Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's here, it's here!!

Homespun Magazine , Christmas in July 2017, get yours now from newsstands or digitally through Zinio , Google Play or the Apple newsstand.

I have been bursting to receive this issue all year!
It's jam packed with fabulous, inspiring projects, interesting articles and helpful hints!

My super talented sister, Sarah, and I have a new project in the magazine. It's always such an honour to be asked to create a new design for such an amazing publication.

Certainly in the magazine there are some wonderfully talented creative people like Natalie Bird (whom we so admire so much !) , so sometimes we feel like little fish in an ocean of amazing creatives. Every so often we give ourselves a pinch to make sure we're not dreaming!

Finally when we come to the realisation that it's real it's time to start brainstorming and designing together. This is not such an easy feat as very large oceans and thousands of kilometres separate us, I am in Italy and Sas is in Sydney!

Thank heavens for technology and the Internet otherwise we would have phone bills a mile long!! Whats App and Skype are our main go to-s when designing a project together. First we chat on Skype and throw around ideas. We don't always agree, as sisters do, but always manage to find a compromise we're both happy with. Fortunately for us we tend to like similar things so it's not too hard to find common ground!

The next phase is a vague sketch! Yes if I draw it it's very vague indeed. I tend to create as I go with a very vague plan. If Sarah sketches our ideas she always has a much clearer vision and produces a very detailed drawing. This drawing passes to the WhatsApp phase which is fabulously instant! We message backwards and forwards with any observations and concerns until we are happy with the design.

When the final design has been decided we divide our jobs and off we go!!


All of this happens months before the magazine is due to be released so you can imagine our anticipation for its arrival.

The biggest thrill is seeing the professional photo shoot of our project. I thought nothing could beat that until I saw our project on the cover!!! Icing on the cake!

We hope you enjoy this issue of Homespun Magazine, filled to the brim with inspiration and projects to make.


Let us know if you make our table runner. We would love to see your photographs and know your thoughts about it. One of the most exciting things when you write a pattern is to see how people interpret it and use colour! 

Just post it on instagram using #homespunmagazinejuly2017

Thanks for joining us! Rachel

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