You know I’ve mentioned Spoonflower before and I’ve wondered why there isn’t a UK version? Well Janet at printmepretty.co.uk had the same thought but then actually went on to do something about it!

She is currently setting up an online fabric printing service where you can upload your design, preview it in different pattern repeats and then get it printed and sent to you without the hassle of customs or transatlantic shipping delays.

To celebrate the imminent launch of the site Janet and her team are looking for a name for the printer. Not only might you end up with 660kg of fabric printing metal magic named after you but you’ll also get a copy of my book Little Sew and Sew. Which is nice. To get inspiration on whether the printer is more of a Helga or a Doris visit Janets blog here, enter the competition here, and find out more about Printmepretty here.

good luck

witch candles

It’s almost the start of the winter festivities … Halloween, Bonfire night, that other one that happens towards the end of December, so there’s lots of crafting opportunities coming up.

If you’re looking for something a little special to put in your window to draw the trick and treaters closer (or scare them away) try this candle topper project taken from our book Everything Oz.

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They’re made using wax pellets, candles and cookie cutters. So when you’ve finished making biscuits for your little hobgoblins why not give these a try.

 I’m Melting … Witch Candles

YOU WILL NEED
Wax pellets
Black candle colouring
Medium lead-free wire wick
An old sauce pan
A tin can or metal jug
Plastic jug
Baking tray with sides
Baking parchment
Witch cookie cutter
Black table candles
Toothpicks

1. Place the wax pellets or beads in an old tin can or metal jug. Place the can in an old saucepan, if necessary resting on a trivet. Fill the saucepan with cold water to just below the rim of the can. Bring the water to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer until the wax melts. When the wax is molten add some black candle dye.

2. Line the baking tray with parchment. Pour the black wax into the lined tray, leaving a small amount in the can. Allow the wax to cool till it is pliable and soft to the touch.

3. Using the cookie cutter. press out two witch shapes per candle and peel away from the parchment. Place a length of wick on the inside of one wax shape, about one third should be visible above the witches hat and two thirds on the wax. Lay a wooden toothpick on the bottom third of the witch. Press them into the wax firmly.

4. Using the leftover wax, stick the second wax witch shape on top of the first, matching up the contours and sandwiching the wick and toothpick in between. Allow to cool.

5. Cut the tops of the black table candles and place in a microwave for 10 seconds to soften the wax

6. Make a hole in the top of each table candle by skewering with a toothpick. Position the witch-shaped candles in the tops of the table candles by slotting the toothpick into the hole.

Here are three great sets of cookie cutters…

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1. Halloween cookie cutters £2.79 Lakeland Plastics
2. Wilton Halloween cookie cutters £4.00 John Lewis 3. Wilko Embossing Cookie cutters £2.50 Wilko

And here are some places to get the wax supplies…

thorne.co.uk (for wax pellets, wicks and dyes)
candlesontheweb.co.uk (pretty self explanatory!)
ikea (for black pillar candles)

and here’s where you can find out more about Everything Oz

everythingozbook.blogspot.co.uk

 

Happy Halloween!

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Lovely Hannah Read-Baldrey my Partner-in-Craft and star of her own video tutorial channel HRB-TV had me over for a cup of tea and a chat the other day to natter about the joy that is the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing  (out now) and she caught it all on camera. As well as sharing some behind the scenes secrets we also have 3 copies of the book worth £16.99 each to give away. Simply watch the video below and answer the question I posed …

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AND if that’s not enough of a Liberty fix for you then I’m running a workshop this Sunday (27th of October) showing people how to make the lovely fabric covered letters featured in the book. Liberty letters 2

It’s going to be held in the Liberty Haberdashery department and for just £25 you get a copy of the book, some lovely tuition and help from me and all the materials needed to make a letter of your choice. For more information visit Liberty.co.uk or call 020 7734 1234. I’ll bring the biscuits!

Well I am as I’m going to be hanging out with my lovely publisher people at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, North London, stand F26 between 1 and 2pm. I’m making a version of my beautiful Paper Rococo Mirror from my book Scissors, Paper, Craft.

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Come and say hi … I’ve got free stickers (if they come in the post in time!)

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