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Colours to inspire: stripes

Hello! Hump day already – how’s your week going? Today I’m sharing another set of colours to inspire, all found on Instagram recently. You’ll notice I’ve tweaked the title of this series slightly – hopefully making it easier for people to find when searching for colour inspiration.

Oh and if you’ve missed any previous colours to inspire post, here are the links:

If you’re new to Instagram be sure to pop over to my page and say hello!


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - bright stripes. This Little Space of Mine


With the brighter days generally in full swing, I’ve been loving all the bright colour combinations popping up on Instagram recently. There’s something really uplifting and bold about stripes so this month is very much inspired by that, and the change in season we’re seeing at the moment.

Even though these are all pictures from homemade makes I hope these can inspire you in other ways too (should you not be a crafter). Perhaps you’re looking to decorate your house this year, or thinking about buying some new furniture, or looking for a new wardrobe, I’d hope there’s something for everyone here.



Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - bright stripes. This Little Space of Mine



Photo from Jo at jo_bo_crochet. I love the stitch in this blanket, it’s one I haven’t tried yet but gives a great finished affect. Jo’s Instagram feed is great and I love the randomness of this stripey project; the yellow/pink/yellow towards the left of the picture is probably my favourite, but all the shades work really well together.



Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - bright stripes. This Little Space of Mine



Photo from Joan at madebyjustjoan. Oh how I adore these colours together. They’re so bright, sunny and inviting; the blanket almost looks like a gradient and I absolutely love how Joan has combined the colours. Plus, you can’t beat a bit of granny stripes can you?



Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - bright stripes. This Little Space of Mine



Photo from Sonja at ratschebutsch. Another granny stripe blanket and the yellow stripe in this blanket really catches my eye; I love a yellow and pink combination so this colour combination is an all round winner. Sonja’s crocheting is also super neat and she’s captured her work really well in this picture.



Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - bright stripes. This Little Space of Mine



Photo from Nicole at bluecatcrochet. And finally, something a little different. The royal blue shade in this combination is striking and really caught my eye – teamed up with the orange and pick and I think it makes for an interesting collection of colours. The ripple technique looks great and I could see this looking good as a picnic blanket.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels and I might pop it in a later post.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: jo_bo_crochetmadebyjustjoanratschebutsch and bluecatcrochet.

Lazy Daisy Jones and Crochet Now’s Instagram crochet hook up

Morning! How are you? I hope you had a good weekend. Saturday I went for afternoon tea in Winchester with a friend and yesterday I had a planner session with a friend, so pretty darn good all in all! Today I thought I’d share some pics from Lazy Daisy Jones‘ and Crochet Now‘s Instagram crochet hook up.

Just when I was *almost* falling out of love with Instagram at the end of March, up popped Lazy Daisy Jones’ and Crochet Now’s idea to share a crochet related picture, based on a theme, every day in April. It was just what I needed; interestingly Ashleigh had recently written about finding her tribe and it was that exact thing I was struggling with on Instagram, but #ldjcrochethookup has really helped find some new accounts to follow (and in return, new followers myself). I’ve found some super talented crocheters who are inspiring me to make more and it’s all thanks to the hashtag and that wonderful crochet community. That’s what social media should be all about in my mind.


Lazy Daisy Jones & Crochet Now's Instagram crochet hook up - Pictures via This Little Space of Mine and @leanneabeale on Instagram


So enough of that, here are pictures 1-16 for you; there are ponies, glimpses of my craft room, projects I’ve worked on or am working on and some other bits and pieces I’ve found along the way. I’ve linked to each picture in the copy underneath, so you can click through for more insight.


Lazy Daisy Jones & Crochet Now's Instagram crochet hook up - Pictures via This Little Space of Mine and @leanneabeale on Instagram


Day 1 – 4: hook storage, a wip, crochet hero and cushion.


Lazy Daisy Jones & Crochet Now's Instagram crochet hook up - Pictures via This Little Space of Mine and @leanneabeale on Instagram


Day 5 – 8: scarf/shawl, crochet space, favourite hook and blanket.


Lazy Daisy Jones & Crochet Now's Instagram crochet hook up - Pictures via This Little Space of Mine and @leanneabeale on Instagram


Day 9 – 12: pretty in pink, flowers, yarn storage and finally finished.


Lazy Daisy Jones & Crochet Now's Instagram crochet hook up - Pictures via This Little Space of Mine and @leanneabeale on Instagram


Day 13 – 16: border, pastel or bright, crochet bag and toy.

The Instagram crochet hook up continues until the end of the month, so be sure to pop over to my Instagram feed to see all the latest.

