Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell

I make things, mostly out of silver, sometimes out of wool. I’m never too far from a bottle of PVA glue.


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The handmades’ tale

Sick of slick Santas and the same-old shineys? Well our canny crafter Emma Mitchell has been shopping for alternative handmade Christmas gifts to warm your heart and keep your wallet well-fed.
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Re-encountering Brief Encounter

The 70th anniversary of David Lean’s masterpiece has prompted a special cinema reissue this month. Emma Mitchell was more than happy to reacquaint herself with love in the 1940s and offer an appreciation.
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Knitting the gauntlet

School-run fashion is a thing, apparently. Emma Mitchell breaks out her crocheted luminous dungarees for the occasion.
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What not to do at a fancy do

Ever found yourself inadvertently showing an offensive photograph to an unamused celebrity at a party? Emma Mitchell has. Here, the crafter shares her posh do cock-ups and offers advice on how you – yes, you – can avoid similar embarrassments.
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More Than Darjeeling

Oh, afternoon tea. How do we love thee? Let Emma Mitchell count the ways.
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A mammary minefield

Emma Mitchell had been planning to recount a string of funny milk-spurting stories in honour of National Breastfeeding Week. But as the mammary memories came flooding back, it wasn’t long before she remembered the struggle too.
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Dawn of the Shed

Inspired by blissful childhood afternoons in her grandad’s various allotment huts, Emma Mitchell has turned her shed into a many-splendored garden getaway.
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Food for the sole

Emma Mitchell knows the pleasure and the pain of shoes, so who better to send to the V&A’s exhibition on footwear?
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Confessions of a Crafter: “I was an adolescent crochet fiend”

It took our intrepid craft columnist 30 years to learn how to crochet. Now Emma Mitchell is so hooked she sometimes forgets to eat dinner. Here, she discusses the meditative highs – and tangle-strewn lows – of the yarn-based pursuit.
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“The canine Judi Dench”

Our celebration of National Pet Month continues with scenes from the life of Emma Mitchell’s Minnie, an elderly lurcher who’s been there, chased that, and has the cotton wool wig to prove it.