Goodbye from Making
27 July 2015
As many of you will have surmised, sadly issue 62 will be our final issue. As a magazine it has been a joy to edit, and wouldn’t have been possible without the talented editorial team, all our creative contributors… and of course the support from all our readers!
But as they say, all good things come to an end.
If you are a subscriber, you should by now have received a letter outlining the various options available to you, so hopefully you will find something there to feed your creative habit!
Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our other social media accounts, as we will continue to update and keep you posted with news of all the other craft titles from GMC publications. These include our sister titles Knitting Magazine, Making Jewellery, Dolls’ House Magazine and Zen Colouring – to name just a few. There will be a name change shortly, but we’ll let you know where to find us!
But for now, it’s a huge thank you and a sad farewell from all of the Making Team.
Snippets Needlework Sewing Class: Review
23 June 2015
Snippets Needlework is a cosy sewing workshop tucked away in an attic room in Stevenage Old Town. Deborah Aungiers, the owner, is a talented and experienced seamstress who is passionate about her business.
The sewing groups meet every week from 6pm – 8pm and all abilities are welcomed from beginners to experienced sewers. There are classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday and the cost is £200 for 9 lessons.
Students choose their own projects to work on and receive expert guidance and tuition from Deborah. When I joined one of the sewing courses for an evening I was feeling a bit nervous but Deborah’s kind, friendly manner immediately put me at ease and I received a warm welcome from the established group.
As I was new to the group Deborah suggested that I make a lavender heart: she explained that this is a valuable lesson for a beginner as it involves several basic sewing skills which can then be built upon for future projects. I was given a box of fabric to delve into and found a gorgeous vintage style deer print fabric. Deborah gave me a heart template which I pinned to the fabric and cut round to make two heart shapes. She showed me how to put the two fabric pieces right sides facing and sew around the edge using the sewing machine. I clipped the edges, turned it inside out and filled it with lavender. Deborah then taught me how to slip stitch the gap together by hand. To finish off I was given boxes of ribbons and buttons to hunt through and use to embellish my heart.
During the lesson I chatted to other members of the group about their makes: their current projects included a stunning Chanel style jacket, a tailored jacket and a blouse. I was most impressed to see that two of the ladies were wearing beautiful trousers that they had made in previous lessons. Other projects that they had worked on included washbags, children’s dresses and more lavender hearts.
Deborah keeps the groups small so that she can offer individual time to her students. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the workshop, with calming classical music playing and chatter amongst the students. The price of the course includes use of the equipment and materials for small projects such as minet; students provide their own fabric and trimmings for larger projects. Deborah also has a small haberdashery shop in the workroom with some gorgeous fabrics and thread available for sale. Whilst I was there she showed me the fitting room and some of the stunning wedding dress commissions she has been working on. Clearly she is a very talented lady!
I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at Snippets Needlework and was delighted with my lavender heart which now has pride of place on my dresser. I would recommend these classes to anyone who would like to learn sewing or dressmaking in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Review & photography by Samantha Sabido, re-madebysam.com
Sneak peek: August photo shoot!
29 May 2015
For once the weather behaved for our August shoot & it shone down in lovely, summery Kent...
The magazine doesn't hot the shelves until mid-July, so I hope you can contain the excitement, but until then, don't forget our shiny new-look June issue is still on sale, with lots of beautiful projects & inspiration for a simple summer (when it ever arrives)
All images by Emma.
Abi makes a purse!
19 May 2015
The craft office is always filled with gorgeous fabrics, scrummy skeins of yarn and piles of inspirational projects & makes. So, I'm ashamed to say that despite working on Making for well over a year now, the extent of my crafty pursuits have consisted of a barely recognisable sock..(which I started last February) and some twine wrapped bottles for Deputy Ed Sophie's wedding. And that is it.
Yes, I hang my head in shame.
There is really no excuse, espcially as we're often sent brand new sewing and crafting kits to try out by the lovely lovely companies out there.
So, in a burst of creativity (or madness) when the leather sewing company Simple Way sent in one of their brilliant Tardis Purse Kits, I decided to put my long-forgotten textile lesson-skills to the test.
Luckily, the kits are pretty novice-proof: the pieces of leather come pre-cut, pre-poppered and pre-punched, so it ends up being a slightly elaborate dot-to-dot!
(Appologies for the terrible photo's - it turned into an impulsive late-night crafting session - not conducive to pretty images!)
This kit provides you with:
1 pigskin inner
1 front piece
4 pocket pieces
Thread (I was given a wonderful array of contrasting coloured thread to choose from - out of fear I'd use too much, I plumped for yellow and pale blue)
When I read the instructions sitting at my desk, I was baffled, confused and sure I'd fall at the first hurdle (threading the needle). But with all the bits spread out in front of me at home the how-to looked less like 'Ikea does sewing' and more like a gentle foray into leathercraft.
