Australian Homespun March 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

4 min
pin interest

SOUTH POLE ICY POLL Penguins unanimously win the vote as the world’s most adorable creature – despite lots and lots of heart-grabbing competition across the globe. They’re supremely gifted, too, being able to cheerily withstand polar climate extremes and swim underwater (and under berg!). Lia Griffith’s take on the people’s choice goes one step further with a softie that shatters cuteness records. You’ve just got to have one, don’t you? If you go to, you’ll find an easy tutorial, so you can make a whole colony of them. Or for other imaginative ideas, visit UK LAND OF HOPE AND GLORIOUS QUILTS Run this patriotic idea up the flagpole and you’ll get a salute of approval. It’s the work of Jennifer, from Jen Sport, who sells the pattern for her Union Jack quilt at…

3 min
diary dates

Homespun Diary Dates, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670. Please notify us at least four months before the event. NSW – Sydney April 8 Emu Plains Caring Hearts Community Quilters’ annual Airing of the Quilts; cnr of Great Western Highway and Gardenia Ave. Gift, book and craft stalls, Devonshire tea and sausage sizzle. Quilts will be donated to various local charities and quilt raffle proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Australia. The airing will not be held if there is inclement weather. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $5. More information: Phone Margaret on 0438 670 012. NSW – Country March 11-12 Nowra Lioness Club of Shoalhaven Quilt & Craft Show/ Crafted Bag competition; St Michael’s School Hall, North St. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $5, children under 16 free. More information: Phone Narelle on (02) 4423 2657 or Delma on (02)…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42579-1, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 02 Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42582-4, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 03 Moda Fabrics ‘Pondicherry’ 13529-150, designed by French General. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 04 Moda Fabrics ‘Liberty Gatherings Prints’ 1205-19, designed by Primitive Gatherings. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 05 Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42580-2, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 06 Moda Fabrics ‘Liberty Gatherings Prints’ 1201-15, designed by Primitive Gatherings. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 07 Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42581-3, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 08 Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’ 42583-2, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 09 Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Patriots’ RK16616202 (Americana colourway). Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 10 Moda Fabrics ‘Marble Star’ 3406-51, designed by Moda Classic. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 11 Windham Fabrics ‘Ranch Hands’…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

SOPHIE STANDING Deep within Sophie Standing’s re-imagined African landscapes, birds perch on rhinos, aardvarks slump on the ground, resting, and lions keep a watchful eyes over their surroundings. What’s unusual is their fresh aesthetic. They have delicate buds and full-blown blooms in pretty pastels and bright neons adorning them, contrasting with the mammoth size and dusty tones of real-life African fauna. Sophie combines appliqué and free-motion stitching in her textile embroidered art, inspired by 17 years of living in Cape Town and Kenya. “I don’t just see an elephant as a grey, slow-moving, giant beast but as a deeply sensitive and awe-inspiring mammal. They make me feel so humble, and I get such a sense of excitement when I’m up close to them, watching their interactions. I try to show this in…

13 min
honest abe Materials • 30cm ( 3 / 8 yd) calico or natural homespun (body and flag) • 20cm ( 1 / 4 yd) black voile (coat and waterfall bowtie) – see Fabric Tip • 20cm ( 1 / 4 yd) black homespun (trousers) • Fat eighth white poplin (shirt front and collar) • Fat eighth grey homespun (waistcoat) • 9cm (3 1 / 2 in) square of blue star print fabric (flag) • 20cm (8in) square of black acrylic felt (hat) • Three small black glass beads (waistcoat buttons) • Cardboard tube from paper towel – diameter about 4.5cm (1 5 / 8 in) (hat) • 10cm (4in) gold-coloured chain (watch chain) • DMC Stranded Embroidery Cotton in Black (310), Very Light Tan (738) and Dark Coffee Brown (938) • Acrylic paint in black, brown, red and white • Oil paint in brown umber…

2 min
debra gardiner

What country do you live in? Australia. Are you in an urban or rural setting? A beach location – it’s tranquil, small and pristine … an absolute paradise. What is your home like? A simple beach house and a very different environment from the last 30 years of inner-city hustle and bustle. Rainbow Beach is a thriving small community, and the pace is very laidback. It’s very easy to get distracted when the fish are biting, but I find it the perfect place for me to be creative. Have you travelled much – what sort of locations have you visited? In my early years, I travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong etc. Then, more recently, my husband and I enjoyed visiting the UK, especially London and Ireland. France and Italy are always favourite…