Although I do a lot of online browsing (obviously), I am a big fan of books and magazines. There's nothing like a good sit down with a cuppa and a mag and being able to pop an actual marker in for your next project! Fully armed with reading material for the train on the way home from the show, I started browsing and decided that I would tell you a bit about the publications I have now discovered; just in case you hadn't heard of them yet! It is worth noting here that it you still do prefer doing everything online, there are a lot of digital subscriptions via moremags.com
The publications offered are essentials for crafters, covering things from knitting to paper craft, sewing and stitching. I'm going to kick of with a new sewing magazine…
Love Sewing - A new publication with a great fresh look and lots of basic sewing information. I felt that the range of information would be good for myself, a novice as well as more experienced sewers.
It included a free pattern for a jacket and included instructions and templates for projects such as bunny bunting, a project caddy and an easter bunny. Plenty to keep you busy till the next issue. I loved that all diagrams were clear and easy to understand.
The best feature for me was letters from readers with questions. A problem page for sewers! Great for me with sew many questions swimming in my head! (Pun fully intended.) There were also makes featured from readers, providing inspiration from the masses.
Quilt Now - This was a 'new look' issue and with the front cover sporting some great block patterns which are right on trend, I couldn't wait to have a flick through. There were so many project ideas with clear pictures and instructions, all the templates you required and this particular issue included a 32 page free motion quilting book which was just as well as I bought a foot for this some time ago. Never you might HOW long ago…
My favourite bits were the 'A Day in the Life of' feature and the 'Block of the Month.'
Simply Cards and Papercraft - This issue of this publication included some lovely contemporary stamps which you would need an acrylic block for. The assumption was that this was for people already interested in this area of crafting. There were SO many designs for inspiration including designs from readers who had used past free gifts in their projects and design ideas and how to use your free gift from this issue.
The best bits for me were the 'Whats New' page, allowing readers to stay up to date with trends and products and product reviews, helping readers to decide what is right for them. There was also a 'Techniques' feature which showed readers transferable skills that they could use across all types of projects.
Paper Craft Essentials - With some beautiful spring and Easter themed stamps and papers I couldn't wait to have a look through what sort of projects this publication would include. Paper crafts are so versatile, cheap and easy. The best kind of crafts! Inspiration galore. This magazine also included a 'What's Hot' feature, and a guide and lots of projects for using your free gifts. I loved the 'Beginners Guide' feature but it wasn't entirely obvious where I was to get the template from for the specific project.
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