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    Visit a contemporary craft fair

    by  • 03/06/2016 • Country craft, Country moment • 0 Comments

    paper craft ideasPick up creative ideas and modern makes at our pick of the best craft shows this month! Our favourites are set in fabulous countryside locations for the perfect family day out.

    Pulborough, West Sussex
    Head for historic Parham House and deer park to see the Sussex Guild’s Contemporary Craft Show, featuring work by Guild members plus guest exhibitors. Enjoy craft demonstrations on art, handsmocking and embroidery. Or source ideas and gifts for the home, from ceramics, stoneware and textiles to wood sculpture and glass art.
    From 4 to 5 June, book tickets here (some ticket options include entry to the main house).

    Bovey Tracey, Devon
    At the gateway to Dartmoor, the award-winning Contemporary Craft Festival showcases the work of more than 200 British designers and makers in this pretty market town. Pick up beautiful statement pieces for the home from ceramics, glass, leather and paper makes to furniture, metal and mixed media.  Watch demonstrations on printmaking, woodwork, textiles and pottery making, too. Show highlights also include a Festival Pottery Throwdown (inspired by the BBC2 TV series), a Craft Cinema and plenty of food, music and entertainment.
    From 10 to 12 June, book tickets here.

    Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
    See contemporary craft from more than 170 talented British craftmakers at The Craft & Design Experience. This lively fair is set in an idyllic riverside location on Henley Meadows with  a view of Fawley Court. Enjoy craft demonstrations, workshops and a fabulous shopping experience. There’s lots to browse including artwork, sculpture, home accessories, metalwork and glassware.
    From 24 to 26 June, advance tickets are available now.

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    Visit an artisan pottery

    by  • 05/06/2015 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    Burleigh Pottery_Felicity

    Celebrate traditional crafts and the people who make them with a tour around a countryside pottery where you can see skilled potters at work creating original ceramic pieces for the home and garden. Take time to browse the studios where you can source bespoke gifts for family and friends, or book a workshop and try your hand at the potter’s wheel…

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    Craft a pocketed wall organiser

    by  • 28/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Make this handsome pocketed wall organiser following Country Homes and Interiors easy instructions

    We love an organised home and what better way to plan and sort family affairs than with this smart pocketed wall organiser. Creatively made combining an upcycled picture frame and gorgeous tweed fabric this organiser is lovely to look at with it’s handsome braid finish and serves a practical purpose with deep pockets and plenty of places to clip notes, invitations and must-keep paperwork. As featured in our soon-to-be-seen February issue it is very simple to make. To craft your own click here and follow the simple instructions.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, see our latest issue.

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    Create a festive floral centrepiece

    by  • 21/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create this festive floral centrepiece using Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Here at Country Days we love arranging pretty flowers into festive decorations come Christmas time. This stylish potting up idea is a simple way of adding colour and scent to a room in the prettiest of ways and yet, due to the nature of how it’s made, the flowers stay looking at their best for longer, too. Simply size some florist’s foam to fit the bottom half of a terrine. Soak in water laced with some cut-flower feed, then place inside. Next take three long stems of jasmine and starting from the top push the stems into the foam so they measure approximately two-thirds the height of the vase. Next take the roses and strip them of any excess foliage and thorns with some florist’s snips. Cut them one third shorter than the jasmine and push the stems individually around the oasis to form a soft dome shape. Add volume to the arrangement with the hypericum berries, flowerless rose stems and more spriggy jasmine. Finally fill any spare gaps with ivy trails. The flowers should keep for a couple of weeks if the foam is regularly topped up with water.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Style up a light

    by  • 14/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Style up a light using Country Homes & Interiors blog instructions

    Get everyday lamps and lighting in on the Christmas act and style them up to add a festive glow to the proceedings. We love this pendant shade idea, as featured in our January issue, which uses already hanging over-the-table pendants, to add to the wintery woodland look of the table setting. To make loop the pedant light cables around and over a silver birch branch to hold in place horizontally over the table then add ivy swags and bauble decorations to finish.

