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ISSUE 79  | Mar 3, 2017

Hi <<First Name>>,

Cure For Anxiety?

All of us have foibles, ticks, quirks – lots of little idiosyncrasies that make us unique.  We also all have weaknesses and dents in our humanity that at times can get the better of us and give rise to feelings of stress, anxiety and even panic if left unchecked.

It’s curious that society often chooses some very unhealthy and unhelpful ways of dealing with our weaknesses.  Think alcohol, medication, drugs, violence etc.

It’s curious because there are so many other beneficial and natural ways of managing our responses to life’s challenges, and certainly exercise and relaxation methods like Yoga get their fair share of mention.

But what about needlework? 

Everyone reading this email will have their own testimony as to how needlework has enhanced their life simply by pursuing a hobby/artistic expression and before long the meditative benefits kicked in and guess what….? It makes you feel a WHOLE LOT BETTER about things.  The best part - it’s really, really good for you!  Now doesn’t that sound like something the word needs more of?

Share your needlework journey with us at



In the opening paragraphs of last week’s EN we contemplated what type of person stitching attracts and went on to state, that which many of us stitchers already know to be true, needlework eases the mind and soothes the soul.

We’ve since heard from Susan Threadgill from Jacksonville, Florida USA who finds needlework not only soothing, but allows her to connect with and look at the world around her in a different and more meaningful way . . .

‘I will never be a great or even a good needlework person, but when I pick up that thread and push it through the material, I feel connected to every woman both in the world and back through the ages. Needlework gives me the opportunity to slow down and meditate on what I am working on. Working a flower, a worm in the grass or a dear child gives me a chance to be so appreciative of the really important treasures in this world. Thanks, Susan.’

Susan, we love hearing how needle and thread has given you such a strong sense of connection to and appreciation of the world around you and we hope we’ll experience a similar sense next time we pick up our own needle and thread!


This week Embroidery News is all about Flowers, so we asked our online team to put together a selection of floral themed products for your viewing pleasure:


The favourite flowers and fruit of Queen Elizabeth I and her subjects, are stitched superbly by Susan O’Connor in the elaborate fashion and beautiful colours that give the embroidery from this era such long lasting appeal.

> Flowers For Elizabeth – Available In Print HERE


Lavishly illustrated in colour, with detailed step-by-step instructions accompanied by explanatory diagrams, Shakespeare’s Flowers in Stumpwork by Jane Nicholas will delight anyone interested in textured and dimensional embroidery.

> Shakespeare’s Flowers in Stumpwork – Available In Print HERE


Needleworkers enjoy a timeless love affair with flowers. Inspirations issue 89 features an abundance of blossoms stitched in a range of techniques, from tumbling garden favourites to more formal designs.

> Inspirations issue #89 – Available In Print HERE


Sweet Violets’ by Susan Porter from Inspirations #82 is an exquisite spray of stumpwork violets.

> Sweet Violets – Digital Download Pattern Available HERE
> Sweet Violets - Inspirations #82 Available In Print HERE


The gentle blush and graceful tulip shape of ‘Magnolia x soulangeana’ is perfectly captured by Trish Burr in this beautiful thread painted piece ‘Magnolia’ from Inspirations #68.

> Magnolia – Digital Download Pattern Available HERE
> Magnolia - Inspirations #68 Available In Print HERE


For those of you with the Inspirations 2017 calendar, you should now be enjoying the March project ‘Briar Rose’ by Julie Kniedl from issue #87.

Briar Rose’ has now been released as a Digital Download project.   

Why not preserve the splendour of the timeless briar rose forever by stitching this lifelike study?

> Briar Rose – Digital Download Pattern Available HERE
> Briar Rose - Inspirations #87 Available In Print HERE



As a nation, some of the many qualities the French are renowned for include beauty, style, and refinement.  So it should come as no surprise when a French needlework artisan creates a project that embodies all these elements in one beautifully elegant piece. 

Capucines’ by Catherine Laurençon uses vibrant shades of tangerine, orange spice, yellow and red copper to stitch the stunning petals of this lovely threadpainted lifelike study.

The name ‘Capucines’ is actually French for nasturtium, an easy to grow flower prized for its cheerful blooms and bright, green, circular leaves that can even be used to add a peppery flavour and fresh colour to summer salads.  Now that’s so very French!

