Australian Homespun

Australian Homespun January 2016

Homespun magazine is a place of inspiration, it combines creative techniques with a vast array of styles and themes taken from a team of leading craftspeople throughout Australia and the world. Homespun is a publication that is at the forefront of the industry, made by people who are passionate about craft. Each issue of the magazine features step-by-step easy-to-follow project ideas and accompanying patterns sheets, a variety of crafts including quilts to bags to dolls, inspirational photographs of fantastic finished products plus interesting reads to engage and entertain. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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readers’ showcase

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Kellie Hoare, from Newcastle, NSW, for her Having Kittens projects: “Jazmyn, who is four years old, sewed her first soft toy, Having Kittens, by Lorraine Teigland, from the May 2015 issue of Homespun (Vol 16 No 5). She picked out the colours she wanted and sewed quite a bit of the mother cat and also helped to stuff the kittens and mother cat. Her younger sister had to have her own cat and kittens, too, which I completed. The whole process was heaps of fun. Jaz has loved getting on the sewing machine, so it seems like she’s inherited the sewing genes.” Congratulations to Kellie and Jazmyn for their great efforts. As the winners this month, they will be receiving the following prizes: •Stuffed Animals From Concept to Construction, by Abigail…

pin interest

IS IT SAFE TO GO BACK IN THE WATER? They don’t come any cuter than this – every time we looked at this photo, the entire staff at Homespun went “Aww!”. This weeny kid’s shark hoodie is the work of clever Michelle Stabile, and you can view and buy more of her charmers at Busy Belle Handmade, www.etsy.com/shop/busybellehandmade. WE FELT LIKE ICE CREAM Even if you don’t venture out of your craft studio this January, you can get that special summer feeling with felt and pompom cones, courtesy of Laura Murray, from Paper & Pin. Laura shares her step-by-steps at www.paperandpin.com/kids-crafteasy-peasy-felt-ice-cream-cones. Or check her Instagram: @paperandpin and Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/paperandpin. MAKING A SPLASH As part of our summer celebration, we decided we’d visit an idyllic beach house to photograph our January projects. We chose The Whaler’s…

pattern & palette play

01 Dashwood Studio ‘Rain or Shine?’ D1095, designed by Stephanie Thannhauser. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 02 Moda Fabrics ‘Dot Dot Dash’ Yellow 22262-12, designed by Me and My Sister Designs. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 03 Moda Fabrics ‘Dogwood Trail II’ Sunshine 33034-20, designed by Sentimental Studios. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 04 Moda Fabrics ‘Bright Sun’ Sunrise Goldenrod 37503-13, designed by Sherri and Chelsi of A Quilting Life. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 05 Windham Fabrics ‘Whisper’ D413631, designed by Victoria Johnson. Distributed by Leutenegger. 06 Riley Blake Designs ‘Offshore’ Main C4920-AQUA, designed by Deena Rutter. Distributed by Millhouse Collections. (To be released soon.) 07 Northcott ‘Topsy Turvy’ 20842-52 (Carnival colourway), designed by Karen DuMont of Karie Patch Designs. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 08 Nutex Wholesalers ‘Novelties’ Jandals 86230, col.1 White/ Multi. Distributed by Nutex Wholesalers. 09 Art…


Slip one, knit one, hang one There’s nothing new about covered coathangers, we know, but this is a simple and visually very effective yarn-stash buster – and it’s also making a designer statement out of all those surplus hangers breeding at the back of the wardrobe. Experienced knitters will know how to perfectly tailor these knits to fit the hanger, but this is also achievable for less-confident novices, if they replace expertise with a little ingenuity. First of all, drag out all those scrap lengths of yarn you’ve been wondering how to use. Cast on 10 or 12 stitches (this will vary according to your yarn, so do a trial run to test your tension before starting). Then stocking stitch five or six rows in one colour before starting on your…

selvedge designer edge

MIYUKI SAKAI While experimenting at art collage in Kyoto, Japan, Miyuki Sakai switched brushes for a sewing machine and paints for thread. Now, with close to 30 years’ experience and about 150 colours of thread at hand, the San Francisco-based artist has created ‘illustrations’ of everything from supermarket products to dressing-table accoutrement, all with free-motion machine stitching. Realistic images are created with thread, which make viewers look twice and look closely. It’s surprising how radical a traditional medium can look – still lifes with a new, fresh face. But it’s the ‘coloured-in’ style of the artworks that really adds to their charm – lots of swirls and cross hatching and long, loose thread ends. Miyuki groups objects together to create the perfect composition, then adds evocative elements, such as flickering candles…

here’s the scoop!

01 For tasty gift wrapping, Love Mae has designed this ice-cream paper in delicious soft pastel colours. 02 Sweets for the sweetest young things. This cute little onesie features a brightly beautiful motif and feminine lace sleeves. Contact Alex & Ant. 03 my2socks offers yummy designs that keep your look cool and feet warm. 04 Pretty and practical – a Davis and Waddell ice-cream-cone jar to stock all your favourite summer treats. 05 “Time for something sweet … to eat,” as Winnie the Pooh would say. Nest Accessories can help out with this clock, available in four ‘flavours’ 06 Jump and scream for ice cream! Contact Seedling for this skipping rope with strawberry swirled handles. 07 Creative Tops’ ‘Retro Treats’ range of tableware and accessories would not look out of place in a classic 1950s American…