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Pretty Crafty Places: Stag and Bow Haberdashery


Nestled amongst the pretty independent eateries and retro shops on Dartmouth Road in South-London’s Forrest Hill, the beautiful Stag and Bow haberdashery is a gem to be admired.

Inside the vintage styled store are a carefully curated collection of must have modern crafting materials and equipment: from Debbie Bliss Wool, to Tilly and The Buttons & Sew Over It dress making patterns and DMC thread to Jennie Maizels Iron Patches. Then there are pretty little bits that all us crafters adore, in delicate  bowls, vintage clothes and great craft books.

When I arrived on a Wednesday morning, I was greeted by a table of ladies who were all sat centrally around a large table making their personal projects, over a cup of tea in an Art Deco cup and saucer ( of course). Some were sewing, some knitting, all gossiping. Which makes me love the heart of this store, there is a huge sense of community which brings a warm and welcoming feel.


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D.I.Y. “Carrie” Tulle Skirt


This is a little homage to “that skirt” worn famously by Carrie Bradshaw aka Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. This skirt looks great paired with a cashmere jumper in the winter or a cute t-shirt in the summer. It’s pretty simple to make too!


Photography: Tiffany Mumford – Make-up: Fiona Fletcher – Styling and project: Hannah Read-Baldrey

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D.I.Y. Fendi Flowerland Inspired Bag Hack! With Sizzix &

As soon as I saw the Fendi Flowerland Ad on Instagram I was in love, but at around £1000 a bag they are a little out of my price range! However after attending the Sizzix demonstration at the Hochanda TV launch party, I had a little brain wave. The machine is amazing, it comes in lots of shapes and sizes and cuts endless materials from paper to leather and fabric to balsa wood!

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Sewing from the kitchen table, isn’t that bad… thanks to Janome

Before I had my son, I had a craft room in my three bed house. You guessed it, my room is now his, which is what happens when you expand your family. I am now back where I started, on the kitchen table. Having a space of my own really again is luxury I’m not sure I will be able to indulge in for a long time yet.

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Take a bow! Easy to make shoe clips

Now things are looking up weather wise, perhaps your winter wardrobe needs a bit fancy-ing up too. These clip on shoe clips are just the thing and you can make them in any colour so they are ooo sooo cute!

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