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ISSUE 49  |  June 17, 2016

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Embroidery News Issue 49.

Time flies when you’re having fun. 

We heard a hilarious story this week about the origins of that saying, it goes like this: One day in 1896, Benjamin Bigg, the clock winder for the famed Big Ben in London, drank too much beer and over-wound the clock mechanism to such an extent that Big Ben advanced too rapidly over next 24 hours and time was subsequently sped up.  Hence the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’.

What is perhaps more truthful is the fact time flies regardless of your fun status and as needlework can be a rather time consuming venture, we need to preserve all the time we can!  Like everything in life our time is allocated to the things that we either deem most important, or to those things that create the most demand.

Borrowing another quote from the inspirations board in our office kitchen: ‘If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way.  If not, you’ll find an excuse.

With so much going on in our office at the moment, we can tell you finding time to stitch is a rare commodity, but once you find it there is very little else that can compare to its value.

Do you have something to share? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at

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As you read this issue of Embroidery News, we imagine that you are reclining on your luscious soft leather chaise located in your own private wing of your home, surrounded by your favourite pieces of needlework, all the while sipping perfectly brewed tea or coffee from a floral cup and saucer, carefully selected from your private fine china collection. 

Now even if that is stretching things a little too far, we imagine you probably do have a favourite cup and saucer or two and it’s this notion that inspired Lesley Turpin-Delport and Nikki Delport-Wepener to create the enchanting project ‘Tea for Two’.

This dynamic mother and daughter duo have achieved international success and recognition for their artistic work and Inspirations has been fortunate to have numerous projects from them both included in our issues over the years.

‘Tea for Two’ – Inspirations Issue #90

Tea for Two’ from Inspirations issue #90 is unique however, as it’s the first time both Lesley and Nikki have collaborated on the same project for us.   These delightful teacups feature two different designs, White Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom with Lesley creating one and Nikki the other to form a perfect matching pair.

Lesley and Nikki’s designs for each cup are inspired by their favourite beautiful antique 1825 Chinese teacups.  Worked onto a background of softly shaded silk and organza, each cup is richly decorated with flowers stitched in stranded cotton with extra sparkle added thanks to glass beads and metallic threads.

The finished piece(s) can be framed as shown here, or used as a delightful tray or even made up into a cushion or two.

Here are 5 ways you can enjoy more of Lesley Turpin-Delport and Nikki Delport-Wepener:

1/. – Stitch Your Own ‘Tea For Two’ Project With An Inspirations Kit

Two richly decorated teacups.

Tea For Two’ kit includes:

– fabric (unprinted)
– threads
– needle

Subscriber price: AU$61.20

Purchase your kit today by clicking HERE.

2/. – Purchase a copy of Inspirations issue #90

Inspirations Issue #90 includes ‘Tea For Two’ by Lesley Turpin-Delport and Nikki Delport-Wepener as well as the following projects:

Resting Place
Modern Crewel
Small Change
Honey Bee
Garden Fresh

To order click HERE

3/. – Take a Class with Nikki Delport-Wepner at Beating Around The Bush.

Nikki is teaching three sensational projects this year in including a gorgeous silk shaded butterfly, a three dimensional fig that looks good enough to eat, and a beautiful Morello Cherry. 

Book a one, two or three-day class with Nikki today by clicking HERE.

4/. – Visit Les Designs Website

Check out more of Les and Nikki’s fabulous work and browse their range of products including kits for sale on their website HERE.

5/. – Enjoy projects by Les and Nikki from past issues of Inspirations

African Lily by Lesley Turpin-Delport - Inspirations issue #71
Graceful cushion with highly textured botanical motif.

Printed copies of issue #71 available for purchase HERE.
Digital Pattern of African Lily available for purchase HERE.

Bauhinia by Nikki Delport-Wepener Inspirations issue #75
Superb botanical study using raised embroidery techniques.

Printed copies of issue #75 available for purchase HERE.
Digital Pattern of Bauhinia available for purchase HERE.

