ISSUE 208, OCT 18 2019
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Hi <<First Name>>,
Have you ever hesitated to start a journey with needle and thread for lack of certainty in your abilities? Or maybe you’ve started a journey but found yourself unable to complete it as you paused when faced with a challenge you weren’t sure how to overcome.

We’ve all done it at one point or another – doubted ourselves and then stepped back from an opportunity that lay before us, but the solution may be easier than we all think – simply keep going!
‘She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.’
~ Beau Taplin ~

After reading a post from Grit & Virtue we realized that when we think we can’t, or we hesitate because we’re afraid we might fail, we can silence those lies by just taking the next step forward, by being unstoppable and not falling into the temptation to hold back and pull away.

We were reminded that the limits we’ve put on ourselves are daring to be pushed and all we need to do is keep going no matter how we feel about the challenge that lies before us.

So, pick up your needle and thread and silence the lies that you don’t have what it takes to get through the project before you, by simply stitching your way through them!

We can’t wait to see what lies on the other side of your unstoppable…
World of Needlework
Opportunities to Stitch
Searching for something to put your needles and threads to? The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design may have just the thing you’re looking for!

They’ve just recently announced their latest Stitch at Home Challenge which was originally created to encourage and inspire people to stitch.
They provide the inspiration - this time centring on the theme of Healing and Reflection - and you then use any needlework technique, or combination of techniques, to make a piece of textile art. Anyone at any level of stitching expertise may participate. To find out more click HERE.

Also from the team at SNAD, they’ve launched the creation of the World’s Longest Band Sampler, and they need your help!
You’re invited to create a band of your own to add to their sampler. You can either create one band all on your own or consider getting together with a group of friends to create a band together, and as this is an ongoing project there is no set due date. If you’d like to add a band of your own to the World’s Longest Band Sampler, you can find out more HERE.
Needlework News
Inspirations #104 Out Now!
The new issue of Inspirations Magazine is officially out now and to all our readers we want to wish you Season’s Greetings!
Now while it’s true that Christmas is only 10 weeks away and as it’s our Christmas edition, issue #104 is full of delights befitting the festive season, there is actually more meaning to our theme ‘Season’s Greetings’ than just Christmas.
To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~

