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Today's postcard is from Allison and Rachel, the makers behind the Yarn in the City brand. Being a part of the London 'knitting scene' has lead to their website, podcast, book and various events (find my review here) dedicated to celebrating the yarn-crafting community within their adopted home. Here's what they have to say about it...

Is it weird for two expats from North America to write about how London inspires them? In a city where everyone is from somewhere else, it can be a rarity to meet a born-and-bred Londoner. What we love most though are the ideas that everyone brings with them and how they are shared and generate new bursts of inspiration. The result is a ‘creative cluster’ of talent and community – themes that we’ve talked about in the past on our podcast.

London icons at night
London is a ripe with places for makers to find inspiration, supplies and other like-minded individuals to collaborate with. The Great London Yarn Crawl grew out of our exploration of the city’s myriad yarn shops and was built on an idea from North America. When it can seem like most people aren’t valuing handcrafts any more, it’s reassuring to see how just how many yarn shops a large city can produce and support, and how they’ve each managed to carve out their own niche. 

These differences are what we like to show off and celebrate with each year’s GLYC. There are posh yarn shops and ethically-minded yarn shops, shops specialising in British yarns and local makers as well as yarn shops catering to the multi-craftual with fabric and haberdashery amongst their offerings. Each is a reflection of their owner, their neighbourhood and their customers. A prime example is the East London Yarn Triangle, a loose conglomeration that has evolved from the creative hub of talent in Hackney and Stoke Newington. (If ever you’ve got a small amount of time to explore London yarn shops, we suggest you start here as it’s a great way to crack off a mini yarn crawl of your own!)

GLYC 2014 - Team Shetland
With all the amazing talent and vision flowing in London, it’s hard not to feel constantly jazzed and inspired. We feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to have been able to turn that inspiration into Yarn in the City - sharing and promoting the making community through our book, the London Craft Guide, and our various events. As makers there’s something intimate about sharing our favourite places and finds, like telling a secret or whispering insider information.


It’s a good thing we’re terrible at keeping secrets! And that there are so many great shops, designers and other makers for us to explore. Unintentionally, as we’ve fallen in love with our adopted country, our enthusiasm for the yarn-world has expanded beyond London. This November we’re proud to be hosting the first ever Yarnporium in London – a marketplace featuring some of our favourite makers from across the UK. We hope it will be a good excuse for crafters to come to London in search of their own creative spark and inspiration.

See you there?

Rachel (L) and Allison (R) - photo by Helen Stewart

Yes, I'll be there!! If you’d like to keep up with Allison and Rachel and their goings-on with Yarn in the City you can visit their website (here) and sign up to their newsletter (click the blue bar at the top of the page). You can also follow them on Instagram. And if you’d like to join this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl there are still a handful of tickets available (I'm going to that too!).

You can find the rest of the posts in this series here, and join in with your own stories of location- inspired crafting, using #makerspostcards on Instagram. Be sure to tag me @craftsfromthecwtch

Postcard from... London

Today's postcard is from Allison and Rachel, the makers behind the Yarn in the City brand. Being a part of the London 'knitting scene' has lead to their website, podcast, book and various events (find my review here) dedicated to celebrating the yarn-crafting community within their adopted home. Here's what they have to say about it...

Is it weird for two expats from North America to write about how London inspires them? In a city where everyone is from somewhere else, it can be a rarity to meet a born-and-bred Londoner. What we love most though are the ideas that everyone brings with them and how they are shared and generate new bursts of inspiration. The result is a ‘creative cluster’ of talent and community – themes that we’ve talked about in the past on our podcast.

London icons at night
London is a ripe with places for makers to find inspiration, supplies and other like-minded individuals to collaborate with. The Great London Yarn Crawl grew out of our exploration of the city’s myriad yarn shops and was built on an idea from North America. When it can seem like most people aren’t valuing handcrafts any more, it’s reassuring to see how just how many yarn shops a large city can produce and support, and how they’ve each managed to carve out their own niche. 

