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ISSUE 85  | APRIL 14, 2017

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Easter is a time of celebration with many of us spending time with friends and family.  Are you one of those people who sneak off during a family event and find a quiet spot to sit and stitch in peace? 

With all the chatter within our guilds and stitch and chat classes about getting the younger generation interested in stitching, Easter may be the perfect opportunity to introduce someone new to the wonders of needlework.

Jesus himself relied on only 12 disciples to spread the good news of the gospel to the entire world, how much more then can we achieve if each of us took on a young apprentice?

Bespoke handcraft is enjoying a resurgence of interest among tweens, teens and young adults and when someone experiences the beauty of needlework first hand, it can make a lasting impression.

As we reflect on the significance and meaning of Easter this weekend, why not look for an opportunity to share your passion with someone else.  They may just be waiting for your invite to learn more….

Grab a hot cross bun, an Easter egg and a tea or coffee and enjoy this special Easter issue of EN.

Share your needlework journey with us at


First up this week we wanted to get everyone hopping with joy with some adorable bunny designs courtesy of the very talented Jenny McWhinney…


Warm Embrace’ by Jenny McWhinney - Enter the magical world of this rosy cheeked rabbit and his busy friends when you snuggle up under this delightful cream wool cashmere blanket.

> ‘Warm Embrace’ In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE
> ‘Warm Embrace’ In Print - Inspirations #52 Available In Print HERE


Bunny Love’ by Jenny McWhinney is a cosy wool blanket emblazoned with four adorable bunnies and flower motifs.

>Bunny Love’ In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE


Due to popular demand, we have finally added our very handy Inspirations Needleguide to our website.  Designed to easily identify any needle in your collection, simply place the needle on the laminated guide to determine its size and type.

> Needleguide In Print – Laminated Cards Available HERE



There is always something remarkable about seeing berries, petals, leaves or any flora for that matter, brought to life using a needle and thread.  As stitchers, sometimes we take it all for granted, but there are many nuances and tricks of the trade that go into faithfully re-creating any of nature’s beautiful elements, and Berries for the Birds by Lorna Bateman is no exception.

Berries For The Birds’ from the book ‘Inspirations - A Passion for Needlework’ features ripe berries resting amongst colourful foliage and plump acorns, clustered together atop a charming footed timber pincushion.  Artfully capturing this scene from the forest floor is not easy: with so many different textures, shapes, outlines and colours to contend with, Lorna’s deployed some very creative solutions to ensure it is lifelike.

Stumpwork is the go-to technique for bringing any 3D element to life, and Lorna uses it beautifully to create the acorns, berries and raised leaves.

The next challenge is capturing all the colours of the oak leaves as they reflect the shift from the green of summer to the browns of autumn.

To solve this problem, Lorna cleverly uses Chameleon hand-dyed variegated threads which create their own organic nature-esque effect as you stitch.  To give an even more natural look and feel, Lorna chose variegated threads that capture the magical change from summer green to winter brown.

Adding an extra layer of Wow! factor, Lorna also gives the oak leaves some special treatment with the use of needlelace resulting in the crinkly texture and undulating edge of the leaf, just like the real thing. 

Needlelace is also used to create the base of the acorn providing a textural contrast between the smooth seed and the rougher, bumpy cap.

Berries for the Birds’ offers a masterclass in re-creating nature through the use of three key elements – stumpwork, needlelace and variegated threads. In this way, Lorna has given us a wonderfully colourful and texturally rich project that beautifully reflects nature and provides a practical and most useful needlework tool for us to cherish.


Step 1 Purchase ‘Inspirations A Passion For Needlework’

A Passion For Needlework’ includes all the information you need to make your own ‘Berries for the Birds’ along with step-by-step instructions, requirements list and full size pattern sheet template.

> Inspirations | A Passion For Needlework - Available In Print HERE

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The ‘Berries for the Birds’ Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch Kit includes everything you need to re-create your own pincushion including: Fabrics, wire, threads, adhesive film, beads, needles and even the wooden base

> Berries for the Birds - Ready To Stitch Kit Available HERE


Here are some other ways you can enjoy more of Lorna’s delightful designs:


Potpourri’ by Lorna Bateman is a monogrammed scissor sheath adorned with an abundance of flowers, with matching fob.

> Potpourri’ In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE


Learn more about Lorna, her designs, workshops and kits by visiting her website HERE.



Several weeks ago in EN we featured the Inspirations LEARN booklets which have now been re-released as Digital Downloads.

With 5 titles in the series, we looked at the first 4 but then got all distracted when Inspirations #93 came along.  Today we can finally finish the job and explore the 5th and final title ‘Learn Bead Embroidery’!

Bead Embroidery is THE needlework technique one uses to bring in the bling, it’s the ultimate stitching embellishment.  With beads available in a seemingly endless variety of shapes, styles, sizes and colours, adding beads brings a shine, sparkle and added layer of texture to any piece. 

