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ISSUE 12   |   August 28, 2015

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Embroidery News Issue 12.

Thank you to everyone in the Inspirations Community who continue to send in their photos, their stories and their answers for Can You Help.  You are what Embroidery News is all about and we love the fact you don’t just watch the news, you’re making the news!  Please keep it up.

As promised this week’s Embroidery News is an ‘Inspirations Issue #87 Spectacular’ where we start to look at the projects in this amazing issue.  Then at long last we have a little something for the smockers in ‘What Are You Stitching’ plus France answers our calls for ‘Can You Help’.


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Beautiful – Naturally!

Inspirations Issue #87 is officially out next week and as always it’s truly beautiful!  By now the majority of our subscribers have already received their copies and have begun enjoying this gorgeous issue, aptly titled ‘Natural Beauty’.

The theme for #87 is to showcase designs which have been inspired by the splendour of the natural world, cleverly depicted in thread.  With so much in this issue to unpack, we’ll feature one project at a time in the coming issues of Embroidery News to give those of you who haven’t subscribed or purchased a copy, a taste of what you are missing, and for those lucky enough to have a copy, a little something extra.

Firstly let’s have a look back at some of the teaser images we provided a few weeks ago and reveal what projects they belong to:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by
Vivienne Cox (Page 54)


Meadow Bloom by
Anna Scott (Page 74)


Natural Beauty by
Fiona Hibbett (Page 26)


Briar Rose

The project featured on the front cover of Issue #87 is Briar Rose and was crafted by the very talented Julie Kniedl.  Over the 20+ years Inspirations has been in publication, many needlework artisans have been discovered and their work ushered into the embroidery limelight through the pages of the magazine for us all to enjoy and admire. 

Julie is a recent and upcoming member of this fraternity as we first met Julie through one of our stitching competitions.  Her entry in BATB 2014 ‘Stitch Your Heart Out’ was so outstanding, Julie took out the competition and was awarded the grand prize of a complete set of Au Ver a Soie, Soie d’Alger silk threads valued at over AUD$3,500.

Since bursting on the scene at Beating Around The Bush, Julie has been hard at work creating gorgeous needlework, specialising in 3D stitching – the art of bringing still things to life in thread, as is demonstrated in her remarkable Briar Rose project and the stunning Succulent Spool.

Our editor Susan is currently working on a profile of Julie to include in a future issue of the magazine, so watch this space for more about this amazing needle artisan.

Below are a few behind the scenes snaps from the Briar Rose photo shoot, the project itself is so stunning only minimal props were required.  However Susan did ensure every rose petal was perfectly placed and the studio smelt divine!  No petals were harmed during the making of these photos….

Succulent Spool
Julie Kneidl Issue #85

If you love the Briar Rose as much as we do, don’t forget you can purchase the kit for this project and all the projects featured in Issue #87, from our website here

Also if you would like to see more of Julie’s work, her project ‘Succulent Spool’ which was the ‘2014 Stitch Your Heart Out’ winner, is featured in Inspirations Issue #85.

Next week we’ll explore another project from Inspirations Issue #87, in the meantime for more images from this issue you can check out our website here



If you are a subscriber and still waiting for Issue #87 to arrive – THANK YOU for your patience.  All the magazines have been dispatched and are now in the hands of the local postal services around the world, so your copy should arrive ANY DAY NOW.  In next week’s Embroidery News we’ll include an online form you can use in the event your copy does not arrive this week, which will enable us to fast track any missing magazines. 


The release date for Inspirations #87 on Zinio was delayed due to a technical issue and we do apologies for this.  Zinio subscribers should receive notification to download #87 in the next few days.


It seems crazy to talk about the next issue of inspirations already and even crazier to mention Christmas in August.  However Issue #88 will be a magical Christmas spectacular and we want to ensure it arrives in plenty of time for everyone to stitch up a storm for the festive season.  For this reason Issue #88 will be dispatched to subscribers in late OctoberPayPal invoices are being issued for #88 now and subscribers will be notified via email that credit card billing will occur around the middle of September.

FANTASTIC PLASTIC l WHAT’S THE DATE? – Now is a great time to check the expiry date of your credit card.  If your credit card expires in August or earlier your subscription will stop, so please use our secure online form here and select ‘Update Details’,  to ensure you don’t miss an issue. 


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Smocking has been a big part of the Country Bumpkin journey over the years, and we know there are many smockers out there who are longing for some new projects to be published.  This week two ladies share with us some of their recent smocking projects for your enjoyment:

Judith Crabtree from Gladstone, Queensland Australia is a serial smocker – a self-confessed addict in fact.  She had so many projects to send us, we could have filled an entire issue of Embroidery News.  Here are six we selected and a note from Judith about her work below….

I have selected several things that I have done so far since June this year.  I am a smocking addict for sure and my days aren’t complete without some smocking being done each day....I have every issue (1-100) of Australian Smocking & Embroidery and also of the Inspirations Magazines. 

You can view more of Judith’s work at her blog here

Lydia Greenfield doesn’t let 16,000 kilometres (9,9400 miles) get between her and her granddaughter.  From where Lydia lives in Australia, she fills her days smocking gorgeous dresses for her granddaughter in Italy, until she hand delivers them on her visits.  Here’s Lydia’s story:

‘Just thought you might like to see what I have been making to take to my granddaughter in Italy. The link over the distance has been, from when she was very young, the love of the dresses I send or bring. 

Her absolutely favourite dress is the blue ‘Emily’ one shown below. She hasn’t seen this new one I’ve just finished yet. My granddaughter is now 9 and is old enough for me to teach her how to embroider. We will be doing long stitch when I visit in a few days and maybe someday she will smock too.’

