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ISSUE 4   |   July 3, 2015

Hey <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the Embroidery News.  Everyone in the stitching community is doing a great job sending us in their photos and stories about what’s happening in their corner of the world.  It’s so inspiring to know that even though we may be separated by hundreds or thousands of miles, people everywhere are passionate and engaging daily in needlework. 

It’s our privilege to review and collate just a tiny slice of what’s what in our stitching world, so please continue to correspond with us and be the scribe in your community – your project or your creativity might just be the ignition point someone needs this week to ‘Keep On Stitching’.


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Mekong Update: Dates for the cruise are September 20th through to 27th 2015.

To book online click here or contact Penny Furseman:
Phone +44 1271 373724

For more details about the trip including itineraries and prices, check out our website by clicking here.

SAVE THE DATE : October 5th – 12th 2016
Beating Around The Bush 2016 – Adelaide Australia


This week we pick up right where we left off from last week… Beryl Ambler from South Yorkshire in the UK shows us her ‘Hanako’s Dream’ project from Inspirations issue 47 and in another repeat from last week Keryn Cooper from Queensland Australia showcases her 'Rustles of Winter' from Inspirations Issue 37:

‘Thought you might be interested in seeing my version of ‘Hanako’s Dream’. I did it in beads and ribbon embroidery and stitched the hair, hands and feet.'
Beryl Ambler (UK)

‘I enjoyed stitching my version of from Inspirations issue 37 by June Goodwin. 
I included some stumpwork and needlelace leaves.'

Keryn Cooper (Australia)

Mardeen Gordon lives in Ben Lomond in the redwood forest which is 90 miles south of San Francisco, California USA.  Her project took over 200 hours of stitching, and 15 months to complete.

“The black border, snow and sky are painted with acrylic, and the figure, trees and title are hand embroidered.  It is 16"x16", on wooden stretcher bars, ready to hang on the wall.”

To see more of Mardeen amazing work, visit her website here.

Carla Baldi is from the beautiful region of Florence in Italy and she writes to us in Italian… so we present her notes about these amazing necklaces in English as well as Italian so those in our community who read Italian can pick up any nuances we have lost in translation!

‘They are made from macrame and are 3cm x 3cm square and represent a little man and a little woman There are two necklaces with long chains, one embellished with pearls and onyx , the other with vintage rhinestone pendant.’

‘Trattasi di macrame’ eseguito negli anni 40 . Sono quadretti di cm. 3 x 3, riproduce l’omino e la donnina Sono due collane con lunghe catenelle  Una impreziosita da perle e onice, l’altra con ciondolo di strass vintage.’ 
Vi ringrazio.  Carla

For something completely different, Lesley Purcell from Tregeagle  NSW, Australia has created this very unique gift for a friends birthday:

‘I found an empty fob watch and had a couple of silk prints, so I set to work to embellish it and put it together. I do hope she likes it. She is an avid embroiderer and has a great doll collection.  I have been collecting Inspirations since issue 5. | To stitch well is an asset for life© Lesley Purcell.’

Someone in the community was finally brave enough to submit a work in progress!  Laura Harden from Tualatin OR USA sends us this ‘UFO’:

“I really enjoy your magazine and newsletter. I am currently working (on and off) on a vintage printed linen with a lovely Irish blessing.  This is the type of project that I have left unfinished in the past, due to its size. I hope that this project will not stay in my "unfinished pile". You can also see my current memento Mori embroidery project here
Laura Louise Bernadette Harden

Thank you Laura for showing us your work in progress… Norma’s husband is back this week to cheer you on, but it’s not only you who needs the encouragement. Dianne Gilmore wrote this lovely note to us about UFO’s:

“Hello - I am an avid fan of your Inspirations Magazine with a bookcase full of your great publications. 

Unlike Norma I no longer have my husband to encourage me to complete my UFO's. 

He passed away 3 years ago.  I am 60 years old and now find much solace in my embroidery and the community conversations you have created within this Newsletter.  Thank you, please keep up this excellent work. 

