny. My sister tended to go wild. with her warm and welcoming personality. dancing and playing. and visits from the Easter bunny. and how she plans to recreate them for her new baby When my younger sister and I spent afternoons in her care. and Tina herself. It also brings Easter. and real magic. It’s here that I will sow the seeds for my own daughter’s memories – filled with treasure hunts and crafting. The matriarch of the street. adding lashings of eclectic colour like a Jackson Pollock painting – I was always more reserved. Tina took a photo of us modelling our new hats.

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Repeat for the outside of the box. £3. Carefully cover the entire egg with paper and rest it sideways on an egg cup to dry. It may need a few coats of paint. the ink may seep through the emulsion paint. Apply the glue to the eggs with a paintbrush and apply the tissue paper pieces. YOU’LL NEED: Polystyrene eggs Egg box Tissues. remember to let each coat dry before applying the next. be sure to blow and wash them thoroughly first. these eggs will last for years.30 for 40 Pink ‘n’ Mix. you’ll definitely find something to suit your tastes. Cut out another pink strip and fix this on in sections as a {3} {4} border. Simply cover the area with a small square of masking tape prior to painting the box. If you use real eggs. Cath Kidston White matt paint PVA glue Scissors {1} {2} Paint the egg box with matt white paint. £3. if desired. Remember to handle the tissue carefully as it will be very fragile.50 for 20 38 .50 for 30 Silver Napkins. Leave to dry. and with a huge range of paper napkins. then apply more glue over the top to create a seal.70 for 20 DECOUPAGE EGGS FOR YOUR EASTER TABLE C overed in brightly coloured floral papers. Peel away the white layers of tissue from the patterned paper and cut it up into approximately 2cm squares. £3.UK'S ARRAY OF NAPKINS FOR YOUR DECOUPAGE NEEDS Floral Fiesta. Truly Scrumptious. If the egg box has a ‘best before date’ on it.CO. Lightly cover the area in glue and use a paintbrush to press the tissue onto it. Cover five more eggs in the same way. Try not to let the pieces overlap too much as the pattern will become lost. £3. Cut out a piece of pink tissue that fits inside the lid snugly.4 Napkins We Love USE TALKINGTABLES.

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wbcandles.co. 0844 736 2235. £4 for four.50. hobbycraft.uk Easter picks Created with the finest wax and scented with hand-blended fragrances. tch. candles don’t get better than this. £26. plastikote.50.co.co. PlastiKote fast dry enamel spray paint is great for small projects.uk 40 Breakfast is too often ignored – make a special effort this Easter with a few eggtastic pastel accessories. koziol-shop.net . £16.com Adorn your hard-working tea cup with a pretty flower strainer. £4.My spring favourites for the month ahead Bake in the spirit of spring with these fun silicone flower pots. perfect for an alfresco brew.uk Lizzie’s Quick and easy to use. Egg cup.

uk Whatever you’re celebrating this month. £4.99.50.com 41 .WANT • NEED • LOVE n io ot om pr Arrange your garden’s bounty in pretty jugs.85 for a metre – bargain! thehomemakery. thelittlewoolcompany. £11.uk Don’t fancy an Easter egg? Treat yourself to this pretty rose cupcake pin case instead.uk One can never have too many ribbons. 01409 221699.co.co.uk Brighten up your mornings with a set of fun polka-dot egg cups.99 for four. 07914082071. embossed with oh-soseasonal chicks. gingerray.49 for 25. retreat-home.com Need a new bag? This handmade Harris Tweed one could be just what you’re looking for. From £4. £6.co. these pretty straws and flags will liven things up. uniquehomeliving.co. ticklyspider. and this Love Chirp design is just £1.

but it would work equally well in another colour. The latter will allow you to practise the technique. move on to step two where you can use your own coloured paper. We used an IKEA frame. sculptures and. Don’t worry – we explain how to use them in the step-by-step. cheap as chips craft. Tape it securely to coloured paper with masking tape. Working away from you. cut around the outside of the egg. Peel away the template and tidy any uneven lines. Plus.co. here’s a little eggstra (we can’t help it. both for the home and to give as gifts. Choose a contrasting sheet of coloured paper or card and mount your design onto it. so you can get stuck in right away. wait for it.CO. If you fancy a go. Check them out at pinterest. there’s a complete papercrafting kit that comes free with each magazine. one is a solid grey design to practise on. try the little hanging eggs or strips of bunting first to get a feel for it.) project to see P Short on supplies? All you need is paper and a scalpel for this eggcellent idea you through till then. and feel free to tweet or Facebook us with other inspiring designs you've happened across – or made yourself! For those that would like an extra fix of papery goodness. but any will do! Trim around the template {1} {2} {3} {4} Cut out the detail work PERUSE OUR PAPERCUTTING PINS Being big fans of this papercutting malarky. We’ve got two templates for you to use online. sure to grab the attention of any passers-by! YOU’LL NEED: Coloured paper Scalpel Masking tape Cutting mat Frame Cut around our online template. as opposite. and the keyline is for your actual papercut – once you’ve mastered this. What could be better? NDFRANCIS HOP/FRANCESA © ETSY. but in the meantime. we've dedicated an entire Pinterest board to the technique. just grab the tools (which you’ll probably have already) and get started – it couldn’t be simpler. Emma Daniels. we suggest you click along to emma-daniels. Papercrafter? It’s bursting full of new and exciting ideas. cut along the lines with a scalpel. There are cake toppers. why not fix it to wood or place in a hinged glass frame? Both options will give your work a lovely arty quality. You’ll also be excited to hear that she’s designed a huge table-top woodland papercut for issue 19.UK . but if you’re yet to meet this inspiring lady. and the other is a keyline to do the papercut properly. why not pick up our sister title. one is a keyline and the other is a solid grey design. If this is your first time papercutting. all carefully carved into little masterpieces.uk and marvel at her paper creations. toilet rolls. After you've completed all the detail work.. Alternatively.. using light and even pressure. This design is by one of our favourite paper cutters. we have two versions. bunting pennants.PAPERCUT A PRETTY DISPLAY FOR EASTER apercutting is a no-prep.com/homemakermag. which includes a mind-bogglingly intricate lampshade. Some Homemakers will remember our interview with her from way back in issue one. Cut around the keyline template. Emma used grey card in her design. just be sure that it constrasts with the background paper so that the intricate detail can be seen clearly.COM/S 42 WE LOVE THE HAPPY HEART APRON FROM MESSYBAKER.

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COM 47 .WORDPRESS. A CORK BOARD CAN BECOME A REAL FOCAL POINT IN THE HOME. DON’T MISS OUR NEXT ISSUE WHERE WE’LL BE SHOWING YOU HOW TO MAKE A TABLE TOP FROM CORKS PROJECT BY ALISON OF THE3RSBLOG.DISPLAY & STYLE SAVE YOUR CORKS FOR A QUICK AND CUSTOMISABLE WALL DISPLAY EASY TO CREATE AND ENDLESSLY VERSATILE.

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Sewing t. ruloop turner . of course. AMANDA WALKER 49 . the curves will be exactly mirrored on the opposite side. then make the pencil lines more accurate on just one side. Rouleau machine. Position and pin the template I {1} LOVE THE GOLD EFFECT ON THE TABLE LEGS? USE GOLD METALLIC SPRAY PAINT FROM RUSTOLEUM. Make a template in paper to fit the cushion pad. and a great way to do-over your dining suite. Add 1cm seam allowance to this line and cut out. Fold the paper through the centre and firm up.UK OUR MAKER. Mark on the template the back and front of the pad. then you’ve probably been looking forward to this guide on making the matching furnishings.HOME MAKING Easy-sew seat covers Revive your dining table with stylish new chair cushions ric: Clarke fab zip d n Clarke and a ip Z . thread zipper foo Get ! kitted out f you loved our crackle-paint dining table makeover that appeared last issue. press down on the edges and draw around the circumference.. Centre the pad over the pattern paper. sliders. As the template is cut out through the two layers of the folded piece of paper.CO. o oss Serafina Rpattern paper. Lay the template onto the seat of the chair and mark the position of the two outer back spindles. This really is a piece of cake for novices looking for their next challenge. your trusty sewing machine. er and pencil. All you need are some old seat covers.. a wodge of gorgeous fabric. l buttons. buttons and.

Measure from the outer spindle to the centre of the back of the chair. Turn the strip to the right side. Add 2cm to this. Pin the remaining side and stitch in place. Position the slider 3cm away from the end of the stitching. Stitch the prepared zip into the opening using a zipper foot. around the front curve to the second spindle pin. This can be a bit fiddly but with practice is an easy process. Repeat the process with the remaining strap at the opposite end of the zip. then stitch again. Pull open 3cm of the zip. with a 1cm seam allowance. To stop the slider from coming off. Cut a length of zip to the same length as the gap in the back of the cover plus an extra 5cm. then stitch across one end and down the edge with a 5mm seam allowance. stitch across the plastic teeth at both ends. stitch a button to the end of the other strap. This process is made easy with the aid of a rouleau loop turner. Stitch. Neaten the edges of the fabric pieces by overlocking or zigzagging. Sew the strap to the cover with a 5mm seam allowance. then pull on the zip slider. it should be laying away from the zip. the raw end will be sandwiched inside the second line of stitching. matching the end with the zip slider to one end of the opening. Carefully thread the zip slider through to the right side.DIY DINING CHAIR onto a double piece of fabric with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Place the cushion pad inside the cover. Tease out the corners and press. With the right side of the fabric facing (the cover should not be turned through at this point) place the opened zip face down. this will enable the zip to be stitched in place without the slider interfering with the stitching line. Pin one side of the zip in place. Position the raw end of one of the straps 1cm away from the end of the zip. Make a buttonhole at the end of one of the straps. Match the two pieces together with the right sides of the fabric facing. Fold the strips in half lengthways. from the first pin. then around the front curve of the cover. then stitch along the edge of the zip's teeth. this will leave a gap in the back. Place a pin on the two spindle positions. {2} {3} {4} {5} {6} MISSED THE PAINTING MAKEOvER LAST ISSUE? SEE ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS ON OUR wEBSITE! 50 . Finally. Cut two strips of fabric to this measurement and 7cm wide. Fold the strap back over towards the zip. then wrap the straps around the chair back and button to secure. back into the cover. and turn the cover to the right side and press. zip closed. then cut out.

