Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read… It’s a good rule for Christmas present shopping. But we might have to ask Father Christmas for a few more things to read, as there are so many craft book crackers on this list.
The clue is in the title. For those days when the ideas just don’t come, Danielle Krysa (www.thejealouscurator.com) has compiled an inspiring collection of interviews, tips and artworks in her debut tome, Creative Block. Helping amateurs and pros alike banish those blank days, it’s a must-read for daily creatives.
Whether you’re a super sewer or master knitter, our new pocket-sized business bible, Mollie Makes Making It!, will help you take the leap from passionate pasttime to money- making (ad)venture.
Mollie Makes Blogging
Get started on a blog, or improve the one you’ve got, with Mollie Makes Blogging, our latest specialist zine, on sale now, packed with blogger tips and inspiration. Turn to p74 for more info.
Edward’s Menagerie is the eagerly-awaited playful collection of crocheted critters by Mollie Makes Handmade Awards finalist, Kerry Lord. Choose (if you can) from over 40 snuggly crocheted toy animals − all with full patterns and larger-than-life personalities.
With a foreword by model Lily Cole (co-founder of The North Circular ethical knitwear company), fellow model and author Katherine Poulton’s brand new book A Good Yarn is both a fashion- forward celebration of ethical knitting and an exquisite keepsake of traditional patterns.
Who knew? Cakescan be cooked in your microwave − in a mug no less! Intrigued? Lene Knudson’s book Mug Cakes shows you how to make delicious cup- sized treats to impress your mates and save on washing up. A perfect advert-break activity.
We say it every year (and still end up sewing on Christmas Eve), but it’s never too early to start your festive makes. Luckily, we’ve done all the legwork and created Mollie Makes Christmas − brimming with DIY gift ideas. On sale now, folks.
From pass-the-parcel to Christmas presents, blogger Sally J Shim has got us thinking outside the box when it comes to wrapping. Pretty Packages shares 45 ideas to gee up your gifts with everything from watercolour paper to stitched garlands.
Make & Do
While we lust over Beci Orpin’s latest adventures in interior design (www.arrohome.com) we’ll keep our nimble fingers busy with projects from her new book Make & Do. Find 25 textile, paper and wood tutorials to beautify your life – alongside a set of free stickers (‘cos we just can’t get enough stickers this month).
Design*Sponge contrib Jessica Pigza is a bibliophile with a passion for crafts. Her latest book – Bibliocraft – hits shelves in March, and she shares her library inspiration journey with us in our next issue.
Decorate with Flowers
From garden to vase, bouquet to chandelier, stylists Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring are full of freshly-picked ideas for arranging petals and blooms. Decorate with Flowers, their first collaborative tome, will have you thrifting and snipping your way to shop-window-quality displays in no time.
Craft Show & Sell
Wanna turn your creative passion into a business? This book is packed with tips from selling online, at craft fairs and pop-ups, to building your website and brand.