About Us

Find your next craft project with our jam-packed website for makers. Gathered.how is proud to be the home of some of the UK's leading craft brands. We bring you a trusted source of the best tutorials, expert advice and exciting patterns from leading designers – all in one place for you to explore!

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Our editorial teams work at the heart of the craft community to bring you expert advice and hand-picked projects to inspire your makes. Every pattern we publish is tested by our expert editorial teams, with decades of craft publishing experience. We round-up the very best products to craft with as we love to shop for our stash as much as you do.

From years of crochet experience to world-leading quilting know-how, our editorial team get as excited about making as you do. Many of the how to guides you’ll find on this website are handmade personally by our team below. We’re the authority on where to find inspiring projects. It’s not just us though – we work with expert magazine teams who spend hour upon hour pouring over each chart, pattern and tutorial to make sure you can follow our instructions with ease.

We are proud to work alongside leading UK magazines Mollie Makes, Simply Crochet, The Knitter, The World of Cross Stitching, Simply Knitting, Simply Sewing, Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting and Love Embroidery. We’re also made by the same team who create popular UK craft events The Knitting & Stitching Show and The Festival of Quilts.

Whether you’re looking for a quick set of templates to get you started or in depth video guides to learn essential craft skills, we’ve got you covered. We spend days on end scouring the craft industry and listening to fellow makers to bring you latest and the best craft products to boost your makes with our Buyer’s Guides. In Summer 2021 we launched our hand-picked product reviews, with more to follow this Autumn.

We bring together all your favourite makes in one place – from traditional crafts to emerging or grass roots crafts you need in your life. We believe in, and promote, the positive power of making for mental health and wellbeing.

Meet the team

Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams – Editor

Zoe has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She’s a quilter and sewist who works with some of the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. She loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time. She’s yet to master the perfect mitred corner or French knot but hasn’t given up yet.

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Phoebe Burt

Phoebe Burt – SEO and Communities Editor

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for over 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts and commerce content. She specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she’s written for online music publications including Bristol in Stereo, Culture or Trash and Festival Mag so if you’re looking for a new band recommendation she’s the one to ask.

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Hannah Bellis

Hannah Bellis – Digital Editor

Hannah joined Gathered when we launched 2 years ago. She plans our video content and edits our knitting section. At school she learned to knit, collaborating on dorcas blankets. She inherited her love of embroidery from her talented grandmother. Her passion for thread and card making led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching and Papercraft inspirations magazines for 10 years. Her ever-expanding craft stash stretches to sock yarns and circular knitting needles, too. We all want to visit her allotment.

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Sarah Orme

Sarah Orme – Digital Editor

Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She’s been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It and The Calm Edit  podcasts. A keen crafter and artist, she enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and likes to paint and draw, finding art a great way to relax. She taught herself to crochet and enjoys nothing more than trying out a new cosy blanket pattern (you can never have too many blankets!).

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Matt Spiers – Digital Assistant

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist, designer and founding editor of Gathered.how – where he looks after our crochet section. He’s worked closely with  Simply Crochet magazine for 5 years and is a whiz with whipping up graphics in Photoshop or videos for the Gathered Makers YouTube channel. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. Matt is a crochet artist in his own right – you can see his work at www.onemancrochet.com. He’s displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK.

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Holly Spanner

Holly Spanner – Digital Assistant

Holly is an artist and illustrator with fresh ideas and techniques. She joined the Gathered team last year, after working with our sister brands Science Focus and Papercraft inspirations. She’s our in-house video pro and has worked as a designer for a diverse range of brands including the RSPB, Disney, Brother, Home Style magazine and Pilot. She is currently working with English Heritage on a two-year project called Homes Through History. She has a solid background in curating and developing content for the digital space and is a keen photographer with a sustained interest in astronomy.

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Katie Dolan

Katie Dolan– Digital Assistant

Katie Dolan edits our needlework section – focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, alongside filming and editing video tutorials for our Arts and Crafts section. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery, and has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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Sarah Winsper – Digital Assistant

Sarah has been knitting for as long as she can remember, and spends her working days thinking about yarn as our knitting specialist. She works closely with Simply Knitting and The Knitter and knows what knitters want, as she is one herself! She’s also a knitting designer with a passion for making cosy accessories – you can check out her latest patterns on Ravelry. Sarah has more than 10 years’ experience in the publishing industry. When she’s not at work, you’ll usually find her snuggled up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a packet of biscuits and her latest craft project.

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Diversity and inclusion

Here at Gathered.how we believe that crafting is a universally positive experience that soothes the soul and uplifts makers of all backgrounds and identities. We want crafters everywhere to be at the heart of what we do. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive place for every maker to come together online to share their skills and find inspiration. We understand that the craft community is a richly diverse one, and we are all the stronger for it.

When you come to our website, we want you to feel represented, no matter what your ethnicity, size, age, faith, sexual orientation, gender, identity, income or ability. We know we still have work to do but we are committed to making a positive difference. We are listening and working on making lasting changes to ensure diversity and representation are at our core. How are we doing? If you’re a crafter, feel under-represented on Gathered, and would like to get involved, please get in touch: gathered@immediate.co.uk.