Love Embroidery Issue 9

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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love embroidery fresh ideas with thread

Finding what gives you joy is one of life’s most rewarding journeys. You’re probably reading this because you’ve already discovered that your soul sings for all things thread (ours too). Textile artist Ruth Hughes embraces that and creates wondrous pieces of embroidery, blending colours and textures to create harmonious pieces that speak straight to our floss-loving hearts. If you want to get lost in the textures of Ruth’s designs, you can pick up one of her kits at And, if you turn to p43, you can delve into the equally-brilliant textures of punch needle. IMAGE © RUTH HUGHES, WWW.WILDFLOSS.CO.UK…

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We all know the benefits of getting absorbed in our favourite craft – there’s something so satisfyingly mindful about surrounding yourself with coloured threads and fabrics, while watching a new creation come to life before your eyes. And if there’s one thing we learned from 2020, it was the need to be kind to ourselves – which is why I am delighted to welcome you to this brand-new issue of Love Embroidery, the very first of 2021! Packed with even more fab projects than ever, we invite you to sit back, relax and get creative with your needle. From a colourful folk art mandala and dreamy sunset to an embroidered tote and the cutest covered buttons, why not learn a new stitch or technique with us as we embark on…

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we love

All of a flutter You’d be forgiven for thinking that an oleander hawk moth just landed on this hoop for a quick rest. Ksenia’s photorealistic stitching is achieved using the needlepainting technique. Her work focuses on botanical and nature-inspired themes, with moths making regular appearances on her Instagram, @_vesna_krasna. She produces her astounding hoops to sell on Etsy – take a look and be inspired! To the point We’re not saying you need to add more needles to your stash, but really, what harm could it do? Especially when they look as cool as these black sewing needles from Pony. Each set comes with 16 needles of varying sizes and lengths, and the range includes sharps, tapestry, chenille and everything in between for all your stitching needs! To find a stockist, email Editor loves Anyone…

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In her latest book, The Book of Boro, designer Susan Briscoe shares the history and craft of, plus projects inspired by, the traditional Japanese method. £15.99 | David and Charles Bursting with bright colours and delightful textures, Becci Mai Ford’s new book Craft Your Own Happy is filled with mindful craft projects to make you smile. £14.99 | Pen and Sword Books With 120 stitches, including left-handed ones, Sharon Boggon’s Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery is definitely one for the bookshelf! £24.99 | Search Press…

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flowers for you

Got it covered SEW A PRETTY AND PRACTICAL IPAD COVER TO KEEP YOUR GADGET SAFE AND STYLISH Feeling floral BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO OLD FAVOURITES WITH QUICK WARDROBE UPDATES JESSICA LONG Jessica Long lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, her son and two cats. After working in biotech for a decade, she picked up embroidery to relax and feed her creative spirit while on maternity leave… and was hooked! Jessica has become renowned for her stitched pictures of animals, with tonal portraits, the human form and nature being recurring themes in her work. She embraces good health and wellbeing. @jessicalongembroidery…

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bouquet hoop

NOTES Stranded cotton: 1 skein each of coral, cream, green, bright green, forest green, light green, grey, lilac, pink, bright pink, dark pink, light pink, dark purple, light purple, red, yellow, dark yellow, and light yellow Unless otherwise stated, work in three strands of thread MATERIALS • Your gift – Bright florals embroidery transfers• Linen blend fabric: 20x20cm, light blue• Stranded cotton: see Notes• Embroidery hoop: 12cm diameter• Basic embroidery kit STITCHES USED Satin Stitch, Long and Short Stitch, French Knots, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Backstitch, Fly Stitch, Split Stitch 01 Fill the centre of the daffodils with Satin Stitch and dark yellow or grey. Work the petals with Long and Short Stitch in all the yellows and the cream. 02 Work the camellia in Satin Stitch using six strands of bright pink, pink and light pink. Outline in…