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Fabric porn and crafty crushes

I love Anna Maria Horner and her amazing fabric-design prowess. She is fabulous *sigh*.

The dress I made last summer was made entirely of voile designed by lovely Anna Maria (Little Folks collection).

I have an enormous crafty-crush on her, can you tell?

And I really want some of this new eye-candy. Don’t you? I can’t wait to get some to make another summer dress – voile is so lovely to sew with and perfect for dresses to wear in the sunshine.



Who is your crafty-crush?


The survey says…

So far the survey says:

94% of you would like to join in with 52 crafts in 52 weeks


53% would like a set theme but any craft and 47% would like a set craft each week.

It’s not too late to add your views and please do – I really want to know what you think.

Thank you to Chris & Wendy for your comments too:

I’d be all for 12 crafts over the year, one per month. Like, maybe one month’s theme would be sewing crafts — i.e. quilting, cross stitching, embroidery… I’d so get in on something like that.
I’d love to see a list of the 52 crafts you want/intend to do over the year all in one list at the start of it. Or maybe that would be too much, but a good list for at least 2-3 months. I don’t know if you did that for this past year or not, or if you just flew by the seat of your pants.

I like Chris’s suggestion of 12 crafts over 12 months. I’d love to join in but I don’t know if I can manage a new craft every single month!
… I don’t want to see you disappear, so NO, don’t leave it at 52 crafts in 52 weeks, we want year 2!

How does that idea sound to people? 12 crafts over 12 months with the scope to do one a week if you can? And I will need to be a whole load more organised than I have this year. Yes Chris I have been flying by the seat of my pants!

On that note, I’d better start thinking about this week’s craft. Any requests?


The next chapter

So there comes a point in any relationship, especially one that has lasted almost a year, when you ask where is this going?

In just four weeks I will have reached my goal for this particular relationship: 52 crafts in 52 weeks. So what next? Do I continue the relationship into week 53 or decide we’ve reached the natural conclusion and move on to pastures new? I need your help.

If I decide to carry on the project into year 2, would you like to join in too and try a new craft every week for a year as well?

And if you’d like to join in, would you prefer me to set a different craft every week that we all do together? Or would it be better if I came up with a theme and you choose the craft yourself? Alternatively we could keep it completely open and you do whatever you like each week with no set craft or theme.

If we decide to carry on together I’ll set up a flickr group so everyone can share their work and ideas and keep motivated.

I really need your help, so vote now!

Support UK Handmade

UK Handmade is an online magazine published every 3 months. It takes an absolute tonne of work by the dedicated team to make it happen so they’re asking for a little help to take UK Handmade to the next step: print.
As someone who has been involved with the magazine in some capacity since the very beginning (as a writer and an interviewee) it’s very dear to my heart. And I’d love to be able to buy a print version. Wouldn’t that be amazing? So support UK Handmade today and help the print-dream come true.

UK Handmade
The latest magazine features an interview with me talking about 52 crafts in 52 weeks. So it’s got to be worth having a little look don’t you think?

Crafty round-up

When I’m not making pretties and writing about them I’m devouring craft blogs, books and magazines. So today here’s a little roundup of what has caught my crafty eye lately.

Rolling pin stamps by Alisa Burke

The new craft magazine MollieMakes is out in the UK today – I haven’t got my mitts on a copy yet but Twitter says it’s good. So it must be true. Plus the cover is gorgeous so I have very high hopes.

Babies are popping out (or are about to) all around me at the moment so this roundup of baby crafts is very handy for all the baby showers, birthdays and general new-life merriment.

And finally, it’s free pattern month on Grosgrain. So many lovely projects have been posted already – I might have to get Nina the Bernina out this weekend and whip up one of the skirts or the sunny resort blouse.

Have you seen any crafty fabulousness recently? Let me know in the comments, a girl can never have too many bookmarks or pins.

Happy crafting x


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