Welcome to issue 34 of CraftWorld Magazine, the only magazine dedicated to bringing free inspiration to sewists, papercrafters, knitters and crocheters every single month!

April showers are forming puddles on the floor and grey clouds in the sky so, I thought I would pack this issue with the boldest and brightest makes to bring you some sunshine. I am hoping that if we prepare enough for warmer and sunny days, we may manifest them into existence... maybe it's just wishful thinking! But of course, we also have a few makes that will keep you warm during the cooler days. Kick-starting this issue, we have Katie Skilton showing us how she gets the most out Simply Card's & Papercraft 255's Fancy Foliage die set (page 8), and a beautiful Beira Balloon Stitch Cowl made from super-soft yarn and is perfect for whatever the weather (page 16). Plus, we have a masterclass to help you become an expert in flattering A-line shapes and stylish details over on page 35.

However, if you are more in the mood to set down your die set and knitting needles then do not fear, we also have you covered with some inspiring reads. Including, a hot list og some of our favourite sunset themed yarns (page 29), a shopping guide perfect for both sunshine and showers over on page 58 and an interview with Sarah Gray to celebrate Funky Fossil's fifth birthday! (page 63) But my favourite read this month must be our author interview with Daniella Taylor and Venice Shone on page 51, it is the perfect read to sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy earning about their first ever book!

We also have the return of our biggest competition ever! Cardmaker of the Year is back with an amazing prize bundle of over £17,000 worth of crafting goodies for four lucky winners to share! Turn to page 24 to learn how you could win big, plus, get some helpful tips from last year's winners Elisa Moon and Katarina McMahon.

All this plus, so many more projects and cosy reads to get you inspired this month. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do, and if you do, please share it with your friends!

Happy crafting,

Jessica x

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Birthday Wishes
See how Katie Skilton uses Simply Card's & Papercraft 255's versatile die set to create beautiful birthday cards.

Just One More Chapter
Whether you're travelling or sat in your cosy chair Sarah's book sleeve from Your Crochet & Knitting 42 is the picture-perfect project for all book lovers.

On Your Book... Marks
Never miss your new chapter again eith Gemma's quick-and-easy project from Your Crochet & Knitting 42.

Beira Balloon Stitch Cowl
Made in super-soft yarn, this essential accessory from Crochet Now 106 will keep you warm whatever the weather.

Layer It Up
Build up pretty collages using different materials with the stamp set from Creative Stamping 133.

Sending Hugs
You’re going to love these bright & fun cards from Die-cutting Essentials 114 showing off the fabulous Spellbinders die & downloads.

Loose-Fit Top
This super-simple top from Knit Now 166 is ideal for new knitters, or anyone wanting a quick make for spring.

Die-cutting Techniques
If you are looking for new ways of using your dies, these ideas from the John Next Door Premium Magazine 9 are sure to keep you inspired.

Summer Sunshine Wrap
Use Tunisian crochet and super-soft yarn to create this must-have summer accessory from Crochet Now 106.

Feeling Floral Cushion
This striking cushion from Love Sewing 133 is sure to be a hit and can be whipped up in no time at all


Premium Freebies
There are plenty of reasons to sign up for CraftWorld Premium – we show you just a handful

Cardmaker of the Year 2024
WIN your share of over £17,000 worth of prizes

Hot List
Sit back, relax and crochet as the sun sets with these gorgeous yarns from some of Crochet Now 106’s favourite brands

Machine Review
Love Sewing 133 took a close look at entry-level and top-end machines from baby lock

Effortless elegance awaits with the dress pattern Love Sewing 133, featuring flattering A-line shapes and stylish details

Author Interview
Knit Now 166 caught up with sisters Daniella Taylor and Venice Shone to find out more about working together on their first book

Sunshine and Showers
March winds and April showers bring on May flowers. Explore the best of spring shopping!

Interview with Sarah Gray
We couldn’t wait to catch up with Sarah Gray over in Simply Cards & Papercrafts 255 to help her celebrate Funky Fossil’s fifth birthday!