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ISSUE 41  |  APRIL 22, 2016

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Embroidery News Issue 41.

Do you have children?  If you do you’ll probably understand what people mean when they say they love them all the same, but differently.  Then there is always that one child whom you just have a real soft spot for.  Well it’s just like that for us when it comes to issues of Inspirations magazine. We love them all the same but every now and again an issue comes along that we have a real soft spot for… and so it is with issue #90.  

Now before we go all issue #90 crazy on you, this week is just a preview, we’ll get stuck into it properly starting next week.  EN this week is, in fact, dedicated to our Fine Feathered Friends Part 2.  If you missed Part 1 check out EN 36 HERE, as everyone was so complimentary about the incredible talent our needlework community displayed through projects featuring birds, it inspired even more submissions, some of which we have prepared in a sensational gallery for you to admire this week.

So once again the bird call goes out… lovers of our feathered friends, this encore performance is for you.

Do you have something you can share with the Inspirations community? We’d love to hear from you, please email us at


This week Brenda Banfield from the UK shares with us her joy of needlework:

Dear Inspirations Team, can I just tell you that I have only just discovered your marvellous magazine and think how exquisite it is – the illustrations and descriptions are wonderful and so precise.

I have just read the letter from Victoria C Frank in EN 39 and am delighted that she is well.  Her story about sorting out all her cotton while she was unwell, reminded me of my Mum telling me when I was little (a long time ago - I am now 71) “don’t waste the embroidery cotton” I think they cost about 6d (2.5p GB today) but I love my threads, to me they are like little strings of jewels and I don’t waste them if I can possibly help it by taking the thread down to its minimum length and even threading with a little needle threading device.  In actual fact I have just tidied through my threads and have enough to stock a small shop, but I love just to look at them sometimes and so many memories are contained in those boxes of sheer delight.

My Mum taught me to embroider as did her sister, my Aunty Mill and to them I owe a big thank you for showing me such a lovely skill.  When I look back, although my Mum could embroider, she never stitched a great deal and I remember her telling me that her Dad, who was in the army, used to do Berlin wool work.  Once again thank you for your lovely delicious magazine.

If you have a story about the benefits of needlework you would like to share, email us at

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Just like parents announcing the birth of their next child, this week we announce the safe arrival of Inspirations issue #90 – and what a cracker jack of an issue this baby is!

If you are a subscriber through us direct, your copy has either just arrived or should be delivered any day.  Digital subscribers can download their copy now and stores will have stock of this issue as of April 28th.  This week we’re having a quick look at why we love issue #90 so much and, per usual, over the coming weeks in EN we’ll go behind the scenes of each project and explore the wonder and beauty of needlework at its best.

Issue #90 is titled ‘Just Imagine’ and here is an excerpt from Inspirations’ Editor-In-Chief Susan O’Connor’s welcome piece:

‘Can you imagine a world without painting or music, film, architecture, poetry, dance, fashion or even embroidery? All of these are things we regard as products of creativity – the ability to develop new and original ideas or things, especially in an artistic context. So where does creativity come from and why are some people regarded as creative while others are not?’

If you want to know the answer to Susan’s question, grab your copy of issue #90 and check it out, as she goes on to explain how this issue showcases the extraordinary use of imagination with the needle and thread.

Keep reading EN each week for more Inspirations updates and in the meantime we’ll leave you with her Susan’s closing comments:

‘So now that we have all done our jobs it’s up to you – whether you stitch these designs just as they are or use them as inspiration, we can’t even begin to imagine what incredible things you will create!’

Thank you Susan and the entire Inspirations magazine team for yet another outstanding issue.

And now here’s a little something for the bird lovers… a few existing Inspirations projects we prepared earlier!

Top Left – ‘Les Hirondelles’ by Catherine Laurençon issue #89
Purchase printed copy of magazine HERE

Top Right – ‘The Early Bird’ by Jenny McWhinney issue #75
Purchase digital download of pattern HERE
Purchase printed copy of magazine HERE

Bottom Left – ‘Birds of a Feather’ by Terry Loewen issue #70
Purchase printed copy of magazine HERE

Bottom Right – ‘The Grey Bird’ by Marie Suarez issue #63
Printed copies of this magazine will be made available soon.


In anticipation of issue #90 being delivered to subscribers this week and the official release on April 28th, kits for issue #90 are now available for purchase via our website.

Browse our complete range of kits HERE. To view issue 90 kits at the top of the page, change ‘Default Sorting’ to ‘Sort by Newness


Sometimes we get answers before having even been asked the question! Susan Kelley from The Woodlands in Texas, USA has something to add to your ‘Destination South Korea Must See List’ should you be planning a trip there . . .

‘I just wanted to share my recent adventure to see my son in South Korea while he was taking a break from teaching in China. There is a wonderful embroidery museum in the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul with permanent displays of embroidered clothing, shoes, fans and even panels of furniture. Lovely to visit and there is even a back room with works in progress. Thanks for your most beautiful magazine and for being an inspiration to me.’  

Susan, we love being able to share in your adventure and thank you for being a part of the Inspirations Family and the Embroidery News Community!

