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ISSUE 51  |  July 1, 2016

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Embroidery News Issue 51.

All our cheeks have been rosy red this past week, seems we can’t stop blushing!  You guys have been so generous in your compliments about Inspirations and Embroidery News, in particular congratulating us on 50 issues of EN, we feel humbled and blessed.  But more about that below…

This time next week we’ll be making the first of several exciting announcements for the second half of 2016, here’s a clue as to what the first surprise is going to be:  We’re always working on ways to inspire and encourage the needlework community, we do this by hosting annual needlework events, publishing a quarterly magazine and weekly newsletter… but we don’t have anything based on months.  What could it be?

While you ponder on that one, we also need to remind you that the first half of 2016 is done and dusted, we are now officially half way.  So how are you going making progress on this year’s project list?  Do you need some help?  Or maybe you are one of those super stitchers who are blazing through everything on your work-bench and making the rest of us look bad! 

If that’s you, how about sharing your secrets?  What do you do to stay motivated and on task?  Do you listen to music, watch the TV, book a holiday by yourself and escape?  We’d love to hear any tips and tricks for getting the job done.

Do you have something to share?  We’d love to hear from you!  Email us at


It’s no secret everyone at Inspirations and Embroidery News is passionate about stitching.  All of us pour our heart and soul into everything we do relating to needlework, because it’s a love affair.   And it’s really nice to know you love what we do too.  After celebrating 50 issues of EN last week, without asking we have been inundated with fan mail and here are just a few of your wonderfully kind and very much appreciated love letters:

 ‘I've enjoyed greatly every one of your fifty issues and look forward to it each week. It is the perfect complement to the print magazine and keeps your lovely spirit in the forefront of my mind.’
Marjorie Holme

image courtesy of Design Hog

 ‘Just like when I receive an issue of Inspirations, I can hardly wait for each issue of Embroidery News. I read and reread every line to absorb every nuance. Thank you for all your timely and precious information.’
Billie ‘Jo’ Tucker - Port Royal Island, South Carolina

‘Wanted to add my congratulations.  My Friday highlight - aside from Friday being a highlight in and of itself – is receiving Embroidery News. Thank you all for a great newsletter.’
Sue Sanderson London, Englan

‘I have just received the latest news and I have to say it is a delight to behold! Thank you very much.’
Diana Roberts
- Maleny, Queensland

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Is three months a long time or a short time?  For those trying to stitch as many projects from issue #90 as possible before issue #91 comes out, three months is going to fly by.  Those of you who read issue #90 cover to cover the day it arrived and have been waiting for issue #91 to come out ever since, three months is an eternity.

Issue #91 is actually only a few weeks away now and subscribers will start receiving their copies in a couple of weeks.  As always, we can’t reveal anything about it just yet, but we’re going to be a little bit naughty and tell you two things while you’re waiting (just don’t tell our editor Susan we told you!).  The theme for issue #91 is ‘Timeless Treasures’ and it features lots of projects for little ones, including a blanket (or two!).

This week we’re treating you to some extraordinary embroidery pieces by Mical Aloni.  Before we even get to tell you about Mical, let’s start by filling you in on how Trish Burr has been following Mical for many years and it was this time 3 years ago Trish first wrote about Mical in her blog, lamenting the sudden disappearance of this astonishing artist.  Fast forward to last year and Trish finally managed to get in contact with Mical and discovered she had taken a break on account of having twins, so all was well and today Mical is once again active in the needlework community.

The Day The Anemone Raised Her Head by Mical Aloni

So who is Mical Aloni?  Trish describes her as ‘without a doubt an embroidery artist of the highest degree – she does the most exquisite miniature needlepainting embroideries, approx 2.5 – 6 inches in size, really quite unique.’  As Trish herself is one of the finest needlework artisans of our time, that is quite the write up and we have been fortunate enough to include an interview Trish did with Mical recently in Inspirations issue #90, here is an excerpt:

‘TB: Mical your embroidered pieces have attained phenomenal success, being exhibited and sold by art galleries in New York and Taos, and now housed as a permanent collection of the Harwood Museum in Taos and the American Craft Museum in New York. It is unusual for thread painted pieces to be acknowledged as “fine art”. How was your work first recognised at this level?

