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ISSUE 25  |   November 27, 2015

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Embroidery News Issue 25.

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating this wonderful event this week. We’ll hold off on the turkey jokes and just say we trust you can squeeze a little stitching time in and around what is hopefully some quality family time.

As promised this week we are officially launching the ‘Beating Around The Bush2016 catalogue right here in Embroidery News. So with a big flashing neon sign we can officially declare the catalogue is OUT NOW! See below for all the details.

In other news this week, the ‘Can You Help’ team really does help by solving the needle threader mystery, Sue has something special you can do with lavender & rice (and it has nothing to do with cooking), and a magical fairy comes to visit our office.

All that and so much more!

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


Calling all lovers of needleworkyour moment has arrived.  The much anticipated and long awaited catalogue for the ‘Beating Around The Bush’ 2016 international needlework convention is now available.

62 projects.  21 tutors.  8 of the best days of your life.

Visit the BATB website to access the catalogue here.

New to BATB? 

Here is how it works:  download our catalogue as a PDF for free here, or purchase a printed copy which we will ship to you by clicking here.

Marvel at all the projects, wonder at the calibre of the tutors and ponder how you might clone yourself and do them all!

Secure your place when bookings open on February 29th 2016, where classes will be allocated on a first come basis, so stay tuned to Embroidery News for updates.

Make your way to Immanuel College in Adelaide, South Australia October 5th – 12th 2016 and we look forward to seeing you there!


The needlework community has been very generous in their praise for Inspirations issue #88 and we are humbled by your kind words. Susan O’Connor and her team have done an outstanding job putting this issue together, as of course have the contributors who make the magazine possible. Congratulations all round.

This week we’re admiring the project from issue #88 ‘Harmonies’ by Deborah Love.

Many of you will be familiar with the visual puzzles that come out from time to time where you are encouraged to stare at a picture in the hope your eyes will magically reveal a second image which is at first hidden or obscured. The project ‘Harmonies’ is a little bit like that – looking at this graceful Deerfield pillow sham at first, one sees a fanciful bouquet of flowers. Now look againthis time thinking of something Christmas related… see it yet?

Ok – it might be a bit of a stretch, but when considering the inclusion of this project in the Inspirations Christmas issue, some of the team thought the flower design forms the triangular shape of a Christmas tree, so it was given a Christmas tick albeit somewhat subliminal. That said for those creative ones among us, the design could easily be adapted to become a floral Christmas tree, should you wish.

Either way, Deborah has created such a beautiful project it would enhance anyone’s house however it was applied.

If you are yet to purchase a copy of Inspirations issue #88, single copies are available here or never miss an issue by becoming a subscriber here.

*Deborah Love is coming to BATB 2016, and if you liked her project above, you’ll love the project ‘Rhapsody in Blue Deerfield Cushion’ from issue #56 which she will be teaching along with two other gorgeous lace projects. Check out the BATB 2016 catalogue here for more details.


Last week’s issue of Embroidery News encouraged you to join in on two new conversations – ‘Destination Travel Singapore’ & ‘Instruction Needle Threader’.

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We are yet to hear from anyone who is able to point Rachael Willis in the direction of Singapore based embroidery and/or textile places of interest where she can gather supplies, inspiration and get a feel for the local craft and embroidery scene. However we have our fingers crossed that this will be the week someone in the Embroidery News Community jumps in just in time for Rachael’s trip to Singapore in early December. If that’s you, please email us at

Laura Preller went one step further than simply joining in on our ‘Instruction Needle Threader’ conversation – she provided some original instructions!

Thank you Laura what an amazing find! Catherine, we do hope this helps to figure out how to use your mum’s needle threader - we wish you luck and look forward to hearing how you go.

This week’s conversation starter comes from Genevieve Robbins who remembers her grandmother having a nondescript box of starch in her pantry. Genevieve is hoping someone will join in on her conversation by helping with advice on what to buy, where to buy it and how to use it!

We look forward to passing on your suggestions on how to starch an item not only for Genevieve, but the Embroidery News Community as a whole. Send your answers and any new questions to


Do you have lavender in your garden? What about rice in your kitchen cupboard? This week Sue has chosen a project that puts both of these ingredients to good use!

‘Lavender Reverie’ by Heather Moody from Issue 41 is a brilliant entry level project using three very popular stitches – Bullion knot, detached chain and stem stitch. For those of you who have our book A-Z of Embroidery Stitches, this is a perfect project to use the instructions for these stitches outlined in the book, in a practical application. ‘Lavender Reverie’ also features a tassel, the technique for which is, again, quick and easy. What’s more the materials needed for the project are inexpensive, readily available and easily interchangeable to suit what you may already have on hand.

Once complete you fill it with rice to use it as a book or paper weight or with lavender from your garden to add a lovely perfume to your room.

So many people made this project as gifts – in fact I remember it was a popular thank you present for teachers at the end of school year. I’m not sure if this was because everyone had lavender in their gardens they wanted to use or maybe an oversupply of rice!?’

