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ISSUE 66  | October 28, 2016

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to EN 66.  It’s time to Rejoice!  If this crazy world sometimes leaves you a bit flat and at times lacking joy, we have the perfect remedy for you!

Inspiration issue #92 has been released this week and its theme is Rejoice! 

We’re probably all familiar with the saying ‘To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected’ (Luke 12:48) and it’s probably fair to say the world would benefit from a jolly good cheering up about now!  And who better to do it than we stitchers!?

We have the unique gift of bringing beautiful creations to life using our needles and threads, and all of us will have our own testimony of how we made a difference in someone’s life through our needlework.

Whether it be the gift of a project we have created for them, inviting them to join a stitch and chat group, visiting and helping them with a current project they have on the go, or even just contacting someone to encourage them to make time for more stitching, we really have a magnificent opportunity to create a difference in this world.

So Rejoice with us, not only because it’s the beginning of the festive season, but Rejoice in the tangible and practical gift we’ve been given to light up the world one stitch at a time.

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


Inspirations issue #92 is our 2016 Christmas Spectacular edition aptly named Rejoice!  With a perfect blend of projects to help you celebrate Christmas as well as something for all year around, there is a lot of joy and rejoicing jumping off each page.

After deliberating as to which project we would feature from issue #92 first, we settled on ‘Double Delight’ by Jennifer Kennedy.   Not only can you not go wrong with a project named ‘Double Delight’ it’s also a project you can start today and have finished in time for Christmas.

‘Double Delight’ by Jennifer Kennedy – Issue #92

However there is another reason that makes this project particularly special… it will forever be included in the Inspirations hall of fame as the first time we have ever published a pulled thread technique piece.

First up, let’s answer the question – what exactly is pulled thread?

Pulled thread work creates patterns in the fabric, distorting the fabric threads by pulling them in different directions with the stitches.   Wave stitches and their variations create wavy patterns with vertical and, sometimes, horizontal stitches. As a general rule, if the vertical stitch is straight it is pulled so that it will sit at an angle and if it is placed at an angle, it will be pulled so that it sits straight.

There is so much to like about these stockings, the style is what we might refer to as ‘rustic elegance’ where the combination of hessian fabric and perlé cotton threads make for an unusual, yet striking pairing.  Modern and traditional at the same time.

While Jennifer has worked her stockings onto natural hessian and embellished them with pearl beads and woven satin ribbons, the design lends itself nicely to adding your own creative variation. 

Each stocking is lined and backed with white taffeta and hangs from a fabric loop.  The large stocking measures 28.5cm x 17.5cm wide (11 1/4" x 6 7/8") with the small one 19.5cm tall x 12.5cm wide (7 3/4" x 5").


Step 1/. – Purchase Inspirations Issue #92

Double Delight’ by Jennifer Kennedy is featured in Inspirations issue #92.  Complete with a comprehensive project requirements list, detailed instructions for both the large and small stockings, step-by-step instructions for Coral Stitch, Honeycomb Filling, Coil Stitch and Wave Stitch Variation, plus full size pattern with construction instructions. 

> Printed copies of issue #92 are now available to order HERE.

Step 2/. – Purchase Double Delight Kit

2 x pulled thread work Christmas stockings with contrasting lustrous perlé threads and satin ribbon with a hessian ground fabric.

Ready To Stitch Kit contains fabrics, ribbons, beading thread, embroidery threads and needles.

> Purchase ‘Double Delight’ Kit HERE.


KITS BONANZA! Never before have there been so many Inspirations Ready To Stitch Kits To Choose From….


As mentioned last week, all the kits for Inspirations issue #92 are now available on our website.  Some kits were sold out within hours of release, however our super awesome kit team are working on replenishing stock ASAP, but if there is something you specifically want, order today to avoid disappointment.

> Browse our complete range of issue #92 kits HERE.


Have you fallen in love with the projects from our new book ‘A Passion For Needlework’?  The range of APFN ready to stitch kits available keeps growing, with ‘Woodland’ and ‘Proud Peacock’ added just this week.

> Browse our complete range of APFN kits HERE.


Thanks again to the tireless efforts of the Inspirations Kits team, there are still several kits available from issue #91.  Grab them while you can…

> Browse our complete range of kits HERE.

*Please note – quantities of kits available shown above only current at time of newsletter release.


One of the many wonders of modern technology (when it actually works properly!) is being able to converse with someone in another language without actually learning any new skills other than how to use a website like Google Translator or Babble Fish.  If you have never tried is, here is an email we received in French from Jo Dessy:

‘Voici mon premier ouvrage en Hardanger terminé après 9 mois de "travail".  Ce fut un véritable plaisir que de broder cette nappe en Hardanger. Premier ouvrage mais certainement pas le dernier.’

Here is the translation:

Here is my first piece in Hardanger finished after 9 months of "work".  It was a real pleasure to embroider this Hardanger tablecloth and is my first piece but certainly not the last!  Jo

Thank you Jo!  When you read Embroidery News this week, hopefully you can translate our response back into French OK – your needlework is fantastic, we love your tablecloth and you have really done exceptionally well mastering Hardanger at your first attempt, well done!

