Australian Homespun October 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

2 min
readers’ showcase

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Vickie Collier, from Humpty Doo, NT, for her Home is Best project: “This is my version of Vicki Knight’s quilt project that was in the January 2018 issue (Vol 19 No 1). I saw this as a great stash buster and had fun making it. I had some 8 1/2in blocks from a project many years ago, so I got to work and made more. I loved making this totally from my small stash. Thanks for the great projects every month.” Congratulations to Vickie for her great effort. As the winner this month, she will be receiving the following prizes: • The Versatile Nine Patch book by Joan Ford contains 18 fresh, scrappy designs for quilts, bags and home décor projects plus an excellent section on block assembly, pressing methods and…

1 min

Best cross stitch Designer: Inna Chursina, StitchesLoversShop Contact:, @stitches_lovers_shop (Instagram) Best quilt Designer: Sally Manke, Fibre Artist Contact:,,, Best embroidery Designer: Isabel Freire, Rosa e Chocolat Embroidery Contact:,, @rosaechocolat_embroidery (Instagram)…

2 min
pin interest

HISTORY IN THIS MAKING For centuries, Staffordshire-ware dog and cat figurines have graced the mantels of the finest English homes. Today, there’s a modern take on them, thanks to Mandy Pattullo’s daughter, Alice, whose drawings inspired Mandy to adapt them for stitching. Whether spotted or floral, they have been appliquéd onto recycled fabrics for a vintage patchwork quilt surface. Each measures 45cm square. Here’s where you find out more: Fresh fruit pincushions anyone? You can always rely on Minki Kim to come up with sweet stitching ideas. And her juicy fruit pincushions more than live up to her high design standards. Sweet aren’t they? Direct link to them at Minki Kim, –;; CUBBYHOUSE IN A HALLWAY Picture it: an energetic kid, champing at the bit to get outside and…

2 min
diary dates

NSW – Newcastle November 3-4 Broadmeadow Novocastrian Quilters' Exhibition; Police Citizens Youth Club, cnr of Young and Melbourne Rds. Display of quilts and other artistic works, light refreshments and six patchwork and craft pop-up shops. Raffle quilt proceeds will go to Destiny Haven, Clarence Town. Open Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 9am-2pm. Entry $5, children under 12 free. More information: Phone Margaret Lane on 0418 250 211, email or visit NSW – Wollongong October 19-20 Bulli Bulli Corner Quilters of NSW Annual Quilt and Flower Show; Northern Illawarra Uniting Church, cnr Princes H'wy and Point St. Quilt raffle, quilts for sale, stalls selling Christmas goodies. All proceeds will go to local charities. Open 9am-4pm. Entry $5. More information: Contact Lynn on 0413 963 070 or Bev on 4231 4097. NSW – Country October 31-November 3 South Grafton Jacaranda Embroidery…

1 min
gorgeous, thanks gran!

Ever wondered what to do with Gran’s heirloom handstitched linens? Or wanted to save a stained or damaged embroidered tablecloth? Textile artist Lisa Mattock shares how she took timeworn materials, mixed them with sympathetic fabrics and added some slow stitching of her own to create textural collaged artworks for the home. 1 First, she cut three rectangles, 12 x 16in, from calico. 2 On each rectangle, she layered an assortment of small pieces of patterned cottons, vintage textiles such as linen, pieces of the old tablecloth, gauze, insertion fragments etc to cover the whole area. She mixed textures to add interest. 3 Using coordinating Perlé 5 cotton/s, Lisa worked running stitch around the edges of each piece through all the layers to join them all together. 4 Then she worked an embroidery design freehand…

1 min
getting cosy with designers

PLENTY “My cupboards are full of fabrics. I can always find a fabric that suits a particular project. I have a huge variety of prints, ranging from country colours to soft and pretty patterns. When I buy new fabrics, I usually leave them on my desk for a while, to admire while I’m sewing.” SPACE PACE “I love having the day to potter in my sewing studio. I get so much enjoyment from that one room. It’s where all my ideas come to life.” “My sewing machine is like my best friend – we spend a lot of time together.” MY STYLE IS: “I’d say it’s modern, easy and fun. I love my garden, so I love to stitch flowers and anything with a garden theme.” MY STYLE IS: “I would sum up my style as cute and…