You can also see the prompts for the 2nd half of April here, follow Lazy Daisy Jones’ here and Crochet Now here.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to a good week!

Leanne x

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A chat with Katy from Haykin

Hello! Today I get to share one of my favourite posts – talking to small creative businesses about what inspires them and how they keep creative. I love exploring this topic; if nothing else, to give me ideas on how to remain creative and how to work efficiently in my day job. Even if you don’t have a business of your own (or a desire to start one), there’s something for everyone in learning how people work and how they motivate themselves.

Specifically today I’m talking to Katy from Haykin; I think I found Katy through her friend Lisa (quite a while ago now!) and I remember falling in love with her Instagram feed and blog all because we both have the same yellow armchair in our home; it’s all about the small things!

Haykin is an independent online store featuring a vibrant collection of homewares and style finds. The shop launched in February this year and I was struck by the simplicity of the products featured, as well as the glorious range of co-ordinated colours that feature throughout.

So let’s sit back, put up our feet and find out more about Katy and how she runs her creative business…


A chat with Katy from Haykin about creativity, goals and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


Hey Katy, it’s so great to have you here. Let’s kick things off by a little introduction to who you are…

I live in Ilkley, a spa town in West Yorkshire, quite near the Yorkshire Dales. I share a Victorian terraced house with my husband Tim and our seven year old English Springer Spaniel, Boris. I was born in Perth, Scotland but moved (or should I say my parents moved!) to Yorkshire when I was two. After leaving school, I ventured over the Pennines to Manchester for university and it was here, after completing a degree in linguistics, that my career in PR began, as a press officer for Manchester Camerata.

Your background has been in PR; how did you go about making that leap from PR into the world of home interiors?

I think it was just over a year ago now that I felt I’d reached a career-crossroads. I’d been working in PR for over 14 years – a mixture of in-house, agency and freelance roles – and although it was a job I was both comfortable in and capable at, it wasn’t a job that was firing me up anymore. When I gave it the ‘five-years-from-now’ litmus test, I knew it was time to shake things up a bit.

Owning my own shop and filling it with timelessly-designed, colourful wares had always been a dream but the lure of a steady salary and the familiar had always won. But, following a handful of perspective-giving family and personal events, which made me understand (finally!) the meaning of ‘living for now’, I decided to take the plunge and make a go of it. So with an enormous amount of support and encouragement from my husband, family and friends, as well as a few nail-biting meetings at the bank, I threw myself into creating and developing Haykin full time.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Haykin, how would you describe the brand and products?

Haykin is an online store that features a carefully-selected collection of homewares and style finds sourced from designers, makers and small brands across the globe who all share a similar aesthetic: one which is big on colour yet simple and timeless by design.

Contemporary ceramics from Italy sit alongside pastel-hued paper art from San Francisco, and bright, bold cushions from Folkestone nestle with clever, colourful kids storage solutions from Paris.

The shop is also a celebration of my personal fascination with colour and pattern which I’d say dates back to my late teens as an art student

In terms of the brand’s inspiration, I’d say this is two-fold. The shop’s name, Haykin, is a derivation of my late grandfather’s first and second names, Harry Wilkinson, who was an industrial designer by trade but a hugely accomplished artist in his spare time. A combination of his eye for strong, functional design and his appreciation for fine art and a happy aesthetic, is something I’ve tried to incorporate into Haykin.

The shop is also a celebration of my personal fascination with colour and pattern which I’d say dates back to my late teens as an art student: I loved the work of artists like Kandinsky, Mondrian and Yorkshire icon, Hockney.


A chat with Katy from Haykin about creativity, goals and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


The shop opened at the end of February – how has it been going since launch?

Really well! The feedback I’ve had from friends, colleagues, media and people I’d never even met before, has been truly fantastic and hugely encouraging. It feels great to be fully submerged in something I get so much enjoyment from.

It’s still very early days though and there’s an enormous amount of work to do to share the Haykin love and build a community around us. I’m learning new skills all the time and learning, also, from mistakes so it’s a labour of love for sure but I wouldn’t swap it for anything!

The website describes products as clean and simple in design, but with added vibrant colour – how have you gone about sourcing and selecting designers and products? Could you share with us how that process works?

I began my search for suppliers last summer by attending a number of trade fairs. First up was Formex in Stockholm which was a wonderland of minimal, functional design; next was showUP in Amsterdam where I met some fantastic independent designers and makers from the Netherlands and Belgium; then I made my debut trip to Maison et Objet in Paris which was overwhelmingly awesome and hugely inspiring, and finally, I spent a couple of days at the London Design Festival in September where I met some British designers who are doing incredible things.