Last week we finished pointing Mary and Lis in the direction of all things needlework inspired for their upcoming trips to Poland and Italy. This week, we launch a new conversation . . .

Maureen Sharkey from San Mateo in California, USA has set herself quite the embroidery challenge! Maureen wants to embroider the ‘Experience the Mighty Auroras of Jupiter’ poster that she found through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

She has been trying to figure out how to embroider the auroras, ensuring the stars show through in her final piece. Maureen thinks she will use some thin fabric to achieve a similar look to the poster, but is hoping that someone in the Embroidery News Community might have something to add to her conversation by making other suggestions as to how she can achieve the result she’s looking for.

We would love to hear from anyone in the Embroidery New Community who has something to add to Maureen’s conversation – big or small! Please email us at


Back in EN issue 03 we celebrated the launch of Michele Hill’s latest book “Afternoon Tea with May Morris”.  Under Michele’s mantra ‘keeping the genius of Morris alive’ Michele has applied an interesting twist in her William Morris journey and explored the designs of William’s daughter – May Morris.  These gorgeous designs combined with Michele’s love for formal afternoon tea, makes for a truly delightful book of quilting, sewing and cooking!

You can now purchase printed copies of Michele’s self-published book through our website HERE


Berry Harvest by Jenny McWhinney and Jan Kerton – Issue #49

Our library of Inspirations back copies available in print continues to grow, and this week issue #49 makes a showing.

Inspirations issue 49 brings a lovely variety of projects for needleworkers of all levels.

Projects include the extremely popular children’s blanket ‘Berry Harvest’ by Jenny McWhinney and Jan Kerton (pictured above), as well as a needlecase by Kris Richards, a handkerchief sachet by Susan O’Connor and much, much more.

To purchase a printed copy of issue #49, click HERE


Jenny McWhinney fans rejoice!  Two of her most popular projects, now available as digital download patterns. 

by Jenny McWhinney

Exotic thread painted camel.

‘Berry Harvest’
by Jenny McWhinney

Mr Pip and Milly have fun harvesting berries.

To purchase click HERE


To purchase click HERE

See more of Jenny’s most recent work by visiting her website HERE.

But wait… there are even more new digital patterns:


by Margaret Light

Pretty spays of forget-me-nots feature on this dainty rug.

‘In Plain Sight’
by June Goodwin

Pretty crewel glasses case.

To purchase click HERE


To purchase click HERE

Beautiful Needlework. Sold Here.


Come with us on a bird safari as we travel the globe and visit faraway lands, each inhabited with amazing species of exotic birdlife, adorned in the finest of threads.

First up we visit Eunice Warne from New Zealand who has a glorious Kingfisher for your viewing pleasure…

‘Hi there, I live in New Zealand and have been doing embroidery since my late 20's.  I’m completely self-taught and have enjoyed learning through books and tutorials on line.  I’ve embroidered pictures and blankets for all of my 5 grandchildren, mainly from the Inspirations Magazines which I love.

Please find above a photograph of my attempt at Trish Burr’s Kingfisher.  I hope you like it. Kind Regards, Eunice’

We absolutely like it Eunice… the detail and level of shading you have captured in your Kingfisher is superb.  You have done a marvellous job teaching yourself as it evident by the quality of this piece and Trish herself will be so pleased to see it.

Now from New Zealand, let’s fly across to the USA and visit Susan Hitz in Arlington which is located in the upper west coast of Washington State, just near the Canadian Border:

‘I absolutely love your magazine, and I get such amazing ideas from it.  I've been trying to collect the back issues that I have missed.  Last year, as a Christmas present for my parents, I stitched Trish Burr's 'Chickadee'.  I changed the colors to taupe and cream, and used a striped silk dupioni as a ground.  This was done to match a silk anniversary quilt I did for my parents 50th wedding anniversary 10 years ago.

The outside border is quilted with a bead where each diamond connects. Inside every other diamond, is a small motif including animals, flowers, a bible, boats, a cabin, etc. everything from their lives.  In each corner, there is a wreath depicting each of the four seasons.  These are stem stitched, with ribbon embroidery and beads. 

The quilt used over 72 different silks, and was the first thing I have truly designed from the ground up.  I've been embroidering and quilting since I was 8, and have adjusted many ideas, but this one is truly my own.  The Chickadee does show that my skills have certainly improved from when I began the quilt, 12 years ago, but my parents love it, and were thrilled to get the companion Chickadee for Christmas.  I love Trish Burr's work, and I love the ideas I get from your magazine.  Keep it up!  Suzanne Hitz’

That chickadee is so cute Suzanne and the colours you chose to match the quilt look fabulous, you have done a really super job and how nice it is to bless your parents with your needlework skills.

Now let’s take a quick hop, skip and jump across the US to Utah where Carolyn Standing Webb has captured this very rare ‘MotMot’ bird.

