Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review - 'Giftwrapped' by Jane Means

Giftwrapped  by Jane Means
November 2014 Hardback £20
published by Jaqui Small 

The Christmas season is nearly upon us and the trend for beautifully wrapped gifts using unexpected embellishments and recycled materials has never been stronger.

In this fabulous book, Gift Wrap Guru Jane Means - gift wrapper to the rich and famous - celebrates her signature style and shares her secrets of a perfectly wrapped gift! 

Whether you are wrapping a simple box, a tube or an awkward shaped package, Jane shows you how to turn your gift into a work of art with a few simple techniques and a little imagination. Jane uses all sorts of papers, fabrics. ribbons and even upcycled vintage treasures to adorn and embellish and shares all her tricks and tips - including the art of tying a proper bow! (what a life saver!!)

Beautiful photographs illustrate each example - seriously, this is a book to drool over as much as a practical guide! Detailed glossaries of papers and materials and colourful moodboards will help you pick your style and the step by step instructions which will have you wrapping, tying and embellishing like a pro in no time at all. I particularly love the Japanese Pleating technique - so simple, so elegant!

I can't wait to get started on my Christmas pressie wrapping now using everything I have learnt from this gorgeous book! 


To order Giftwrapped at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG252.
*UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

A limited number of signed copies are also available from

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

October Round Up

What a lovely month October was! So full of wonderful colour, yummy food and lots of woolly makes.

I love Autumn!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to... Crochet a made-to-measure plant pot cosy

I picked up a lovely pot of apricot coloured chrysanthemums from my local supermarket for a bargain price of 60p the other day. I do hate to see a good plant left to die so naturally it came home with me.
All it needed was a good water and a bit of dead heading to look as good as it's full-priced sisters.

Oh, and something HAD to be done about it's somewhat dowdy pot...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ganglabs #2 - The Koselig Blanket

Do you remember my very excited post back in June about how I got shortlisted in the very first Wool and the Gang Ganglabs challenge? Click here to read all about it...  (The competition was extremely popular and you may be interested to know that the three winning designs are now available to buy as knit kits )

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crochet Baby Blankets - A ripple a day...

There are two new additions to our (extended) family this summer! My cousin is expecting her first baby and the Other Half's cousin is expecting her fifth (!!). I thought this was an ideal opportunity to take my crochet skills up a notch and tackle something slightly bigger than a jam jar cover or a little bowl!

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