Australian Homespun June/July 2021

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
rainbow patchwork

Aussie I Spy QUILT 42” x 60” Dispatched promptly. This quilt uses the lovely wild life art prints and a variety of other ‘Aussie’ fabrics. The kit contains 12 fabrics totalling about 4.5m of fabrics. This makes the top of the quilt. The binding is included. The pattern by Karen of Rainbow Patchwork is included free. Extras you will need: Wadding, Backing, Optional border. Extra ‘I Spy’ fabrics. $107.50 (includes postage within Australia) p. 02 6622 3003 e. b. w.…

1 min
oppression to expression

Featuring embroideries from across the centuries, this exhibition embraces contemporary textiles in Australia as well as traditional European textiles. On display will be works from David Roche’s collection, including samplers, religious and social commentary work, and you will see a collection of embroidered animals. Running from June 17 through to September 25 at House Museum, North Adelaide. For more information call (08) 8267 3677 or visit TASTE OF MOROCCO Stitch out in style with this funky crocheted Moroccan tote bag. The modern outer crochet design, coupled with fabric lining and beautiful leather handles and clasp, give this simple design a fresh, modern feel. Check out the pattern at A Crochet Journey –…

2 min
pin interest

REFASHIONED STYLES The adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure has never been more true … Karen Meyers shares some of her upcycled fashion finds (pictured here), reusing everything from old cardigans to felt scraps. If you’re interested in different ways to upcycle old wares in style, check out the RecyclArt website at FIBRE PET PORTRAITS “Asking a quilter to mend is like asking Michaelangelo to paint your garage.”Author unknown If you looked briefly at the work of Dani Ives, you would think they were well-painted portraits of people, treasured family pets and wild animals. A closer look, however, reveals that the artworks are not in fact paint, but hand-crafted creations made from wool. Using needle felting, Dani creates fabulous masterpieces for both galleries and commissions. To find out more about…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Mending often evokes thoughts of tiny ladder stitches to repair a ripped seam, mending holes in jeans with matching denim patches or simply sewing a button back on. However, clothing mends don’t have to be discreet, and mending doesn’t need to be a mundane task. Canadian artist and maker Arounna Khounnoraj inspires us to view mending as an opportunity to express our creativity with what we wear. This could be by adding your own personal touch to a favourite pair of ripped jeans with contrasting fabric patches and Sashiko stitching, or by repairing a moth-eaten sweater with colourful appliqués and embroidery designs. As Arounna demonstrates, you only need a few basic tools and supplies, some simple stitches and a bit of creative flair to transform tired and damaged clothes into…

1 min
how to: weave mend a hole

Arounna shares her steps for repairing a hole in a garment with the weave mend technique. 1 Choose a starting point some distance below and to the side of the hole. Take your tapestry needle with wool yarn and push the needle up from the back to the front leaving a 3in or so tail that you will later weave into the back when you are finished the entire mend. Leave a similar tail behind whenever you need to start a new thread. 2 To make the warp, start a running stitch parallel to the weave of the existing fabric and continue it up, with little dashes of yarn, to a point beyond the hole — the distance is up to you, but usually symmetrical to the distance you started below the…

5 min
frida cushion

MATERIALS • 50cm (20in) square of 18 count Floba fabric, natural colour*• 50cm (20in) square of handkerchief linen, natural colour• 50 x 135cm (20 x 53in) rectangle of multicoloured stripe cotton fabric (backing)• 25 x 50cm (10 x 20in) rectangle of lightweight iron-on non-woven interfacing• DMC Perle 5 threads* in Blanc, Ecru, Black (310), Red (321), Tan (436), Turquoise (597), Light Turquoise (598), Dark Cranberry (601), Medium Beige Grey (644), Ultra Dark Beaver Grey (844), Very Light Carnation (894), Very Dark Coffee Brown (898), Dark Burnt Orange (900), two skeins of Very Dark Grey Green (924), Very Light Grey Green (928), Very Dark Dusty Rose (961), Very Dark Mauve (3685), Light Melon (3801)• Tapestry needle size 20• 15cm (6in) embroidery hoop – optional• 42cm (16 1/2in) feather and foam cushion insert•…