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Are you counting down the days until BUST’s London Craftacular on Sunday? Because there are only 5 days left! And when the big day comes be sure to stop by Alice Gabb’s table, where her beautifully illustrated stationary and other handmade items, will be on display for the hip crafting community. Gabb, an illustrator, lives and works in Hackney. She just graduated from the Bath School of Art with a degree in Graphic Design, where she did work based on the dying art of writing letters. Read More
Only one week until the London Craftacular! If you’re planning on attending, look for Glazed and Confused Ceramics, pretty ceramics made and designed by Tana West. West is an artist living and working in east London. After studying sculpture at St. Martins College, she made a set of teacups for a friend’s wedding gift. The creation of the gift sparked an interest and she then began to use ceramic processes to create traditional teacups. West has been working under moniker Glazed and Confused Ceramics for two years now. Read More
Cold outside ‘aint it! Well, to warm things up a little, here’s a couple of pics of a crafty nature from an usually sweltering day at York Hall in Bethnal Green, where things will be decided cooler on Sunday November 28 when we hold the Christmas Craftacular - less bunting, more baubles; less iced tea, more hot chocolate and soup.    Yep, the BUST London Summer Craftacular in July was hot, in both a good and a rather sweaty kind of way. Read More
If, like me, you've always resolved to make your own clothes one day but found dressmaking patterns leave you cold, DIY Couture's range of books may have the answer! Marrying ideals of craftsmanship from the rarefied world of high-fashion Couture with those of the anti-fast-fashion DIY movement, their promotion of understanding the basic building blocks of garments is refreshing and empowering, encouraging folks to “get up to their elbows in the 3D world of creation”. Read More

Craft-In, BUST-Out

BY Helen in DIY

With the holiday season upon us, we crafters here at BUST have been searching for new gift ideas to make for our loved ones this year, and thankfully we found them all in one place with Kathleen McCafferty's Craft-In (Lark Crafts, $14.95). Designed as a party kit for craft gatherings the collection features 12 booklets by 12 indie crafters, detailing a wide variety of projects for you and your besties to get together and try out. Read More
One of the ways my mom lets me know she loves me is by making soup and canning it so I can preserve it until that fateful day when a cold hits me and all I want is a bowl of mom’s magical brew. When I don’t know what to give someone for the holidays, I rely on my homemade orange marmalade presented in cute jars—it’s a gift everyone appreciates since it’s such a sweet labor of love. Read More
Kimberly Ellen Hall has been teaching people to knit in exchange for their first projects since 2007. Now, her collection of scarves made by people who have never knit before have earned an exhibit all of their own at the Textile Arts Center from November 5- December 16. Her inspiration for this project is truly lovely; "I learned to knit while I was struggling with a project about luck. I made all sorts of printed pieces with images of items considered lucky: pickles, frogs, black-eyed peas, the number 7, eggs, and so on. But none of the finished pieces felt truly lucky to me. Read More
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The BUST Craftacular friends behind London's Ladyfest Ten have announced a weekend of laid-back crafting to complement its festival line-up taking place in London from November 12 to 14.  Not only is there a "Crumble" taking place on Saturday November 14 at the Horatia pub – as delicious as it sounds, a mix of crafting and a jumble sale –ticket holders will also be able to retreat to the Lady Garden, a "relaxed utopia of creativity and craftivism", on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Read More
Halloween is 26 days away (yes we’re counting) and if you’re looking for some tricky little treats to tide you over until the annual night of mischief, we’ve found the craft book for you! Compiled by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar, Witch Craft contains, as it’s cover proclaims, “Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!” This wickedly cute book may only have about 30 different crafts but each one is equally adorable. Read More