Out now… available from WH Smith - the June/July 2016 issue of Stitch

Stitch 101 June/July 2016The 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 has a new editor - Kate Chappel - and she tells us about this issue:

Kate ChappelYes, summer has finally arrived and with it a fresh face at Stitch. I should introduce myself - I am Kate, the new editor and I'm thrilled to be working for the most inspirational stitching magazine in the UK.

It's an exciting time for the world of embroidery as people of all ages and abilities are beginning to realise the possibilities stitching and textile art can bring. We already know how beautiful, colourful, versatile, creative and absorbing embroidery can be - now it's time to spread the word!

This issue, 101, is full of inspirational stitching, with plenty of projects to get your teeth into. Sally McCollin's beautifully detailed panel (page 30) is inspired by arts and crafts pottery by William De Morgan and features a whole raft of stitches and components to keep you on your toes. See it through to the end and you'll have a stylish cushion panel or the centrepiece for a very elegant quilt indeed.

If time is tight and it's a quick stitch you're after, may I recommend Sarah Homfray's charming stumpwork bumble bee (page 12) a charming chap and the epitome of summery fun - or, if you're not afraid to jinx the weather forecast, our simple but chic picnic blanket strap (page 55) would make any picnic a stylish affair.

Embroiderers' Guild Capability Brown celebrationBut it's not only our brilliant projects that are set to inspire. This issue is packed with work from some of the best embroiderers in the UK - marvel at the winning entries from this year's Embroiderers' Guild Members' Challenge (page 58) and the vibrant works being exhibited as part of the Capability Brown 300th Anniversary festival (page 40). You could even enter our exciting Capability Brown competition and have your own work exhibited (page 44).

Last but not least, it only seemed fit in this inspirational issue to include my own personal stitching heroine. So for a shot of colour, turn to page 24 as I speak to those who were closest to the wonderful, and much-missed textile artist, Julia Caprara.

So welcome to this, my first issue as editor of Stitch. Filling Kathy's shoes was always going to be a daunting prospect but I hope you're as excited about the future of Stitch as I am.

Happy Stitching!

Kate Chappel, Editor

Here are a few of the projects you will find in the latest issue of Stitch
Dressed for Dinner

On the Cover - Dressed for Dinner

Textile Artist Carol Coleman has mastered the art of combining beauty, colour and texture in usable objects. These lovely napkin rings will give your dining table a new lease of life. Specialising in free machine embroidery, Carol teaches all over the UK and has exhbited her work both in the UK and the US. She is author of Fibredancing: Brooches, Bracelets, Rings and Things (Word4Word 2007). For more information on Carol's work and workshops or to order a copy of her book visit her website

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Flight of the Bumble Bee

There can be nothing more reminiscent of summer than the sleepy buzz of a flower-hunting bumble bee. Stumpwork fan Sarah Homfray has been inspired to create this little chap - the perfect project for a lazy summer weekend. Award-winning stitcher Sarah is a tutor for the Royal School of Needlework and author of The Royal School of Needlework - Essential Stitch Guide to Silk Shading (Search Press, 2011). For more information about her work and popular workshops visit

Bags of Joy

Bags of Joy

We featured these lovely little drawstring bags in the very first issue of Stitch so we thought it very fitting to bring them back one hundred issues later! Made of silk and muslin - they would make the perfect gift.

Mary Sleigh, the designer, is a teacher, author, textile conservationist and passionate stitcher. Mary is an active member of the Textile Study Group, exhibiting and teaching throughout the UK and abroad. She has also written two books: African Inspirations in Embroidery (Batsford 2004) and Exploring African Themes in Fabric and Stitch (2009). For more information on Mary's work and to order her books, visit her website

A Piece of History by Sally McCollin

A Piece of History by Sally McCollin

Revel in the past with this Arts & Crafts-inspired embroidered panel.

Sally says, "An inspiring visit to Wightwick Manor gave seed to the idea for this panel. A beautiful piece of De Morgan pottery, featuring peacocks, inspired me to create this panel in his style. This panel covers a multitude of techniques, including hand applique, hand embroidery, fabric bonding, needle-felting and fabric painting along with further embellishments using beads and sequins. The surface of the panel is very tactile and dimensional, combining raised fabric sections, sequins, beads, coiled Desire Memory wire and needle-felted shapes."

Life's a Picnic

Life's a Picnic - by Kelly Fletcher

The sun is out, the sky is blue and it's time for lunch al fresco. Dig your picnic blanket out of the cupboard and keep it tidy with this very summery blanket strap.

South African embroiderer Kelly runs a successful online pattern design business. Her designs have been published all over the world and as well as Embroidered Home, she is author of The Stitch and Thimble, a 12-part digital embroidery publication. For more information on Kelly's work and publications, visit

Memory Cloths part 2

Memory Cloths part 2 by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

In the second part of our memory cloth series, Jan and Jean explore designs that remind them of home.

"You do not need to travel to far-flung places to find inspiration. Your own living space and locality can provide a wealth of ideas as long as you remember - the more youlook the more you see. We often do not see what is under our noses, and underestimate the design opportunities that surround us in our everyday life. Our houses, apartments and other abodes all harbour memories of every sort."

Issue 102 of Stitch (August/September 2016) will include the third and final part of this series

plus all your favourite regular features - Your Letters, Book Reviews, What's On and A Few of My Favourite Things

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