These differences are what we like to show off and celebrate with each year’s GLYC. There are posh yarn shops and ethically-minded yarn shops, shops specialising in British yarns and local makers as well as yarn shops catering to the multi-craftual with fabric and haberdashery amongst their offerings. Each is a reflection of their owner, their neighbourhood and their customers. A prime example is the East London Yarn Triangle, a loose conglomeration that has evolved from the creative hub of talent in Hackney and Stoke Newington. (If ever you’ve got a small amount of time to explore London yarn shops, we suggest you start here as it’s a great way to crack off a mini yarn crawl of your own!)

GLYC 2014 - Team Shetland
With all the amazing talent and vision flowing in London, it’s hard not to feel constantly jazzed and inspired. We feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to have been able to turn that inspiration into Yarn in the City - sharing and promoting the making community through our book, the London Craft Guide, and our various events. As makers there’s something intimate about sharing our favourite places and finds, like telling a secret or whispering insider information.


It’s a good thing we’re terrible at keeping secrets! And that there are so many great shops, designers and other makers for us to explore. Unintentionally, as we’ve fallen in love with our adopted country, our enthusiasm for the yarn-world has expanded beyond London. This November we’re proud to be hosting the first ever Yarnporium in London – a marketplace featuring some of our favourite makers from across the UK. We hope it will be a good excuse for crafters to come to London in search of their own creative spark and inspiration.

See you there?

Rachel (L) and Allison (R) - photo by Helen Stewart

Yes, I'll be there!! If you’d like to keep up with Allison and Rachel and their goings-on with Yarn in the City you can visit their website (here) and sign up to their newsletter (click the blue bar at the top of the page). You can also follow them on Instagram. And if you’d like to join this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl there are still a handful of tickets available (I'm going to that too!).

You can find the rest of the posts in this series here, and join in with your own stories of location- inspired crafting, using #makerspostcards on Instagram. Be sure to tag me @craftsfromthecwtch
Today's postcard is one I am very excited to share with you. I have been a fan of Juliane Strittmatter's work for several years, so I was delighted when she said she could make the time to send this postcard from her home in Sweden. Everything Juliane shares on her blog, on Instagram and through her bespoke creations, speaks of a meticulous attention to detail, coupled with a truly beautiful aesthetic. Her postcard is no different. 

Photos (C): Juliane Strittmatter.
I hope these lines find you well.

This photo was taken at Björkåsa, our small farm close to Sösdala in Skåne, south of Sweden. It is my daily view, across the meadows to Store Mosse, a large bog, with Spragebjär, an extinct volcano on the horizon, towards Linderödsåsen, a ridge of hills that stretches down to the Baltic Sea. Down in the meadows, hundreds of cranes are gathering at this time of year to fly southwards.

Four years ago, I took the opposite direction and moved up north, for love. I left my hometown Berlin and the cosiness of Prenzlauer Berg, my neighbourhood, to live here in Skåne.

The first three years we rented a house until last spring when we finally found Björkåsa, a house on a hill, surrounded by old oak trees and birches, with an overgrown garden and an old barn down the meadow - and with the beautiful view you see in the photo above. It was the view and the quiet we fell for when we decided to buy the farm in May 2015 and we haven't regretted our choice, not even in the dead of winter when we got cut off from the road, snowbound for days.


I am a puppeteer by profession and studied Performing Arts/ Puppetry at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Bach) in Berlin. I worked for theatre and TV but found my professional options as a puppeteer to have become rather limited since my move to Sweden. Already in 2008, I had started making dolls for children and sold my products online, but the chances of working with a professional puppet theatre in the countryside were rather slight which is why I am now almost entirely focussing on doll-making.

In 2013, I decided to join Instagram. As an excuse for using yet another social media channel (helping me to be connected from the seclusion of our life in the countryside), I came up with the idea to challenge myself to pick a daily bouquet from May to October, take a photo and share it on Instagram. It was a fantastic way for me to get to know our surroundings and what was growing here, on my daily walks. And to put posies on every windowsill in our house, while connecting and staying in touch with friends.


