Australian Homespun April 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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in this issue

2 min
readers’ showcase

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Nicola Nosworthy, from Lorne, NSW, for her China Shop BOM project: “This is my version of the Homespun 2015 BOM (by Kaffe Fassett, Kathy Doughty and the Material Obsession team from Vol 17, Nos 2-11). When I first saw it, all I thought of was Japanese fabrics. My good friend was seriously ill and wanted me to include some of her stash, which I gladly did. I made it quilt as you go, as I was doing it king size. I am very pleased with the end result and call it my Cassie Quilt in her honour. Thanks for a great pattern and magazine.” Congratulations to Nicola for her great effort. As the winner this month, she will be receiving the following prizes: • The Better Bag Maker book, by Nicole…

2 min
diary dates

NSW – Sydney May 5-7 Eastwood Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Biennial Exhibition; Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson St. About 100 quilts on display, shops, morning tea and lunch available. Proceeds from quilt raffle will go to Orange Sky Laundry. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $6. More information: Phone Jo on 0416 042 434 or visit NSW – Country April 28-30 Faulconbridge Springwood Community Quilt Show; Springwood High School, Grose Rd. Featured quilter is Anne Sommerlad. More than 150 quilts on display made by quilters who live throughout the Blue Mountains region. Patchwork and sewing-oriented stalls. Cafe serving morning and afternoon teas and light lunches. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $6, seniors and children $4. Proceeds go to Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service and the Springwood High School textiles department. More information: Visit, email, search ‘Springwood Community Quilt Show’ on…

3 min
pin interest

HANG IT ALL! WE’LL DO IT WITH SCRAPS You can, of course, just settle for wire or wood coathangers, but in keeping with the Homespun ethos, we think you can go one better. And so does Corrie Alvaro, of Corrieberry Pie, who shows us what beautiful effects can be achieved with scraps of fabric and a plain plastic hanger. The trick to this modern vintage look is deliberately leaving your fabric frays on show – they add an edginess that would be missed if tidied up too much. You can direct link to this at Or check out Corrie’s Instagram, @corriealvaro. Quote "I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed.…

1 min
a cut above: introducing a new generation of fiskars easy-action scissors

190600 Easy-action Rag Quilt Snip: These spring-action snips and softgrip® handles make the repetitious cutting to “rag” double seams easier and more comfortable. The tips are short and wide for extra strength, and blunted to prevent cutting into the stitching on your seams. Slide locking device keeps blades closed for safety and to prevent damage. 190520 Easy-action Micro-tip Titanium 5” Snip: Endorsed by Arthritis Foundation for ease of use, these spring-action scissors are comfortable to use and reduce hand fatigue during lengthy cutting projects. They have a double grind on the tips, making them perfect for intricate cutting or “fussy cutting” when there is the need to snip into tight corners. Titanium-coated blades provide resistance to corrosion and are more durable. Slide locking device keeps blades closed for safety and to prevent…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Heartland’ Pinetre Fog HRT-95303, designed by Pat Bravo. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 02 Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Pond’ RK1662137 (Celadon colourway), designed by Elizabeth Hartman. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 03 Windham Fabrics ‘Dreamer’ 42573-4, designed by Carrie Bloomston. Distributed by Leutenegger. 04 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Playground’ Jumpsie Daisy Sweetice PLG-12347, designed by Amy Sinibaldi. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 05 Windham Fabrics ‘Dreamer’ 42574-7, designed by Carrie Bloomston. Distributed by Leutenegger. 06 Penny Rose Fabrics ‘Coffee Break’ Stripe C5722-TEAL, designed by Penny Rose Studios. Distributed by Millhouse Collections. 07 Liberty Art Fabrics ‘Classic Collection’ Gemma B (137cm wide). Distributed and sold by The Strawberry Thief. 08 Windham Fabrics ‘Dreamer’ 42571-4, designed by Carrie Bloomston. Distributed by Leutenegger. 09 Windham Fabrics ‘Sweet Florals’ 42982-7, designed by Another Point of View.…

2 min
selvedge designer edge

CLAIRE READ “They made me smile, made my heart leap a little. I guess you could say I fell in love,” Claire Read says, recalling when she first discovered her passion for making ‘storybox’ sculptures – little whimsical worlds created with repurposed materials. “I take the unwanted, the unloved, the damaged, the decayed and put them together in a way that celebrates the imperfections. They’re formed from vintage treasures; little pieces of the past lives of others, which come together to create a new story,” she says. Over time, her love for her work has grown and she’s become more adventurous with her designs. And friends and associates have rallied to the cause – antique dealers recommend special pieces to her or they are collected as she does the rounds of textile…