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Inspirations Inspirations Issue 103

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
clever clover

Every sewing kit needs a Point 2 Point Turner and this slender resin wand will help you turn out perfect corners and seams, and can also be used to create sharp, smooth creases in fabric and paper, making it the ideal accessory when making Perfect Love (pg. 40). The Hold It Precision Stiletto will do just that, hold tricky fabric folds so that you can iron accurately without risking a burn. The grey silicone tip not only grips fabric firmly but is heat resistant. The curved, pointed end is not only perfect for positioning threads but is indispensable for any task that requires a deft, precise touch.…

7 min
an apple a day

Who can resist a plump, red apple, splashed with flashes of gold and crowned with two green leaves and a stout brown stem? Just don’t bite into this one as it will leave a distinctly furry taste in your mouth! Stitched with woollen threads onto a base formed from felt and fibre-fill, this delicious looking piece of fruit will stay just as enticing forever. Stitch one for a special place or fill a bowl with as many as you like to create a truly spectacular display. before you begin We recommend that you read the complete article See the pattern download for the apple and leaf templates All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread this design uses Couching | Blanket stitch Long and short stitch Stem stitch | Straight stitch Wrapping requirements Fabric 20cm x 25cm wide…

8 min

Worked entirely in couching, the diminutive size makes this a perfect introduction to this technique, also known to many as or nué. The gleam of silver passing thread shines out between the stitches of bright, filament silk, catching the light and bringing the surface alive. A sparkling crystal rests at the centre, reflecting the colours and completing the design. before you begin We recommend that you read the complete article and instructions in the pattern download See the pattern download for the circle template All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread unless specified this design uses Couching requirements Fabric 16cm (6 1/4") square of white silk shantung 30cm (12") square of white cotton Supplies 6cm (2 /8") square of silver kid leather 6cm (2 /8") square of thin, fusible wadding 7cm (2 /4") square of 2.5mm mount board 2.5cm…

2 min
natalie dupuis

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”ALBERT EINSTEIN Later on in my 30s I attempted a stumpwork design from a kit and found myself unable to understand the instructions. I enrolled in a class at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at Hampton Court Palace, a short bus ride away from where my husband and I were living. From there my stitching became non-stop as I took more private lessons with amazing RSN tutors. After the birth of my first child I decided not to go back to work at the international school where I was a grade 3 teacher and literacy head, but instead, to start teaching embroidery. I began by instructing small groups of students in my home-based studio. Then it…

1 min
assembling the tassel

Cut an 80cm (32") length of B and thread it into the chenille needle. Take the needle through the centre of the six Venetian double half-hitch knots and pull through until both ends of the thread are the same length. Take both ends of the thread through the collar then, one at a time, up through the centre of the head with the chenille needle, using the pliers if necessary. Pull the threads firmly so that the collar sits against the base of the head. Secure the head to the covered board with the t-pin. Using the two threads, work fourteen Venetian double half-hitch knots. Using the chenille needle, take the two tails back down through the head, leaving a loop. Tie a tight overhand knot with the threads and weave…

2 min
ready-to-stitch kits

Maria Katarin’s Reticule Page 16. Counted work pouch with scissor fob, thread winder and ruler Kit contains: Fabrics, interfacing, interlining, button, bead, embroidery threads and needles Subscriber price: $151.30 Regular price: $178.00 An Apple a Day Page 28. Three-dimensional red apple using wool threads Kit contains: Fabric, wool felt, wires, embroidery threads and needles Subscriber price: $87.55 Regular price: $103.00 Prism Page 36. Brooch worked with Italian shading over silver passing, finished with a Swarovski crystal Kit contains: Fabrics, kid leather, wadding, brooch finding, embroidery threads, crystal and needles Subscriber price: $106.25 Regular price: $125.00 Perfect Love Page 42. Book cover with thread- painted tulips Kit contains: Fabrics, interfacing, bag batting, wool felts, fusible webbing, embroidery threads, beads and needles for the embroidered cover only Note: Lining fabric, beaded tassel closure, ribbon, board and papers not included Subscriber price: $356.15 Regular price: $419.00 Tuscan Lace Page 54.…