Running alongside the buying trips, were (and still are!) Instagram and Pinterest marathons in search of goods of colour and simplicity. I also keep a keen eye on design blogs too to learn about new designers and of course, new trends.

It’s probably the PR in me but I think it’s important to see beyond the products sometimes and where possible, try bring the brand alive through the personalities of the people who created it or work for it.

I think a combination of heading out to meet suppliers personally, whether through trade shows or studio visits, and constant desk research is, for me, a good way to find the work that’s right for the shop. I like to chat to designers, find out a bit more about them, learn what inspires them etc and it’s trickier to get a feel for this via email. But, if you find a designer or brand on the other side of the world (hello Odd Pears in Australia!), then you have to just go with your gut and trust that what you’re seeing online is as awesome in real life – which in the case of our Odd Pears socks, is definitely the case!

Over on the Haykin blog I have just started a series called Haykin Introduces which is essentially a Q&A with our suppliers. It’s designed to give our customers and blog readers an opportunity to get to know the people behind the brands a little better. It’s probably the PR in me but I think it’s important to see beyond the products sometimes and where possible, try bring the brand alive through the personalities of the people who created it or work for it.


A chat with Katy from Haykin about creativity, goals and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


What’s next for Haykin? Do you have any exciting plans you can share with us?

One of the things I’d love to do is collaborate with some of our brands and designers to create something completely unique for Haykin. I was involved in creating our own-brand colour block cushions and really enjoyed the process of selecting colours and fabrics and watching the products come to life.

Opening the shop’s doors to overseas customers is also in the plan for this year. We work with suppliers all over the world so why not open up the offering to customers globally too!

But I guess my biggest hope for Haykin is to see it grow and succeed in an organic, honest way and for us to develop a community which grows with us. Just to continuing doing what we love and for it to make sense is more than I could wish for at the moment!

To anyone reading this and thinking about starting a business, what’s the one piece of advice you’d offer them?

I guess first of all, if you have a business idea or a vision for one, and it’s all you think about day and night, my advice would be do everything in your power to make it happen. The idea of regretting a decision that WAS in my power to influence, is something I really struggled to get my head around.

More practically though, I’d say the one thing I’ve learnt over the last 12 months is that it’s totally OK to ask for help! It’s impossible to be good at everything (and quite frankly, we don’t have enough hours in the day to be good at everything!) so my advice would be to know and focus on your strengths and for the things you’re not so hot on, find professionals who will do the work brilliantly and save you a tonne of headaches and worry!

For me, accounting and web development were things I knew I would struggle with so with the help of QuickBooks, my logically-minded husband now handles all the number crunching and on the web front, I have the wonderful Kim Lawler to thank for expertly building my website!


A chat with Katy from Haykin about creativity, goals and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


I guess first of all, if you have a business idea or a vision for one, and it’s all you think about day and night, my advice would be do everything in your power to make it happen. The idea of regretting a decision that WAS in my power to influence, is something I really struggled to get my head around.

What’s the key to a happy life for you?
  • Good health
  • List-making (case in point!)
  • Creating a calm, happy home-life with my husband, Tim, and our Springer Spaniel, Boris
  • The prospect of travel
  • A chilled glass of crisp white wine at 6pm on a Friday in our local pub
  • Making time for friends
  • Dogs, all of them
  • Planning to have no plans at the weekend every now again
  • Finding work that you love but being OK with the fact it won’t always be easy
And finally, who would you invite to your famous person dinner party (dead or alive)?

Am I allowed more than one person?!

  • David Hockney – one of my all-time design and colour icons (plus I love his Bradford/LA accent)
  • Caitlin Moran – because she’s just plain brilliant: funny, intelligent, eloquent, thought-provoking, thought-leading and a wonderful champion of women
  • Casey Neistat – a New York-based daily YouTuber who’s energy and creativity is contagious and really flipping inspiring
  • Coco Chanel – she changed the face of women’s fashion and I can only imagine that took serious balls and vision. Plus I’d love to ask her opinion on my outfit or wardrobe choices 😉
  • Michael Palin – oh my, he’d have so many wonderful stories to tell, I’d never want him to shut up! And I have a friend who worked with him on a PR job once and she said he was the nicest bloke she’d ever met – which isn’t a surprise at all!
  • Sheryl Sandberg – I just want to listen to everything she knows

I feel like I’ve learnt so much from Katy’s interview – thank you Katy, I’m now subscribed to Casey Neistat’s YouTube channel and might have to get myself some Odd Pears!