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cut another circle with a 51cm diameter and a circumference of 170cm. Taking your large main fabric rectangle. we recommend getting an extra pair of hands to hold open the gap for you. Finally. Calculate the placement of the four darts equally around the open end of the beanbag. and once the pieces are joined. If you’re handy with a sewing machine. Sew the larger circle around the width of the bottom of the joined pieces. Choose a chic. With right sides facing. {1} {2} CHARLOTTE BALDWIN-TURNER {4} {3} {5} Place the two 18cm x 26cm rectangles (main fabric and lining) together. Squidgy and pliable. and slowly pour the beans in in small batches. Polystyrene beans are really light. close the zip and join this piece around the bottom of the prepared section. YOU’LL NEED: 2m cream cotton for lining 2m chosen outer fabric 51cm zip Thread in chosen colour Polystyrene balls Cut out the following shapes from both fabrics: rectangle 60cm x 90cm and a half circle with an 87cm arch and a straight width of 51cm. Sew up the opening and zip the bean bag closed to finish. then sew up. be sure that all of your stitched seams on both the lining and main fabric are secure with double-stitched ends.GET COMFY IN EASYSTITCH SOFT SEATING IN A DAY DONE CUT. sew along the length. leaving a 20cm gap open. catching in the handle. Sew the smaller circle to the darted end of the bean bag. • To fill your bag. Nip the fabric across the width and sew up the marked darts. so that any loose beans can be contained. each measures 12cm deep x 26cm wide. it’s an ideal solution to seating issues as you can easily stash it out of the way in a corner until it’s needed. Using just the lining fabric. Trim a rectangle. • Filling a bean bag can be a difficult process. STITCH AND FILL A SNUGLY BEAN BAG Seating comes in a plethora of different guises. then turn back through. so make sure you have all windows closed when filling or they may go flying. To create the lining. 52 . the mastery comes in filling the sack without spilling the beans! Our version is lined to keep the innards safely tucked away and the handy zipper allows you remove the outer cover for cleaning. but with a few simple tricks it’s a doddle. attach the smaller lining circle to the darted end of the bean bag. Place the lining inside the outer beanbag and through the 20cm gap. and then a circle with a 26cm circumference.18cm x 26cm. so to avoid leaks. Mark the 12cm x 26cm darts equally four times on the open end of the bean bag. you can make yourself a plush bean bag in under a day. Sew the zip to the two straight sides of the half circles. Lay the handle centrally on the top circle and pin in place. DESIGNER DETAILS • The beans can be wayward little monsters and need containing. with the lining on the inside. Create a funnel out of newspaper. colourful fabric for your elegant creation. Do this over a bath or sink. pour the polystyrene balls until it is sufficiently filled. join both 60cm edges with a 1cm seam allowance. none more relaxed than the bean bag. take the large rectangle piece and sew both 60cm edges together with a 1cm seam allowance.

99.com Brighten up early mornings using a fruity mug.co. evypeevy.HOME MAKING 5 bright home accessories visit minervacrafts. 95percent.uk Dine in style this spring.com for a fabulous range of patterned fabrics Give your sofa a colourful update with a citrus-hued cushion.50.95. £24 for four. bespo. £39.co. £14.uk 53 . wilko.co.co. scandinavianshop.uk Place tea lights in a funky holder. £9. £10.uk This exotic little fellow is a great place to grow herbs.

{7} 54 . then another 2cm. Pin in place and edge stitch to make the hems of the curtains. scissors. then another 5cm. the fullness of curtains should be approximately double the length of the pole. Fold and press in 2cm along each side edge. plus a 3cm seam allowance (1. The length of the tabs is dependent on the diameter of your pole. Pin these folds to secure and edge stitch in place.5cm. With the right side of this strip and the right side of the curtain facing. also the tab will need to circle the pole with a little extra to ensure ease when pulling the curtains. We cut nine 12cm strips. the tabs should not be more than 20cm apart. Stitch the strip in place with a 1. As a rule..5cm at each end). join the widths of fabric together to make each curtain.5cm seam allowance and the tabs will be {6} sandwiched in between the two layers. Turn the strips to the right side and press flat. pin to the raw edge at the top of the curtains onto the right side. Fold the strips in half lengthways with the right sides facing. {1} {2} {4} {3} {5} Next make the tabs. fold and press 5cm along the base of the curtains. position and pin the unfolded edge of the strip to the raw edge at the top of the curtain. Stitch as close to the seam line as possible. then stitch the two raw edges together with a 1cm seam allowance. Fold in the two ends of the strip and fold the facing strip onto the wrong side of the curtain. Tab-top are one of the simplest variations you can make. Fold the tabs in half to make a loop. Evenly distribute the tabs along the top of the curtains. which definitely justifies a trip to the haberdashers. Cut fabric 8cm wide and the width of each curtain. This stitching line ensures that the facing will roll to the back of the curtains. Stitch to secure. the actual stitching is relatively simple – and you can always make a practice version on a smaller scale before going the whole hog. 10cm was added to the length to accommodate the hem and an extra 1.ss a l c er t s ma w TRIED & TESTED TAB-TOP CURTAINS Discover how to make the simplest of window drapes hether it’s to keep out the light or keep in the warmth. Plus. Fold and press 1. the curtains will not hang well otherwise. Repeat the process for the remaining curtain. The half widths are joined to the outside edges of the whole widths.. investing a little time to learning the art is well worth the effort. and although our instructions look quite hefty. pin along the folded edge and finally edge stitch in place. then measure the length of your pole. Surely that's reason enough to get started? YOU’LL NEED: Fabric. First. every home needs curtains. The ends of the strip should over hang the two edges of the curtain by 1. making sure that the seam allowance of both the curtain and the facing are underneath the facing.5cm along one of the long edges. pins and iron Measure from underneath the curtain pole to the desired length you would like your curtains to be. 1½ widths of fabric in each curtain gave enough fullness. Laura Ashley Sewing machine with matching thread Tape measure. Awning Stripe in Seaspray. Under stitch along the facing strip.5cm added for a seam allowance at the top. As a rough guide. one to sit in each corner and the remainder equally between these outer two. For these curtains. a half width is stitched to two whole widths. Considering that handmade curtains can cost way into the hundreds. then open it out so that you are looking at the right side of the curtain and the right side of the strip. you have free reign to choose whatever fabric tickles your fancy. Just as before.

remembering to keep the edge parallel with the line. you’ll find that the machine will manage these areas with ease. Second. under stitching requires the machine to stitch through three layers of fabric. and ‘over locking’ is one of them. Firstly. creating an even and straight seam allowance is a doddle: use the guides on the foot plate. Being computerised. as our curtains are not lined and we needed more than one width.co. it’s simple to operate and the automated functions are fantastic. position the edge of your fabric against the line and stitch. and even more at the sides of the curtain as the side edge adds another two layers. Finally. The CXL301 has 30 stitches to choose from. which you’ll need for this process. there were three areas where this machine proved indespensible. visit janome. the raw edges we edged stitched to stop fraying. But aside from the ease of use.uk to find your nearest stockist 55 . £299.HOME MAKING In our sewing room Corinne Bradd reveals the machine behind our curtains T he Janome CXL301 and this project are a match made in heaven. But don’t fear.

I always loved stories such as Beatrix Potter and Brambly Hedge as a child.” Alice’s products may be popular. and not to let your confidence falter. “I was initially inspired by forest creatures on a trip down to the woodland which runs behind my family’s garden. and my stepdad’s witty animal poetry can definitely be credited as further literary inspiration!” So how does one go about turning an idea into a tangible design? Alice explains her approach: “I’m inspired by a combination of things when starting a new design. after being encouraged by positive response to my animal illustrations. homespun and illustrative. which were centred around animals and woodland creatures. but there’s one special guy that she’d really love to design for.” With a plethora of creative pursuits to choose from. This is exactly what happened to illustrator Alice Gillingham. desperately trying to think up new concepts for our crafting.” Even before her educational exploration of embroidery. “Since childhood I have always been strongly encouraged to be creative. but we’ve found that inspiration doesn’t come from rigorous planning and intense thinking. Although I have previously doubted my style and tried to adapt to a different approach. “I decided to develop my own range of designs as I enjoyed designing and creating so much. we have a feeling that Alice and her furry friends will soon be taking over the world.The imperfect aspect of embroidery gives illustration its character Be charmed by woodland critters and fall in love with Alice Gillingham’s folksy. like Alice’s. but the way in which it affects 56 A burgeoning design business can often see a great amount of change in terms of style.. as I would love to see one of my woodland designs in the royal nursery!” So what’s next on the agenda for Alice and her army of forest creatures? “This year I hope to keep expanding my business and taking any opportunities that come my way! I would love to keep developing my designs and try to broaden my product range” Watch this space Homemakers. Read more about Alice and take a peek at the rest of her gorgeous designs at alicegillingham.” been unsuccessful and I have reverted back to my own illustrative approach. Although I have always been confident in my textile and embroidery skills. a strong initial concept and belief in an idea ensures that the true and original ethos is always maintained. Alice was spurred on by her family to release her artistic side. I think the advice I would give to people is to try and have confidence in yourself and your designs and to set deadlines and goals to work towards as this is an area I have struggled with myself. Skill school Developing a crafty skill later on in life can prove to be a challenge. He made the perfect subject for drawing and turning into a design. we’ve spent countless hours huddled over our notebooks. homespun style H ere at Homemaker. According to Alice. the most important thing is to have faith in yourself. I’m still in the early stages of launching my own business and I have found the guidance I was given during my time at university and from talking to people who have started their own businesses invaluable. alternatively I go the other way round and have a particular illustration I would like to use and decide how I am going to turn it into an embroidery. “I think if I could create a piece for anyone it would have to be Prince George. I’d received lots of positive feedback on my embroidered illustrations so I was encouraged to see if I could turn them into products for sale. “The combination of the two together is the aspect that I find so enjoyable. as these have been very popular. I have a very crafty mum who enjoys patchwork and quilting so we were constantly doing arty projects together. it took me until my time at university to really develop my drawing and illustration.wordpress.” Royal aspirations While we couldn’t possibly pick a favourite from Alice’s enchanting designs.” The next big question that every crafter wants to know the answer to is how to make the transition from kitchen-table hobby to viable business.. I find the imperfect aspect of embroidery gives the illustration its character. it usually strikes when you least expect it. which is what I enjoy about working with the two techniques the most. which taught me technical knowledge in embroidery and was my creative starting point and initial inspiration.” people is usually very different. From there onwards I chose to study textiles throughout my eduction. as embroidery can completely transform an illustration. because when I started working with foxes I found them really difficult to illustrate and it took me a long while to be happy with the design. but for some brands. Sometimes I start with a material I love and decide which illustrations I feel would work best for the fabric. these attempts have always WORDS BY SEOANA SHERRY-BRENNAN Have faith . where I had a chance encounter with a very camera-loving squirrel. “From the age of eight I was part of a Young Embroiderers group. which is exactly when Alice developed her passion for embroidery. there’s one in particular that she is most fond of. continuing on to degree level. It’s funny really.com Woodland wonder Nature is often cited as a great source of inspiration. “I’m most proud of my fox designs. who turned a chance encounter with a showy squirrel into a delightfully charming design company. “I feel I have always had a signature style which is very folksy. I love the way that I can create a drawing using pen and paper and bring it to life using stitch. but learning new things comes naturally when you’re a child. there had to be something special that drew Alice specifically to the world of illustration and embroidery.

