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! 

 

Wedding style - craft & wear!

We're celebrating our favourite wedding crafts on The Making Spot this month! If you're going to a wedding this summer, dress up your outfit with a special hand knitted or stitched piece - imagine how great it'll feel to say 'I made it myself' to the other guests!

Here are some of our favourite shawls, cardigans and accessories from The Making Spot - just click on the images to find more details and download the pattern today...

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... 

Freebie Friday: New home cross stitch

Send a special handmade greeting that'll brighten up a new home! Download Angela Poole's free new home card project now and get started on these four fantastic designs. We think the 'Home sweet home' design would even looked great framed up as a picture for you to keep!

If you're new to cross stitching, we've got a handy beginners guide and lots more free tutorials to help you along. Happy crafting!

If you love this, check out more of our Freebie Friday patterns now.

 

Love cross stitch? Find 100s of projects, freebies and tutorials on The Making Spot!

Freebie Friday: Cross stitched pendants

It's chilly outside, so curl up and enjoy a spot of crafting over the long weekend! We've got a special treat for you today, Maria Diaz's cross stitched pendant project, from the wonderful CrossStitcher magazine.

There are two sweet pendant designs to choose from, and each takes only 1-2 hours to stitch. If you like this, we've got lots more free projects for you to download, plus plenty of tutorials to help you along.

Happy crafting!

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!

Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC

We're helping you get crafting for Easter with a fun blog party this weekend. This morning we've got a fantastic free download from DMC - a selection of Easter motifs to cross stitch! There are four gorgeous designs to stitch, including Easter eggs, a cute chick and a pretty 'Easter' greeting. The motifs are simple enough for beginner stitchers - you just need to know basic cross stitch, plus backstitch and French knots (for the chick's eye!).

Use them to make cards, gift tags, table decorations and more. We love this brilliant card idea, created by the DMC design team!

Click here to download your free DMC cross stitch chart now (PDF)

If you love this, click over to www.dmccreative.co.uk to check out the latest DMC cross stitch products, handy technique guides and find your nearest stockist. You can also visit the DMC Facebook page!

Freebie Friday – floral cross stitch chart!

Happy Friday! Today we've got a fun free cross stitch pattern for you - Maria Diaz's Bright Blue Flowers. This design is so much fun to stitch and won't take long- it measures 7x10cm, and there are no fractional stitches or backstitch. It's the perfect size for a greetings card, notebook patch or needlebook. 

If you'd like to use soluble canvas to stitch on to felt as in our photo above, you'll find our soluble canvas tutorial here.

If you love this, check out more of our Friday freebies now. Have a great weekend! 

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!

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!