Rich in history, bead embroidery is both vast and varied in its application.  From the simplicity of adding sequins, to the exotic variations such as tambour work and Japanese-style bead embroidery, there is something for everyone.


‘Killarney’ by Jane Davis – A-Z Bead Embroidery

Learn Bead Embroidery’ is a step-by-step tutorial guide for beginners centred around the project ‘Black Magic’ by Prue Scott, an elegant black satin bag with a stylised magnolia blossom stitched with silvery thread and studded with sparkling beads and tiny sequins.

Black Magic utilises three popular bead types and stitching techniques: attaching beads using back stitch; attaching bugle beads using whip stitch and attaching sequins using chain stitch.

Complete with a template, 26 instructional photos, construction information and concise detailed instructions, this 16 page booklet has everything you need to learn the basics of bead embroidery and create your own evening bag.


The Inspirations ‘Learn’ booklets are designed to teach you the basics of the featured technique and include comprehensive step-by-step diagrams and a fabulous mini project to get you started.

> ‘Learn Bead Embroidery’ - Digital Booklet Available HERE

> Browse Complete ‘Learn’ Collection HERE



Precious’ by Irina Rudneva from Inspirations #85 is a magnificent beaded cuff with gemstones and pearls.

> ‘Precious’ In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE


Snow Belle’ by Anna Scott from Inspirations #64 is an elegant silk bag embellished with beads and sequins.

> ‘Snow Belle’ In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE
> ‘Snow Belle’ In Print - Inspirations #64 Available In Print HERE 

A-Z Bead Embroidery

This comprehensive guide to bead embroidery features more than 30 stunning and versatile projects. With over 440 step-by-step photographs, it brings bead embroidery within the reach of anyone who can thread a needle.

> ‘A-Z of Bead Embroidery’ - Available In Print HERE


One of the many things we love about stitching is how relevant it is – if you can name it, you can find a piece of stitching that’s relevant to it! Whether it be technique, material, size, colour, subject or occasion, stitching offers a piece to suit them all.


Temari Easter Eggs by Peggy Kimble

This week’s WAYS is no exception as we’ve found pieces that celebrate Easter in many of its facets - from the simple act of enjoying chocolate, to an insect that has become one of the significant symbols of Easter right through to a work of ecclesiastical significance. Sit back and enjoy our celebration of Easter through the stitching of the Embroidery News Community…

‘I saw this saying and had to sew something, so here is my chocolate tree which grows Cherry Ripes and Violet Crumbles, already wrapped and ready to eat.’

‘My tree hangs under the shelf that holds my chocolate jar. I think one square of chocolate equals one lettuce leaf, well that's my theory anyway! Cheers, Charmaine Goodman.’

A chocolate tree would have to be the next best thing to a money tree! Charmaine, we love your playful piece and know there are many of us who are hoping that your theory is indeed correct and that each piece of chocolate we indulge in over Easter will equal just one lettuce leaf!

From celebrating Easter with chocolate to celebrating the story of Easter through the life cycle of a butterfly…


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A butterfly’s life cycle is meant to symbolise the life of Jesus Christ. The first stage, is the caterpillar, which stands for His life on Earth. The second phase begins from the pupa, or cocoon stage, portraying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The third and final stage is the butterfly, representing Jesus being raised on the third day.

We enjoyed the floral creations of Amina Paruk, in EN#79 (HERE) and mentioned how prolific her body of work was. Well this week, we found the perfect piece of Amina’s to add to our Easter celebration – a butterfly!

Amina, your gloriously stitched butterfly is indeed a fitting addition to our Easter celebrations!

This time last year, in Issue #37 of EN (HERE), we celebrated Easter with the ecclesiastical work of Jacqueline Blanot. This Easter we’re privileged to see the second ecclesiastical piece Jacqueline has created.

‘Last year, I sent you some pictures of a church tablecloth that I made for one of the 3 churches where I play the organ. I am now sending you a picture of the second tablecloth for the second church – St Michel. For this tablecloth I used Point de Beauvais.’

‘I do not know the name in English, but it is a microscopic chain stitch made with a very fine hook. The fabric must be very tightly stretched like a drum. I used white and ecru thread and DMC thread n°40 for the thicker fabric. On the stems of the corn, I circled every stitch with gold thread. Gold thread is also used for the wine tendrils and for the beard of the corn ears.’

‘The text says ‘I am the bread of life’. The third church is now waiting and will get their cloth next year. This one will be done with Hardanger techniques.’

Jacqueline, by giving of your time, treasure and talent through both your music and your stitching to not just one, but three Churches, you epitomise the heart of a servant that is spoken of in Matthew 20 ‘for even the son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others’ (v28). You are a true asset to your local Church Jacqueline and there will be many a churchgoer who will admire the fruits of your labour this Easter.

