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Australia, My Home - Homespun

On September 2nd 2012


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With Australia Day only a few weeks away, this is the perfect time to create a delightful embroidery that will pay homage to your country’s exquisite landscape. Designed by Fiona Tully of Two Brown Birds especially for Homespun, this Aussie-proud project will surely be a talking point in your home when friends and family come to visit. Or why not create it for someone special residing overseas to remind them of the beauty of our unique country.



• 29 x 38cm (11½ x 14½in) pale beige spot print fabric (stitchery background)

• 10cm (⅛yd) beige tone-on-tone floral print fabric (Border 1)

• 30cm (⅜yd) medium coffee brown watermark print fabric (Border 2)

•DMC Stranded Embroidery Cotton in Drab Brown (611), Very Dark Beaver Grey (645), Light Old Gold (676), Medium Old Gold (729), Dark Topaz (782), Medium Topaz (783), Dark Khaki  Green (3011), Light Khaki Green (3013), Dark Green Grey (3051), Dark Pine Green (3362), Medium Pine Green (3363), Pine Green (3364), Dark Shell Pink (3721), Dark Mocha Brown  (3781), Light Mocha Brown (3782), Dark Brown Grey (3787), Ultra Dark Beige Grey (3790) and Medium Mocha Beige (3863)

• Size 7 embroidery needle

• 20cm (8in) embroidery hoop (optional)

•Derwent Studio pencils in Juniper Green (42), Cedar Green (50), Olive Green (51), Bottle Green (43), Vandyke Brown (55), Copper Beech (61) and Gunmetal (69)

• 29 x 38cm (11½ x 15in) fusible interfacing

• 29 x 38cm (11½ x 15in) freezer paper

• 3B pencil and water-erasable fabric-marking pen

• Wooden frame with 42 x 51cm (16½ x 20in) opening

• Rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat

• Sewing machine with ¼in foot

• General sewing supplies

• A copy of Homespun Vol 12 No 1

Finished size: 20.5 x 29cm (8 x 11½in) (stitched area); 42 x 51cm (16½ x 20in) (framed)

Stitches used: Back stitch, French knot, satin stitch, straight stitch

Note: Please read all instructions before commencing the project. Careful and accurate cutting and sewing are essential to ensure success with this project. A seam allowance of ¼in is included throughout unless otherwise stated. It is recommended that fabrics be 100% cotton, pre-washed and well ironed. Requirements are based on fabric 112cm (44in) wide. All embroidery is worked with two strands of thread unless otherwise stated.


Preparation and cutting

1. To find the centre of your background fabric, fold the 11½ x 14½in pale beige spot print rectangle in half horizontally, wrong sides together, and press. Fold it in half vertically and press. Open out the fabric and centre it over the stitchery design printed on the pattern sheet in Homespun Vol 12 No 1.

2. Lightly trace the design onto the fabric using the pencil or fabric-marking pen. A light source such as a window, light box or glass-topped table with a desk lamp placed underneath will help to make the design more visible through the fabric.

3. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric. Place a cloth over the fabric and use lots of steam to fuse them together.

4. From the beige tone-on-tone floral print fabric, cut:

Two strips, 1½in across the width of the fabric. Crosscut them to yield two strips, 1½ x 13in and two strips, 1½ x 14½in.

5. From the medium coffee brown watermark print fabric, cut:

Two strips, 5in across the width of the fabric. From each strip, cut one strip 5 x 16½in and one strip, 5 x 22½in.



6. Place your work in the embroidery hoop, if desired, to keep it flat and prevent it puckering. Stitch the embroidery design through the fabric and interfacing, referring to the stitchery guide. Stitching through the interfacing allows for knots and small jumps between stitches to be hidden.


Stitchery guide


Design area



DMC Stranded Embroidery Cotton


Gum branch

Small gum leaves

Pine Green (3364)

Back stitch

Large gum leaves

Dark Green Grey (3051)

Back stitch

Gum blossoms

Dark Shell Pink (3721

Straight stitch

Gum blossom pollen

Medium Topaz (783)

French knot – two wraps

Gum nuts (green)

Dark Khaki Green (3011)

Back stitch outline, then filled in with back stitch

Gum nuts (brown)

Medium Mocha Beige (3863)

As for gum nuts (green)

Wattle leaves

Dark Khaki Green (3011) and Dark Pine Green (3362)

Back stitch

Wattle blossoms

Light Old Gold (676) and Medium Old Gold (729)

French knot – two wraps


Gum tree canopy

Medium Pine Green (3363)

Back stitch

Tree trunk

Drab Brown (611)

Back stitch


Light Khaki Green (3013) and Medium Pine Green (3363)

Straight stitch


Very Dark Beaver Grey (645)

Back stitch

Verandah posts and base of house

Ultra Dark Beige Grey (3790)

Back stitch

Windows and door

Drab Brown (611)

Back stitch

Wrought iron lace arches

Light Mocha Brown (3782)

Back stitch

Windmill stand and centre of blades

Dark Brown Grey (3787)

Back stitch

Windmill blades

Very Dark Beaver Grey (645)

Back stitch



Dark Mocha Brown (3781)

Back stitch and French knot – two wraps



11. Centre the freezer paper on the wrong side of the embroidered panel and fuse the shiny side to the panel. This will help to stabilise the fabric as you colour. Referring to the photograph, colour your design according to the table below.

12. Before colouring, test your pencils on a scrap of fabric cut from the same background fabric you are using. Make sure your pencils are sharpened to a fine point to reach into smaller corners.

13. Start by outlining shapes inside the stitched lines, then fill the shapes with lighter shading, adding heavier shading in feature areas. Use a circular motion as you colour to apply the pencil and build up pressure against the surface to slowly achieve the depth of colour that you desire. As this project is framed and not intended to be washed, there is no need to use a textile medium.


Colouring guide


Design area



Derwent Studio pencils

Gum leaves

Juniper Green (42)

Wattle leaves

Cedar Green (50) and Olive Green (51)

Gum tree canopy

Bottle Green (43)

Tree trunk

Copper Beech (61)

Roof and windmill blades

Gunmetal (69)


Vandyke Brown (55)



14. Sew the 1½ x 14½in beige tone-on-tone floral print strips to the left and right edges of the embroidered panel and press seams outwards. Sew the 1½ x 13in beige tone-on-tone floral print strips to the top and bottom edges of the embroidered panel and press seams outwards.

15. Repeat step 14 with the medium coffee brown watermark print strips.

16. Frame as desired, centring the stitched area inside the frame opening. This piece was framed by Fiona using a dark brown rustic wooden frame.


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