Australian Homespun August 2017

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
readers’ showcase

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Readers’ Showcase, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde NSW 1670. THIS MONTH’S WINNER Rachel Burgoine, from Sunrise Beach, Qld, for her three projects: “I’m sharing photos of a few projects I made from Homespun last year. When I saw the Jonah’s Whale quilt by Dawn Hay (October 2015/Vol 16 No 10), I was inspired to attempt my first quilt. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and even though the hand quilting took me some time, I love how the free-form stitching looks like swirling water. I wanted a design that my one-year-old grandson would grow with, rather than grow out of. I also made the Turkish Delight ottoman (from March 2016/Vol 17 No 3) and Blinky Belle, the koala softie (from July 2016/ Vol 17 No 7), both…

3 min
pin interest

A CLEAR MOTIF We’re pretty besotted with Robyn Hicks’ wonderful crochet designs (as witnessed by the projects we’ve published from her – including one in this issue). We thought we’d show you her diversion from homewares here, with her fabulous hexi Vintage Daisy skirt. Another Robyn winner! Contacts: Robyn Hicks, Yummy Yarn and Co, Dubbo, NSW – Website:; Email:; Instagram: @crochetgirl99. NO, NO REGRETS “That moment when you purchase an item for no reason and almost instantly regret it. That is the story of this embroidery hoop,” says Maria Campbell, of Pastels and Macarons. “I saw it, decided to get it and had no clue what to do with it when I got home. Then one day I was bored, I had some random flowers I also had no clue what…

3 min
diary dates

NSW – Sydney August 5-6 Camden Camden Country Quilters' Guild Exhibition; AH & I Hall, Argyle St. Open 9.30am-4pm. Entry $6. More information: Phone Chris on 0413 762 028. September 9-10 Galston Arcadian Quilters Biennial Quilt Show; Galston Community Hall, Arcadia Rd. Exhibition of members’ quilts and a selection of quilts for sale. All proceeds will go to local charities. Light refreshments available. Entry $5, children free. Open Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-3pm. More information: Phone Carole on (02) 9894 7749. NSW – Wollongong August 26-27 Dapto CareWays Community Art and Craft Show; Dapto Neighbourhood Centre (within Ribbonwood Centre), 93-109 Princes Highway. Raffles, stalls, food and free kids activities. Open 9am-4pm, Entry $5, concession $3, children 12 and under free. More information: Phone 1300 307 902, visit or email NSW – Country August 17-20 Broadmeadow Expertise Events Intocraft Live, Newcastle; Newcastle Entertainment…

1 min
getting cosy with designers

“Something ho-hum can be transformed into something visually stimulating by simply changing a fabric or two.” ROSLYN MIRRINGTON Blog: NEW TECHNIQUES “I have an insatiable desire to conquer new techniques. For me, it is often about the process, rather than the finished project. I sometimes have to discipline myself to complete a project. Once I’ve mastered a technique, I tend to get a bit bored. You can imagine how many UFOs I have as a consequence!” RELAX & ENJOY “While others might do yoga or have a massage for relaxation, I head for my sewing space. Sewing calms me and offers some peace from the frenetic pace of my life.” MY STYLE IS: “Structured, detailed and practical, and almost always incorporating flowers in some form.” MY STYLE IS: “I’m told I have a distinctive style but I cannot see…

3 min
pattern & palette play

café-society fabrics 01 Windham Fabrics ‘Girls Night Out’ 43073-1, designed by Terri Degenkolb. Distributed by Leutenegger. 02 Liberty Fabrics ‘Garden of Temptation’ High Tea C (137cm wide). Distributed and sold by The Strawberry Thief. 03 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Boardwalk Delight’ I Scream, You Scream BWD-789, designed by Dana Willard. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 04 Moda Fabrics ‘Modafications’ 9886-45, designed by Howard Marcus. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 05 Windham Fabrics ‘Girls Night Out’ 43077-6, designed by Terri Degenkolb. Distributed by Leutenegger. 06 Windham Fabrics ‘Going Steady’ 43283-2, designed by MYKT. Distributed by Leutenegger. 07 Windham Fabrics ‘Girls Night Out’ 43075-1, designed by Terri Degenkolb. Distributed by Leutenegger. 08 Windham Fabrics ‘Going Steady’ 43282-5, designed by MYKT. Distributed by Leutenegger. 09 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Wonderland’ Mint-tea Condition WND-1530, designed by Katarina Roccella. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles…

2 min
selvedge designer edge

LENI LEVENSON WIENER “I consider what I do journalistic in nature. I think of myself as a storyteller in fabric.” Leni Levenson Wiener is a “people watcher” and has always been drawn to observing and immortalising everyday moments – people hunched over mobile phones or absorbed in their book, intimate glances between couples, children devouring ice cream and outstretched bodies on park benches. Details that reveal a person’s story is what she’s after. Leni creates realistic art quilts based on pictures she’s taken – or in her words, “representational fabric collage from photos”. “Catching people unaware of the camera in a private, unguarded and introspective moment gives me a glimpse into the inside person, rather than their public personality. I like to capture a moment in time but leave the story…