MEET THE MAKER

Back up career plan?
To work with animals instead of drawing them!

Small talk

Anything chocolate based as I am a bit of a chocoholic!

Fave snack whilst stitching? Dream holiday destination?

Australia, to visit my family who live there, especially the new born addition!

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Most of us will confess to hoarding tendencies, especially when it comes to stitchy supplies. It’s far too easy to stash stuff away, with the excuse that we’ll ‘definitely use it for something, one day’. However, what’s far more likely to happen is that we continue to add to our mounds until they threaten to take over the whole house, much to the dismay of the rest of the family. So, Homemaker hoarders, let us introduce you to the antidote to your sorrowful, but completely understandable, condition: appliqué. This simple technique involves layering cut-out scraps onto material, then stitching them in place to create a pattern or just a pretty motif. It’s a wonderful way to control an overflowing fabric stack, and is so simple that stitchers of every skill level can give it a go. This issue, Sophia Palmer has devised a pretty Easter cushion, but you could just as easily stitch on circles, stars or any shape that comes to mind. The only limit is your imagination – and your cutting skills!

YOU’LL NEED: Scrap fabrics Plain cotton Patterned cotton for the back Iron-on interfacing Card Scissors Cushion pad Sewing machine Thread Measure the cushion pad, then add 2.5cm to each side and trim plain cotton to fit. Draw a bird shape onto card and cut out. Work out how many birds you can fit in a row on the cushion, remembering to leave enough room around the edge for sewing. Draw out the birds onto the iron-on interfacing. Draw one bird the other way round; this will make the individual kissing bird in the centre.

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Iron on each bird onto a different scrap of fabric, then cut these out and pin in rows onto your plain cotton. Appliqué these with a zigzag stitch with your machine. Cut the two back pieces out. These should be the same size as the plain cotton with an overlap of about 10cm. Hem each panel, then pin to your cushion front, making sure all the right sides are together. Sew around the whole edge then turn the right way and press.

HELPFUL HINTS
Take heed of these appliqué tips from our lovely sister magazine, Sew: ★ Carefully press your fabric pieces before stitching for a neat finish ★ Use a variety of machine or hand stitches to get different effects ★ Back the fabrics with fusible webbing to secure them to the work and prevent edges from fraying ★ For really neat edges use felt to create your designs Pick up Sew magazine for all your dressmaking and home stitching needs!

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5 fabrics we lOve
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Dorothy in pale blue

Pearl Bracelet in Ice Skate

Mum in White Aqua

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ur yo t if g ee fr SEw YOUR KITTY CUSHION & BIRDIE PAL Add some charm to your sofa with this cuddly duo 1 Cut out the shapes 2 Pin the pieces together 3 Stitch together all round We’re positive you’re going to love our cute Cedric cat cushion and his friend Bertie Birdie as much as we do. Don’t forget to show us your finished chums on Facebook and Twitter. we love seeing your handiwork! 4 Fill the body with stuffing 60 5 6 Stitch the gap closed Your finished cat! FOLLOw THE SAME TECHNIQUE FOR BERTIE BIRDIE AND STITCH IN THE HANGING RIBBON wHEN CLOSING . They’re terribly easy to make and only take a quick stitch with a needle and thread. So pop open the packet right away and say hello to your new sofa pals. It can all be done by hand and in one sitting too.

thehomemakery. Knitting and sewing clubs are held right next door lead by a designer full of ideas.co.co. cashmere and merino yarns from all corners of the world. a colourful baby blanket from designers Tin Can Knits. threadyarnandfabric.uk Exclusive hand-painted silks.co. whether it be on a cone or a ball. The home of Luxury Yarns where luxury doesn’t have to mean expensive.uk KNITTING The Little Wool Company has everything you need from Alpaca to Artesano yarns plus many more to get you started with any projects.uk Oxford Yarn Store has recently celebrated its first birthday. thelittlewoolcompany.WANT • NEED • LOVE For the hard to find or discontinued yarn Thread Yarn & Fabric may be able to help. They’re fun and really easy to follow! remnantkings. luxuryyarns. It has fast become a popular hub in the city for knitters and crafters of all types and ability levels with its wide range of workshops and social Knit Clubs.co.co.com Tangled Yarn now stocks Vivid Blanket Kits.uk FAVOURITES These are great kits for budding young crafters who want to learn how to knit. from upcycling to designing from scratch there’s something for everyone.uk n io ot om pr Brighten up your knitting and crochet with Rooster Almerino DK. Each kit contains both the pattern and enough yarn (Jamieson & Smith Jumper Weight) to complete this stunning blanket that any new mum would just love to wrap their newborn in! To find out more visit the Tangled Yarn website tangled-yarn.co. made from baby alpaca and merino wool it comes in a glorious range of springtime colours.uk 61 . oxfordyarnstore.

return last st to left hand needle. I'm going for something a bit retro with a stripy egg-inspired tea cosy. try different colours. relish the chance to hibernate a little bit longer. take yarn to back of work. so small things first I think. we are at least warm and surrounded by ever more ridiculous ideas for things to knit.com sl = slip. huge lunches and chocolate. farewell and happy knitting Homemakers! KNITTED One-row buttonhole: Bring yarn to front of work. pass second st over and off needle HOME With Ruth Cross 62 . we seem to be hurtling headlong into the wonderful world of chicks. bunnies. or (my method of preference) eat the entire lot in one go in the vain hope that some sneaks past my bathroom scales without ending up on my waistline? Annoyingly this actually works for my husband and of course never works with me. *sl 1 pwise. cable cast on nine sts (one more than cast off). why do men have it so lucky? Aside from dreaming about the impending sweet-centric holiday. Meanwhile on the Homemaker pattern hit list this month and in honour of my last ever column. put the hot cross buns under the grill. look out for cushions. Hooray. due in large part to the recent dreadful weather this fine country has been having. it’s a bit difficult to know where to start. So. so make sure to get in touch and show off your creations. Easter's here! As we sit at home surrounded by mountains of chocolate eggs. pass second st on right hand needle over and off needle. pick up those sticks and whip up something woolly for Easter! I’ve written exactly what I did but make yours your own. ruthcross. the debate begins – is it best to eat just a little bit every day for at least a month. sl 1 st pwise. turn. But with hundreds in the history of Ruth Cross. While we’ve all been desperate for some clear winter days. I’d love to see pictures of what you come up with. so anyone can make them at home. sl 1 st from left hand to right hand needle. move the next stitch straight to the new needle without working it wyib/wyif = with yarn in back/with yarn in front A s 2014 whizzes past in a rainy blur.GLOSSARY: p = purl k = knit st = stitch/es RUTH CROSS is a knitwear designer and author who creates striking and unique knitted accessories for the home.. rep from * seven times.Some of which might even make it onto my website! I’ve decided to translate and publish all of my old patterns alongside new ones. yarns and decorate it however you want. It's been lovely sharing my knitty adventures with you. scarves and mitten patterns coming soon. my knitting needles have been a lot busier than expected lately..

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Easter Cosy

YOU'LL NEED: 4mm needles 100 grams of double knit yarn (I have used Rowan Pure Wool DK in colours Cypress (A), Shale (B) and Kiss (D) and King Cole's Galaxy DK in Mars (C). However, you can use any DK yarn in any colour combination you want, it's a great way to use up any leftover bits of yarn!) Cast on 175 sts ❍ Row 1: Purl ❍ Row 2: K3, [p7, k2] 19 times, k1 ❍ Row 3: P3, [yon, k2, sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, k2, yrn, p2] 19 times p1 ❍ Row 4- 22: Repeat rows 2-3, then Row 2 again ❍ Row 23*: P3, [yon k2, sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, k2, yrn, p2] eight times yon, k2 sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, k2 yrn, p1, work one-row buttonhole over nine sts. P1, [yon, k2, sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, k2, yrn, p2] nine times p1 ❍ Row 24-36: Rep Rows 2-3, then Row 2 again ❍ Row 37: P3, [k2, sl1 st wyib k2tog, psso, k2, p2] 19 times, p1. (137 sts) ❍ Row 38: K3, [p5, k2] 19 times, k1 ❍ Row 39: P1, p2tog, [k1, sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, k1, p2tog] 19 times, p1 (79 sts) ❍ Row 40: K2, [p3, k1] 19 times, k1 ❍ Row 41: P2, [sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, p1] 19 times, p1 (41 sts) ❍ Row 42: K2, [p1, k1] 19 times, k1 ❍ Row 43: P1, [sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso, k1] ten times (21 sts) ❍ Row 44: [Sl1 st wyib, k2tog, psso] seven times (3 sts) Pass yarn through remaining stitches and draw together. Use this end to sew down the side seam until the top of the handle. Sew in all your ends and stitch together the seam under the handle too. Make a Pom Pom and sew it on the top to finish. *This is the row where the spout hole is made; if the centre of your spout is higher or lower you can do this on any even row earlier/ later To replicate the pattern of this tea cosy, you need to change yarns as follows: Row 1-10: A Row 11-14: B Rows 15/16, 19/20, 23/24: C Rows 17/18, 21/22: D Rows 25/26: B Row 27-45: A

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Wonderwool Wales
Fibre fans from across the UK and overseas are set to converge on the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells over 26th and 27th April for the annual extravaganza of Wonderwool Wales. This lively show is expected to attract more visitors than ever this year, and there is an exciting programme on offer to ensure that everyone gets as much out of the weekend as possible. Crafters can shop 'til they drop at the many stands, with a huge range of products on offer including yarns, spinning equipment, knit and crochet accessories, patterns and much more. There will also be beautiful ready-made items available to buy, as well as Woolschool workshops, if you want to pick up a new fibre-based skill. For more information and tickets, visit wonderwoolwales.co.uk.

