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STITCH ISSUE 134: Dec 2021/ Jan 2022

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Kick-start your stitching mojo with the new issue of Stitch. It’s packed with all sorts of different takes and exciting makes to entertain through the winter months.

 

Get needle and thread whirring with intricate stumpwork cogs. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a bold tiger stitched in red for luck. Enter a world of make believe to create a textile nutcracker. Make a gorgeous wall hanging full of delicate appliqué detail. Fashion a fabric journal to record your year in stitch. Light up the night sky with a blackwork interpretation of the aurora borealis. Raid your recycling to make a wreath inspired by all things frosty. And get party-ready with a clever twist on traditional paper chains.

So many ways to brighten your days with beautiful embroidery!

Kat McDonnell

Stitch Editor

Projects


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AURORA BOREALIS

Alex Law translates the wonder of this natural phenomenon with mesmerising results. Follow her blackwork pattern to capture the shimmering waves of the northern lights dancing across the night sky.


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LIKE CLOCKWORK

Let Jay Hooper set your head in a spin with her interlocking stumpwork cogs. Enjoy embroidered engineering in sublime muted pastel tones, all topped off with a bit of bling.


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ON PARADE!

Shoulders back! Eyes right! Pay attention as Stacey Chapman breathes textile life into the magical nutcracker. Get your toy soldier ready for inspection by using appliqué and machine embroidery.


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COVER STORY

Anne Brooke has the year ahead covered! Learn how to piece together a fabric journal complete with blank pages ready to record your stitching exploits throughout 2022. It’s perfect for raiding your stash.


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YEAR OF THE TIGER

To coincide with the Lunar New Year, Joyce Wong’s clever design emulates the traditional art of Chinese paper cutting. Stitched in red for luck with peonies added for prosperity.


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OVER THE HILLS

Wrap up warm as Heather Everitt guides you across a wintery Exmoor. Stroll through hand and machine embroidery, appliqué, and reverse appliqué alongside the delights of Liberty Lawn fabric. Bracing stuff!


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ICE QUEEN WREATH

A spot of chilly festive sparkle from Jessica Grady. Her winter wreath shows how to transform discarded mince pie tins and shiny sweet wrappers into elaborate snowflake inspired patterns.


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LOOP THE LOOP

Brighten your home with a brilliant handmade garland of fabric chains from Ella Richards. There’s plenty of scope to play with different stitching combinations.

Inspiration


CENTRE STAGE

Film and TV costume embroiderer, Michele Carragher steps out from behind the scenes to let the spotlight shine on her extraordinary art.

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EXQUISITE CONTAINERS

See where members of the Embroiderers’ Guild would store precious things. The winning entries from the latest challenge amply demonstrate creativity thrives on a tight brief.

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HOW TO MAKE A TASSEL

Learn how cotton Perlé thread can be transformed into a fancy tassel in a few easy steps. A simple technique with endless applications!