Happy Apple Day!

Today is National Apple Day here in the UK so what better time to share a veritable windfall of our favourite apple crafty projects. And why the devil not. 

What crafts tickle your fancy? Perhaps you're a stitcher. If so then your might like this little taste of apply goodness in a project from our very own Cross Stitch Collection mag. You can download the pattern from our brand new website The Making Spot so we reckon this could be a good opportunity! 

 

Freebie Friday: Crochet flower gifts

Here's a fantastic free download for crochet fans - the fantastic Flower Power Crochet project from Simply Crochet!

In this downloadable pdf article, you'll find the pattern for a beautiful bloom by Jennifer May - once you've got the hang of it, move to the next page and learn how to make a purse corsage, posh paperclip and flower gift ribbon.

Click here now to find your free Flower Power Crochet project. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the pattern, but it's quick and totally free.

Love this? Check out more of our Freebie Friday projects now!

Our top 10 crafters on Pinterest!

We love Pinterest - it's a great place to collect inspiring images, ideas and tutorials you've spotted online, and you can browse other people's 'pins' for hours. It's totally addictive!

We're pinning our favourite craft projects over at pinterest.com/the_making_spot - come and join us.

If you're just getting started with Pinterest, here are 10 of our favourite crafters to follow right now... 

Easter blog party - quick links!

We hope you enjoyed our blog party, and that you're inspired to create fun cards and decorations for Easter weekend! Here are some quick links to the free patterns and competitions - the competitions are open to UK crafters until 2nd April 2013. Remember you can still get 50% off your next purchase too!

 

  

  

Free Easter party decorations project, plus 50% off your next purchase.

Free crochet pattern - bunny napkin holder

Free card making project - craft funky sheep cards

Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarns

Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC

Win a trio of party-perfect craft books

If you love these, check out more Easter craft projects on The Making Spot now!

Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarns!

If you enjoyed this morning's bunny crochet pattern, here's another treat from Coats Crafts - we've got a bundle of Anchor crochet yarns to give away to one lucky crafter!

The lucky winner will receive a selection of 20 Anchor crochet yarns, including colourful Style Magicline, funky textured Style Miro, shimmering Artiste Metallic and Lurex, bright Style Creativa and our favourite, luxurious Artiste Linen. You can see all these and more, and find your nearest stockist over at www.coatscrafts.co.uk.

Click here now to enter our Anchor crochet yarn competition. This competition is open to UK crafters, until 2nd April 2013. Good luck!

More blog party fun
Free Easter bunny crochet pattern
Free papercraft project - craft funky sheep cards
Free Easter decorations project, plus 50% off your next order at The Making Spot!
Easter projects on The Making Spot

 

Free Easter bunny crochet pattern

We're getting ready for Easter with a fun blog party this weekend, and we're starting today with a wonderful free crochet pattern from our friends at Coats Crafts!

We just love this adorable bunny napkin ring. It's easy to make, and you can have fun dressing up your finished bunny with a ribbon bow and tiny crocheted flower. The bunny is crocheted in Anchor Aida - it's available in a range of shades, so you can make bunnies in different colours if you like!

Click here to get your free crochet bunny pattern now (PDF) We've got a handy list of crochet abbreviations and UK/US conversions here to help you along!

If you love this, head over to coatscrafts.com to discover more great crochet projects, browse crochet yarns and other gorgeous products, plus find stockists in your local area.

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – this weekend at London's Olympia 2!

We're so excited about The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, which kicks off this Thursday 14th March at the Olympia 2. We'll be there, along with our friends from magazines including Papercraft inspirations, Simply Crochet, CrossStitcher and more!

 

Come to the show, and you can join us for a spot of crafting, shop for all the latest products, browse for inspiration, talk to experts and meet some of UK's best-known craft authors.

The show runs from 14th-17th March - to find out more and book your tickets now, click over to www.twistedthread.com or call 01473 321872. We can't wait to see you there!

Valentine wool comp winner!

Wow, so many crafters entered our Black Sheep Wools valentine competition - it's great to know that you all love gorgeous yarn as much as we do!

Today we're saying a big congratulations to the winner, Dr Jen from Leicester. Well done Dr Jen, your prize will be with you very soon.

Don't worry if you didn't win - keep your eyes peeled, we'll have more competitions coming up here on The Making Spot blog. If you live in the UK, there's still (just) time to enter our win a subscription for Mother's Day competition!

Win a subscription for mum!

 

We're getting ready for Mother's Day! There's still time to craft a special gift - check out our free projects and Mother's Day buy one get one free offer. Here's an extra treat for UK crafters - enter our competition, and you could win a year's subscription to a craft magazine to your mum!

  

  

A subscription is the gift that keeps on giving - once you've chosen your magazine, it's delivered to your door each month so you're one of the first to see all the latest projects!

Enter our competition, and you'll win a year's subscription to one of Future's great craft and hobby magazines that you can give as a gift. There are eight mags to choose from, including Mollie MakesSimply CrochetCrossStitcher and Papercraft inspirations, so there's sure to be something your mum will love!

Click here to enter our magazine subscription competition now. This competition is open to crafters in the UK only, until Wednesday 6th March 2013. Good luck!

Guest post: Try a craft class

Today we're welcoming a guest blogger - the wonderful Jade from lovemycourse, a UK website that helps you find courses, workshops and classes in your area.

A superhero equipped with knitting needles

Some people are just naturals when it comes to crafts. They’re the ones who never put their foot down too hard on the sewing machine pedal; who make knitting look as easy as brushing their teeth; and the ones you just know could copy the craft projects on Blue Peter as kids and end up with a Tracey Island which looked better than the real thing.

Then there are those of us who aren’t. We like making bits and pieces for fun, and get excited over new patterns, but things don’t always go to plan. Sure, we have our successes, but there are a fair few projects that end in us tossing aside our material in frustration and reaching for the nearest (and biggest) bar of chocolate. Unfortunately I am most definitely in this group...