What an amazing legacy you are giving your granddaughter Lydia – I’m sure there are many reading this who share a similar bond with their grandchildren, or long for the same opportunity you have, of imparting your needlework skills onto the next generation.

Some of you may be wondering what Norma’s husband has been up to recently, well we nearly had to bring him in to help Jane Page from Suffolk in the UK finish a ‘project in progress’ she emailed us about.  Amazingly however, in the 2 short weeks Jane first emailed us to now, she has not only completed her project, but finished another similar one.  So Norma’s husband had the week off, but watch out for a special message from him next week.  In the meantime, here’s more about Jane:

I decided to make a Flower Carrier & needed some inspiration for my crinoline lady. On the 23rd July of this year I searched through some very old transfers and came across one from 'Woman’s Life' 23rd July 1932.

Such a coincidence with it being 82 years to the day, I just had to adapt it for my own design.  I got a bit carried away with it in the end and also turned it into Little Bo Peep!  One of these days I will do the full design with the garden of flowers - have some ideas forming about combining it with ribbon embroidery - just a matter of having time to do everything!  Best Wishes Jane.

More news from the UK now Lynda Hawkes is a new member to the Inspirations community (welcome Lynda!) and she sent in this terrific quilt she’s working on with this note:

Feeling Crazy by Jennifer Clouston
Inspirations Issue #86

‘I received my very first subscriber copy of Inspirations (issue 86) and was amazed to see the article on foolproof crazy quilting as that is exactly what I have been working on for the last couple of months! I fell in love with Jennifer's book and have thoroughly enjoyed doing this project, which is almost finished now. I attend an embroidery group in the UK called Charnwood Threads and have been embroidering for 4 1/2 years now. Another member of the group gave me a back copy of your magazine with gold work frogs (as she knew I love both frogs and gold work) and I liked the magazine so much that I have become a subscriber. I am looking forward to my second edition.’

We love your quilt Lynda and trust you are enjoying Inspirations #87!

Finally this week we have some spectacular stumpwork from Jessica who has a very cleverly named business called Fairytale Embroidery – her surname is Grimm!  Jessica lives in Germany and not only is her needlework brilliant, her inspiration for this piece is fascinating, as Jessica explains:

I've just finished my latest embroidery project: a fox designed by Millie Marotta from her colouring book Animal Kingdom). You can find all about the project, including pictures, on my blog: here. Thank you for inspiring even 'seasoned' stitchers!’

Thank you Jessica and it is so interesting to see how you borrowed from the new craze of ‘grown up’ colouring in and adapted that to Embroidery.  It’s intriguing to learn where everyone’s inspiration comes from, other than from Inspirations magazine of course!  We’ve been wondering if in fact some of our embroidery designs could go the other way and become colouring-in books! 

Original image as it appears in:
Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta

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Peggy, Jenny & Molly’s quest to find needlework shops in France inspired Victoria from Illinois in the USA to respond as she recently had a small group in Paris who were studying embellishments. From personal experience, Victoria recommends visits to:

‘Bucherie’ which specializes in Needlepoint & is located at 2 rue du Haut Pavé, 75005.

'Maison Sajou' which Victoria refers to as an embroiderers paradise can be found at 47 Rue du Caire, 75002.



A specialist cross stitch store - ‘Le Bonheur des Dames’ with their main store located at 17 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 & their boutique store at 8 Passage Verdeau, 75009.


Christine from Queensland, Australia also responded with her finding on a recent trip overseas. Christine was particularly taken with ‘Broderie au Fil du Temps’ which is located at 7 Place d’Austerlitz, 6700 Strasbourg, France.

Further to Joan’s request to connect with other stitchers in Alaska, Paula from Manitoba in Canada has suggested the online forum, ‘Stitchin Fingers’ (Click Here) as well as The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada who do have some American members – visit the EAC’s home page is here. Sara from California, who is an active member of EGA’s Greater Pacific Region informed us that although the Alaskan chapter is not currently active, there is a thriving population of stitchers who can be found through the EGA’s Cyber Stitchers & the GPR’s Pacific Chapter - Visit here. Sara also let us know that Marie from Long Island can find like-minded stitchers through the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (Visit here) by entering her zip code in ‘Locate a Chapter’. 

We do hope that both Joan & Marie connect with someone who shares their enthusiasm of needlework soon!

Special shout out to Mary Corbet – thank you Mary for supporting Inspirations and Embroidery News.  If you haven’t yet visited Mary’s sites please do:

Click Here & Click Here

Now for this week’s Question:

Christine sends a shout out to The Embroidery News Community in hope someone will be able to provide some recommendations of needlework & dress fabric stores in both Lisbon & Madrid.

Over to you Inspirations Community

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Gorgeous stumpwork




Just amazing


"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel."
~ Author Unknown ~


What: Embroiderers’ Guild ACT Annual Exhibition
When: 11 – 13 September
Where: Albert Hall Canberra, Australia
Details: On display will be a variety of traditional and contemporary needlework as well as, items created for the Recycle Challenge, “Gadgets” that make our stitching easier; and a storyboard display and demonstration by Guild members, featuring elements similar to those in “Princess Charlotte’s Blanket”.
Contact: or on Facebook here

What: Shoreham Art Gallery Textile Week
When: 25 August to 1 September
Where: Shoreham Art Gallery, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK.
Details: Click Here

What: Casual Canvas Work | Embroidery @ Fed Square
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne Australia
When: 7 Sep
Details: Click Here

What: Threads Of Power Exhibition – Rare 16th century tapestries
When: Now – 20 September
Where: The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria
Details: Click Here
Additional Info: Check out this blog for a detailed review of the exhibition: Click Here

What: MAIWA Textile Symposium
Where: Vancouver, BC Canada
When: Sep | Oct | Nov
Details: Click Here

What Else Is On??

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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