A big thank you to Katy for her time today! Haykin have kindly offered a special discount to readers of This Little Space of Mine. Add the code TLSMSHIPFREE when ordering and you’ll get free shipping! This discount is valid until 11th May 2016 and the code can be entered at checkout. Pop over to the shop now.

You can also catch Haykin over on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

If you fancy catching a previous ‘A chat with…’ here are a few links for you –

Thanks for reading, and here’s to a good week! Next month I’ll be back and sharing more business and creative insights… this time from an old friend of mine who has recently launched a business with a little help from Instagram. Can’t wait to share, so be sure to pop back this time next month (if not sooner!).

Leanne x

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We Make Collective – My first ever weave is complete!

Hello – today I’m sharing with you a few photos and words about the first ever weave I’ve recently made, thanks to my kit from We Make Collective.

First things first, to fill you in on We Make Collective; it’s a bi-monthly craft subscription designed to teach you a new skill, but allow you the freedom to create something unique for you. It was created by Fran from Fall For DIY and launched after a hugely popular Kickstarter campaign last year. I wrote a post a little while back about We Make Collective and my first impressions.

The travel loom weaving kit was the first kit sold and contained everything you could need to make a weave you’d be proud of.


A first look at We Make Collective, A craft subscription box with a difference, We Make focuses on learning a particular skill and finding your creativity using a carefully curated kit which is delivered to your door bi-monthly. This Little Space of Mine


Now I know absolutely nothing in the slightest about weaving and, at first, I thought I’d wing it and just see what I made. Big mistake. After a frustrating afternoon I realised that was a bad idea and that, for me, I need a bit more structure to work from. I’d love to be spontaneous but given it was a completely new craft it didn’t work and I knew I’d be better off learning about weaving by following a tutorial.

The great thing about We Make Collective is the members section on the website; it includes tutorials made with the very kit you see above. Learning a new craft can be daunting – the Internet is great but there’s almost too much out there that makes it difficult to know where to start. The We Make Collective members area solves that by giving content related to the very kit you have in your hands – so it’s super encouraging and motivated me that I could definitely make something I’d like! You may remember that for the second kit, all about calligraphy, I contributed this Christmas card themed tutorial.

I followed a tutorial from Peas and Needles; Lucy’s blog is a relatively new find for me, but it’s so pretty and full of great inspiration. Lucy has a lot of experience in weaving and even offers workshops to teach you, so worth having a look at. The tutorial was lovingly called the super-tassel woven wall hanging, and here’s how it turned out…


We Make Collective - Weave wall hanging project is complete. Find out how I made it and more over on This Little Space of Mine



We Make Collective - Weave wall hanging project is complete. Find out how I made it and more over on This Little Space of Mine


Doesn’t it look pretty?

I love the bold colours; now it’s hung up in my craft room it’s come to life and works well with the minty green colour on the walls. The only thing I had to buy was a piece of dowel to hang it, which I picked up from eBay here.

It was great fun to do and I actually found it quite addictive – in the same way I find embroidery addictive. Once you start a row or working with a particular colour, you want to finish it and before you know it a whole lot of time has passed!

The other great thing with the kit is that I still have everything I need to make another weave – I probably even have enough wool to do another (along with my various supplies!). I’ll be honest and say I don’t think I’m in a great rush to make another, but only because I have a heap of other stuff I want to make and I’m such a multi crafter; weaving has been ticked off the list so I’m done now. But who knows, I can see myself picking it up again in the future.


We Make Collective - Weave wall hanging project is complete. Find out how I made it and more over on This Little Space of Mine


It looks great on display and I’m super proud to have something I made hanging up in my craft room. Yay for new crafts!

What do you think? Fancy giving weaving a go yourself? The next kit is for lino and block printing, which sounds like great fun; you can find out more and get involved here.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend! I’m helping my friend with wedding prep tomorrow and we’re having our measurements taken for the bridesmaid dresses – can’t wait!

Leanne x

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Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – April 2016

Hello! I’m back today sharing how I’m getting on with my crafting projects. If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, here are a couple of links for you – January, February and March.


Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine


So here’s my current work in progress list. I’ve shared things I completed last month as well as things I’ve already started and finally, things that are on my radar. To keep it flowing from month to month I have a) created a spreadsheet (because I love a good spreadsheet!) and b) I’m going to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress. If you see any bits repeat, it’ll tell you I did nothing on it all month!