MA: I always thought about my work as fine art and was rather surprised to find myself in the art versus craft debate. When I create a piece my primary concern is line, shape, balance, colour, form, space, texture, etc. The fact that I’m most comfortable using embroidery to create those pieces is almost incidental. I have noticed that most thread artists emphasise their use of thread; I try to make it disappear. When one listens to a great violinist play, one does not think about the difficulties of playing the violin (which is very hard indeed), but instead hears the beautiful music. I want my audience to forget the technical challenges of embroidery and just enjoy, be inspired and be moved by the art work.’

‘Camposanto’ by Mical Aloni

To read the full interview and enjoy more of Mical’s images, check out Inspirations issue #90 (Copies can be purchased HERE) or visit Mical’s website HERE.

Special thanks to Trish for making this interview possible, and do yourself a favour and check out Trish’s gorgeous needlework at her website HERE


Last week in our special 50th anniversary issue of Embroidery News, we revisited some of the most popular Inspirations projects and announced the bestselling kit of late has been ‘Chatelaine’ by Susan O’Connor from issue #89.  Now that our order of Au Ver À Soie threads has arrived, the Chatelaine Red kits are finally BACK IN STOCK!

Chatelaine by Susan O’Connor – Issue #89

Susan was delighted to hear how well her project had been received and we asked for her thoughts on why people just can’t get enough of her exquisite Chatelaine….

‘Well it’s no secret I love English botanicals, so any project featuring the Tudor Rose is already off to a head start in my opinion!  I think people really appreciate being able to create something that is manageable in scale yet intricate and ornate yet practical and it’s such a pleasure to work with quality threads and materials that really give the finished pieces a sense of opulence.’

For anyone interested in learning more about the origins and history of the Chatelaine, we recently came across a great article on the website ‘Collectors Weekly’.

Written by Hunter Oatman-Stanford it’s definitely worth a read and includes some fascinating images of Chatelaines through the ages, such as the one pictured here.

‘Like a customized Swiss Army knife, a chatelaine provided its wearer with exactly the tools she needed closest at hand. For an avid seamstress, that might include a needle case, thimble, and tape measure, while for an active nurse it might mean a thermometer and safety pins.’

To read the full article click HERE.

If you are feeling inspired to create your own Chatelaine, why not grab a copy of Inspirations issue #89 (available for purchase HERE) and chose your colour preference pink or red.  Both versions are sold as a ready to stitch kit and are available for purchase below.

Inspirations Chatelaine kit includes, fabrics, mother of pearl rings, glass head pins, bead, ribbon, paillettes, threads and needles.

To purchase a RED kit click HERE
To purchase a PINK kit click HERE


‘Tea for Two’ by Lesley Turpin-Delport
and Nikki Delport-Wepener

'Love Letters' by Elisabetta Sforza

Two richly decorated teacups.


Elegant floral monogram on a pristine linen cushion.

To purchase click HERE


To purchase click HERE

Browse our complete range of Inspirations Kits HERE.


Having taken a break from the usual format of Embroidery News last week to celebrate 50 issues, this week we return to our regular programming! You may recall ‘Can You Help?’ from Issue 49 of Embroidery News when we unpacked our next lot of conversation starters with Carol Lindboe and Shirley Hartland who were both looking to the more experienced members of the Embroidery News Community for some hints and tips on stitching that would help set them up for success as they each embarked on their own needlework journeys.

Carol was looking for some advice on needle size and whether using a light and/or magnifier would help her on her way to ‘satin stitch success’. Likewise, Shirley was wondering about satin stitch as she sought some advice on keeping her stitches even and was also on a quest to work out how to prevent the line her embroidery hoop was leaving on her work.

