• Posts Tagged ‘craft’

    Meet Sian O’Doherty, the winner of the 2015 My Country Business Awards

    by  • 11/04/2016 • Country business • 0 Comments

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    Enter the 2016 My Country Business Awards in association with Notonthehighstreet.com now and you could be like Sian O’Doherty, the winner of last year’s Craft Award.

    Inspired by the romantic Pembrokeshire landscape where she lives, Sian creates beautiful knitted designs for the home, including cushions and blankets, as well as accessories, such as scarves, hats and gloves. She has developed her own interpretation of traditional Welsh patterns and the judges were impressed by the colour palettes and beautiful patterns, concluding that her designs were a modern twist on the traditional.

    What did winning mean to you? It meant a lot and is such a reward after all the work that has gone into developing the business and the collection. It can be hard striking out on your own and staying motivated, but the award reaffirmed that I was heading in the right direction and encouraged me to achieve my goals.

    How have you developed the brand? Since winning the award I’ve created a new range of lampshades and blankets, which I launched at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Made By Hand craft fair last winter. I was delighted by the response they received.

    What’s your long-term goal? To have an established textile business on our smallholding, where we keep 12 alpacas, using their raw fleece and running bespoke workshops.

    How helpful was the support you got from winning? It’s been great working with Etsy. The marketing of my business and product designs via Country Homes & Interiors has been fantastic and has increased my sales and traffic to my website significantly.

    Remember to enter the My Country Business Awards now at housetohome.co.uk/business

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    Visit the Weald of Kent Craft & Design show

    by  • 08/04/2016 • Country craft, Country food, Country moment • 0 Comments

    Buy original gifts at the Weald of Kent craft and design fairThe Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show returns to Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, from 30 April to 2 May 2016, showcasing British handmade and artisan crafts at more than 250 stands! Pick up furniture, glassware, jewellery, beauty products and leather goods. With workshops and demonstrations, plus luxury food and drink stands, it’s the perfect family day out.

    Readers of Country Homes & Interiors can enjoy 50%* off the general ticket price. To take advantage of this offer, visit the ICHF website, select ‘Buy Tickets’ and enter the promotional code KS16. Or call the ticket hotline on 01425 277988 and quote code KS16.

    * The offer is valid until 5pm on Monday 25 April 2016 (the offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer). Discount only applicable on full-price adult (usual price £10) and senior (usual price £9) tickets. Offer valid for all days of the show. Tickets valid for one day only. Children accompanied by an adult go free. Usual terms of purchase and show entry apply, see website for details.

    Have a great day out!

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    Video! Create colourful seed packets

    by  • 13/09/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    Welcome to the second video in our Modern Country Makes series, showing you how to create beautiful seasonal crafts inspired by our love of the countryside.

    This week, we show you how to create colourful seed packets using pretty papers. We used wrap and washi tape from the Flowers of Liberty collection – the vibrant floral print is a happy hint of what’s to come when you plant the contents! Why not mix and match designs to differentiate between seed types?

    Arrange on the table at your next summer gathering for a take-home gift. Planning a summer wedding? Why not fill them with your favorite flower seeds and give them to guests as favours – the blooms that grow will remind them of your special day.

    Watch and get creative! Click here to watch the video in full screen mode.

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    Peg up pretty paper

    by  • 19/07/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    From nostalgic postcards and notelets to children’s drawings, some things are just too special to throw away. Rather than store them out of sight, peg them up on stylish ‘clothes line’ display boards upcycled from old photo frames.

    To make, paint empty frames in coordinating sorbet shades, leave to dry, then staple three pieces of string across each one. Use lightweight wooden pegs (£3, Peach Blossom) to hold pretty paper in place. Lean your finished displays up against white walls to add a jolly splash of colour to any room.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try on the Country Homes & Interiors homepage.




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    Update fabrics with pretty potato prints

    by  • 17/05/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Decorate fabrics with pretty potato prints

    Relive childhood crafting memories with this playful idea for updating tablecloths, tea towels and other home textiles. No fancy tools required, the humble potato comes into its own – with a firm texture it can easily be shaped into sturdy stamps and it’s smooth interior is perfect for coating in fabric paint.