Starting with two of the pocket pieces, I sewed a running stitch along the inside pocket - from the middle of the bottom row up the left side, double stitching the top to fasten it, before filling in the gaps on the left side and going up the right side.
Once I'd done both pairs, it was time to attach one pocket to the cover. Using a running stitch again, I took the back piece of the pocket and sewed it to the bottom of the cover - only going through two layers of leather - and then carried on around the top of the cover.
The top piece of this pocket was then sewn to the back piece of the second pocket.
(Taking photo's at this point seemed fruitless - and I wasn't convinced I needed evidence for my ineptitude!)
The final part was the most tricky! The front piece of the top pocket had to be sewn to the front piece with the pigskin sandwiched in between. A thimble or pliers at this point would have been helpful: trying to get the needle through all three layers was quite hard. But, after a bit of tugging and pulling (and tangled threads) I was done!
I have to admit, I am pretty chuffed with this! The stitching is slightly ropey in places, and my knots might not hold for ever... but nevertheless, it looks and functions like a very lovely purse.
I was very surprised at how easy and enjoyable this project was in the end, and at the feeling of achievment that is still with me this morning. I whole-heartedly recommend this kit to first-timers and experts alike!
And who knows, perhaps this is just the start of my crafting journey...
The Tardis Purse Kit (£17) can be bought online from Simple Way, in a whole range of colour combinations - find out more here.
Unveiling Making's New Look!!
11 May 2015
Here at Making Towers, we've been slaving away over the last few months to totally give our magazine a totally fresh new look...and we're very excited to finally be able to give you a sneak peek...
We've changed up our Giveaways page, and now one of you will be able to win ALL of this - worth £200! There are also endless discounts on fabric and books throughout the magazine, so keep your eyes peeled.
We've asked the lovely Phillipa Stanton from 5ftinf to explain her 'visual haiku's' in our new 'Bloggers Column'.
There's a dressmaking supplement featuring 6 lovely, summery patterns (templates will be available online) to help you get ready for the new season.
Deputy Ed, Sophie, had a good snoop around Emily Quinton's (www.makelight.io) gorgeous home in another new feature: 'Home Tours'.
But don't panic, we've still got over 30 of projects for you to get creative with! This box pleat skirt by Jeanne Spaziani-Booth (veravenus.com) is my favourite...
..closely followed by this lacey clutch by Emma Herian (sewrecycled.blogspot.co.uk)
We can't wait for you to see the magazine, so....
Thursday 21st May - put it in your diary, now!
Jemima Schlee at the Brighton Sewing Centre
9 April 2015
Head along to the Brighton Sewing Centre to learn how to make her adorable Dorset buttons and take a set away with you at the end of the night. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire some of the gorgeous home accessory projects from Take a Tea Towel. Each one incorporates a variety of craft techniques, including hand and machine sewing, embroidery and dip- dyeing, to demonstrate what can be made using just a tea towel and a dose of creative flair – you’re sure to be inspired!
Jemima will be on hand to answer any crafty questions you may have and copies of the book will also be available to buy – and of course have signed! There’s no need to reserve a place; simply turn up on the night for an evening of creative inspiration and crafty conversation.
Jemima Schlee is a regular contributor to craft and lifestyle magazines. Her artistic, creative and crafting career began with a BA (Hons) at Bath in Visual Communication. Subsequently, Jemima worked in the design industry for nine years as a graphic designer and was Art Director for Laura Ashley Ltd (Interiors and Fashion worldwide). She has travelled widely in Europe, speaking both Italian and French fluently. Jemima trained as a teacher and lives and works in Brighton, teaching deaf teenagers in addition to her crafting. These are her first books. Her website is www.jemimaschlee.co.uk.
Sneak peek: June photo shoot!
1 April 2015
We've all been even busier than usual in the Making office over the past few weeks and it's all to do with our extra-special June issue (on sale 21st May) I've got to keep the details underwraps for now, but I can promise you it's all VERY exciting.
I can, however, reveal a little bit of what went on behind the scenes at the summery shoot...Tweaking, endless tweaking!
Emma and Lisa carefully considering the next coffee break.
Colour coordination goes slightly too far when Lisa refuses to put down her matching posy..
All images courtesy of Pete Jones
That's all for now folks, but keep your eyes peeled for more news later in the month!
23 March 2015
We've seen some sunshine over the last few weeks, but the Making team are hoping that our lovely sunny and bright April issue (out this Thursday!) will encourage the warmer weather to stick around!
So while we all wait patiently for the arrival of the new season, I thought I'd share with you the latest DIY's & makes that have been keeping the craft team inspired. (All taken from the Making Pinterest boards)
Add some Cath Kidston kitch to the garden - all you need is some paper napkins and super strong glue!
