Australian Homespun August/September 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

3 min
pin interest

Field Journal Club This is essentially a Block of the Month club using Cottage Garden Threads, Liberty of London fabric, vintage-inspired stitcheries and journalling. When you join the Field Journal club, each month you will receive four Cottage Garden Threads variegated six-stranded embroidery threads; four pre-printed botanical stitchery designs on hanky linen – 10cm (4in) finished; four 17cm (6 1/2in) squares of Liberty fabric; and four journal pages with a stitch guide, colour photo and a section for journalling. The Field Journal Club is available from a number of shops and businesses across Australia and New Zealand, including some of our loyal advertisers – check out their ads to find out more: Cynthia's Ark SA – page 110, Lyn’s Fine Needlework NSW – page 86, Whatever Where-ever Craft NSW – page 53 and…

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 August 23-25 Lake Macquarie Wangi Quilters’ Quilt Show Wangi Workers Club, 11-19 Market Street, Wangi Wangi Open: 10am-4pm More information: Kay 0408 616 629 or October 5-6 Narooma Dalmeny Quilters’ Quilt Show – Colours of Australia Narooma Leisure Centre, Princes Highway, Narooma Open: 10am-4pm Entry: $8 October 11-20 Sydney Craft Week Jam-packed with events for everyone, including exhibitions, talks, workshops, retail events, open studios and live demonstrations. There are expected to be more than 200 events in numerous venues across more than 40 suburbs of Greater Sydney. This inspirational festival will tap into your fundamental human urge to create, while also…

1 min
what a great idea!

BOX CUSHION This simply glorious cushion is knitted with MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino yarn. You can make one for yourself, or as a gift, by downloading the pattern FREE* from the Love Knitting website! Suitable for Intermediate knitters, this cushion is 45cm (18in) square To obtain your free pattern, simply, 1. Go to the website: 2. Log in or sign up 3. Search for Box Cushion 4. Place the download pattern in the cart* 5. Simply enter the code HSBOX when you are checking out *You must be logged in as a customer to be able to use the code, and you must have both the pattern and at least one ball of the yarn in the cart to get the pattern for free. This pattern download is available FREE to Homespun…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Merrin Shaw’s tea cosies are about so much more than keeping a teapot warm. They’re an invitation for storytelling and a laugh. She lovingly refers to them as her “beanies for kettles” and says they are full to the brim of personality and charm. But they’re not everyone’s cup of tea… some of her designs have been called crazy. But Merrin takes that as a compliment. Her philosophy is that the more experimental, the better. “Over the years I have noticed that even my wackiest piece finds its person who just gets it,” says Merrin. “Delighted new owner – job done.” There is one exception to this. “The very first tea cosy I sold was bought as a revenge gift for a mother-in-law's ugly gifts. That still bothers me.” Her wild and woolly…

4 min
flower necklace

MATERIALS • DMC Natura Just Cotton: 1 ball of each Yarn A – Lima (Colour N15), Yarn B – White (Colour N01), Yarn C – Rose Layette (Colour N06), Yarn D – Rose De Meaux (Colour N94), Yarn E – Bougainvillea (Colour N93), Yarn F – Pistache (Colour N13) • Crochet hooks: 3.5mm (UK9)/USE4 and 3mm (UK11)/US– • Tapestry needle • Round Beads 5 x 10mm (½in) Porcelain (Ribtex “Inspired by Nature” available from Spotlight) Skill level: Easy Terminology: Australian/UK 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…

1 min
large flower

You can make larger flowers to adorn your necklace if you wish. Round 1: With the 3.5mm hook and Yarn A, make a magic ring and make 8dc into ring, ss into first stitch made. Fasten off. Weave in the ends. Round 2: With Yarn B, join in any dc, 3ch (counts as a stitch), 3dtr in same space, *4dtr in next stitch, repeat from * in every stitch, ss in first dtr made (32dtr). Round 3: Switch to the 3mm hook and with Yarn C (you will be working in the front loops only), join in the front loop of any stitch, *5ch, ss into same front loop, ss into next front loop, repeat from * until end. Fasten off. Round 4: With Yarn D (you will now be working in the back…