Charlie’s Aunt in Australian Homespun magazine

THIS month, I am delighted to say that Charlie’s Aunt is featured in a beautiful magazine called Australian Homespun. Now I am sure that all of my customers down under are already familiar with the publication, but I am hoping to encourage a few of my fellow sewers in the US and the UK to take a look. The magazine contains dozens of lovely features and projects and each edition has a theme. The format is different to most sewing magazines, in that in addition to the sewing projects, it contains interesting information relevant to each theme but not necessarily about sewing or craft. And the best thing is that all of the project patterns are provided full size on a pull-out sheet.

For the latest edition of Australian Homespun, I produced a project and pattern for a version of the Cynthia bag, which also features in my book Making Vintage Accessories. I made the bag for Homespun in whimsical dog print linen, from UK fabric designer Emily Bond, with green vintage buttons and a matching strap. The magazine has done a brilliant job and the project is beautifully presented with great photographs. There is also an interview with me about my work, and a chance for readers to win Charlie’s Aunt pattern bundles from my Australian publisher, Pattern Press. Although I can’t give away much of the article here, you can see the bag on the front cover (lower right) – and I am thrilled to be listed on the front as the guest designer.

Australian Homespun featuring Charlie's Aunt

The current edition of Australian Homespun featuring Charlie's Aunt

This magazine can be ordered, I believe, in the UK or US and of course it is readily available in Australia. If you want to get hold of a digital copy of the magazine, you can buy from

The Australians do everything so well and I can honestly say they have embraced me and my work in a wonderfully supportive way that I have never experienced in the UK. Although I love my homeland dearly, I still miss the generous spirited Australian people.

In other news, I have recently completed an interview for another blog – that of Italian blogger, Anna Paunnet. You can view the interview at – and have a look at the other ideas featured on the site while you’re there of course!

Earlier this month, I was also asked to do a giveaway for another sewing blog, where the patterns are tested and featured. I will pass on the link when I have it, so that some of my already loyal customers can be in with a chance of winning!

In the meantime, I will get back to the diagrams for the forthcoming Boxford Clutch Bag. This will be out in PDF format at the end of the May. Here’s a picture of view 2 made up in a sizzling orange Harris Tweed. Just need the weather over here to catch up and bring us some sunshine. A hosepipe ban was announced in April, but we have just experienced some of the worst flooding this part of the UK has seen for 15 years or so. I think it’s colder here in the UK’s spring that it is in the Australian autumn!

View 2 of the forthcoming Boxford Clutch Bag PDF pattern

View 2 of the forthcoming Boxford Clutch Bag PDF pattern

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