Issue 111

Referred to by readers as 'the World's most beautiful embroidery magazine', Inspirations is where you find the best classic hand embroidery by leading embroiderers throughout the world. Complemented with superbly styled photography and captivating stories, each issue brings a diverse collection of timeless projects from home wares and bags to gifts and accessories. A wide variety of embroidery techniques is presented with detailed and easy to follow instructions, step-by-step tutorials and full size patterns, making each issue a valuable resource for people new to embroidery and seasoned needleworkers alike.

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1 min.
line of held thread technique

This technique is used to create linear effects by holding long stitches in place along a line with couched stitches. It is usually used for relatively short lines. Bring the needle with the double thread up at one end of the line. Thread on the required number of beads. Take the needle to the back at the other end of the line. Secure the second needle with the single thread and bring it to the front at the centre of the line. Work a couching stitch at this point. Continue to halve each section of the line and couch until there is a couching stitch after at least every two beads. Couch between each bead if a firm line is required.…

5 min.
button bouquets

Drawing on the ingenuity of past generations for inspiration, the dainty, embellished rings that decorate this pincushion and tape measure cover are worked with techniques developed to create Dorset buttons in the 19th century. Pretty bunches of knotted flowers in blue and white sit within the covered rings and each button is attached to a background of natural linen that is further embellished with cross stitch. before you begin See the pattern download for the embroidery charts We recommend that you read the complete article and instructions in the pattern download All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread unless specified these designs use Colonial knot | Cross stitch Detached blanket stitch Needleweaving requirements Fabric 30cm x 38cm wide (12" x 15") piece of natural 28-count linen* Supplies 38mm (1 ½") plastic rings (2) 20mm (¾") plastic rings (4) 15cm…

4 min.
the alanakar project

“Being involved in the UNESCO Vital Traditions conference and workshops in Vietnam in 2001 opened my eyes to how I could use my weaving knowledge to assist others and be involved with artisans. It coincided with my travels to India and meeting various artisan groups, and led to invitations to teaching workshops in India, Pakistan, and Tibet.” LIZ WILLIAMSON Liz Williamson is an Australian weaver and academic. Her weaving journey and career started in the late ’70s. A few short classes led to a part-time course with master-weaver Gerlinde Binning, then to a Textile Design degree at RMIT in 1983. Liz established her studio in Sydney and later began teaching part-time in Canberra before accepting a position at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), UNSW to establish textiles on the Paddington…

24 min.
the hedgerow

Capture the pleasures of the English countryside with this delightful stumpwork study of sweetly scented flowers, bright berries and insects. Worked onto silk dupion with stranded cotton threads, the graceful sprays of honeysuckle, blackberry flowers and briar roses are interspersed with coral red rose hips and the garnet spheres of wild woodbine fruit. A common blue butterfly hovers overhead and a tiny ladybird rests on a vivid green ivy leaf. before you begin We recommend that you read the complete article See the pattern download for the embroidery design and templates All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread unless specified this design uses Back stitch | Blanket stitch Corded detached blanket stitch Detached blanket stitch Fishbone stitch | Fly stitch French knot | Ghiordes knot Long and short stitch Overcasting Padded satin stitch Satin stitch Split back stitch…

5 min.
my faded laundry

For Carol-lyn Jackson, words and threads are her way of expressing emotion and feelings about life, love, loss, memories, belonging, and home. Growing up as the oldest of four siblings, raised by a single mother struggling to get by, Carol-lyn remembers moving around a lot. “Always in the same city, but from house to house. Everything always seemed very unsettled.” Regular Saturday outings to the library and attending church and Sunday school were rare moments of joy and stability. “These experiences inform the use of words and symbols in my work today. I use words about searching and longing for home. The symbol of the cross represents a time when I felt at home somewhere – a sense of belonging. No one else in my family was creative. The only creative…

2 min.
the power of imperfection

Wabi-sabi is a term I often hear when talking about hand-stitching and sewing. The phrase refers to the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of finding beauty in the imperfect and the temporary. When working with fabric and thread it is somehow easier to accept and celebrate that nothing is perfect, and nothing will last when we often expect permanence and perfection in other parts of our lives. Wobbly and imperfect stitching, fraying fabrics, and an unravelling loose-end here or there seem to be expected when working by hand and while making something with love and care. It is as if we understand and accept our shortcomings and inadequacies, and do not mind showing our imperfections reflected in our work. Freehand stitching is rarely perfect, and that is okay. It adds to the charm. Japanese…