I actually think I’ve made pretty good head way and now I’ve finished project baby I feel good and ready to take on something new! So let’s check out the list –

Completed
  • We Make Collective weave. It’s finished, it’s finished! I started this project having literally no idea what to do and now have a finished weave hanging in my craft room – hurray for that! More pictures and notes on this coming next week, so in the meantime you can find out more about We Make Collective in a previous post.
  • Project baby. Equally as delighted this month to have both started and finished a fairly weighty project for my best friends’ baby boy. I can’t share pictures and details at the moment, but it’s a good’en and I’m excited to show you it.
Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. Three months down and April’s pattern arrived in the early hours of Saturday. Still loving this project and having moments where I get completely hooked to cross stitch (even if it means I go to bed too late because I. Cannot. Stop. Stitching!).
  • Secret gift for a friend. My Nan gave me the free gift that came with Let’s Knit magazine (I’ll let you look it up since it’s a ‘secret’), so I’m making that – the majority is done and I’ll share a picture once it’s complete. Quite a cute little make that’s quite an easy one to work on while I watch (need to look away from) The Walking Dead.
  • Attic 24 ripple blanket. I started this in May time and it’s been one of those projects I tend to pick it up and put it down every now and then. The pattern is over here.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I can feel my Mum frowning at me as I type this. Must get this Sew La Di Da make finished for spring.
  • Scraps granny square blanket. I have so much left over yarn and really want to stash bust by making blankets to give to charities. It’d be nice to get this one finished soon.
On my radar
  • Simply Crochet’s bright granny square blanket. I’ve decided on the colours so I’ll be ordering the yarn soon. The plan is for it to match our living room theme and sit on the back of our sofa.
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
  • Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I treated myself big time at the Knitting and Stitching, buying my first tapestry kit from Hannah Bass. I fell in love with her map designs and can’t wait to get started on this.

So this month I’m planning to finish the ‘secret gift’, keep up to date with the Frosted Pumpkin stitch-along and maybe finish the Scraps granny square blanket. It’s been sitting there for so long and my stash of scraps is ever growing, so it really just needs finishing. That being said I really want to start on making socks, before it gets too warm and I hate wool until the autumn (anyone else?) and let’s not forget the tapestry kit, which is all kinds of gorgeous. Anyways… let’s see how it goes.

What’s on your list? Have you been working on anything exciting in the last month?

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Found on Instagram: Colours to inspire

Hello! I’m back with another set of colours to inspire, all found on Instagram in the feeds I’m enjoying the most. If you’re new to Instagram be sure to pop over to my page and say hello! Oh and if you’ve missed any previous colours to inspire post, here are the links:


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - colours for spring. This Little Space of Mine


With the clocks about to change and that spring feeling already in the air, I thought I’d look at colours that celebrate the change in season. Spring is probably my favourite season, the days are brighter, it can sometimes be a bit warmer and flowers come into bloom.

Even though these are all pictures from homemade makes I hope these can inspire you in other ways too (should you not be a crafter). Perhaps you’re looking to decorate your house this year, or thinking about buying some new furniture, or looking for a new wardrobe, I’d hope there’s something for everyone here.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - colours for spring. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Holly at hol_fox. Spring colours are all about pastels to me and I love the shades of yellow, greens and blues in this photo – plus how tasty do these biscuits look? So beautifully decorated too! I love this palette and think this could work so well in so many instances – decorating, blankets, clothing, there are a lot of options here. Holly regularly shares pictures of her bakes and amazing decorating skills, so definitely check out her feed.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - colours for spring. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Fran at fallfordiy. Fran’s Instagram feed is a thing of beauty and the way she styles her photographs is incredibly inspiring; she clearly thinks about her feed and how to co-ordinate each feed, making them instantly recognisable. These colours make me think of those warm spring days we get from time to time. I remember Easter weekend back in 2011 where it was incredibly warm and we had a family BBQ in the garden. Wouldn’t that be nice this month?


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - colours for spring. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from the team at molliemakes. There is something really fresh and clean about this image – the combination of pink/peach matched with the minty green shade is so scrummy, plus the addition of white and gold really brings it to life. I can’t tell you how much I love these shades. I want this in my home! Mollie Makes’ feed (and magazines) are jam packed with ideas and this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - colours for spring. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Dalia at piapoirechocrochet. For a combination of colours, this is the photo for you. I can imagine this blanket being used for a spring picnic in a park and the combination used in this make really excites me. I’ve mentioned before that I’m drawn to pinks and in this make, I love the addition of both the dark and bright blue, alongside that spring green shade and peach colour. Lovely.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels and I might pop it in a later post.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: hol_fox, fallfordiy, molliemakes and piapoirechocrochet.

