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Welcome back to the re-launched Handmade blog!

2014 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Australia’s favourite general craft mag:

We have a brand new editor, Elizabeth – shown here with Handmade Vol 32 No 4
We’ve redeveloped our logo and are working on some timely updates to our page design.
We’ve released the first of many digital issues, starting with a few of our favourites from 2012.
We’ve started uploading previews of new editions to ISSUU and, of course, we’ve relaunched this very website – with tonnes of creative content to inspire your crafting to no end.

 

Stay tuned for regular updates and let us know what you think!

 

 

Tilda’s Winter Delights Giveaway!

To celebrate reaching 100 followers on Instagram in our very first week, we have four copies of Tilda‘s Winter Delights to give away.

As we reach bigger milestones, we’ll have bigger prizes on offer!

To be in the running, all you have to do is follow Handmade on Instagram, Like us on Facebook and enter the competition below.

Winners will be notified on Monday April 28.

ENTER HERE

Inspirations

 

In Handmade Vol 32 No 6, we travelled all the way to Hungary to met Fanni Sandor, a master craftsperson who creates teeny tiny animals from polymer clay.

 

 

Using paint and feathers to embellish her creatures, Fanni moulds incredibly lifelike interpretations of wildlife in 1:12 scale.

“Lots of people think I’m crazy, because in Hungary doll’s house miniature making is an almost unknown art form,” Fanni says. “But my friends and my family are proud of me, and they like my works very much.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full interview with Fanni in Handmade Vol 32 No 6, on sale now.

Find Fanni’s blog here and her Etsy store here.

5 Minute Chat with Jennifer Reynolds

 We catch up with our favourite Shabby Roses embroiderer Jennifer Reynolds, the creative force behind Elefantz, who as usual is busy working on a host of stitched projects and yummy recipes.

 

 

What are you working on right now?

The other day I purchased a number of gorgeous Shabby Chic fabrics in French blues. As soon as I saw them I pictured a quilt in my imagination, so I’m drawing up some sweet embroidery blocks to feature throughout. This year I’ve been focusing on using only two or three colours in most of my designs and I’m yet to play with blue and white so this will be fun.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

WINTER!! I live near the top of Australia in the tropics, and I really understand the term “going troppo”…I’m so over the heat. All jokes aside, I get more design work done in the winter – especially quilts. It’s quieter without the air conditioner running overtime and life seems much slower. I also can’t wait to pull out my crockpot and make lots of soups (intent being I have more time to stitch while the crock pot takes over kitchen duties for me…)

What’s your favourite pattern for sale in your online store at the moment?

The Rosedaisy Alphabet. I drew them up one evening in February and couldn’t believe how beautiful they were on paper. But then I began the applique and stitchery and really fell deeply in love. Could be my favourite Elefantz design of all, ever.

What’s your favourite breakfast to get you ready for a day of sewing?

Either a raw green smoothie, or I love to process raw oats with pecan nuts and a little maple syrup, then scatter chopped Medjool dates across the top with a little more maple syrup. Yummo! We eat a lot of raw foods in our house for health reasons, but we also enjoy the occasional bacon, eggs and mushrooms on potato bread toast at weekends. It’s all about balance. I have a page on my blog with a lot of the healthy recipes we use at home.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m re-reading Jane Brocket’s Gentle Art of Domesticity. Every page is a new topic and she brings such freshness to life as she chats across a virtual kitchen table about books, recipes, crochet, old movies, knitting, quilting, family, shoes, toenail colours, aprons, pillows… It’s the perfect book of inspiration, especially when you’re time poor (I am) and need a ‘happy fix’ in ten minutes; ten minutes is all you need to read one of the scores of topics between the pages. I bought it back in 2008 and have never tired of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find two of Jennifer’s projects, Dream a little Dream and Dottie Dog, in Handmade Vol 32 No 6, on sale now.

 

Handmade Vol 32 No 6 is on sale today!

 

 

 

Our Winter Warmers issue has hit the stands in style! Complete with a great range of projects to get you all snuggled up ready for the cooler months ahead, this issue sports our brand spanking new cover design.

