UK Crafts

Unexpected Parenting Challenges: The Loom Band Penis

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

Unexpected parenting challenge number 5,439 emerged last week when my 6 year old son presented me with his latest amazing loom band creation. He was really very proud of it. He had used You Tube to help him create it he said.

Scary Schooling - How To Get Learning Into Play This Halloween

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and you just know the entire half term build up will be filled with spooky goings on...

What Goes on in a WI Meeting: Cake Baking or Booty Shaking?

Lucy Adams | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Adams

People are often intrigued as to what the 'new breed' of modern WIs' actually do during their meetings. Do they bake cakes, sing Jerusalem or perhaps hate on men? The answer is none of the above (I do eat cakes that other people make though).

Me Made May: Meet The Bloggers Sewing Their Own Wardrobes

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Style

With fashion trends changing faster than ever, we're living in a throwaway clothing culture - but this month some women are taking a stand. Hundred...

How To Decorate Eggs For Easter Using Nail Varnish

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While the shops are jam-packed with Christmas decorations in December, it can be harder to find cute items to decorate your home at Easter. In the ...

Turn(it)around Bright Eyes

The Mac Twins | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Sometimes the magnitude of everything you want to do in your lifetime is so overwhelming that you don't do any of them at all. Read all of Game of Thrones, re-visit chess, triathlon training - the list trundles on and on.

Making in the Modern World

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

The executive director of the Crafts Council on the organisation's ground-breaking new conference Since joining the Crafts Council, one thing I've be...

The Support I Get So That I Can Work Might Be Taken Away

Julie Fernandez | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julie Fernandez

I'm disabled, I work six days a week running my own craft business, and I employ 11 people. I also have a successful media career. I'm only able to do all of this because I get support under the government's Access to Work scheme - but I'm totally stressed out at the moment because it's under review and I've been told that it might be taken away.

Help! Loom Bands Have Taken Over the World

Carina Maggar | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

Tiny neon-coloured rubber bands; 'looms' are a little girls' ultimate delight. Worn as bracelets, key rings, charms or necklaces they're available in a range of eye-watering neon colours and are like, totally accessible with your outfit of the day.

Going Rustic: A Guide to Painting Old Wooden Furniture

Vicky Dean | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Dean

Old furniture comes in two categories: a shabby old piece you fell in love with at a second hand store that just needs a little bit of love, or, more likely, a piece you got ages ago when you were broke and is now a horrible eyesore in your home.

The Importance of Place

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Making and provenance are inexorably linked - it might seem our economy is dominated by housing and banking, but manufacturing still retains the power to give a nation a sense of identity.

World Wide Knit in Public Day - Knook, Needles or Loom?

Juliet Bernard | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

WWKIP Day made me think about how people get in to knitting. I have been a knitter for more years than I care to admit but I would say that it is in the last 15 years that I have learned the most and I wouldn't be without my needles.

Bank Holiday Attractions for the Arts and Crafts Enthusiast

Vicky Dean | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Vicky Dean

Another bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us. If you are an arts and crafts enthusiast looking for inspirational activities with a creative bent then read on. Looking at William Morris, John Constable and Beatrix Potter we will tour the houses and landscapes that they lived in and loved.

As the World Cup Looms, Are Brazilians Doing Their Part to Change Their Country?

Angelica Mari | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Angelica Mari

If I am going to be a part of the change in Brazil then I want my own actions to help create jobs, spread some wealth around to those people who really need a bit more, and I'd love to help preserve some art and craft traditions in the process of doing all this.

Playing on the World's Stage

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

At the Crafts Council we believe that it's absolutely vital that we not only have a strong relationship with the craft organisations of other nations but that we also make sure we're exporting the products, skills and ideas of the best of the UK's makers to new places, opening up new opportunities and showing the world quite how good we are at making things.

Decorate Your Own Easter Eggs

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

We traditionally fill it in with a sampling of Easter food: eggs, bread, lamb, salt and pepper. After having it blessed in the church on Saturday, we share the food with the family on the Sunday breakfast. As long as I love and cherish this tradition, I'm not worried about losing my roots.

HuffPost Home Partners With HomeSense

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If your lunchtimes are spent reading interior design blogs, you adore shopping for homeware online, and have a Pinterest board devoted to your dream l...

Willow Weaving - An Ancient and Noble Craft

Juliet Bernard | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Bernard

The basket took us all day and it was quite hard work on the hands but the sense of achievement was huge. I'm not sure how many baskets I need but I definitely want some willow hurdles in my garden, something to support my sweet peas and edging for my log store, which I will enjoy doing.

How Knitting Could Benefit Your Health: Including Helping Depression, Memory Loss And Anxiety

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Not only does knitting allow us to make cute beanies and chunky jumpers, the pastime can have a beneficial affect on our health and help to tackle str...

A Classroom Culture Clash

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

If Britain is to protect its international reputation in the arts and creative industries and the sector is to flourish in the future then it's crucial that these subjects - of which crafts are a vital part - are taken seriously in our schools.

Hard Times and Thriving Design

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

The recent publication of Modern British Furniture: Design since 1945, Lesley Jackson's fascinating history of the British furniture industry, has reminded me of the adage that design thrives in times of recession.

Get Crafty At Christmas With Homemade Cards, Gifts And Wrapping

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Homemade gifts will always be treasured by recipients at Christmas. But who has time to spend hours labouring at the kitchen table? Here are a sele...

Weekend Shopping: Under the Fashion Microscope with DEGEN

Sarah McGiven | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Whilst DEGEN's cheeky clothing and its luxe grunge leanings may not be for everyone, the artistry and style DNA that goes into each piece is unquestionably laudable. I love how the witty, playful spirit of her work is balanced by the effortless cool of the DEGEN models...

Made London: Contemporary Making in Britain Today

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

After a super successful inaugural year in 2012, MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair, returns to One Marylebone, London, to once again present the very best in contemporary craft and design until this Sunday the 27th.

Breaking New Boundaries

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

One idea that I believe to be crucial is the sense of craft as a dynamic, contemporary area of practice. I believe that it can still too often be perceived as something that remains rooted in the 19th century, whereas making is constantly in flux, moving with the times while retaining skill and acute knowledge of materials at its heart.