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All About Cyanotypes

This month is all about cyanotypes - a process I know a lot of people are curious about!

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Cyanotype Craft Kit

Have you come across cyanotype printing before?

If not, you’re in for a treat - this is one of my favourite creative processes.

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Copper Embossing Craft Kit

We're excited to share this kit reveal with you as it's a collaboration with Carole Fenwick of MaggieMagoo Designs. Isn't the botanical print lovely?

Copper embossing is a more unusual craft that we're sure you're going to love, as it works its magic turning an ordinary wooden box into something special.

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Meet The Maker: Carole Fenwick

For our July 2018 kit we've collaborated with Carole Fenwick of MaggieMagoo Designs. Carole is a print and pattern designer extraordinaire and we absolutely love her botanical style.

If you haven't already come across her work, we think you'll love it too! We talked to Carole about her background, inspiration and advice for new illustrators and designers.

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How to find inspiration in your everyday

Ever been in that dull, creatively stuck place where you just lack motivation? No fun!

Today, we're sharing a few quick exercises that can easily fit into your existing routine to inspire you and get your creative ideas flowing in no time!

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Needle Felted Bowl Tutorial

It's time for needle felting!

If you haven't tried this before, needle felting lets you take beautiful soft wool and use a felting needle to 'stab' it into shape.

We've taken inspiration from the colours of heather and bluebell covered woods for this kit.

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Meet the Maker: Sophie Wheatley

For May’s kit we’re going to be crafting with felt… we'll be revealing all soon!

We got in touch with Sophie Wheatley, a needle felting artist whose work we really admire, and founder of All Things Felt and BeautifulSophie's work is inspired by people’s love for their dogs; she can recreate any dog so accurately that her felt sculptures serve as a lifelong reminder of much-loved pooches.

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Sashiko Tutorial

For this craft kit and tutorial, we’re sharing our Japanese embroidery folk art of Sashiko!

This traditional textile process translates as ‘little stabs’ and was used by farmers and fisherman as a form of darning, or quilting stitch to build up warmth in winter clothing.

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Meet the Maker: Helaina Sharpley

For May's kit, we're excited to share our first kit collaboration, this one with the wonderful wirework artist, Helaina Sharpley.

We've admired Helaina's lovely work for years (it stopped Moira in her tracks at a craft trade show!), with oodles of character and history, so who better to collaborate with for our upcoming wirework kit?

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Linocut Print Tea Towel Tutorial

Do you remember learning how to linocut print at school?

With our Linocut Tea Towel craft kit and tutorial we’re taking a traditional craft and giving it a modern twist…

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Crafting a Way to Mindfulness

At Craftiosity, we’re firm advocates of crafting as a tool for mindfulness and good mental health. When you set yourself a project to create, be it crafting, cooking, music – or any creative process – the process of making is often as important as your creation.

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Papercut Lamp Craft Kit Tutorial

For this craft kit and tutorial, it’s all about lovely plants – even for those of us not blessed with green fingers!

We designed a papercut LED lamp with an array of little indoor plants created with layers of colourful paper.

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Bring The Outdoors In: the benefits of indoor plants

Much like crafting, there’s been tonnes of research on the physical and mental health benefits of bringing leafy goodness into our homes, reducing stress levels and increasing both our productivity and tranquility. It’s no surprise our botanical friends are seeing a huge surge in popularity.

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How To Make Time For Crafting

When I talk to people about crafting; what they get out of it, how often they craft, the thing I hear most often is that there’s never enough time for crafting.

Interestingly, I also often hear that people feel guilty taking time for themselves to craft. Now, we all know that’s crazy talk, but I think many of us feel that way too. So, we’ve brought together a little round of 10 ways to make time for crafting. Let’s dive in!

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Air Dry Clay Pots Tutorial

For our Air Dry Clay craft kit and tutorial, we made this little desk pot and matching bud pot with white clay and copper paint.

Clay is sooooo satisfying to work with, but most of us don’t have easy access to a kiln, which is where a good air dry clay comes in!

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