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Pastels are always big news in spring, darker hues are banished to the shadows and fresh, spring tones begin to appear in our wardrobes to reflect the transition into warmer seasons. The subtle lavender shade of this bobble neck jumper is a wearable and casual way to interpret the trend, without looking too sickly sweet. Plus, the three-quarter length sleeves mean that you can continue to wear it well into summer as the sun starts to make a more regular appearance. Pair it with your favourite jeans or go for a bolder look by combining it with another pastel shade. bonmarche.co.uk

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Volunteers have been busy knitting a whopping 5,000 chicks to raise money for the Trinity Hospice Easter Chick Campaign, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and you can still help out! Now in its 15th year, the Easter Chick Campaign has raised an amazing £67,000 since Trinity Hospice hatched the plan in 1999. The adorable little chicks will now be stuffed with chocolate eggs donated by local supermarkets and sold at local schools to raise money for the charity. The money raised from selling the cute treat-filled creatures will help Trinity to fund more nurses so that the hospice can reach those who need them. The deadline for knitting the chicks is 6th March so there is still time to whip out your needles and yarn and get involved! For patterns and more information, contact emailcsykes@trinityhospice.org.uk

Washable, easy to work with and nonirritant, Peter Pan Moondust DK yarn has all the advantage of the normal DK with added sparkle! £3.19

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Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse knitting yarn adds just a hint of sparkle to the famous Kidsilk blend, and is perfect for all your eye-catching fluffy mohair projects. £8.65

Sirdar Soukie DK knitting yarn is a pretty, sparkly yarn sprinkled with sequins that is ideal for glamorous hand knits. £2.95

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NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has launched an eye-catching campaign to attract young people to consider donating blood by catching their attention with knitted blood drops. Over 8,000 of these little woolly wonders have been knitted by generous volunteers and will appear in public places all over England and North Wales over the next month. The campaign is inspired by the yarnbombing trend and aims to encourage passers-by to commit to giving blood. NHSBT spokesperson Donna Batty said: “We started preparing for our campaign several months ago by appealing to knitters to help us create the blood drops. We had a tremendous response and we’re hugely grateful for everything they’re doing to help us.” To register as a donor and book an appointment, visit blood.co.uk/trees

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rep from * 10 times more. Make 56 ch. *1 dc in next dc of Round 1. to the chain. ❍ Leaf 24: Repeat Leaf 1. ❍ Leaf 2: Repeat Leaf 1. make 10 ch. 1 sl st in next ch. ❍ Leaves 11 and 12: Repeat Leaf 10. 1 dc in same place as last sl st. 1 trtr in next ch. Using a single strand of A (or a matching sewing thread) and a sewing needle. 1 tr in next ch. so only small amounts of yarn are required 66 Crochet daisy chain TO MAKE THE DAISIES (MAKE 12) ❍ Base ring: Using a 2.5mm hook and C. ❍ Leaf 10: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 dtr in each of next 2 ch.5mm hook and A. 1 dtr in next ch. judging the spacing by eye. ❍ Leaf 3: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 dc in next ch. 12 dc in ring. 1 dc in next ch. change to B and join with a sl st in first dc at beginning of round. TO MAKE THE LEAVES AND CHAIN Foundation chain: Using a 2. 1 dtr in next ch.Crochet a daisy chain to celebrate the springtime sunshine B ring the freshness of a summer meadow into your home with this everlasting daisy chain. 1 tr in next ch. 1 dtr in next ch. 1 dc in next ch. Make 37 ch. 1 dtr in each of next 2 ch. Make 27 ch. 1 trtr in each of next 2 ch. ❍ Leaves 4 and 5: Repeat Leaf 3. 12 ch. Starting with the 10-ch foundation chain. join with a sl st in first dc at beginning of round.5mm hook SIZE Daisy chain measures approximately 234cm long NOTE The daisy chain weighs approximately 28g in total. 1 tr in each of next 2 ch. continue along chain working leaves and chain alternately as follows: ❍ Leaf 1: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook. catch stitch the back of each daisy at its centre. make 11 ch. 1 sl st in dc just made. You can make the garland chain as long as you care to.5mm crochet hook Yeoman Yarns Cannele 4-ply yarn in 3 colours: bright yellow (A). make 6 ch and join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring. Sew in any loose yarn ends. bright green (C) TENSION Each daisy motif measures 7cm in diameter using a 2. **** ❍ Leaves 13–19: Repeat from *** to **** once. **Make 37 ch. 1 trtr in each of next 2 ch. 1 trtr in next ch. make 11 ch. white (B). 1 sl st in dc just made. ❍ Round 2 (RS): 1 ch. for approximately 1 cm. then repeat Leaf 3 again (making one leaf either side of chain). 1 tr in next ch. Make 37 ch. Make 46 ch.*** ❍ Leaves 6. 1 dtr in each of next 2 ch. (12 dc) Cut off A and continue with B. 1 tr in next ch. 1 tr in next ch. 12 ch. wE'vE GOT ALL THE ABBREvIATIONS AND HANDY DIAGRAMS ON OUR wEBSITE . 1 dc in next ch. and even use up oddments of mercerised cotton yarn to create a kaleidoscope of coloured flowers. 1 dtr in next ch. 1 dtr in next ch. 1 tr in next ch. 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook. 8 and 9: Repeat from ** to *** once more. 1 tr in next ch. YOU'LL NEED: 2. Fasten off. TO FINISH Pin the daisies along the chain between the leaves. 1 sl st in next ch. 1 sl st in last ch. 7. (12 petals) Fasten off. ❍ Round 1 (RS): 1 ch (does NOT count as a stitch). ❍ Leaves 20–23: Repeat from ** to *** once.

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it’s worth it. For me. and you’ll find chocolate versions of all shapes and sizes everywhere you look. Second. It’s always the same. because. There is a completely different theme. It’s an excuse. pale and fluffy and doubled in volume. though – we have chocolate eggs. add with the wine and cook until the compote has reduced by half. then fold in the flour. whisk the sugar. Remove the fondants from the oven and use a sharp knife to slide around the edge of each to release. Happy Easter – and remember to save me some! {1} {2} {3} Eric’s released an app! The brand new Cake-Boy Classics App (£4. Make & give When I came to the UK. plus countless bonus features. from the longer days and flourishing gardens to fresh. mix the cornflour with a little water to a paste. Put the orange segments into a frying pan and heat gently. Leave to cool for a few minutes. I tell you! If you’re planning to make chocolate eggs this year.99) features 80 of Eric’s favourite sweet recipes. it will retract from the mould as it shrinks as it hardens. plus extra for greasing 200g dark chocolate. Cook in the oven for 12 minutes. flying bells and tempered chocolate are all on Eric’s Easter menu The Easter weekend is almost like a switch – you can forget all about the grim winter and start to bask in the wonders of spring. roughly chopped 75g golden caster sugar 2 eggs. hence the meat is ‘pre salted’. It’s a lovely dish – not too heavy. {5} {6} 71 .HOMEBAKER CAKE boy cake BOY Pre-salted lamb. moulding chocolate is all in the tempering – read up online or get a book. my friends don’t give me any chocolate because they think I eat it all the time. my Easter table has to have lamb. being a Catholic country. Transfer the moulds to a baking sheet. I like to give it a bit of a twist and use the ready-salted kind. Invert onto plates and carefully remove the moulds. we go all out. eggs and egg yolks together until thick. I decided to make a few chocolate bells for some friends – they looked at me as if I was a lunatic! I’ve since learned to stick to more English-y gifts. here are my three golden rules. and my chocolate fondants with orange and muscat compote (opposite) are the perfect finish. light cooking.com {4} Meanwhile. If you just melt and pour chocolate into a mould it’s not going to set properly or get a good shine. I grew up in Brittany where all the sheep and lambs eat near the sea. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a bain-marie. the church bells stop ringing for a week. beginners should start with a smooth mould as the more intricate the design. The Further Adventures of CHOCOLATE FONDANTS WITH ORANGE AND MUSCAT COMPOTE – SERVES 4 Bells are ringing During my childhood Easter was always a big family event. filling them three-quarters full. In a large bowl. It’s always nice to entertain around this time of year. make the orange compote. too. 2 tsp cocoa powder 125g unsalted butter. First. cake-boy. then stir in the sugar. plus 2 egg yolks 25g plain flour FOR THE COMPOTE 1 large orange. Gently stir the cooled chocolate into the mixture. the Church bells flew off to Rome to mourn Christ’s death and then returned on Easter morning to celebrate his resurrection. So in France. including a recipe finder. Grease four 150ml individual pudding moulds. polish the mould with cotton wool so it’s pristine and your shape will turn out nicely. either. bringing with them all kinds of chocolate eggs. but I still never get anything in return. You can get the same in Cornwall and some places in Wales.. Serve immediately with the orange compote. Divide the mixture between the prepared pudding moulds. And third. then coat with the cocoa powder. alternative ingredients tool and measurement converter – a must-have for any budding baker. tapping out any excess.. but we have bells and no Easter bunnies! The story goes that the week before Easter. the more chance of the chocolate sticking. peeled and segmented 2 tsp golden caster sugar 1 tsp cornflour 100ml muscat wine Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. When the mixture starts to sizzle. If you temper the chocolate perfectly.