The #onebouquetperday series is a self-portrait project with focus on the flowers I pick and the stories these bouquets tell throughout the seasons. In the very beginning, my photos were taken with an iPhone, but nowadays I'm taking them with a Nikon DSLR camera, a tripod and a remote control. Since May 2013, the project has gained more and more followers. Others have started to post their daily pickings under the same hashtag and I've been interviewed about the idea in magazines, blogs and have contributed to books. Soon I will have my first exhibition with a selection of my #onebouquetperday photos.

In the meantime, my daily walks have turned into a routine that has become very natural to me. I need these moments every day to clean my mental windshield, to nurture my creativity and to boost my mood. Picking flowers on a daily basis helps me to stay focussed. It reminds me of the essentials and brings me back to the basics, even if a day has been busy and stressful. I have my 'power trails', certain paths and routes I take several times a week, spots where I can recalibrate my ideas and  my senses. To me it feels like pressing the 'reset' button, even if it is only during a very brief walk through our own overgrown garden to pick a few flowers. I need these moments that allow my thoughts to wander, to rest and recover.


We are currently renovating and rebuilding our house and turning a shed into a workspace for me. If you would have asked me two or three years ago about my dream studio (and if I wouldn't have had to think about storage solutions for material and about large cutting tables) I would have answered that I'd dream of a white box, sparsely furnished. A studio with nothing but a chair, pen and paper waiting for my thoughts. A room for creative solitude, for inspiration and productivity with as little distraction as possible, like a monastic cell with white-washed walls. A place where I could isolate myself from the rest of the world (even if 'rest of the world' only means the dirty dishes in our kitchen or the chicken coop that needs to be cleaned).

But since I have begun with my #onebouquetperday project, spending time outside, picking flowers, the idea of the inside has slowly changed. I began to understand that the perfect workspace is not about that table and that chair and not about those blank pages that I would hunch over with a pen in my hand. All this is not what would turn a room into my creative space. What I need is an open door and large windows that would allow me to connect with the surroundings, let my eyes wander through the landscape, through different shades of greens, browns and blues, through the seasons.


Challenging myself with the #onebouquetperday project, I've learned to maintain a healthier relationship with nature and what surrounds me. I have less time for rumination while picking flowers and can root myself in the landscape. I feel part of the creative flow that surrounds me. The meadows and fields around Björkåsa are like a large studio for me and I love the change of light and colour, of sounds and scents that allow me a more physical and visceral approach to my creativity. The lines between inner and outer space start to blur and I can be in the landscape and at the same time I can have the landscape within me.


Through my #onebouquetperday series I have learned that all I need is to find a place where I can feel my imagination and memories don't get trapped between four walls, a floor and a ceiling. The view across the meadows, to the bog, to the ridge of hills and the extinct volcanoes on the horizon is what I have here at Björkåsa. I have no idea when we have turned the shed into a proper workspace (renovating Björkåsa will be a life-long project), but I have found my studio already; all I need is to put on my wellies and a warm cardigan and watch the cranes gather in the meadows.

Sending you an August breeze from Sweden,
Juliane

If you would like to see more of Juliane's posts, be sure to follow her blog. You will also find her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and of course you can leave a comment here too, if you wish. 

There are a few more postcards to come before the end of the month, and you can catch up with all the others in this series here. If you'd like to share your images and the story of how your location influences your own crafting, please feel free to use the Instagram hashtag #makerspostcards and to tag @craftsformthecwtch so I will be sure to see the post. 

Postcard from... Björkåsa

Today's postcard is one I am very excited to share with you. I have been a fan of Juliane Strittmatter's work for several years, so I was delighted when she said she could make the time to send this postcard from her home in Sweden. Everything Juliane shares on her blog, on Instagram and through her bespoke creations, speaks of a meticulous attention to detail, coupled with a truly beautiful aesthetic. Her postcard is no different. 

Photos (C): Juliane Strittmatter.
I hope these lines find you well.

This photo was taken at Björkåsa, our small farm close to Sösdala in Skåne, south of Sweden. It is my daily view, across the meadows to Store Mosse, a large bog, with Spragebjär, an extinct volcano on the horizon, towards Linderödsåsen, a ridge of hills that stretches down to the Baltic Sea. Down in the meadows, hundreds of cranes are gathering at this time of year to fly southwards.

