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I’m delighted to be hosting a Spring Wreath Making Morning at Hobbycraft Greenwich on Saturday 10th of March, to celebrate Mother’s Day! Using techniques from my Flowerbomb! Book we are going to make these stunning embroidery hoop wreaths using the Hobbycraft spring felt range. You will also have to opportunity to purchase the book half price on the day! See full details below and book early to avoid disappoint. Hope to see you then!

Find full details and bookings here at Eventbrite.

Join Hannah Read-Baldrey in store for a floral embroidery hoop wreath workshop and learn how to make the perfect wreath for your home.

On the day you’ll be creating a floral wreath using a selection of felt to make your own little flowers, a glue gun, scissors and an embroidery hoop. You’ll leave the workshop with a finished floral embroidery hoop wreath.

Hannah Read-Baldrey is a successful stylist with 15 years’ experience and counting, as well as a well-known craft author and presenter, selling over 150,000 books worldwide. She has a broad skill set ranging from still life and props, to food and fashion, to illustration and product design. Her beautiful, romantic style is what distinguishes her work. Over the years she has styled for high profile clients such as John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Boden, Reiss, Elle and Vogue.

The workshop is suitable for all ages from 16+.

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To celebrate the launch of my brand spanking new book FlowerBomb! 25 crafts to blow your blossoms ( Pavilion Books) I am going to be giving away the opportunity to win a signed copy of the book ( worth £14.99).

So whats inside? If you love craft, flowers and anything beautiful you are going to love this book. FlowerBomb! Is a book dedicated to beautiful blooming’ craft projects.

I have been in love with flowers ever since I can remember, from making daisy chains as a young child to choosing he peonies and wildflowers for my wedding bouquet. I find their beauty endless and they joy they bring me immeasurable. my mother studied botany and one the years she has attempted to teach me all the names and meanings of an array of flowers; her appreciation has well and truly rubbed off on me.

This book is comprised of three chapters; Floral Home, Flower Fiesta and Flora Fashionista. Each contains a mixture of craft techniques and ideas, from sewing to papercraft, weaving to baking. It’s perfect for the crafter who loves to try different things. I have sort ideas from the catwalk for the fashion section, on trend ideas for the interiors ideas and simply a blow out of floral fun for the party chapter.

COMPETITION QUESTION For a chance of winning a book, all you have to do is name your favourite flower and Season. You can enter in the comments box below or on my Instagram @couturecraft or Facebook Page.

BLOOMIN’ GOOD LUCK!

Yes wishes Hannah x

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These scrumptious marshmallows are so festive, so yummy and so great as a gift. Even a novice baker can make the most delicious squidgy marshmallow and they make an impressive gift for someone with a sweet tooth. This makes 16 extra large marshmallows.

YOU WILL NEED

2 large egg whites

150 ml boiling water

30g powdered gelatine ( please use powdered SO much better and lasts for ages, buy here)

500g white granulated or caster sugar

4 teaspoons of golden syrup

200ml cold water

200g desiccated coconut

23cm x 23xm square tin (buy here)

Cake release spray ( buy here)

Clingfilm

*NB you may be buying some of these materials/ ingredients for the first time. Remember they will all last for many more marshmallows into the future!

METHOD

Whisk the egg whites using an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks. Leave to stand and set aside.

Pour 150ml of boiling water into a measuring jug, then add the powdered gelatine, whisk until dissolved.

To make the “hard ball sugar” place a heavy bottomed saucepan on the hob, add the white sugar, golden syrup and water. Boil for 10 mins occasionally stirring. Once time is up turn off heat and wait for the mixture to stop bubbling.

Add the gelatine mixture to the “hard ball sugar” stirring continuously.

Then add this mixture to the whisked egg whites. Keep mixing on full speed for 10 minutes, until it becomes the constancy of whipped cream.

Turn off the mixture and stir in 50 g of coconut.

Spray the square tin with cake release spray, then pour in the marshmallow mixture. Smooth out the top with a knife or pallet knife.

Sprinkle with the coconut, so fully covered.

Cover with cling film and allow to set for around 8 hours.

Once set, sprinkle the remaining coconut on your work surface. Turn out the marshmallow square onto the coconut. Cut into 4 rows each way.

Once the squares are cut pat coconut on each side.

Place in tin or airtight container and share with your friends or give as a gift. They will last around 2 weeks if properly sealed!

Enjoy!

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Today I’m smashing it in lots of ways, sending out lots of emails and getting ready for the FlowerBomb! Book launch next week. There are lots of things piling up so I thought I would do a little post on hammering petals, which is a great stress buster! ( And the results are nice too!)

All you need is some paper, flat watercolour paper is best. A hammer, some juicy coloured flowers and some welly!

