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Tag archive: General craft

Mending Magic

June 02 2021

Mending is magical. Really. I’ve been mending for over three decades, and I’m still convinced there’s an element of magic involved. Every time I mend something, even I am surprised by the final result. And every time I mend in public...

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Music & Mental Health with Eddie Armer

May 11 2021

Last year we heard from Eddie Armer, who volunteers at West Kent Mind and is the author of two books for Search Press, about his thoughts on creativity and mental health. This year we hear a little about Eddie’s other creative love, music. Eddie...

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Japanese Knot Bags

April 19 2021

Size: 13 x 13in (33 x 33cm), flat These traditional Japanese bags are cleverly made from a rectangle of fabric. Use contrasting thread colours for the stitching, including the big stitch to keep the lining in place.These bags are a great way to use...

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Build a Bear - How to knit the perfect teddy bear head

April 16 2021

After countless requests on how to make the basic bear’s head, here are some step-by-step instructions, with photos, to help you. Try not to over stuff the body of the bear and keep it in proportion to the head to achieve a uniform effect. Stuff...

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Daisy Cloth with Jan Dowson

April 13 2021

During the Covid-19 lockdown I have spent a lot of time in my studio developing a sketchbook based on flowers. I particularly love daisies: I have lovely memories of making daisy chains with my late mum as a child and singing ‘Daisy, Daisy, give...

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Adventures in... Making Felt Hats with Bobbi Heath

April 08 2021

Bobbi Heath is a couture milliner, teacher and the owner of Chic Chapeau, a bespoke millinery business which also offers one-to-one tuition, and group workshops. In her new book, Making Felt Hats, Bobbi shows you how to make felt hats in six...

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Looking for Covid - A textile panel story by Jan Dowson

March 17 2021

Title: ‘Looking for Covid’ Textile Panel Created by: Jan Dowson, author of The Textile Artist: Expressive Stitches. A ‘no-rules’ guide to creating original textile art Size: 25 x 25in square (64 x 64cm square) Materials:...

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A Day in the Editorial Department - Beth Harwood

February 05 2021

It’s perhaps misleading of us to present ‘a day in the life’ of the Editorial Department: no two days are identical – even during lockdown, when the days spill, Dali-like, into each other. So I’m not going to try. Editorial...

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Adventures in... Polymer Clay with Ruth Thompson

December 15 2020

20 to Craft: Kawaii Charms in Polymer Clay is Ruth Thompson's first book with Search Press. Ruth is a crafter who is passionate about Kawaii art and fashion, and specialises in polymer clay charms and jewellery. She also sells her creations through...

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Starry Table Runner & Coasters with Carolyn Forster

November 17 2020

Spruce up your dining table this Christmas! I used the little 5in (13cm) stars from 20 to Stitch: Mini Quilt Blocks as the starting point for this project. Adding the little border to one side makes this the perfect size as a coaster for your Christmas...

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