A chat with Hannah and Rosie from The New Craft House

Hello, I hope you’re well. Today I’m bringing you another ‘A chat with…’ post and I’m delighting to be featuring the ladies behind The New Craft House. At the end of last year The New Craft House went from powerhouse bloggers to selling their own craft kits – all with the motto of ‘old crafts for a new generation’. I had a go at making their knicker kit at the end of February, with great success, and since then they’ve added two more kits to their range. Here, Hannah and Rosie talk about how they work together, working with big brands and their creative process.

I’m delighted to have Hannah and Rosie here on my blog today; so sit back, put your feet up and let’s have a chat with them about The New Craft House and how they run their creative business…


A chat with The New Craft House about creativity, goals and running their own craft business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


Hey Hannah and Rosie, it’s so great to have you here. Let’s kick things off by a little introduction to who you are…

Hi! We’re the two faces behind The New Craft House. We’ve been friends since school and it was on a trip to Berlin 3 years ago that we came up with the idea of a craft blog. We were crafting a lot and wanted somewhere to share what we were making with the world. We can’t believe how much our little blog has grown. We’re now working on it full time running workshops and selling our craft kits from our office on the canal by Kings Cross.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of The New Craft House, how would you describe the brand and products?

Our motto is ‘old crafts for the new generation’ and we really try and bring that idea into all of the projects we complete. Our brand and everything we do is focused on this idea, traditional crafting techniques used in more modern and stylish ways. Our craft kits are designed to help people try out new crafts and learn, while making something they actually want. We basically just want everyone to craft!


A chat with The New Craft House about creativity, goals and running their own craft business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


As a duo, how do you go about making a The New Craft House ‘work’? Do you always get on, how do you make decisions together? Can you share which skills you both bring and how they differ?

Our craft kits are designed to help people try out new crafts and learn, while making something they actually want.

We realised last week that we have been friends for 11 years now and we know each other so well, we’re quite in sync in making decisions. If we get to a point where we are like ‘arghhh’ at work, we play ping pong and have a cup of tea. Rosie worked in marketing for a couple of years while I was doing my MA, so she takes the lead with that. I sort out our accounts and most other things are split quite equally. When it comes to projects and making samples, we take on the ones in our best crafts. I’ll do the quilting projects and Rosie does the knitting. We’ve not strictly set out these divisions but they have naturally worked out. Perhaps in the future we will need to divide things more clearly but it is working well so far.

We’ve seen you work with some great brands (Bestival, Cath Kidston and Liberty to name but a few), how have you gone about building relationships with those names and do you have any upcoming collaborations you can share with us?

We’ve been really lucky and some of our favourite brands have approached us to collaborate. We’ve also pitched some ideas and this is something that we want to do more this year. It’s a lot of fun to work with a bigger brand with a bigger budget and we both love writing out workshop pitches. We’re hoping to return to some festivals this year and tie-dye up a storm.


A chat with The New Craft House about creativity, goals and running their own craft business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


You’ve just added a further two products to your range – can you share with us the creative process in deciding products and seeing them through from design to launch?

We brainstorm a lot of ideas and settle on something that gets both of us excited. This is the fun part and then we have to look into whether it is actually a practical kit to make. We look at costings and supplier availability, as we are trying to source as much as possible in the UK, this is a deciding factor for us too. Once we have all that sorted and we’ve decided to go ahead, we can return to some more of the creative bits – writing the tutorial, picking the fabric prints, working on the illustrations and packaging.

What’s the key to a happy life for you both?

We’re both so grateful that we’re able to do this full-time now. Both of us studied non-creative subjects at uni and couldn’t see ourselves getting back on to a creative path, so we’re so happy that we have forged out this little business. Basically, being creative is the key to a happy life for us!

To anyone reading this and thinking about starting a business this year, what’s the one piece of advice you’d offer them?

Speak to as many people as possible and test your idea before jumping right in. We’ve learnt a lot along the way and some things we think could have been avoided if we had planned a bit more ahead. Running your own business (especially at the start) is so much work and we’re super lucky that there are two of us to split everything up. Our top piece of advice is find a friend who has the same vision as you!


A chat with The New Craft House about creativity, goals and running their own craft business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


Running your own business (especially at the start) is so much work and we’re super lucky that there are two of us to split everything up. Our top piece of advice is find a friend who has the same vision as you!

You’re often at craft shows, blogging, instagramming etc; can you share some of your favourite blog reads and makers?

Yes! Because we do a lot of different crafts there are quite a lot… Flossie Teacakes, Chloe Mullaney, Sallie Oh, By Hand London girls, Ada Spragg, What Katie Did, the list goes on and on!

And finally, who would you both invite to your famous person dinner party (dead or alive)?