Place the paper on a hard surface, like a wooden chopping board. Arrange the flowers on top, then another sheet of paper. Finally hammer away all your stress!

The colour that comes off the petals can be stunning. Yes over time this will go brown, so I would suggest if you’ve got one you love, scan it into your computer and use a lovely background.

Photo by Tiffany Mumford.

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I’m delighted to have been featured in Craft Business Magazines 2017 industry review of the year. You can read more by clicking the image link below.

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So this week my baby is turning 4… 4! Where did all that time go? And he has requested a Toy Story party for him and all his friends. Call me crazy, we are having it at our house. Eek! With a February birthday, by the time I even thought about booking somewhere after Christmas, in London, I had no chance! ( note to self must book venue in October next year).

I’ll admit it, when it comes to kids party bags Baker Ross is my number 1 destination. They literally sell the best bulk buy small toys and crafts at the best prices. Here are a few things we are putting in our bags this year!

Oh and guess what, the kind folks there are giving you a whole 25% any of your purchases if you use the code HANNAH25 . So go ahead, theres no excuse not to get your party bag game on!

TO MAKE THESE TOY STORY ALIEN BAGS all I did was simply attach three large self adhesive googly eyes to the party bag.

This was the result. Then I filled the bags with lots of goodies!

I love the light up robot key rings!

The kids are going to have fun with their funny eye glasses and blow-moustaches!

Who doest love a mini finger monster!

Remember you can get your 25% off by using code HANNAH25. Happy crafting x

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Last Saturday, I hosted the launch party for my stunning new book FlowerBomb! 25 crafts to blow your blossoms, which is out TODAY! YAY! ( Pavilion books, click here). A few days before I had gone into the wonderful Stag and Bow Haberdashery in Forrest Hill, London to totally FlowerBomb! the windows. For this I made a giant floral wreath and a few mini ones with the flowers I had previously made for Kirsties Handmade Christmas, and hung them using pretty ribbons.

I was over the moon so many lovely friends and family members could join me for the big day. We enjoyed Pink Champagne, (and me being pregnant) Pink Lemonade and devoured the stunning lavender flavoured FlowerBomb! Cake, topped with fresh flowers from the florist over the road.
I had set up a little floral making too on the large wooden table in the middle of the shop. The night before I had used my Sizzix machine to cut out lots of mini petals and my guests happily made beautiful felt broaches with gemstones.

It was a thoroughly lovely party and thank you to all who came. You can buy your copy of the book at all good retailers or click image below.

To celebrate todays official launch, I will be taking over the Hobbycraft Instagram account ( Thursday 1st February), where we will be giving away a signed copy of the book. So come and join me for all the floral festivities!

Love,

Hannah x

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So tomorrow is the big launch of my latest book Flowerbomb! And I couldn’t be more excited. In between launch parties and chatting lots to lovely bloggers and press, the first article has arrived on my doorstep today, from the bestselling craft magazine Crafts Beautiful. And I couldn’t be more delighted, so much love has gone into the design, I couldn’t be happier. You can check out the stunning March 2018 issue yourself, well worth a look!

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This year, I was lucky enough to take part in the Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas show for Channel 4. On air I made this very festive of flowers, so in case you missed it, here’s how to!

You can use them in so many different ways, here I have decorated a faux fur garland, but you could use them on top of picture frames, to decorate a wreath or even a gift.

YOU WILL NEED per flower

1 x A4 sheets Red Felt

1 x A4 sheets Dark Green Felt

1 x A4 sheet Light Green Felt ( makes 3 stamen)

Glue gun

Garden wire/cutters

Fabric Scissors

METHOD

To make the stamen of the flowers, cut the garden wire to approximately 20 cms long. Cut the sheet of light green felt in thirds widthways, then run a line of hot glue close to the edge of one of the open lengths and fold in half, securing the two sides together. Along the folded length, snip lines approximately 3mms apart and 1.5cm away from the glued length.

Run a line of glue along the outer ( un snipped) length of the felt and place the wire at one end. Simply roll this up to make the stamen.

To make the red petals, cut around 6 petal shapes out from the red felt. Add a blob of glue at the base of the petals to shape them and stick them equidistant around the stamen.

Next add the green petals, repeat previous process.

And voila, your Poinsettia flower is complete!

Poinsettia Petal Shape

Here’s a little picture of Kirstie Allsopp and I with our handmade Poinsettias on Channel 4, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas ( series 5, episode 2).

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This year will be a bit broken up and life changing for me. My book FlowerBomb! (see here) will be out in under a month so there will be a full on period of work, then I’m having a baby in April which will mean there will be a full intense period of motherhood. So currently straight into the new year I am obsessively home improving aka nesting like a round hen! What are your resolutions?

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