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ISSUE 64  |  September 30, 2016

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Welcome to EN 64.  This week without deliberately planning anything, we have a floral theme running through the newsletter, which is rather serendipitous seeing as our feature project is the Elizabethan floral beauty ‘Serendipity’ from our new book A Passion For Needlework. 

Now just before you enjoy EN 64 and all the floral needlework splendour that awaits, we have an important notice for you…

Our international needlework convention ‘Beating Around The Bush’ starts next week which means we’ll all be flat out stitching and therefore Embroidery News will be taking a break for the next couple of weeks.

The next issue EN #65 will be sent Friday October 21st.

Until then, to help satisfy your weekly Embroidery News Needlework Fix, why not browse through the previous issues of EN, all of which are available to read on our website:

When we return on October 21st, we’ll have fabulous photos and stories to share with you from BATB 2016, as well as a sneak peak of Inspirations issue #92 plus an eagerly anticipated announcement of an extremely popular book back in stock.

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


Tomorrow is October and that means, it’s time to turn the page on the Inspirations 2016/2017 Calendar.

The project featured for the month of October is ‘Sweet Violets’ by Susan Porter from Inspirations issue #82.  Was it serendipitous that ‘Sweet Violets’ is also the same project chosen to theme BATB 2016 held in October? 

Rather deliberate decision actually to celebrate both this wonderful event and the superb needlework of Susan Porter.

This divine stumpwork embroidery will have your fingers itching to pick a perfect bloom. Worked onto a background of ivory duchess satin with stranded cotton threads, the vibrant avocado green leaves and stems contrast beautifully with the soft violet flowers to create a fabulously lifelike study.

The Inspirations calendar is not just the world’s most beautiful needlework eye candy; our goal is to make sure every project featured is available for you to stitch yourself.

And so it is just this week in time for the beginning of October, we have added Sweet Violets by Susan Porter as a Digital Download.


‘Sweet Violets’
by Susan Porter

Too busy stitching for gardening? 
Create your own beautiful spray of exquisite violets with a needle and thread!

> Click HERE to purchase


Be inspired all year around with the World’s Most Beautiful Needlework Calendar.

Copies are still available and can be shipped directly to your door anywhere in the world.  To order click HERE.


We’re featuring another project from our new book ‘A Passion For Needlework’ this week and this one is by our very own Inspirations Magazine Editor- In-Chief Susan O’Connor called ‘Serendipity’.

‘Serendipity’ by Susan O’Connor from the book ‘A Passion For Needlework’

Exquisite wheels of shimmering ivory silk stitched with winding stems, glowing fruit and dainty blooms of pink eglantine, heartsease, sky blue cornflowers and luscious, red strawberries, studded with slender, glass-head pins.

Serendipity’ is a true classic Susan O’Connor project in every way as it features her great love Elizabethan flowers and showcases her intricate needlework and relentless attention to detail.  Yet ‘Serendipity’ is not at all a daunting project to tackle for yourself as it is very manageable in both scale and complexity.

David Smyth’s Garden by Susan O’Connor – ‘A Passion For Needlework’

For anyone who enjoys Elizabethan flowers, the book ‘A Passion for Needlework’ offer up a double treat as it not only features ‘Serendipity’, it also includes Susan’s masterpiece ‘David Smyth’s Garden’ which we’ll look at another time.

Serendipity’ is a matching pair of pin wheels, one adorned with Rose and Heartsease and the other with Strawberry and Cornflower.  When asked about her love of Elizabethan flowers, Susan, an avid student of history, quickly regales fascinating facts of this period in time and how the Elizabethan period symbolises the shift in English sensibilities from flowers being used only for medicinal or nourishment purposes, to an awakening of their beauty and growing them purely for pleasure, which led to gardening for leisure as we know it today.

While we’re on the subject of history, the project ‘Serendipity’ includes a little of the history of the humble pin, which in itself has a fascinating story, and like many things in our modern world is today taken for granted, yet prior to 1824 a pin was not so easy to come by.  

When all is said and done however, the true wonderment here is these gorgeous pinwheels which can either offer you extravagantly beautiful housing for your pins, or some of the finest Elizabethan ornaments for your sewing room.

Special mention to Fiona Fagan who did an outstanding job sourcing the most divine antique French needlework accessories for the photography of ‘Serendipity’.  Her sensibility and creative mastery in styling some of the projects in ‘A Passion For Needlework’ is in no small way one of the reasons this is the world’s most beautiful needlework book.  We love your work Fiona!


