And the Etsy gift card goes to …


The random number generator thing have me number 33, which was Gill, who is going to spend her £100 Etsy gift card on something for her three grandchildren’s mothers. Hurrah!


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Giveaway! £100 Etsy gift card


It’s nearly Christmas, which means you should probably start trawling Etsy for all those handmade presents you’re going to buy (supporting indy designer-makers, especially at this time of year, is A Very Good Thing).

To help make it a little easier (and to celebrate the launch of Etsy gift cards), Etsy have given me a £100 vouchers to be given away on Make And Do With Perri. Hurrah!

So, this week just leave a comment below and I’ll randomly choose someone to give the gift card to. Why not tell me what you’d buy?

To celebrate the giveaway I’ve started this Pinterest board where I’m collecting all this prints on Etsy I’d buy if I had a spare £100.

* A few T&Cs *

– You must live in the UK

– You must leave the comment before Friday 22 November 11.29pm


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91 magazine: a new issue is all yours


Read it at

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The one where I do this thing at the Design Museum.

Designer Night invitation

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November 8, 2013 · 5:53 pm

John Lewis IS Christmas

As regular readers of MADWP will know, I don’t do a lot of blogger challenges/groups/things like that. I just don’t have the time.

That all changes when it’s John Lewis, though. Obvs.

I grew up with John Lewis. The Milton Keynes branch, specifically. It wasn’t just because they had the only slice of free parking out the front. It’s because, my mum and dad explained, they had everything you could ever need. And it’d always be good quality.

I have such fond memories of the store. Of trying to sit on the massive stack of rugs, but them always being too high. Of gazing at the chandeliers and knowing that, one day, I’d have one of my own (I don’t). Of getting my lime green Raleigh bike (I still have it). Of buying school uniforms and those little labels you send off and they come back with your name on.

I still love it now. I got my first sewing machine from them. Me and J got our first crockery together. I still buy linen year in the January sales (the best time to buy it) and I still buy all things electronic there (the staff actually know what they’re talking about – I was dissuaded from buying a more pricey Mac Book Pro because the staff didn’t think I needed it. And I don’t). Being in there makes me feel all grown-up, and a little more like my mum – if you knew her, you’d know that was A Very Good Thing.

That’s why I’m taking part in the John Lewis Secret Santa. Next week I’ll be picking a gift from John Lewis to give to another blogger, and they’ll do the same. Fun, right?

(Ps. Here’s the new ad)

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The embroidery course I wish I could take.


Elisabeth Roulleau at Hand and Lock.

The couture embroidery tutor is wonderful – she’s from France, and whenever she’s in the UK we catch up. I always look forward to it.

She’s also one of the 100+ people who offer their wisdom in my book, Material World: The Modern Craft Bible.




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Karen Nicol: words cannot describe how much I love her work




The textile artist is showing at the Rebecca Hossack gallery from 7-30 November.

Here’s what the site has to say: “Karen Nicol‘s new exhibition is a Singerie, the French word for ‘monkey trick.’ Singerie is a genre that was first found in the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and made hugely popular in 18th Century French Rococo art, in which artists satirically depicted monkeys wearing fashionable dress.”

I’m heading to the private view tonight, and have interviewed her for Mollie Makes in the current issue


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Lily Cole + knitting + Innocent Smoothies


Lily (who everyone’s favourite model, right?) is promoting Innocent’s The Big Knit.

From the press release: “This year’s Big Knit takes place from 6-29th November.  Behatted smoothies can be found in shops across the land, and for every one we sell, 25p will go to Age UK.  There’s lots more info at”



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Made In Chelsea meets designer-makers

Dreamy Star Hoops 18ct gold plated silver

Dreamy Star Ring 18ct Gold Plated Silver

Made In Chelsea star, Rosie Fortescue, and designer-jeweller Laura Graves, have teamed up to create this collection, which launches on 11 November.




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Birthday! Book! Giveaway!

On this day last year I published by first book, Material World: The Modern Craft Bible. It features 100+ of some of the finest makers and designers in, in my opinion, the world. Really, I cannot believe so many brilliant people let me interview them.

A massive thank you to everyone who was part of it, who wrote about it and who bought it. I’ve got a copy spare, so to celebrate, I’m doing a little giveaway. Tell me your favourite blog or website (yup, it can be your own) before 11.59pm at Sunday 10 November (GMT) and I’ll do the random number draw thing, sign it and send it to one of you.


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