To make the filling. wrap in cling film then chill for 1–2 hours. and came into being after their baker. fill with baking beans and bake for 20–25 minutes until golden brown. £18. strain the curd through a sieve into a metal bowl. so that it can chill overnight. and set aside to cool. and have been serving delicious. everyday cooking with a delectable recipe from Three Sisters Bake Family matters A YOU’LL NEED: 25cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tin Baking beans FOR THE PASTRY 235g plain flour. pressing it gently into the edges. {3} {5} {1} To make the pastry. Shape it into a ball. hintonshomes.Embrace simple. If passion fruit isn’t to your taste. they opened their cake and craft boutique. Lightly flour the surface and your rolling pin and roll the pastry out until it is 5mm thick or large enough to line the tin. Dave. Remove the pastry from the fridge. With a mother who taught Home Economics and a grandmother who transformed an old post office into a colourful sweet shop.com Lemon Slice Cake Tin. a lemon curd would be just as tasty. Add the butter bit by bit and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. one at a time. chilled and cubed 1 large egg. it seemed inevitable that Gillian. £8. Add the remaining ingredients and beat well to combine. Drape the pastry over the rolling pin and ease it into the tin. take out the paper and beans. softened 2 large eggs. chilled and cubed passion for food is something that is often passed down through the generations. tch. Prick the base of the pastry a few times then place greaseproof paper into the case. Remove from the oven. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Continue beating while you add the eggs. Remove from the tin and turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Add the egg and pulse until the pastry starts to come together. sugar. Carefully pour the coconut filling into the pastry case and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and no longer wobbly. To make the passion fruit curd. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Ideally you should make the curd 24 hours before baking your pie. and this is definitely true of the Reith sisters. £15. contemporary dishes inspired by their idyllic Scottish village location ever since. plus extra for dusting 50g caster sugar 150g unsalted butter. was set the challenge of developing a number of Americana-inspired dessert recipes. Whisk constantly for 10-15 minutes. COCONUT AND CUSTARD PIE WITH PASSION FRUIT CURD – SERVES 12 minutes to warm up a little. Nichola and Linsey would leave their respective careers to turn their culinary dreams into a reality. take off the cling film and allow to sit for 10–20 {2} {6} {4} Baking Essentials OUR PICK OF THE BEST FUNKY BAKING ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR KITCHEN Hemingway Carnival Flour Tin. cotswoldtrading. beat the sugar and butter together until pale and fluffy. Set the bowl over a dish of iced water and stir occasionally for five minutes until cool. place the flour and sugar in a food processor and pulse briefly to mix.net Beau & Elliot Confetti Oven Gloves. Roll the rolling pin over the top of the tin to trim off excess pastry.com 72 . egg yolks. at room temperature FOR THE COCONUT FILLING 250g caster sugar 100g unsalted butter. place the whole eggs. passion fruit juice and salt in a heatproof bowl. or until the mixture thickens and holds its shape when stirred. Turn the oven temperature down to 170°C/gas mark 3. at room temperature 200g desiccated coconut 250ml whole milk 60g condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 15g plain flour FOR THE PASSION FRUIT CURD 2 whole large eggs and 6 large egg yolks 225g caster sugar 250ml passion fruit juice Pinch of salt 110g unsalted butter. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the butter. whisk to combine then set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. In 2011. Once the butter has melted. This pie is a regular feature on their Soul BBQ evening menu.

grab a copy of Three Sisters Bake by Gillian. 73 . Hardie Grant).HOME BAKING “The curd can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks” For more everyday delectable recipes. Nichola & Linsey Reith (£20.

my advice for the more complex recipes is to always allow yourself plenty of time. Working there was a fantastic experience and I emerged with a lovely croissant recipe. terrifyingly. she’s shared a delicious doughnut recipe overleaf and has held a profiterole masterclass online at homemakermagazine. where you’ll be guided through the art of choux pastery and crème pâtissière. a large machine for rolling and cutting pastry and croissant doughs. As long as they don’t rely on whisked egg whites for their rise. it can be good to get ahead with making the batter. pastry and cakes is that you can set aside an afternoon to tackle them and there is no pressure to get them on the table at a certain time. The other thing to bear in mind is that lengthy recipes can usually be tackled in stages. Her new book. As a self-taught chef. If you don’t understand what you are trying to achieve. Even for something as simple as fairy cakes. Rosemary Shrager’s Cakes. Bake happy Baking is the ideal leisure activity and it’s wonderful when you can take the time to do something from scratch. unlike when you are cooking dinner. see rosemary shrager. and in no time at all I was handling the Rondo. and it makes perfect sense to do this at home. She demystifies seemingly complicated techniques. Professional chefs prepare things in advance to make life easier. I understand how nervous baking can make people feel. and many other guest appearances in between.Rosemary has her own cookery school. ice cream bases and Italian meringue. So. The nice thing about making bread. one where you need to learn precise techniques. complete with handy step shots! R osemary Shrager is a natural-born teacher. with step-by-step photos. is no different. I managed to steer clear of the pastry section until I worked for Jean-Christophe Novelli in the late 1980s. and I consider myself more of an instinctive cook. it can all go horribly wrong! I’m convinced that many people who think they are hopeless at baking have been deterred by one bad experience. Being a good baker is a matter of learning a series of logical steps. From her time on reality show Ladette to Lady to her cookery series Rosemary Shrager’s School for Cooks. full stop. which I later honed in Ireland and at Bradford College – so I can safely say I have travelled far and wide in my search for the ultimate croissant! We’ve got Rosemary’s in-depth profiteroles recipe online. Pastry can be prepared the day before and left in the fridge. It’s is as much a science as an art. He encouraged me to attempt fine pâtisserie for the first time and gave me a good grounding in the essential techniques. for example. too. Later. and understanding why certain things happen is crucial. and so can bread doughs. baking delectable cakes and breads or creating beautiful ice creams and sorbets. such as sourdough bread and Italian meringue. Take your time Because I lacked confidence when I started out. I often had to learn on the job and. It goes without saying that they’ll taste infinitely better than the ones you can buy.uk. or baking your own Danish pastries or profiteroles. whether it’s making perfect pastry. Bakes and Puddings (£18.com for details Pâtisserie made easy Rosemary Shrager gives us a crash course in the fine art of pâtisserie Helping hand During my career as a chef. Making desserts and baked goods is one of life’s simple pleasures.99. very kindly invited me in. was sometimes thrown in at the deep end. I love the idea of making all the elements of a black forest gateau. which is used as a topping for tarts and puddings or as a base for mousses. the legendary head chef. Michel Bourdin.co. encouraging you to push beyond your skillset and learn something new. I didn’t find pâtisserie particularly easy. I was lucky enough to spend two weeks on the pastry section at the Connaught Hotel in London – after I phoned up in despair because I was struggling to make croissants. 00 74 . Here. she’s spent her career showing the nation how to better themselves in the kitchen. I hope my recipes will give you the confidence to tackle something new. Hamlyn). It is a specialist area. or just how to use it. most cake mixtures can be made several hours before you need them and kept in the fridge until you are ready to bake.

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the purée will be liquid enough to serve as it stands. take off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Place it in a clean bowl. purée the raspberries in a blender with the lemon juice and pass the mixture through a sieve. In a deep pan. spacing them 2.” 00 76 . Melt the butter in a saucepan. Cakes and Puddings (£18. Shape into a ball. If using frozen fruit. then whisk in the egg and milk. Stir in the sugar. then crumble in the yeast. then roll out to a thickness of roughly 1.5cm apart. until doubled in size. and they will keep for a day. {5} “These make a wonderful pudding. but are best eaten fresh. If using fresh fruit. Gently knock back the dough. Place on a lightly floured work surface and tear. cover with cling film and leave to rise at room temperature for one hour. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. until smooth. then allow to cool before adding to the purée.5cm and divide into 12 equal pieces. to the sugar for coating. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool. if using fresh fruit 3 tbsp water. put the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. until doubled in size. roll the doughnuts in caster sugar. When cold. You can add a little spice. heat a one-third depth of vegetable oil to 180ºC and fry the doughnuts in batches of four for eight minutes. Simmer for two minutes. Hamlyn). stirring constantly. then leave to rise at room temperature for a further 30–40 minutes. then turn it on to a floured surface and tear. Add the milk mixture to the flour and mix to form a dough. roll and turn the dough for about 10 minutes. {1} {2} {3} {4} Rediscover your love of baking with Rosemary Shrager’s Bakes. plus extra for dusting A pinch of fine sea salt 40g unsalted butter 1 egg 120ml full-fat milk 15g caster sugar 15g fresh yeast Vegetable oil for deep-frying Caster sugar for coating FOR THE SAUCE: 250g raspberries. if using fresh fruit Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.MAKE A PAPER PIPING BAG DOUGHNUTS WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE MAKES 12 YOU’LL NEED: 225g strong white flour. such as cinnamon. discarding the seeds. roll and turn it for two minutes. To make the sauce.99. fresh or frozen Juice of 1 lemon 100g caster sugar. turning them with a metal spoon.

such as this trio: dark raspberry.com has a fail-safe recipe on her blog.95). Fiona from sincerelyfiona. Yum.81.com On the hunt TASTY TREAT Your eggs needn’t be plain.com STICK WITH IT Adding little sugar flowers or motifs will give your eggs a lovely handmade touch.50). YES. £6. especially when Amelia Rope has such delicious flavours on offer. and coordinating party bags (£10. toasted coconut flakes and sea salt and pale rose. turn to p71 for Eric Lanlard’s handy tips. then adorn them with fun (and edible) Easter transfers. but before you do.com BAKERS’ BOUTIQUE Get cracking in the kitchen with these eggcellent ideas Feeling controversial? Buck the 3D egg trend and make flat ones instead. £16. PLEASE! GET SET Making your own eggs is a cheap and fun alternative to store-bought. then abso-flipping-lutely. which come complete with ground pegs. marksandspencer.95 for two sheets. littlebabycompany. just glue on with melted chocolate. Mould. 77 . ameliarope.com Transfer time Make this year’s egg hunt an event to remember with delightful signs (£11. chocolatetradingco. £3. just type in ‘Crème Egg brownies’ into the search bar and you’re away.HOME BAKING Can Cadbury’s Crème Eggs get any more delicious? If you put them into brownies.

CO.UK 78 . WILLANDGLORY. TO HELP PROMOTE A SENSE OF CALM.DISPLAY & STYLE LIVEN UP YOUR KITCHEN DÉCOR WITH FUN PRINTED TEA TOWELS IT’S WISE TO PICK NEUTRAL HUES FOR THE WALLS AND CABINETS WHEN DECORATING YOUR KITCHEN. ADD SOME INTEREST BY DISPLAYING BOLD AND QUIRKY TEA TOWELS Turn to page 28 for our guide to simple tea towel printing TEA TOWELS FROM WILL & GLORY. THOUGH.