‘Here is a photo of a design by Audrey Francini worked in silk thread. It is called the MotMot bird. She used blended strands of flat silk to achieve the effect.  I have been embroidering since I was about 10 years old starting out doing the usual pillow cases and dish cloths as a child. I began designing and teaching about 30 years ago and enjoy taking classes and trying new techniques.  It's hard to pick out my favorite technique as I am yet to meet a type of embroidery that I do not like, but I do love whitework and especially Ayrshire.’

Wow Carolyn that silk shading looks terrific, it really adds depth and texture to the design.  Well done on a lovely piece of needlework.

We’re off again now, this time to Europe where we are treated to a rare sighting of a glorious raised embroidered Gold Finch located in France.

‘Attached is my embroidery piece of an elegant goldfinch in 3D.  The real bird itself is even more vivid, I would watch them as they came to drink in my pool last summer.  I live in France near Des Pays de la Loire in a town south of Laval and I eagerly await the arrival of Inspirations every quarter as I am totally addicted to my needlework.  I have been passionate about embroidery since my early childhood, I love techniques such as Cilaos, Reticello and Schwalm and I especially like discovering new techniques and applying them to my work.  Regards, Thérèse- Marie Marsollier’

Thank you Thérèse, your goldfinch is divine, we can only imagine how beautiful it must have been on a summers day to see them darting around your backyard.  You have done a marvellous job capturing one using your needle and thread to keep forever.  Just gorgeous.

The final leg of our bird safari brings us to Dungog in New South Wales, Australia where avid bird watcher Jane Winiarczyk has a variety of three different feathered friends for us to meet…

‘G'day, I would like to share with you some of my birds.  I love taking photos of them in my backyard, some I do sketches of and some I embroider. 

This first one is a current work in progress and is a King Parrot.  It is an Or Nue project and very slow but I am enjoying it as he comes alive.  He is a regular at my place and has a habit of getting our attention by sitting on the awning/shade sail and looking over the edge into our back window to request food.

This next piece is of a wedge tail eagle done in Romanian Point Lace.  I have done 3 eagles in different styles, one was the eagle on the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) crest and I gave it to my son, Benjamin, who is in the RAAF. 

The final bird is an eastern yellow robin caught in flight.  They are tiny birds and are delightful as they fly about while I sit in my backyard and stitch.   I hope you like my three contributions.  Regards, Jane’

Jane the lovely descriptions of your backyard full of bird life conjure up visions of serenity and splendour, all of which you have managed to convey through your three very different pieces.  Terrific job and we look forward to seeing your King Parrot once he’s all finished.

And so ends our safari – we hope you enjoyed it and if you are looking for some gorgeous bird projects to stitch, check out these patterns from previous issues of Inspirations available on our website:

by Trish Burr

Superb thread-painted study presented as a masterclass complete with extra instructions.

‘The Nestlings’
by Bev Tully

Captivating life like study of a family of superb fairy wrens.

To purchase click HERE


To purchase click HERE

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Last week we added Di van Niekerk and Marina Zherdeva’s book ‘Little Flowers in Silk and Organza Ribbon’.

This irresistible step-by-step project book is all about making little flowers in silk and organza ribbon.

To purchase printed copies of ‘Little Flowers’ click HERE.


Printed copies of Inspirations issue #68, featuring this glorious floral throw by Anna Scott, are now available for purchase.

Inspirations #68 has an abundance of gorgeous projects and exciting techniques, including an exquisite heirloom christening gown cover, a colourfully embroidered floral throw, an adorable elephant blanket and a fabulous contemporary blackwork cushion.

Contributors include: Alison Snepp, Trish Burr, Anna Scott, Louise Spriggs, Anne Davies, Jenny Adin-Christie, Susan O’Connor, Jacquie Harvey, Juile Graue, Bruna Scagnetti and Jan Kerton.

To purchase a printed copy of issue #68, click HERE

Digital Patterns Recently Added:

‘Rustle Of Winter’ from Inspirations issue #37 by June Goodwin

The downloadable digital pattern for the extremely popular project ‘Rustle Of Winter’ by June Goodwin from issue #37 was added just last week. To purchase click HERE.

by Susan O’Connor

Exotic embroidered evening bag, with beads and sequins.

by Carolyn Pearce

Sweet and soft little musical bears.

To purchase click HERE


To purchase click HERE




Handanger & cross stitch 


Patchwork bag


" Become like a bird, expand your wings, learn new things and fly as high as you can."
~ Unknown ~


What: A Stitch in Time – Home Sewing Before 1900
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum | London
When: to 1 May
Details: Click HERE

What: The Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria | Threads of Asia Exhibition
When: to 1 May
Where: Embroidery House | 170 Wattletree Road Malvern, Victoria
Details: Click HERE

What: Catwalk | Rijksmuseum Fashion Collection
When: to 16 May
Where: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | Postbus 74888 1070 DN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Details: Click HERE

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

What: Celebration of Needlework Show
Where: Nashua Courtyard Marriott Hotel | Nashua, New Hampshire
When: 27 Apr to 1 May
Details: Click HERE

What: The Embroiderers Guild of WA | Babywear, Bonnets & Booties Exhibition (Children’s Clothing 1880 to 2005)
Where: Guild House | 565 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove WA
When: 29 Apr

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
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