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... 

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!

Freebie Friday – classic lace scarf

It's Freebie Friday! Today's free download is this gorgeous Classic Lace Scarf knitting pattern by Kirstie McLeod. As well as your pattern, this download shows how you can use different yarns to create your own unique look, and also includes some great ideas for embellishing knitted scarves.

Click here now to find your free Classic Lace Scarf pattern. You'll have to sign up to The Making Spot to get the pattern, but it's quick and totally free.

Love this? Catch up on more of our Freebie Friday free patterns. Have a great weekend!

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...

Inspire me: Craft ideas for Mother's Day

Here in the UK, we're looking forward to Mother's Day on 10th March! Here are eight of our favourite Mother's Day craft projects, including two great freebies you'll love...

Jumper for a giraffe!

Look at this amazing artwork that our friend Ant spotted last week!

Present (for a Giraffe) is a giant sweater knitted by Japanese artists Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi.

The sweater is designed for a four-metre-tall giraffe and took two months to make - we're so impressed!

Of course, no giraffe has ever worn it, but there's a brilliant scale model of a jumper-wearing giraffe over on the yamashita-kobayashi website. Check it out!

Freebie Friday - 3 downloads for you

We added some really fantastic freebies to celebrate Valentine's Day on The Making Spot this week, we hope you love them as much as we do!

First, get your free Cosy Heart Cushion knitting pattern and whip up this stylish treat for your home. It may look fancy, but using a self-striping yarn making this design quick and fun!