We close with an Easter wish from someone else who appeared in last year’s Easter issue of EN, Peggy Kimble. Our now 94-year-old embroiderer from Canada is no stranger to needlework or Embroidery News!
‘I have made some new Temari eggs, found the little chicks I made last year and set them all on a plate to wish everyone at Inspirations and Embroidery News a happy Easter.’

‘I was fortunate to receive your book - A Passion for Needlework - as a gift from a friend. It is a beautiful book, an absolute joy! We are so fortunate to belong to the wonderful world of embroidery. Peggy.’

Peggy, we thank you for your Easter wishes and love that you’ve found a way to share them through needle and thread! It would seem there is no end in sight to your long and fruitful needlework calling and we can’t wait to see the needlework ‘music’ that’s still inside that you are yet to share with us.

What needlework ‘music’ do you have to share?! Please email photos of your needlework and details of your stitching journey to



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FINAL CALL – Tall Year Square Kits

We are now taking pre-orders for the final 50 units of the Tall Year Square kit from Inspirations #93.  To reserve a kit for this extremely popular project, place your pre-order today.

> Tall Year Square - Ready To Stitch Kit Available HERE


Woodland’ by Jo Butcher features in our book ‘A Passion For Needlework’ and includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions and requirements list.

> Inspirations | A Passion For Needlework - Available In Print HERE

The ‘Woodland’ Ready-To-Stitch Inspirations Kit includes everything you need to re-create your own serene meadow, including: pre-printed fabric, threads and needles.

> Woodland - Ready To Stitch Kit Available HERE



Two Hearts’ by Jo Butcher from Inspirations #85 features two dainty hearts which are ideal for a beginner or anyone looking for a gorgeous, quick to stitch project.

Pretty, white daisies and tiny blue forget-me-nots are worked in stranded cotton onto a background of natural linen.

> Two Hearts In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE

NEW! Jo Butcher Kits Now Available


‘Jug of Roses’ by Jo Butcher is a just that, a jug full of gorgeous bullion roses.  Kit contains all you need including linen with pre-printed design, Liberty fabric, bondaweb, threads, needle and easy to follow step-by-step instructions by Jo.

> Jug of Roses Jo Butcher Kit Available HERE


‘Cow Parsley Meadow’ by Jo Butcher is a stunning thread painted scene with delicate flowers and layered grasses.  Kit includes linen with printed design, threads, needle and step-by-step instructions by Jo.

> Cow Parsley Meadow Jo Butcher Kit Available HERE


Gorgeous projects



By Paulina Bart


Just beautiful 


" Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless."
~  Charles M Crowe ~


What: London Calling – Quilts at the Library | An Exhibition by London Quilters
Where: Swiss Cottage Library | 88 Avenue Road London
When: to 15 Apr
Details: Click HERE

What: Needlework & Textile Exhibitions | Festival Fleurieu
Where: Fleurieu Coast, South Australia
When: to 30 Apr
Details: Click HERE

What: 2017 Scarf Festival | Galaxies – A Textile Journey to Infinity & Beyond
Where: The National Wool Museum | 26 Moorabool Street Geelong, Victoria
When: Entries Close 30 Apr
Details: Click HERE &

What: Jeanie Baker’s Circle Exhibition
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens | Domain House | Dallas Brooks Drive South Yarra Victoria
When: to 14 May

What: The Language of Flowers | The Embroiderers’ Guild of SA Museum Team Exhibition
Where: 16 Hughes Street Mile End, South Australia
When: to 30 Jun
Details: Click HERE           

What: Inspired by Gardens & Landscapes of Tatton | Altrincham, Chelford, Manchester & Warrington Branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild
Where: Steward’s Room, Tatton Park| Knutsford, Cheshire UK
When: to 30 Jul
Details:  Click HERE

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

What: Exquisite Needlework |
Exhibition by Barossa Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild of SA

Where: CWA Hall | Murray Street Tanunda
When: 19 to 23 Apr
Details: Click HERE

What: The Australasian Quilt Convention
Where: Royal Exhibition Building | Carlton Gardens Melbourne, Victoria
When: 20 to 23 April
Details: Click HERE

What: South Coast Embroidery Exhibition | Silver Threads
Where: RSL Hall | 10 The Strand Port Elliot, South Australia
When: 22 to 23 April
Details: Click HERE

What: Embroidery at Sunnycroft | Jacobean Flower Workshop
Where: 200 Holyhead Road Wellington, Telford, Shropshire
When: 23 Apr
Details: Click HERE

What: The Needles Excellency | An Exhibition of Raised Works
Where: Ashmolean Museum | Beaumont Street Oxford, UK
When: 25 Apr to 4 Jun
Details: Click HERE

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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