Australian Homespun February/March 2021

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
pin interest

YARN AGAINST VIOLENCE Knitters and crocheters in the Blacktown, NSW, region have used their needles to make a difference, yarn bombing the city to raise awareness of domestic violence. Local crafters were asked to knit or crochet squares or create pom-poms to be installed around their city to bring attention to this extremely important cause. Upon completion of the installation, which ran for 16 days, the squares were then washed, sewn into blankets and donated to local charities. PUNCH NEEDLE INSPIRATION Punch needle embroidery is versatile — and a lot of fun. You can make many different projects and designs, and style the colours and designs to suit your decor or your personality. Get started with a simple project, like this cushion by Crystal at Marching North. For the tutorial to make this…

1 min
diary dates

Let us know about your events – email details to dsegaert@umco. or send them to Homespun Diary Dates, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670. Please notify us at least four months before the event. Queensland April 29–May 1 Mt Gravatt Quiltconnect Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 1644 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt More information: New South Wales February 26–28 Sydney Quiltopia Rosehill Events Centre, Sydney More information: February 5–April 11 Windsor The New Quilt Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor More information: South Australia April 30–May 2 Wayville Festival of Quilts Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville More information: New Zealand March 19 21 Stratford, Taranaki Taranaki Quilt Festival Stratford War Memorial Centre, 55 Miranda Street, Stratford, Taranaki More information: Due to Covid, some of the planned events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check with the individual organisers to ensure the event is going ahead on the dates printed here.…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Almost 10 years ago, Janine Heschl purchased a sewing machine with the intention of sewing clothes for her newborn. However, she realised that sewing in a straight line wasn’t her strong point. Janine was about to retire her machine when she was introduced to the creative world of free-motion embroidery. It was here that she discovered her sewing talents. With only fabric, thread and a sewing machine, Janine creates magnificent textile wildlife portraits. “The best way to describe my work is that I use my passion and love for the animal kingdom and turn it into embroidered, emotive, photorealistic textile portraits,” says Janine. From the range of colours in an animal’s coat to the delicate whiskers and soulful eyes, she captures the beauty and emotions of animals with layers and layers…

14 min
a letter to my daughter part 1 make time for a hobby and the road less travelled

MATERIALS • 1.1m (1 3/8yd) cream spot print fabric (Birdhouse Basics DVW18871) • 1.8m (2yd) blue spot on cream print fabric (Birdhouse Basics DV3404) • 23 fat quarters of coordinating prints in light and medium values. Natalie used a variety of fabrics from her Heartstrings and Birdhouse Basic Spots ranges • 1.2m (1 3/8yd) cream folk-art border print (Heartstrings DV3273) • Scraps of solid fabrics in pink, brown, tan, burnt orange and yellow • 3.7m (4yd) backing fabric • 25cm ( 3/8yd) cream linen (DV4100) OR Natalie’s pre-printed stitchery panel designed especially for this project (DV3288) • 60cm ( 3/4yd) binding fabric (optional) — see Note • Batting at least 200 x 180cm (80 x 70in) • Lightweight fusible interfacing/stabiliser (optional); Natalie uses Vlieseline H410/316 • Cosmo Stranded Embroidery threads in Tan (308), Dark Brown (311), Salmon Pink (425), Light Pink…

2 min
natalie’s needleturn appliqué tips

There are many ways to work needleturn appliqué, but I like to strip it back to the bare basics. I use a very fine straw needle, 100% cotton thread in colours to match the appliqué fabrics, a lightbox and blue water-erasable marker. Put the pattern and coloured appliqué fabric, right side up, on top of a lightbox (or a backlit window if you don’t have a lightbox). Trace the exact shape on the fabric with the marker — if there is stitchery on the shape, mark that too. Cut it out a scant 1/4in by eye outside the traced line. Cut an oversized piece of background fabric — it’s trimmed to the correct size after the appliqué and other stitching is complete. To help arrange the appliqué shapes, lay the…

2 min
'a letter to my daughter'

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