 

 

 

 

Inside you’ll find a host of projects like these:

Mug Wraps by Dawn Lewis

Karen Pior’s Chunky Knitted Cowl

Dawn Lewis’s wool storage box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Filby presents her gorgeous interpretation of AP&Q‘s new fabric range with her summery quilt Under Sunny Skies.

You can find AP&Q Sunny Skies fabric at Patchwork & Craft

 

 

 

 

 

Five minute chat with Marni Franks

 

 

 

The unstoppable crafter extraordinaire and patchwork expert behind Frankenstein’s Fabrics (among a host of other projects!) takes a few minutes out from her unending creative schedule to answer some extremely pressing questions.

 

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a quilt for Little Pink Pebbles ‘Just for Mum’ showcase. The whole showcase is themed for Mother’s Day items, starting on the 1st of April and running until the 3rd, via Facebook. My quilt is sewing room themed and will be a lap quilt for a lucky mum. As we get closer there will be more promoting of it through our own pages so people can stay tuned by liking me on Facebook.

What’s your favourite item in stock in your store right now?

Ooh that’s a hard one…  I would say my favourite items would be the range of mini prints, heaps of cute animals and great colours – perfect to make kids quilts with. And I’m really in love with some of the pantographs I have for machine quilting. I just don’t know which one to use next they are all so cool.

How is the 55 Fox Fiasco going?

Awesome. We are up to our 11th project this week (my turn), the VIPs get their special edition newsletter this week as well and we are on track with our guest bloggers. There’s so many things going on with the 55FF that it’s just exciting all over – recipes, bags, jewellery, cardmaking and so much more to come. Remember if you don’t want to miss a thing sign up as a VIP.

What’s the favourite thing you’ve made for 55FF?

It’s not finished but I am making a quilt for later on in the year. So far it’s been the project I like the most. But then I’ve always loved orange… and quilting…

What book are you reading at the moment?

Re-reading actually. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. One of my favourite authors and this series is one I will go back to again and again. I am a habitual re-reader. It’s like visiting old friends.

What do you think is the best thing since sliced bread?

I would have to say my long-arm quilting machine – not only does it increase my own quilt production but allows me to see what others are doing when they send their quilts to me.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Hot water. I am not a morning person and hot water is my salvation. I am very much a late night/early morning creative, slightly insomnia suffering, can’t put the book down, online watching cat videos, Pinterest-ing type; hot water revives me and makes me human.

Book of the Month

What better boyfriend could possibly exist than one that you design from scratch?

 

 

Carol Meldrum presents a lovable collection of little woolen men who’ll melt your heart in her third book Knit Your Own Boyfriend. Create a short and stocky, curly-haired, bearded artist, a tall and slim, tanned and dread-locked surfer dude or even a brown-eyed, Afro-enhanced superhero complete with felt guitar.

 

 

Gorgeous photography make these dreamy knitted men come to life, and quirky little extras like Your Knitted Boyfriend’s Favourite TV Shows – including, of course ‘Made Men’ and ‘The Knitted Dead’ – add to the entertainment.

Easy to follow instructions and notes on techniques make the book accessible to beginners and there are even patterns in the back for all the fabric accessories, like the surfer’s surfboard, fireman’s jacket and computer geek’s calculator.

 

This little book is so endearing and the tiny men look so sweet that you’ll likely find yourself with a whole army of homemade boyfriends before you know what’s come over you!

Knit your own Boyfriend is published by HarperCollins; you can purchase it here.

Liberty Sneakers

A surprise present arrived for me – a brand new pair of Vans in a Liberty Art Fabrics design!

 

Vans has been teaming up with Liberty for a while now, producing a small range of unique shoes every year.

 

 

 

Each pair comes with a gorgeous little tag, with information about Liberty and it’s beginnings.

 

 

 

 

I love being able to show my passion for fabric with a little colour on my feet!

 

 

 

You can find the current Vans Liberty range here.