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love stitching
Review by Clare Freemantle of's nothing nicer than receiving a beautifully styled craft book in the post. When I received Love Stitching by Jan Constantine I was impressed by the beautiful images and well put together diagrams to help make each of the designs.  
Charlotte Bezzant
EMILY PARKES talks to London based jewellery designer, Charlotte Bezzant. Charlotte creates beautiful and intricate pieces from silver. She fills us in on her creative background and the ways in which she has progressed her business.
EMILY PARKES meets the people behind Peagreen, a design studio producing prints, tee's and surface pattern design. The talented designers of Peagreen talk to Emily about their current inspiration and the ethos behind their work.
Jeff Soan
EMILY PARKES meets Jeff Soan, a talented designer-maker and master of fantastic, wobbly, wooden articulated creatures. Jeff talks to Emily about the creation of his business as well as the interesting technique he uses to create his unique and sculptural work.
Kirsty Elson
Anna Stassen meets talented multidisciplinary artist, Kirsty Elson. You may have already come across her magical work made from upcycled driftwood and other objects beachcombed from our own British shores. We find out about her fascination with found objects and what makes her tick. 
Donald Short
EMILY PARKES meets talented Dorset-based artist, Donald Short. Donald uses the blue print technique to create attractive, unique and original 'Blue Print' artwork.  
creative walls
Review by Emma Rafter
Playful Patchwork Cover
Review by Ali Burdon of first thing that struck me about Playful Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki are the intriguing, stylish patchwork block designs and the wonderful use of prints and colour in her projects. It's one of those books that bowls you over when you first flick through it - I could look at the pictures again and again. 
EMILY PARKES meets Digital Artist and Graphic Designer, Laura Cartwright. Based in the North East, Laura creates digital illustrative work. She talks to Emily about her artistic background, style and how her work as a crafter has progressed. What do you do and how did you start?
EMILY PARKES meets Rachel Wonders of Rachel Gaw Jewellery. Rachel makes gorgeous Jewellery using polyester resin, aluminium and silicon rubber. Emily talks to Rachel about her inspiration and her new range.What do you do and how did you start?
EMILY PARKES meets Jennifer Hamilton of The Village Pottery, a family run pottery and cafe based in Bristol. Jennifer talks to Emily about her craft and the the lovely setting in which she works; providing the public with coffee, cake and beautiful pottery to eat and drink from!
Emily Parkes meets Julia Davey, to find out more about her ceramic art work. Julia is based in Bath and makes beautiful bespoke tableware and framed fine art ceramics. How did you start your business?
Stephen Kenny
UK Handmade contributor Mandy Knapp meets Stephen Kenny of a Two Pipe Problem, a letterpress studio based in Walthamstow in East London, to find out about his work and take a sneaky peek at his workshop.
EMILY PARKES meets Jenny Arnott, a very talented textile designer based in Somerset. Jenny makes a variety of lovely textile products, ranging from badges to beautiful embroidered cushions.
This week, we are delighted to introduce another of our new writers, who will no doubt be familiar to many of you already. This week, Jo Whitehead, aka Glassprimitif, takes a look at a very important aspect of the buying process - customer service.
Jo Whitehead (aka Glassprimitif) shares with us her top tips for those selling at craft fairs and arts markets.1. Make friends with the person at the next table. They will watch your stuff when you nip to the toilet, bring you a cup of tea and chat to you when the market’s quiet (you should reciprocate).2. Take a good look at everyone’s table display – what ideas do they have that will help you to improve yours?
simple sewing
Looking for a quick and easy sewing project? This week Emma of Yumptatious makes the 'kitchen towels' from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.From fabric to function in less than an hour?