Crafty Magazine Issue 10

UPDATE: Crafty Magazine is no longer in print.


I probably say this every time, but issue 10 of Crafty Magazine is my favourite yet!! Amongst the heaps of projects and inspiration, it includes three of my favourite Etsy sellers…

Misala by Michelle Chan make the CUTEST PURSES EVER and shares a tutorial to make this horse one.

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Amy Lawrence is a UK designer maker and I’ve be coveting her knitted necklaces for a while now. In the latest issue, Amy offers a simple tutorial to create a statement doily necklace.

Doily Necklace-Amy Lawrence

In addition, Bex of Stuffed Nonsense  (whom I met at Renegade in November) discusses bulk ordering for handmade sellers and her bricks and mortar shop By The Yard. I snapped up one of her ‘knitted and knotted’ necklaces as soon as I received any birthday money!

Issue 10 shows you all about needle weaving with a break down of stitches and plenty of inspiration.

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How cute are these hot air balloon tape measure covers? Hand sewn from felt, the tutorial looks nice and simple.

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And as if anyone can pass up the opportunity to prettify a house brick and make this Cath Kidston doorstop!


There are plenty of DIYs for children’s items including a mobile tutorial and these denim baby booties.


Interviews this month are with Allison Sadler and Mr Christian of The People shop and artist Tracy Lewis, who makes beautiful driftwood mirrors. Even her kitchen is made of driftwood!

The mag usually has a crochet project each month, which ticks my boxes! How cute is this crochet lion cushion on the cover? I think it would make a great gift for a toddler’s room.


Crafty Magazine is out now and is available in WHSmiths, Hobbycraft and some supermarkets.



*I have not received payment or compensation for writing this post. I wish support UK craft publications and the good work they do. All opinions are my own.

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Crafty Magazine Issue 9

UPDATE: Crafty Magazine is not longer in print.

It’s that time of the month again when my sub issue of Crafty Magazine comes through the door! The team at Crafty have really pushed the boat out for issue 9 which is out now. Here’s what we have to get stuck into….

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The cover project for this issue is a pair of Nordic style cross stitch gloves. We can thank Sarah Fordham for those. I met her at Renegade back in November and swooned over her stall. She makes cross stitch officially cool.

Elizabeth Healey shares some Japanese Boro textile sewing.


Find out about Gin blending….


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There’s an interview with Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Carragher and a look at the beautiful embroidery.


(c) MCE-HBO 2013

Loving this crochet alarm clock by Kat Goldin. I pretty much love every pattern Kat puts out to be fair.

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Another yarn project is offered with this swatch patchwork chair by Sara Reetham.


Who doesn’t love crochet pot holders? I think my kitchen needs some. I’m now on the hunt for some pretty mint yarn.


I hear quilling is making a comeback. And it’s looking beautiful.


You must all know by now that I’m a macaron obsessive. But these meringue kisses are definitely just as pretty. Those colours!


A Knitted Sloth! Oh my giddy aunt.


What a great gift these Knit Purl Gloves would make for your knitter friends!

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PLUS! You could win a Janome XL601 sewing machine which is the model I have. She’s called Romy the Janome.

As ever, the magazine offers a great range of projects for all crafters. I’m excited to get some time over the Christmas break to catch up on my magazine pile!

Crafty Magazine is out now and is available in WHSmiths and supermarkets.



*I have not received payment or compensation for writing this post. I wish support UK craft publications and the good work they do. All opinions are my own.

Crafty Magazine Issue 8

UPDATE: Crafty Magazine is no longer in print.Crafty-Magazine-Issue-8-Cover

I know I’ve talked about craft magazines a lot lately, but I couldn’t miss sharing an inside peek of Crafty Magazine’s 8th issue with you guys. The cover is just adorable with these needle felted mice in bow ties!

I got my sub copy this week, which includes a granny square crochet kit with patterns for beginners, intermediate and advanced. One of them is a flamingo crochet granny square!


Here’s my effort for the advanced granny square pattern. Plenty of cotton yarn is provided, so I may attempt a flamingo!


As usual the magazine focuses on crafts of the moment with a twist. These god’s eye’s with pom poms are just fabulous don’t you think? I have become so obsessed with pom poms I have made a Pinterest board dedicated to them.

You can also find a DIY for pom pom napkin rings in this issue. CUTE!


I am a big fan of doilies, and especially love the ideas for customising cushions and shirts with them.


I didn’t think Day of the Dead Cross Stitch Jewellery could look so pretty! Sarah Fordham shows us how to create these Mexican inspired pieces.


