Textile & Needlecraft Creations, Inspirations & Innovations

About Us

ONE Media re-launched the Workbox magazine in January 2012 with the first issue March / April on sale at the end of February 2012. ONE Media, established in 2005, initially as a publisher of local monthly magazines have after 7 successful years expanded their range of services to include graphic design, printing of stationery and promotional material, helping businesses both locally and nationally. Now in 2012 they have increased their portfolio of magazine titles to include the Workbox Magazine

ONE Media intend to bring a fresh new look to the original Workbox magazine, while keeping the essence of this well loved publication.

Originally, Workbox magazine was launched in 1981 by Audrey Babington, and was the forerunner of the vast quantity of needlecraft magazines now available in the numerous needlecraft, textiles and fabric subjects seen on news stands.

From the first issue, Workbox set out to stand as a source of information and inspiration for its readers. Information was supplied for readers on the wide variety of subjects that needlecrafts encompass and in advertisements for materials and other products essential to the enthusiast’s hobby. Inspiration enabled readers to develop their own skills in their chosen discipline.


Audrey Babington – 1995

Audrey Babington

Our Story

Workbox has changed over the years but the principal aims of Audrey Babington are still adhered to. Features cover as many subjects in needlecrafts, textiles and fabrics as possible, with articles by leading authors and practitioners in their particular subjects. New ideas are explored and traditional methods are explained, now with a more modern approach.

Wherever possible, advertisements are promoted in the subjects covered to give readers details of suppliers whom they may wish to contact. There is always wide advertising covering the whole spectrum of the needle world.

Workbox remains a source of ideas, information and inspiration for readers of all ages who want to develop their skills, want to be kept informed, or who simply want a good read. Published bi-monthly, the magazine cover price is £4.25. Subscribe online now for over 20% discount!

Workbox Editor


Workbox Magazine Editor

Mary Bennellick is the Editor of the Workbox magazine, a Mecca for all things crafty and the go-to magazine for serious craft enthusiasts for the last 30 years. With a grandmother who was a seamstress and after studying textiles at school plus working in a needlecraft shop for five years, it is no surprise that Mary is creative and enjoys turning her hand to small needlework projects. She is passionate about Workbox and its heritage since meeting Audrey Babbington, the creator of the magazine, when she took over the helm over two years ago. As an amateur baker in her spare time, Mary loves spending quality time with Ethel, her Kitchenaid, baking bread and cakes for her husband and one year old son and occasionally for the office!


Graphic Designer

Peter is responsible for making the magazine so attractive and works with the rest of the team on its design. As a cycling obsessed father of two he is rarely still, whether cycling to work with delusions of being in the Tour de France, or having fun with his two small people.



Editor in Chief

Paul is the Managing Director of One Media, the company that publishes Workbox, and is responsible for reviving the magazine after it went out of print over three years ago. Paul owned a haberdashery shop for many years and his background in selling needlecraft supplies has made him enthusiastic about the Workbox magazine and the artists we feature. Outside of office hours he enjoys spending time with his wife and grandsons along with the odd spot of gardening.


Website Designer

Our chief techie in the office, Aiden, (and also nicknamed the office president!) designed this beautiful website and keeps its content up to date for you to enjoy. If you have any technological issues and need some assistance, drop Aiden an email. In his spare time, Aiden enjoys walking his Labrador Toby and relaxing with friends and family.



Deputy Editor

With a family background in selling haberdashery and needlecraft, Amber was brought up amongst threads, fabrics and sewing; all of which has given her a real interest in textiles and needlecraft which she brings to her role as Deputy Editor of the magazine. As a busy mum of two, Amber enjoys cooking, shopping and spending time with her family.

Jake / Elsa

Accounts Manager

If you phone the Workbox office to renew your subscription or order a copy of Be Inspired, it’s likely you’ll be chatting to either Jake or Elsa as they’re the folks in the know! Quiz them for details of how many issues you have left and anything else subscription related. Jake is an adrenaline junkie in his spare time and Elsa enjoys hitting the gym besides travelling the world.