Australian Homespun April 2018

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
pin interest

NOT AS IT SEAMS! Is someone trying to pull the wool over our eyes? These ‘knitted’ pyjamas are so cool … they are actually printed to look like stocking stitch. The beauty of them is that the design deception is so fantastic because of its quality. These PJs really do look as if they are hand-knits. Go to SNURK Horizontal Wear for info. POSTCARDS WITH EDGE Pam Ash loves snail mail and fabrics. So this has to be a heaven-sent idea for her. She’s combined both loves into a single easy project – make your own fabric postcards. They look great and they are something completely different. There’s a step-by-step tutorial on her site, if you want to see how it’s done. Contact: Pam Ash Designs,;Direct link: Historic tapestries in Australia Possibly…

4 min
diary dates

NSW – Country April 12-22 Nelson Bay Nelson Bay Quilters’ Biennial Quilt Exhibition; Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, Shoal Bay Rd. Quilt display, including ‘Flying Geese’ challenge quilts. Craft items, books, sewing notions and quilts for sale. Refreshments available. More information: Phone Jenny on 0438 618 443. April 20-22 Broadmeadow CraftAlive show; Newcastle Racecourse, Darling St. Bringing together talented exhibitors, focusing on creative hand-finished products, DIY products, craft supplies, demonstrations and workshops. Open 9.30am-4pm. More information: Visit April 21-22 Delungra Delungra Quilters’ Biannual Quilt & Craft Exhibition; Delungra Multi-Purpose Hall, Railway St. Raffles, competitions, demonstrations, shop stands and refreshments available. Proceeds will go to local charities. Open Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Entry $6. More information: Phone Diane on 0459 248 415. April 28 Lawson Blue Mountains Quilters’ mini one day retreat; Mid Mountains Community Centre, New St. Five workshops will…

2 min
getting cosy with designers

SARAH FIELKE Website: THINGS THAT GO OUCH IN THE NIGHT! “My favourite funny stitching story is when I made a quilt for my best friend’s 21st many moons ago. Several years later, she and her fiancé were in an … ahem … compromising position when, suddenly, he screeched and leapt out of bed. Seems my needle had been lurking in the quilt for four years, just waiting to drive itself into his knee at the wrong moment.” PARENTAL GUIDANCE “When I was a child, I had a tiny pink sewing machine that my mum bought me in New York. She used to let me take all her scraps and make dresses for my Barbies and teddies. She’d look at the front of my stitching and say how beautiful it was, and then turn it…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Take a step inside Megan Griffiths’ creative studio, where “more is definitely more”. The space is filled with collections of evocative and tactile objects – nature and children’s books; jars with buttons and feathers; Indian textiles; and miniature objects. She says she likes to be surrounded by lots of curiosities. But the beauty is that she’s not short of open spaces and fresh air, either. Megan lives in beautiful Bath, in Somerset, England, amongst hills and canals, where she can indulge in her love of forest ambles and soak in the picturesque surroundings. Her magical and “anti-minimalistic” setting is a reflection of her work. Her tiny fabric dolls are richly embroidered in brilliant colours and metallic accents. She manages to pack an astonishing amount of detail into them – considering that…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Coastline’ High Flown Solar CTL-59900, designed by Sharon Holland. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 02 FreeSpirit ‘Night Music’ CPAB011.GRASS, designed by Amy Butler. Distributed by XLN Fabrics. 03 Moda Fabrics ‘Well Said’ 17962-11, designed by Sandy Gervais. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 04 Moda Fabrics ‘Well Said’ 17964-13, designed by Sandy Gervais. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 05 Northcott ‘Bohemian Vibe’ 21915-74, designed by Northcott Studio. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 06 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Floralia Fusion’ Blossom Drift Floralia FUS-F-1006, designed by Bonnie Christine. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 07 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Floralia Fusion’ Line Drawings Floralia FUS-F-1003, designed by Bari J. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 08 Northcott ‘Sleepy Sloth’ 22065-47, designed by Northcott Studio. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 09 Liberty Fabrics ‘Classic Collection’ Chive B…

10 min
giddy up MATERIALS • 12 fat quarters of assorted brown print fabrics (horses)• 20cm ( 1/4yd) solid dark brown fabric (eyes and nostrils)• 2.8m (3 1/8yd) solid white fabric (background)• 55cm ( 5/8yd) plum print fabric (binding)• 3.7m (4 1/8yd) backing fabric• Batting at least 210 x 177cm (82 x 70in)• Rotary cutter, ruler and mat• Sewing machine with 1/4in foot• General sewing supplies Finished size: 188 x 157.5cm (74 x 62in) Finished block size: 22 x 10in Note: Read all of the instructions before starting the project. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed and well ironed. Requirements are based on fabric 107cm (42in) wide. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout. CUTTING 1 Referring to Diagram 1, from each fat quarter of brown print fabric, cut: • Two strips, 2 1/2in across the 21in width…