Australian Homespun

Australian Homespun October 2015

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 Maria Borgo Michelini, from Genoa, Italy, for her Star Quality quilt: “I’m an amateur quilter and I’ve been passionate about patchwork for about six years. My quilts are always dedicated to my house or my love, and I never begin a quilt without knowing who it will be given to, so the colours and style are unique each time. In the July 2013 issue of Homespun (Vol 14 No 7), I noted Shoko Sakai’s masterpiece, Star Quality, which I found absolutely marvellous. I admit that she is truly matchless, but her work inspired me to make my own quilt from those instructions. I used various red-white and black-white jelly roll fabrics and hand quilted it. I made it for my daughter, Alice, and her husband, Marco, who honeymooned in…

pin interest

NOW, TAT’S A GOOD IDEA! There’s not a stitcher out there who wouldn’t want to pick up fresh ideas for using their tiny offcuts and remnants. Vera Vandenbosch to the rescue. These lovely Victorian-style lace wrist bands are just one of 30 projects she has published in her book called Scraps – Stylish Stash Fabric Crafts to Stitch. There’s more on her Style Diaries site at www.style-diaries.com. WITCH CRAFTING It’s Halloween time again. And we know you’re ’sposed to be spooked out of your mind, but how’s that ever going to happen if they keep coming up with ideas that are adorable instead of deplorable? Take this tiny scarer, for example. She’s every witch way but terrifying. Her headgear is the work of Delia, from Delia Creates, who has a complete tutorial for…

hair pins

Laura Pasternak is a pharmaceutical rep and mother of two – hence the name of her blog, The PharMA. She’s also a crafty creator of all sorts of natty bits and bobs. Her easy-step hairbrush pincushion caught our eye because it’s not only a cute idea, but very serviceable. With three small pieces of felt, some batting and a needle and thread, you can make this (as a gift for a hairdresser friend, maybe?) in a matter of minutes. Here’s what you do: Supplies needed: • mini hairbrush (travel size)• cardboard• pen/pencil• scissors• felt (two colours)• needle and thread• fibrefill or thick batting• pins 1 Trace around your small hairbrush on a piece of cardboard. Cut out the shape. 2 Cut out two felt brush shapes using your cardboard template as a guide. Retain the…

diary dates

Homespun Diary Dates, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670. Please notify us at least four months before the event. Vic – Melbourne October 3-18 Malvern The Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria Statewide Annual Exhibition, ‘Through Doors and Windows’; 170 Wattletree Rd. Showcase of members’ work, some exhibits for sale, gift boutique, demonstrations and raffle. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $5 members, $7 non-members. More information: Phone (03) 9509 2222, email embgv@bigpond.net.au or visit www.embroiderersguildvic.org. October 10-11 Pakenham Stitch! By CraftAlive Pakenham; Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Bvd. Patchwork, needlework, knitting, embroidery and all things stitching, with products to buy, demos, workshops and more. More information: Visit www.craftalive.com.au. November 7 Thornbury Bluegum Quilters’ Exhibition; St James Church, Cnr of Penders and Newcastle Streets. Includes craft stall and cafe. Open 9am-3.30pm. Entry $5. More information: Phone Heather on 0414 807 871. Vic – Country October 10-11 Kilmore Kilmore…

pattern & palette play

01 Andover Fabrics ‘Chillingsworth's Spooky Ride’ D7743P, designed by Echo Park Paper Co. Distributed by Leutenegger. 02 RJR Fabrics ‘Basically Patrick’ 2035-09, designed by Patrick Lose. Distributed by Dayview Textiles. 03 Moda Fabrics ‘Mama Said Sew Dots’ Black 5497-23, designed by Sweetwater. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 04 Northcott ‘Happy Haunting’ 20593-99, designed by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 05 Moda Fabrics ‘Haunted Gala’ Black Widow 37111-11, designed by The Comstocks. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 06 Moda Fabrics ‘Haunted Gala’ Black Widow 37112-13, designed by The Comstocks. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 07 Northcott ‘Stonehenge Aspen Ridge’ 39310-97, designed by Linda Ludovico (Slate colourway). Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 08 RJR Fabrics ‘Beggars Bounty’ 2297-003, designed by Patrick Lose. Distributed by Dayview Textiles. 09 Andover Fabrics ‘Chillingsworth's Spooky Ride’ D7742L, designed by Echo Park Paper Co.…

selvedge designer edge

MERLE AXELRAD We can all get carried away with snapping holiday photos, but Merle Axelrad has turned it into part of her art form. Her photographs of inspirational landscapes and architecture – the very foundation of her work – grow at a much faster rate than she can stitch and collate their beauty into her wondrous fabric collages. “Anytime I go anywhere, I am inspired,” Merle says by way of explanation and justification. “I have 2,000 aerial views, as many tree images, fields, rivers … And I haven’t even started working on clouds yet! The images never stop coming. I keep seeing new possibilities.” The thing is that her happy snaps are put to perfect use, unlike the filed-and-forgotten stash accumulated by most travellers. Once inspired by one of those photographic subjects, Merle…