Step 1/. – Purchase The Book

Serendipity’ by Susan O’Connor is featured in our new Inspirations book ‘A Passion For Needlework’.  Not only is this project showcased in a glorious 6 page photo gallery, the book comes complete with project requirements list, detailed step by step instructions and pattern sheet.  Printed copies of ‘A Passion For Needlework’ are now available to order.

> Purchase ‘A Passion For NeedleworkHERE.

Step 2/. – Purchase The Kit

An Inspirations Ready To Stitch Kit is also available for each of the ‘Serendipity’ pin wheels.

Colourful pinwheel with Elizabethan inspired flowers and fruits.

Kits contains: Fabric; Wadding; Threads; Paillettes; Pins and Needles.

Both Serendipity ‘Rose & Heartsease’ and ‘Strawberry & Cornflower’ are available and are sold separately as individual kits.

To find out more, click HERE.


‘Chatelaine’ by Susan O’Connor – Inspirations issue #89

Susan’s best-selling project ‘Chatelaine’ from Inspirations issue #89 is another of her Elizabethan flower pieces and printed copies of #89 are still available for purchase HERE.

Kits for Chatelaine are also available in both Eglantine Rose Pink and Tudor Rose Red.

Chatelaine Pink Ready

Chatelaine Red Ready

> Click HERE to purchase


> Click HERE to purchase



The first of our Inspirations Ready To Stitch Kits for ‘A Passion For Needlework’ are now available.

'White Linen’ by Deborah Love | Elegant Schwalm Tulips on a white Linen cushion.

‘Cornus’ by Julie Kniedl | Lifelike three-dimensional study of a dogwood spray.

'Serendipity Rose and Heartease' & 'Strawberry and Cornflower' by Susan O’Connor
Colourful pinwheels with Elizabethan inspired flowers and fruits.

> Browse the range of ‘A Passion For Needlework KitsHERE.


Here is some sumptuous floral needlework to brighten up your day:

Hello everyone, recently I was so pleased to see my interpretation of the swallows from the issue #89 project Les Hirondelles by Catherine Laurençon appearing in Embroidery News #57.  Another piece I have recently finished is from a design by Jocelyne Kurc, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, also using thread painting.  I embroidered the "Nigelle de Damas." Which is a symphony in blue and had a lot of fun stitching it.  I hope you like it.  I send you my best thoughts from France, Amansie.

The description ‘a symphony in blue’ is perfectly apt for this piece Amansie, it’s a true delight in every way.  It just radiant colour and is sure to brighten up any room in which it is placed.  Amazing work, well done.

Hi! My name is Leta Hunter from Wellington, New Zealand.  I am married with two grown up children and three grandchildren and have been retired now for three years.  I have done various types of embroidery starting with cross stitch, then had some classes in silk ribbon embroidery and Hardanger, am self-taught in stumpwork and crewel work, which I most prefer.

My biggest project was ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Carolyn Pearce which I worked with another embroidery friend, pleased I did because it was a big project. I have worked ‘Crewel Twists’ by Hazel Blomkamp, have been working on the Embroidered miniature quilt by Helen Marshall, and am finding it a real test of my skills. I had never done Needle Painting before and have always wanted to as I enjoy doing long and short stitch so when I saw the Red Fox by Tanja Berlin just had to do it.

My first attempt at Gold Work was an Illuminated “S” and thoroughly enjoyed that challenge, from that I went to the Stumpwork study of “Clematis” by Alison Cole from Inspirations issue #78 of which I am really proud.   I really enjoy Inspirations Magazine and recently purchased the Modern Crewel Kit – so much to do so little time!!  Regards Leta Hunter.'

Leta we’re not sure which was more enjoyable, admiring your stunning Clematis piece or learning about your fascinating needlework journey to date!  You have certainly covered a LOT of ground in all things stitching which is very evident in the quality of your stitching.  Such a wonderfully vivid piece, it has showcased the talent of your embroidery skill brilliantly.

Printed copies of Inspirations issue #78 featuring ‘Clematis’ by Alison Cole are available for purchase HERE. 