We’d sit at each end of our long table and invite William Morris, the mysterious Liberty designer who has initialled lots of prints but no one knows who they are, May Morris, Kaffe Fassett and a whole load of our fave bloggers.

A big thank you to Hannah and Rosie for their time today; I’ve learnt a lot – and may have had to Google May Morris and Kaffe Fassett! I’ve had a go at their knicker making kit and had great success, so I highly recommend their range.

The New Craft House have also offered a special discount to readers of This Little Space of Mine. Add the code LITTLESPACE when ordering one of their craft kits for free UK delivery – valid until the end of March 2016. Pop over to their shop.

You can also catch The New Craft House over on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. A big thank you to Hannah and Rosie for their time today!

If you fancy catching a previous ‘A chat with…’ here are a few links for you –

Next month I’ll be talking to someone who recently launched a brand new online shop, so watch this space. Don’t forget you can also follow me on Bloglovin’ so you never miss a post.

I hope your Monday is going well and thanks so much for popping over.

Leanne x

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Making Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers from Mollie Makes

Hello! So in the last week I’ve shared a travel post and a marketing post… so it’s well and truly time to get back to something crafty! So today I’m sharing with you a recent make – Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers (the pattern is from Mollie Makes).

Confession time: I love foxes. I don’t know what it is about them, something about them being the underdog and disliked by many, but I think they’re beautiful. There seems to be a lot of fox paraphernalia around these days, which I generally don’t like (remember when it was owls?!), but I couldn’t resist Sincerely Louise‘s fox slippers pattern when it popped up in Mollie Makes issue 61 just before Christmas.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Before I get started, if you haven’t heard of Sincerely Louise’s before, she has a book called Faux Taxidermy Knits available which contains… well, exactly as the title suggests. The knits look like a lot of fun to make and I love Louise’s style.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers

Here are a few work in progress pics from my Instagram feed

You’ll need:


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


While the pattern suggested you could carry the yarn when a shade isn’t in use, I was concerned I’d catch my feet in them over time so bravely decided to give intarsia a go. I’ve tried it maybe twice before and was pretty nervous but after watching a couple of YouTube videos and just getting on with it, I was pleased with the end result. It’s in no way perfect and I could definitely improve, but it wasn’t a disaster.

I should also mention that reading the instructions is so important; I bought the yarn and was about to start and then realised the pattern was for size 6, when I’m size 4.5/5. Oops. The pattern even gives you alternative yarn ideas for smaller sizes but silly me it was a bit late for that, so I opted to go for 2.5mm and 3mm knitting needles – swapping 3.5mm for 3mm. A little risky but thankfully they fit me perfectly.

When I made the first slipper I found I spent a lot of time detangling threads of yarn compared to just knitting. I was working with a total of five threads of yarn (2 cream and 3 in orange), so it was kind of the inevitable but really put me off starting the second slipper. After a bit of a google and asking on Instagram I found knitters often use embroidery bobbins and boy what a difference it made! There was still a little bit of tangling, but nothing compared to the first time around. Definitely a top tip; someone also suggested used a peg, which could work in the same way.

In terms of the yarn I used, I’d never heard of Bergere De France before and found it soft and easy to work with. It reminded me of the MillaMia soft aran I recently worked with, though the two are blended very differently.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


So that’s it. Aren’t they cute? I haven’t stopped wearing them!

Oh and if you love foxes as much as I do, be sure to let me know and also check out my fox themed Pinterest board.

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What’ve you been making recently? A big thanks to Mollie Makes and Sincerely Louise for this slipper pattern!

Leanne x

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Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – March 2016

Hello! I’m back today sharing how I’m getting on with my crafting projects. The hope is that it prompts me to finish things before I start anything new. I actually think it’s helping me think twice before starting something new and it’ll be interesting to see what impact it has over the year.  If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, here are a couple of links for you – January and February.


Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine


So here’s my current work in progress list. I’ve shared things I completed last month as well as things I’ve already started and finally, things that are on my radar. To keep it flowing from month to month I have a) created a spreadsheet (because I love a good spreadsheet!) and b) I’m going to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress. If you see any bits repeat, it’ll tell you I did nothing on it all month!

You might also spot two new additions to my ‘on my radar’ list – oops.

