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LOLA LOVES GIVEAWAYS… WIN your ‘Queen of Crafts’ book now!

Queen of Crafts, by Jazz Domino Holly

Queen of Crafts, by Jazz Domino Holly

Win your hardback copy of ‘Queen of Crafts: The Modern Girls’ Guide to Knitting, Sewing, Quilting, Baking, Preserving & Kitchen Gardening’ 

RRP £16.99

This beautiful book for modern crafters teaches a number of crafting techniques from knitting to patch-working and kitchen gardening to preserving.

Illustrated with beautiful and inspiring photos, the book also gives you plenty of ideas and clear instructions for your own projects.  A knitted bow headband, peppermint foot scrub, or button-shaped biscuit, anyone?

Queen of Crafts is great for those new to a craft, wanting to recap, or needing some sweet inspiration.

Author, Jazz Domino Holly, is the daughter of the Clash’s Joe Strummer. She heads the Shoreditch Sister’s WI and has a craft column in Company magazine.

 For your chance to win, all you have to do is follow my blog and my Twitter account (LolaLovesCraft) and retweet by competition message (which is my last Tweet). Good Luck! x

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Lola loves… Sublime Stitching

Sublime Stitching: Cover

Sublime Stitching: Cover

Sublime Stitching:
Hundreds of Hip Embroideries and How-to
By jenny Hart (Chronicle Books)

Seeing as I heart Sublime Stitching so much and embroider quite a lot of their patterns, I thought it was about time I reviewed one of their books.

If you’re not familiar with Sublime Stitching, get Googling quick! The head honcho, Jenny Hart is an inspirational crafter and luckily for fans she produces a large range of iron-on embroidery designs so everyone can have a go.

When I  embroidering as a kid I was disappointed by the choice available. It was all fruit bowls and stuffy still lifes of flowers. Bore. Jenny’s motto is; ‘this ain’t your grandma’s embroidery’ and the phrase pretty much nails it. Jenny is one of the people who has modernised craft – embroidery in particular – and made it fun, accessible and meaningful to a new generation. (If that isn’t worth a Google search, what is?)

The Book:
Each sheet in this book has a number of designs (often larger or smaller versions of the same image so you can choose your size). Each sheet of images is protected by another page so the designs don’t transfer onto each other.

You simply cut out the image and iron on — but don’t take my word for it, the book has full instructions including lessons on a range of stitches such as feather, chain and satin. For the beginner, these instructions are great — they’re clear but not patronising and Jenny’s style of writing is always fun and welcoming.

The spiral binding makes it easy to use and there are useful pockets at the front and back to store the designs once you’ve cut them out  to use them. (The only annoyance is there are so many they won’t all fit).

Reading other reviews, some people were disappointed by what they thought was a lack of new designs. It’s true that Jenny has produced many similar books and if you already have one or two you’re likely to see familiar images, but in my view there is enough to keep me busy and happy for a long time.

If you do want something a bit different, try the individual kits sold on the Sublime Stitching webiste. I bought the wedding kit to embroider this ‘love blanket’ and they also do great designs by Ryan Berkley, The Black Apple and artist and skater, Michael Sieben. You can also chose from tattoo designs, robots, 50’s pin-up sirens, zombies or sugar skulls. (Argh, craft project overload!)

The designs in the book are varied but many fit into a theme: animals; flowers; children and babies; food; tea parties. My favourites however, are the tattoo style birds (which you will see a lot of on my blog) and the cocktails (how couldn’t they be!)

Here’s an example of the bird and a rose, which I sewed onto a babygrow. I’ve also sewn Jenny’s cat designs on other babygrows; the bird onto a fabric envelope and lots more designs onto an embroidered patchwork baby blanket, which I will post on soon!


Lola loves… A fabric needle case

With a two-hour bus commute each day, I like to sew on my way to work. It may get a few strange looks but it’s a great way to use the time and you really can get a lot done.

But getting lanced by a needle whenever I put my hand in my bag wasn’t fun. It was time I resolved the issue. There are lots of fab travel sewing cases on the market but buying something seems somewhat against the ‘make do and mend’ philosophy. So, here’s what I stuck together instead.

The ‘pages’ and lining are made with felt. I covered the front with another  fabric as felt can bobble and look ‘tired’, and purely for prettiness. To make the cover simply cut your felt into the shape of a rectangle with an extra tab at the side which will be used for the buttonhole. There’s no need to pink or hem as felt won’t fray. Remember to include an extra inch or so around all sides of the rectangle (bar the tab) as a seam allowance. Place your cover fabric (I chose one with brown illustrations to match the felt) face down on the felt with the tab to the right. Use the felt to mark a cutting line on your cover fabric.  Cut the cover fabric and chalk a line an inch in from the edge, this is your sewing line. Sew across three sides only and turn it inside out so that you have a pocket with the right side of the cover fabric now showing.

 Place the bind of your pages in the middle of the felted pocket and sew down the bind line. Then sew the remaining side of the pocket so all sides are now closed. Sew a button hole on the tab and a button on the fabric where it meets. Or, simply use a metal popper.  Et Fini!

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