To celebrate the inclusion of the technique of pulled thread for the first time in Inspirations, here is a project Françoise Koenig from France sent in to share:

Dear Inspirations,  This is what kept me busy this last hot summer. It started with an urge to do some pulled thread embroidery, but then what would I do with the embroidered square? I remembered that I had some pojagi fabrics which a friend brought me back from a vacation in South Korea two years ago. At last I braided four braids using kumihimo technique for the corners.

Over 4,000 tiny hand stitches later (that is an estimation for just the pojagi part), I'm rather pleased with the result and proud to show it to you.  I live in a small town in the suburbs of Grenoble in the south of France. I'm 59 and I quit working as a webmaster three years ago. I enjoy doing all sorts of needlework : embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, basic dress making, knitting, crochet.  Wishing you a nice weekend, Françoise Koenig

What an epic project Françoise, good on you for persevering!  And congratulations on your creativity in bringing together all these beautiful elements to create what has ended up a spectacular project. 

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



Inspirations issue #92 has been added to our website so you can purchase a printed single copy and have it delivered to your door anywhere in the world.

> To order your copy, click HERE.



This handy book from Alison Cole is full of tips from over 30 years of experience, where Alison has written down advice on everything from setting up your workbasket through to framing and photographing your completed work.

> To order your copy, click HERE.


Join Yvette Stanton as she travels to a Norwegian fjord, studying historical examples of Hardanger and taking you back to where Hardanger all began.

This historical style of embroidery has traditionally been used on women’s clothing in the Hardangerfjord region, and was designed to emulate needle-made lace of the 1600s and 1700s.

> To order your copy, click HERE.

Beautiful Needlework.  Sold Here.


Issue #92 features a fascinating article about Michel Heurtault from Parasolerie Heurtault in France who specialises in crafting high end umbrellas. 

It’s most definitely worth a read when you get the opportunity. At the end of the article the magazine quotes a web address which has an error in it, so for anyone interested in learning more about Parasolerie Heurtault, please note the correct address is:


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Hot off the press, the phenomenally successful ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Carolyn Pearce is now in stock. 

Home Sweet Home’ is divided into two parts, the first being the embroidery techniques and construction for the box itself, with the second half dedicated to the 9 accessories Carolyn has design to fit inside.

Order your copy today and have it shipped direct to your door anywhere in the world.

> Purchase ‘Home Sweet Home – An Embroidered Workbox HERE.


We are frequently asked the question, where can one purchase a complete kit for the ‘Home Sweet Home’ workbox.  Great question!  Unfortunately, there is nowhere at present you can purchase a complete kit, however we recommend you visit your local needlework store and ask them to help you compile as many of the requirements from the book you can, and then source any missing elements online. 

To help get started, we have put together a charm pack which contains the following ‘Susan Clarke Originals’ as used by Carolyn herself:

2 x Beehives;  1 x Bunny;  1 x Gecko;  1 x Flower in pot; 1 x Carrot; 1 x Owl; 3 x Bees.

To purchase the charm pack, click HERE.


Looking for a Christmas project to stitch?  One of the all-time popular projects from issue #88 is has just been added as a digital download.  

‘Prancer’ by Trish Burr is a gorgeous stylish design of this beloved reindeer, depicted here using Trish’s fabulous ‘Shades of Whitework’ palette, incorporating gentle tones of grey and gold with a variety of white threads.

> To purchase this pattern as a Digital Download, click HERE.


Just beautiful



I do love this 


little pincushion


" I rejoice in what I have and I greet the new with open arms."
~ Louise Hay ~


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: to 30 Oct | Wed to Fri 11:00 to 4:00 | Sat & Sun 10:00 to 4:00

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

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

What: Opus Anglicanum | Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery
Where: Room 38 | Victoria & Albert Museum
When: to 5 Feb
Details: Click HERE

What: Undressed | A Brief History of Underwear
Where: Room 40 | Victoria & Albert Museum
When: to 12 Mar
Details: Click HERE

What: RSN | Stories in Stitch Exhibition
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: to 31 Mar
Details: Click HERE

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

What: EGA Convention | Star Spangled Seminar
Where: Alexandria Mark Centre | 5000 Seminary Road Alexandria, Virginia
When: 2 to 6 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: Adelaide Quilt & Craft Fair
Where: Goyder Pavilion | Adelaide Showground, South Australia
When: 3 to 6 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: International Quilt Festival | Houston
Where: George R Brown Convention Center | 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, Texas
When: 3 to 6 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria, Bendigo Branch | Embellish, Enhance, Enrich 25th Anniversary Exhibition
Where: St Andrews Hall | 26 Myers Street Bendigo, Victoria
When : 11 to 13 Nov
Details: Frances – 03 5441 8735

What: West Country Quilt & Textile Show
Where: Exhibition Centre, University of the West of England | Filton, Bristol
When: 11 to 13 Nov
Details: Click HERE

What: The Bobbin Tree Opens | Jenny McWhinney’s Embroidery Boutique | NEW DATE
Where: 31 Payneham Road College Park , South Australia
When: 22 Nov @ 10:00

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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