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How did she do that? Lemon Tree in Tuscany

Sandra Bruce has been quilting since 1988 when she formed a group with her neighbor, Therese May (one of the first art quilters). Then in her 30s, she had been sewing clothes since she was eight. This quilt is made using a technique Sandra developed called Material Matrix, inspired by the painter Chuck Close. Sandra […]

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Selvedge: Meet Louise Newton

“I’ve always loved daisies. I grew up with them as they covered our garden at home. Perhaps they give me a sense of nostalgia, reminding me of making daisy chains with my sister and picking them for my mum when I was younger. She would use an egg cup as a vase to put them […]

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Creative Inspiration: Fusing Machine Embroidery and Quilting

About five years ago I was asked if I would ever try machine embroidery. My answer straight away was “Nope, no, definitely not!” I was not interested in machine embroidery at all; my obsession at the time was free-motion quilting and I couldn’t see a way of combining embroidery without it looking like it had […]

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In the Studio with Tracey Bareli

A converted lounge room is the perfect haven for Tracey Bareli to indulge her passion and take time out to relax and unwind. “Through work and life stresses, my machine has helped me keep my sanity,” she explains. “I can go into my room and just get away from the world” As her interest in […]

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Selvedge: Fenny Suter

Sometimes it takes long hikes through dense greenery to find the perfect spot for a refreshing swim — a hidden lagoon with crystal-clear water surrounded by lush foliage. Fenny Suter’s vibrant embroideries capture this idyllic scene in thread and fabric. They’re a little piece of paradise, but without the sweat and exhaustion of hiking. Her […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: From Inspiration to Creation

Creative inspiration is everywhere. No matter where I go I’m constantly seeing things that inspire my creative side. Today I thought I’d share with you how I take that original inspiration and turn it into a project. To say my sister and I are obsessed with craft is a bit of an understatement. While I’ve […]

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How Did She Do That? 5000 Trees by Cindy Watkins

Words by Casey Ioannou Photographs by Cindy Watkins Textile artist Cindy Watkins has always been intrigued by the magic of nature and has had a fascination with trees from a young age. “One of my earliest memories is going with my dad into the forest when I was very young,” Cindy recalls. “It was like […]

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In the Studio with Wendy Gleeson

In the quaint Victorian town of Colac, the studio of renowned Australian quilter and owner of Clever Ducks Quilting Co, Wendy Gleeson, has a warm, homey appeal that is just perfect for stitching away the hours. Words by Casey Ioannou, Photographs by Wendy Gleeson When she moved to a new home in 2005, Wendy was […]

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Ask Deb: New from Old

We have all heard of the term “re-gifting” — you know — the present from a relative that perhaps … well, is not quite right for you. Then you re-wrap and gift it to someone else. Not that I am guilty of that myself mind you! Well, I was cleaning out my sewing storage area […]

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Selvedge with designer Alison Thompson

“My name is Alison and I love craft. It’s an obsession. Yep, there I said it. I’m a craftoholic … and proud!” Alison’s first love is crochet (closely followed by her husband and children, she adds …). She has a background in marketing and sees her future in arts and craft. In fact, she hopes […]