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Inspirations issue 90

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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use your imagination

Logic will get you from A to Z Imagination will get you EVERYWHEREAlbert EINSTEIN Can you imagine a world without painting or music, film, architecture, poetry, dance, fashion or even embroidery? All of these are things we regard as products of creativity – the ability to develop new and original ideas or things, especially in an artistic context. So where does creativity come from and why are some people regarded as creative while others are not? Creativity relies on imagination, the ability to form new images and ideas in the mind that are not perceived through the senses. Everyone has an imagination and we use it every day, sometimes without even knowing it, so why aren’t we all creative? Research tells us that there are many things that influence how creative we…

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beating around the bush is the world’s most beautiful embroidery convention.

‘It’s not easy being the world’s most beautiful. It comes with high expectations, intense scrutiny and leaves no room for complacency. And that is why we love it – it energises and compels us to ensure each Beating Around The Bush is more beautiful than the last.’Kristian Fleming CEO, Inspirations Publications Every two years, hundreds of needlework enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Adelaide, South Australia to attend this world renown convention. Why Adelaide? To host the world’s most beautiful needlework convention, you first need one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Adelaide, ranked 5th in the 2015 ‘Global Liveability Ranking Economist Intelligence Unit’ report, is an enchanting metropolis blessed with pristine beaches, picturesque hills and critically acclaimed wine regions, all within less than an hour’s drive from each other. As beautiful as Adelaide…

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maison sylvain le guen

If you hear the word ‘fan’ you may automatically think of an unsightly electrical appliance designed to keep you cool but cast your mind back a hundred years or so when the word described an elegant ladies accessory, exquisitely designed and decorated with watercolour, lace or embroidery. Known to exist as early as the 4th century BC in Ancient Greece, hand fans have been used for centuries to cool the user, to protect the face from the heat of a fire and to even hide from unwanted (or wanted!) male attention. Once highly desirable and expensive, beautiful hand-made fans are now quite rare and their makers even harder to find but look in the 11th arrondissement in Paris and you will find Maison Sylvain Le Guen. BORN IN ERMONT, SYLVAIN grew…

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a self-taught artist, mical aloni

TB I know that you started to embroider whilst at an agricultural kibbutz in Israel. What inspired you to create such a unique style of embroidery contrary to what others at the kibbutz were doing – I believe the norm was cross stitch? MA Ever since I can remember, my hands have been occupied in creating something. As a girl growing up in a kibbutz, I was introduced to embroidery early on. Although I proved to be a complete failure in decorating table cloths with cross stitch, I found that I could use thread as paint, and in an environment where art supplies were scarce, that was a discovery indeed! TB How did your embroidery help you escape the intensity of military life whilst serving your mandatory two-year military service? MA During my…

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between the covers

Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork Hazel Blomkamp Metz Press 2016 | Soft cover 176pg ISBN 978-1-928201-59-5 | RRP $39.95 Hazel’s passion for using innovative and interesting ways to utilise needlework stitches is well known to those familiar with her beautiful embroidery and in this book she ventures into the world of patchwork and more specifically, crazy patch. Long harbouring a desire to embellish crazy patch from scratch, creating everything that goes into it herself with needle, beads and thread, Hazel has written a book that showcases her vast knowledge of stitches and techniques. Beginning with an overview of the tools, materials and basic information required for creating crazy patch, the first half of the book is dedicated to the numerous techniques involved. Even if you have no interest in crazy patchwork this book…

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what’s on?

NEW SOUTH WALES The Campbelltown Group of the Embroiderer’s Guild NSW Inc supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre will hold their exhibition Eclectic at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown from June 24–26, 2016. Opening hours are 10am–4pm daily and entry is free. A large body of work created by members over the past three years along with a selection of ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Postcards in the style of WW1 era cards will be on display. The Guild are also holding a Sashiko Sachet workshop on Saturday June 25 from 10.30am–12.30pm. kristed@bigpond.com VICTORIA The 2016 Buda Contemporary Textiles Award is calling for entries during April and May 2016. There are three award categories: Open – Contemporary; Arts and Crafts Movement influence; and Student – Contemporary. The next exhibition will be held from…