Make a winter paper leaf and berry bough with Emma Mitchell

Paper leaf bough with berries

Emma Mitchell, author of Making Winter, says: “The festive season is the time when I have strong urges to line my house with beautiful handmade things. If I had the time, I would make everything, including hand-crocheted dungarees for the fairy on top of the tree. “In reality, I manage to make two or three… Read more

Why mindful crafting is good for your mental health – plus how you can host a Crafternoon session

The mental health charity Mind has released new research suggesting that spending too much time on social media is affecting our moods, particularly among younger adults. Research evidence from the British Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests that craft activities, when done on a regular basis, can improve mood and increase feelings of relaxation, so Mind… Read more

How to make Wild Dyer patchwork placemats

Wild Dyer patchwork placemats

You can make these beautiful patchwork placemats created by Abigail Booth, aka The Wild Dyer, using the natural colours found in black beans and red cabbage. Placemats are a really lovely project to begin experimenting with basic techniques of patchwork. By using red cabbage and black beans to get delicate colours of blues and greys,… Read more