Australian Homespun December 2019/January 2020

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

1 min
picking up the thread

An inspiring 30-minute documentary about the remarkable achievements of Surayia Rahman teaching Bangladeshi women to stitch kantha tapestries is now available online to stream. Surayia Rahman, a self-taught artist working in a number of different media, began exploring the possibilities of creating kantha to hang on a wall in a style that has come to be called ‘kantha tapestry’. In 1982, she helped establish the Skill Development for Underprivileged Women program, providing designs, selecting thread colours and supervising production of these kanthas. As well as generating income for communities, the project has ensured the preservation of traditional skills. Watch the film at…

1 min
pin interest

Too much of a good thing? Fans of American TV sitcom The Connors, a spin-off of Roseanne, will be familiar with the family’s crocheted granny-square throw draped over the couch in the lounge room. We love seeing handmade crafts popping up in various shows as much as anyone, but look at the publicity shot American television network ABC used to promote the launch of season 2 — this may just be a bridge too far! Too cute! Would you like to introduce a child to crafting this Christmas? Yellow Octopus has delightful sewing kits to make Petal the Unicorn: they include Petal’s body, stuffing, sewing thread, a plastic needle and full instructions, all packaged in a keepsake tin. Designed for children six years and older. Go to products/petal-the-unicorn-sewing-kit-in-a-tin SENDING A MESSAGE An exhibition that…

1 min
diary dates

New South Wales February 7-9 Penrith CraftAlive Panthers Penrith, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Open 9.30am-4pm. More information: February 22-23 Mittagong Biennial Quilt and Craft Show The Southern Highlands Quilters’ Guild, Mittagong RSL Club, Cnr Bessemer Street and Hume Highway, Mittagong. Open Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm. More information: Ann (02) 4885 2970 March 6-8 Wagga Wagga CraftAlive The Range Function Centre, 306 Copland Street, Wagga Wagga. Open 9.30am-4pm. More information: April 18-19 Queenbeyan Queanbeyan Quilters' Members’ Exhibition Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. Open Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. More information: or call 0414 188 715 Victoria April 3-4 Cranbourne St Johns Quilters’ Creative Adventures Quilt Show St John’s Anglican Church, 27 Childers Street, Cranbourne. Guest speaker Helen Godden Friday @ 7pm. Open 10am-4pm. More information: Dianne (03) 5995 9763 New Zealand March 20-22 Manawatu Quilts @ The Coach House Feilding Kowhai Patchwork Quilters' Club The Coach House Museum, 121 South Street, Feilding, Manawatu.…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Forget floral arrangements, fruit bowls and rolling hills — it’s the graffitied laneways of Melbourne, neon signs and tattoos that tapestry artist Niki McDonald turns to for design inspiration. Her bold and brave approach to a traditional craft has led to an eye-catching series of artworks and has generated fresh interest in tapestry. Sydney-based artist Niki was captivated by Melbourne’s edgy streetscapes while visiting, and was inspired to capture their beauty in stitched artworks. “After a week of absorbing the urban landscape — the tagging and graffiti, the walls, the people and their clothing — I drew a series of drawings on tapestry canvas and began stitching,” says Niki. “The repetition of the stitches echoes the pixels of digital work and the spray paint used on the streets.” Her fresh and contemporary…

3 min
christmas bunting

MATERIALS • One fat quarter of Scandi Houses red — 2127 (A) • One fat quarter of Scandi Storm red — 2128 (B) • One fat quarter of Scandi Trees red — 2131 (C) • One fat quarter of Scandi Houses grey — 2127 (D) • One fat quarter of Scandi Snowflakes grey — 2130 (E) • 30cm Scandi Pineneedles red/cream — 2129R (F) • 160 x 2cm (63 x 3/4in) wide cotton ricrac in white • Threads to match all fabric • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Scissors • Point turner tool • 2.5cm (1in) bias tape maker • Stiff cardboard • Sewing machine • General sewing supplies Finished size: 145 x 16cm (57 x 6in) — including ties; each flag measures 11.5 x 16cm (4 x 6in) Note: Cintia has used fabrics from the Scandi range by Makower for Andover. Read all instructions before…

3 min
pinwheel pops

MATERIALS • Fat quarter solid light blue fabric • 60cm ( 5/8yd) solid mid-blue fabric • 45cm ( 1/2yd) solid dark-blue fabric • Fat quarter solid red fabric • 40cm ( 1/2yd) solid coral fabric • 65cm ( 3/4yd) solid white fabric (background) • 40cm ( 1/2yd) solid light-pink fabric (binding) • 1.4m (1 1/2yd) backing fabric • Batting at least 137 x 107cm (54 x 42in) • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat • Sewing machine with 1/4in and walking feet • General sewing supplies Finished size: 122 x 91.5cm (48 x 36in) Finished block size: 6in square Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. Requirements are based on fabric 107cm (42in) wide. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed and well ironed. CUTTING 1 From the solid light blue fabric, cut: • Six strips, 2 1/2in across the (21in) width of the fabric.…