    Create your design and blot away any moisture with a paper towel. For a homespun feel, use a knife to carve out rustic shapes such as this lovely leaf design featured in the June issue of Country Homes and Interiors. If you’re after a more structured look, invest in a cookie cutter or kitchen mould – Lakeland have a great selection including flowers, animals and decorative bunting.

    Spread a thin layer of fabric paint on a paper plate and place your potato shape-side down, moving it around to ensure an even coat. Wipe off excess paint from around the sides and press down firmly onto your fabric for five seconds.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects to inspire you on the Country Homes & Interiors homepage.

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    Style up stairs with wallpaper craft

    by  • 12/04/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Resized_APRIL-MAY DECO STYLEGive personality to painted stairs by adding wallpaper to the risers, as featured in our May issue. Soft pastel patterns (we chose Fretwork, £39 a roll, Sanderson and Capello Rose, £80 a roll, Liberty) bring a relaxed charm to any room, perfectly complimented by a striped runner in similar hues on the floor. Here’s how…

    Carefully measure your stair risers and cut out pieces of wallpaper to fit. Stick in place using a thin layer of PVA glue; smooth the paper, pushing out air bubbles and creases. Wait until the glue is completely dry (about 24 hours) before using a soft-bristle brush to apply a light coat of clear water-based varnish, to finish.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Click here for creative inspiration.

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    Make this lovely layered cushion

    by  • 29/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Layered cushion | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors When accessorising in rooms filled with pattern, simplicity can be key. Sewn from plain linens in soft ice-cream shades, this oversized cushion, as featured in the May issue of Country Homes & Interiors, is the perfect complement to both busy designs and pared-back prints. Fancy making your own? Click here for our easy-to-follow instructions.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Click here for creative inspiration.

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    Give a lamp a fresh spring update

    by  • 22/03/2015 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    lamp spring update | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Make your home sing with the colours and wildlife of the season with a cheery lighting upcycle, as featured in our April issue. This shade (Twitchers Delight, £60, Katie Mosa) inspires that spring feeling in us, but if you’ve got a favourite fabric in mind, why not have a go at recovering one yourself? Click here for our quick and easy guide. Fill a hollow lamp base with pretty speckled eggs and add a feathery trim, to finish.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Click here for creative inspiration.

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    Create a stylish hanging planter

    by  • 15/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    hanging planter | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors Upcycled from tin cans, these simple hanging planters have us hooked here at Country Days. A chic way to showcase spring blooms indoors, they’re great if you’re limited on outdoor space or looking to spruce up a bare wall.

    To make, fill  cans with water and freeze (this prevents them from bending out of shape). Use a nail and hammer to create holes in the bottom of the cans for drainage. Create two evenly spaced holes along the top edges and leave to thaw before threading through a length of twine to make a loop.

    For a rustic look, pick natural fabrics such as linen or hessian in coordinating, neutral shades. Measure and cut to fit around your cans, then fray the edges. Hold in place using double-sided tape and neatly wrap with string or twine. Now you’re ready to pot your favourite plants! What will you choose?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Love embroidered lampshades

    by  • 11/03/2015 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments

    Marna Lunt | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Expert embroidery artist, Marna Lunt, chats to us about her beautiful hand-sewn lampshades and exciting online workshops…

    What inspires you?
    I’m inspired by textures and colours, particularly how they work together. I was brought up on the North Yorkshire Moors and that landscape has become incredibly special to me. It defines me in many ways and is the main inspiration for all my work.

    Describe the making process.
    I am trained as a painter rather than in textiles, so I approach things in a painterly way. I sketch my ideas before laying the fabrics down and stitching haphazardly over the top. I aim for it to look ‘wonky’ as I want people to know I did it by hand rather than machine!

    How do your surroundings influence your work?
    They make such a big difference to me. As I am no longer in the middle of my glorious Moors, I need to bring beauty and inspiration into my workspace. I surround myself with things I find beautiful, from buttons and sequins to ribbon and bottles.

    Tell us about your workshops.
    I have just launched a fabulous new online sewing course called Illuminating Embroidery and I teach people from beginner up to professionals. It’s proving to be a huge success and is tapping into a wonderful community that is so supportive and welcoming.

    Describe your creative style in three words.
    Quirky, detailed and passionate.

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