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Salvage: Be seated…knitted upholstery/crocheted stool covers

How to breathe new life into little leftovers, small scraps and otherwise wasted remnants. Photographs: Olaf Szczepaniak. Production: Wilckens & Brückner/Zuhause Wohnen/Picture Media Brighten up plain dining chairs with these fun slices of citrus chair cushions Sitting Pretty Of all the furnishing items around the house, the ones that most often get overlooked are stools […]

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Getting Cosy with Leanne Milsom and Vicki Collumbine

Be inspired by our truly amazing contributors! Leanne Milsom Blog: www.lizzie-the-quilter.blogspot.com “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.” Make this […]

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Pattern and Palette Play: Wild Fabrics

Time to go wild! Let these fabrics transport you to the African plains and a tropical jungle, with fluorescent colours and friendly animal prints. Compiled by Janai Velez Top L – R Clockwise: Sevenberry for Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Island Paradise’ RK412912 (Maize colourway). Distributed by Two Green Zebras. Liberty Fabrics ‘Contemporary Classic’ Queue for the […]

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Designer Profile: The Strawberry Thief founder, Robyn Shapiro

For as long as Robyn Shapiro can remember, she has had two creative loves — sewing and Liberty fabric. “My first memory is of sitting on my Ouma’s lap with a sewing machine going in front of me — I always grew up with pieces of fabric in my hand and I was always stitching,” […]

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In the Studio with Michelle McKillop

The first quilt I ever participated in was a hexagon quilt for a fundraiser when I was 10 years old in Girl Guides. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I did my first quilting class as a young mum in 1992 and knew I had found my passion in life. […]

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Designer Edge: Sarah Burford

“Nostalgia is very important to some people, and the references to Silver Screen sirens tap into that world of old-fashioned magic.” The Golden Years of Hollywood have a chance to glitter again, not in celluloid but in fabric. And the award goes to … Sarah Burford, who has created a red-carpet line-up of starlet-style dolls. […]

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Stories in the Seams: Trophy of Love 1846 – Baltimore Album Quilt

“Mystery surrounds the previous ownership of this top that was found in a Connecticut attic after the sisters who had lived in the house had died. Unlike most album quilts, there are no signatures on the blocks.” Blooms, birds, buildings and elaborately woven baskets declare the place of origin of this spectacular textile: Baltimore. Located […]

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Pattern and Palette Play: Seaside Fabrics

Craving sunset walks along the shoreline? The sight of tumbling waves and distant sail boats? Well, dip your toes into these refreshing ocean-inspired designs. Compiled by Janai Velez Top L – R Clockwise: Northcott ‘Shore Thing’ 22070-42, designed by Lynnea Washburn. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. Riley Blake Designs ‘Pirate’s Life’ Seas the Day C7355-BLUE, designed […]