Australian Homespun December 2017

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
readers’ showcase

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Frances Miller, from Moolap, Vic, for her adaptation of the Go Fetch project: “I incorporated the appliquéd puppies into my quilt, making the triangles and border fit around them. Very cute. The puppies came from Cori Blunt’s quilt, Go Fetch, which appeared in the October 2015 issue (Vol 16 No 10). I made it for my new grandson, Henry. I love your magazine, and I’m saving all my copies for future inspiration. When I retire, I’ll have more time for ‘playing’ in the sewing room – aahh, pure bliss.” Congratulations to Frances for her great effort. As the winner this month, she will be receiving the following prizes: • Knitted Nursery Rhymes book, by Sarah Keen, from GMC Publications. There are detailed designs for all the popular fairy tales, plus an…

1 min
brown paper packages tied up with strings… & pompoms and ribbons and ricrac

TAPE-MEASURE RIBBON BOW By Lindsey Rhodes From LRstitched, om RIBBON, BUTTON AND RICRAC By Cassie From Cassie Fairy, om POMPOM GIFT TOPPERS By Lia Griffi th From liagriff POMPOM HOLLY By Sophie From The Things She Makes, PIPE-CLEANER GREETING By Sophie From The Things She Makes, BUTTON GIFT TAGS By Lia Griffi th From liagriff RUDOLPH WRAP By Katrina Tauchen From Splash of Something, TREE-ON-THE-MOVE WRAP By Katrina Tauchen From Splash of Something, PAPER STRAW STARS By Katrina Tauchen From Splash of Something, YARN GREETING By Melanie From It Happens in a Blink, STICK TREES WRAPPED IN THREAD By Claire Dalgliesh From Fellow Fellow,…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Who would have thought that crochet could replicate complex bone structures so realistically? Caitlin T. McCormack’s crocheted skeletons have you doing a double take. Her work elevates the eerie beauty of skeletons to an artform, with just fine white cotton and a crochet hook. And the sculptures are made all the more dramatic against black velvet backgrounds. Unique, experimental and breathtaking creations, these pieces are the epitome of our ‘Designer Edge’ feature. Generations of artisans have inspired Caitlin’s niche line of work. Both her parents are artists, her grandfather carved “beautiful, painstakingly detailed birds out of wood”, and her grandmother taught Caitlin how to crochet. “The skeletons that I make, especially the birds, are kind of a homage to both of my grandparents,” she says. “When my grandmother passed away, I inherited…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Sevenberry for Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Island Paradise’ RK412912 (Maize colourway). Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 02 Liberty Fabrics ‘Contemporary Classic’ Queue for the Zoo A (137cm wide). Distributed and sold by The Strawberry Thief. 03 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Here Comes the Fun’ Improv Strokes Citrus HCF-59307, designed by Sew Caroline. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 04 Dashwood Studio ‘Serengeti’ D2286, designed by Elena Essex. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 05 Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Palm Canyon’ RK1745958 (Cactus colourway), designed by Violet Craft. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 06 Dashwood Studio ‘Serengeti’ D2288, designed by Elena Essex. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 07 Nutex Wholesalers ‘Kiwiana’ Mamaku 88010, Col 101. Distributed by Nutex Wholesalers. 08 FreeSpirit ‘Celebrate’ PWMO017.TRADI, designed by Kathy Doughty. Distributed by XLN Fabrics. 09 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Utopia’ Dreamlandia Illuminated UT-14500, designed by…

1 min
getting cosy with designers

“There’s nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face when you give them a handmade quilt as a gift – it’s priceless.” SUE BELLELI Quilted Hugs by Sue – Email: I’M MOST PROUD OF … “… my first ever quilt. It’s so badly made compared to how I make quilts now, but I love it. I didn’t have a pattern, just a picture of a quilt I liked on a calendar that I used as a guide. I hadn’t heard of rotary cutters (it was all cut out with scissors); my pinwheels didn’t have points; and my seams were all a bit off.” FABRIC FIRST “I seldom purpose-buy fabric for a quilt, as I get frustrated when I can’t find what’s in my head. So it’s really the other way around, for me –…

6 min
bring on the (bogus) banquet CHRISTMAS HAM MATERIALS • 40cm ( 1 / 2 yd) mottled brown fabric (ham body) • Large scraps of assorted brown and maroon print fabrics (cut end of ham) • Scrap of mottled light-mid brown fabric (shank) • Scrap of cream fabric (bone at cut end) • About 50 black 4mm ( 1 / 8 in) beads (cloves) • Stranded embroidery cotton in dark brown • Fibre fill • Paper for patterns • Ruler and pencil or fabric marker • Sewing machine (optional) • General sewing supplies Stitch used: Backstitch Finished size: 14cm high x 36cm long x 22cm wide (5 1 / 2 x 14 1 / 4 x 8 3 / 4 in) approx. Note: (both projects) Read all the instructions before starting the projects. The construction of these projects can be done by hand (small backstitch) or machine if you’re in a…