Four years ago, I took the opposite direction and moved up north, for love. I left my hometown Berlin and the cosiness of Prenzlauer Berg, my neighbourhood, to live here in Skåne.

The first three years we rented a house until last spring when we finally found Björkåsa, a house on a hill, surrounded by old oak trees and birches, with an overgrown garden and an old barn down the meadow - and with the beautiful view you see in the photo above. It was the view and the quiet we fell for when we decided to buy the farm in May 2015 and we haven't regretted our choice, not even in the dead of winter when we got cut off from the road, snowbound for days.


I am a puppeteer by profession and studied Performing Arts/ Puppetry at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Bach) in Berlin. I worked for theatre and TV but found my professional options as a puppeteer to have become rather limited since my move to Sweden. Already in 2008, I had started making dolls for children and sold my products online, but the chances of working with a professional puppet theatre in the countryside were rather slight which is why I am now almost entirely focussing on doll-making.

In 2013, I decided to join Instagram. As an excuse for using yet another social media channel (helping me to be connected from the seclusion of our life in the countryside), I came up with the idea to challenge myself to pick a daily bouquet from May to October, take a photo and share it on Instagram. It was a fantastic way for me to get to know our surroundings and what was growing here, on my daily walks. And to put posies on every windowsill in our house, while connecting and staying in touch with friends.


The #onebouquetperday series is a self-portrait project with focus on the flowers I pick and the stories these bouquets tell throughout the seasons. In the very beginning, my photos were taken with an iPhone, but nowadays I'm taking them with a Nikon DSLR camera, a tripod and a remote control. Since May 2013, the project has gained more and more followers. Others have started to post their daily pickings under the same hashtag and I've been interviewed about the idea in magazines, blogs and have contributed to books. Soon I will have my first exhibition with a selection of my #onebouquetperday photos.

In the meantime, my daily walks have turned into a routine that has become very natural to me. I need these moments every day to clean my mental windshield, to nurture my creativity and to boost my mood. Picking flowers on a daily basis helps me to stay focussed. It reminds me of the essentials and brings me back to the basics, even if a day has been busy and stressful. I have my 'power trails', certain paths and routes I take several times a week, spots where I can recalibrate my ideas and  my senses. To me it feels like pressing the 'reset' button, even if it is only during a very brief walk through our own overgrown garden to pick a few flowers. I need these moments that allow my thoughts to wander, to rest and recover.


We are currently renovating and rebuilding our house and turning a shed into a workspace for me. If you would have asked me two or three years ago about my dream studio (and if I wouldn't have had to think about storage solutions for material and about large cutting tables) I would have answered that I'd dream of a white box, sparsely furnished. A studio with nothing but a chair, pen and paper waiting for my thoughts. A room for creative solitude, for inspiration and productivity with as little distraction as possible, like a monastic cell with white-washed walls. A place where I could isolate myself from the rest of the world (even if 'rest of the world' only means the dirty dishes in our kitchen or the chicken coop that needs to be cleaned).

But since I have begun with my #onebouquetperday project, spending time outside, picking flowers, the idea of the inside has slowly changed. I began to understand that the perfect workspace is not about that table and that chair and not about those blank pages that I would hunch over with a pen in my hand. All this is not what would turn a room into my creative space. What I need is an open door and large windows that would allow me to connect with the surroundings, let my eyes wander through the landscape, through different shades of greens, browns and blues, through the seasons.


Challenging myself with the #onebouquetperday project, I've learned to maintain a healthier relationship with nature and what surrounds me. I have less time for rumination while picking flowers and can root myself in the landscape. I feel part of the creative flow that surrounds me. The meadows and fields around Björkåsa are like a large studio for me and I love the change of light and colour, of sounds and scents that allow me a more physical and visceral approach to my creativity. The lines between inner and outer space start to blur and I can be in the landscape and at the same time I can have the landscape within me.


Through my #onebouquetperday series I have learned that all I need is to find a place where I can feel my imagination and memories don't get trapped between four walls, a floor and a ceiling. The view across the meadows, to the bog, to the ridge of hills and the extinct volcanoes on the horizon is what I have here at Björkåsa. I have no idea when we have turned the shed into a proper workspace (renovating Björkåsa will be a life-long project), but I have found my studio already; all I need is to put on my wellies and a warm cardigan and watch the cranes gather in the meadows.

