Hello from team Mollie Makes!
Mollie Makes is a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. We discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.
Creative endeavors are more than a day job for the Mollie Makes team. From choosing gorgeous indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our website and Instagram feeds; customising our clothes to making gifts for friends, we’re crafting along with you. We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about too.
The Mollie Makes community is supportive, lively and full of crafty knowledge and like-minded people. Come and join us! Mollie Makes is out now in all good newsagents, supermarkets, through our official online store and Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
Editor, Lara Watson
Lara has been editor of Mollie Makes since January 2013 and working in magazines for ten years. It’s her job to sign things off, lead the team and manage Mollie Makes across all channels: in paper, pixels and in person! She studied English at Exeter University and made all her pals yearbooks using Microsoft Word. Thankfully for her clunky student computer, Harlow Journalism College introduced her to QuarkXPress and InDesign and she hasn’t looked back. This year she was shortlisted for Editor of the Year at the PPA New Talent Awards and Rising Star at the British Media Awards. She’s currently halfway through crocheting a granny square blanket (two years in) and scrapbooking her year with Project Life. She’s an auntie to two, likes to sing in bands and once hitchhiked to Amsterdam.
Deputy Editor, Nikki Arnold
Nikki has recently joined the Mollie Makes team as deputy editor and has been working in publishing for over seven years. She studied History of Art at Reading University and then Curating at Essex University before falling – quite accidently – into the world of craft magazines, which she adores. Nikki loves collaborating with designers to come up with new and on-trend projects for the magazine and luckily for her, that’s exactly what the job is all about! When she isn’t seeking out innovative makers and ideas for the mag, or measuring pieces of yarn to the nearest millimetre for cover gifts, you’ll find Nikki lino printing, cooking from old recipe books, downhill mountain biking, or just pottering around her veg patch in Wales.
Art Editor, Helena Tracey
Helena has been the Art Editor on Mollie Makes for nearly three years. She directs the design of the magazine and it’s her job to make sure it looks as gorgeous as possible! Helena did a degree in Graphic Design and worked on CrossStitcher for 4 years before joining the team. She loves how varied her job is – everything from styling photo shoots to designing projects, the cover and the free gift packaging. Her proudest moment was being shortlisted for Designer of the Year at the PPA Awards. Helena loves crafts with quick results – sewing simple cushion covers with her vast collection of vintage fabric or paint-dipping vintage milk bottles. Last year she finally bit the bullet and learnt to crochet. Helena has a passion for Formula One and can’t resist a man in a race suit! She can hula hoop, and she’s addicted to washi tape, plus anything neon pink or gold.
Production Editor, Jessica Bateman
Jessica is production editor on Mollie Makes, which in short means she deals with the words and writing side of things (but there’s lots of scheduling, digital issue-making and planning besides!). She’s been working in journalism nearly five years, but says this is “by far the best job I’ve ever had – the team are the best and the mag is such a beauty to work on.” As for craft, Jessica loves embroidery but tries to stick to small projects these days due to suffering badly from unfinished-project-itis, and she’s currently learning to knit. Jessica is also a charity shop queen, a kitchen experimentation fanatic, and can lose whole afternoons in second hand bookshops.
Digital Editor, Nina Camacho
Nina looks after all things digital on team Mollie Makes. She joined the team in 2012 straight after finishing a Publishing degree at Bath Spa University. Nina couldn’t possibly choose a single favourite thing about her job – she spends her day on social media, finds amazing makers online, connects with readers and “loves working with a talented team – it’s a dream come true!” Nina is currently learning how to sew dresses so she can use the fabric she thrifts from charity shops and car boot sales, and she’s also working on a series of illustrations featuring crafting celebrities. Nina is South African, makes up crochet songs and likes to doodle mondegreens (mishearings).
Designer, Jen Gardner
Jen previously worked with Wool and the Gang, so it’s no surprise her biggest hobby is knitting. She’s currently knitting a secret project which she can’t say too much about… but it involves monsters! She loves being inspired daily to make new things after a day in the office, and loves seeing her work published and on the shelves each month. Jen is an adventurer, always finding new places and secret spots not many people know about.
Newsletter Coordinator and writer, Lottie Storey
Lottie is a freelance writer and blogger, at Oyster and Pearl, who has just written her first book. When asked what she loves most about working here, she replied, “The creative, friendly team. It’s exactly as you’d imagine the Mollie Makes office to be.” Aw! In 2008, Lottie co-founded a branch of the Women’s Institute. She was once bitten by a shark (just a baby one!) and she can tie a cherry stalk in a knot with her tongue, Twin Peaks style. Lottie is currently working on a cream granny square blanket she began in the autumn (“I will finish it. I WILL!”).
Freelance art editor, Alex Thomas
Alex has worked in magazine publishing for nearly 15 years, with subjects as diverse as mothers and babies to cameras and computers. He’s currently plying his trade in the world of craft on Mollie Makes and a variety of others including The Knitter, Love Patchwork & Quilting and some of our specials. Alex loves working with the great photography in Mollie Makes and getting to use loads of “weird and wonderful fonts.” His proudest moments was getting over 200 likes on Instagram for the crackle cookies he made for the team at the end of his first booking! Alex is currently obsessed with all things letterpress and is always on the look out for typefaces to use in his designs. He works best when powered by a flat white and an almond croissant, his favourite font is Rockwell and he’s a massive hoarder who collects old magazines and books for design ideas.
Crochet Technical Editor, Valerie Bracegirdle
Valerie is a freelance crochet technical editor, designer and craft-aholic. She does the majority of the crochet pattern technical editing for Mollie Makes. She calls herself the accidental designer, because she never set out to design or work in the yarn or publishing world, it just happened, very happily, by accident, somewhere along the path of enjoying crochet and knitting.
Blog contributor, Karen Dunn
Karen has been writing for magazines for over 17 years and currently splits her time between journalism and running Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café in east London with her partner Tim. In her spare time Karen loves sewing under the guise of Crème Anglaise, making paper decorations and watching The Walking Dead so obsessively she keeps having zombie dreams.
Blog contributor, Katie Allen
Katie Allen is a freelance crafty journalist who has been writing for Mollie Makes since the first issue. Her crafty forays also include writing a book, teaching creative workshops and starting her own upcycling fashion business (launching in 2016… for reals). She loves cats, jumble sales and getting out into nature on her bicycle. Photo credit: Leonie Morse