Completed
  • Fox slippers. This was my biggest make of February and took quite a bit of time. The pattern was from Mollie Makes issue 61, designed by Sincerely Louise, and I love the finished slippers. I’ll be sharing a post on them later this week.
  • Wool and the Gang Hemingway hat. I’ve now made three of these hats in total and I think I get faster each time. Love the pattern and the hat is so snug; my friend is going to love it I’m sure.
  • Heart shaped confetti for my friend’s wedding. This had been sitting on my shelf for ages, so one evening before bed I just sat and stamped the sheet of A3 yellow card and got it done. Feels so good to have them finished.
  • The New Craft House knickers. I took a Sunday afternoon out last month to sit and make these and it was great to take time out and sew; it’d been a while. Here’s how I got on.
Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. January and February are complete and I made a start on March’s Netherlands theme at the weekend. It’s a bigger pattern so it’ll keep me busy this month.
  • Attic 24 ripple blanket. I started this in May time and it’s been one of those projects I tend to pick it up and put it down every now and then; it’s currently the only thing I’m working on (my concentration is a bit all over the place!). The pattern is over here.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I can feel my Mum frowning at me as I type this. Must get this Sew La Di Da make finished for spring.
  • Scraps granny square blanket. I have so much left over yarn and really want to stash bust by making blankets to give to charities. It’d be nice to get this one finished soon.
On my radar
  • Project baby. My best friend and her husband are expecting a baby boy in June and I’ve now decided on the colours to use and what I want to make. My friend reads my blog from time to time, so I’ll lovingly refer to it as ‘Project baby’ from now on. 😉
  • Simply Crochet’s bright granny square blanket. I’ve decided on the colours so I’ll be ordering the yarn soon. The plan is for it to match our living room theme and sit on the back of our sofa.
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
  • We Make Collective weave. I received this in October/November time and I’m yet to start. I don’t want to forget about it as the yarns I received are beautiful and I’d love to make something to hang on my craft room wall. Find out more about We Make Collective in a previous post.
  • Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I treated myself big time at the Knitting and Stitching show on Saturday, buying my first tapestry kit from Hannah Bass. I fell in love with her map designs and can’t wait to get started on this.

What’s on your list? Have you been working on anything exciting in the last month?

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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The New Craft House’s Knicker Making Kit

Sewing and dressmaking has always been one of those crafts that I convince myself I’ll learn eventually, but generally don’t prioritise. I do have a pile of pretty fabrics that look great in my craft room, but that’s as far as they’re going at the moment! That being said, I want to sew and would like to eventually make clothes (and finish a dress I started in 2013!), so when the ladies at The New Craft House sent me their knicker making kit I thought it’d be perfect for me.

I’ve been friends with Hannah and Rosie for a while now and these ladies know their crafts; they’re sewing pros and I’m always so impressed by all the clothes they make for themselves. They’ve launched their shop selling their own craft kits with two products – a knicker making kit (£18) and a English paper pieced cushion cover (£22). I’ve also heard they’re expanding their product range very soon – can’t wait to see what’s next.


The New Craft House Knicker Making Kit review - This Little Space of Mine


The New Craft House’s Knicker Making Kit

I opted for the knicker making kit in the pink daisy fabric and the kits are advertised as being suitable for anyone with basic machine sewing skills and advise that they can be made in around 2-3 hours – which is about as long as it took me (with a few pit stop cup of teas!). The kit itself includes a reusable pattern in UK sizes 6-16, step-by-step instructions, cotton lawn Sevenberry fabric in a choice of five prints, elastic and cotton jersey for the gusset. All I needed was pins, scissors, thread and my trusty sewing machine.


The New Craft House Knicker Making Kit review - This Little Space of Mine


I nervously worked through the pattern one Sunday afternoon; lack in confidence with sewing means it takes me about five reads of an instruction before I can work out what I need to do. The instructions were both visual and written, so this was a great help.

Once I’d cut it all out and began sewing I began to feel a bit more confident… then fun with elastic began! I’ve never ever sewed with elastic before and it definitely challenged me, but the good news is I did it and I reckon I did it pretty well – a couple of minor hiccups but overall I was happy. That goes for the finished knickers – I’m surprised at how good they look, I was so sure I was making mistakes left, right and centre. It just goes to show that I should be a bit braver with my sewing!


The New Craft House Knicker Making Kit review - This Little Space of Mine


All in all I think this kit is great, it does exactly what it says on the tin (and you get the kit in an actual tin!) and I was able to make something from start to finish, on my own, in my sitting. That gets a thumbs up in my book! So a big thank you to The New Craft House for their product and the thought that’s gone into it.

Be sure to keep an eye on their shop – I can’t wait to see what The New Craft House do next. Watch out for another post on here next month featuring Hannah and Rosie…

Have you got the sewing bug?

Leanne x

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This kit was given to me by the team at The New Craft House as a complimentary product. Please note that all opinions and tales of dodgy sewing are my own!

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