Talking of pretty, Crochet designer Kat Goldin offers this African Flowers crochet purse. I am definitely adding this to my ‘to make’ list (it’s ridiculously long).


There is a behind the scenes studio tour with Harriet Godden, the maker of these weird and wonderful designs from her label Sausage Dog. She works from the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, which looks like an inspiring place to be.


There are Christmas crafting ideas including wrapping inspiration. And even some origami jewellery inspiration with a paper brooch DIY.


You all know I’m a cat person, but how ridiculously adorable is this pooch? He is named Stanley and is owned by Ashley Sutcliffe, who runs ace retro homewares store Live Like the Boy! Ashley shows us around his home.

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Are you a knitter? You can try the pattern for these kiwi socks!


There are lots of tips on preparing for Christmas and an interview with maker Melissa Lowry, who makes these darling needle felted foxes.


Whilst we are on the subject of needle felted animals, can we just take a look at those mice on the cover again. MEEEEP!


As ever, Crafty Magazine delivers a wide range of crafting projects, interviews and features and in my opinion offers a publication for men and women – not something that other magazines do.

I’d love to know if there are any male crafters following this blog?!! 

Issue 8 of Crafty is out on November 7th and is available in most supermarkets and WH Smith stores.*



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*I have not received payment or compensation for writing this post. I wish support UK craft publications and the good work they do. All opinions are my own.

Homemade With Love Magazine Projects

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EDIT: Sadly Homemade With Love Magazine has now closed.

I’m very excited to share with you today the news that I have written some upcycling Christmas crafts projects for Issue 6 of Homemade With Love Magazine!

Anna, from Crafting Fingers, has been appointed as the magazine’s new editor, and she has given the mag a fresh new look with lots of Christmas projects. Anna is originally from Finland, so she has brought Scandinavian style to her debut magazine.

You can find my beaded place mat tutorial in the magazine as well as an upcycled vintage tea cup candle – both super simple crafts!




I was very chuffed to see some of my favourite bloggers/makers are also included in this issue, I’ve listed them below so you can take a look and add them to your blog roll!

The magazine is available online and in most WH Smith stores in the UK. I would highly recommend it and not just because it contains my projects!

Have you any magazine recommendations you would like to share? Please do let me know in the comments below.

You can find all my other magazine features here.



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Crafty Magazine Issue 7

UPDATE: Crafty Magazine is no longer in print.

It’s that time of the month again – the latest issue of Crafty Magazine is about to hit the shelves! The lovely folk behind the magazine have been kind enough to share a sneak peek into Issue 7 with me, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you guys.

I ADORE the cover. Autumn crafting for the win.


Issue 7 of Crafty comes with a 32 page festive gift supplement, with 12 yuletide projects, ideas for wrapping your presents and a shopping guide if you need some inspiration this year! 

How adorable is this crochet reindeer?! I love his podgy tum.

I hear there is also a needle felted polar bear project. I better work out how not to stab myself….


Look at this unusual chair! I have my eyes on that map print suitcase too.


It’s official. The fox is the new owl. I’m championing the Hedgehog to be the next crafted animal. Endless pom pom opportunities there I think.


What makes me most excited about each issue of Crafty is the styling. I think they get it spot on.


How retro is this lamp shade? Cross stitch is offically cool. Mr X Stitch says so in his monthly column.


Festive crafting is totally my thing. With doilies and it’s near perfect. And cinnamon sticks and bakers twine too?! Please.


I can’t wait to get my hands on this issue. Crochet designer and photo shoot styling queen Kat Goldin has a column this month. Keep an eye out for her joint venture The Crochet Project with Not So Granny which launches it’s second issue soon. More info here.


There’s also an interview with the ever creative girls from A Beautiful Mess about their new photography book. I guess it’s going to be pretty inspirational like everything else they do.

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Lots of competitions this time as well, including all the books reviewed by Crafty, brooches from Sweet Bestiary and cross stitch kits from What Delilah Did, as well as £300 worth of wool, books and crochet hooks so you can all make moustaches for Movember.

Crafty Magazine is out on October 10th and is available in all major supermarkets, WH Smith, Hobbycraft, independent retailers and on the Moremags website.

EDIT: I have since found that the Crochet Plants project I am involved in through my WI, has been featured in this issue! We are so excited about installing the work in the next couple of weeks and I’ll be sure to share photos once it is on display. Also, I helped to style this shot which was taken by one of our talented WI members.




NB: This is not a sponsored post. I appreciate Crafty and wish to support their venture into the ever saturated craft magazine market. All opinions are my own. Images provided by Crafty Magazine.

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