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Love Embroidery Issue 4

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Love Embroidery is the monthly magazine that is a celebration of decorative stitch. It is full of creative ideas for anyone who loves – or would love to learn – modern hand and machine embroidery.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

Just as we switch up our wardrobe at different times of the year to reflect the changing seasons, so should we think about shaking up our thread palettes regularly to challenge ourselves as makers, and to bring new energy and surprises to our stitching. Summer is the perfect opportunity to adopt a bold and bright ethos when it comes to your threads, and who better to draw inspiration from than Chilean artist, Katy Biele, who’s no shrinking violet when it comes to colour? Turn to p22 for our exclusive interview with her.…

1 min.

Sun’s out… threads out! Well, that’s my motto anyway. With longer and brighter days to be had, it seems rude not to take advantage of all the extended embroidery time that summer brings, not to mention the exciting new locations it offers too. Poolside stitching anyone? One of the things I love most about our hobby is how portable it is, and at the first hint of sunshine, you’ll find me, WIP (work in progress) in hand, heading out into my garden or my local park – in between writing, of course! – for a little al fresco stitching. Right now, our borders are bursting with colour and inspiration, making it the perfect place for working up new ideas for the magazine, or simply losing myself in a project. Why not…

4 min.
we love

IDEAS INSPIRATION ACCESSORIES PEOPLE KITS Beach please! Make a splash next time you hit the shoreline or pool with Seville, Figleaves’ gorgeous new line of swimwear! Each piece in the collection features fruity embroidered details set against a dramatic (and flattering) black material, and there are plenty of styles to choose from too. We’ve got our eye on this understated halter-style swimsuit, embellished with citrus motifs and finished with a sweet crochet trim. www.figleaves.com Happy hour Serve your summer drinks stitched rather than stirred this summer with a super stylish collection of cocktail-inspired embroidery motifs. Free to download from the DMC pattern library, designs include a refreshing Lemonade as well as a classic Mojito, a fun Pineapple Cooler and, of course, this rather suave looking Grapefruit Spritz! www.dmc.com Editor loves Stitching onto clothes is a great way to add a personal touch…

7 min.
ice cream parlour

Mini treats SEW A LITTLE COIN PURSE TO STORE YOUR TREAT MONEY IN NEXT TIME YOU HIT THE BEACH Sweet sundae CELEBRATE YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH A CLASSIC DESSERT LOADED WITH EXTRA TOPPINGS MATILDA SMITH When our Art Editor Matilda isn’t lovingly designing the pages of Love Embroidery she’s an illustrator and keen dabbler in all kinds of crafts. Her recent illustrations have focused on the beauty of the tiny overlooked weeds in her local area of Bristol. She loves putting unexpected colour combinations together and relishes working with fabric and thread, having studied textiles at university. Creating the ice cream designs for this issue’s transfers was a fun exercise in translating pencil to stitch. Gelato blouse MATERIALS • Your gift – Ice cream parlour transfers • Cotton blouse • Stranded cotton: light brown, charcoal, chocolate, mint, light pink, dark…

1 min.
current stitches

Les Lauriers Elise Chu Miow Lin, aka Fukanō Kanō, has a special talent for linework. With just a simple monochrome outline she is able to recreate the spirit of sketching in thread, whilst also evoking stories and memories through her delicate stitches. And this striking design, called Les Lauriers – or Bay Trees – is no exception. A particularly nostalgic piece for Elise, it was inspired by the summer holidays she spent with her grandparents in the south of France as a child. It’s got us thinking about linework in a completely new light, and also how we might start recreating our own memories in thread… www.fukanokano.com…

5 min.
paradise garden

MATERIALS • • Fabric: 35x35cm, cream • Stranded cotton: see Thread Colours • Metallic thread: see Thread Colours (optional) • Transfer pen or pencil • Embroidery hoop: 15cm diameter • Basic embroidery kit STITCHES USED Backstitch, Chain Stitch, Fishbone Stitch, French Knots, Granitos Stitch, Satin Stitch, Split Stitch, Straight Stitch NOTES • Find the template on p58. Nature scenes are a speciality for embroidery artist Jessica Long, and this month’s cover project is her latest creation! The design features a majestic hummingbird hovering alongside tropical blooms. The little bird’s throat is worked in metallic thread, so if you haven’t tried embroidering with metallics before, here’s a perfect opportunity. You’ll find additional tips for working with these threads, in our Essentials section on page 52. 01 Before you begin, make sure your fabric is stretched tightly in the hoop. Not only will it…