You don’t get any more French than Catherine Laurençon herself, who is actually an officially acknowledged French treasure after winning the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France medal for her needlework skills.  Catherine was awarded this coveted prize in 2011 and the medal was presented to her at the Elysée Palace in Paris by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

When you admire Catherine’s extraordinary needlework it’s not hard to see why she deserves the ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ which translated literally means ‘Best Worker Of France’.

Not only is Catherine a talented designer, she is also a very accomplished tutor and all the step by step images included with the project ‘Capucines’ have been photographed by Catherine herself.

Her ability to break down and explain her spectacular piece one step at a time makes for an amazing insight enabling you to see the growth of the piece in one glance.  It’s also really helpful as a guide to see the order of work in this way, and get a close-up appreciation of how she changes colours, some of which is subtle yet extremely effective.

Catherine’s use of colour is one of her trademark qualities and is where Catherine’s flair really comes in. Her bold use of vibrant threads quickly grabs your attention. She blends different colours to perfectly capture light and shade, bringing a great sense of life into her designs accompanied with excellent detail.

Catherine teaching with Monique at Beating Around The Bush 2016

It was our great pleasure to meet Catherine and her husband at BATB 2016, and the reviews from students attending her classes were overwhelmingly glowing.  Working with Inspirations alumni Monique Johnson who graciously translated for Catherine, everyone in Catherine’s class was enamoured with her techniques, teaching style and of course her French flair.

Beauty, style, and refinementCapucines is all that and more. With so much to like about Catherine’s style of needlework, this glorious project is just waiting for you to stitch it to life.


‘Capucines’ by Catherine Laurençon from Inspirations #93 is a vibrant, threadpainted study of nasturtiums.

Step 1 – Purchase Inspirations Issue #93

Issue #93 includes all the instructions you need, along with step-by-step instructions, requirements list and full size pattern sheet.

> Inspirations #93 - Available In Print HERE

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The ‘Capucines’ Ready-To-Stitch Inspirations Kit includes everything you need to make your own vibrant nasturtium: fabric; embroidery threads and needle.

> Capucines - Ready To Stitch Kit Available HERE


Here are some ways you can enjoy even more of Catherine Laurençon:


Les Hirondelles by Catherine Laurençon is a delightful thread painted study of swallows stitched with stranded cotton.

> Inspirations issue #89 – Available In Print HERE


Butterfly’ by Catherine Laurençonis a fabulous butterfly thread-painted with vibrant stranded cotton threads.

> Butterfly – Digital Pattern Available HERE


Check out her blog HERE.


In keeping with this week’s floral theme, What Are You Stitching celebrates two beautiful art forms - flowers and stitching – and when combined, the two forms reach a new level of beautiful and who could ask for more?!

Full Bloom by Susan Porter – Inspirations #85

Before we celebrate the beauty of flowers, however, we need to offer a bouquet of apology to both Susan O’Connor and Susannah Whitney whose Pheasants featured in last week’s What Are You Stitching. It turns out the photos of their work were inadvertently credited to each other and for that we’re truly sorry. While it was definitely our mistake, the good news is that you get to enjoy their meticulous work all over again!

‘Pheasant’ by Susan O’Connor

Susannah Whitney’s ‘Pheasant’

Both Susan and Susannah took but a moment to notice the error and it made us appreciate how intimately a stitcher knows their own work. From the outside, both projects were accurate renditions of Jenny Adin-Christie’s original, but it’s the slight differences in design interpretation and stitch formation that makes each piece a true original and that’s just one of the many things we love about stitching!

Now onto the celebration of all things floral . . .

We first saw the work of Susan Hahn from Port Angeles in Washington, USA back in Issue #38 of Embroidery News (which can be seen HERE).

Since then, Susan has temporarily put away her crewel threads and has picked up her ribbon stash and celebrated the beauty of flowers through Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

‘I’ve been working on these silk ribbon projects since January, all from kits or transfers. The two vases of daisies are kits from China and the gazebo is a transfer from a vintage notebook I found at a thrift store. In any case, enjoy!’

‘As always, you are ALL truly an inspiration! And for the record, I'm a stitcher who isn't too picky about how the back of the embroidery looks, but a bit fanatical about the front. I also tend to be more traditional in that I usually fill in all areas with thread, so not so modernistic in my designs. My next big project on my stitching list for 2017 is a vintage Bayeux Tapestry Crewel Kit from France that I found on eBay. All the best to you, Susan S Hahn.’

