Out now… available from WH Smith - the June/July 2017 issue of Stitch magazine.

Stitch 107 June/July 2017The essential hands-on magazine for creative stitchers, STITCH with the Embroiderers’ Guild brings you traditional embroidery techniques and also a wealth of creative contemporary ideas.

Through how-to-do-it projects and articles from many of the world's leading embroidery tutors and designers, get STITCH-ing and discover contemporary free-machine embroidery and explore traditional techniques like canvaswork, goldwork, crewelwork, stumpwork, blackwork and Hardanger.

Our mixed-media projects combine stitching with all sorts of materials and techniques – the list is endless and the only restriction is your imagination.

Our mission is to take you on an exciting, creative, textile journey…
• Suitable for beginners and experienced embroiderers
• How-to-do-it projects with clear instructions
• Explore traditional techniques and stitches
• Give your work the ‘WOW’ factor using innovative products

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Stitch magazine's editor - Kate Chappell - tells us about the "Capture Nature in Thread" issue:

Kate Chappel

It's no coincidence that the most popular subjects for embroiderers to work on are gifts from Mother Nature. Whether it be flowers, birds, animals, feathers or solioage, the colours and textures of thread and fabric are perfect for reflecting the wonders of the natural world. As summer has finally arrived we thought this was the ideal issue to bring the outside in and celebrate nature in stitch.

If you love flowers, you're in for a treat! Our cover star Trish Burr's beautiful Sweet Pea (page 34) is a lovely piece of needle painting that we can't wait to try. The design is based on the botanical drawings of natural history illustrator Lizzie Harper and her stunning work has inspired us to look to botanical and nature illustrations for design projects in the future.

For something altogether more zesty, the floral design by Polish-born designer Kasia Jacquot on page 16 will certainly make an impact. Influenced by the folk art of Poland, Kasia's designs are simple yet full of colour - perfect for embellishing any summer project. And talking of colour and zest, we met the wonderful textile artist Diane Gilder for this issue (page 24) and were delighted to find out that the designer is as vibrant as the work she produces. Diane lives int he beautiful Derbyshire countryside, with a wildflower meadow outside her workroom window, so it's no surprise to learn that her embroidery is hugely influenced by the bibrancy of nature.

In this "nature" issue, we're also really excited to have another design from the brilliant Ruth Norbury. We've never had such a popular project as her seahorse design from issue 105 (brought back by popular demand from an issue of Stitch six years ago), so we were delighted when she agreed to let us use her blue tit design as a panel project (page 20). Ruth's passion for animals and birds always shines through in her work, with an attention to detail that makes each of her subjects come alive in thread.

We hope you'll get a chance to get out into the great outdoors this summer and find something to inspire your own nature stitching projects. We'd love to see them in a future issue of Stitch.

Kate Chappell, Editor

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Sweet Pea by Trish Burr

On the Cover - Sweet Pea in Stitch (page 34)

This beautiful sweet pea design by renowned needlepainter Trish Burr is a joy to stitch. We think it would be perfect as an embellishment for a very special summer greetings card. Trish's design is based on a botanical painting by talented artists Lizzie Harper (

Trish is a self-taught embroiderer based in South Africa and is the author of several best-selling books on needlepainting. She teaches and hosts workshops and contributes internationally to needlework magazines and other publications. Her projects are based mainly in nature and her speciality is the light and shadow so beautifully interpreted in stitch. Trish's latest book is "Whitework with Colour". Find out more about Trish and her work at

The Future's Orange

The Future's Orange - A vibrant and zesty floral hoopwork (page 16)

Inject some sunshine into your home with Kasia Jacquot's vibrant floral design. Stitched on linen, the options for this folk art project are endless - a bright wall hanging, cushion cover or zip-up purse. Get creative!

Polish-born textile artist Kasia now lives in Sydney. Australia. Her stunning work is influenced by the folk art of her native Poland, especially the bright colours and chunky textures. Kasia teaches freestyle embroidery and has a wonderful blog with lots of folk art-inspired ideas. You can find out more at

Colour Pop Kindle case

Colour Pop - The second of our colourful Kindle cases by Jackie Cardy (page 28)

Jackie Cardy's beautiful "Summer Days" felt and embroidery panel can be made into a Kindle case but would be just as stunning framed. Incorporating felt-making along with both machine and hand embroidery, this project is a great way to try something different.

This colourful Kindle case is Part 2 of our "Kindle Case Two Ways" series. If you missed last issues's lovely Bargello Kindle case project, see P63 for more details on buying back issues of Stitch.

Jacky's website, is full of wonderful and inspiring felt works. Jackie also embroiders beautiful felt brooches and the link to her etsy shop can be found on her website.

Stitching Stamford Bridge

Stitching Stamford Bridge - an ambitious community embroidery inspired by the battle of Stamford Bridge (page 42)

The village of Stamford Bridge near York was the site of a vast battle in 1066 between the King of England, King Harold and the King of Norway, Harold Hardrada who wanted to assert his claim to the english throne. The local community, lead by experienced embroiderer, and Co-Chair of the City of York branch of the Embroiderers' Guild Shirley Smith have embarked on this project of 12 panels depicting details of the battle. Read the fascinating story of how the project came about, the history of the battle itself and how it has brought the community together.

Brush Strokes

Brush Strokes - Paint and stitch a whimsical vase sleeve (page 46)

Ellie Hipkin has created this beautiful vase sleeve, mixing colourful paint with free machine embroidery - it's the perfect summer addition to any home. Ellie lives in Brighton with her family and following her career as a fashion designer, she now works as a paint and textile artist using textile print, embroidery embellishment and hand painted techniques to bring to life the natural beauty and family life on the south coast and Sussex Downs. Find out more about Ellie and her work

Summer Sunshine

Summer Sunshine - Anne Pye's pretty summer panel (page 51)

Anne Pye's pretty summer panel is one of a collection of seasonal stitching projects showing a colourful window box throughout the year. Display it as pretty wall art or why not use it as part of a seasonal quilt?

Yorkshire based embroiderer and designer Anne works with textiles and 3D mixed media. Her work is inspired by colour and nature and quirky details.

Beyond the Stitch

Distance Learning with the Embroiderers' Guild - new course "Beyond the Stitch" (page 56)

The next in a range of online courses from the Embroiderers' Guild has now been launched. Following on from the two sets of basic embroidery courses, "Moving On" and "Another Dimension", "Beyond the Stitch" takes you to the next level. It is a longer course with 12 sessions which build on the previous experience of the student to produce original backgrounds to their work and to progress in an experimental way.

You will find the information on our website along with the requirements list for each course. You will also find a downloadable registration form. Go to, choose the box labelled Distance Learning and the the side bar for Embroiderers' Guild short courses.

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