As Inspirations Editor-in-Chief Susan O’Connor eloquently shares in her welcome, a season’s greeting can apply to any number of life events or moments in time and in this way issue #104 goes well beyond Christmas.
Inside you can celebrate the seasons of nature with a gently shaded threadpainted mountain flower by Catherine Laurençon, a vibrant kingfisher in silk embroidery by Helen M Stevens and an enchanting stumpwork scene of mushrooms and berries by Kay Dennis.
Ana Mallah welcomes in autumn and all its majestic colours with a beautiful hooped embroidery featuring stunning autumn leaves, while the Art Noveau movement is celebrated with an ornate carnation in elegant stumpwork by Fiona Hibbett.
For those looking for a new stitch to learn, Paisley by Susan Davis is a wonderful introductory design to the fascinating goldwork technique, Or Nué. Then there are the Christmas projects themselves with an ornamental candle in gleaming goldwork by Penny Wolswinkel and a delightful counted thread etui with festive motifs by Betsy Morgan.
So, no matter what season of life you are currently greeting, Inspirations issue #104 will help you celebrate using your needle and thread. Single copies now available to purchase online.
#104 Kits Out Now
To help with your season’s greetings preparations, each project from issue #104 is now available to purchase as a ready-to-stitch kit.
And as of issue #104, all our kits now come in environmentally friendly and stitcher pleasing packaging.
Browse Kits from issue #104
Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step details on how to create these projects, please refer to our magazine or digital patterns.
#104 Digital Patterns
Make your stitching even easier by purchasing a digital pattern of your favourite project.
Taken straight from the pages of the magazine, digital patterns come complete with a list of requirements, step-by-step instructions, full size pattern and incredibly beautiful and detailed photography.
Browse Digital Patterns from issue #104
Stitching Trump’s Tweets
No matter how you feel about US President Donald Trump, it is probably fair to say that his tweets, posted on the social media platform Twitter, can often be controversial. As part of her own personal journey to try and come to terms these tweets one way or another, Artist Diana Weymar has turned to needle and thread.
Diana in front of just part of the exhibition (source)
Exhibiting her works in New York where she has used her stitching skills to create a ‘three-dimensional twitter feed’ of numerous tweets sent by the President, Diana has invited other stitchers from the US and all over the world to add to her collection. Stitching, which requires thought and reflection, has made Diana believe:
‘If we had to stitch everything that we said, we’d all be much nicer people.’
The first piece Diana stitched, which inspired the project (source)
In a world where we often feel helpless to do anything, politics is being confronted by a gentle art in a way that truly makes an impact.
Stitched by Diana Weymar (source)
To discover more about this project, check out this short video about Diana’s project on the BBC website HERE.
Featured Project
Autumn Flowers
Here at Inspirations, it seems we have finally come to the end of what has felt like an interminable winter. Glancing out of the office window, we’re met with the sight of blossom on the trees, colourful camelias and buds bursting everywhere. For those in the Northern Hemisphere however, you’re probably seeing quite the opposite with days getting shorter, the air getting cooler and the leaves changing colour.
Despite the beauty of the Australian countryside, the fact that all of our native trees are essentially evergreens means that we don’t always experience the riot of colour that emerges as autumn arrives and the leaves start to turn. The sheer variety of hues – reds, oranges, yellows and browns – which mark a northern autumn, is a sight to behold.
From a biological point of view, we know that the trees are conserving their energy, absorbing the chlorophyll molecules and shedding leaves to hunker down for the colder, drier winter. But you could also think of it as the last night out for the trees, who put on their finery and display their beauty to the world, before the long, cold hibernation period.
Ana Mallah has captured this display perfectly in her project ‘Autumn Flowers’ from Inspirations issue #104.
It couldn’t be more realistic if she had just walked through a European park and collected the leaves she’d found on the ground.
By rendering each leaf in three dimensions using the techniques of stumpwork, one feels like they could just pluck the branch from the hoop. Ana has identified the subtle gradation of colour in each individual leaf and selected threads to represent it perfectly.
If you were wondering how she has managed to create colour variation, she’s turned to Cottage Garden Threads to help. These threads are hand-dyed and combine amazing colours to produce every variegated combination you could possibly imagine.
By using a combination of Cottage Garden Threads with rich DMC colours, and carefully blending them together to create each leaf, she’s produced a lasting monument to nature’s fashion parade.
If you work each individual leaf separately, following the instructions, you will notice that Ana has cheekily included a little nod to the southern hemisphere by her addition of some tiny Eucalyptus leaves. Despite these leaves keeping their colour all year round, their natural hue complements their Northern counterparts perfectly.
Unlike some stumpwork, the structure of these leaves comes from the wired vein rather than a wired surround. This means that your cutting may require some extra care to avoid damaging the stitched leaf. Take your time with the long and short stitch as well to get your colour and stitch direction just right. There’s no harm in trying again if it doesn’t look right in the first place.
Autumn Flowers allows you to bring that flavour of the season to your home for the whole year. When the leaves outside fall and become mulch beneath your feet, this piece will retain its vibrancy and remind you of the majesty of the natural world.
Make Your Own Autumn Flowers
Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Autumn Flowers by Ana Mallah is a glorious stumpwork garland celebrating stunning autumn leaves.
Inspirations Issue 104
Autumn Flowers
Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Autumn Flowers includes everything you need to re-create this delightful autumn garland: Fabrics (unprinted), felt, fusible webbing, wire, beads, embroidery threads and needles.
Autumn Flowers
Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step details on how to create this project, please refer to our magazine or digital pattern.
Looking for More Autumn Projects?
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves by Monique Johnston from Inspirations issue #97 is a fabulous doorstop featuring a harvest of acorns, blackberries, rose hips and maple leaves.
Autumn Leaves
Inspirations Issue 97
Autumn Feast
Autumn Feast by Kelly Fletcher from Inspirations issue #67 is a delightful set of linen and cotton placemats, embroidered in rich autumnal shades.
Autumn Feast
Autumn Harvest
Autumn Harvest by Helen Eriksson from Inspirations issue #71 is a graceful spray of flowers and berries in subtle shades of gold, olive green, brick, terracotta and cream.
Autumn Harvest
Inspirations Issue 71
Jacobean Leaves
Jacobean Leaves by Anna Scott from Inspirations issue #41 is a richly coloured crewelwork cushion exploring a vast variety of stitches.
Jacobean Leaves
Inspirations Issue 41
What Are You Stitching?
As depicted in Ana Mallah’s ‘Autumn Flowers’, the colours we most associate with Autumn or Fall are warm, deep and muted, and this week’s What Are You Stitching? celebrates projects that are stitched with hues from the same palette.
Amanda Newby-Fraser
‘I would like to share with you my interpretation of Carolyn Pearce's ‘The Embroidered Village Bag’.
‘I have traced the designs from Johanna Basford’s colouring books and then embroidered each design in DMC cotton and perlé threads, with a hint of shiny threads here and there. The stitches are whatever I felt like doing, which really made it fun, as there were no rules and no right or wrong!’
‘This was a class project I started in January 2017 and I just plugged away at it whenever I was not embroidering something else. Each one of the ladies who tackled this project did their own interpretation and embroidered whatever took their fancy.’
‘Thank you for a lovely magazine and the very welcome weekly newsletter. I have heard many ladies saying they sit down with a cup of tea as soon as their copy of Inspirations arrives or when the weekly newsletter ‘All Stitched Up!’ lands in their inbox - I am the same, first thing on a Friday morning, when I see that email, I make a cup of tea and sit down to read it - no interruptions allowed!’
Amanda, we love your most creative and autumnal interpretation of The Village Bag! It has been thoughtfully designed, carefully stitched and immaculately finished. We’re so pleased to hear you’re enjoying the magazine and this newsletter.
Cindy Bockhold
‘I am new to Inspirations magazine, and I just love it! My friend has been collecting your magazines from its inception and she shared them with me one day - needless to say I was hooked from the first magazine I saw.

