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Designer Edge with tapestry artist Niki McDonald

Forget floral arrangements, fruit bowls and rolling hills — it’s the graffitied laneways of Melbourne, neon signs and tattoos that tapestry artist Niki McDonald turns to for design inspiration. Her bold and brave approach to a traditional craft has led to an eye-catching series of artworks and has generated fresh interest in tapestry. Sydney-based artist […]

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Pattern Play: Garden

Trees and shrubs, critters and animals, flowers and leaves – they are important in any landscape – and fabric stash! The following are new fabric ranges that have been released in the first two months of 2020. FreeSpirit Garden Fabrics Distributed in Australia by XLN Fabrics www.xln.com.au One Mile Radiant by Anna Maria Horner Anna […]

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Getting to know Nerida Hansen

Recently you launched the May Gibbs collection. How did that come about? The licensors for May Gibbs contacted me early in 2019 and asked if I would be interested in licensing her art. Of course I was absolutely honoured and jumped at the chance. I was so excited to work with the fabulous young textile […]

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Designer Edge: Rachel Andrew

Skilled seamstress Rachel Andrew has sewn clothing for years, but was reluctant to try quilting … that was until she found a way to make it her own. Combining her garment-making skills with quilt block patterns and a bright colour palette, her inspiring designs have caught the attention and admiration of fashionistas and sewists worldwide. […]

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Quilt and Textiles Travels!

Have you ever considered joining an organised quilt and textiles tour? Does travelling with like-minded souls to destinations specifically chosen for your interests appeal to you? If you have considered this, then take a look at the itinerary for the 2020 Quilters Companion USA Quilting Tour. First stop is Lincoln, Nebraska, where you will visit […]

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Know Your Product: Hand Sewing Needles

There are a large variety of needle types, and quilters tend to use mostly straws, milliners, sharps and betweens. It is widely agreed that the best needles for hand sewing and quilting are between needles and sharps are best for appliqué. The larger the size number, the smaller the needle. As a beginner it is recommended […]

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Quilting Tools with Anita Ellis!

These are a few of my favourite things … or in other words, quilting tools I use every day and wouldn’t be without. There are myriad gadgets and must-haves that the manufacturers of quilting notions insist you cannot do without. You could really spend up big, or you can spend smart and buy the things […]

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A Road Test by Michelle Marvig: The Magik Pressing Mat

Life is too short to iron, right? I avoid buying clothes that require ironing, fold the clothes as soon as they come off the line, and have never ironed household linen. So, why am I happy to be testing something that has to do with ironing?Because the one thing that I am pedantic about pressing is […]