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    Craft a festive wreath

    by  • 07/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Craft up this wreath following Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Making a wreath is one of those great festive pleasures at Christmas time. Keep it simple this year and buy a shop bought one or a faux foliage wreath, which you can reuse time and again, and customise it yourself with ornaments and decorative details. Get some florist’s wire and cut into lengths. Twist the middle of the wire around your chosen ornaments – we’ve used mini skis, bells and a bird. Push the wire through the foliage and beyond to the wire wreath ring. Twist around this and secure in place. (Never leave burning candles unattended).Continue around the wreath with your decorations.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Festive stocking

    by  • 30/11/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create this festive stocking follwoing Country Homes and Interiors blog

    At Christmas there can never be enough stockings! All the better if they match this seasons latest colour trend of muted greys with frosted touches bringing a real country winter feel. This one features in our January issue and is so simple to make. To find out how to make click here.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Pretty panelled cushion craft

    by  • 23/11/2014 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Panelled cushion made with easy steps by Country Homes and Interiors Blog

    Make a decorative panelled cushion following Country Homes and Interiors instuctions

    There’s no easier way to perk up upholstery and room décor then by adding a stylish panelled scatter cushion. They can bring a fresh splash of colour, add in interesting dimension of pattern or lend a new look to a scheme. Or even do all three! This lovely cushion features in our December issue and is made with a glorious embroidered fabric panel of Braemar Hawthorn, from £75 a metre, Voyage Decoration and bordered with Corin Cranberry 7697/05, £60 a metre, Romo all which adds jolly tones, texture and pattern in one go. To learn how to make your own panelled scatter cushion click here and follow these easy instructions for a similar style.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Craft a stocking

    by  • 16/11/2014 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Make this delightful Christmas stocking following Country Homes and Interiors instructions

    What a find on Christmas morning. A stocking full of presents at the end of the bed and, even better, it’s a homemade stocking too! This one is featured in our December issue and combines  a jolly tartan fabric (Achray F6254-05, £102 a metre, Osborne & Little) finished with a cheery red cuff (Linara Post Box, 2494/16, £34.50 a metre, Romo).

    To make draw a stocking pattern onto paper to your chosen size, adding 2.5cm seam allowances all round. Cut out two pieces from the tartan. For the trim measure along the top of the stocking cut a 10cm strip of red fabric to twice this measurement minus 5cm. Cut berry and leaf shapes from fabric remnants and using fabric bonding tape, iron onto one right side of a stocking section, embroidering stems and details if desired with contrasting thread. Right sides facing, pin and machine stitch the main stocking together, taking a 2.5cm seam, leaving the top edge open. Trim seams and snip into the seam allowances around the curved edges to ease the fit. Press open seam allowances and turn through. Fold the trim in half widthways and stitch a 2.5cm seam along the short edges to form a ring. Press seam open and turn through. Fold the cuff ring in half along the length and press. Pin the two raw edges around the top of the cuff lining up with the wrong side of the stocking top and matching the trim seam with one of the stocking seams. Stitch in place and turn the trim down to cover the joining seam.  To finish, add a fabric or string loop inside for hanging.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Make a winter blind

    by  • 09/11/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Make a winter blind following Country Homes and Interiors blog's easy instructions

    Come the cold winter months window spaces become a prime place to add drama or a focal point to a room. Fabric can be a great space filler at a window and, if used as a blind, can bring colour, character and personality with pictorial designs and patterns. This charming roman blind is featured in our December issue and is made with a Kerry Joyce fabric available from Redloh House and  features woodland creatures and leafy motifs, typical of our winter landscape. A neat red border at the bottom which both draws the eye and lends a smart finish. A roman blind by definition is an elegant style to choose at a window and operates with a simple string and loop system on the reverse that is easy to make even for a lesser experienced seamstress. To have a go and make your own roman blind why not click here and follow our simple instructions.

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