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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

The Makery: Book Review

Picture this: a quaint little haberdashery shop set over three stories of wooden floorboards, steep spiral staircases and feature fireplaces, accessed only on foot via a narrow cobblestone alleyway in the ancient city of Bath – it can only be, The Makery. My love affair with this sweet little crafty corner began in the Winter of 2011 when Kate, The Makery’s owner, invited me to have a stall at her Christmas market. It was magical, as you’d expect, and no craft fair has ever matched it.

Jessica Joy | The Makery Book

So, imagine my delight when I learnt that Kate was busy beavering away writing her first book of craft projects.

Judging by the shop and the workshops that she arranges, the book wasn’t going to disappoint. I was even more thrilled to be asked to contribute a pattern to the book – a cozy pair of knitted wrist warmers. I wrote the pattern that following summer so have been full to bursting all this time, waiting to see the finished article, and share it with you.

Jessica Joy | The Makery Book

My copy dropped through the letterbox recently and I poured over the pages taking in the handmade goodness. It’s crammed with lots of traditional crafts, and some more modern techniques, too, that i’m now itching to try. Shrink plastic jewellery, hand carved stamps, an oilcloth lunchbag and a felt cuckoo clock to name a small selection. They’re all unique and utterly delightful. For us yarnies, there’s a knitted rug and cup cosy, and the cutest crochet slippers, not to mention a fabulous pair of wrist-warmers ;).

Jessica Joy | The Makery Book

There are a lot of sewing projects, as well – something I’ve never been able to master, so I’m excited to try some of those out, maybe the summer camisole, or stag head; I must conquer my fear of sewing!

Jessica Joy | The Makery Book

I may even use a few of the projects for my handmade Christmas hampers this year. Makery is a book suited to both the novice crafter, and more seasoned pros. The projects are so varied there’s sure to be something that catches your eye. So, go forth and grab a copy of your own. You can’t go wrong gifting the book, or any of it’s projects this Christmas, and, if you’re ever in Bath, stop into that little cobbled alleyway and see for yourself.

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