Australian Homespun October/November 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
what is your bag?

Clutch: A great size for an evening out, small and rectangular, it holds a few essentials. You can download a free pattern to knit a clutch — see page 66. Satchel: Is often worn diagonally across the body. Traditionally they were used for carrying books, but you can use it for whatever you like. They are also called messenger bags. Overlocker guru Kate Marra shares a pattern to make a sassy satchel using your overlocker on page 46. Tote: A medium to large bag with double handles that is generally square or rectangle. It’s a good size for shopping and can carry items too big for normal handbags. Monica Poole shares a pattern for a good-sized tote bag on page 38. Wristlet: A clutch-shaped bag that has either a bracelet or small strap.…

1 min
pin interest

Studio Mio Studio Mio is a bag-making supplies shop based in New South Wales, Australia. They stock bag handles, bag hardware, vinyls, cork fabrics, original patterns, kits and much more. They also carry beautiful cotton and linen blend fabrics, which are great for bag making and clothing. Check out their range at Artistic Needles Check out the annual exhibition by members of The Embroiderers' Guild of Victoria featuring the Altered Art Mini Piece Challenge. October 5–20, open daily 10am–4pm. Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern. For more information call (03) 9509 2222 or visit the website: Did you know? The average number of handbags a woman owns is six.…

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 October 3-6 Rosehill Quiltopia Rosehill Events Centre, Rosehill Racecourse More information: October 18-19 Bulli Quilt, Flower and Art Show Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, Cnr Princes Highway and Point Street, Bulli Open 9am-4pm More information: October 26-November 2 Grafton Still Stitching Together — a Display of Embroidery Spanning 50 Years Jacaranda Embroidery Group, 50th Anniversary Embroidery Exhibition Anglican Cathedral Parish Centre, Cnr Fitzroy and Duke Streets, Grafton Open 10am-5pm More information: Val Hayward (02) 6642 3010 November 2-December 8 Concord West Getting Ready for the ‘20s Gallery76, 76 Queen Street, Concord West Embroiderers' Guild of NSW and The Cavalcade of History and Fashion will present an exhibition…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Lily Adelaide Upton’s work is a contemporary celebration of Aussie natives. Drawing on her diverse surroundings, she captures the essence of Australia’s spectacular flora and fauna in rich embroidery. While riding her bike to work, she spots rainbow lorikeets, honeyeaters, rosellas, galahs, corellas and many eucalyptus varieties, which fill her head with lots of creative ideas. “I would describe my work as colourful, detailed, textural and ever so slightly kitsch,” says the South Australian artist. “This is because I love to clash colours, which is not always up everyone’s street. In saying that, I do also love using natural and earthy tones. My work really does reflect nature in that way.” Lily puts a fresh spin on botanical and avian designs, creating pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Her…

3 min
pomegranates and poppies

MATERIALS • 35 x 45cm (14 x 18in) plain linen (base fabric) • 30 x 40cm (12 x 18in) textured fabric (base for scrap fabrics) • Assortment of lace strips • Small scraps of hessian • 60 x 100cm (25 x 40in) printed upholstery fabric (cushion front and back) • Scraps of plain, textured and printed linens • Perle 8 threads in variegated pink, variegated green and natural • Embroidery needle • Machine sewing thread in pale pink (flower centres) and to match the printed upholstery fabric • Cushion insert, 45 x 55cm (18 x 22in) – see Tip • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Sewing machine • General sewing supplies Finished size: 43 x 53cm (17 1/4 x 21 1/4in) Stitches used: Backstitch, French knot, straight stitch APPLIQUÉ AND EMBROIDERY 1 From the printed upholstery fabric cut: • One rectangle, 45 x 55cm (18 x 22in)…

4 min
lovely lattices

MATERIALS • Assorted print fabrics in blue and green shades to total about 3.1m (3 1/2yd) • Assorted print fabrics in warm red, pink and orange shades to total about 3.1m (3 1/2yd) – see note • 80cm ( 7/8yd) grey stripe print fabric (binding) • Assorted solid fabrics in various shades of cream and white to total about 4m (4 3/8yd) – see note • 2.7m (3yd) extra-wide backing fabric • Batting at least 260cm (102in) square • Rotary cutter, long ruler, 121/2in square ruler and mat • Sewing machine with 1/4in foot • General sewing supplies Finished size: 244cm (96in) square Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. Requirements are based on fabric 107cm (42in) wide except for the extra-wide backing fabric, which is 275cm (108in) wide. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed and…