Designer focus: Jennie Atkinson

This week, we've been chatting to the lovely & very talented knitwear designer Jennie Atkinson - as part of our Designer Focus series of interviews....

Jennie's just published her new book, A Handknit Romance - filled with beautifully shaped & finished creations. We've got a copy here at TMS HQ & it's filled with camisoles, cardies, tops, skirts & accessories - all with a timeless elegant feel. When she's not busy designing beautiful vintage knitting books, she also designs for Rowan, Vogue Knitting and The Knitter. You can download some of her past knitting patterns over at The Making Spot.  Naturally we wanted to find out where she gets her ideas!...

A spot of cool cross stitch

Cross stitch moustache pattern from Cross Stitcher magazine

Over the years I've stitched pretty things, nifty things, impressive things...  but very rarely COOL things! I've been cross stitching since I was about 11 years old - starting off with Country Companions hedgehogs & mice, and graduating over the years to family gifts, seaside scenes & quick-stitch cards. But now I can add a project to my repetoire that is super cool - and I love the results! Here's a pic of my latest stitching project - proudly on display in the June issue of Cross Stitcher.

How to: Stitch with soluble canvas

Ever wondered how to add cross stitch designs to unusual fabrics like denim, felt or jersey? Say hello to soluble canvas!

We heart Mollie

 We can't believe it's been a whole year since Mollie Makes magazine hit the shops for the very first time! This week they're celebrating their first birthday - we know as we spied the team celebrating with birthday cupcakes earlier today :-)

Sneak a peak inside Mollie's birthday issue with this digital sampler - or if, like us, you do love to treasure the magazine itself - it's on sale in shops now, complete with a TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS book of DIY wedding ideas.

And if you're feeling nostalgic, you can download issue 1 free in the Mollie Makes app for iphones and ipads... cool eh?

Tutorial: Grow easy ribbon roses

Our crafty chums in North America, Australia and New Zealand are enjoying Mother's Day today, hooray for mums! To celebrate, we wanted to share a link to one of our favourite floral-themed tutorials - easy ribbon roses. These quick blooms look great on all kinds of cards, and they're so easy to make.

New york wedding card

New York card making idea

I have a confession to make - recently my card making kit has fallen into a slight state of neglect. Usually most weekends see me whipping up some form of card for a family birthday or friend's new baby - but in recent months my fingers have been busy stitching and I've let my beloved (and extensive!) papercraft stash gather dust slightly. So I decided to get back in the saddle to celebrate my friends' Sarah & Dave's wedding last weekend. Please forgive these shaky iphone pics but I really wanted to share as am pleased with the results! Read more to find out how to make a skyline silhouette card...

Calendar Bunnies sale at Bustle & Sew!

We love the adorable new Calendar Bunnies pattern book at Bustle & Sew - it gives you all the instructions and templates you need to create a vintage-look quilt, including an adorable embroidered rabbit for each month of the year.

Free birthday treats from our mag chums!

We're lucky to work alongside some fantastic craft magazines here at The Making Spot HQ, and we're thrilled that three of them are celebrating special anniversaries this year! Read on to find out more...

Mostly making: cross stitch bugs!

 ladybirds & bees

Oh happy days - this spring I stitched these happy-making ladybirds & bumblebees for issue 250 of Cross Stitcher magazine... aren't they cute? Read more

Mostly making: Crochet flowers

I've spotted a few cute crocheted brooches and headbands in high street shops lately, so I thought I'd have a go at making my own little flowers to dress up my rainy-day coat.