UK Before the dawn of the internet. Croft Mill were supplying fabric to stitchers and dressmakers across the country with its mail order service. which lets you customise cooking time based on the size of your egg and how you like to serve it. WE THINK IT’S A CORKER! dottie angel You may remember our interview with Granny Chic founders Tif and Rachelle way back in issue four. the perfect way to welcome seasonal guests.uk 2. you can share your favourites with your fellow chocoholics. so you won’t be stuck for egg-spiration.W. From quirky floral arrangements to simple baking ideas you can try with the kids. to ‘feel a little crafty at least twice a day’. Having been inspired by the pair’s unique approach to craft and living. so go ahead and have a browse! 79 . EGG TIMER (ANDROID. what’s not to love? TAKE A PEEK AT THIS MONTH’S BLOG. we made sure to keep up with Tif’s adventures via her blog. Easter Craft Ideas Every chocoholics favourite holiday is just around the corner.CO. Recent ideas that we love (and that we’re sure you will too) include a crocheted stool cover. you’ll find all the advice you need here. which is a must-have for keen bakers. A haven of how-to’s and uplifting mantras.Voice from the blogosphere I Spy Inspirational gems from the most creative corners of cyberspace A peek at a board we’re currently coveting: PINTEREST. After coming together via the online crafting community. There are also hundreds of recipes.000 recipes on this handy app. and we’ve found a treasure trove of inspiration to help you get your home ready for the occasion. You can even keep an eye on his progress with the GPS tracker feature! HOMEMAKER’S wEBSITE OF THE MONTH CROFTMILL. EASTER BUNNY TRACKER FUN (IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/IPAD) Keep your family entertained with the Easter Bunny’s blog. there’s everything you need to ensure this Easter is the best yet. the pair became firm friends due to their shared love of style.blogspot. Nowadays.co. IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/IPAD) Guarantee perfection every time with this useful timer system. Bradley Textiles and Croft Mill itself. We love the bunny-shaped wreath.COM/BUNNYSLICK/EASTER 3 APPS FOR AN EGG-CELLENT EASTER 1. CHOCOLATE RECIPES FREE (IPHONE/IPOD TOUCH/IPAD) Got loads of leftover choccy? Find over 2. when we chatted with them about their passion for quirky crafting and upcycling. dottie angel. where he shares his adventures as he delivers chocolate around the world. With an expansive knowledge of textiles and cloth. and went on to produce a book together. Grab your favourite hot beverage and a comfy seat and immerse yourself in the delightfully odd world of dottie angel tonight. Plus. dottieangel. Coates. hanging heart catchers and happy hangers. scrolling through Tif’s site is guaranteed to make you smile and encourage you to follow the blog’s ethos. and the extensive collection includes many of the ‘old favourites’: J. it sells its huge range of fabrics online. 3.

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If I see something that inspires me when I’m out and about I’ll try to make a quick sketch or take a photo. organise your accounting from the beginning. After studying Illustration at university. Her first book. Though.” Emma finds that she enjoys flicking through her own sketchbooks. using gouache.” Since then. Having always loved the challenge of interpreting a writer’s words and turning them into something visual. Emma had already developed the skills she needed to start her own business. people and vintage fashion. Having Tea and Cake sat on the shelves of stores like Selfridges and Foyles is one of her proudest moments. and take note of things that have inspired in her every day life. “Being able to write as well as draw has opened up certain opportunities for me. My advice would be to use social media. which has been amazing. but dreams to have her own story published one day. was published in 2011. “I might see an old man with a great mustache. full of pipe cleaners. illustrator and designer in her own right. work very hard and have faith in yourself. and she is now ready for life’s next milestone. she began to work on her drawing full time. “I work in a very mixed media way. Her primary influences come from old films. and often refers to her previous work for future projects. Emma believes that having a multiple skill base gives her the ability to progress in other areas of the creative industry. she currently enjoys bringing a writer’s words to life with her drawings. Emma knew she was destined to be an illustrator. but I’m gradually starting to use more paint and ink. She loves to use a mixture of techniques. “I didn’t want to wait until I had been to university to begin my career. Having been inspired by art exhibitions her whole life.I LOvE IT wHEN I’M DRAwING OR PAINTING wITH A CUP OF TEA AND THE HOURS JUST SLIP AwAY” rom her childhood ‘making cupboard’. Tea and Cake. Emma Block’s creative flair has been evident since her younger years. ink. Emma is yet to write her own children’s book. “There can be a lot of self doubt around graduating as an illustrator in the middle of a recession.” Business-minded After working professionally throughout her university years as an illustrator. Emma has already had her first book published. a cake in a window. I also think it helped my grandparent understand what an illustrator actually does!” Although first and foremost an illustrator. She loves to sit and become immersed in her work with a cup of tea and a slice of buttered toast. or a beautiful dress in a film and that will inspire me to draw. which show the time and care that go into each piece. so having a book out so quickly really gave me the confidence to carry on. cut paper and pencil. Emma has refined her own style and is now a successful writer. her primary passion was creating artistic material. glitter and paint. F Admire the artistic abilities of Emma Block. It’s 82 WORDS BY LAUREN ANTHONY . She thinks that starting a portfolio early and having confidence in your work is the key to showcasing your skillset. and I think that process of learning and building up a portfolio early on really helped me. My work used to be very collage-based. Emma has had the opportunity to work with brands like UNIQLO for Orla Kiely. I worked professionally as an illustrator whilst studying. watercolour. illustrator and author of Tea and Cake definitely a very handmade style and my desk is always a mess. which she believes to be her biggest achievement yet. aged 9. At the moment. to which she adds a fresh approach and her own personal touches.” Childhood inspiration After seeing Quentin Blake’s ‘Tell Me A Picture’ exhibition. to authoring and illustrating novels.

See her illustrations on her beautiful website.” Emma is hoping that her new ventures will lead to more exciting opportunities and she is optimistic for the future of her business.” The future has high hopes for Emma Block Illustration.“IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS OUT IN THE WORLD.co. “There are so many wonderful brands I’d love to work with. It’s wonderful to see your illustrations out in the world.” Future dreams For an artist. “I love the moment when all the hard work pays off and you get a sample of a product. I’ve also got a couple exciting collaborations with a few of my favourite creatives coming up.uk TURN THE PAGE FOR A SURPRISE FROM EMMA! 83 . Emma saying that it still makes her immensely proud to see her pieces in print. she has exciting new endeavors lined up for the rest of the year. Designing a biscuit tin for Marks and Spencer would be brilliant and I would love to one day have an illustration in the New York Times. “It’s been a really fantastic start to the new year for me: I am starting work on a new children’s book as well as a big range of stationery. a copy of a magazine. or see your book in a shop.” We wish Emma all the best for the future. not just on a computer screen. NOT JUST ON A COMPUTER SCREEN. emmablock. seeing your work published is one of the most rewarding feelings.

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You can create a dramatic statement by mixing structural pendants. Which designs work well together? EVELYN MARCH There are two ways to create the perfect pendant group: through material type or colour. If it’s quite neutral. as they provide a plumper. don’t forget to consider the actual window itself. The Arnold Pendant. If your kitchen is quite neutral. plumandashby. source book Treat your windows with blinds or curtains from tuiss. let’s talk materials. If you are not feeling very confident about selecting a group yourself. Glass pendants also work well in groups of mixed forms and colours. Vicky is the founder of Plum & Ashby. Be brave when picking the designs. My tip is to always go for feather-filled rather than foam.uk I have a window seat in my kitchen. However if you want a cosier more luxurious feel.com I'd like to hang a collection of interesting pendant lamps over my dining table.com Your home will love plumandashby. provide a fantastic focal point and can even offer much needed additional seating when entertaining. but I don’t know how to dress it properly.co. more homely feel of the room. cushions are an easy way to add personality with accents of colour. Finally. This also means you benefit from only needing to wire one pendant to achieve the same look. print and pattern. But whether you opt for a single colour or a single material type. you can afford to change it up if the material remains the same. fuller cushion which not only invites guests to sit down. they also are significantly more comfortable for bottoms when sitting for longer! Plumper seat cushions also add to the luxurious look and welcoming. an online shop full of beautifully crafted yet inexpensive homeware. go bold with your shapes and play with scale. which you can then bring together by using all copper or black metal. I like to have a variety of shapes and sizes to create interest. a Roman blind is both simple and effective. First. made.co.com. groups retro-shaped shades in muted tones – a true statement piece for any dining room. pictured here. Help! ZOE FIELDING Whether original or purpose built. window seats are a beautiful feature in any home and especially in the kitchen. To keep the look neat and clean. Additional cushions are also essential. such as soft globe forms and geometric shapes.uk Illuminate your room in style with made. In this part of the house. My cottage generously features several window seats and I like to make the most of the opportunity for extra seating with fitted cushion pads. select a single ‘pop’ colour or metallic tone and mix the pendant shapes to create a statement.co. they open up the space.uk HANG ABOUT 93 . you could always opt for a cluster pendant and allow the retailer to make the style decision for you. If you already have bold colours in your room. A mix of shapes and structures will always work providing you have cohesion in one of these areas. a gorgeous online boutique brimming with covetable homewares.Clare Rydon is the lighting and home accessories buyer at Made. try a monochrome look or clear glass to add the ambience without taking away from your existing décor. One of the key aspects to decide is whether you prefer a blind or curtains. Hanging the curtains in front of the recess means they can be drawn right back to allow light in. Not so sure on mixing colours? Choose one which complements or dramatically contrasts with your décor to get the best look. surround the window seat with interlined curtains.

