Australian Homespun

Australian Homespun April/May 2020

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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3 min.
set sail wallhanging

MATERIALS • 30cm ( 3/8yd) feature print fabric (boat and binding) • Large scraps of two print fabrics (sails) • 1 x 12in strip of brown print fabric (mast) • 10cm ( 1/8yd) blue print fabric (water) • 55cm ( 5/8yd) light blue mottled print fabric (sky) • Batting at least 74 x 57cm (29 x 23in) • Machine sewing threads in dark blue, variegated blue and a neutral colour • Fusible web • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Sewing machine with 1/4in foot • General sewing supplies Finished size: 63.5 x 47cm (25 x 18 1/2in) Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed and well ironed. Requirements are based on fabrics 107cm (42in) wide. The appliqué method used is raw-edge fusible web with machined straight stitch but you can adapt the…

1 min.
fiona’s turning tip

Turning small toy parts can be difficult. Here’s how I do it. You need a narrow wooden skewer and a clean drinking straw, fat enough for the skewer to easily fit inside (such as a thick-shake straw). Trim the seam allowance to1/8in and slide the straw inside the shape as far as it will go. Working from the outside, push the flat, blunt end of the skewer against the fabric at the end of the straw and wiggle the skewer inside the straw, taking the fabric with it. Continue to wiggle the skewer through the straw until the piece is magically turned right way out.…

3 min.
lucy’s floral day

MATERIALS • 33 x 27cm (12 x 10in) white spot print fabric (embroidery background) • 30cm ( 3/8yd) green floral print fabric (border and binding) • Fat quarter backing fabric • 30cm ( 3/8yd) thin fusible batting, such as Parlan • DMC Coloris Perle 8 thread in Camelia (4502) • DMC Perle 5 thread in Ultra Very Light Avocado Green (472) • Size 8 crewel and milliners (straw) needles • Small embroidery hoop (optional) • Water- or air-erasable fabric-marking pen — one that isn’t affected by heat — or a fine mechanical pencil • Lightbox (optional) • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Sewing machine • General sewing supplies Hand stitches used: Backstitch, colonial knot Finished size: 37 x 29cm (14 1/2 x 11 1/2in) Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. Requirements are based on fabric 107cm (42in) wide and fusible batting 100cm (39in) wide.…

1 min.
sustainable fashion

Students from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) UK joined forces with menswear label E. Tautz to encourage sustainability among fashionistas. The new E. Tautz Autumn Winter 2020 Collection showcased hand-embroidery skills to drive a ‘Make Do and Mend’ message, highlighting the need for sustainability in the world of fashion. RSN degree students worked collectively to create hand-embroidered patches from upcycled materials that were darned and mended for the collection. Patrick Grant, creative director at E. Tautz, noted, “Fashion is a celebration of the joy of creativity and craftsmanship. Our version of fashion creates clothes that have meaning, clothes that are loved and cherished. Every piece is made to last. If you love your clothes, wear them until they wear out, and when they do, fix them. And when your clothes can…

2 min.
linen squares

MATERIALS • Fat eighth, fat quarter or 20cm ( 1/4yd) each of 20 assorted linen/cotton blend fabrics – Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Cotton blend print fabrics are ideal • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • 40cm ( 1/2yd) natural linen/cotton blend fabric (binding) • 1.7m (1 5/8yd) backing fabric – see Tips for Making a Pieced Backing • Batting at least 145 x 115cm (57 x 45in) • Sewing machine with 1/4in foot • General sewing supplies Finished size: 131 x 100cm (51 1/2 x 39 1/2in) Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. Requirements are based on fabric 107cm (42in) wide. It is recommended that fabrics be linen/cotton blends or 100% cotton, pre-washed and well ironed. CUTTING 1 From the 20 assorted fabrics, cut: • 10 or 11 squares, 3 1/2in – you will use a total of 221 squares…

6 min.
quilter's holiday block of the month part 2

FABRIC KEY Stitches used: Backstitch, French knot, satin stitch Finished size: 276 x 230cm (108 1/2 x 90 1/2in) Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics Tone used for her quilt. Instructions are provided for freezer-paper appliqué stitched by hand, but they can be readily adapted to suit another method if you prefer. Note, however, that the appliqué shapes do not include seam allowances — you need to add them when cutting the fabric. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in the magazines, but you can download the digital patterns from au and print them out instead. GROUND 1 This instalment of our Block of the Month provides the patterns and instructions for Panel 2 of the quilt —…