Instructions can be found here.
This would make an adorable Easter gift. For yourself.
Talking of Easter...I've never seen such glamourous eggs!
Click here for tutorial.
It almost looks too good to eat. Almost.
Find out how to make it here.
These little bunny bags were featured in our March issue.
You can get the template here.
Can't find one in the stores? You can order one here.
Making Reader Survey
19 March 2015
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Stationery set, www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk
'Tardis Purse' making kit (& a selection of threads), www.simpleway.co.uk
Fabric earring kit, www.themakearcade.co.uk
Select 'n' Stitch sewing books, www.gmcpublications.com
Cotton Craft Set & Mini Fabric Bolt, www.grovesltd.co.uk
'Message in a Million' ribbon set, www.berisfords-ribbons.co.uk
Craft book selection:
Knits For You & Your Home, by Debbie Bliss (Published by Quadrille)
The Hand-Stitched Home, by Caroline Zoob (Published by Jacqui Small)
Cute & Easy Knitting, by Fiona Goble (Published by CICO Books)
Quilting Happiness, by Christina Lane & Diane Gilleland (Published by Potter Craft)
Click here to complete the survey.
GBSB Series 3 Finale!
16 March 2015
Sound the trumpets, the finale is here!
Over the last 6 weeks there have been tears, tantrums and terror in the face of the trickiest challenges to date, but three have managed to stick it out – Lorna, Matt and Neil (winner of the most challenges in the history of Sewing Bee!).
So, without further ado, let’s get on with it!
Challenge 1: one-piece pattern
90 minutes. Vital fabric choice. Tricky Japanese pattern. Err, good luck you three! Patrick gives his best advice yet “you’ve got to have a neck hole, two holes for the arms and a hem.” For a ladies top? You must be kidding Mr Grant! Within 5 minutes, everyone seems to be fraying slightly (see what I did there?!) with the total lack of pattern marks, but of course, it isn’t long until Sgt N. Sew has got to grips with it, followed closely by Matt (who’s gone for a ‘rotter’ of a fabric – eek!).
(Just as an aside, aren’t the sewers families just lovely?!)
Patrick is on form today – unfortunately for the contestants! One scary, slightly ambiguous comment before he melts back into the fabric stash again. You can feel the tension from the sofa (or wherever you might be watching it!) even Mr Un-Flappable is visibly sweating, and poor Matt looks distraught.
Lovely Matt is 3rd (+ a medal of gallantry), Lorna 2nd and Matt 1st.
Challenge 2: The Skanklet.
Is it just me – and the three contestants, judging by their faces – who hasn’t heard of a Delphos Column Dress? Patrick announced it as if it were the best thing since the LBD! So, adding secret structure to a Grecian dress, and Neil seems to be on his way to one of his most bizarre designs yet (mini skirt and boned trousers…) and Lorna’s hooped skirt comes together quite quickly.
The combination of boning and pleated fabric means they are heading into lampshade territory – sorry Lorna, Patrick & May are chuffed though. I have to say, I’m instantly impressed with Matt’s 70’s fluted halter neck, it seemed to come from nowhere!
Unsurprisingly, Neil is 3rd, then Matt (boo!) leaving Lorna as winner for this challenge!
Challenge 3: n’awww!
I’ll say that again, n’aww – the first tears of the episode, these are happy though as the sewers find out the final dress is for their loved ones. You can’t seem to get much past Matt though; he’d sussed the ruse and practically made his lovely (5 foot 3) wife a brew before the reveal!!
Lorna’s dress is quite…bold what with the high-to-low hem, the ruffles, the chartreuse/pink combo and then lights! I’m with Patrick I’m afraid Lorna. Goodness knows what Neil’s poor wife will end up in – FYI, she’s far too stylish to go anywhere near a ‘skanklet’ Neil! I’m quiet excited to see Matt’s Chinese lantern/fish scale dress – as long as it doesn’t overpower his petite lady.
After manic sewing and panicked finishing touches, all of the women look absolutely stunning. Lorna’s frothy skirted dress is so much lovelier than I (or Patrick) imagined – great fitted bodice and lovely little underskirt – but the tulle hasn’t blown the judges away. Matt’s lantern gown is next and the judges fall over themselves to praise him – his best ever, ‘stunning’! Neil’s created a dress in which nothing in it feels ‘normal’ – is that a complement Patrick? His pleating and seams cause a bit of the judges criticism, but who knows what they really think?!
And now, what we’ve all been waiting for…. The winner of 2015’s Great British Sewing Bee is….
So did you agree? Would you have kept the fairy lights in?! Please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Thank you all for staying with me, next year I’ll be better!!