Cherry Ripe by Nikki Delport- Wepener Inspirations issue #81
Magnificent botanical study of ripe cherries created with dimensional stitches and ribbons.

Printed copies of issue #81 available for purchase HERE.

Crocus Sativus by Lesley Turpin-Delport Inspirations issue #83
Detailed botanical study of the saffron crocus inspired by Redouté

Printed Copies of Issue #83 are available for purchase HERE.


Modern Crewel Kits – BACK IN STOCK

Modern Crewel by Susan Porter from issue #90 has been a real crowd favourite and we now have kits for this wonderful project back in stock.

Susan’s use of a contemporary palette consisting of fresh greens with turquoise and Wedgewood blues is what really puts the ‘modern’ in ‘Modern Crewel’. 

The kit includes fabric (unprinted), felt, beads, embroidery threads and needles.

Modern Crewel kits are available for purchase HERE.

Browse our complete range of Inspirations Kits HERE.


Having pointed Patrina in the direction of Heirloom Linen suppliers last week, we’ve now wrapped up all our current conversations. So this week we unpack our next lot of conversation starters and look forward to sharing what The Embroidery News Community is going to add to them over the coming weeks. 

Sometime ago we heard from Carol Lindboe ‘I started to learn basic embroidery stiches by buying a pre-printed set of pillow cases for beginners. Here are my dilemmas - how do I know what size needle to use, does everyone use a magnifying glass and/or light to be able to satin stitch? I have been working on this one pillow case for three months because I rip out stiches as I learn how to do them better. Anyway, I am looking forward to being good at embroidery and making something my children and grandchildren will love and keep.’

Pillowcases from Ryan’s Case for Smiles

We also heard from Shirley Hartland ‘I am a grateful recipient of your newsletters and I wanted to write to express my thanks for them and all the effort made to put them together. I find them both inspirational and therapeutic and I read them several times. I am a relatively new embroiderer so as yet I am still aspiring to reach the standard of so much of what is published but no worry, it is something for me to strive for! Would it be possible for those more experienced embroiderers to give some hints on stitching as I have two questions :

1) How do you manage to keep satin stitches even - is it just experience or is it the actual way you 'place' the stitch?

2) Am I able to prevent the line an embroidery hoop leaves on my work around where the hoop has been? I find that if I use an embroidery hoop there seems to be a line marked around where the hoop has been even if I take the embroidery out of the hoop after each use.

Maybe this would be boring to a lot of your readers, but personally I would be delighted to have some input from someone more experienced.’

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Well, Embroidery News Community, it’s over to you! Are you a more experienced embroider who can add something to either Carol or Shirley’s conversations? Your tips – great or small – will be much appreciated and will no doubt set them on their way as they work towards becoming more experienced embroiderers. And who knows, maybe your tip will even be something the experienced embroiderer can add to their repertoire?!

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Recently Can You Help? pointed Isabel in the direction of all things needlework inspired for her upcoming trip to Northern France. After sharing Isabel’s ‘Thousand Thanks’ and then adding a couple more places for Isabel to add to her list, we heard from Isabel again. This week, we close Can You Help? with another thanks from Isabel:

‘Even more wonderful suggestions!  I’ve altered my itinerary to allow an extra day in Paris, but I know I still won’t get to all the entrancing places people have suggested.  I will be poring over the maps to see how many places I can fit in.  I think I’ll have to hope for a trip purely dedicated to needlework shopping someday! Thanks so much to all the kind people who have given me such wonderful ideas. Isabel.’


Inspirations Issue #63 Now Added

‘Harvest’ by Susan O’Connor – issue #63

Printed copies of Inspirations issue #63, featuring a bounty of fruits and vegetables captured in stitch by Susan O’Connor, are now available for purchase.

Issue #63 is all about Classic Chic. 

From a superb bag decorated with graceful scrollwork to a stylish nightdress and matching nightgown, this issue includes 16 breathtaking embroidery projects showcasing an abundance of exciting techniques.

