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Selvedge with designer, Lucy Levenson

“Scenes that I see in my head are full of very colourful elements.” If we say to you that Lucy Levenson’s fabric artworks are intoxicatingly lovely, there’s a good reason why – apart from the fact that they make your heart sing. They are produced in the cellar of an old English pub, just north […]

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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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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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Designer Profile: Meet quilter, Christa Watson

“A friend invited me to help tie quilts for charity. It was love at first stitch. Although I’ve been quilting for 24 years I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the potential that’s out there.” – Christa Watson Christa discovered quilting in 1994, when she was a young married college student, but […]

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Welcome to Bonnie Christine’s Workroom

Creative dreams really can come true if you have the will, skill and initiative. Just look what happened to fabric designer BONNIE CHRISTINE, who is now an international name working out of an idyllic home studio. By Susan Hurley There are thousands and thousands of eager artistic/inventive types out there, keen as mustard and capable […]

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Quick Stitch: Chocolate Bunny

Not made with a glass-and-a-half of full-cream milk, but with felt, so the pleasure lasts for years, not minutes! This sweet (adorable, not sugary)chocolate bunny puts its Easter namesake in the shade. Designed and made by Allison Dey Malacaria. WHAT YOU NEED: 20 x 23cm (8 x 9in) brown wool fabric or felt (bunny front) […]

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In the Studio with Ali George

Ali George lives in a 90-year-old Queenslander home on a five-acre property in south-east Queensland. We discover how a world-heritage site inspires her Quilter and textile artist Ali has two studios, one inside her house and another in a converted barn, both with stunning views. The first has “a single, recalcitrant original window facing Cunningham’s […]

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Selvedge with designer Carol Arnott

CAROL ARNOTT Carol Arnott’s work is all about capturing the essence of idyllic, seaside neighbourhoods (and the odd craggy fisherman!) in fabric and thread. As a testament to her talents, you can almost feel the sea breeze and taste the salty air while viewing her textile harbourscapes and felt hoops. From quaint cottages on one […]

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In the Studio with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, everyone in Victoria’s family sewed; her mother was a seamstress, her father had an upholstery business and her grandmother, Elda Wolfe, was a quilter. “My three-dimensional skills were pretty good from a young age. No one used patterns, so I would watch my parents and learn to make […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: A Question of Colour

One of the things I’m asked about most often is colour and how to put together colour schemes or fabrics for my quilts. So this month, let’s discuss colour! Most of the time when we talk about colour, we’re told to get a colour wheel and start looking at complementary, triadic or analogous colour schemes. […]