As is so often is the case, the responses we received to our conversation starters outweigh the space we have available, so we’ll unpack your advice to both Carol and Shirley over the coming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned for further instalments!

Judy McMullan from the Canadian Embroiderer’s Guild, Guelph, offered the following advice :

‘If you have a kit or instructions, and a size is suggested, then follow that. However, if you are home with a delicious thread and searching through your needles for a match, the rule of thumb is that the eye of the needle should create a hole in your fabric that the thread can pass through fairly easily. If you find your thread getting shredded or fuzzy after several stitches, the eye is too small. If you see that you've created a hole that the thread does not fill, the eye is too big.’

‘Regarding satin stitch - I find I need either a light or a magnifier more and more as I age. I'm just happy those options are available to me. One trick to help is to have a dark background under light fabrics and a light background if you are stitching into black or dark colours - such as a skirt or blanket on your lap as you stitch.’

After hearing that Carol had been working on a pillow case for three months because she found herself ripping out stitches as she learnt to do them better, Fran Eriksen from Portage in Wisconsin, USA had some advice:

stitched tea towel courtesy of

‘Start your embroidery skills on dish towels.  You can get these pre-printed in sets or use those old fashion iron on transfers, however unprinted fabric leaves room for imagination. This is how I learned.  The fabric is coarse and heavy and easier to practice on.  Plus, we all need dish towels, regardless of how they look! Then go to finer fabrics like pillow cases. I have been embroidering for most of my life and the one stitch I cannot master is the satin stitch, so don't feel bad! Good luck.’

Do you have something else to add to either Carol or Shirley’s conversation? As we’ll be continuing to unpack their conversations next week in Can You Help?, it’s not too late to share your additional tips and tricks! We’d love to hear what you’ve got to say, so why not email us at


Inspirations Issue #40 Now Added

‘Tranquillity’ by Anna Scott – issue #40

Printed copies of Inspirations issue #40, featuring this exquisite raised embroidery piece by Anna Scott, are now available for purchase.

This is a special 40th Anniversary Issue with 8 superb projects hand selected to commemorate the occasion. From a traditional crewel cushion to magnificent stump work to an adorable baby blanket, there is something for every stitcher and something for every occasion.

To purchase a printed copy of issue #40, click HERE.


Constance’ by June Goodwin

Beautiful Needlecase and Pin Wheel.

Snow White’ by Yvette Stanton

Elegant Mountmellick embroidered table cover.

Click HERE to purchase:


Click HERE to purchase

Beautiful Needlework.  Sold


Natalie Dupuis, who is becoming one of our regulars in Embroidery News, recently took up the challenge of creating the very life like project ‘Garden Fresh’ by Julie Kniedl from Inspirations Issue #90.

‘With kids at home it is important for me to stitch something beautiful now and then and I chose Garden Fresh because my daughter has a play house with a garden beside it and I thought the corn cob would be a nice addition to her garden.’

As much as Natalie is enjoying the task at hand, she has run into some ‘challenges’ along the way! After several emails with the team at Inspirations Magazine, she had the inspired idea of creating a ‘Virtual Corn Cobbing Community’. Natalie would love the opportunity to share her progress photos and have the opportunity to troubleshoot the challenges with other ‘cobbers’ in the Embroidery News Community.

If you'd like to share your cobbing journey -  your tips, tricks, troubles and triumphs - Natalie would love to hear from you! She can be contacted via email at:

If Natalie has inspired you to take up the Garden Fresh challenge, why not purchase a kit and join the growing number of Corn Cobbers out there?!

A limited number of kits are still available for purchase HERE.


