Category Archives: Crafts & Hobbies

Free snowflake crochet square patterns from A Square A Day

If you’ve ever thought about making someone a personal gift for Christmas then we’ve got something to get you started: two free crochet square patterns from A Square A Day by Tracey Lord. The ‘Chamonix’ and ‘Sparkle’ patterns make beautiful snowflake designs, perfect for making a winter blanket, scarf […]


Free download alert! Paper Play craft projects are up for grabs!

For those of you who couldn’t make it to our children’s paper craft workshops this afternoon, we’re giving away a few projects from Lydia Crook’s Paper Play for FREE! Suitable for anyone aged 7 and over, these make for perfect half-term crafting activities, especially if […]


Fiona Goble and her knitted creations meet Michael Buble

Not only has she been putting together the woolly welcome for the upcoming addition to the Royal family with the pattern for Knit Your Own Royal Baby (available as a free download from the Ivy site) but our chief knitter Fiona Goble has also […]


Whittling by Steve Tomashek in Living Woods Magazine

“The prospect of learning by carving in the bath with a bar of soap is very appealing, and there’s a lot of sense in giving a child a carrot and a potato peeler to produce a rabbit.” Living Woods Magazine Author and carver Steve Tomashek […]


Happy Halloween! Knitting project from Knit Your Own Zombie

Some of you committed knitting fans out there may have seen the new Fiona Goble sensation Knit Your Own Zombie out and about in a few knitting magazines recently. The book has proved really popular, with everyone wanting to knit the 8 gruesome characters […]


Midsummer Midges and Beaded Bugs

It’s Midsummer’s Day and, predictably, there is nothing remotely summery about today’s weather in Lewes. But, luckily for the Scandinavians, their weather is much better today. And so it should be because today their midsummer celebrations get in to full swing.   The tradition […]


Lovely Jubilee – Knit Your Own Royal Family!

  Nice to see that members of the WI have been busy knitting away to mark the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and good to know that  Knit Your Own Royal Wedding has come in handy for the task!  The ladies of the […]


Love London? Love Paper?

As Jubilee and Olympic fever hits the country, what better way to celebrate than by building your own miniature version of the city at the centre of it all! You can build everything from Big Ben to the iconic red Telephone Box. As an […]


Steampunk Art at Brighton’s Fringe

The Artists Open Houses is perhaps the most colourful and entertaining (it’s fun to peek at other people’s houses) display of local art, taking place during Brighton’s Fringe Festival. Artists of all ages, experience and medium, open their houses to the public and exhibit […]


Talking Steampunk Accessories at Brighton’s Steampunk Hidden Market

It’s only a few months to go now until the publication of Steampunk Accessories but I’ve been looking forward to it since I went along to the photoshoot way back in November. Whilst I’m not what you could call a steampunk enthusiast I was […]


Seeing stars? – Check out these cute zodiac inspired felties…

Zodiac Felties landed on our desks in the office recently and charmed us all. So much so, that a member of our intrepid foreign rights sales team (she’s in snowy Milan at this very moment) tried her hand at several of the projects. They turned […]


Projects from Sweat Shop The Book in Popular Crafts Magazine

Ivy Press team up with Popular Crafts magazine to bring you spring sewing inspiration with project patterns from The Sweat Shop Book. The Sweat Shop Book embodies the ‘less buying – more trying!’ spirit of the original Sweat Shop Sewing Cafe in Paris,  with an an eclectic […]

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