Australian Homespun November 2018

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 ALL A FLUTTER… Catherine and I met at work but got to know each other by sharing fabric and having sewing days together to make quilts. Catherine is always making quilts for friends’ babies, so when I found out she was pregnant I knew I wanted to make her and Dennis a quilt. This is when I came across the Flutter quilt by Samantha Green in issue 18.10, October 2017. I used fabric from my stash. The background fabric, with the birds, is Cotton and Steel's Black and White 2017 Collection. I loved the idea of the birds flying with the kites. I’m not very confident with the sewing machine, but this quilt was easy to put together, which gave me more confidence. The quilt was machine-quilted by Leanne…

2 min
pin interest

‘T’ IS FOR T-SHIRT TASSELS A ‘why didn’t I think of that’ moment! So simple and so effective. Rochelle Mangold, from Five Marigolds, strung multicoloured tassels around the hem of T-shirts for a touch of sartorial frivolity. Direct link to the tutorial at and visit Rochelle’s Instagram: @chellegold. PRESSING MATTERS Clover comes to the rescue with three beautifully designed pressing tools. The aptly named ‘Iron Finger’ is a chunky silicone-covered steel rod with a spatula-shaped end for pushing out corners and seams while applying heat. You can press seams open along its length or roll the handle over seams. For something a bit smaller, the ‘Hold It Precision Stiletto’ has a curved pointed end and an angled flat end – both are heat resistant. It’s great to use while ironing or sewing.…

2 min
diary dates

New South Wales November 3–4 Broadmeadow Novocastrian Quilters Exhibition, Police Citizens Youth Club, cnr of Young and Melbourne Rds, Broadmeadow. Display of quilts and other artistic works, light refreshments and six patchwork and craft pop-up shops. Raffle quilt proceeds will go to Destiny Haven, Clarence Town. Open Sat 9am–4pm and Sun 9am–2pm. Entry $5, children under 12 free. More information: Margaret Lane, mobile 0418 250 211 or email or visit November 9–11 Gerringong Children’s Medical Research Institute Annual Quilt Show Gerringong Town Hall, Fern St, Gerringong. Refreshments for sale, stalls selling crafts, patchwork goods, jams, Christmas cakes and more. Open Fri & Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 10am–2pm. Entry $5. More information: Email or mobile 0429 951 452. November 24–25 Bungendore Quilt Exhibition Bungendore Memorial Hall, Molonglo St, Bungendore. Quilt display, Viewer’s Choice Award, Annual Challenge, raffle…

2 min
getting cosy with designers

RANDOM WONDERS “I never draw designs up before I start to sew and I never know how the project will look until I have finished it. My designing method is quite haphazard. As I go along, new ideas come to me, which I incorporate into what I am doing.” PATCH ADDICTION “My love used to be garment-making, particularly for young children, but it holds no interest for me now. I would much rather spend my time cutting up perfectly good pieces of material and sewing them back together again – which is how my husband views my patchwork addiction.” “There are only so many quilts that I can use, but I don't want to stop making them!” MY STYLE IS: “I do what takes my fancy at the time. I don't think that my style varies…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

If we say to you that Lucy Levenson’s fabric artworks are intoxicatingly lovely, there’s a good reason why – apart from the fact that they make your heart sing. They are produced in the cellar of an old English pub, just north of London. And if you look at the detail in her work, you’ll understand the root of that, too, since Lucy has an eye for historic charm and a keen appreciation of atmosphere. “My home is a converted Victorian pub,” she says. “It has lots of history, which I love. And my workshop is in the cellar, which used to house the barrels of beer. It’s all very quirky and still has lots of original features from when it was a pub – such as a hatch in the…

10 min
homeward steps

MATERIALS • 2.3m (2 1/2yd) cream and green print fabric (background) • 35cm ( 3/8yd) each of four mid-green tone-on-tone print fabrics (blocks and Border 2) • 15cm ( 1/4yd) dark green print fabric (blocks) • 1.1m (1 1/4yd) red stripe print fabric (Border 2 and binding) – see Note • Fat eighth each of 13 assorted salmon pink tone-on-tone print fabrics (blocks and Border 2) • 45cm ( 1/2yd) red tone-on-tone print fabric (Borders 2 and 3) • 1.2m (1 1/4yd) floral print fabric (Border 4) • 4m (4 3/8yd) backing fabric • Batting at least 200cm (78in) square • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Sewing machine with 1/4in foot • General sewing supplies Finished size: 175cm (69in) square Finished block size: 9in square Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed and…