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...

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!

Craft spring lambs – and hop over to join the Papercraft inspirations blog party!

We're not the only crafters enjoying a blog party this weekend! Our chums at Papercraft inspirations are hosting an Easter extravaganza, including some fantastic free downloads, mega competitions and lots of inspiration for your handmade cards. Click over to the Papercraft inspirations blog to check it out now.

We wanted to bring a great free project to the paper party, so here's one of our favourites from the Papercraft inspirations archives - Debi Potter's funky sheep cards!

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.

Free Easter papercraft project – plus more spring treats this weekend!

This weekend we're helping you get ready for Easter with a crafty party right here on The Making Spot blog! We're kicking off the fun with this gorgeous free Easter party papercraft project, PLUS a special voucher code so you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot - read on to find out more...

You'll love Jo Anne Cavanagh's Easter party decorations. Bunting, gift tags, treat boxes and more - they're sure to be a hit with family and friends, especially children. Click here to download the project now; you have to register with The Making Spot to get the download, but it's quick and totally free.

Even better, you can enjoy 50% off your next purchase at The Making Spot from now until 2nd April 2013! Simply add the projects you'd like to your basket, then enter the voucher code EASTER2013 at the checkout - you'll see the discount applied to your purchases before you buy. Happy shopping!

We've got more treats for you this weekend, including free project ideas for Easter, plus crafty giveaways for you - bookmark The Making Spot blog now, and pop back tomorrow!

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!

Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – enter our giveaway to win a pair of tickets!

We're so excited about The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, running from 14th-17th March 2013 at London's Olympia II. 

This amazing show is craft heaven; shop for all the latest products, browse for inspiration, talk to experts and join in with great tutorials and workshops. There'll also be the chance to meet some of the best-known craft authors, including the fantastic Laura Long.

We'll be there, along with the teams from our sister magazines, including Papercraft inspirationsCrossStitcher,  Simply Knitting and Mollie Makes. Come and join us for a spot of crafting, or just say hello! We can't wait to see you there.

To find out more and book your tickets now, click over to www.twistedthread.com or call 01473 321872.

We've got 10 pairs of tickets to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show to give away!

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

Freebie Friday: Daffodil cross stitch

1st March is St David's Day, so we've got this fantastic free Daffodil Delight project for you to download today! Lesley Teare's stylish daffodil design is quick and fun to stitch - as well as the cross stitch chart, the PDF download includes instructions for turning your stitching into a tea cosy and matching coaster.

Click here now to find out more and download your Daffodil Delight project now. You need to register with The Making Spot to get your download, but it's quick and totally free.

Have a great weekend!

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Make a Mother's Day card

Here's a great free tutorial from Judy Balchin - how to make a Mother's Day card. This card is simple enough for beginner papercrafters, and even children can have a go if you help them cut out the shapes. Choose card and felt in your mum's favourite colours and handwrite the greeting to make your card really personal.

Click here to find the free tutorial and printable template now. Happy crafting!

If you love this, check out more of our Mother's Day craft ideas on The Making Spot now - don't miss the fantastic freebies too!

Inspire me: Stitch spring daffodils

It's still feeling chilly here in the UK, but the first spring daffodils are starting to appear in shops and in our gardens. Daffodil designs are wonderful to stitch - those bright shades of yellow and orange are a guaranteed mood-lifter. Here are four of our favourite stitched daffodil designs, just click on the images to find each project on The Making Spot!

  

 

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