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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 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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Special Feature: The Needlepoint Beginner with Renee Frank

Renee Frank helps aspiring needlepointers get started on their first project. Preparing the First Stitch: Examine your canvas and select an area with a large expanse of one color to start with. This will help you practise getting into the stitching flow. TIP: Start with darker colors and finish with the lightest colors. Your hands constantly […]

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Quick Stitch: Rope Coasters with Cassandra Madge

No, nothing to do with lassos and cowboys. Much more gentlemanly than that! This is simply rope coiling and stitching to create classy club-style coasters. Cassandra Madge shows you the ropes. You’ll need: 5mm (1/4in) diameter cotton rope: about 2m (21/8yd) per coaster – see Note Sewing machine thread in matching or contrasting colours – […]

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In the Studio with designer Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly’s cloth collages are really something to behold. Here she tells us about her process and what it takes to create such beautiful works of art. By Caroline Adams Anne Kelly’s cloth collages are works of art in fabric form. She uses layer upon layer of fabric to create scenes of romantic cities, or […]

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Jennifer Corkish, Her Work and Her Upcoming Sea Change

The term sea change couldn’t be more fitting for the future of quilter Jennifer Corkish, who is moving from the Southern Highlands to the south coast of NSW. I spoke with Jennifer about plans for her new studio and how the new house will affect her creative process. By Caroline Adams. Those looking for a […]

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Selvedge with designer Ann Wood

It all comes down to beauty in the beasts with Ann Wood’s wondrous creatures. Ann Wood perfectly formed mosquitoes ominously arch their bodies on long fragile legs, probosces aimed, ready for piercing. But those same menacing insects are dressed in genteel lace and fine, fine prints. What? Written by Susan Hurley Sewer rats stop for a […]

Carolyn Sullivan Tells Us About Her Quilt Inspiration

Carolyn Sullivan Tells Us About the Inspiration behind her Quilts

Carolyn Sullivan is the author of many books documenting embroidery and textile designs from all over the world. Carolyn Sullivan’s embroidered and quilted works are inspired by these textiles. In this blog post she tells us more about her inspiration. By Carolyn Sullivan. I have always loved cultural textiles and a lot of my work has been based on […]

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Mend Fabrics in Ten Different, Creative Ways

If you’ve torn it, flaunt it! Forget invisible techniques used to mend fabrics, they are way too dull and discreet! Today it’s all about parading your patches with Mardi Gras flamboyance and embracing fabric wear and tear as a blank canvas for your stitching artistry. So let rip and make some darn magic with exuberant […]