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Inspirations Inspirations Issue 106

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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17 min
robin hood

An excellent introduction to figurative stumpwork and all it entails, this dashing fellow, complete with bow and arrow, represents the much-loved figure of the English outlaw, Robin Hood, and incorporates wrapped wire hands and a stitched and moulded head in the traditional style. before you begin We recommend that you read the complete article See the pattern download for the embroidery design and templates All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread unless specified this design uses Blanket stitch | Bullion knot Corded detached blanket stitch | Detached chain Fishbone stitch | French knot | Ghiordes knot | Satin stitch Split back stitch | Straight stitch | Up and down stitch Wrapping requirements Fabric 30cm x 80cm wide (12" x 29½") piece of lightweight calico (muslin) 12.5cm x 37.5cm wide (5" x 15") piece of medium weight calico…

19 min
into the forest

Worked onto wool felt with cotton and silk threads, these charming sewing accessories would make a wonderful gift for a stitching friend or an ideal project for a budding embroiderer, keen to explore constructing three-dimensional pieces. before you begin We recommend that you read the complete article See the pattern download for the stump top embroidery design and templates All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread unless specified TREE STUMP PINCUSHION requirements Fabric 20cm (8") square of quilter’s muslin 7.5cm (3") square of firm cotton Supplies 10cm (4") embroidery hoop 10cm x 20cm wide (4" x 8") piece of green wool felt 10cm x 20cm wide (4" x 8") piece of dark brown wool felt 15cm (6") square of light brown wool felt 30cm (12") length of 26 gauge white paper-covered wire 6cm x 20cm wide (2⅜" x 8") piece of template plastic 10cm x…

2 min
loose threads

Idon’t aspire to minimalism, but I do like clean surfaces and white space. I appreciate art, décor, and fashion but prefer it with the minimum clutter or embellishments. I’ve always kept decoration to a minimum – one piece of jewellery, simple patterns, no extra frills or layers. Sophistication, I tell myself. But this philosophy is being challenged lately. I am reconsidering decoration, embellishments and surface patterns. My recent visits to Morocco and Turkey have opened the world of mosaics, zellige, Islamic patterning and other forms of surface decoration to me. In these countries, you would be hard-pressed to find an undecorated surface. Floors, walls, ceilings, soft furnishings and clothing are all covered in pattern. Mostly handmade and always intricate, these patterns are an integral part of the landscape and an…

4 min
words in stitch

Sydney-based twins and design duo, Maricor and Maricar Manalo were born in the Philippines but have called Australia home since they were two years old. “We had this crazy 1970s house, where there was different wallpaper in every room. The carpet was a crazy floral mishmash. We used to look at all the patterns and tried to see different things. It made us visualise things a bit differently – we saw things in patterns.” They both completed a Visual Communication degree at the University of Technology in Sydney, studying graphic design, animation, photography and illustration. At this stage they had no knowledge or experience of embroidery and had no idea that this would be their future. It was early in their career as graphic designers that they had the opportunity to work on…

5 min

Yoshimasa Takakura , a third-generation kimono maker from Kurume, a small city in southern Japan, dreams of using his craft to create harmony and a world as one. The Imagine One World Kimono Project was launched in 2014 with the aim to create 206 unique kimonos – one for each country in the world. The idea was born while Takakura-san participated in a fashion show in Paris in 2013. His kimono, fusing images of flowers by 18th century Japanese painter Ito Jakuchu with art-nouveau designs, received praise and positive feedback and he understood the ability of Japanese culture to respect others. The future of the kimono is under threat. Not only do fewer people wear kimonos today but the experienced artisans and kimono makers are ageing and dying out. Very few young designers…

6 min
threads of life

Clare Hunter is a community artist, curator and banner maker from Glasgow, Scotland where in 1986, she set up NeedleWorks. Here she works with people from all ages and cultures, using sewing as a way to celebrate local history, document community experiences and share personal concerns through the creation of wall hangings and banners. Clare’s stitching journey started with her mother who taught her to embroider as a young girl. “I loved the rhythm and the feel of it in my hands. Throughout my teenage years I carried on embroidering but also mastered the sewing machine and made most of my clothes from cheap remnants.” When Clare began working in theatre, she helped to design and make the costumes for these mostly cash-strapped companies. Later, when she started working as a community…