Quite often once we include someone’s project in ‘What Are You Stitching’, it gives them the motivation/confidence to send in more of their needlework, which we love!  This week we have two such examples starting with an update from Emily Precious from West Yorkshire in England, whom we first met in EN 45 with her Peacock project in progress (try repeating that 5 times!). Emily has now completed her Peacock and shares with us the back story to her magnificent piece and more…

My Daughter-in-Law Heather, loves Peacocks, so when I saw a picture of one in the colouring book ‘Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom’, I copied part of the design, then it was a matter of what materials to use. I had a piece of cream silk that I backed with a piece of linen to give it some strength, then I copied the design onto the silk using standard dress-makers carbon.  I got the beautiful electric blue leather from “The Identity Company” in Matlock, Derbyshire. I used pieces of felt to build up the neck of the peacock and then stitched the leather over the top of the felt. I then outlined the stump work and the feathers with Gold Jap which I couched down with a gold coloured thread. I used large sequins to create the main body of the Peacock, and the beautiful eyes at the end of each feather, they also change colour as you move it.

The feathers were filled with a combination of blue and green metallic threads, and blue and green variegated threads.  I have always loved sewing and concentrated on making and knitting clothes, but I did very little embroidery. When I retired five years ago there weren’t many shops that catered for craft work, then in 2014 Chrissy Wild opened “The Fabbadashery” in Halifax, West Yorkshire UK and not only did it have everything a keen dressmaker would want she also started workshops.

The timing couldn’t have been any better, and I took the opportunity to experience different sewing and craft techniques, and have done workshops in Goldwork, Crewelwork, Shisha work, and Elizabethan Silk Shading: all these taught by a brilliant tutor, Annie Lancaster. 

I have also done a couple of workshops in Needle Felting and Wet Felting plus Quilting.
So after a couple of years trying most of the workshops, my favourites are the Goldwork and both Felting techniques.  My first Goldwork piece is shown right.

Thanks to Chrissy and all the tutors, I have not only learnt so much, I have met some wonderful people who are now friends.  Kind regards, Emily

Thank you Emily – it’s always such a joy to hear one’s journey to needlework enlightenment!  We’re so pleased you have experienced so many different techniques and keep up the amazing Goldwork, we can’t wait to see more of your work.

Nermine Gendy from Melbourne in Victoria Australia had some of her projects feature in EN 44 and now sends in more of her needlework for us to admire:

‘Dear Embroidery News, it was such a thrill to see some of my projects included in issue 44, I am sending in some more recent ones I thought you might like also.  Regards Nermine.’

That’s wonderful Nermine, you have done a superb job with both the pansies in the paper weight and those ribbon embroidered roses look delightful in their various states of bloom and are so lifelike.  Just brilliant.

Jamie Boykin-Pate lives in Texas, USA and has been sending us photos of a project she has been working on over the past few months which is now finally finished.  Jamie shares her story below as well as some photos of her new business venture and the serene setting she lives in (seen here on the right) which is providing endless inspiration and creativity for her needlework…

‘My daughter found this piece at the homewares store Anthropologie where she works and wanted it made into a quilt, so I decided to embellish it with some embroidery and then quilt it as a gift for her birthday.

I learned to embroidery at 9 years old and just a few months ago retired from my job as a prison guard. I always wanted my own business and now I sell baby quilts, diaper bags, totes, stroller blankets, etc.

Everything I make is hand-made and finished off with embroidery. I live on a 94 acre farm and have cows, chickens, a dog named Madeline, and a cat named George. I garden and have beautiful flowers where most of my inspiration comes from. Living in the country provides unending ideas for my type of work.   Jamie Boykin-Pate’

Ah Jamie… it very much sounds as if you are living the dream!  Retired, wide open spaces, fresh country air and a gorgeous studio with copious amounts of natural light to spend hours each day lost in the world of needlework.  No doubt there are a few of us feeling just a little bit jealous about now!  Congratulations on your stitching achievements and the new business venture, we trust it goes really well for you.

From Texas we now go North West across the USA to Portland, Oregon where Virginia Janzig lives and it is with great pleasure we present to you her divine project which has been just a little while in the making…

My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was in my teens, so I've been stitching a little over 50 years. I've done a little stitching over the years here and there, but never anything really serious. Jane Nicholas's goldwork class sounded like just the ticket to get me started again, so I took a class in San Diego with Jane and started the Persian Peony Tile projects.  That was in 2011 and it has taken me 5 years to finish it!

