#hoopyourself challenge

#hoopyourself challenge uniting embroiderers

Instagram user Carissa Caples of @setfreecreative had a simple idea: “Take a picture of your face framed by a hoop (the smaller the better!) and tag some of your favorite embroidery artists to keep it going… I’m hoping this can strengthen the feeling of community among embroidery artists and add some laughter to this stressful […]

Shortlisted for British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2020!

In the middle of celebrating our 60th birthday we were thrilled to receive the news that we have made it onto the shortlist of the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2020 – and not just once, but twice! Greatest Knitting Book 2019/20 Knitted Animal Friends by Louise Crowther Greatest Crochet Book 2019/20 3D Granny Squares […]

Makers Against Racism | Crafting Racial Justice

This week, we made a promise to stand up and speak out against racism – not just now when the topic is big news, but for the long term. How are we doing that? Here are a few ways: Continuing to improve diversity and inclusion within our organisation. We are striving to do better, and […]

Meet the Authors: Amy Mullins & Marnia Ryan-Raison, Authors of Macraweave

Tell us a bit about your new book? Macraweave is a how-to book that will teach you the fundamental macrame and weaving techniques and how to combine then. It is complete with instructions for getting started on the projects, a knot and technique quide, and 18 step by step patterns for projects ranging from accessories, […]

free zoom backgrounds for crafters

Free Zoom Backgrounds for Crafters

The video conferencing app Zoom has become a daily part of life during lockdown, not only for work but also for keeping in touch, for family quiz nights, virtual cocktail parties or just a quick catch up with pals. Up your Zoom game and transform your background into one that crafters’ dreams are made of […]

How to Sew a Face Mask

DIY Face Masks

We are all seeing the images and hearing the advice on wearing face masks to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus. The advice seems to be different in each country and we have readers from all around the world. It seems to us that the common theme is to ensure you are not using up […]

Free Crochet Rainbow Pattern | Kawaii Crochet

Rainbows are the motif of the moment, with kids drawing rainbows and placing them in windows all over the world. This free crochet rainbow pattern comes courtesy of Melissa Bradley, author of the fabulous book Kawaii Crochet – filled with amazing amigurumi patterns to brighten up your day. Enjoy this free crochet rainbow pattern on […]

Behind the scenes during COVID-19

I recently emailed our authors to provide an update as best as possible and it seemed a natural step to write this open article. This post is written partly for general interest but also to acknowledge the tremendous effort being put in by our staff in the current circumstances. Trading Position Our sales up until […]

The Positive Power of Cross Stitch

When I commissioned Cross Stitch for the Soul from the talented Emma Congdon of Stitchrovia, I had no idea that the book would end up being published at such a huge moment in history. With the world locked down due to Coronavirus, people unable to leave the house except for food, medicine and exercise, and […]