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Garden Party from Inspirations issue 70 link to Country Bumpkin on Facebook    Country Bumpkin webletter no. 20 - 6th May 2011

Dear  <<First Name>>,

Anna Scott with Yvette StantonThis week we launched issue 70 of Inspirations. It was lovely to see lots of familiar faces and some new ones in the crowd and everyone had come to see the gorgeous projects and hear our inspiring guest speaker Yvette Stanton (pictured here with Anna).

Yvette shared her experiences living in Ethiopia for 3 months and described the wonderful work that Dr Catherine Hamlin does at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for Ethiopian women. It is hard to imagine the isolation these women experience and it is heart warming to know that there are many ways to be involved in helping them.

Yvette, along with other supporters of Dr. Hamlin, is participating in a walk to raise money for the Fistula hospital. To read more about her inspiring story and to make a contribution that will go directly to helping these women you can go to or Yvette's blog.

Inspirations issue 70 Launch News

Masterpiece from Inspirations issue 70We were also lucky enough to have Jenny McWhinney, Helen Eriksson and Susan O'Connor with us who were able to speak to our visitors afterwards about their projects.
We have had so much wonderful feedback about issue 70 from around the world and kits are literally selling like 'hotcakes'! One of the best selling kits has been Hazel Blomkamp's footstool Masterpiece (right). There were many oohs and aaahs yesterday when people saw the original project. Issue 70 kits are now available online.

Fiona speaking about Inspirations issue 70
Fiona welcoming everyone to the launch of Inspirations issue 70

Anna speaking about Inspirations issue 70
Anna Scott introducing all the beautiful projects

Fiona and the gang
Fiona with Susan O'Connor, Anna Scott, Yvette Stanton, Helen Eriksson and Jenny McWhinney

Inspirations kits online at Country Bumpkin
Clockwise from top left: Garden Party, Loves Me, Hop to it, Grace, Needle Nook and Sea Breeze

Beating Around the Bush

The Beating Around the Bush 2012 International needlework convention is sure to be an event to remember with all the amazing classes to choose from, Gala Dinner, Stitcher's Village, Rising Star Challenge and much more.

Beating Around the Bush 2012AU$190 per day provides you with expert tuition, professionally catered refreshments and lunch, optional interactive entertainment, early admission into the Stitchers Village Day, transportation to and from select venues and much more.

Reach for the Stars

Our 2011 Reach for the Stars International smocking competition has now closed. Thank you to all who have entered. We have been delighted by the response and there are entries in each category. We look forward to announcing the results in AS&E issue 96.

Scissors Offer Extended

Toledo scissors Free with each subscriptionDon't forget, our free scissors offer has been extended! Get your Free Scissors with two years subscriptions until the 15th July 2011 (new subscriptions and renewals).
These exclusive, high quality scissors are made in Italy, hot forged, sharpened and finished by hand. Complete with their own leather case, they come in gold or black - just use the code GOLD or BLACK when you order a two year subscription.

Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazineInspirations magazine

More Great Products

Featured this month in Cutting Edge is the brand new Kelly Gang Collectible Thimble Set from Trevor Robertson aka Scissorman. We now have these collectable thimbles in stock, a must for all thimble collectors and the perfect Aussie gift.

the Kelly Gang Collectible thimble setAvailable for only AU$59.95 per set of 4 in the retail shop and very soon, also in the Country Bumpkin online store.
To order, email mailorder or phone (08) 8293 8600.

Back in stock

We have just received a new shipment of our fabulous glass paperweights in various shapes, as featured in Inspirations issue 65. Perfect for that small embroidery project, and useful too!

paperweights and related magazines at CB online

Beaded Dimensional Embroidery by Helan Pearce

Are you are beader?

This week we are featuring Beaded Dimensional Embroidery by Helan Pearce. Are you looking for a way to add sparkle and glamour to your embroidery projects?

Well this is a must have book! We have reduced this book from AU$39.95 to only AU$19.95.

Letters From Readers

Vestment detailI have had some lovely letters from readers sharing the work they are doing at the moment - this is part of a letter from Joan Clark in the UK –

'Dear Country Bumpkin,
I found the item showing the stitchers with their work very interesting. They are so lucky to be able to attend those classes.
I really wish I lived in Australia. I love the country and have visited 3 times now, but mainly Sydney. At the moment I'm working on embroideries to go on a vestment for a priest. The one in the photograph is of the Annunciation and is now ready to go onto the vestment.
I haven't started the other one yet but it is a different design. I'm doing them in silk thread with gold thread to embellish.
My other photograph is a smocked dress which is my own design. I was going to enter it into the smocking competition but I don't feel it is good enough, but I will try again next year.'

Snowball supervising the sewing


Carol Beadencup from Pennsylvania in the US sent us this very cute photo of her cat, Snowball, watching her sew!

Miss Rose Sister Violet has many new floral, lace and beaded products instore. Why not pop into the shop and check them out!

Our CB Vintage eBay store has had a great response! Bookmark the page and keep watching that space as more products will be added in the next few days.

Have a great week stitching!

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