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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…

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winners of the stitch-in-turn competition

Issue 96 We are delighted to announce the winners of our Stitch-in-Turn Competition. They are Margaret Rutherford of Victoria, Heather McKeown of NSW and Nancy White of the USA.Thanks again to James Carter of Stitch-in-Turn for generously donating three of his beautiful wood-turned needlework tools for our giveaway. We hope that our winners enjoy many hours of pleasure using them. ■…

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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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pattern downloads

Gloriana Double Take Spring Delights Picture This Fairy Dreams Fantasia The Frog Prince Roses and Old Lace ■…

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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…

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sera waters

1 Telling Tales on Terry Towelling: Sweat, Stains, Glares and Piles (2017), towel, wool, cotton, button, handmade sequins, sequins, trim, found textiles, 90 x 50cm. 2 Fritz and the Rose Garden 3 Telling Tales on Terry Towelling: The Lost Flock (Foxy Tales) (2017), towel, cotton, wool, fox fur, found beads, found fabric, 120 x 75cm. 4 Sera Waters, Domestic Arts (2017), exhibition view, ACE Open. 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…