UK Crafts

How To WIN At Social Media

Christopher McGuire | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher McGuire

OK, to the untrained eye, it may appear that all we need do is put up a post about, oh, I don't know... baked beans, every now and then, and our followers will lap it up, maintaining our status as internet superstars.

Parents Share Ideas For What To Do Indoors With The Kids When It's Raining

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Parents

Nothing makes a parent’s heart sink quicker than seeing it’s bucketing with soak-you-through-in-minutes rain on a day you planned to be outdoors w...

Five Reasons Every Child Should Learn How To Knit

Beth Searle | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Searle

Who taught you how to knit? Almost everyone I know has that one person who taught them how to knit or crochet or cross-stitch when they were young. ...

Wedding Stationery Hacks For The Crafty Bride

Holly Poulter | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Poulter

We know. It sucks. You haven't even stepped into a bridal shop yet and you're already wide-eyed at the cost of all the paper you've got to think about. Save the dates, place cards, table plans, escort cards. Not to mention the invitations themselves!

Cracked It! Easy Easter Decorations To Make With The Kids

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents

This Easter why not enjoy making some easy Easter decorations with your children and adorning your home with your homemade creations? Here’s some in...

Craft Cannot Stand Still

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

There's no doubt that craft and the Crafts Council are in a state of flux. We've witnessed an unprecedented rise in the popularity of making, encapsul...

Why Awards Matter

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

Throughout its long history, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour has covered issues from 'how to hang your husband's suit' in its very first programme to the W...

A Future Of Fusion

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

It's impossible to underestimate the shift in Britain's political landscape since I wrote my last blog, with the newspaper headlines dominated by the ...

Creating Connected Communities Through Craft

Kanak Hirani Nautiyal | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Style
Kanak Hirani Nautiyal

f our gender might have ever worked against us in other circumstances, this time it went in our favour. Most of the artisans that we work with to create our handmade products are women -- of all ages and skill levels.

This Sassy Craft Book Lets You Have Fun With Feminism

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re an ardent feminist with creative flair, prepare to fall in love. Bonnie Burton’s ‘Crafting With Feminism’ inspires women and men al...

Crafty Gifts You Can Make With Your Child

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

Trying to find the perfect present for a family member or friend can be expensive, time-consuming and, if we’re being honest, soul-destroying. How m...

14 Ideas If Your Kid Really Loves Dinosaurs

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents

Is your child obsessed with all things dinosaur? Talking T-Rex and dreaming Deinonychus 24/7? These Pinterest ideas are great for parents who want to ...

12 Olympic Inspired Pinterest Crafts And Bakes For Kids

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Parents

The Olympics are the perfect time to get your children inspired by sport, get them out in the garden and enjoying the fresh air. Unfortunately, livin...

Loz From Ride Grills Me About Violet Beauregarde's Gum

Piney Gir | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Piney Gir

For all the indie music lovers out there, you'll know that Loz Colbert is of course the drummer from seminal 90's shoegaze band, Ride. We've known each other for years, having briefly played in an Oxford-based band together for a bit, we reconnected over our involvement with Gaz Coombes. Loz drums for him. I sang BV's for Gaz's Matatour at the end of last year. Small world, swings and roundabouts, yadda yadda yadda = it's all good how that stuff works out.

How To Unlock Your Child's Creativity

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

We assume that creativity is an innate talent that only some children possess. But actually, all children have the ability to be creative, and it is a...

Finding a Space to Create

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

According to recent results published by TripAdvisor, London is the top-ranked city destination in the world. The 2016 Travellers' Choice Award was ba...

Wedding Blog: Stamp Your Way to Wedding Success

Samantha Baines | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Baines

Wedding invites and stationary can be an extremely pricey addition to your wedding budget but some good stationary really adds extra detail to your big day. There are lots of companies out there that will print up stationary for you or design or mass produce stock wedding invites but what if you want to add that personal touch?

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

Gratitude Photo Journals (And Other Pregnancy Projects)

Liz Lowe | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

It all felt a bit frivolous as it struck me that I should really be photographing our clean, running water, our solid roof, our well-stocked cupboards. We have so much more than so many will ever have

Here's How To Throw The Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt

The Huffington Post UK | Mary Common | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents

Easter egg hunts are a lovely way to celebrate Easter Sunday with the family. Children of all ages love the challenge - and the rewards - and over the...

10 Easter Craft Ideas To Make With Kids During The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents

From Easter bunnies, to egg decorating and homemade greetings cards, there are tonnes of ideas for interesting and easy craft projects you can make wi...

Making a Difference

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK
Rosy Greenlees

One of craft's undoubted strengths is its sense of place and authenticity - it's the primary reason large brands and marketing agencies have been keen...

Unexpected Parenting Challenges: The Loom Band Penis

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 21.10.2016 | 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 20.10.2016 | 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 22.06.2016 | 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).