Susan, we love your fanatical approach to the front of your work – it means your pieces are both realistic and yet playful all at the same time. It seems Silk Ribbon Embroidery could definitely become your stitch of choice!

This week, we’ll share but a few of the pieces by Amina Paruk, whose work is so prolific it will take more than one issue of Embroidery News to get through it all!

‘I now live in Durban, South Africa, but also lived in Brisbane, Australia for a few years. I’ve been a crafter ever since I can remember. My interests change from time to time as I discover new crafts. In the beginning I sewed and did cross stitch. I then moved on to surface embroidery and then ribbon embroidery. I have also done stump work and decoupage.’

‘When I moved to Brisbane I discovered patchwork and painting in acrylic. My all-time favourite has always been embroidery though. I think my hobbies helps me to destress and help keep me sane. All my embroideries are from Colleen Goy’s kits who has also been my teacher.’

Amina, your work is delicate, detailed and truly delightful! We look forward to sharing your other pieces in coming issues of Embroidery News.

Whatever subject you choose to celebrate through stitching, we’d love to share it with the Embroidery News Community! Email photos of your work and a few details about your stitching journey to



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The current issue of Inspirations Magazine includes a review of the delightful new book ‘Embroidered Home’ by Kelly Fletcher.  Here’s some extracts from the review:

‘If you are looking for fun ways to add a little embroidery to your life then this is the perfect book for you. Full of fresh, modern designs worked with simple stitches and appealing colours, it offers a fabulous collection of ideas for embellishing a variety of homewares.’

‘Given the simplicity of these delightful designs this book would make
a perfect gift for someone beginning their stitching journey plus it also offers a wealth of ideas for those looking for engaging projects that are quick to stitch.’

You can check out the full review, on page 11 of Inspirations #93, plus we now have stock of this new book available on our website.

> Embroidered Home - Available In Print HERE



The Grey Bird’ by Marie Suarez
from Inspirations #63 is an elegant cushion with enchanting bird embroidery.

Splendour’ by Angela Dower
from Inspirations #64 is a stunning cushion with silk ribbon flowers and Celtic knot border.

> Grey Bird – Available HERE


> Splendour - Available HERE


Check out these gorgeous projects by Jenny Adin-Christie:

‘SNOWDROP’ by Jenny Adin-Christie from Inspiration #76 perfectly captures the ethereal beauty of the true European snowdrop in this delightful embroidery.

> Snowdrop – Inspirations #76 In Print Available HERE
> Snowdrop – Digital Pattern Available HERE

‘BUTTERCUP’ by Jenny Adin-Christie from Inspirations #84 is a delicate whitework button brooch, embellished with pearls and sequins.

> Buttercup – Inspirations #84 In Print Available HERE


This is beautiful



A few simple stitches


Just look at these colours.


" The flower doesn’t dream of the bee,
it blossoms and the bee comes.
~ Mark Nepo ~


What: Undressed | A Brief History of Underwear
Where: Room 40 | Victoria & Albert Museum
When: to 12 Mar
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: RSN | Stories in Stitch Exhibition
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: to Aug
Details: Click HERE

What: The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show
Where: Olympia London | Hammersmith Road, London
When: 2 to 5 Mar
Details: Click HERE

What: The Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria, South Western Branch | Seasons of Stitching Exhibition
Where: Masonic Centre | Kepler Street Warrnambool, Victoria
When: 3 to 5 Mar | 10:00 to 4:00

What: London Calling – Quilts at the Library | An Exhibition by London Quilters
Where: Swiss Cottage Library | 88 Avenue Road London
When : 6 Mar to 15 Apr
Details: Click HERE

What: Fibres West 2017
Where: Cloverdale Exhibition Park Grounds | 6050 176th Street Surrey, British Columbia
When: 17 & 18 Mar
Details: Click HERE

What: Embroiderers Guild of Victoria - Castlemaine Branch | Colour Magic Exhibition
Where: The Mount Alexander Golf Club | Wimble Street Castlemaine, Victoria
When: 18 to 22 Mar
Details: Click HERE

What: Grampians Texture
Where: Grampians | Victoria, Australia
When: 18 to 23 Mar

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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