When I received the news that’ Mollie Makes’ magazine was releasing their first book (published by Collins and Brown) and that it would be a ‘Christmas’ crafting book, there was cause for much celebration! The ‘Mollie Makes ‘ magazine was first published in May 2011. Their ethos of ‘ living and loving handmade’ has been carried through to this book with nineteen attractive projects to make and create. The projects are written and created by twelve independent and talented designers, thus insuring the book is original and up to date.
Once the very attractive hardback front cover is opened, the theme of vintage paper and fabric prints begins. This theme runs throughout the book, separating and surrounding each project. It’s a great touch and adds another
attractive dimension to the book. After a short introduction by the ‘Mollie Makes’ magazine editor, Jane Toff, we are off with the first project- ‘Needle Felt Christmas Cottages’ by Gretel Parker. http://www.gretelparker.com/ This project I had to try. I have never done needle felting before, but the instructions were straightforward and clear to follow and the time given to complete the project was surprisingly accurate. The end result being my rather lovely cottage decoration.
Continuing through the book, the reader gets to try out a range of techniques such as lino-cutting, knitting, sewing, paper-craft, free-hand embroidery and crocheting. Cara Medus http://caramedus.com/ has created a rather brilliant crochet ‘Santa Kit’ consisting of carrots, mince pie and a bottle of festive booze to leave out on December 24th ! The fact that I am yet to master the art of crocheting hasn’t put me off the book. After all there is still
two and a half months until Christmas (time of writing) in which to learn .
One other project I had to try before writing this review was ‘String of Stars’- a paper decoration by Kirsty Neale http://kirstyneale.typepad.com/
Using old paperbacks, brown paper, maps and some fantastic Christmas crafting paper, I spent this afternoon cutting stars and sewing them together to make starry 3-d garland, it’s so simple but beautifully effective! I love it.
Well, my initial cause for celebration when hearing about this book is totally justified. Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ is a must for beginners and experienced crafters. I would definitely recommend putting it at the top of the Christmas list, or better still get it before Christmas for a chance to make and create all the projects in the build up to the festive season.
The Good and Bad news:-
All the templates for the projects are at the back of the book, but they do need enlarging, Bah Humbug!
The good news is you will be able to download the full size templates at http://www.lovecrafts.co.uk/books/mollie-makes-christmas/
For more information on Mollie Makes ‘Christmas’ visit http://molliemakes.themakingspot.com/
A little note:
The scrumptious crafting Christmas paper that I brought for my star garland was from http://www.artycrafty.com/ in Godalming in Surrey. ‘Arty Crafty’ is an independent local shop, with a very helpful owner. Despite turning up in my gardening wellies and treading mud all over the shop floor, the lady (sorry, I didn’t get her name) went on to show me the array of different papers, how to put my felting needle holder together and really helpful advise on how to use it! Thankyou x