Australian Homespun September 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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in this issue

2 min
readers’ showcase

SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: Readers’ Showcase, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde NSW 1670. THIS MONTH’S WINNER Sandra Alderman, from Mount Gambier, SA, for her Neck and Neck – and More Neck project: “This is my version of Natashia Curtin’s design from the October 2014 (Vol 15 No 10) issue. I did vary it a little by including the head on the quilt, rather than a separate piece. I also added a little more colour by making the grass green, not brown, as there’s green on the African savannah. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it for my eighth grandchild (of 11), as giraffes seemed to be an ongoing theme from his birth in April 2014. Each grandchild has been given their first full-sized quilt for their third…

4 min
pin interest

MasterCrochet! A deliciously sweet idea from Mei Mui, of Ice Pandora – pumpkin pie, prepared with hook and crochet stitches, rather than pastry and pan. (The design comes in cherry, too – not shown.) And as an extra treat, the ‘slices’ are actually zippered pouches. Contacts: Step-by-step instructions:; Instagram: @icepandora.creations; Webshop: QUILTED WITH LOVE Quilts of Hope, together with CraftAlive, invite stitchers to make patchwork blocks or a quilt to be given to children and families living with life-threatening illnesses or auctioned to raise funds for them. As an extra bonus, all quilters who contributed recently went into a draw to win $10,000 towards a long-arm quilting machine, thanks to Know-How Sewing Essentials. Joanne Rowlatt (pictured with Hans Martini, of Know-How Sewing Essentials) won the prize, and has already used the…

2 min
diary dates

NSW – Country September 15-17 Singleton Singleton Quilters’ Biannual Show; Mechanics Institute, 74 George St. The theme is ‘Traditionally Modern’. Quilt raffle and handmade items for sale. A donation to the Singleton Rural Fire Service and Hunter Medical Research Institute will be made with the profits of the show. Entry $5. Open Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm. More information: Phone Marea Baker (President) on 0408 731 529, Kim Horn (Secretary) on 0415 804 856 or Jane Frankham (Treasurer) on 0448 773 203. Vic – Melbourne September 23-24 Blackburn South Patchworkers and Quilters’ Guild of Victoria Exhibition; Eley Community Centre, 87 Eley Rd. Display of textile works, raffle, trading table, demonstrations, traders and refreshments. Open 10am-4pm. Entry $5. More information: Email Vic – Country October 6-8 Warrnambool CraftAlive Warrnambool; Warrnambool Stadium, Caramut Rd. Bringing together both talented interstate and…

2 min
getting cosy with designers

“I always unpick a mistake, otherwise it would stare at me from the finished work, mocking me!” PRUE SCOTT Facebook: TINY TWIN TYCOONS & HIGH-SCHOOL HIGHS Primary school: “My twin sister (well-known embroiderer Yvette Stanton) and I used to make little felt mice to sell to friends at primary school – although I think there was more craft glue than sewing with those! High school: There were four students whose embroidery work was chosen for a school entry in the Sydney Royal Easter Show, including mine and my sister’s, and we were displayed in the Standard of Excellence cabinet. It did wonders for our confidence in our embroidery skills.” RELAX & ENJOY “While others might do yoga or have a massage for relaxation, I head for my sewing space. Sewing calms me and offers some peace…

3 min
pattern & palette play

butterfly fabrics 01 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Winged’ Wingspan Melon WNG-1020, designed by Bonnie Christine. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 02 Windham Fabrics ‘Painted Wings’ 43161-4, designed by Whistler Studios. Distributed by Leutenegger. 03 Moda Fabrics ‘Wild Nectar’ 11804-14, designed by Crystal Manning. Distributed by PK Fabrics. (To be released soon.) 04 Moda Fabrics ‘Wild Nectar’ 11802-15, designed by Crystal Manning. Distributed by PK Fabrics. (To be released soon.) 05 Northcott ‘Essence’ 9025-61, designed by Northcott Studio. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. (To be released soon.) 06 Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Windowsill Garden’ RK17088140, designed by Darlene Zimmerman (Screamin’ Yellow colourway). Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 07 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Rapture’ Butterfly Bliss Teal RPT-1703, designed by Pat Bravo. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 08 Riley Blake Designs ‘Garden Girl’ Butterfly C5661-MINT, designed by Zoe Pearn.…

2 min

ANN BENOOT Before Ann Benoot ventured on a five-monthlong sabbatical, caravanning through the Alps of Austria, Italy and France, a friend gave her a book for the journey – Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, by Ted Andrews. Ann worries that she didn’t thank her friend enough for this precious gift, because with the book as a reference, she became more aware of the animals she encountered along the way and their symbolic meaning. Ted Andrews writes, “Every time we see the uniqueness of one animal or plant, we also discover something new and unique about ourselves.” This is, indeed, true for Ann, as she later found a new creative side of herself, with freeform crocheted ‘power’ animals. Ann combines her subsequent interest in animals with…