Australian Homespun April/May 2019

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

1 min
pin interest

KOGIN HAIR TIES There will be workshops to make these cute little hair ties at various craft shows around the country this year. To find out where, and to book in, visit or phone (02) 6621 9188. SPECIAL FEATURE New-season yarns! Turn to page 58 to find out all about this year’s winter and autumn yarns – gorgeous colours, textures and patterns! NEAPOLITAN BEANIES Treat yourself to one of these sweet knitted Neapolitan beanies. They are super comfy so you will be wearing it all winter long! These beanies can be made in chocolate and strawberry, vanilla and strawberry, or chocolate and vanilla flavours ... err ... yarns. These tasty beanies have been designed by Jess Harlow, knitter and pattern designer from Sydney. Visit her website to buy the pattern ($1) and to see…

2 min
diary dates

New South Wales April 20-21 Macksville Verandah Post Quilters' Annual Quilt Show Macksville Senior Citizens Centre, 39 Princess Street, Macksville. Open 10am-4pm, Entry $5. More information: Diane Banks (02) 6568 1829 May 3-5 Eastwood Eastwood Patchwork Quilters’ Biennial Quilt Exhibition Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson Street, Eastwood. Open 10am-4.30pm. More information: Kaye Bridgement 0405 820 070 May 19 Young Lions Club of Young Annual Quilt Show Young Town Hall, Boorowa Street, Young. Beautiful quilts in all manner of designs, patterns and sizes will be displayed at the annual quilt show. Entry $5, children free. More information: vic@hilltops.nsw. or call (02) 6382 3394 ACT May 2-5 Thoroughbred Park Convention Centre 1 Randwick Rd, Lyneham. Featuring both local and interstate craft experts, the show is packed full of the latest craft supplies, kits and equipment. CraftAlive is a hands-on event, a chance to learn from world-class…

1 min
beanie festival

Enjoy the warmth, colour and joy that are unique to this iconic Central Australian event. You will find thousands of beanies that arrive from all over the world, as well as plenty to keep you entertained. The main aim of the annual Beanie Festival is to provide opportunities for the Indigenous women of remote Central Australia to get involved in the festival. It will be held Friday June 28 through to Monday July 1 at the Araluen Arts Centre, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs. To find out more about the festival, visit…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

“I’ve always loved daisies. I grew up with them as they covered our garden at home. Perhaps they give me a sense of nostalgia, reminding me of making daisy chains with my sister and picking them for my mum when I was younger. She would use an egg cup as a vase to put them in the kitchen,” says Yorkshire embroidery artist, Louise Newton. With vibrant threads on neutral-coloured backgrounds, Louise captures these special childhood memories and her picturesque surroundings in embroidered artworks. A keen observer, Louise is drawn to the finer details found in nature – delicate twisted stems, missing petals and hints of colour. “My nana used to say daisies were blushing when they get the little pink tips in summer; that melts my heart!” Yorkshire’s dales, coast and…

5 min
aldershot meadows

FABRIC KEY Finished quilt size: 203cm (80in) square Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics used in this project. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in the magazine, but you can download the digital patterns from au and print them out instead. CIRCLE STAR BLOCKS 1 This instalment of our Block of the Month provides instructions for making the Circle Star blocks that are used in the corners of Border 3. The fabrics for these blocks are fussy cut. These blocks are being made out of the ordinary sequence for this project to ensure that you will have sufficient fabric to be able to choose motifs to fussy cut. The fabric that remains after these blocks…

2 min
my home and family

Our home is my sanctuary and my place to create. Currently with three children under one roof and two very active Pugs, there is always something happening. Mind you, things have become a little quieter as the children have got older. It was not unusual to have up to seven or eight children in the house when my partner’s children would visit, so I am sure you can appreciate how busy our home and meal times would be! English paper piecing became my ‘sanity saver’. It was a place where I could express ‘me’ – the creative me. I fell in love with EPP because it could fit into my family life. It is portable and comes with me to dance lessons, swimming lessons, days at the park, doctor and dentist…