Dianne Gracemere  QLD  Australia.

Dianne we are sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, and even though Norma’s husband lives in Ireland, he has made a special appearance this week just for you and Laura.


Staying on the topic of unfinished projects, Helen from Manhattan Beach in California USA wrote to us about an interesting business she is running:

“Dear Inspirations, First, I just love your magazine and newsletter, keep up the great work. Second, I enjoyed the comments from Norma Mulligan regarding unfinished projects. I have a small cottage business where I will finish the unfinished.  I can be reached via e-mail at:  I have a merit certificate from the Royal School of Needlework being proficient is counted cross, Goldwork, Blackwood, Crewel and Thread Painting.  This might be an option for anyone without such a supportive a husband as Norma.  Thank you,”
Helen Spark Dolph

So there you go – plenty of encouragement and options this week to get those UFO’s out of the closet and Keep On Stitching!
What are you stitching? 

Send us your photos, details about your project, where you live and a little about yourself to:



Issue #86

The current issue of Inspirations #86 continues to enjoy rave reviews. 
Here is an Italian blog which talks a little about the Elisabetta Holzer Spinelli project Timeless Treasure - Click Here

Issue #87

Last week we mentioned the Fold & Gather copy of Issue #87 arrived, well this week the final bound advance copy arrived.  We were going to take a photo of it to show you… but our editor Susan was so in love with it she has run off with it!  Worse yet she leaves for the USA this week, so I think we missed out on showing you… but if you do see her while she’s travelling, ask her for s sneak peak! 

Issue #87 is due to arrive to subscribers late August, early September.

Issue #88
Issue 88 is the Christmas 2015 edition and this week a big Christmas tree took centre stage in the studio as photography was in full swing. 

Sometimes buying props for a Christmas photo shoot in June can be a challenge… luckily someone invented Christmas in July which means if you really need to, Christmas decorations are nearly available all year round!

Needless to say the photo shoot for #88 went really well… we wonder if perhaps that had anything to do with the fact red wine was called for as a prop, and you can see in this photo that Susan was either carefully placing the glass into position, or returning the glass after a little taste test? 

Issue #88 is due to arrive to subscribers late October, early November.



Many people wonder what it’s like to work at Inspirations.  Perhaps the best way to answer that question is to show you these photos taken last week.  Sue, Susan & Fiona are seen here playing dress ups.  Does that help?


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Very sweet idea!


Just lovely


@Af's Collection


Nicola Jarvis, a professional hand embroiderer from the UK, celebrated a significant birthday recently.  We would never reveal her actual age of course, rather we’ll let the pictures do the talking!

For those of you who may not be familiar with Nicola’s work, she is perhaps best known for her William Morris inspired sparrow designs.  Her ‘Bluebird’ project featured in Inspirations Issue #82 was hugely popular and her classes are always quick to book out whenever she teaches at events such as ‘Beating Around The Bush’.


Nicola is a full time artist and also  teaches for the Midlands branch of the Royal School of Needlework.

You can view more of her work at her website here


I am reminded that every day I have the chance to pick up a needle & some thread & add to the story. To stitch together something beautiful & unique, to patch a small scrap of fabric to the story, to the Story of God, that will be retold again & again for all of eternity."
~ Jerusalem Jackson Greer, A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting & Coming Together


What: Exquisite Threads English Embroidery 1600s to 1900s
Where: The National Gallery of Victoria International (168 St Kilda Road) Australia
When: to 12 July
Details: Click Here

What: Elaborate Embroidery; Fabrics for Menswear Before 1815
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA
When: to 19 July
Details: Click Here

What: Embroidered Memories
Where: The Gold Coast Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise Australia
When: to 5 July
Details: Click Here

What: 20 Year Celebration Embroidery Display - Sunshine Coast Embroiderers’ Guild
Where: CWA Hall Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore Australia
When: Tuesday, July 14th, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Details: Call Diane Lazarus on 07 5443 1104


Happy Stitching
The Embroidery News Team

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