Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Thoughts on Mollie Makes

Photo from Mollie Makes
I passed a happy hour looking through Mollie Makes yesterday evening - it's a new craft magazine that seems to have flown from the shelves of just about everywhere. It has a nice matt cover, a proper bound spine and feels just how you want a magazine to feel: a very long way from shiny, stapled pages. These are the things that shouldn't matter, but somehow do.


It's a lifestyle magazine with craft skew poked firmly through it. The articles and interviews focus on the process of craft and the evidence of it having infiltrated its way into the crafter's heart, home and thoughts, rather than teaching you how, which is just what I'm interested in reading about. Oh and there's some shopping bits too...which are always welcome. Who wouldn't love a magazine that alerted your attention to the existence of this floaty Anthropologie apron? (well, perhaps I loved it less when I realised that the apron was no longer for sale, but sometimes just feasting your eyes on something will suffice. I've already imagined the baking sessions and dinner parties I've lived through wearing that apron and I think in reality I'm not sure I could cope with its fabulousness).

Eyes Left: Apron love
I also love it when magazines hold secrets and nonchalantly dispense them in small and insignificant side columns as though they didn't really deserve a double page spread. Which is exactly what they achieved in their 'where to buy retro fabric' aside... amongst the others listed there you might want to go visiting Spinsters Emporium.


Overall, my impression of it was that it was rather wonderful and cringe-factor moments (which seem to feature frequently in craft magazines) were low. I hope they retain their very welcome small sewing pattern to editorial ratio, as so often if you don't want to make the item in question it can feel like a huge number of pages have been lost. My only complaint is that, as I said at the top of this post, I spent a happy hour looking through the magazine, which for £4.99 doesn't seem very long. However, if you add to that the subsequent time getting lost in Anthropolgie apron fantasies and further time looking up some of the online links shared within the pages, then perhaps it does represent jolly good value for money.

Florence x

12 comments:

  1. Was looking for this today - none in our local newsagents, sadly. I might look at the digital version. On a different tack, our local Waitrose had the purple micro leaves you liked so I don't know if they're nationwide.

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  2. MMMMmm! I was a bit torn with it too! Somehow I had the feeling that if I did not love it then it was a mark against me and not the mag! I just was not sure if it was good value, it just didn't have as much 'substance' as I would have liked for my fiver - but at the same time I did like it! Confused.com is me!!

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  3. I have yet to find this magazine Florence....my search shall continue!...
    Have a good day,
    Susan x

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  4. Oooh I love Spinsters Emporium! The first time I discovered it they were doing card making and I dived in to an amazing box of fabric that turned out to be their scraps (although these looked much larger than scraps to me!). After much amusement the lovely girl in the shop did me a great deal on their 'scrap' fabric!! They also do courses...worth a look if you're in the East Midlands area :)

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  5. I just managed to snag the last copy of this in our local WHSmiths and really enjoyed looking through it all. It's much the best craft themed mag that I've seen recently but I agree that it is rather expensive for under 100 pages. Maybe they'll increase the size as it gets going - but I haven't yet decided whether it's worth taking out the subscription offer...

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  6. Florence, I've missed your posts the past couple of weeks, glad you're back! Although I may have saved some money because I'll probably have to go out and buy the magazine now!xx

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  7. my thought exactly... fingers crossed for issue no 2

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  8. I had the same thoughts too! How can the nice 'feel' of a magazine make so much difference, but it does!!!
    Love your blog Florence. x

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  9. Thank you for the review Florence. I will be looking to see if it has made it here at a reasonable price. Welcome back too!

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  10. It is a very nicely produced and attractive magazine. However,I found most of the ideas very stale; I also found it very proscriptive - in a way blogs are not. I found this lazy and unoriginal (ie stick up a photo that has been around for eons on a blog somewhere and then it tells you to get a vase and put things like the above into it, a bit kind of obvious really). It really could be better! Ravelry already has a similar apple cosy pattern - which is actually a bit pointless as a pattern isn't it, apart from the novelty of it I suppose. I have read several people report that there is not enough felt to complete the kit which comes with it which is very poor. (It isn't a free gift either - you are paying enough for the magazine I think!)I decided not to buy but I might change my mind for other issues. Expensive too. I find it difficult to buy any craft mags as they are usually hideous.

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  11. Glad you're back, Florence! Was starting to get a bit worried! I've been sewing your Slouchy Make-up Bag again and loving it all over again too. Might blog it soon. Any new patterns in the pipeline? x

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  12. Oh hello you're back! Nice to see you :)
    I haven't managed to get my paws on a copy of mollie makes, so will have to be on the look out early next month by the looks of it! x

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