Australian Homespun December 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

1 min
readers’ showcase

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: NEW email Mail Homespun Readers’ Showcase, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde NSW 1670. THIS MONTH’S WINNER Hello, As I was reading my Homespun (No 184, September 2018) and about to renew my subscription, I thought I would write and tell you that I have every one of your Homespun magazines from Number 1. I haven’t parted with any as I am always searching back issues when I’m looking for inspiration for a new project. Over the years I have made many projects and block of the months from those magazines and I have attached pictures of some of them. Keep up the good work as I am sure I will find many new projects to make in the future. Rae Everist, Queensland Australia Congratulations to Rae for her great effort.…

3 min
pin interest

IT'S OK TO BE FUSSY! From the queen of fussy cutting and English paper piecing comes A Stitch in Time. Containing 18 projects, each with a combination of embroidery, hand quilting, pretty laces and trims, it’s designed to encourage you to pick up a needle and thread. This is a great Christmas gift to yourself – or your bestie sewing friend. It is published by Tuva Publishing and you can find it at your favourite sewing and patchwork shops. (PS from ED: if you would like to have a sneak peek at the glorious quilt that Sharon has designed for our 2019 Homespun Block of the Month, turn to page 22.) WAKEY WAKEY These adorable sleepy kitten and mice amigurumi designs are created by Jennifer Percival of Crochet to Play. The Sleepy Stocking…

1 min
diary dates

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: Visit or follow Intocraft on Facebook and Instagram 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) Vic – Melbourne April 11-14 Carlton Gardens Australasian Quilt Convention & Expo Gorgeous quilts galore and lots of creative inspiration – the perfect experience for quilters and textile lovers. More information: Visit…

1 min
embroidery at the palace

Hampton Court Palace no less! Opening in January, The Embroidered Home exhibition reflects how homes have historically been decorated with embroidered pieces. The new display will feature pieces from the Royal School of Needlework’s (RSN) unique collection and illustrate how embroidery has been used to beautify the domestic environment. The exhibits include bedspreads, sheets, tablecloths, cushion covers and fire screens, as well as smaller items such as letter holders and table mats. The exhibition embodies a fascinating social history from the 19th and 20th centuries, with many pieces telling stories of their own. This exhibition will be shown at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, England, in January 2019. For more information visit or email: The exhibition is only opens on set days, so pre-booking…

1 min
getting cosy with designers

SUCH A PERFECT DAY … “I love those days when you are unrushed and the deadline for a project is on another page of the calendar. The tea is brewing, I have podcasts waiting to be heard, and I can settle down to some serious stitching. Bliss!” THE NATURE OF CRAFT “Crafts by their nature require practice and commitment, so at some point you have to decide where you are going to put your time and energy.” MY STYLE IS: “Bright, colourful and graphic, with clear colours and a mix of shapes and lines, but just enough detail to keep me interested.” MY STYLE IS: “Overall, I guess my style is complementary stitchery, embellishment and fabrics. I have always loved hexies — I think I can actually describe my ‘style’ as hexies with stitchery and embroidery.” “I usually…

2 min
selvedge designer edge

Alison’s first love is crochet (closely followed by her husband and children, she adds ...). She has a background in marketing and sees her future in arts and craft. In fact, she hopes to combine her marketing and promotional ideas with crafty influences. After all, a creative spirit with organised thought and a few Excel spreadsheets thrown in for good measure is bound to be a success. Alison is inspired by nature – flowers, the ocean, trees, seasons, birds etc – and says she is most calm in that environment. That inspiration manifests itself in crochet used as an art form, to connect nature on an emotional level through the use of texture and colour. The impact that crafting has on wellness is also in Alison’s sights. “Wellness is high on my…