Rolling your jumper in a towel helps to gently squeeze excess water out of it

How To Unshrink Woollen Jumpers

We’ve all been there – you have a beautiful woolly jumper that needs a wash and after a while, you realise it just doesn’t fit the way it used to. But what if you didn’t have to part with your shrunken jumpers? What if there was a way to unshrink them back to the size they should be?

Sewing patterns

PDF Patterns vs Paper: The Benefits Of Digital Downloads

Digital downloads are one of those things that seem to divide people: you have folks who are used to using paper patterns and swear by them, then you have others who seem to only use PDF patterns. As someone who started with paper sewing patterns and is gradually moving towards buying and using more PDF patterns, I thought I’d have a look into what the benefits actually are for digital downloads over paper patterns.

My sewing plans this year include embroidering onto some of my clothes

Sewing Plans And Crafting Goals For the New Year

This year I want to build upon what I’ve been learning over the past couple of years and see where that takes me! With that in mind, I’ve set out some sewing plans for myself and decided to join in with some sewing challenges on Instagram this month. I also intend to learn some new skills for sewing and crocheting, while developing what I’ve been learning about natural dyeing.

The crochet charts key from Inside Crochet Magazine

Learning to Read Crochet Charts

I decided to make something for my dad which involves crochet charts, which I’ve never used before. Overall it’s not been as difficult as I thought it might be – it’s simply been a case of ensuring I check and understand what the chart shows before I stitch a row.

Jewellery rolls make lovely Christmas gifts and they're great for using up scraps

Scrap Busting Christmas Gifts

Part three of the scrap project series is here in time for all your last minute Christmas gift making! We’re just two weeks away from the big day now, but that’s still enough time to make some quick projects as stocking fillers and gifts.

Christmas gifts bought on Small Business Saturday

Christmas Gifts From Other Small Businesses

It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend – time to support that business your friend/parent/family runs and also discover new businesses whose products and services you love.

My reusable advent calendar hanging up ready for December

Making A Reusable Advent Calendar

December is nearly here and it’ll soon be time to get your Christmas decorations out, if you haven’t already. The shops will soon be out of advent calendars, but don’t worry because you can make your own really quite easily.

Scrap and leftover yarn is useful for projects including Innocent's Big Knit campaign

Scrap Busting Projects For Christmas Decorating

Making things for around the house is a great way to use up offcuts and leftover yarn, turning it into something you’ll use on a regular basis. While many of these makes can be used year round, winter (and Christmas in particular) is the time of year that we spend the most time inside and so it’s possible you’ll get more use from some items in this post during this time.

Leather working can be a great mindful craft

Zen And The Art Of Mindful Crafting

In modern society, we put an awful lot of pressure on ourselves. In this unusual time of pandemic and enforced lockdowns, your health is particularly important to look after and mindful crafting can do this wonderfully. So what exactly is it?

Natural dyeing with logwood

Another Way To Dye

I’ve been doing some more natural dyeing this week and so thought I’d make some recommendations on how to get started if anyone else is interested. I’m by no means an expert, I’m still experimenting and learning, though I can offer some pointers on books, courses and dyes to play with.