Prescott and Mackay is a truly unique craft business. They teach part-time DIY enthusiasts in London, San Francisco and Melbourne how to make shoes, bags and more--in as little as one weekend! We spoke to founder Melissa Needham about the vision behind the growing craft empire and what's in store for 2014. What prompted you to start up Prescott & Mackay and what guided your decision to expand your offering to courses in areas ... Read More
As fans of girl rock (durr!) we're super excited about the launch of Brit website thegirlsare.com's first ever print issue of TGA, to complement its up-to-the-minute content online. After growing tired of finding music magazines in the 'men's interest' section, Editor Annette Barlow decided to do something about it. And how glad are we that she did? TGA will finally offer a real alternative to the male-dominated music press here in the ... Read More
Ere! Got some business to discuss. A little birdie tells me it's the BUST Craftacular down York Hall in Bethnal Green this Sunday 12-6pm and some cushty deals are going down. Have a butcher's at this little lot!  1. Georgia Bosson hand-printed note books, usually £8 each, BUST offer 3 for £20.  2.Eclectic Eccentricity Perfect Alignment Necklace, usually £45, BUST price £40! Plus free pair of earrings with purchases over £20 ... Read More
  Knitters are a typically practical bunch, with problem solving perhaps their badge of honour. There is one problem however that seems to haunt every knitter I know. That of the stubbornly unfinished project.  This is precisely what UK based artists, Rachel Matthews and Celia Pym have been tackling over the last 4 years in a fascinating project that matches people's unfinished knitted items with a new pair of hands for completion.  These unfinished ... Read More
Do you love a bit of Lansbury? Are you partial to Poirot? No clues needed—make haste to York Hall in Bethnal Green this Sunday as Art Macabre, producer of deathly drawing salons, takes up residence in the secret Murder Mystery Drawing Room at BUST Craftacular. Join hostess with the grossest, Nikki Shaill and a line up of carelessly crafting models (ouch!) for an hour-long event which we are told will make it impossible to look at a knitting needle the same ... Read More
The team behind the London BUST Craftacular this Christmas have hooked up with super cool website Supermarket Sarah for a digital raffle in aid of women's charity Women For Women International. Women for women help women in war-torn parts of the world rebuild their lives by joining them up with sponsor sisters. Check out the wall, click on the items to read more about each of the 35 prizes which include jewellery from BUST favourites, Tatty Devine and even a ... Read More
Carlisle based artist and designer Lydia Leith has great sense of comic timing. Printing quirky, tounge-in-cheek memorabilia, such as her infamous Royal wedding sickbags, she has tapped into the nation's favourite passtime: a spot of establishment rib tickling, particularly on occassions of National pomp and ceremony.    These punk products have taken the form of Jubilee jelly moulds in the shape of the Queen’s head and a range of ... Read More
Illustrator Benjamin Phillips lives in South-East London with a dog who was born without a tail. He describes his own work as "often cynical and fuelled by contradictions being both sweet and sinister at the same time," and we're especially looking forward to him pitching up his easel to offer live portraits this Dec 8 at York Hall. Alice Hubley, writer and Spinning Yarns DJ asked Benjamin a few questions. Have you been to the ... Read More
1- "You Must Be My Lucky Star" silver plate necklace from Wear That There 2- Penny's Purses Knitting Kit from The Craft Closet3- Swag bag of kits and badges from Craftivist Collective4- 101+ Things To Do With Glitter by Momtaz Begum-HossainThe BUST London Christmas Craftacular is this Sunday, December 16, from 12 - 6 PM! Expect shopping, crafting, dancing – and LOTS of merry-making! Don't miss out on the fun, including:The season's top wrapping paper ... Read More
It's rare that a craft book seeks crowd funding in order to go ahead, but this is just the case with the Craftivist Collective's Little Book Of Craftivism.  Brit founder Sarah Corbett, who started out blogging as A Lonely Craftivist (and self professed burnt out activist), has captured U.K. press attention and grown a worldwide group of like-minded crafters passionate about ending equality via the power of craft.  With the blessing of crafty ... Read More
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