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ISSUE 86  | APRIL 21, 2017

Hi <<First Name>>,


It’s so important to have something to live for.  In one way or another we all have a milestone, a goal, an event, something that we are looking forward to seeing come to fruition in the near future.

It is said we create things twice, once in our mind and then again in real life.  It’s this imagining, or future casting, that gives us hope and allows us to generate things to look forward to.

Those of us taken with the needle and thread have an extra layer of hope…. it’s the hope we’ll live long enough to get through all the projects we have in mind!  While none of us know exactly how much time we’ve got left, surely the longer the list of projects on our ‘To Stitch’ list, the more days we are given?!

What we do know is those who have a forward-looking demeanour are healthier and happier people, so it’s our hope that all the projects we feature in Inspirations magazines, books, newsletters, kits etc. can bring you joy and hope for your future. 

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It’s always lovely to hear when individuals or a local stitching group utilise their needlework skills to help the local community. Typically we think of blankets for orphans, teddies or pillows for sick kids and sometimes this extends to helping wildlife with mittens for injured animals or toys for mistreated pets. 

A group in India however, have taken the call of charity needlework to a whole new scale… and we’re talking JUMBO scale!

The ‘Elephant Conservation and Care Center’ in India rescue elephants that have been abused and forced to work under gruelling and harsh conditions. They needed a way to provide warmth for these recovering gentle giants during Northern India’s bitter winters.

Enter the local needlework group!  Volunteers spend around 4 weeks making each giant, knitted and crocheted sweater to keep the elephants warm and cosy.   These amazingly colourful garments are sure to become the very latest ‘must have’ fashion accessory for every elephant!

So a special shout out to our Indian sisters who are doing the world of needlework proud by using their gifts and talent for the betterment of these majestic beloved creatures.

Images thanks to BoredPanda.  Full story available on their website HERE.



If you ask anyone mildly versed in the knowledge of great modern day Needle Artisans how to describe the work of Trish Burr, you will inevitably be told one of two things:  Threadpainting and Birds.

Without question Trish Burr is one of the most popular designers internationally, in particular for creating the most realistic and captivating threadpainted birds you will ever see.  It was our great joy to include her project ‘Forest Kingfisher’ in our book ‘A Passion for Needlework’.

When you first turn the page to ‘Forest Kingfisher’, you may be forgiven for thinking this striking bird might jump right out of the book and fly straight past you, such is the realism Trish has captured with every detailed and meticulous stitch.

This project really is a masterclass in threadpainting, using 47 different coloured threads, and yet there is simplicity hiding behind the complexity.

We’re going to make a statement you may find difficult to believe, but for anyone who is rather timid when it comes to exploring the wonders of threadpainting, this is the design for you.  How is that possible you may be asking?!  Well there are a few reasons…

To begin with there are actually only 6 stitches used within this design, all of which are types of straight stitch and over 90% of the project uses long and short stitch.  So the technical difficultly is not in conquering a myriad of different stitching techniques, the real skill required is the placement of colour and ensuring all your stitches are blended nicely together to create an even, smooth finish on the surface.

To help with the colour placement, there are two tools at your disposal:  Firstly there are amazing step-by-step illustrations included which were created at the time the original project itself was being stitched. By doing so, Trish virtually puts you in the room with her as she works, thereby creating an invaluable step-by-step resource for those less confident in threadpainting.

Secondly due to our Inspirations trademark ‘World’s Most Beautiful’ standards, the high definition print quality and close-up macro photography, mean the very finest details have been captured.  The photos do a marvellous job of magnifying the needlework and showing you exactly how every thread colour has been used, thereby making it easier to follow.

This noble, native kingfisher clothed in glorious shades of rich, royal blue, cool mint, camel and warm sand, sits perched high above the ground, ever watchful and waiting.  While not as popular as his famous relative the Kookaburra just yet, thanks to Trish the notoriety of the Forest Kingfisher is well and truly on the up and up!

Inspirations photographer-extraordinaire Brendan Homan on birdwatching duties, capturing the beauty of the threadpainted Forest Kingfisher in the wild!


Step 1: Purchase ‘Inspirations A Passion For Needlework’

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

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

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The ‘Forest Kingfisher’ Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch Kit includes everything you need to re-create your own threadpainted masterpiece including: fabric, threads and needles.

> Forest Kingfisher - Ready To Stitch Kit Available HERE


Looking for more Trish Burr? Aren’t we all!  Here are more of her stunning projects:


‘Prancer’ by Trish Burr is a contemporary whitework portrait of the most stylish of all the reindeers.

> Prancer In Digital – Pattern Download Available HERE
> Prancer In Print –  Inspirations #88 in Print Available HERE


Winter’s Song’ by Trish Burr is a charming threadpainted Robin from a range of miniatures Trish has created with the finished piece measuring 6.5cm x 7.5cm wide (2.5” x 3”).

> Winter’s Song In Print –  Inspirations #88 in Print Available HERE


From My Garden’ by Trish Burr is a superb thread-painted study of sweet peas in shades of pink and violet.

> From My Garden In Print –  Inspirations #84 in Print Available HERE


> View our range of Trish Burr projects available to purchase as digital download patterns HERE. 


> Learn all about Trish and discover more of her designs by visiting her website HERE.



Trish Burr’s latest book ‘Whitework With Colour’ is reviewed in Inspirations #94 and is now available for purchase from our website.

