Australian Homespun July 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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in this issue

2 min
pin interest

SPRUCE UP YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD/PHOTO DISPLAYS It’s all done with ribbon and cardboard, which has been cut to shape and taped. You can thank Daniela Augusto, of Curly Made, for the idea and the knowhow. Find her tutorial at PINT-SIZE PIN PEOPLE FROM PROVENCE France’s Provence region is the wellspring of so much art and design, probably because the scenery is the source of endless inspiration. Cézanne, van Gogh and Picasso all thought so, and so, too, does Nath Guidi, who is the creator of these beautiful and intricate doll pins. At just 10cm (4in) tall, these teeny-weeny dolls require a very steady maker’s hand. They are a mix of carded wool felt (faces, hair and sweaters), fabric skirts and tiny embellishments, such as pearls, embroidery and fine head bands. Here’s where…

2 min
diary dates

NSW – Sydney July 20-22 Clarendon CraftAlive show; Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Rd. Bringing together talented exhibitors, focusing on creative hand-finished products, DIY products, craft supplies, demonstrations and workshops. Open 9.30am-4pm. More information: Visit August 10-12 Hunters Hill Hunters Hill Quilt Show; Hunters Hill Town Hall, Alexandra St. Opening night is on August 9 (7.30-9.30pm), entry is $6. Quilt and wagga (traditional, utilitarian quilt) display, handmade items for sale, quilt raffles, quilt shop and refreshments. Open 10am-4.30pm. Entry $6. More information: Phone Meg on 0419 432 538 or visit NSW – Country August 11 Dubbo Golden Oldies Truck, Tractor and Quilt Show; Dubbo Showground, corner of Wingewarra and Fitzroy Sts. Displays, competitions, entertainment, Grand Parade and food. Proceeds will go to a local charity. Open 8.30am-6pm. Entry $15, children under 15 free. More information: Contact Jon on 0428 143 644…

1 min
make loops, not war!

Those old enough to remember the hippy-style macramé overload of the ’60s and ’70s, may recoil from the idea of the string craft making a comeback. But what’s on offer today is a much-refined version of the Make Love, Not War, incense-burning, garland-wearing, Woodstock-attending generation. And let’s face it, the concept has an irresistible retro appeal to it, incense or no incense. Take the macramé artworks of Renée Ognenovski and Renae Warden, for instance. (We are only showing you a couple of their designs here, but you can see oodles more on their The Neighbours & Co sites – and They are simple, clean designs generated for feature wall decorations. And their simplicity is what gives them the contemporary edge that was missing in earlier plant hangers.…

2 min
mapping the history of macramé

THE ARABS – You know those traditional decorative tassels on camels and horses? Well, who knew that their name, migramah (meaning ‘fringe’), was the starting point for macramé? Way back in the 13th century, this fringing was used to keep desert flies off the animals. THE TURKS – Also claiming credit for the origins of macramé are the Turks. They suggest that their word makrama (‘napkin’ or ‘towel’) covered their traditional concept of tying loose weaving ends on loomed fabrics. THE BABYLONIANS & ASSYRIANS – Very early Babylonian and Assyrian carvings show representations of decorative knots used for garment adornments. THE MOORS – In time, the concept of macramé found its way into North Africa and Spain, with the Moors using the technique prior to its popularity spreading throughout Europe. THE EUROPEANS – After…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

After a long-haul flight, Lauren Porter’s winged creatures seek antique tools for their stopover spots. A nightingale perches on a pair of scissors, a swallow swings on an embroidery hoop, a coal tit rests on a metal key and a wren admires the view from a hammer. The flock seems very content with staying there for a while, so we can fully appreciate Lauren’s beautiful craftsmanship. Her life-sized ‘British Birds’ fabric creations – from a sweet little wren to a chunky barn owl – are the result of many hours of researching, designing, making and modifying. “Birds make such wonderful shapes and movements. I was drawn to the challenge of capturing something of their character in a simplified way,” says Lauren. “From a sculptural perspective, I was interested in the way…

2 min
getting cosy with designers

HOME, HOME ON THE RANGE “I live in one of the most beautiful valleys in the world ... in the mountaintops of Utah, on the west side of Utah Lake, USA. The view is awe-inspiring. My tiny cottage is filled with white painted beadboard, light-coloured furniture and pops of bright quilty goodness wherever you look.” HEARTFELT HANDCRAFTING “When you create from your heart, magical things happen, and that love and devotion show in your finished design. I’m a light-hearted, giggly and happy person. I hope that shows in my designs.” “Who knows where life will take me, but I will tell you this … I’ll have a piece of fabric and needle and thread in tow!” MY STYLE IS: “Light-hearted and whimsical, with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. I also have to…