Australian Homespun May 2017

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
readers’ showcase

THIS MONTH'S WINNER Kokila Haddon, from Carrum Downs, Vic, for her Stuff of Legend project: “I just wanted to share the adorable unicorn I created using the pattern by Shelly Down in the December issue of Homespun magazine (Vol 17 No 12). I’m so pleased with how it turned out and am currently waiting on a new shipment of felt so I can create a whole herd of unicorns. I really enjoy reading Homespun. Thanks for all the great inspiration! Congratulations to Kokila for her great effort. As the winner this month, she will be receiving the following prizes: • Fiskars Micro-tip Scissors No 5 are designed for intricate cuts. They feature precision-sharp edges that cut all the way to the tip and ambidextrous finger loops to maximise control. • Quilt Love: Celebrating events and…

3 min
pin interest

AUTUMN COMFORTS OF HOME If you buy the Handmade Home pattern book from Patons and Panda yarns, you will find a beautiful selection of contemporary crochet and hand knits, ranging from throws, such as this mid-season design, to wallhangings and cushions. The pattern book is available from most craft outlets, or you can call 1800 337 032 (toll free) if you want to find out your nearest stockist. BINDING BABIES What a cute and canny way to store your bindings and trims. Just slot one end into the spool slit and then wrap the rest around and pin the tail in place. Put a whole family of these ‘Binding Babies’ characters on your studio shelf so you can see all your colours and designs and also to add charm to the room. A…

3 min
diary dates

Vic – Melbourne May 20-21 Hoppers Crossing Stitch! By CraftAlive Werribee; Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Rd. A show dedicated to patchwork, knitting, embroidery, and all things stitching, with products to buy, demos, workshops and much more. Open 9.30am-4pm. More information: Visit Vic – Country May 20 Belmont Geelong Patchwork & Quilters' Guild Quilt In; Barwon South Civic Centre, 7 Reynolds Rd (Melway 465 D3). The theme is ‘Rotation’, supporting We All Rotate, a Geelong-based charity providing 'dignity packs' of sanitary items to women in Nepal. Guest speaker is Michele Hill, an expert in William Morris appliqué quilts. Display of textiles, trading tables, door and raffle prizes, show and tell. Tea and coffee provided. BYO lunch, mug and stitching. Open 9.30am-4pm. Entry $10. More information: Visit or contact Anna on 0411 308 145 or email…

1 min
joining the book club

Love your work, Jemima Flendt! First you create cover-worthy projects for Homespun, then co-design our current Block of the Month with Claire Turpin. Now, you’ve got a book launching this month featuring 16 great projects that can be worked in a matter of hours. It’s called Weekend Quilting and brings readers how-tos for quilts, wallhangings, runners and cushions along with tips on using pre-cuts and rulers. Published by Fons & Porter (US$24.99), the book can be ordered through Amazon or at…

2 min
shivers! what jumbo jumpers

As the cold wave hit the northern parts of the country, local stitches rallied to help protect the frail rescued animals at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center (part of Wildlife SOS, an organisation run in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, which rehabilitates abused captive elephants). CEO and co-founder of Wildlife SOS, Kartick Satyanarayan, said that a number of elephants they rescue have spent the majority of their lives doing hard work in harsh and cruel conditions. At the centres (in Mathura and Haryana, India) they are given frequent baths, a nutritious diet and good veterinary care. But their past still impacts their psychological and physical health. “They are weak and vulnerable, having suffered so much abuse, making them susceptible to ailments, such as pneumonia. The cold also…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Windham Fabrics ‘Laundry Day’ 42416-X, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 02 Windham Fabrics ‘Laundry Day’ 42417-3, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 03 Riley Blake Designs ‘Happy Day’ Kites C5913-AQUA, designed by Lori Whitlock. Distributed by Millhouse Collections. 04 Moda Fabrics ‘Guernsey’ 18646-14, designed by Brenda Riddle Designs. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 05 Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Fawns and Friends’ RK166737 (Green colourway), designed by World Art Group. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 06 Moda Fabrics ‘Early Bird’ 27264-19, designed by Kate Spain. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 07 Windham Fabrics ‘Laundry Day’ 42419-1, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 08 Windham Fabrics ‘Laundry Day’ 42421-5, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 09 Gütermann ‘Ring a Roses: Little Friends’ 647700, Col 75 (145cm wide). Distributed by Birch Creative. 10 Moda Fabrics ‘Sugar Pie’ 5043-19, designed…