Thank you Sue, another great selection. If you are interested in making this project, please see below for details on how to purchase printed copies of Inspirations #41 – Rice and lavender not included!

Purchase your printed copy of Inspirations issue #41 today. This fabulous issue includes the following projects:

Inspirations issue #41
Order online now by clicking here.

Blue Danube
Charming evening bag embellished with beads and crystals

Delicate feathers adorn this elegant shawl
Break of Day
Practical bag adorned with a regal cockerel
Lavender Reverie
Fragrant lavender filled book stop
The Dragonfly
Elegant, jewel toned dragonfly on a gold background
This bright, cheerful blanket captures children at play
Jacobean Leaves
A richly coloured crewelwork cushion exploring a vast variety of stitches
Exquisite bag showcasing traditional Casalguidi embroidery



Our magazine ‘Stitch Craft Create AU/NZ’ is running a competition for Australian and New Zealand residents, where five lucky crafters have the chance of winning a Sizzix Prize Pack which includes a ‘Big Shot’ die-cutting machine and a range of dies.

The Big Shot™ is the ultimate creative cutting tool ideal for die-cutting fabric and paper for all your home décor projects, applique and much more. To read more about the competition click here.

To enter simply click HERE to fill in your details.

Competition closes on Dec 31st 2015 and winners will be notified by email and posted on the SCC AU/NZ Facebook page.



Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la, Tis the season to be jolly’ and so it is we continue with our ‘Christmas Stitching Spectacular’ theme and this week bring you the very first completed project from the current issue of Inspirations #88.

Carmo Afonso from New South Wales, Australia must have been stitching up a storm these past few weeks, only one month since the first issue of #88 was dispatched and she has already completed this beautiful Christmas piece featuring the project ‘Prancer’.

‘I have just finished my Christmas table runner with both designs from Trish Burr - I just love her designs! Merry Christmas’

Thank you for sending this in Carmo, well done for finishing it so quickly and yes we love Trish’s design as well - and we especially love your elegant table runner, it’s just gorgeous.

Speaking of gorgeous, Piera Tavano has created these lace Christmas decorations for us to admire:

‘Hi, I am new to Inspirations Magazine and till now I have only been able to take a glimpse of the wonderful projects you feature. Here are some photos of my recent Christmas project, I hope you like it. I am truly looking forward to going through my first copy of the magazine page by page as I cosily sit by the fire. Sorry, I forgot to say that I live in Italy, and while in Australia I believe it is summer, here we are waiting for the snow.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Piera Tavano’

Piera these are beautiful – simple, yet engaging designs with just the right use of gold thread and ribbon to add that extra Christmas sparkle. Well done.

Now to a collection of projects by Patricia Hewitson who has benefitted from living in two countries well known for great needle artisans – South Africa and the UK:

‘My journey from cross stitch to now a wide variety of embroidery styles, happened as a result of meeting up with a zany group of ladies when I moved home and retired. They introduced me to Inspirations and Smocking and Embroidery and encouraged me to try different forms of embroidery.’

‘Whilst in South Africa I also belonged to the Knysna Embroiderers Guild and now, having moved yet again, this time to the UK, I have found another wonderful group of sharing women of the Exeter Embroiderers Guild.

Being somewhat of a Facebook addict I joined the Hand Embroidery lovers page, becoming involved in the ATC (Artist Trading Cards) swaps. So here are some of my ATCs and one of my smocked dresses. Best wishes - Patricia Hewitson’

Thanks Patricia, we are loving the fun and cheerful ATC’s you created and your smocked dress looks like it just leaped out of the pages of AS&E. You have certainly learned some excellent needlework skills in your travels!

Lesley Janet from Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia is someone else who possess some excellent needlework skills, clearly demonstrated in the photos of her projects below:

‘I took my first embroidery class in 2002 and I've been hooked ever since. I joined the Embroiderers Guild of N.S.W a few years later when my confidence grew. I like to do workshops with my favourite tutors - Margaret Light, Allison Snepp and Effie Mitrofanis who are all guild tutors. I attend three different embroidery groups each week with lovely ladies in them all. Embroidery is very therapeutic. Smocking is also a passion of mine, I've been making smocked coat hangers for years with a pattern from an early magazine. I have included a photo of a purse I created which has been adapted from the Margaret Light project ‘Tres Belle’ which appeared in Inspirations issue #84. Also, I have sent in another Margaret Light project I stitched at a workshop with her called ‘Briar Rose and Honeysuckle’. Lesley.’

Thank you Lesley, your work is really exquisite and these projects are just divine.

Our final piece for this week is something really different. Before you read the designer’s notes below, have a look at the photos and see if you can have a guess as to her subject matter…

‘I am a lab manager and part of my job is shipping viruses that are created and designed in my lab to different universities around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.’

