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Inspirations issue 92

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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Can you believe that it is almost Christmas again - where did all those months disappear to? It seems as though someone put the year on fast-forward and we suddenly find ourselves counting down the last few weeks of another year. I hope that it has been a productive one for you and that you have achieved everything that you wanted to and more. One of the loudest and most often heard laments about embroidery is that it is so time consuming but what a wonderful way to while away a few hours, quietly enjoying the gentle rhythm of stitching while all the craziness of our world rushes on by. If you have enjoyed more than your fair share of stitching time and run out of projects then we have a…

yvette stanton

One of the projects she worked on during these train rides was a piece of hardanger embroidery she had designed with the goal of entering in the Nordic Needle Hardanger Competition. This winning entry was the stepping stone which lead to her first book Elegant Hardanger Embroidery, published in 2002. The second book followed soon after. ”I went to Ireland to research the beautiful floral whitework embroidery that originated from the town of Mountmellick. I invited my twin sister, Prue Scott, to do this book with me. Prue is an accomplished embroiderer with the added advantage of being a trained botanical artist. In many ways, for a book on floral embroidery, she was the perfect partner. After the runaway success of these first two books there was no slowing down. When the…

parasolerie hertault

A former costume-designer specializing in period dresses and corsets turned umbrella-maker, MICHEL HEURTAULT is a natural-born artist. The self-taught, perfectionist and fervent fashion historian produces spectacular pieces that convey his taste for beauty and enduring yearning for excellence. Poor quality deeply saddens him. A free spirit, he’d rather follow his passions rather than reason, a path that led him to create outstanding dresses and bustiers that forged his reputation. “Taking the time” in the name of quality, the ultimate luxury against mass-production, remains his golden rule and a daily challenge since he acknowledges that high quality is not profitable. Nestled in the Bastille area, his workshop epitomizes the made-to-measure experience, a service carried out by a small team that simply believes in producing the best utilitarian item, yet a super…

the crewel gobelin

Today, The Crewel Gobelin is one of Australia’s leading Needlework shops with an extensive product range available both in-store and on-line to their customers around the world. From their small beginning, the business moved from a house into a shop on the Pacific Highway, Killara in 1979 with Judy Jessop one of the original owners at the helm, and then moved to the shop’s current location at 9 Marian Street Killara with then owner Robin Holden. Under Robin and later Margaret Fisher’s ownership the business continued to thrive and many local stitchers have wonderful memories of attending embroidery classes and learning to create beautiful baby blankets and fine embroidery pieces with talented local and visiting international tutors. Margaret Fisher owned the business for sixteen and a half successful years. When Margaret decided to…

jenny mcwhinney opens her embroidery boutique ‘the bobbin tree’

Jenny McWhinney, a self-taught artist, has always had a passion for creating beautiful things; whether it be drawing, painting, stitching or sewing. Her work is predominantly influenced by nature as she creates her artistic reflections of many different animals. Jenny specializes in embroidery portraits that not only capture a physical likeness, but the essence of each creature’s spirit and personality. Jenny started publishing her designs in Inspirations – the world’s most beautiful embroidery magazine in 1988 and since then over fifty of her stitched creations have appeared in the publication. Jenny has written two books; firstly, a self illustrated book titled Thread Painting, Bunnies in My Garden featuring twelve of her well-loved rabbit designs. Her most recent book, which she self-published was The Redwork Circus – a departure from thread painting, exploring…

needlework tours and cruises

Maureen and Simon Laughlin have been running stitching tours for 7 years now and have over 90% of their clientele return to do another one. Maureen has led tours all over the world for 33 years and together, they are passionate about what they do. Each tour offers its own special selection of treats: indulge yourself with an included afternoon tea at The Ritz London, or book a relaxing massage in the spa at one of your hotels. You’ll have time to wander in Cotswold villages like Broadway, gaze at the famous Bayeux Tapestry, or visit Beatrix Potter’s home in the Lake District. Or you might shop like a woman possessed at London’s designer outlet centre, Bicester village. With the focus on needlework, events could include a guided tour of special galleries…