Sending you an August breeze from Sweden,
Juliane

If you would like to see more of Juliane's posts, be sure to follow her blog. You will also find her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and of course you can leave a comment here too, if you wish. 

There are a few more postcards to come before the end of the month, and you can catch up with all the others in this series here. If you'd like to share your images and the story of how your location influences your own crafting, please feel free to use the Instagram hashtag #makerspostcards and to tag @craftsformthecwtch so I will be sure to see the post. 
Ever wished you could leave the city behind and head for the sea? Today's postcard is from someone who did just that! Nikki Poulton's postcard comes from Portsmouth on the south coast of England. 

Photos all taken by Richard Pizey 
The sea, the sea…

Earlier this year, I moved from London to Portsmouth, to be with my partner who had relocated late last year for work. 

I had always dreamed, even when I was tiny, of moving away from London to be near the sea and the countryside. But actually doing it, leaving the city you were born in, raised in, and lived in for nearly 30 years, is actually a lot harder than the dream would have you believe.

I eased the move – as I ease all bad times – with yarn.

I cast on a thick woolly Weasley Jumper in London and was halfway through the back of it when I finally climbed into the car, with my suitcase and my new work wardrobe packed in the back. We took the scenic route and I sat with my hand tucked into the bag of knitting on my lap, fingers curled on the smooth expanse of stockinette. I couldn’t knit; this one-way trip felt like a journey where I ought to keep my eyes on the road. But it was comforting to have it there as Rich pointed out the woods we could walk in and the sea as it swept along beside us.

I finally finished that winter jumper one muggy Portsmouth evening, when we still had all the windows open before the rain came lashing down. I cast it on at home in London and, by the time I cast it off in Southsea, I felt like I was at home again. My next cast on felt so appropriate – a Lilli Pilli inspired by the seaside – blue lace lapping against sandy garter stripes.


I had spent a lot of time in Portsmouth before moving here – we have friends here and I was visiting my partner regularly before I moved – but it wasn’t until I moved here that I found the yarn shops. 

Walking home from work I came across the Ann Louise and Thistle Yarn Shop. It’s never open by time I get there, but it’s right by my bus stop, so I can wait with my nose pressed to the window. 

Around the corner from my house is Mells & Whimsey, a small knitting, fabric and haberdashery shop that makes my heart light up when I go in to squish things and sigh over fabric on a Saturday morning.

Just along the road, there’s a glorious yarn stash in John Lewis, which I discovered, rounding the corner with a gasp in the hunt for a butter dish. 

And finally, for this budding sewist, a rainbow rippling extravaganza of fabric in Fabric Land, another short walk from my flat.

These little pockets of familiarity soothed me in those first days and weeks in a new place. 

And then there is the sea.

We are about five minutes walk away from the sea, twenty minutes from a quiet stretch where we can take our weekend lunches or our weekday dinners. We have watched a huge thunderstorm gather over the Isle of Wight and dashed back to the car as it fell across the beach like a giant hand drawing a curtain. 

We’re also only a short drive from the woods on Portsdown Hill, a long walk in the cool quiet shadows when the beach is full on a blazing day. There is such a wonderful view of the city from up there.


There is something soothing about being able to get off the pavement and into the woods or down to the sea – especially the sea. No matter the stresses of the day, you can sit on the pebbled beach or stand in the waves and know… That what you love is the most important thing. Not something to be bumped for ‘more important’ things or squeezed in wherever you can. The things you love need room to breathe, to grow, you need space to explore, to be curious. 

So many things have changed for me since living here – the understanding that I can find ‘home’ through the things I love to make and do; the realisation – finally! – of what I want to do in my life and career; the knowledge that I don’t want a lot, just enough.

They say that sometimes a change is as good as a rest and I have found that to be so true. Here I have found out that the things I do – knit, crochet, write my blog – are so much more than just hobbies. They are the things that ground me, no matter where I am. They are what makes me different, talking points when I meet new people. I’ve also discovered how restorative the real world can be – away from screens and noise and hot hard concrete. The sea around my ankles, up to my hips in long grass – all these things ease my soul, in much the same way as natural fibres running through my fingers.

