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Wish, Hope, Love by By Barbara McNaughton

Hello Crafters,
When being commissioned to make a wedding card, I like to ask a few questions that will help steer my direction to ensure that I make a card the bride and groom are certain to love. I’ll ask what colours are being used (often given away by those that are used on the invite), the location of the reception and whether the couple have a preferred style (for example, contemporary, minimalist, vintage). All this information I take away with me and use it to create a ‘matching’ card.
My latest request was for a young bride and groom with a passion for all things vintage and shabby chic, who are holding their wedding reception in a converted barn, and this is what I came up with.  This is a simple card, which doesn’t take a huge amount of time to make, and can be made with bits and bobs you already have in your craft stash.
Here are the supplies you’ll need if you want to make one just like mine: The first step is to trace your butterfly card shape, or to make it even easi…
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Over £2000 Worth Of Prizes To Be Won At The Festival Of Quilts!

We are attending the Festival of Quilts 2017 and we're giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes.  Subscribe to our mailing list below to be entered into the draw and see below for details of the prizes. You can also enter the draw by visiting us on stand D5 during the event.
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1st Prize - Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade 35 Sewing & Embroidery Machine with 5 year warranty - WORTH OVER £1000

2nd Prize - An amazing bundle of products by Threaders (Crafter's Companion), Aly's Stitchy Fingers, Daisy & Grace, Pink Ink Designs, Kleiber and GMC - WORTH OVER £500

3rd Prize - Slimline Lamp by The Daylight Company -WORTH OVER £100
4th Prize - Garment Steamer by House of Alistair - WORTH £99.99
We also have a number of runner up prizes from Crosspatch, Angela Daymond, Colouricious, Crafty UK, Empress Mills, Juberry, Quilters Trading Post, Quilting Antics and Totally Patched.
Tune in to our Daisy Chain Designs show on Friday 18th August to find out if you've won …

Festive Felt Wreath Hoop Art with Sizzix Dies by Lore Green

It’s Christmas! Well, Christmas in July, and Christmas means decorations and presents. 
Hoop art makes great decorations and is perfect for gifting. Hoop Art can be as complicated or as simple as you wish and you don’t even need to be able to sew to make one. The hoop I created above can be made by sticking or stitching the pieces down or you could blend the two. Felt looks equally good if you stick or stitch.
The Sizzix Bigz dies I used for this project are pictured below.
I started by cutting out the pieces I needed for my 12” embroidery hoop:

20 dark and 20 light green felt leaves 1 brown and 1 cream felt deer 1 set each of green and white felt stars 1 set of flower petals and centres in red and green felt A strip of white fabric Piece of dark blue fabric, to fit hoop Embroidery hoop Red felt to cut circles for berries White felt to cut stars and circles for the deer’s eyes
Dies don’t always have to be used as they were first designed. I didn’t have a tree die in the size or form I neede…

Giving Tonic treat boxes that Christmas feeling by Leanne McAlpine

Hello everyone, Leanne here … thank you for stopping by to read my first blog post as a Hochanda Blog Ambassador … it’s all a bit exciting!
For my first post, I thought I’d share with you some of my recent makes using the Tonic verso treat/cupcake box dies that I bought a while ago during a One Day Special.

As Hochanda are currently celebrating Christmas in July, this inspired me to have that Christmas feeling … it’s never too early after all. I have to confess I could make Christmas projects all year round.

These boxes are really easy to put together. The dies cut beautifully, helped of course by my Gemini – if you haven’t got one yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!



The papers I used were from my stash. I have a terrible habit of buying papers and not using them because they are too nice … I’m sure I’m not the only one!


I used various embellishments from my stash to decorate which I attached with hot glue. I also used some Crafter’s Companion dies to die cut holly leaves, snowflake…

Meet Our New Blog Ambassadors

From the 1st July, we will be starting a Blog Ambassador Programme where six wonderful craft lovers and writers will be joining our Hochanda team. The purpose of the programme is to bring you great insight and exclusives on the craft industry. We will provide you with weekly information, tips, techniques and answers to all your craft questions and plenty more.
Watch this space and be sure to go on our blog and welcome our lovely Blog Ambassadors from July. 

Meet the team:

Barabara McNaughton “I have been an avid paper crafter and sewist for many years. More recently I began a journey into the wonderful world of mixed media, where I combine my love of both genres. I find I am learning new techniques all the time and love working with the wide range of amazing new products that Hochanda brings to us daily.”

Leanne Mcalpine “I have been crafting for approx. 27 years since I started my nurse training. I started with cross stitch to see me through night shift and discovered paper craft about …

A Fantastic Weekend For Our First Ever Live Roadshow at Create It!

Our first ever live roadshow at Create It, Kent Event Centre was a huge success! On behalf of all our team members at Create It- from producers, buyers, to TV operations and TV presenters, we had a great time.

All team members did a fantastic job of ensuring everything was prepared and ready for everyone who attended the show, to have an enjoyable, interactive experience from the very entrance. We can't keep it to ourselves just how amazing the two day craft show was, so even if you did miss out this time you'll still feel apart of it with what were are about to show you!


From 9am both Saturday and Sunday, the show was ready to open it's doors to all ticket holders. With large space to walk about freely, craft lovers had the chance to glance around their favourite craft stalls, sign up to Make and Take's to attend later on in the day and grab a cake and coffee ready for our first show of the event to begin.








By 12 midday, the showground was packed with excited faces all ar…

5 Reasons Why You Should Become A Freedom Member, This Easter!

There are many reasons why we all look forward to the Easter Holidays. We can think of one: chocolate bunnies! On top of the much awaited for Easter eggs, Hochanda will be bringing you an Easter Members Madness from the 13th April 8pm to 18th April 8pm. This means discounts, discounts and more discounts! But wait, did we mention that it's exclusive for all Freedom members?
We are offering Freedom discounts on everything during the live hour for the first timer ever! You'll be mad not to get in on it, and we'll show you why in just 5 ways.


1. Exclusive Members Only Discounts

From the 13th April Hochanda Freedom members will get an exclusive of up to 30% discount on all products during the live hour. Which means that during the 5 day event, you can expect 50 hours of redeemable discounts to receive on products. The discounts don't stop there though because after the Easter Madness event, members can get 20% or more on selected products, only when shown on screen. So you …