To purchase a printed copy of issue #63, click HERE.

Beautiful Needlework. Sold Here.


We’ve often referenced that one of the great joys of a stitchers life is using our craft to help mark significant events throughout the years.  From births, to christenings, to weddings, to birthdays and even in death, there really isn’t any event that doesn’t benefit from a touch of needlework.  Ann Bergman from Illinois, USA starts this week’s ‘What Are You Stitching’ with some beautiful monogramming for use when honouring the passing of a family member.

‘This photo is showing the end of a family funeral pall. Making the pall is not a new idea.  My friend finally told me I was talking of doing this pall for ten years when she met me and she and I both agreed it was now time for me to stop talking and begin stitching.  After reading my wonderful "Monogram" book, I was ready to try my initial design.  The B is stitched using the Trailing technique and centered on the short side of the fabric. The pall fabric is ecclesiastical linen, sized 6'x10'. After experimenting with different threads and sizes, I chose to stitch the initial in perle cotton #12.  More embellishment is planned before laundering, hence the creases and wrinkles.

Inspirations magazine is my all-time favorite magazine. My first issue is # 11 and my latest issue is on my iPad.  My stack of Inspirations gives me entertainment and focus.  I love to read every word and drool over every photo. Fortunately, I have been a student in classes taught by Jane Nicholas and Gary Clarke when they have taught at Embroiderers' Guild of America seminars.  My membership in EGA extends over 38 years.   Ann Bergman, President of Quinisippi Needleworkers Heartland Region of EGA.’

There is nothing like having a good friend to spur you on and hold you accountable for getting stuck into those ‘one day’ projects.  Great work Ann for making it happen, your letter ‘B’ has been superbly stitched and looks very distinguished indeed.

For those interested in monogramming, Susan O’Connor’s book ‘Monograms – The Art Of Embroidered Letters’ is available for purchase HERE. 

Next up Ria Sintnicolaas from the Netherlands has been stitching up a bit of magic…

‘This Merlin piece is something I made for my sister in law.  She chose the design because she loved the colours and it was wonderful project for me to create.  It was the first time I worked with little pearls and beads and I just loved the effect it had on the design, it made it very special.

Every week I see beautiful needlework in Embroidery News, some of it looks so real!  I love Embroidery finished in white and especially enjoy Reticella.  Best wishes to all. Ria.’

Wow Ria, they are both very striking projects and yet completely different design styles and needlework techniques to each other.  You have a great diversity of skill, well done.

Afreen Ahmed has sent in a whole collection of her work for us to admire, all the way from Africa:

‘My name is Afreen. I am from Bangladesh and currently live in Zimbabwe.

I am involved with the needlecraft guild in Harare. I have been doing embroidery since I was eight years.

I love embroidery and I also like to experiment with my embroidery. These are some of the things I have done recently. Enjoy and thank you. Afreen’

Afreen what a delightful range of projects you have created here.  Yet another talented stitcher skilled across numerous techniques as demonstrated here.  These are all really lovely pieces and your years of experience shows through.

Our final piece for this week is from Chris Evans from Neath, South Wales in the UK:

‘Hello, I have just finished this Quaker ball or the other name they are known as is puzzle ball. It was a pattern designed by Denise Harrington Pratt and is worked on 40ct linen, so rather small in size. I really enjoyed stitching it as I have loved doing miniature needlework for years but sadly the old eyes are complaining.  Many thanks hope you like it. Chris Evans.

These are such fun projects aren’t they?  This piece is gorgeous Chris, the colour choices are terrific as too is the quality of your stitching.  Thanks for sending it in.

LAST WEEKWhat Are You Stitching’ featured some delightful butterfly curtains by Joanne Crane from the USA.

For those of you wondering where you can get the pattern, we neglected to mention this project was featured in Inspirations issue 70 and is called ‘Flutter’ by Yvette Stanton.

