I'm a sucker for a beautiful print magazine. Especially a crafting one. If it's main focus is sewing? Forget it. There are two magazines to which I subscribe (and will share at a later date), but today I'm going to share the ones I buy here and there whenever I find myself in Barnes and Noble with a gift card. Inevitably, they are British publications. The aesthetic is simply gorgeous, which makes me look the other way when I see the price sticker.
The first is "Mollie Makes." I've toyed with subscribing to this one for over a year, but haven't yet. My procrastination has paid off because they are now publishing a US version that will be far less expensive. Each issue comes with a gift, usually a small hand crafting kit. This magazine has a broad range from sewing to knitting to paper crafts. The artwork is just lovely.
Another title that caught my eye recently is called "Craftseller." I bought it in the name of business research (wink wink). This magazine goes so far as creating tutorials for things that you can make and sell yourself. It's fun to see everything listed in pounds instead of US dollars. Other business advice I found lacking, based on my experiences thus far, and found that their pricing suggestions were really low, not factoring in labor at all. While not very useful for what I aim to accomplish with my business (only 2 sewing tutorials), the images and styling are very inspiring to me, design-wise.
Nearly all craft magazines not only contain detailed instructions for creating the items shown, they often include a template section at the back that you can either cut out and use as-is, or enlarge to the directed percentage and copy for use. Very handy!
The price is enough to make you pause. Better Homes and Gardens craft magazines are far less expensive. But, the writing, photography and overall look of these magazines is far different.
The last British crafting magazine I will share with you today is my favorite, aesthetically. This is called "Prima Makes." The cover hooked me with the color palette.
The layout of the tutorials and recipes is clear, beautifully styled and most were relevant to me either directly or as inspiration for other projects I might tackle.
One article that had me dreaming was a travel guide to crafting workshops held in various picturesque locations throughout Europe. It is also the least expensive of the three...bonus. All of these publications are available at Barnes and Noble, in case you would like to pick up a copy of your own.
Do you have a favorite crafting magazine?
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.