‘This is a picture of a small embroidery project I recently finished. As I work full time I don't have too much time for crafts but I do what I can. This project is of a virus entry, transport and spread in the NS and it was a front cover for a birthday booklet for my boss who is the professor at Princeton University and researches viruses. My best regards, Halina Staniszewska’

How did you go? Did you guess Halina had stitched the story of a virus? No?? Halina there are so many things to love about this piece you created. Firstly it just shows that anyone can stitch something about anything! There truly are no boundaries when it comes to the needle and thread. Secondly what a unique and novel gift to present someone in the field of science, we’re sure your professor loved it!

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

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Cushion lovers and fans of Trish Burr and Susan O’Connor are in for a treat as two new digital download patterns, both cushions, have just been added to the Stitch.ology website this week.

The first is a project called ‘The Little Nut Tree’ by Susan O’Connor from way back in Issue 11, making this the earliest Inspirations project available on the site.

This timeless design finished in thread painting, uses a combination of silk threads to create a rich cushion worthy of any castle.

Pattern is available for purchase here.

The second is a terrific pattern to purchase because you get THREE stunning Trish Burr designs in the one project.

A delightful coordinating trio, these cushions are stitched in muted shades of lavender, violet and mulberry with a combination of silk, wool and cotton threads also using the technique of thread painting.

Click here to purchase online.


And now for an interlude…. a beautiful Fairy graced our offices with her presence this week, and we were lucky enough to snap a picture to show the world that yes, Fairies are real!

A member of our local needlework community who is a very talented costume designer, created this outfit for an upcoming Christmas stage show ( and Kristian and Andrea’s daughter Madeleine happened to be at hand ready to model it for us. Thanks Madeleine!



If you are an Inspirations subscriber and have not yet received your printed copy of Issue #88, it probably means something has gone wrong!

To help expedite any missing subscriber copies, please fill in this form. Click here

We’ll chase it up for you ASAP.


FINALLY - INSP 88 kits have started to leave the building. If you have placed an order for an Inspirations #88 kit directly through us in recent weeks, Winter Song, Harmonies, Prancer and Simplicity are now on their way to you. We are just waiting on our shipment of Au Ver Au Soie threads for On The Second Day and Christmas Bouquet, and they will be leaving next. Thank you for your patience!


While we are on the subject of kits, if you recently tried to order an issue 88 kit and it was sold out, just today we have added 4 more of each title (except Christmas Bouquet) so if you’re quick you might snap up one!

Kits can be ordered online here.

In the meantime if you have any questions about our kits, feel free to contact us anytime


You can now purchase single copies of Inspirations online in both print and digital formats.

PRINT | To purchase the current issue #88 in print and have it shipped right to your door anywhere in the world, click here

DIGITAL | To purchase digital issues of Inspirations, click here


If you have been thinking about taking out a subscription to Inspirations, we’d love you to join us. Or if your subscription is no longer current, we’d love to have you back! Join or renew today:

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Inspirations issue 88


In case you missed the news, here are some of the most popular projects we have featured in Embroidery News in recent weeks:

Rejoice’ by Carolyn Pearce from Inspirations issue 47.

Featured in ‘Something Special With Sue’ in Embroidery News 23, this dazzling Christmas decoration by Carolyn Pearce has been extremely popular.

Printed copies of Issue 47 are available for sale here.

Inspirations issue 60 includes two projects recently featured in ‘Something Special With Sue’, Natures Larder by Jane Nicholas and Jingle Bells by Jenny McWhinney. Both these designers and their projects are always crowd favourites.

To purchase a printed copy of Inspirations #60, click here.

More of Jane’s Nicholas projects and kits are available from her website here. Jenny McWhinney also has a great range of products including kits and her latest book ‘The Redwork Circus’ all available here

12 Days Of Christmas Ornaments

Susan O’Connor has created two gorgeous Christmas ornaments to adorn your tree this year.

On The Second’ day has just been released in Inspirations #88 and is the second in the 12 Days Of Christmas series she is working on.

True Love’ is the first ornament and is now available for purchase as an instant digital download.

Purchase ‘True Lovehere.
Purchase a printed single issue of #88 here.


By Trish Burr



By Helen M Stevens


By Susan Porter


" Stitch your stress away.."
~ Author Unknown ~



What: The Royal School of Needlework | Exquisite Whitework
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: to 1 Dec

What: Art Quilt Australia Exhibition
Where: National Wool Museum, Geelong Victoria
When: to 11 Dec
Details: &

What: Albury Wodonga Doll Bear & Hobby Show
Where: Mirambeena Community Centre, North Albury NSW
When : 28 & 29 Nov

What: The Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland | Christmas Craft Fair
Where: 149 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley, Queensland Australia
When: 29 Nov

What: Slipstitch
Where: Swan Hill Regional Galley, Victoria Australia
When: 1 Dec to 26 Jan

What: Christmas | Embroidery @ Fed Square
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne Australia
When: 7 Dec

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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