As a crafter, I appreciate the need for clear, concise instructions for creative projects, so that’s how I write instructions! Here are just a few of the step-by-step how-to’s, guides and round-ups I’ve written for Prima, Saga and The Lady. At Hearst Magazines’ Allaboutyou.com I was craft editor for seven years; commissioning, editing and writing.
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Craftivism: using creative energy to make a difference | That’s Not My Age, 2021
Stereotypically seen by the ignorant as a pastime for meek old ladies, crafting has a radical side: everything from sweary sewing to campaigning crafting (aka craftivism: ‘craft’ + ‘activism’).… read more
Introducing furoshiki: the eco-friendly way to wrap gifts | That’s Not My Age, 2020
My grandma felt the waste of ‘all this pretty paper’ and when unwrapping Christmas and birthday presents she would smooth it out and fold it up to reuse, while the rest of the family laughed. But now we’re all reusing, reducing and recycling… read more
Threads of Life: a History of the world through the Eye of a Needle | That’s Not My Age, 2019
Whatever our take on fashion, fundamentally we all have a connection with clothes because we all wear them. Sewing literally touches our daily lives. But it’s about more than fashion… read more
New to knitting? Here’s what you need to get started | Saga, 2017
Find out about the key bits of kit you need when you first take up knitting… read more
9 inspiring craft ideas from the best craft blogs | Prima, 2016
The blogosphere is where you’ll find innovative creativity in the world of crafts, with tutorials and tips on all kinds of crafting. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best craft blogs around to inspire your own craft ideas and handiwork… read more