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A man whose ingenious stories have inspired homeware trends for years. kinetic and automata art. Open 10. expect to be wowed by intricate upcycling. Taking place after the now traditional town procession. when the city will be celebrating the 450th birthday of the great writer. pretty rivers and stunning architecture. and Mediterranean balconies which we long to pine for our lovers upon. which sees brass bands and street performers travel down the high street to lay flowers on the playwright’s grave. expect a champagne reception and three course meal.uk FOR FAMILIES… Totally absorbing for both children and adults alike. journalist and broadcaster Baroness Bakewell and Hilary Mantel. Pascal Bettex and Clive McCarthy. he is the reason we all love sumptuous Elizabethan velvet curtains.uk 96 WORDS BY JENESSA WILLIAMS . By soaking in Stratford’s rich heritage. jeweled accessories.org. so make sure you swot up on your literary figures! shakespearesbirthday. Home to Simon Pegg and Gordon Ramsey to name but a few. Stratford Upon Avon is worth a visit this April more than ever. For those who haven’t been before. Other guests at the luncheon will include ambassadors and diplomats from around the world. with family tickets from only £19. built on markets.30am until 5. but our favourite has to be The Shakespeare birthday luncheon. as well as speeches from Lord Digby Jones. the MAD website has lots of handy information on how you can exhibit your own work at their museum. winner of this year’s Booker Prize. the MAD museum is a celebration of all things design. Stratford upon Avon is a delightfully quaint area of Warwickshire. it’s an affordable day out. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in their interactive exhibits too. most will know it for its even more famous patron – William Shakespeare. themadmuseum. maybe your own inner creative genius will stir… STATFORD For literary lovers… The events to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford are endless.LOOKING BACK: Soak up the history of William Shakespeare’s birthplace with a fun day out UPON AVON A city steeped in history.co. with a particular emphasis on steampunk. If you’re feeling particularly inspired. Featuring the works of resident artists Jennifer Townley.30pm every day from April until September.

uk/farmers-market 97 . stratforduponavon markets. you can learn about their fascinating lifecycles in the caterpillar room. as both a pattern cutter in Hong Kong and as head of a UK college fashion department. the Sew Me Something emporium is built on Jules Fallon’s 23 years of experience in the fashion industry. as well as various other insects – for the brave hearted.co. escape into the exotic rainforest of Stratford’s Butterfly farm. one of their brews would be a fitting ode to the Bard’s big day. her classes are suitable for all abilities. If you’d rather stick with our prettier winged friends. butterflyfarm.uk For retro enthusiasts… Open all days of the week.co. or add pretty paper and jewellery to your crafty hoard in the well-stocked gift shop.co. The perfect inspiration for some new spring homemaker projects.uk DON’T MISS… For magpie-eyed shoppers. keep an eye out for its regular craft fair that draws in countless eclectic stalls. the Stratford Upon Avon Farmer’s Market is a must see. pick up one of their mini project packs from Jule’s webstore. or if you can’t make it in.co. taking place almost every day of the month. from book jackets and cushions to pinafores and quilts. Arachnoland is a fun little bonus room full of scorpions and spiders. boasting a wide range of ethically sourced teas and coffees with a backdrop of demure girly frills.uk FOR ASPIRING SEWING BEES… Established in 2011.OUT & ABOUT For nature fans… If the miserable weather of the past few months has been getting you down. the excellently named Fourteas teashop is indeed an ode to the decade of the same name. Owned by husband and wife team Ian and Rachael who met whilst working for The Royal Shakepeare Theatre Company. sewmesomething. Offering workships in almost every type of fabric craft. Hundreds of the world’s most spectacular and colourful butterflies are housed here. Check out their website to see which class suits you. thefourteas. Running on the first and third weekend of every month.

she has her very own cookery school in Tunbridge Wells. MAKE AND MUNCH It's a match in handmade heaven: cake and craft. We particularly like the look of Delicious Desserts. Crafting doesn’t happen in a vacuum – let’s enjoy it together! SWEET TREAT Loved Rosemary Shrager’s recipes on p74? Well. It's on 12th April and facebook. to be precise. They can be found in village halls and around dining room tables.com/TillyMooMilly has all the info. you already know that crafts are more than just ‘making’. a stone's throw from King's Cross. A creative outlet can enrich your life at an interpersonal level. plus four additional variations for those with dietary requirements – they really have thought of everything. So grab your nearest and dearest. The prices (from £28 for teas and £16 for dos) are based on groups of six people. garters and origami bouquets. or even the pride and sense of accomplishment afterwards – it’s much bigger than that. There are 12 different classes to choose from. where John Rogers will revamp your repertoire with new ideas to share with your loved ones. where you can learn everything from pasta making to patisserie. such as making lavender hearts. with a platter of what they crave. Drink. Shop Do in London. visit drinkshopdo. and four afternoon tea options. inspirational community who share your values and interests. head to Tilly's in Plymouth for a day of family sewing. in sewing cafes and on residential courses. we’ve gathered a few courses which help build creative relationships at a pace (and a place) of your choosing. and you'll need to book in advance. there are plenty of other courses on offer. crafting gives you the keys to a caring. and across the length and breadth of the internet.SHARE SKILLS In the spirit of Mother's Day. If you've just missed out. Kent. Its 'Teas and Dos' offer Homemakers a taste of a craft they love. Here.com 98 .com and get booking! LEARNING CURvE Feel the love with our pick of the UK’s best workshops As a Homemaker. has it down to a tee – afternoon tea. rosemaryshrager.

SOUND GOOD? Explore all the Judith Blacklock Flower School has to offer at judithblacklock. Or you could make a sample within the class.co. designed arrangements for the likes of the Royal Family and the Prime Minister. in 2006. she had a rose named after her. and her knowledge on the subject knows no bounds – just like her passion for it. the clubbers learn how to sew each of them together to make one big quilt! BLOCKS? Blocks are the squares that traditional quilts are made from. or 15 minutes from Stockwell station. simplicity and flower garden block. You'll learn how to stitch nine different designs (or 18. She's big news in the flower biz. And.com – and don't forget to flip to p104 to discover the tools you need to get started at home. sunshine.  LOCATION: Sew Over It is two minutes walk from Clapham North station in London. She's originally from Texas.30pm in its Clapham sewing cafe. and is the only school in the UK which is accredited by the British Accreditation Council. It's full of inspirational people who are ready and raring to show you the delights of floristry! COURSES? There is an incredibly diverse array of classes to enrol on. Judith can also teach you how to make a delightful wreath in just one 6pm . or you can download the set for £12. Betty & Peggy Haberdashery on the Isle of Wight offers a fantastic array of stitch classes. TAUGHT BY: Sew Over It's resident quilting guru Autumn is the course leader.99. including private tuition from just £10 per hour if you just fancy one sewing pal. where the International Quilt Festival is held every year. then create it again at home. MATERIALS: Fabric is provided.WORKSHOPS & COURSES FLOWER POWER LEARN HOW TO TRANSFORM HUMBLE POSIES INTO A CELEBRATION OF COLOUR AND DESIGN AT JUDITH BLACKLOCK FLOWER SCHOOL WHO? Judith Blacklock has authored nine books. See sewoverit. LET'S SEW TOGETHER! Join Sew Over It's fun and fabulous stitchy club QUILTY PLEASURE: Sew Over It plays host to eight sewers on alternate Mondays (or thereabouts) from 7pm .uk for the particulars and to book. looking forward to Christmas. all focusing on arranging spring flowers for all abilities. where they make a different quilt block each time.uk ONE ON ONE 99 . Then. ONLINE? Judith has also recently launched a set of online workshops. at the end of a nine-week session.8. WHERE? Her flower arranging and floristry school is based in London's classy Knightsbridge.30pm evening class – book early to avoid disappointment. however. And. and taught courses on the subject around the globe. from professional courses to further (or kickstart) a career in floristry. if you're working to a particular colour scheme it may be best to bring your own supplies. including a colour wheel. if you enrol for another nine weeks and make a double-quilt). SOUND GOOD? Each class is £35 and refreshments (cake!) will be served throughout.9. Each of the 15 classes is just 99p. is a consultant for Channel 4 and Topshop. The next two sessions are on 14th April and 12th May.co. Get the details at bettyandpeggyhaberdashery. to one day tasters in floral design and a full set of wedding masterclasses – great for DIY brides-to-be and hen parties.

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com) favourite flower story.. To read more about the book. just turn the page. plus how to create these beautiful wine bottle vases. you’ll be delighted to hear about a stunning new book by best-selling author Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. and pictured here is Rona Wheeldon’s (flowerona. Decorate with Flowers (£20.. ‘neutral pop’.HOME STYLING BUT NICE NEUTRAL Do you buy flowers for your home and then struggle with ideas for how to arrange them? Well. Jacqui Small) provides page upon page of floral inspiration. 101 .

NEUTRAL POP Clean upscale urban designs in beige. GIRLY GLAM Fresh and happy with a flair for mid-century glamour and a touch of shimmering gold. NATURAL A pure and simple day in the country. they marry their love of decorating with their passion for fresh flowers and crafting. herbs and containers. sea glass tones. Decorate with Flowers will show you to arrange flowers with ease and enjoy the process of adding a floral touch to your home. A Creative Mint (acreativemint. show a fresh approach to styling with blooms. COASTAL Explore the shore in bright whites. Making an organic wavy band is easier than attempting a straight line. IN RONA’S wORDS: A REvIEw OF THE BOOK Unique and innovative. an overview of flowers.com). Rinse out the bottles. When dry. there are wonderful suggestions for how to make pretty floral decorations for entertaining. HAPPY BRIGHTS Undeniably cheerful and modern with retro touches in primary hues. sunny yellows and cream. including ways to experiment and get playful with flowers to create arrangements that are uncomplicated and inexpensive. from those with no floristry experience to seasoned professionals. It really is one of those ‘un-put-downable’ books that will inspire everyone. New approach Holly and Leslie are huge flower fans and with the book. then remove all labels and residue. PASTELS & NEONS Feminine pastels with energetic jolts of neon for pizzazz. And if you’re fond of craft.RONA SHARES DECORATE WITH FLOWER’S NINE KEY FLOWER STORIES YOU’LL NEED: Carnation Snapdragon Spray chrysanthemum James Storie orchid NEUTRAL POP This combines mostly beige tones in interior décor with purple blooms. Currently living in Germany. like them. Decorate and Decorate Workshop. Leslie is a Canadian stylist and photographer with a thriving blog. yellow and lilac. paint. apply a thin layer of glue to a small area of the bottle and add glitter. way too busy to create perfect arrangements and to instead. Decorate with Flowers unmasks the mystery of flower arranging and provides exciting ways of how to use flowers to add a pop of colour to your home. Whether you would like to make the most of freshly picked blooms from your garden or a bought bunch.typepad. Place paper under the {1} {3} {2} bottle before you apply the glitter. Behind the book For those of you who may not have heard of these very talented ladies before. there are projects and crafting ideas showing you how to adapt and decorate containers in a creative way with ribbons and trims. without sacrificing style. Plus. Once dry. To DIY for You’ll be encouraged to look at floral design through the eyes of interior stylists with a fresh approach. The book starts with an introductory section covering tools and equipment. string and fabric.com). Work your way around the bottle. for a contemporary and classy mood. Holly is a journalist and stylist who writes an award-winning design blog called Decor8 (decor8blog. BLACK & WHITE Crisp white and graphic black is softened with natural greener. Holly and Leslie openly share tricks of the trade. plus three step-by-step floral arrangements. punctuated with shades of lush purple. nostalgic touch. in tones of white. Fold the paper and pour excess glitter back into its container for reuse. 102 . spray paint the bottles a matt white – at least two coats. Holly Becker is an American author of two best-selling books. MARKET Floral prints and a lively palette with a decidedly handmade. They want to reach those who are.

