• Online interior design course offer

    by  • April 21, 2016 • 0 Comments

    KLC Design School

    Would you like to brush up your interior design skills from the comfort of your own home? The KLC five-week online Design Your Home course will give you the chance to learn about the design process, find your style, colours, fabrics and window treatments, sourcing, lighting and accessories. Plus, for a short time you can take advantage of our exclusive early bird offer and enroll for just £99 (RRP £399) until 29 April 2016.

    It’s the perfect place to work on your latest decorating project and give you the confidence to transform your home. Over five weeks you will learn via a mix of webcasts, lessons, course notes, inspirational links and online interaction. You will even get access to a private Facebook group specially set up for students where you can share your ideas.

    Visit Klc.co.uk/mds and enter discount code BL0416.

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    Getting crafty with Hochanda TV

    by  • April 15, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    We love nothing more than a crafting session, which is why we were really excited this morning to go and try out some fab craft workshops with new online and TV shopping channel, Hochanda.

    Hochanda is a crafters dream, the interactive shows demonstrate a wide range of products, whether you love knitting, painting, paper craft, jewellery making, baking, DIY or gardening. And whether you are a beginner or more experienced in your favourtie hobby, Hochanda have a wide range of products to suit.

    All of its shows are available to watch on TV (Sky 663, Freesat 817, Freeview 39) or by streaming online on a smartphone, laptop or tablet. So, check it out this weekend at hochanda.com (it’s given us lots of inspiration for our weekend projects!). Homes Ed Laurie above loved experimenting with Sparkle Medium, a non-shedding glitter gel which is fab for making cards.

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    Style School: Free guide to hard flooring

    by  • March 31, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Carpetright's Tegola vinyl tile in Aged Pine, £26.99 per sq m, will give you the reclaimed look without the price tag

    Carpetright’s Tegola vinyl tile in Aged Pine, £26.99 per sq m, will give you the reclaimed look without the price tag

     

    Get the lowdown on all things flooring with out 8-page guide to sing hard flooring in your home. We explain the different options open to you depending on where in the home you are using it. Plus we show you some of the latest flooring trends. Simply download your copy from the link below.

    Click here to download your free copy

    You’ll learn:

    – All about different timbers
    – Alternatives to natural wood
    – How to measure the space
    – Floor care and maintenance
    – All the very latest trends
    – Expert tips on luxury vinyl tiles
    – Where to find the best rugs to suit your flooring

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    Style School: Free Guide to Colour

    by  • March 4, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Colour style school

    Do you find choosing colour schemes for your home a daunting task? Would you like to know how to combine colours harmoniously? Being able to select the best tints, hues and shades for your home is simple once you know how. Simply download our fabulous 8-page guide to colour – it’s got everything you need to help you create striking room schemes in an instant.

    Click here to download your free copy

    You’ll learn:

    – How to use the colour wheel
    – Cool and warm hues – how and where to use them
    – About creating mood boards
    – The emotional power of different colours
    – How to master monochrome
    – Where to stock up on the latest paint, fabric and wallpaper

     

     

     

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    Make a crocheted blanket

    by  • March 2, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    If you loved our crochet blanket tutorial from the April issue, read on to find out how to make three new granny square designs to complete your project.

    Stitches used:

    Chain (ch)

    Chain space/s (ch sp/s)

    Slip stitch (ss)

    Double crochet (dc)

    Treble crochet (tr)

    Stitch/es (st/s)

    Repeat (rpt)

    Materials:

    Stylecraft Special DK yarn

    Main colour: Teal (Shade 1062) x 3 balls (300g)

    Contrast A: Meadow (Shade 1065) x 1 ball (100g)

    Contrast B: Lemon (Shade 1020) x 1 ball (100g)

    Contrast C: Parchment (Shade 1218) x 1 ball (100g)

    4.50mm crochet hook

    Finished size (including fringing):

    148cm x 81cm (58 in x 32 in)

    Tension (after pressing):

    Each completed square = 11.5cm x 11.5cm (4½ in x 4½ in)

     

    SQUARE A (make 12)

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    Using 4.50mm hook and Main colour, make 6ch and join with ss to form a ring.

    Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 15tr into ring, join with ss to top of 3ch. Break off yarn. (16trs)

    Round 2: Join Contrast C to same place, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), [1tr in next tr, 2ch] 15 times, join with ss to 3rd of 5ch. Break off yarn.

    Round 3: Join Contrast B to any 2ch sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in same sp, 1ch, * [3tr, 1ch] in next 2ch sp; rep from * to end, join with ss to top of 3ch. Break off yarn.

