Inspirations Inspirations issue 98

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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so pretty

What inspires you? Do you love to wander through a garden or an art gallery or lose yourself in a wonderful book? Does music set your thoughts racing or is a robust discussion the perfect catalyst for new ideas? An interesting stitch, a fabulous range of colours or a beautiful fabric? Inspiration comes in many ways and from many sources but what exactly is it? The dictionary defines it as ‘the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative,’ or a ‘sudden brilliant or timely idea.’ The word comes to modern English originally from the Latin inspirare, meaning ‘to breathe into’ through the Old French inspiracion and then Middle English where it meant ‘divine guidance’. There does seem to be something truly mysterious about inspiration;…

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Please make a note of the following correction and insert into the respective magazine. Issue 93 Chatterbox The following sentence was omitted from the end of step 1 in the construction information on liftout pattern sheet 1: side 1. 1. Preparing the embroidery Centre the large piece of fusible wadding onto the wrong side of the pot embroidery and fuse in place. Issue 96 Noël The alphabet provided for this project on liftout pattern sheet 2: side 2 is too small. The correct alphabet is provided in the following pattern download. Next Issue Enchanting tooth fairy boxes for girls and boys in counted thread work…

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family ties

Kaitlyn’s first career plan was to become a midwife – “I wanted to be part of that special time in people’s lives” – but life took another turn as health issues forced her to give up her studies. It was during this down-time that she discovered quilting, patchwork and the therapeutic benefits of embroidery. A four-month solo motorbike trip across Australia, from Perth to Brisbane, changed Kaitlyn’s life. “I finally had clarity. The many hours alone made me realise the importance of the people in my life. Relationships are everything.” Kaitlyn returned to Perth and started her psychology studies. Her PhD research revolved around consumerism and environmental degradation. Mass-production and the lack of craftsmanship renewed her enthusiasm for embroidery and other time-honoured needlecrafts. “My great grandmother was adept at sewing and embroidery and…

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sera waters

AS A SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ARTIST AND ART HISTORY LECTURER, Sera started her career as a painter but soon transitioned to textiles and stitching. A scholarship in 2006 allowed her to attend The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court where she acquired a special affinity and love for blackwork, a technique she has now mastered and uses to great effect in her art. Sera’s deep interest in her own colonial history as well as its influence on the local Australian landscape–both social and ecological–informs most of her work. In 2016 she was awarded the Heysen Prize for Landscape for her work Fritz and the Rose Garden. In this textile work, she referenced her German grandfather, Fritz, who jumped ship in South Australia, settled in the Riverland and established an award-winning rose…

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a stitch in my heart

As well as the work created by those left behind, the wives, mothers, sisters and sweethearts of the fighting men, many soldiers and other servicemen from Britain and the present family of Commonwealth nations, took up needle and thread to while away the hours or, even more movingly, as therapeutic activity for those suffering from shell shock (PTSD). For the thousands of unknown soldiers, sailors and airmen from all over the world, for whom embroidery became a lifeline, and some of those who more famously lost their lives, such as Nurse Edith Cavell, who embroidered during her final days of imprisonment prior to her execution, as well as those agonising over the fate of loved ones, stitching was diversion, consolation and commemoration. Following on from the success of the One Hundred Hearts…

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a personal perspective

As the child of a military family – my late father was in the Royal Air Force, from joining as an apprentice in 1936 until he retired in the 1970’s – I have always had a huge respect for the men and women of all the services who have served in both times of war and peace. When I was contacted by SSAFA and asked to be a part of the “A STITCH IN MY HEART” project I did not hesitate to become involved. Both my grandfathers served in WWI, and thankfully survived, although my maternal grandfather suffered severe shell shock, or post-traumatic stress disorder, as we would call it today. My paternal granddad, Frank, pictured here in his WWI uniform, lived to enjoy his old age and, happily, I…