Jacqui Small) is available from all good bookshops.HOME STYLING CRISP wHITE BONE CHINA PROvIDE A MOODY CONTRAST AGAINST THE DARK GREY BOOKCASE. ACTING TO SHOwCASE THE vIBRANT PETALS IN AN EXPLOSION OF PINKS AND PURPLES The inspirational Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring (£20. 103 .

develop a new creative skill and form your own arrangement to brighten up your abode. using a few simple techniques and insider tricks. They are available in a wide range of colours and widths to suit a plethora of different projects. WE LOVE RAINBOWFLORISTSUPPLIES. and will also keep the vase water clear and odourless.D isplaying fresh flowers in your home is a guaranteed mood-lifter. coleendfarm.com • Beginners Flower Course. this is where you trim the stems and leave them in water overnight to have a good drink before you transfer them to a new vessel. and are far less strenuous on the hand muscles to use than scissors. Natural or green string works best if you are trying to disguise it among your blooms. academyofflowers.CO. check out your local garden centre or look online to track them down: Floral foam provides a good. They fit easily in the hand and save you from the time-consuming task of removing leaves individually. angled cut minimises the risk of decay.co. It’s not as difficult as you might think. as the narrow blades avoid damaging surrounding foliage and stems. but why wait to be gifted a bouquet when you can treat yourself? For an added bonus. £535 for three days. Florists scissors can also be used to trim thin-stemmed blooms.com Flower food provides blossoms with enough nutrients to help buds open fully. Strong floral tape. just follow a couple of carefully considered rules to guarantee a gorgeous display. You can also get clear tape for binding split stems.COM FOR OUR TOOLS Stem strippers are an innovative product that remove unwanted leaves from stems in one easy swipe. The notion of receiving blooms is one which is intrinsically linked with a joyful occasion or celebration.uk • Three Day Taster Course. Make sure you purchase one that can be used with floral foam. is used to hold foam or wire in place. Here are some of the classes that we recommend booking a place on: Floral snips are used for precision pruning tasks that require a more delicate touch. 104 . Coloured reel wires can be used to bind the stems of flowers or add decorative details. solid base for most floral arrangements. making grids across vase tops and wrapping bouquets. £155 for one day. which can also be used to condition flowers. make sure you have the correct bit of kit for the job: Florist scissors are ideal for conditioning flowers. Use a spray mister to revive your blooms with a fine haze of water and keep them looking fresh. £75 for half a day. TRIMMING TOOLS Precision cutting is crucial to preserving the life of your buds. as well as a few choice tips from the experts and some great classes that’ll have your home looking like Kew Gardens in no time! TYING UP Flowers often don’t stay where you want them. so a little bit of extra help is needed to ensure they don’t go astray and impair your arrangement: You’ll need some strong twine so that it doesn’t break when pulled hard against flower and foliage stems. Cut and trim soaked foam with a craft knife. Secateurs are used to trim and split woody-stemmed foliage and thick-stemmed flowers. We’ve rounded up all the tools you’ll need to get started. A clean.UK AND HINTONHOMES. usually khaki green in colour. COURSES & CLASSES Master the intricate art of this craft with an introduction from one of the pros. flowerarrangingschool. Flower power Prune and primp your posies to perfection EXTRA KIT There are a few other essentials you’ll need to help your flower arranging endeavours. • Simple & Stylish Ways with Seasonal Flowers.

cut off the base of the stem and place them in water overnight.com Keep as many different styles of container as possible. Whether they open and blossom. blousy rounded shapes (peonies. Full of beautifully shot colour photographs. hintonshome.co. snapdragons. sistersguild.com WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO BEGINNERS? Flower oak table lamp. £22. £6. or have an amazing colour. check out Vic’s latest title. I know I am lucky to have a shop full of flowers. £27. owner of Scarlet & Violet. berryred. Flowers are a crucial element of this exciting celebration. special order your flowers to ensure you get exactly what you want and when. those flowers that are seasonal and steal the limelight for a week of two. corsages and larger arrangements such as garlands and archways – and to suit all possible budgets. It started out as an accidental career. £11. roses. Flower print chopping board.co. give off a divine perfume.50 for three. stick to the following. spires (delphiniums. floristry seemed like the perfect job. tesco. making it hard to go wrong when it comes to displaying them. timeless wedding arrangements that will make a special day even more amazing. step-by-step instructions. especially if you have the right container. Alternatively. When choosing flowers for any display. and helpful. hunkydoryhome. £80. bustling shops that have a high flower turnover (it’s the old adage: never go into an empty restaurant). blousy blooms work together and with inbetweeners. I studied Fine Art and knowing that I could never make a living out of painting alone. spires work well with each other and with inbetweeners but not with blousy shapes. clematis) and the stars.com TAKE IT FUTHER If you want even more expert advice. to table dressings. As a general rule. to ensure they last as long as possible. Check out Vic’s floristry business at scarletandviolet. It is all I can do and I wouldn’t change it for the world. inbetweeners (wallfower. it is always possible to create something beautiful. then this book is a must-have read.co. but even if your budget is tiny and your flower choices are limited. Give your flowers a good drink before arranging. buy from the busy. I’ve been a florist since I was 21. Vic’s book will assist you in creating beautiful. so if you feel ready to show off your skills. monkshood)..uk One of the luxuries of working with fresh flowers is that they are already beautiful.uk Joules floral apron.WANT • NEED • LOVE EXPERT ADVICE We had a chat with Vic Brotherson. then your choice will be easier when it comes to starting an arrangement. WHY FLORISTRY? When it comes to purchasing flowers. my rule of thumb is to go for ones that actually give me something in return and by this I mean a sense of pleasure. VIC’S TOP TIPS 5 FLORAL PRINT ITEMS WE LOVE 1 2 3 Floral melamine storage bowls. Only then am I truly satisfied. WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT IT? Gardening gloves. dahlias). In this new book. Flowers fall into four basic types. but looking back I guess it was an obvious choice.uk 105 . she provides ideas and inspiration for everything from bouquets to buttonholes. It has rapidly established itself as one of the leading florists in the country.. carry an unusual shape or texture. Remove excess foliage. which was nominated by Time Out as one of London’s best specialist shops. Vintage Wedding Flowers. it felt familiar.

A BUSINESS IS LIKE A DRIPPING TAP INTO A BATH: IT’S SLOw AND STEADY.” she enthuses. AND OvER TIME wITH EvERY SMALL ACHIEvEMENT. it’s really easy to pop into other people’s studios for a 106 . where she reveals her loves. “The biggest lesson I've learnt is to listen to my friends and family. hates and the importance of a woman called Tiz. Having a close circle of people to share ideas and problems with is absolutely invaluable. WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO? I head to my studio in Deptford which is in the Cockpit Arts building. Jenkins. YOU’VE JUST WOKEN UP – WHAT DO YOU DO FIRST? It’s 7. she counts her loved ones as the most important factor in her business. inspiration is never far from award-winning designer Lorna Syson. I see shapes. I then feed my dog. colours and complete images in front of me. “I think that people see the world in different ways. YOU REACH YOUR GOALS LORNA SYSON • AT W O R K W I T H • N aturally creative.35am and I hop into the shower. With this inherent love and understanding of design. where she graduated with a very well-deserved 1st in multimedia textiles – her final collection was six months in the making and the first (of many) 3D flowers that featured within it took three weeks and 14 attempts to complete. It’s only a 30-minute walk and Jenkins comes along with me! WHO ARE YOU WITH FOR ELEVENSES? Being part of the Cockpit community.” Over these two pages we spend a day with this humble rising star. Lorna sought academic grounding at Loughborough university. Although university gave her the time and freedom to try new things. BREAKFAST OF CHOICE? I have recently got a juicing machine which is fantastic! As a real treat I may have boiled egg and soldiers. if I’ve got the time.

It’s really nice to be outside. AND SO TO BED… If its a week day it’s usually pretty early because my fiancé gets up for work around 5.30 – 6am. It really makes my day! DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS? I take the dog out for a quick walk at lunch time which is really nice to get out of the building and he enjoys it too. WHO DO YOU BOUNCE IDEAS OFF? I have an assistant called Tiz and I love her style and design ideas. WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS? I always start with photographs I’ve taken from day trips and journeys. and often when I get most of my inspiration for new work. HOW DO YOU KEEP INSPIRED THROUGHOUT THE DAY? The evening before. The DLR trains and the overground trains cross over in front of my window. you reach your goals. At busier times I can be in very late but I try and keep these instances to a minimum. I like to print them out. My mentor once told me a business is like a dripping tap into a bath: it’s slow and steady. I like to set myself smaller tasks which can be ticked off and achieved. depending on how much work needs to be done. WHEN DO YOU HEAD HOME? I head home around 6pm or 7pm. ceramist or printer. as it’s not healthy. it’s the most incredible sight.co. Today I have a French dish called Tartiflette. which I made with cheese I brought back from a recent trade fair in Paris. stick them on my wall and work through different ideas until I eventually achieve what I am looking for. WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I like to head out at the weekends with my fiancée to the park or the woods. and over time with every small achievement.uk 107 . IT’S LUNCHTIME. It’s delicious! WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST PART OF YOUR AFTERNOON? The worst part would be a cushion or wallpaper delivery being delayed. I write my list of what needs to be done. but at the weekends I like to visit my friends in and around London Check out Lorna’s beautiful designs at lornasyson. WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? I always have something homemade – often it’s leftovers from the night before. WHAT’S YOUR DESK LIKE? My studio is always messy – I need Tiz to keep me tidy and organised! From the third floor I have a fantastic view over Greenwich. Best is receiving a lovely email from a customer saying how much they love their new purchase. She is a great person to talk to and hash out new projects with.MEET THE MAKER QUICK FIRE Best bit of advice you've ever been given? Whatever decision you make is the right one Hopes for 2014? For the business to carry on growing Guilty pleasure? Cheese Last purchase? A pair of Mel jelly shoes for my wedding in May Inspiration? The British countryside and the world around me! chat. so it could be another textile designer.

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