Monthly Archives: November 2013

New in: Dashwood Studios Fabric Annali

Dashwood Studios are relative newcomers to the fabric market having only released their first collection Enchanted Forest back in the summer of 2013 but we are already big fans of their fun and diverse collections. We also love that they are a wonderful British company releasing fabulous fabric collections from UK based designers!

Brand new out this week is their third collection Annali which has been designed by UK designer Stephanie Thannhauser and is inspired by scandinavian interiors and imagery. Stephanie has a really impressive portfolio having previously designed for Paperchase, M&S and John Lewis in the UK and Target and Old Navy in the US. You can find more about Stephanie on her website

And here is Annali in all her scandi glory:

Annali Dashwood Studios


If you are not familiar with Dashwood Studios previous collections we have Petite Street and Enchanted Forest.

Petite Street

The Petite Street range of fabrics were designed by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studios. This modern collection features a contemporary colour palette of hot pink, grey, turquoise, mint and mustard.

Petite Street Dashwood Studios

Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest range of fabrics were designed by Phyllida Coroneo for Dashwood Studios. Inspired by her childhood in Somerset and Enid Blytons enchanting tale The Faraway Tree this collection features a gorgeous colour palette of lime green, turquoise, navy and purple. Sweet little woodland creatures are hidden through out the Enchanted Forest Collection.

Enchanted Forest Dashwood Studios

I have been making quilts with both Petite Street and Enchanted Forest and they are such a pleasure to work with, I hope to share them here soon!

You can find all the Dashwood Studio fabrics here and fabric bundles here.

Have a great weekend

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Crochet Colour Palette: Cherry Aqua

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

Red, aqua and white make for one gorgeous colour combo, think Aquafresh toothpaste, Slush Puppies, Mr Frosty, Cat in the Hat. Lots of iconic brands from the 80’s/90’s went for the Red and Aqua colour palette. We’ve bought Red, Aqua and White bang up to date with a pinch of pink and grey.  We also think it would make a rather lovely festive crochet colour palette if you fancy a modern fresh look.

Cherry Aqua Crochet Colour Palette

This weeks Cherry Aqua inspired Crochet Colour Palette uses bright red and turquoise yarn from Rico Creative Cotton Aran, a super value cotton yarn.

White White (80), Aqua Turquoise (36), Grey Pearl Grey (52), Red Red (05), Pink Candy Pink (64)

You can find the whole Cherry Aqua yarn pack with 10% off here

DIY No Sew Fabric Wreath For Christmas

Hello craft lovelies! I’m Claire otherwise known as Claireabellemakes. Like Kate, I’m a multi crafter and love to indulge in crochet, knitting, sewing, paper and glue gun crafts. Today I am sharing an easy tutorial to make this DIY No Sew Fabric Wreath for Christmas.

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All the supplies to make the wreath can be found in The Homemakery store. So let’s get started…

You will need:

Estimated time: 30-40 minutes


Begin by cutting your fabric into 2 inch wide strips.


You can use a selection of complimentary fabrics or just one pattern, it’s up to you!


Next, fold in and iron the long sides of the fabric strips to conceal the raw edges.


On the flat side of the polystyrene wreath, pin the end of the first fabric strip. Be sure to push the pins diagonally into the wreath to ensure they do not stick out the other side.


Carefully wrap the fabric strip around the wreath, smoothing it flat as you go. Ensure the folded edges are tucked in.


Pin the other end of the fabric strip to the back of the wreath.



Continue with the fabric strips, pinning and wrapping each one around the wreath. The back of the wreath will not be seen, so do not worry about gaps here.


Remember to look at your wreath from a distance as you go along, so you can see the wrapping is even!


Continue around the wreath with all fabric strips.


Once the entire wreath is covered in fabric, cut a length of ribbon from which to hang it. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath once and pin into place. Fold a long end back down to create a large loop and pin once again.


Add some decorations to your wreath and hang! You could add real holly or mistletoe to give it a more festive feel.


I hope you have enjoyed my DIY! I’d love to see any wreaths you make this holiday season, so feel free to share them with me on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #TheHomemakery!

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Christmas Craft Supplies

Christmas is coming and since its just over a month to the big day we thought we’d share our round up of your essential Christmas crafting supplies!Christmas Craft Supplies


Christmas Crafting Essentials:

Country Christmas Stamp Set, Red Polka Dot Paper Bags, Kraft Gift Tags, Polystyrene Wreaths & Cones, Red Gingham Ribbon, Luxury Hessian, Red Bakers Twine, Christmas Washi Tape Set

Thats just the highlights we have a whole section of the Homemakery dedicated to Christmas Crafting including fabric, card making and gift wrapping you can check it out here

Happy crafting!

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