While we don’t intend to settle down forever here in Portsmouth, I think wherever we go next I want to be by the sea. To be curled in my seaside Lilli Pilli with the sea at my feet.

Read more from Nikki on her blog, and Twitter. You can see more of her photos on Instagram and her projects on Ravelry. Catch up with the other posts in this series, and join in on Instagram with your own story, using the tag #makerspostcards.

Postcard from... Portsmouth

Ever wished you could leave the city behind and head for the sea? Today's postcard is from someone who did just that! Nikki Poulton's postcard comes from Portsmouth on the south coast of England. 

Photos all taken by Richard Pizey 
The sea, the sea…

Earlier this year, I moved from London to Portsmouth, to be with my partner who had relocated late last year for work. 

I had always dreamed, even when I was tiny, of moving away from London to be near the sea and the countryside. But actually doing it, leaving the city you were born in, raised in, and lived in for nearly 30 years, is actually a lot harder than the dream would have you believe.

I eased the move – as I ease all bad times – with yarn.

I cast on a thick woolly Weasley Jumper in London and was halfway through the back of it when I finally climbed into the car, with my suitcase and my new work wardrobe packed in the back. We took the scenic route and I sat with my hand tucked into the bag of knitting on my lap, fingers curled on the smooth expanse of stockinette. I couldn’t knit; this one-way trip felt like a journey where I ought to keep my eyes on the road. But it was comforting to have it there as Rich pointed out the woods we could walk in and the sea as it swept along beside us.

I finally finished that winter jumper one muggy Portsmouth evening, when we still had all the windows open before the rain came lashing down. I cast it on at home in London and, by the time I cast it off in Southsea, I felt like I was at home again. My next cast on felt so appropriate – a Lilli Pilli inspired by the seaside – blue lace lapping against sandy garter stripes.


I had spent a lot of time in Portsmouth before moving here – we have friends here and I was visiting my partner regularly before I moved – but it wasn’t until I moved here that I found the yarn shops. 

Walking home from work I came across the Ann Louise and Thistle Yarn Shop. It’s never open by time I get there, but it’s right by my bus stop, so I can wait with my nose pressed to the window. 

Around the corner from my house is Mells & Whimsey, a small knitting, fabric and haberdashery shop that makes my heart light up when I go in to squish things and sigh over fabric on a Saturday morning.

Just along the road, there’s a glorious yarn stash in John Lewis, which I discovered, rounding the corner with a gasp in the hunt for a butter dish. 

And finally, for this budding sewist, a rainbow rippling extravaganza of fabric in Fabric Land, another short walk from my flat.

These little pockets of familiarity soothed me in those first days and weeks in a new place. 

And then there is the sea.

We are about five minutes walk away from the sea, twenty minutes from a quiet stretch where we can take our weekend lunches or our weekday dinners. We have watched a huge thunderstorm gather over the Isle of Wight and dashed back to the car as it fell across the beach like a giant hand drawing a curtain. 

We’re also only a short drive from the woods on Portsdown Hill, a long walk in the cool quiet shadows when the beach is full on a blazing day. There is such a wonderful view of the city from up there.


There is something soothing about being able to get off the pavement and into the woods or down to the sea – especially the sea. No matter the stresses of the day, you can sit on the pebbled beach or stand in the waves and know… That what you love is the most important thing. Not something to be bumped for ‘more important’ things or squeezed in wherever you can. The things you love need room to breathe, to grow, you need space to explore, to be curious. 

So many things have changed for me since living here – the understanding that I can find ‘home’ through the things I love to make and do; the realisation – finally! – of what I want to do in my life and career; the knowledge that I don’t want a lot, just enough.

They say that sometimes a change is as good as a rest and I have found that to be so true. Here I have found out that the things I do – knit, crochet, write my blog – are so much more than just hobbies. They are the things that ground me, no matter where I am. They are what makes me different, talking points when I meet new people. I’ve also discovered how restorative the real world can be – away from screens and noise and hot hard concrete. The sea around my ankles, up to my hips in long grass – all these things ease my soul, in much the same way as natural fibres running through my fingers.

