Book Review – Woodland Friends

Mr X Stitch Book Review


Mollie Makes Woodland Friends, published by Collins and Brown 

The people behind this one tell us:

‘The latest book from the Mollie Makes team takes its inspiration from woodland creatures. Ten of our favourite crafty contributors have put together over 20 exclusive projects featuring crafty foxes, cute and cuddly mice, wise old owls and any other forest-dweller you can imagine! There are ideas for home accessories, toys, gifts and cards, covering a huge range of techniques. Whether you are a knitter or fancy trying out some crochet, stitching or papercutting, there is a something for you. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step photography and stylish photography, with hints and tips direct from the makers. So dig out your very best vintage fabrics, most colourful yarns and threads, clear the kitchen table and prepare to be inspired.’

A cute hardback square size, this book isn’t based around one technique.  Rather it spans a lot of areas, all inspired by….um our very own ‘Woodland Friends’.

It is a collaborative piece, a number of makers have got together to brainstorm ideas, resulting in a mix of Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Papercraft and more.

Who is it aimed at?

We see it as being attractive to those who love Etsy and all things Handmade.  Maybe you are new to crafting and want to give something a go…As the editor Lara Watson tells us, ‘with step-by-step photographs and clear instructions, each of out projects is a breeze to follow’.

About the artist

This book is a collaboration between a few artists, who are all like minded and love to craft.  Woodland Friends has been brought together by the people at the magazine Mollie Makes.


contents page for this book woodland friends
The contents page

There is a mix of crafty subjects inside this one, for example we can learn how to make a pillow and even a sleep mask!

A sleep mask to make
The sleep mask.


charts and diagrams are placed at the end
Charts and diagrams are placed at the end so that we are never left confused.

What makes it special?

We thought the variety was great.  Sometimes it is hard to buy a gift for someone who we know likes to craft but hasn’t got one definite interest.  So this is a fail safe publication to buy as a gift too.

quilting made easy
Quilting made easy, with simple instructions and information.


The book images well illustrate the contents.
The book images well illustrate the contents.

What is wrong with the book?

Some experienced in artisan crafts may find this too simple, yet the ideas are inspiring to all.

It is just under a hundred pages long, so don’t expect a massive book here.


Grab your copy of….

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends, published by Collins and Brown