I started making a list of projects as I thumbed through each issue carefully taking notes. When I saw issue #18, I knew I had to make ‘The Woolly Sheep’ for my next grandchild who was due in September. I had to make some substitutions due to the fact that some of the materials aren’t available anymore and I also needed the blanket to be washable.

I had so much fun making it and I hope my new little grandson will be surrounded by all the love and warmth that I used in making it.’
‘I just joined the East Texas Embroiderers’ Guild and our group subscribes to your magazine.
For years they have been making projects from Inspirations and I am so happy to have found the guild.
I have made so many new friends and I look forward to learning all I can so that one day I can share with my grandchildren my love of needlework. My goal is to collect all your back issues, so I can add them to my stitching library and have them to pass down to my grandchildren.

I also love the A-Z Books that provide step by step illustrations to do the projects. I only wish I could increase the number of hours in the day so I have time to do all the projects! That you so much for your magazine, I am already thinking about which project to start next!’
Cindi, welcome to the Inspirations family, we’re so glad you joined us! We love your passion and enthusiasm for all things needle and thread and look forward to seeing where your needlework journey takes you. Your grandson couldn’t help but feel the love and warmth you’ve poured into his blanket.
Jacqui Harvey
‘I am currently helping to co-ordinate a Bayeux style tapestry, based on the story of Hereward the Wake, which will hang with many other appropriate textiles, in the new Keep which is to be built at Norwich Castle, hopefully opening in Autumn 2020. It has been almost two years since I was introduced to and have been working as a volunteer on the project, but for one reason and another it has only just begun to get going recently.
Already it can be seen that the tapestry will be spectacular when finished.
I have also started to use some of our tapestry border designs to make some of the little treasures, which are often featured in Inspirations magazine. Here is a scissor sheath and a telephone cover.’
Jacqui, we love that you’ve adapted the designs from the tapestry’s border and applied them to needlework smalls that will be well used and appreciated day-to-day. We look forward to seeing the tapestry on its completion.
Kim Spry
‘This is my version of Cockatoo Apple by Judy Stephenson from Inspirations issue #51. I loved stitching it so much that I created two! The kit I purchased all those years ago even had more than enough materials for both.’
Kim, it’s always a delight to see completed projects from past issues of Inspirations as they remind us of the timeless nature of needlework, and your Cockatoo Apple is no exception. The subject and colourway are timeless, but modern all in the same stitch!

Have your needles and threads stitched something autumnal? We’d love to see it! Email photos of your autumn stitching along with a few details about your needlework journey to
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~ Confucius ~
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