About Me


Hi! I'm Laura "Lupin" Howard, a crafty lady living near Bristol (in south-west England). I drink a lot of tea, am partial to a nice bit of cake and am completely obsessed with felt. When I'm not busy making things, I'm usually writing about making things...

I blog about my freelance projects, and about my personal crafting adventures. I always have a long list of new makes on my to do list! I also write about my Nice Days Out, exploring the UK on my days off from work.

I first discovered the joys of blogging back in 2007 when I started my Crafting 365 project to be crafty every day and blog about my progress. I think of my blog as a journal of my crafty life, and love how it's connected me to a whole community of amazingly creative and supportive people.

I used to run an online shop (Lupin Handmade) selling my hand-stitched felt creations along with colourful craft supplies. My designs were featured in lots of blogs and magazines, including Vogue, Mollie Makes, Elle Japan and Country Living. I loved sending parcels to customers around the world but after seven years I decided I wanted a different challenge and I'm now focusing on designing and writing.

I've written two books about felt crafting. My first book, Super-Cute Felt, was published in 2011 and my second book, Super-Cute Felt Animals was published in 2013. They've since been republished in German, Dutch and Italian.

Click here to read more about my books and see some of the projects included in them.

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I also share lots of free projects here on my blog and write tutorials for magazines and craft books.

Click here to see the books I've contributed to

Recent magazine projects include tutorials for Mollie Makes and docrafts Creativity magazine. 

  

I'm also working on a range of digital sewing patterns for people to use in their own projects. They're a work-in-progress at the moment but will be listed in my Etsy shop soon, along with occasional sample sales and destashed craft supplies.
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Explore my archive of free crafty tutorials, including Christmas tutorials and creative gift wrapping ideas.

Visit my shop, or check out some crafty books to add to your collection.

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P.S. Want to get in touch? Send me a message via my contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.