‘Flutter’ by Yvette Stanton – Issue 70

Featuring the technique shadow work which creates a delicate effect of shading on fine fabrics, this project also comes complete with 11 individual butterfly designs which can be stitched as many or as few times as you like.

DIGITAL PATTERN of ‘Flutter’ is available to purchase and download HERE

PRINTED COPIES of Inspirations Issue #70 are available for purchase HERE

What Are YOU Stitching?  We’d love to see it… send your photos, a description of the project and a little about yourself including where you live, to


Did You Know Issue #89 Contains A Special Bonus For All Our Monograms Fans?

Following on from the huge success of the book ‘Monograms – The Art Of Embroidered Letters’ by Susan O’Connor, Inspirations issue 89 featured a project aptly named ‘Curtain Call’. 

While these divine lavender sachet’s enjoyed a cameo in the Monograms book, you can now own the complete 26 characters of the ‘Rose Alphabet’ that was published for the first time (and is exclusive to) issue #89. This is a beautiful alphabet, quick to stitch and can be worked in one colour or you can colour the rose any shade you like – don’t forget that Christmas is not that far away!

To purchase issue #89 click HERE.

Did You Know Julie Kniedl Came To Prominence After Winning The Stitch Your Heart Out Competition in 2014?

Don’t know who Julie Kniedl is?  Check out issue 42 of Embroidery News HERE or read her story in Inspirations issue #90, with her spectacular corn on the cob piece ‘Garden Fresh’ on the front cover. 

Are you the next Julie Kniedl we’re looking for? 
Enter this year’s SYHO needlework competition:

STITCH YOUR HEART OUT 2016 – Entries Now Open!

The biennial “Stitch Your Heart Out” needlework challenge is open to ANY SKILL LEVEL, ANY TECHNIQUE, USING ANY MATERIALS and you don't need to attend Beating Around the Bush to enter – it’s for everyone!

Whether it’s your own design or someone else’s and with amazing prizes on offer, this is a needlework challenge for every stitcher and their needle. New or existing projects, there is a category just right for you.

GRAND PRIZE - A full set of magnificent Au Ver à Soie, Soie d’Alger silk threads valued at more than AU$3,500 will be awarded to the overall winner.

This is a wonderful opportunity to share your talents with fellow stitcher’s so don’t be shy – we want to see your work!

For more information, including how to enter, download the entry form HERE



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Inspirations Issue #64 Now Added

‘Cupcake’ by Anette Drysdale – issue #64

Printed copies of Inspirations issue #64, featuring a gorgeous blanket decorated with cupcakes by Anette Drysdale, are now available for purchase.

Issue 64 celebrates Grannies, Babies and Afternoon tea! Discover pages filled with fascinating articles including the introduction of a new contributor, suggestions for embroidery on a budget, letters from readers around the world, an inspiring article about using embroidery as meditation and much more…

To purchase a printed copy of issue #64, click HERE.


‘Graceful Butterfly’
by Tanja Berlin

Stunning blackwork butterfly.

‘A Touch Of Beautiful’
by Johanna Rahkala

Striking silk ribbon embroidered bag.

To purchase click HERE


To purchase click HERE


Embroidered buttons


Amazing workmanship


Good enough to eat


" A cup of tea makes everything better."
~ Unknown ~


What: The Embroiderers Guild of WA | Stitch in the City
Where: Woogies Espresso | King’s Square, Perth WA
When: Tuesdays 11:30 to 1:30
Details: Tracey Hollands – or 0478 635 850

What: RSN | Peacocks & Pomegranates Exhibition
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When : to 22 Jul
Details: Click HERE

What: Wollongong Group of the NSW Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition | Through the Eye of the Needle
Where: Wollongong Art Gallery | Burelli Street Wollongong
When: to 11 Sep
Details: Click HERE

What: Shoreline Stitchers’ Showcase | CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Where: South Coast Botanic Garden | 26300 Crenshaw Blvd Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
When: 1 & 2 Oct
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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