Sneaky peek at the July issue of Making

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

7 June 2013

Our July issue has a host of pretty projects for summer garden parties and we were lucky enough to have the use of this stunner of a location to conduct our photo shoot (isn't it lovely?!); perhaps the most surprising part of the day was that it was actually SUNNY!

Scene Of House

The stunning location for our July photo shoot

Setting Up The Garden

Our Editor, Emma, and stylist Lisa Brown setting up a beautiful table full of lovely projects that will appear in our July issue


The team were lucky enough to have an extra set of paws on the day!


You can't have a party without bunting! Look how happy it's made our Deputy Ed, Sophie! 

Emma Framing The Shot

We're loving this pic, we believe  Emma is 'becoming one with the shot'. 

Emma And Amelia


Here is the dynamic duo that is Emma Noren and Amelia taking some snaps of the stunning paper projects by Lydia Crook that are appearing in this issue. 



Cake! Need we say more?

Carrot And Butternut Squash Soup


Thanks to our hosts for providing us with this delicious carrot and butternut squash soup!

Relaxing Dog

The surprise sunshine got a bit too much for some, well photoshoots can be very exhausting daahling.

Well that's it for our sneak peak at the July issue photoshoot - keep your eyes peeled for it hitting the shelves on the 20th June!    

Craft for Boston: My Exploration Into Craftivism by guest blogger Katie Sonin

Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

4 June 2013

 Katie Sonin
Katie Sonin

In the days following the Boston Marathon bombing I struggled to keep life going as usual for my two young boys, manage the household while my husband was traveling, and try to come to terms with the maelstrom of emotions inside me. Heartsick, lonely, feeling helpless - I also found myself unable to craft (a shocker as those who know me always see me working several projects at once). I didn't know any of the bombing victims personally, but soon had word that several friends of a friend of a friend were among the critically injured. How do you find meaning and purpose when everything around you has been upended?

Although I am a Boston girl through and through, I had enjoyed life in New York City for 4 years working in the fashion industry and putting myself through design school. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I was basically unable to get through a day with out breaking down in tears multiple times, feeling lost, vulnerable, unable to stay focused. I came home to Boston - far from the sirens, the smoke, the dust and debris, the bomb scares - to begin the healing process. I took up embroidery - basically copying every stitch in an encyclopedia of embroidery to pass the time between therapeutic appointments. It was incredible how the meditative qualities of crafting soothed my mind, brought me outside of myself and allowed me to start slowly feeling hopeful again. 11 1/2 years later, I was facing another terrorist attack close to home.

Pins And Needles

Katie discovered the therapeutic benefits of craft when recovering from PTSD.

In the first week after the Marathon Bombing, I discovered my desire to help far outweighed any signs of PTSD this time. I kept saying, "I don't know what to do...I have two idle hands and a ton of crafting supplies - there must be some way I can help." While neighborhoods all around me were in lock-down during the police pursuit of the surviving bombing suspect, I sat in the eerie silence e-mailing near and far in search of advice on how to help others through craft. Were there others feeling as I did? Could we come up with a plan together? Several members of the 2 year old craft group I founded began sharing all sorts of ideas. But how to implement them on one's personal shoe string budget? One dear member suggested I learn the story of the Tsunamika doll from her home country of India as a frame of reference. This simple craft, developed by the Design Studio of Auroville, utilises scrap materials and provides skills and livelihoods to several villages once decimated by a mammoth tsunami. These sweet little dolls bring immeasurable joy to the makers, buyers and recipients alike. What would be my simple craft made with heart to lift spirits near and far? Martha and Annisa at Shoreditch Sisters, WI and Sarah Corbett at Craftivist Collective all suggested that I start small and just see what happens.

Lavendar Sachets
Starting small: Katie decided to raise money by teaching people how to embellish handmade lavendar sachets.

I had enough fabric scraps, draping muslin, buttons, ribbon and embroidery floss at home to teach a large group how to embellish and hand sew lavender sachets. I would invite people to come, craft and bring a donation for the One Fund, Boston. Anything we make would be a keepsake for the crafter or someone they love. A local lavender farm owner not only agreed to discount the cost of lavender, but also gave me a large gift basket of lavender products for a silent auction. She even hand delivered the basket to me (a 2 1/2 hour drive from her farm.) My husband, Juhan, offered up his design studio as my venue. All of a sudden, I had the makings of real event! Soon I had members from my group offering up some supplies, auction items and their helping hands before, after and during the event. A friend in Juhan's studio created and posted fliers with me. I contacted our town offices, local shops, e-mail lists, Facebook friends and several newspapers as well as created an event website for promotion and registration. I have never done this before, so it was a real learn-as-you-go experience!

One Fund

Katie's collection jar with a crafty twist.

I think I would have been thrilled if I had found even a couple people interested in this sort of craft fundraiser. The day of our event on May 22nd, I was scrambling to find enough seats - we were over our intended capacity and had a waiting list several people long! 21 people gathered together at Juhan's gorgeous studio, many of them I had never met before. Our youngest attendee was about 11 and she ended up making the most sachets of everyone! We reunited with old friends, made new ones, celebrated a birthday, learned, sewed, laughed and created something more than just our hand sewn sachets, we created a community, a sense of camaraderie, joy and hope. We also managed to raise $418 for the One Fund. My craft group and I are now gearing up to host a second fundraiser for the Marathon Bombing victims in June. A beautiful paper crafting chain store here in the States called Paper Source believes in what we are doing too! Their 3 area shops are donating supplies for us to host a card making night and a gift certificate for a silent auction.

Craft For Boston
Craft for Boston in full swing.

A week before our first event, I told my friend Emily that whatever we managed to raise would be just a small drop in the bucket compared to those in need. Emily wisely reminded me that it may be a small drop when you look at the large scale, but that small drop can make significant ripples - touching and enriching the lives of many. I keep thinking of a quote Sarah Corbett had posted in a Craftivist Collective blog entry a while back, "The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention." 

Feel inspired? Then have a look at the following websites to see how you can get involved in Cratifist events:

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