    Round 4: Join Main colour to any 1ch sp, * [3ch, 1dc in next 1ch sp] 3 times, 6ch to create corner sp, 1dc in next 1ch sp; rep from * to end, join with ss to first of 3ch.

    Round 5: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in first 3ch sp, 3tr in each of next two 3ch sps, * [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in 6ch corner sp, 3tr in each 3ch sp; rep from * to end, join with ss to top of 3ch. Fasten off.

     

    SQUARE B (make 11)

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    Using 4.50mm hook and Contrast B, make 6ch and join with ss to form a ring.

    Round 1 (RS): 3ch (counts as 1tr), 3tr into ring, 3ch, turn; 1tr into first tr, 1tr into each of next 2tr, 1tr in top of 3ch (petal made), 3ch, turn; * keeping petal just made forward (towards you) and working behind, 4tr in ring, 3ch, turn; 1tr in first tr, 1tr in each of next 3tr (petal made), 3ch, turn; rep from * 6 times, join with ss to top of starting ch of first petal. Break off yarn.

    Round 2: Working behind the petals but with RS facing, join Contrast A to any 3ch sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), [2tr, 2ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr in next 3ch sp, * [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 3ch sp, 3tr in next 3ch sp; rep from * twice, join with ss to top of 3ch, Break off yarn.

    Round 3: Join Main colour to any 2ch corner sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, * 1tr in each of next 9tr, ** [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 2ch corner sp; rep from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to top of 3ch.

    Round 4: 1ch, 1dc in each tr of previous round, working 3dc in each 3ch corner sp, join with ss into first dc. Fasten off.

     

    SQUARE C (make 32)

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    Using 4.50mm hook and Contrast B, make 6ch and join with ss to form a ring.

    Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in ring, 3ch, * 3tr in ring, 3ch; rep from * twice more, join with ss top of 3ch. Break off yarn.

    Round 2: Join Contrast C to any 3ch sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same ch sp, * 1ch, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 3ch sp; rep from * twice more, 1ch, join with ss to top of 3ch sp. Break off yarn.

    Round 3: Join Contrast A to any 3ch corner sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same ch sp, * 1ch, 3tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch, ** [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 3ch sp; rep from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to top of 3ch. Break off yarn.

    Round 4: Join Main colour to any 3ch corner sp, 3ch (counts as 1tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same ch sp, * [1ch, 3tr] in each 1ch sp along edge of square, 1ch, ** [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 3ch corner sp; rep from * twice and from * to ** once more, join with ss to top of 3ch. Fasten off.

     

    SQUARE D (make 22)

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    Using 4.50mm hook and Contrast B, make 6ch and join with ss to form a ring.

    Work the same as for Square C but with the following colour combination:

    Round 1: Contrast B.

    Round 2: Contrast A.

    Round 3: Contrast C.

    Round 4: Main colour.

    Fasten off.

     

    To make up:

    Press each square with a cool iron, according to yarn instructions on ball band, so that each square measures the same.

    Join squares following the chart below using the dc method as follows:

    D C D C D C D
    C A C B C A C
    D C B C B C D
    C A D B D A C
    D C A C A C D
    C B D B D B C
    D C A C A C D
    C A D B D A C
    D C B C B C D
    C A C B C A C
    D C D C D C D

    Use Main colour and 4.50mm hook throughout. Holding squares together in pairs with right sides facing outwards, work 1 row of dc through both parts of each corresponding stitch on both squares, joining along horizontal lines. Work 1dc in each stitch and ch sp. Turn the work and continue to join in the same way along the vertical lines.

    Make edging:

    Round 1: With RS facing join Main colour to any 3ch corner space of blanket. 3ch (counts as 1tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same ch sp, 1ch; work around whole blanket working [3tr, 1ch] in each 1ch sp and [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in each 3ch corner space. At seams where rows of squares are joined work 1tr in each ch sp either side of seam + 1tr into seam.

    Rounds 2-4: Ss into first corner ch sp; work as Round 4 of Square C to end. Fasten off.

    Fringed edging (optional):

    Using Main colour, cut lengths of yarn around 25cm (10in) long. Using 4 strands at a time, fold in half and pull top centre through first 1ch sp at top of blanket (narrow edge). Pull ends of strands through folded centre until tightly secure to make fringe. Continue along top and bottom edges creating one 4 strand fringe in each 1ch sp.

    Share your crochet pics with us on Instagram using #stylistsmakes for your chance to be feature in the magazine!

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