 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



This spectacular embroidered blanket by Susan O’Connor is rich in colour and decoration with inspiration from the sumptuous style of the Elizabethan era.  The favourite flowers and fruit of Queen Elizabeth I and her subjects are stitched in the elaborate fashion and beautiful colours that give the embroidery from this era such long lasting appeal.

Embroidered Flowers For Elizabeth’ features twenty-four individual designs with a full thread conversion chart included for each, to allow all the designs to be embroidered in any scale using wool, cotton or silk thread.

> To order your copy of this gorgeous book today, click HERE.

Have you ordered your copy of the World’s Most Beautiful Needlework book yet?  Inspirations ‘A Passion For Needlework’ is out now and can be shipped direct to your door anywhere in the world. 

> To purchase click HERE.

Beautiful Needlework.  Sold Here.


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‘Symphony’ by Trish Burr– issue #58

Printed copies of Inspirations issue #58, featuring this delightful trio of thread painted floral cushions by Trish Burr, are now available for purchase.

Inside Inspirations issue #58 you can come on a leisurely stroll with a delightful family of thread painted elephants by Jenny McWhinney, enjoy a delightful co-ordinating cushion trio stitched in muted shades of lavender, violet and mulberry by Trish Burr or let Carolyn Pearce inspire you with traditional Jacobean motifs combined with a contemporary floral print fabric to create a pretty and versatile bag… and so much more!

To purchase a printed copy of issue #58, click HERE.


Gorgeous silk dress


Smocked & embroidered


Embroidered blooms


" Stitching – It’s not just craft, it’s therapy. "
~ Unknown ~


What: Kingham Quilters Guild 2016 Show
Where: Beale Celebrations Building | 201 N Fourth Street Kingman, Arizona
When : 1 Oct
Details: Click HERE

What: The Embroiderers’ Guild of Tasmania | Biennial Exhibition
Where: Punchbowl Christian Centre | 100 Punchbowl Road Punchbowl, Tasmania
When:  1 Oct

What: Geelong Fibre Forum
Where: Geelong Grammar School | 50 Biddlecombe Avenue Corio, Victoria
When: to 2 Oct
Details: Click HERE

What: Annemieke Mein Exhibition | Habitat
Where: The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre | Corner of Wilson and Carpenter Streets Brighton, Victoria
When: to 6 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: Making the Australian Quilt: 1800 to 1950
Where: National Galley of Victoria Australia | Federation Square – Flinders Street and Russell Street Melbourne, Victoria
When: to 6 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: RSN | Stories in Stitch Exhibition
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: to Mar 17
Details: Click HERE

What: Bodalla Embroiderers Exhibition & Sales Event
Where: Bodalla Memorial Hall | Princess Highway Bodalla
When : 1 to 2 Oct
Details: Marg Downey | 0458 645 252

What: Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum, in Association with History SA | Stories From Childhood Free Exhibition
Where: South Coast Regional Arts centre | 1 Goolwa Terrace Goolwa, South Australia
When: 1 to 30 Oct | Wed to Fri 11:00 to 4:00 | Sat & Sun 10:00 to 4:00

What: The Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre | Merivale and Glenelg Street South Brisbane, Queensland
When: 5 to 9 Oct
Details: Click HERE

What: Free Demo by Sue Jones of Suffolk Puffs, Dorset Posies, French Knots & More
Where: Shoreham Art Galley | Shoreham-by-Sea West Sussex, UK
When: 8 Oct | 10:00 to 3:00
Details: Click HERE

What: The Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria | A Secret Garden
Where: Embroidery House | 170 Wattletree Road Malvern, Victoria
When: 8 to 23 Oct
Details: Click HERE

What: The Witwatersrand Lace Guild & the Witwatersrand Embroidery Guild | Joint Exhibition
Where: Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre | Preller Drive Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg South Africa
When: 14 & 15 Oct
Details: Click HERE

What: Embroiderers’ Guild of Tasmania Annual Exhibition
Where: Devonport LINC | 21 Oldaker Street Devonport, Tasmania
When: 25 Oct to 7 Nov

What: Auckland Embroiderers’ Guild | Annual Display of Embroidery
Where: Onehunga Community House | 83 Selwyn Street Onehunga, Auckland New Zealand
When: 28 Oct to 6 Nov
Details:  Click HERE

What: Tentmakers of Cairo Movie
Where: Capri Cinema | 141 Goodwood Road Goodwood, South Australia
When: 29 Oct @ 2:00
Details: Click HERE

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