Inspirations Inspirations issue 96

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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One of the magical things about embroidery is that there always seems to be something new – a new stitch, a new technique, a new way of doing something or a new fabric or thread and in this issue we have five new contributors! A new contributor is always exciting as they bring fresh designs, new techniques and ideas and, best of all, they add their skills and experience to our embroidery community, broadening our knowledge and opening new doors. Do you know what cartonnage is? Historically it is the material that Egyptian mummy cases were constructed from but what does it have to do with embroidery? Do you know how to stitch a strawberry? How do you create something plump and luscious that looks good enough to eat with a…

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free spirit

TILLEKE IS A DUTCH ARTIST with a special affinity for cats, textiles and words, in no particular order. Most of her work includes all three of these elements, and a whole lot more. “I am inspired and influenced by American pop art, Dutch traditional samplers, daily life, cats, flowers, mass media, the FLUXUS art movement, poetry, and the oddities of life. Actually, anything that moves intrigues me.” “I LOVE POETRY AND RELATE TO IT, NOT BY QUOTING LINES INMY WORK, BUT THROUGH THE INSPIRATION THAT IS OFFERED BYTHE FREE SPIRIT OF POETS.” Tilleke creates embroidered works of art which grow over the few months it takes her to complete a piece. Her work is a conglomeration of images, words, ideas, doodles and stories collected from the media, nature, art, and... life. After studying…

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the quaker tapestry

Often compared to the Bayeux Tapestry in its technique, the Quaker Tapestry is a celebration of Quakerism across the centuries reflecting a faith built around peace, honesty, integrity and equality. It inspires all those who see it, moving some to tears, and it continues to encourage others to produce their own community embroideries including Australian Quaker and craftswoman Verley Kelliher. In 2005 Verley was helping out as a steward at the Quaker Tapestry and having witnessed visitor responses to the panels she returned home with an idea of creating an Australian Quaker Tapestry. Funds were raised and in 2007 workshops were set up to start the process, led by embroidery expert and UK Quaker Tapestry Museum Manager Bridget Guest. The many panelled Australian Quaker Tapestry is still in production and…

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between the covers

Modern Folk Embroidery Nancy Nicholson | David and Charles 2016 | Soft Cover 128 pg | ISBN 978-1-4463-0629-1 | RRP AU$32.95 You may be familiar with Nancy Nicholson’s cheerful embroidery kits featuring birds and cats. This book presents thirty contemporary project ideas featuring her folk art inspired designs with a Scandinavian flavour. Fresh, vibrant colours are used along with the warmth of felt, and the cute projects will brighten any space. Tools and materials needed are straight forward, and threads and fabrics are only suggestions. The idea is to be guided by the colours indicated and use the materials that you prefer. Fifty embroidery stitches are set out in a library of eight stitch families, using diagrams to show how to work the basic stitch and a number of variations that create different…

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rsn & lady anne’s needlework retreats new talent programme

IF YOU ARE AN HISTORIC NEEDLEWORK ENTHUSIAST, a visit to the UK must surely be on your bucket list. Britain’s long and dynamic trading history has resulted in a rich textile heritage that can’t fail to inspire. Phillipa and Laura Turnbull of Lady Anne’s Needlework Retreats know well how deep this heritage goes. With local knowledge and an impressive contact list giving them access to the best historic needlework held in private collection, they have been able to set the bar very high when it comes to needlework experiences in the UK and Ireland. Yet, despite their fascination with the past, it is the future of hand embroidery which most concerns this mother and daughter duo. This month they have announced a new partnership with The Royal School of Needlework which…

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what’s on?

NEW SOUTH WALES The Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street Darling Harbour has recently unveiled a stunning large-scale embroidered work by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse that illustrates the tragic story of the wreck of the Dutch East India Company flagship Batavia in 1629 and will be on display until October 29, 2017. Further information is available from anmm.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/the-batavia-tapestry/ Museum opening hours and information can be found at www.anmm.gov.au/ QUEENSLAND The original artworks from Jeannie Baker’s latest book, Circle, will be the subject of an exhibition at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane from December 11–February 25, 2018. Illustrated with beautifully detailed and textured collages, the book follows the 11,000 km migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit from Australia through Southeast Asia to its breeding grounds in Alaska and back to Australia. Further…