Out now… available from WH Smith - the April/May 2016 issue of Stitch

Stitch 100The 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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WIN.jpgJanome FM725 EmbellisherSubscribe to Stitch and you could win a Janome FM725 Embellisher

The FM725 will bring out the artist in you, select from your palette of fabrics and threads and blend together to create unique textures and surfaces. It’s easy, by simply moving the fabrics freely under the needles you can quickly and easily create beautiful surface embellishments… watch your own design develop… anyone can do it!

The Janome FM725 helps to create fabrics which can then be sewn into a finished garment, furnishing or be simply used as a work of art. It has five barbed needles which mesh the fibres to secure two or more pieces of fabric together. Every design is unique… it’s great to experiment with colours, fabrics, yarns and a whole host of other creative materials… a fantastic use of all those scraps of fabric and threads that normally get thrown away! A built in needle guard is provided for safety and there is easy access to the lint collection area under the needle plate. It even has a free-arm facility.

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Kathy Troup, the Editor of Stitch tells us about this isue:

A magazine is more than just words on a page. The contributors who design the wonderful projects and write the articles in Stitch are, quite simply, superb. The people who work on Stitch are a small but exclusive team and they give the magazine its soul. The people who read Stitch are part of a value community and I've met many of you at the big needlework shows. You are also a vital part of the Stitch "team" and, if it wasn't for you, the readers, there'd be no point in producing a magazine, so thank you for all your loyalty and for your good taste and high standards, of course!

The 100th issue of Stitch is an amazing achievement as the magazine goes from strength to strength. I've edited Stitch since the very first issue; seeing issue number 1 on the news-stands was a joy - and a relief - but issue 100 is a milestone moment and it feels like the right time to take a step back and allow someone else to bring a fresh new eye to what must be one of the best jobs in the world....


Here are a few of the projects you will find in the latest issue of Stitch
Purr-fect Doorstop by Kelly Fletcher

On the Cover - A Purr-fect Doorstep

Welcome guests with a cat-shaped doorstop embellished with wildflowers - it's a modern take on a much-loved country style. A sandbag positioned in the bottom of the cat gives the doorstep weight while keeping it soft enough to avoid painful stubbed toes! The top is filled with toy stuffing, which gives the cat its shape. This design is taken from "Embroidered Home" by Kelly Fletcher.

Golden Insects

Golden Insects - Create a glittering goldwork showpiece

Worked in basic goldwork techniques, these shining insects create a glittering showpiece - and they're a great introduction for beginners. Designed by Alison Cole, a kit is available for this design from her website Alison is the author of two books that feature goldwork and stumpwork techniques: All That Glitters and The Midas Touch. Her latest book, The Stumpwork Masterclass, is a superb collection of raised embroideries, packed with clear photographs and fabulous projects. Also available from her website.


Dreamtime - Discover the art of needle punch embroidery

Needle punching is a form of embroidery worked with a special punch-needle which is not unlike an oversized hypodermic needle. It is threaded from top to bottom, down through the tube, and then back through a small eye on the needle tip (a needle threader that is about 15cm long is used for this). You always work from the back and the tool pushes loops of thread through to the front, making a pile on the right side. A hoop is vital, as the fabric must be held drum-tight whilst working this method. Closeweave cotton (calico) fabric is great to use and any smooth thread will work.

Dog Rose Shadow work

A Delicate Dog Rose - Shadow work embroidery stitched on translucent fabric

This design is by Jen Goodwin. Jen says "I've been embroidering since the age of 7, starting out with simple cross stitch andthen experimenting with blackwork and goldwork in my teens. I joined the Royal School of Needlwork scheme in 2000 and have been working as a traditional hand embroidery ever since. When I decided to start designing embroidery kits I wanted to create the sort of projects that I would have liked but couldn't find when I was a younger stitcher. I love mixing different techniques to create interest and texture. You can see all of my designs on my website:

Memory Cloths

Memory Cloths - Childhood

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn use memories as a starting point for developing a theme. They say "Many of us have UFOs (unfinished objects) and it's often the case that we weren't sufficiently motivated to complete them. When we're really engaged with the work we're much more likely to carry it through. We (Jan and Jean) have been friends for many years and early on in our friendship we discovered we shared many similar experiences. These selective memories can conjure up intense and exaggerated images that might translate into unique cloths.

Lynda Monk Vessels

Lynda Monk: a talent for texture

Discover Lynda's excitable approach to textiles. Deena Beverley descibes Lynda as "friendly and approachable like a virtual Mary Berry of the textile world, it's important to Lynda that people can't go wrong with her "recipes" even though the results are more Heston Blumenthal than everyday basic. A true force of nature when it comes to imparting knowledge, even a talk to a whole room of embroiderers contains an interactive hands-on element with audience members leaving with heads and notebooks bursting with ideas and exciting new techniques to try."

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