Australian Homespun June/July 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

2 min
pin interest

Yarn Substitution Made Easy: Matching the Right Yarn to Any Knitting Pattern An in-depth guide to choosing the right yarn for your project – including 10 patterns that explore how different yarns affect the outcome of your final product. Trusted knitwear designer and teacher Carol J. Sulcoski provides solutions to this common conundrum, offering a wealth of information. She explains what characteristics to consider when substituting yarn, and gives guidance on calculating the quantity of yarn you'll need and how to evaluate your swatches. WILDFLOWER BAGS These two bag patterns are new from Australian designer Wendy Williams. The bags features wool appliqué and embroidery, and are 27.5 x 28cm (10 1/2 x 11in) finished size. Also available is a silk thread pack for the embroidery, including four 9m (10yd) lengths. Visit Wendy’s website…

1 min
knitting gadgets

DOUBLE-POINTED NEEDLE PROTECTORS These quirky little sheep will help keep your double-ended needles safe. Manufactured by Clover, distributed in Australia by QH Textiles and Birch Creative. Available at your local craft and yarn retailer. CIRCULAR STITCH HOLDER This notion will hold your circular stitches while you move on to the next step in your pattern. Manufactured by Clover, distributed in Australia by QH Textiles and Birch Creative. Available at your local craft and yarn retailer. CIRCULAR NEEDLES These gorgeous fixed circular needles are made from wood, are lightweight yet exceptionally strong and durable, with a smooth warm surface that allows for hours of comfortable knitting. Available in lengths of 25cm, 40cm, 60cm, 80cm, 100cm, 120cm and 150cm. Total length includes needle tips. Cables are flexible and lie flat, with no obtrusive join to snag your…

1 min
diary dates

Let us know about your upcoming event – email details to or send them to Homespun Diary Dates, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670. Please notify us at least four months before the event. New South Wales July 19-21 Hawkesbury CraftAlive Hawkesbury Showgrounds 40 Racecourse Road, Clarendon CraftAlive is a hands-on event, a chance to learn from world-class specialists with interactive classes each day. Open: 9.30am-4pm. More information: July 27-28 Camden Camden Country Quilters' Guild 30th Annual Quilt Exhibition Camden Civic Centre, Oxley Street, Camden Open: Sat 9.30am-4.30pm, Sun 9.30am-4pm. Entry: $6. More information: Chris 0413 762 028 or August 23-25 Lake Macquarie Wangi Quilters' Quilt Show Wangi Workers' Club, 11-19 Market Street, Wangi Wangi Open: 10am-4pm. Entry: $6. More information: Kay 0408 616 629 or Victoria July 25-28 Melbourne Victorian Quilters’ Quilt Showcase Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, Hall 4. In conjunction with Craft & Quilt…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Laura Heine’s mix of artistic skills comes into play in her glorious art quilts. She has expert collaging skills when it comes to cutting and pasting, her painting talents shine as she arranges fabric motifs to blend colours, and her quilting abilities are award-winning. This multi-talented artist has created a candy-coloured world where everything from cars to giraffes are adorned with beautiful florals. Her creative ideas run wild in her cabin in Beartooth Mountains, USA, where she develops her quilt concepts in her studio. The area boasts alpine lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and snow-capped mountains. Laura’s majestic surroundings have no doubt inspired her quilts; she even has a couple of moose and bear patterns in her collection. Laura describes her work as very similar to paper collage, except she works with fabric. “Collage…

5 min
kendy crochet beanie

MATERIALS • We Are Knitters, The Petite Wool 100g (3 1/2ounces), 140m (153yd), Aran/ Worsted Weight: one or two balls (120-147m) • Crochet hook 5.5mm (UK 5, US I/9) or size needed to obtain the correct tension • Yarn needle Skill level: Easy Terminology: Australian/UK (see US conversion) Tension/Gauge: 13 double crochet (dc) and 15 rows = 10cm/4in STITCH GUIDE AND ABBREVIATIONS Yarn Over (yo): wrap the yarn over the hook; Slip Stitch (ss): insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull through work; Double Crochet (dc): insert hook into the next stitch, yo and pull through work (2 loops on hook), yo and pull through 2 loops; Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together (dc2tog): {insert hook into the next stitch, yo and pull through work} 2 times, yo and pull through all 3 loops; Half Treble Crochet (htr):…

3 min
joni sullivan

Where do you live and work? I do all my work out of my home. I live on a pretty little farm that sits along Honey Creek in Ohio, USA. Tell us about your family. I have been married to my husband for 12 years and we have one sweet little girl named Ruby, a dog named Chance, and several cats. What is your workspace like? What was once was my craft room has now become my daughter’s bedroom. I store my yarn and crochet accessories in a large cabinet in our living room. This is also where I do the majority of my crocheting. One of the beautiful things with crochet is that a work space can be anywhere. Whether I’m crocheting at home or at my daughter’s soccer practice, I…