Australian Homespun March 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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2 min
diary dates

NSW – Sydney March 24 Enmore UsefulBox Slow Stitching Embroidery Workshop; St Lukes Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd. Open 10am-3pm. Entry $165. More information: Visit, email NSW – Country March 31-April 2 Macksville Verandah Post Patchworkers’ Quilt Show; Senior Citizens hall, Princess St. Quilt display, including Quilt NSW challenge entries. Open Sat and Sun 10am-4pm and Mon 10am-1pm. Entry $5. More information: Phone Diane Banks on (02) 6568 1829. Vic – Melbourne March 3-18 Wandin Embroidery and Craft Exhibition; Warratina Lavender Farm, Quayle Rd. Yarra Valley CWA craft exhibition, celebrating 90 years of the organisation. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $3. More information: Contact Warratina Lavender Farm on (03) 5964 4650 or email April 5-8 Melbourne Australasian Quilt Convention; Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens. You are invited to Australia’s quilting event of the year! The Australasian Quilt Convention returns in April and brings…

1 min
pin interest

Did you know? Crochet was originally done with a bent finger, not a hook. (There are plenty of tutorials on how it’s done online, if you want to have a go.) Camila, queen of the needlework Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, recently made her first visit to the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) since taking over the patronage from Her Majesty The Queen in January 2017. And it wasn’t just a handshake affair, but a hands-on lesson in Jacobean crewelwork. POST SCRIPT: The school, which has been operating since 1872, is in Hampton Court Palace, in Surrey. The Royal School of Needlework is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery, and a number of Australian students attend its Intensive Courses over the summer. The course teaches hand embroidery…

2 min
getting cosy with designers

FIONA TULLY TWO BROWN BIRDS Website: THE PERSONAL TOUCH “If making a quilt for a family member, I love to spend time choosing fabrics in colours and prints that I know they’ll like. As I stitch the quilt, I like to think about that person, either pondering memories that I have of them or wondering what path their life will take.” CRAFTER TO THE CORE “My earliest memories of crafting begin when I was around three years old, and I would paste pictures with fabric and yarn scraps from Mum’s projects. When I was in lower primary school, I LOVED receiving craft kits for birthdays and Christmas. (Does anyone remember Hansa brand craft kits?)” “I feel as though I am genetically wired to craft and that I have craft running through my veins!” STITCHING PLEASURES “I love…

3 min
selvedge designer edge

Laura Petrovich-Cheney’s sculptures are just like patchwork quilts, except she swaps fabric for wood, rotary cutters for power tools and stitches for glue. Using salvaged wood pieces as her raw material, she makes art from what would otherwise end up as landfill. It all began with a couple of wooden boats. In 2010, a winter nor’easter damaged and tossed vessels onto the shoreline. Laura saw them and couldn’t resist their vibrant orange and blue paintwork, so off they went in her pick-up truck. About two years later, she came across a picture of a quilt in a magazine, made in the same colours as those wooden boats that sat in her studio. “It was a really exciting ‘aha’ moment for me when I realised that I could make a ‘quilt’ from…

5 min
sweet mountain delight

www .cassandramadge.comwww MATERIALS • 36 strips, 2 1/2in x fabric width in bright prints – see Note (blocks)• 36 strips, 2 1/2in x fabric width in bright solid colours – see Note (blocks)• 50cm ( 5/8yd) striped fabric (binding)• Batting at least 173cm (68in) square• 3.6m (4yd) backing fabric• Rotary cutter, ruler and mat• Sewing machine with 1/4in foot• General sewing supplies Finished size: 152.5cm (60in) square Finished block size: 10in Note: Read all the instructions before starting the project. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed (except for pre-cut strips) and well ironed. Requirements are based on fabric 107cm (42in) wide. Cassandra used the ‘Bittersweet’ range by Sue Daley (prints) and ‘Confetti Cottons’ by Riley Blake (solids), supplied by Millhouse Collections. For the solids, Cassandra had 25cm ( 1/4yd) each of…

3 min
cassandra madge

Where do you live and work? I live in the historical country town of Strathalbyn, South Australia, where there are more antique shops than coffee shops! We have two rooms fully renovated inside our shed that hold my long-arm quilting machine and my home studio, although my fabric and various projects trail behind me throughout the house. What was the inspiration for this quilt design of yours? I love remaking traditional designs, and when I wanted to make my own Delectable Mountains blocks, I was disappointed with the method used. I wanted something that was pre-cut friendly and where the finished block was a square. I first made this quilt as a mini for a swap, but always intended to upsize it to a full-sized quilt design down the track. Do you…