About us

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Hello from team Mollie Makes! Mollie Makes is a lifestyle and craft magazine for those who live and love handmade.

Mollie Makes brings you the best of craft online, a look inside the homes of the world’s most creative crafters, tutorials on inspiring makes, round ups of the most covetable stash and tours of the crafty capitals of the world.

We love to make – handmade is more than just a hobby for us, it’s in everything we do. We can’t resist hunting down treasures in thrift stores, then customising, re-covering and embellishing our finds with our endless stash of ribbons and bows, buttons and beads, fabrics and felt. We’re forever on the lookout for new inspiration. Whatever we do, we’re living and loving handmade.

Mollie Makes is out now in all good newsagents, supermarkets, through our official online store and the Apple Newsstand.

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Editor, Lara Watson
@laramcspara

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.

 

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Deputy Editor, Charlie Moorby
@thesavvycrafter

Charlie commissions tutorials, curates our news pages, organises our free gifts and finds exciting new contributors to work with. Previous to this role, she was Commissioning Editor for our sister magazine, CrossStitcher. Seeing the latest issue come back from the printers each month is her favourite part of the job and still makes her giddy. She also loves working with talented contributors – and the mag team – to bring all the ideas in her head, to life. Charlie is a little bit obsessed with succulents and crocheting granny squares, but you’ll often find her cross stitching and making things out of felt too. Charlie went to the same school as Jamie Cullum. She’d rather have a pint than a cocktail. And she once won a dance competition with her moves to Hey Macarena.

 

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Art Editor, Helena Tracey
@helipie

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.

 

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Production Editor, Jessica Bateman
@jessicabateman

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.

 

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Digital Production Editor, Nina Camacho
@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).

 

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Rights Coordinator, Rosie Dickson
@rosiedickson

Rosie looks after the Rights for Mollie Makes, making sure contracts are in place for all our designers and liaising with book publishers. She also deals with any piracy and copyright issues. Rosie loves working within a creative team and always goes home from the office with another project to add to her list of things to make. Rosie is currently working on lots of crafty things for her wedding – place settings, table runners, napkins – the list goes on! She’s also been working on a crochet blanket for the last year or so, it’s a constant work in progress. Rosie is a bit of a girlie girl – she loves florals, pink and has a slight nail polish addiction.

 

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Newsletter Coordinator and writer, Lottie Storey
@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!”).

 

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Writer, Sarah Montrose
@sarahmontrose

Sarah writes, proofs, edits and organises deadlines – after ten years in the mag industry, she’s is a bit of a jack of all trades. In 2012, Sarah joined Mollie Makes as production editor, and left to go freelance 18 months later. Three days after leaving the office to scamper freely in flowery meadows, she was back, scribbling the news section – she Just. Won’t. Leave. Nowadays, she looks after production flow on our special issues such as Handmade Weddings, Photography and Home. After teaching herself to crochet last year, Sarah is currently in the depths of WIP hell. She is determined to finish her LEGO blanket this year. Sarah loves badgers, ginger beer and whistling.

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Freelance art editor, Alex Thomas
@alexcthomas

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.

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Designer, Jen Gardner
@gardnerjen

Jen is a freelance designer on Mollie Makes, who previously worked with Wool and the Gang, so it’s no surprise her biggest hobbie 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.

 

Valerie BracegirdleCrochet Technical Editor, Valerie Bracegirdle

Valerie is a freelance crochet technical editor, designer and craft-aholic. She has worked for Mollie Makes for almost 2 years, doing the majority of the crochet pattern technical editing. 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. Who knows where her hooks and needles will take her next!