In the meantime, I've done a lot of sewing (costumes, quilts, and various other sewing projects), but now I want to get back to embroidery, which is my first love.  I've got two kits from Jenny McWhinney to get me back on track for more embroidery (Arabian Nights Dilly Bag and Resting Camels).  I also want to do the camel blanket project from the Inspiration #33.  I love camels!

I also love working with cottons and wools, especially long-and-short stitch and satin stitch.

I also like to add some embellishments, such as beads and a little goldwork. I really enjoy reading the magazine and the newsletter. Truly inspirational!  Cheers, Virginia

Firstly a huge ‘WELL DONE’ Virginia for persevering and finally completing the project, not only does it look stunning, your needlework is flawless and Jane will be so proud of you when she sees this.  With a bit of luck, we won’t have to wait 5 years before enjoying photos of your completed camel projects!

What Are YOU Stitching?  We’d love to see it… send your photos, a description of the project and a little about yourself including where you live, to


Did you know Mary Corbet from Needle ’n Thread recently reviewed the Inspirations kit for ‘Modern Crewel’ by Susan Porter from issue #90?

Images courtesy Needle ’n Thread

For anyone not familiar with Mary’s blog, she is a prolific writer, researcher and fountain of knowledge for all things needlework, and checking out her website and subscribing to her newsletter is a must for any stitching enthusiast. 

You can read Mary’s review of Modern Crewel HERE. 

And sign up to receive her free newsletter HERE.



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Inspirations Issue #63 Now Added

‘Harvest’ by Susan O’Connor – issue #63

Printed copies of Inspirations issue #63, featuring a bounty of fruits and vegetables captured in stitch by Susan O’Connor, are now available for purchase.

Issue #63 is all about Classic Chic.  From a superb bag decorated with graceful scrollwork to a stylish nightdress and matching nightgown, this issue includes 16 breathtaking embroidery projects showcasing an abundance of exciting techniques.

To purchase a printed copy of issue #63, click HERE.


By Clare Clensy


Such patience 


By Maree Talbot


" With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance,
all things are attainable.
~ Thomas Fowell Buxton ~


What: The Embroiderers Guild of WA | Stitch in the City
Where: Woogies Espresso | King’s Square Perth, Western Australia
When: Tuesdays 11:30 to 1:30
Details: Tracey Hollands – or 0478 635 850

What: The Western Australia Fibre & Textile Association | twentyONE+
Where: Spectrum Project Space | Mount Lawley, Western Australia
When: to 7 Jul
Details: Click HERE

What: RSN | Peacocks & Pomegranates Exhibition
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When : to 22 Jul
Details: Click HERE

What: 62 Group of Textile Artists Exhibition | Making Spaces
Where: The Silk Museum | Roe Street Macclesfield, UK
When: to 3 Sep
Details: Click HERE

What: Wollongong Group of the NSW Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition | Through the Eye of the Needle
Where: Wollongong Art Gallery | Burelli Street Wollongong, New South Wales
When: to 11 Sep
Details: Click HERE

What: Shoreline Stitchers’ Showcase | CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Where: South Coast Botanic Garden | 26300 Crenshaw Blvd Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
When: 1 & 2 Oct
Details: Click HERE

What: The New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guilds Inc | ANZEG Biennial Conference
Where: Ellerslie Event Centre | 80 Ascot Avenue Auckland, New Zealand
When: 14 to 21 Jul
Details: Click HERE

What: Making the Australian Quilt: 1800 to 1950
Where: National Galley of Victoria International | 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne, Victoria
When: 22 Jul to 6 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: The Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre | 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf, Victoria
When: 28 Jul to 31 Aug
Details: Click HERE

Send us details about events, exhibitions and celebrations happening in your place of stitch and we’ll include them in Embroidery News. Contact us at

Happy Stitching
The Embroidery News Team

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