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UK Handmade Margaret Dier blue beetle embroidery
"Browsing the internet I found a beetle picture and wow! The picture just jumped right out, a true turquoise jewel. The colour caught me first, turquoise being my favourite, and then I just knew I had to stitch it."  UK Handmade Portfolio member, Margaret Dier, describes how Coleoptera was created.
Front Cover of Flavours of Summer
I have a terrible habit of choosing to review baking books. It has become a bit of an addiction, I find myself staring at lovely images of cakes and cookies for an unhealthy amount of time. However, with the return of the sun and ambient weather in general I find myself putting my baking books to one side (for now), the thought of chocolatey and sugary treats feels all melty and sticky.
UK Handmade Oakwood Soaperie Ceri Aitman
UK Handmade Portfolio member, Ceri Aitman of Oakwood Soaperie handmakes luxurious soaps using organically grown botanicals from the National Trust's Gibside Estate. From planting to packaging, here she tells us how they come into being.
Helen Hallows
Helen Hallows is a Textile artist based in the Midlands, just outside Nottingham. Her passion for nature and the changing seasons are evident in her work. Practical living and be true to yourself and your work is her daily mantra. I caught up with Helen and this is what she had to say... What is your background? Where did you train? 
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In this two part article, UK Handmade Portfolio Member, Helen White from Helenka White Design gives us an insight into the world of polymer clay and how this fantastic medium can be used to create gorgeous and quirky jewellery. Part 1 gives an overview of the clays and tools. In Part 2 she shares her own creations and explains some of the techniques used.
Making It By Design
If you are interested in turning your design business into an iconic brand, then this conference at the British Library is for you.Four of Britain’s leading designers share advice on how to establish your niche and stand out in the market. Hear their stories - the successes and challenges of growing a business - and what they learned along the way.  
Quercus graphico brooch
Quercus Silver will be showcasing new additions to their range of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery at this weekend's West Dean College Design and Craft Fair.  As designer, and UK Handmade portfolio member, Su Trindle told us, “Working for a particular exhibition or show is a great opportunity to develop new work or expand a current jewellery range.
Maman Gateau java breastfeeding cover
UK Handmade Portfolio member, Cindy Theodore tells us about the inspiration for Maman Gâteau and how it came into being.Maman Gâteau, which is a sweet term meaning ‘doting mother’ in French, provides stylish baby essentials with an African-print twist, allowing mums to be out and about with an air of confidence.
RHS Wisley Arts Fest
Felt Happy will be among the many participants at the second Wisley Arts Fest scheduled for July 18th and 19th. Fellow International Feltmakers Association members Carol Crowdy and Nancy Shafee have teamed up to run short introductory felting workshops during the weekend and to demonstrate their work and they will also be selling their colourful work.
Front Cover of Pretty Organised
Review by Ali Burdon from Very Berry Handmade
The Keep it Local team are delighted to announce an exciting new venue for this year’s series of Craft Fairs.  The Llama Park at Wych Cross is set in the stunning scenery of the Ashdown Forest near Forest Row and they continue with a date on Sunday 28th June 2015.
Sue Gregor
Sue Gregor is a contemporary jeweller who uses plants and weeds which grow in front gardens and wastelands, in hedges and along paths to produce beautiful and individual pieces. She has developed a process she calls ‘fossilized plastic’, linking the natural world with the man-made by marrying acrylic with the plants she gathers.
RVS Grandfest
This June, the older people’s charity, 'The Royal Voluntary Service', will be holding GrandFest, a new one day festival celebrating the skills older people possess. 
'Spring Fling', Dumfries & Galloway’s showcase for visual art and craft, celebrates its13th year with open studios from the 23th – 25th of May, alongside a series of exhibitions taking place in Scotland and Germany.