‘Trish combines two of her embroidery passions – the beautiful textures of whitework and the play of colour. The result is a fun collection of designs, some of which are based on artist illustrations.’

> Whitework With Colour – Available In Print HERE


Shades Of Christmas’ by Trish Burr is a gorgeous wreath made up of seasonal decorations and stitched using whitework techniques in Christmas colours.  With only 9 kits remaining, don’t miss the opportunity to get a head start on Christmas 2017!

> Shades of Christmas Kit – Ready-To-Stitch Kit Available HERE
> Shades of Christmas in Print – Inspirations #92 In Print HERE


How does one judge the popularity of a designer? Could it be when many people know their name, are able to recognise their work or have stitched their design? We think it might be when we can fill a whole ‘What Are You Stitching?’ with just a single designer! This week’s WAYS celebrates the work of someone who is clearly one of the most popular needle artisans of today - Trish Burr.


Meet Trish Burr article as featured in Inspirations #92


‘I love the work that Trish Burr does. She is an inspiration.  I find her work so elegant and her detailed pictures and explanations are second to none.

When I first saw the ‘Shades of Christmas’ piece in Inspirations #92, I loved it and knew I had to do it.  I am very passionate about my embroidery and have been going for classes with Joanne Ferguson from Tranquility Crafts (in Victoria, Australia) for several years. I live in Melbourne and have always been interested in craft, embroidery, quilting and painting.

I started my embroidery journey when I was in Sri Lanka on a Singer treadle sewing machine.  My Aunt was a great seamstress and she did a lot of machine embroidery. I completed a rose from one of Trish Burr's books for a friend and sent a photo of the completed rose to Trish and she very kindly responded almost immediately with very kind words of encouragement.

‘I am currently working on another project of hers (see above) and would love to meet Trish and attend one of her classes. I find working on a project brings me a lot of peace and enjoyment. – Denise.


‘I have a passion for blue wrens so designed and stitched this picture below last year.

I am greatly inspired by Trish Burr and Inspirations Magazine that I have subscribed to for many years. Thank you for the inspiration you give to keep trying.’  Emily Tassone.


‘I just had to show you my latest project - this started life intended for a footstool but when stretched over a mound it lost some of its detailing and so it became a picture!

t was inspired by the designs of Prancer and Katerina by Trish Burr who I much admire - quite how it evolved into this actual design I am not sure, but I enjoyed doing the various stitches and using only muted colours and will definitely try this technique again. Best Wishes, Jane.’


‘I just finished Trish Burr’s ‘Shades of Christmas’ design. Never having done this type of stitching (long and short) since I was young and having never felt like I got the hang of it, this was quite a project!  Most of it I’m proud of, a couple of places not-so-much, but since I’m a pillow nut, I made it into a pillow.’

‘I have every copy of Inspirations magazine printed, and I count on the Friday newsletter to start my weekend off on a high note. I agree with all the letters about the positive effects of needlework that have been sent along. You get in the zone and the world goes away. I live in Natick Massachusetts USA and will be 80 years old next month. I learned to embroider as a young girl on dish towels and pillow cases but gave it up to life's demands. I've picked up other hobbies as time went on - sewing to make my clothes and knitting to make the boys sweaters.


Now that I've retired I can indulge myself. I quilt, knit, crochet, garden, cross stitch and bake. There are not enough hours in the day and I sometimes scatter my energies trying to pick out the next project. I have all kinds of sticky flags in every issue.  Sticking with just one project from start to finish is definitely not my strong suit.’ Joanne.


‘Hello from England - I have been a dabbler at all sorts of embroidery and then discovered Inspirations Magazine. It is wonderful!

‘I was very taken by the blue bird and had to have a go at doing it. Then I bought Trish Burr’s book of Needle Painting and worked my way through it all. This is my new favorite craft.’ 

‘I have done several birds and some flowers - and have just finished the daisies. My next project is the Forest Kingfisher in the new book ‘A Passion for Needlework’. Your magazine and newsletter are brilliant, thank you for all the work that is put into them both. Regards, Serena.

Denise, Emily, Jane, Joanne and Serena – each of you have produced pieces that are literally paintings done with needle and thread! Their detail, colour and life-likeness have done Trish’s designs and your stitching proud. We look forward to what is to come from both Trish’s and your needles next!

Do you have a piece from your favourite needlework artisan that you’re yet to share with us? We’d love to see it and hear about your stitching journey to date! Email photos of your work and tell us something about your needle and thread journey to 



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Inspirations #94

The wait is over and your patience rewarded…. next week we begin our Inspirations issue #94 odyssey.  8 brand new projects with something for everyone, from the classics to the modern, we know you’ll love the ride!

Inspirations issue #94 |Official Release Date April 27th.

> Inspirations #94 In Print – 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


Berries for the Birds’ by Lorna Bateman features in our book ‘A Passion For Needlework’ and includes step-by-step instructions, requirements list and full size pattern sheet template.

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

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


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


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


‘Bunny Love’ by Jenny McWhinney

Easter Bunny may have come and gone for another year, but thanks to these projects by Jenny McWhinney, you can stitch your own adorable bunnies all year round:


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





Just so gorgeous


These are beautiful.


" A single thread of hope is still a very powerful thing."
~  Unknown ~


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

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

What: The Australasian Quilt Convention
Where: Royal Exhibition Building | Carlton Gardens Melbourne, Victoria
When: to 23 April
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: 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 Exhibition
Where: Ashmolean Museum | Beaumont Street, Oxford 
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

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