Australian Homespun

Australian Homespun June/July 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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1 min.
book reviews

PORTUGUESE KNITTING By Rosa Pomar Delve into Portugal’s handicraft history and discover the rustic charm of Portuguese knitting. Explore traditional techniques and patterns through modern projects. Available from Search Press Australia. FAIR ISLE CROCHET WORKSHOP By Natasja Vreeswijk Take your crochet skills to a new level with Fair Isle Crochet Workshop. It features easy-to-learn techniques and modern projects in striking black-and-white colour foundations, so you’ll be sure to love these tapestry crochet designs. Available from Search Press Australia. STRIP & KNIT WITH STYLE By Mark Hordyszynski Push yourself past traditional materials and discover a whole new world of knitting possibilities. Create one-of-a-kind yarns using strips of your favourite fabrics, then cut, join, embellish and knit yourself fabulously unique fashions. Available from C&T Publishing. WOOL APPLIQUÉ CALENDAR QUILTS By Kim Schaefer Create a textural masterpiece for each month of the year with this…

13 min.
on the road

Whenever you find yourself On The Road travelling near or far, this listing of Australian and New Zealand quilt, sewing, craft, yarn and haberdashery shops will be a great reference. NSW SYDNEY Lyn’s Fine Needlecr aft 2/9 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills 2153 Ph: (02) 9686 2325 lynsneedlework@aol. com www.lynsfineneedlework Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm Patchwork on Pitt water 1 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale 2103 Ph: (02) 9999 6159 Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Sew Many Stitches 4/147 Queen Street, Campbelltown 2560 Ph: (02) 4628 443 7 www.sewmanystitches. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm The Stitcher’s Cupboard 4A/20 Argyle St, Camden 2570 Ph: (02) 4655 8348 sales@thestitcherscupboar d. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm BLUE MTNS & BEYOND Hobbysew Orange 221 Peisley Street, Orange 2800 Ph: (02) 6361 7420 hobbyseworange Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Picklemouse Corner 1/152 Megalong Str eet, Leura 2780 Ph: 0488 470 684…

3 min.
selvedge designer edge

The beauty of making portraits, much like writing profiles, is that it’s a chance to really think about and appreciate the person you are depicting. This is what Emily Jo Gibbs loved about embroidering her first portrait, which was of her son Fred. She then created a portrait of her other son, Bill, which led to an ongoing series of portraits. This talented British textile artist uses tiny, tiny stitches, a soft colour palette and delicate layers of organza and linen to create her intricate artworks. When it comes to Emily, there’s much to admire and write about. Her creative career began with fashion accessories. While completing a university degree that involved working with wood, metal and plastics, she created a variety of fashion pieces, including purses, shoes, lockets and buttons.…

3 min.
bird out of the bag

MATERIALS • One purchased jute bag • 29 x 26.5cm (11 1/2 x 101/2in) olive felted wool (background) • 12.5 x 18cm (5 x 7in) mustard felted wool (bird) • 6.5 x 7.5cm (2 1/2 x 3in) orange felted wool (flowers) • 7.5 x 13cm (3 x 5in) brown felted wool (polka dots) • 10 x 15cm (4 x 6in) light blue rectangle felted wool (flowers and leaves) • 7.5 x 13cm (3 x 5in) dark blue grey felted wool (flower centres and base) • 5cm (2in) square of tan felted wool (base detail) • Stranded embroidery floss in antique white, dark brown and dark mustard • Embroidery needle • Freezer paper • Chalk or ceramic pencil • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • General sewing supplies Finished size: 26.5 x 24cm (10 1/2 x 9 1/2in) design area Stitches used: Backstitch, blanket stitch, fly stitch,…

1 min.
a sweet idea

Earlier this year Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me designed and shared this sweet crocheted koala appliqué pattern on her website. It was her response to the wildfires we were experiencing in Australia. The pattern is available free at her website, and any proceeds she makes (through associated advertisers) will be donated to help Australian koalas. You can follow Sarah on her blog:, or Instagram: @repeatcrafterme You can find the free koala applique pattern at…

3 min.
cute cacti all in a row

MATERIALS • 35cm ( 3/8yd) solid white cotton or linen fabric (background) • DMC Stranded Embroidery Cotton in Very Dark Blue Violet (333), Coral (351) and Light Tangerine (742) • DMC Colour Variations Stranded Embroidery Cotton in Gold Coast (4128) • DMC Perle 12 in Black (310) • Size 24 or 26 needle • Tracing pen or fabric-marking pen • Thin batting • Acid-free cardboard • Four natural frames 17 x 22.5cm (7 x 9in) • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • General sewing supplies Stitches used: Chain stitch, detached chain (lazy daisy) stitch, double running stitch, French knot, seed stitch, straight stitch, wrapped running stitch Finished size: Stitcheries: approx 5 x 10cm (2 x 4in), Mat opening: 9 x 14cm (4 x 5 1/2in) Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. Just use one ‘strand’ of Perle 12, cut from the…