Australian Homespun October 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

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Readers’ Showcase, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde NSW 1670. THIS MONTH’S WINNER Tracey Johns, from Queanbeyan, NSW, for her Kiss Cross quilt project: “My sister-in-law had twins, and this is one of two quilts I made to celebrate their christening. This was Melissa Gottliebsen’s Kiss Cross from the July 2016 issue of Homespun (Vol 17 No 7). I altered the design proportions of the hugs-and-kisses blocks a little to see more of the colour and I made the overall quilt size smaller. June Ey, of Bluebell Quilting in Canberra, did a beautiful job of quilting it for me, and I love how it has turned out. I hope it sees many years of use and love. Thanks to Melissa for the inspiration.” LOVE GROWS Karyn Ewing, from the Gold Coast,…

2 min
pin interest

Great temptations If kids say they aren’t ready for bed, then they clearly don’t have Samantha Ushiro’s Pop-Tarts pillows as incentives to call it a day. These sweet cushions are not only cute, they may well make parenting easier! Contact: Aww, Sam – SPINNING WHEELS “The purpose of my creative work and all the creations that I make is to bring some colour into the world and a smile to someone’s face or a moment of childlike amazement,” says crochet artist Ann Benoot. And her bike covered in crochet in her front garden, sitting amongst a scattering of large, single-stem, pompom flowers, does just that. Her home in rural Belgium lies on a hiking route, so tourists are treated to some surprising eye candy while on their travels. To see more of…

4 min
diary dates

NSW – Sydney October 14-15 Mosman Barn Quilters’ Show; Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way. Open 9.30am-4.30pm. Entry $5. More information: Visit TheBarnQuiltersMosman, email or phone Sue on 0417 068 855. November 11-12 Campbelltown Campbelltown Patchwork & Quilters’ Guild Biennial Exhibition; Civic Centre, Queen St. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $6. More information: Contact Denise on 0425 226 379 or email NSW – Wollongong October 27-29 Berkeley CraftAlive Wollongong; Illawarra Sports Stadium, Hooka Creek Rd. Bringing together both talented interstate and local exhibitors, focusing on creative hand-finished products, DIY products, craft supplies, homewares and creative workshops. Open 10am-5pm. More information: Visit Craft Alive NSW – Country November 4-5 Hallidays Point Black Head Beach Quilters’ ‘Waves of Quilts’ exhibition; Black Head Surf Life Saving Club, Main St. Open Sat 9am-4pm & Sun 9am–2pm. Entry $5, children under 10 free. More information: Contact Jen…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Northcott ‘Stonehenge Out Of This World’ 39154G-49, designed by Linda Ludovico. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. (To be released soon.) 02 Northcott ‘Stonehenge Out Of This World’ 39156G-49, designed by Linda Ludovico. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. (To be released soon.) 03 Cotton+Steel ‘Dottie’ 5002-08. Distributed by Dayview Textiles. 04 Northcott ‘Silent Night’ 21659-44, designed by Corbert Gauthier. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 05 Northcott ‘Stonehenge Out Of This World’ 39156G-44, designed by Linda Ludovico. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. (To be released soon.) 06 Northcott ‘Stonehenge Out Of This World’ 39383-45, designed by Linda Ludovico. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. (To be released soon.) 07 Windham Fabrics 'Aliens' 43234-4, designed by Jan Avellana. Distributed by Leutenegger. 08 Nutex Wholesalers ‘Novelties – Solar System’ Planet 89690, Col.101. Distributed by Nutex Wholesalers. 09 Windham Fabrics 'Aliens' 43234-1, designed…

2 min
selvedge designer edge

JOHANNA FLANAGAN The reason that Johanna Flanagan’s dolls captivate is because you can’t quite work out whether to be spooked or charmed. The question hangs in the air and keeps you pondering. Some of the more waif-like figures seem to implore you to pick them up and protect them, while other wonky-eyed, naked dolls chill you with their vacant gazes and ghostly presence. Either way, your focus remains fixed on these ethereal creatures, and that has to be the mark of true artistic success. “I’m generally more attracted to things that fall somewhere between one world and another – things that are mysterious or never quite revealed,” says Johanna. “I am fascinated by the point where a piece of cloth becomes a character with its own ‘soul’. Someone once described my dolls…

2 min
getting cosy with designers

ANTHEA CHRISTIAN, ANGEL LEA DESIGNS HINT, HINT! “I’ve taken over a corner of our living area with my sewing cabinet and bits and pieces, and usually have stuff spread out all over the kitchen table. I’m hoping it will be a big hint to my husband that I need a craft room!” OLD LESSONS DIE HARD “I did sewing all through high school and still remember some of the things my teacher taught me. Every time I go to press something, I hear her voice in my head telling me the correct way to do it.” “I usually put sewing before housework! I’ve learnt it’s the only way to get anything done, and I don’t feel guilty about it anymore.” MY STYLE IS: “I love using bright and colourful fabrics in my creations. When I’m designing my…