While we don’t intend to settle down forever here in Portsmouth, I think wherever we go next I want to be by the sea. To be curled in my seaside Lilli Pilli with the sea at my feet.

Read more from Nikki on her blog, and Twitter. You can see more of her photos on Instagram and her projects on Ravelry. Catch up with the other posts in this series, and join in on Instagram with your own story, using the tag #makerspostcards.
Looking for a new project to get stuck into this weekend? I've been looking at some of the 700 classes on Creativebug* and compiled a short-list to get you started. They require minimal materials and you might even have some of them in your stash. I know that many regular readers already subscribe but if you haven't tried Creativebug yet, there's a code at the bottom of this post which will give you a month's free trial (find my review of the platform here). Enjoy! 

1. Mitered Knitting Pillow with Edie Eckman - this new short class is a perfect stash buster! It includes a downloadable PDF pattern and full instructions, so you'll just need 5mm needles and some worsted weight yarn (substitute with a sturdy DK or an Aran yarn if you're in the UK and don't have any Worsted). 



2. Back to School Flight Bag - my friend's sister made this and it's AMAZING! She used a black and white fabric for the main sections, and seriously it was the most 'me' thing I've seen that wasn't mine. I'm not sure my sewing skills are up there yet, but even so I am sorely tempted to give it a whirl!


3. Daily Art Journalling Challenge with Dawn DeVries Sokol. So this one is a daily prompt that's running throughout August, but with a few weeks to catch up on already, that should keep you going until tomorrow's instalment! 


4. Three-part Harmony Quilt with Anna Maria Horner. If you've been following my Instagram Live feed, you'll have seen the bag of 'scraps' I bought the other day - I'm thinking of using this pattern to make a small cushion cover with them. 


5. Playing with Watercolour. This three-part series taught by Lindsay Stripling looks like a fun way to learn how to mix colours, handle brushes and then move onto more advanced techniques. 


That should be enough to keep you busy for a while and I'll see you next week with more Makers' Postcards

*Affiliate links are included in this post. If you are yet to try Creativebug, click any of the links in this post and use the code SUMMERFUN to get a month's free trial access to all Creativebug content, plus one class to keep forever!  

5 Creativebug classes to try this weekend

Looking for a new project to get stuck into this weekend? I've been looking at some of the 700 classes on Creativebug* and compiled a short-list to get you started. They require minimal materials and you might even have some of them in your stash. I know that many regular readers already subscribe but if you haven't tried Creativebug yet, there's a code at the bottom of this post which will give you a month's free trial (find my review of the platform here). Enjoy! 

1. Mitered Knitting Pillow with Edie Eckman - this new short class is a perfect stash buster! It includes a downloadable PDF pattern and full instructions, so you'll just need 5mm needles and some worsted weight yarn (substitute with a sturdy DK or an Aran yarn if you're in the UK and don't have any Worsted). 



2. Back to School Flight Bag - my friend's sister made this and it's AMAZING! She used a black and white fabric for the main sections, and seriously it was the most 'me' thing I've seen that wasn't mine. I'm not sure my sewing skills are up there yet, but even so I am sorely tempted to give it a whirl!


3. Daily Art Journalling Challenge with Dawn DeVries Sokol. So this one is a daily prompt that's running throughout August, but with a few weeks to catch up on already, that should keep you going until tomorrow's instalment! 


4. Three-part Harmony Quilt with Anna Maria Horner. If you've been following my Instagram Live feed, you'll have seen the bag of 'scraps' I bought the other day - I'm thinking of using this pattern to make a small cushion cover with them. 


5. Playing with Watercolour. This three-part series taught by Lindsay Stripling looks like a fun way to learn how to mix colours, handle brushes and then move onto more advanced techniques. 


That should be enough to keep you busy for a while and I'll see you next week with more Makers' Postcards

*Affiliate links are included in this post. If you are yet to try Creativebug, click any of the links in this post and use the code SUMMERFUN to get a month's free trial access to all Creativebug content, plus one class to keep forever!  

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