Australian Homespun February/March 2019

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
pin interest

A GOOD YARN! The girls at Knot Knitting have premium string and yarn perfect for your crochet, knitting and macramé projects. The colours are all on trend and the yarn, cotton and string are lovely to work with. Find out more at, or find them on Facebook at Knot Knitting and Instagram @knotknitting LULU LLAMA Oh, that sweet llama face and those pretty llama eyes! Llamas are quirky, unique, beautiful and loveable and you can make Lulu Llama in just a few hours (aka nap time or an afternoon/evening). With the pattern comes permission to sell the llamas you make by hand online or at craft shows as long as credit is given to Gingercake Patterns. You can find this pattern, and lots of other lovely ideas, at Gingercake Designs, website: STITCHING…

1 min
diary dates

Let us know about your upcoming event – email details to or send them to Homespun Diary Dates, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670. Please notify us at least four months before the event. NSW – Sydney February 14-16 Darling Harbour Stitches & Craft Show ICC Sydney, Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour, Hall 5. Open Thu to Sat 9.30am-4pm. More information: Vic – Country March 2 Terang Terang Quilt Show Presbyterian Hall, High St, Terang. A display by local quilters of quilts, cushions, wallhangings and other quilt-related items made in the past two years, including their challenge quilts. Refreshments available. Open 10am-6pm. Entry $5, under 14 free. More information: Contact Margaret McIntosh, email or phone (03) 5592 1354 (AH) March 29-31 Ballarat CraftAlive Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, Norman St, Wendouree. Featuring local and interstate craft experts,…

1 min
stitched skyscapes

Russian artist Vera Shimunia has taken the art of embroidery to a whole other level. Instead of using paints to create skyscapes and landscapes, she uses her embroidery skills and threads and fibres to create exquisite miniature scenes. Vera’s inspiration is nature – especially the sky – and she incorporates different materials to express the beauty of the world and nature as she sees it in her mind’s eye. You can see her painstakingly stitched scenes at Etsy:, or on her Instagram: @shop.shimunia…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Sometimes it takes long hikes through dense greenery to find the perfect spot for a refreshing swim — a hidden lagoon with crystal-clear water surrounded by lush foliage. Fenny Suter’s vibrant embroideries capture this idyllic scene in thread and fabric. They’re a little piece of paradise, but without the sweat and exhaustion of hiking. Her lagoon fibre artworks look like they’re based on exotic travel destinations, but Fenny was actually inspired by a more mundane location. “Growing up in landlocked eastern USA, I thought all oceans looked similar – dark blue and murky,” says Fenny. “On a trip to Asia, I saw the brightest, turquoise-blue ocean off the side of the road. The colours were so surreal and mesmerising to me that I couldn’t stop staring. Interestingly, I was not vacationing…

8 min
aldershot meadows

MATERIALS • 75cm ( 7/8yd) each of Fabrics A and B (centre block, Border 2 and Border 4 corners) • 1.25m (1 3/8yd) Fabric C (Border 3 and Border 4 corners) • 2m (2 1/4yd) Fabric D (Border 4) • 70cm ( 7/8yd) Fabric E (Borders 3 and 4) • 1.35m (1 1/2yd) Fabric F (Border 3 corners, Border 4 and binding) • 1m (1 1/8yd) Fabric G (centre block and Circle Star blocks) • 60cm ( 3/4yd) Fabric H (Border 4) – see ‘Our fabrics’ • 50cm ( 5/8yd) each of Fabrics I–K • Fat quarter each of Fabrics L–S • Fat eighth each of Fabrics T–BB • 70cm ( 3/4yd) Fabric CC (Borders 1 and 4, and Border 3 and 4 corners) • Fat eighth each of Fabrics DD–KK (Borders 3 and 4) • 2.4m (2 5/8yd) extra-wide (275cm/108in) backing fabric •…

1 min
meet the designer …

Sharon Burgess lives in country Victoria in Australia. She started sewing when she borrowed her mother’s sewing machine in 2009 – not to sew patchwork! But it wasn’t long after that that she took a beginner’s quilting class at her local quilt shop, and then she was hooked. It wasn’t far into her quilting journey when she discovered English paper piecing, and when she made the La Passacaglia quilt by Willyne Hammerstein, she became truly addicted. “The ability and freedom to fussy cut fabric and make the project my own was wonderful!” she exclaims. Her next step was to discard her colour wheel – preferring instead to trust her own colour and fabric placement. This inspired her motto, “Create what you love”, and that is evident in all of Sharon’s work. Sharon…