ISSUE 202, SEP 6 2019
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Hi <<First Name>>,
As we were putting together this issue of All Stitched Up! the idea of stitching seeds and harvests came to mind. An obscure analogy perhaps but stick with us!

As we shared how some of the Inspirations Community took to the streets with needle and thread on World Embroidery Day, we realized that the idea of the day is to plant a seed of interest in those who may not be as familiar with the push and pull of needle and thread through fabric as we are.
Then, as we went on to share the projects in What Are You Stitching?, we realized they are the harvest - the fruit of a seed that was once planted in each stitcher’s life!
It’s rare that a farmer would plant a seed without expecting to reap a harvest from their efforts, but whilst some seeds bear fruit in a relatively short period, some require the benefit of time and patience before a harvest is enjoyed. While planting to harvest usually follows a linear path, what about those times when something springs forth from the ground that no one can account for? You know, that random tomato plant that you occasionally find amongst your roses?!

And so it is with stitching ‘seeds’ - sometimes we introduce someone to our passion and they take hold of it instantly, whilst at other times we hear of someone who picks up needle and thread after being introduced to it many years ago. Sometimes the stitcher can pinpoint the exact seed of interest that was planted, whilst at other times there are fragments of seed, water and fertilizer that have been offered over time and suddenly they find themselves with a passion for needle and thread they can’t account for – much like the tomato amongst the roses!

Whatever the timeframe or path each stitcher takes to their harvest season, the common thread is that a seed was planted. So why not find someone you can plant the seed of stitching with today?! You never know the harvest they’ll one day reap…
Have Your Say
In All Stitched Up! issue # 196 HERE we reminded everyone that World Embroidery Day was all but upon us and encouraged you to share with us what you did to celebrate the day…
Yehudit Main
‘I am teaching an 11-year-old to embroider today. We are both so happy!’
Fort Wayne Area Chapter of EGA
‘The Fort Wayne Area Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America stitched in public at the Allen County Public Library to celebrate WED. We chose to celebrate a couple days early this year in order to capture a larger Sunday audience.
Free embroidery materials, kits and patterns were made available during the event.
This was the third year we have celebrated the occasion. The Guild also exhibits a wide variety of their embroidered pieces in the display cases provided by the library.’
San Francisco School of Needlework & Design
SNAD celebrated World Embroidery Day at Yerba Buena Gardens – and with the sun shining and needle and thread in hand, who could ask for more?!
We love seeing how our passion for all things needle and thread was taken to the streets on World Embroidery Day and hope each of the events encouraged others to take up needle and thread of their own!
Needlework News
Instructions Now in Print
In case you missed the news, we’ve launched a brand-new way of buying instructions for our projects.
Inspirations Printed Patterns are premium quality booklets with a laminated cover, pull-out pattern sheet and comprehensive step-by-step instructions for the featured design, exactly as they appear in Inspirations magazine.
Printed Patterns are perfect as gifts for friends or family members and also offer a lighter and more portable way of carrying around instructions for a project you’re working on. Plus, they are now available for some projects previously out of print.

Browse our ever-growing range of Printed Patterns today.
Serious Hoops for Serious Stitchers
Hoops are an essential piece of kit in any embroiderer’s toolbox, and to ensure you have what you need to create the world’s most beautiful needlework, we’ve got some serious hoops for doing some serious stitching!
Nurge hoops are manufactured to the highest standards using laminated beech timber with brass clasps featuring slotted and hexagonal tightening heads to enable maximum tension. Nothing but the best, so you can stitch your best.
Nurge Embroidery Hoops
The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a brand-new book that’s just been released by Chloe Giordano which is pretty special. You can read Mary Corbet’s very thorough and very positive review about it HERE.

Just type Chloe Giordano into any search engine or social app and you’ll be flooded with images of this wonderous new publication.
So, is it as good as all the hype? Let’s just say when the stock we ordered for our website arrived, we were incredibly impressed.
Without doubt this is one of the highest quality needlework publications we’ve ever seen.
Here is the official blurb about the book:

‘Take a walk through the stunning stitched world of renowned embroiderer Chloe Giordano and discover not only her unique way of working with sewing thread but also a sublime collection of her exquisite textile art, inspired by her love of the natural world.’
‘For needle-painting that will astound you with its lifelike, delicate beauty pick up this book and get lost in the magical woodland art of Chloe Giordano.’
All you really need to know is that if everyone in the needlework world is gushing about something this much, there’s a very good chance you’re going to feel the same way!

