A New Website I Love

Once in a while I come across a new blog, when I do I try to let my friends know how great it is. Here’s one I’ve been talking about a lot this week.

Mrs Steel’s School of Stitchcraft and Scissory was set up by Emma Friedlander –  Collins, a crochet designer,  all round lovely person and champion of all things creative. Her designs regularly appear in print and she has written a couple of rather marvellous crochet books (you can visit Emma’s blog to discover more about her). This new website is a celebration of all things crafty, with tutorials, recipes, patterns and all kinds of great ways to share the crafty love.

Emma says:

The school motto is ‘Make More, Take Less’, and that’s exactly what we’re going to try and do.  Rather than buying ‘throw-away’ things from stores, we’re going to find creative and exciting ways to make and re-make things to create treasured, heirloom pieces.

Now of course, that resonates with me. As many of you know, sustainability and reducing waste is a big part of my philosophy.  With a nod to Hogwarts, you can place yourself in one of  five  “houses”. I’m struggling a bit as I think I’d be at home in any one of them. The houses are listed as:

Yarnistry – crochet, knitting, weaving, macrame and the fibre arts
Stitchery – sewing, embroidery, dressmaking, cross stitch
Stationery  Cupboard – paper cutting, painting, drawing, origami and anything paper based
Greenhouse – flower arranging, photography, growing and gardening
The Pantry – dyer, baker, candlestick maker? Anything with a bit of hardware!

Emma promises that over the coming weeks there will be lots to discover based around these themes. Of course, the best way to discover what Mrs Steel’s school is all about is to pop over and take a look for yourself.  Today’s post is a rather delicious looking chocolate brownie recipe, which I must admit had my mouth watering.

And, if you have a favourite blog or website (or would just like me to take a look at yours). Leave a comment and I’ll drop by.

Happy making x

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