Craft

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, and for Hearst Magazines’ Allaboutyou.com (where I was craft editor for seven years; commissioning, editing and writing). Click on a link for the web page or PDF. For personal projects, I have a craft blog: Made it!

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-27 at 11.55.12Handmade gift ideas | Saga
Giving a handmade present shows you’ve invested time and effort. These ideas are simple and inexpensive to make, with a wide appeal.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-27 at 11.57.39Easy Christmas decorations to make| Saga
Add a homemade touch to your Christmas tree and home with these natural craft ideas that are rich in the sweet, spicy scents of the season.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.59.28Make art from your travels | The Lady
Preserve your holiday memories by turning maps into handmade souvenirs

 

 

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-11-21-25Transforming tealights | Saga
Add a little hygge to your home, with twinkling tealight ideas, for inside and out.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-11-19-14Seven benefits of knitting | Saga
Clicking away with a pair of needles and some yarn has benefits that go well beyond something new to wear. Find out about the health and social benefits of knitting.

 

 

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-11-17-03How to press flowers | Saga
Find out how to press flowers to preserve beautiful spring colour for use in cardmaking and other craft projects.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-15-29-11New to knitting? Here’s what you need to get started | Saga
Find out about the key bits of kit you need when you first take up knitting.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-15-19-00How to knit a snood | Saga
There’s no pattern needed for a quick-to-knit snuggly snood or a cosy cowl, for yourself or someone else.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-16-54-44Christmas papercraft for children | Saga

 

 

 

Blanket-stitched felt Christmas stocking to makeChristmas craft ideas | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

 

Autumn leaves, pencils and paperAutumn leaf crafts | Saga

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-16-22-43Halloween pumpkin carving and decorating | Saga

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 12.12.469 inspiring craft ideas from the best craft blogs  | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-16-24-49Where to find free baby knitting patterns | Saga

 

 

 

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10 of the best knitting kits for beginners  | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 12.19.50Easiest-ever knitting ideas My ideas for simple projects made from knitted rectangles or squares | Prima.co.uk

 

 

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Make a party-dress card | Prima.co.uk For this, I created the greeting on the card with Photoshop

 

 

 

hand holding coloured pencils

Grab your pencils, and get creative – with colouring in | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Patterns from the past: a lighthearted look at vintage knits | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

Woman reading, with knitting

Best beginners’ knitting books | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Keep your haberdashery handy: the best sewing boxes and baskets | Prima.co.uk

 

 

Buy fab bird-print fabrics | Allaboutyou.com

McCulloch and Wallis Bird Print poplin - Buy fab bird-print fabrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbon-tied pebble tablecloth weightPick up a pebble
Easy craft ideas for small stones | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

Make a sailing-boat card | Prima.co.uk
Make a row of ties card | Prima.co.uk
Make a cocktail dress card | Prima.co.uk

Allaboutyou: how to carve a Halloween pumpkin lanternHow to carve a classic Halloween pumpkin lantern | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot of quilled heart cardMake a quilled heart Valentine card | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 18.14.16 Make a spotty heart Valentine card | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

 

Rose-petal-filled heart to sewSew a rose-petal-filled heart | Allaboutyou.com

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 16.23.23Make a ‘mum’ Mother’s Day card | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Prima: how to make classic coloured eggs for Easter, by Adrienne WyperMake classic coloured eggs for Easter | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Prima: make chicks Easter card, by Adrienne WyperMake a chicks Easter card | Prima.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Make a last-minute egg and chick Easter decoration | Allaboutyou.com

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