Copies of ‘The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano’ are now available on our website.
The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano
Featured Project
Tied in Knots by Maria Rita Faleri
We’ve talked about knots before. We’ve talked about whether they should be on the back of the work or not, and we’ve talked about knotted stitches. And what about those knots that seem to form, no matter what you do, halfway through your stitching?
You know the ones – if you pull them just right they come out straight away, but if you pull too hard the wrong way, well, there isn’t a lot you can do.
Or worse, the knot which you don’t even realise has formed until you turn your work over to finish off your thread and – whoops! there it is. Unpick? Or leave it there? Either way, it is frustrating.
So, what if we told you that we want you to make knots? Lots and lots of them!
You can knot away to your heart’s content knowing they’ll all be put to good use to create fabulous textures in ‘Tied in Knots’ by Maria Rita Faleri from Inspirations issue #103.
We don’t know about you but seeing all these different knotted tassels reminded us of some wonderful elements found in nature, such as coral, berries and seedpods, which are as intricate as the knots themselves.
There is something cathartic about knotting your thread again and again, perhaps because it’s something we all so studiously avoid doing.
And who would have thought that knotting so strategically and carefully could create such amazing things?
Tied in Knots offers three projects to choose from. The Onion knot tassel is formed with simple overhand knots snuggled together to create seed-like bunches. Then you have the Turk’s head knot tassel – a project requiring a little more skill as the knots are worked over a piece of dowel. Through a combination of knotting and turning you produce berry-like clusters which are sewn together and adorned with a magnificent bead.
FROM LEFT: Capuchin, Turk’s Head and Onion knot tassels
Finally, the Capuchin knot tassel should satisfy those lovers of the bullion knot. This structure is made up of free-standing bullions which cluster together in starbursts beneath the carefully woven top.
While Maria has suggested the use of specific linen threads to create these particular designs, once you have mastered the technique there is nothing to stop you trying different weight threads and different colours. We’re sure you’ll achieve fabulously different results! Yes, there are quite a few steps to these tassels and yes, they require some careful work, but they’re guaranteed to produce no end of comments when you take out your keys.
Many of us learnt the half hitch, granny knot and sailor’s knot in Girl Guides or Scouts, knots which we probably use on a day to day basis still. But wouldn’t Girl Guides have been so much more fun if we’d been allowed to work these little beauties?!
You’ll never look at knots the same again after completing one or all of these wonderful tassels. Even that pesky loop knot on the back of your work will carry its own special charm.
Make Your Own Tied in Knots
Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Tied in Knots by Maria Rita Faleri is three highly-textured Italian tassels made with linen threads.
Inspirations Issue 103
Tied in Knots
Tied in Knots
Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kits for the Capuchin and Turk’s Head Knot Tassels include everything you need to re-create these fabulous tassels: Felt balls (Capuchin Knot Tassel), ceramic bead (Turk’s Head Knot Tassel), thread and needles.

Please Note: To cater for flexibility in 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 printed/digital patterns.
Tied in Knots | Capuchin Knot Tassel
Tied in Knots | Turk’s Head Knot Tassel
Step 3 – Expand your collection

If you love ‘Tied in Knots’ why (k)not expand your collection of knotted tassels with the project ‘Fruit of the Vine’, another design by Maria Rita Faleri from her family of knotted tassels.
This pair of charming tassels captures the appeal of a luscious bunch of grapes using a range of knotting techniques.

Fruit of the Vine is part of our Handpicked collection with instructions available to purchase in print or digital.
Fruit of The Vine | Print
Fruit of The Vine | Digital
Ready-to-Stitch kits are available for both the red and white varietals.
Fruit of The Vine | Red
Fruit of The Vine | White
Looking for More Tassels?
Tuscan Treasure
Tuscan Treasure by Patricia Girolami from Inspirations issue #84 is a unique knotted tassel with Italian origins.
Inspirations Issue 84
Magnifique by Hazel Blomkamp from Inspirations issue #77 is an opulent tassel with superb stumpwork and beaded needlelace.
Inspirations Issue 77
Private Collection
Private Collection by Carolyn Pearce from Inspirations issue #49 is a beautiful fob and tassel enhanced with beads and crystals.
Private Collection
Allegro by Susan Dickens from Inspirations issue #18 is a regal tassel of rich luxurious colours.
What Are You Stitching?
As much as we all love a framed embroidery, there’s only so many pieces our walls can hold! So, this week we’re sharing the stitching of the Inspirations Community who have thought outside the frame…
Ring Cushion | Biddy Eccles
‘I have never considered myself a great embroiderer, but when asked to do a ring cushion for a family member’s wedding that was to be held in Scotland, I put my best into it. I fell in love with a Celtic heart design and then saw a thistle design - in the end I decided to put the Celtic heart on the back and the thistle on the front!’
‘The brides colours were white and rose gold and because I could not find the braiding for the edge which included rose gold thread, I had to hand sew the rose gold thread into the braiding! I was very pleased with the end result.’
Biddy, we think you’ve well underestimated your ability as an embroiderer! You’ve done a beautiful job of designing and stitching the ring cushion which would have been a most welcome addition to the couple’s special day.
Sampler Book | Gina Newlyn
‘After focusing on Japanese Embroidery for eight years, I decided to kick off my Western Embroidery experience again by attending the needlework convention ‘Beating Around the Bush’ for the first time in 2018. I did a class with Jenny McWhinney and one with Hazel Blomkamp and finished both pieces. I’ve included a photo of the crazy patchwork sampler book I did with Hazel.’
‘I enjoyed the stitching and could see that the Japanese Embroidery had improved my stitching skills as I work with much more precision now.
However, that doesn’t mean I don’t pull out stitches that go wrong or don’t work out!
I like to try new types of embroidery to improve my skills. The internet provides access to so many types of embroidery and embroiderers. There are many talented embroiderers in the world and how lucky are we to be able to see their work and admire it without necessarily having to travel!’
‘Keep up the great work with Inspirations magazine - it is full of wonderful ideas and projects to think about and try in the future.’
Gina, it was a pleasure to host you at Beating Around the Bush and we love the idea of a Sampler Book! Not only is it a great way to try myriad new techniques, but it becomes a fabulous resource to refer to for future projects.
Tray Cover | Kelvin Martin
‘This is my first attempt at drawn thread work and I’m not sure the photo has done it justice as it does look better in real life than in the photo!’
Kelvin, photos very rarely do our needlework justice! We love the natural tones of your stitching and think you’ve done a fabulous job of your drawn thread work. We look forward to seeing what your needle and thread attempt next.

Have you stitched something outside the frame? We’d love to see it. Email photos of what you’ve created with needle and thread along with a few details about your stitching journey to
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~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~
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