Out now… available from WH Smith - the February/March 2016 issue of Stitch

Stitch 99 Feb/Mar 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.

Stitch 99 Feb/Mar 2016Our 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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Kathy Troup, the Editor of Stitch tells us about this isue:

I'm often asked which is my favourite issue of Stitch and I have to admit that the issue I'm working on at the time is always my current favourite. This issue certainly excites me as there's such an amazing selection of projects. The simplicity of Margaret Dier's postcard-sized sketches of London (page 28) is very appealing and makes me want to give the same treatment to landmarks from some of my favourite iconic cities, such as Edinburgh, York and Venice. Or I could even use the technique to create a postcard of my local area.

Chris Berry's historical replicas of embroideries from a woman's coif are fascinating and her step-by-step photos make the process very easy to follow (page 40). For anyone who prefers a contemporary slant to their embroidery, Thermofax screens offer some great opportunities - especially in thehands of Lynda Monk (page 46).

Shisha embroidery is always popular and Ilke Cochrane's "Shisha Flowers (page 14) are just gorgeous; I'd love to incoporate them into a stylised shisha bouquet. Of course there's a definate African touch as well, with Chris Gray's delightful notebook cover (page 20) and Mary Sleigh's African-inspired embroideries in "From Sketch to Stitch" (page 10).

The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted that the designers of two projects share the same surname; that's because Steph Redfern (Into the Trees page 6) is Chloe's mum(Birds of a Feather page 34). What a talented family!

It's maybe a bit too early for me to start a stitching dynasty as my beautiful granddaughter, Elizabeth Rose, will only be a year old in March. But I'm keeping an eye open for early signs of creativity.....

If you're from a stitching faimily, I'd love to hear about it.


Here are a few of the projects you will find in the latest issue of Stitch
Birds of a Feather

On the Cover - Birds of a Feather by Chloe Redfern

These pretty garden birds are a delight to stitch. You can choose which one you want to make - but you'll probably end up stitching all three! Each of the birds is worked in a similar way, so the techniques apply to all three. Threads and fabrics are all widely available from needlework shops and departments. Alternatively, raid your stash and use what you have. Chloe says "I'm very inspired by the landscape and the sea. Things most commonly featured in my work include birds, horses and other creatures along with trees and plants".

Into the Trees

Into the Trees - Woodland creatures enhance these simple landscapes

Designed by Stephanie Redfern - a textile and mixed media artist, see her website at and her blog at Stephanie suggests you can create a colourful series of hand-stitched pictures using bonded applique and simple expressive straight stitches and beads. Use fabrics from your stashand don't be afraid to try pattern against pattern for a lively effect.

Shisha Flowers

Shisha Flowers - Create a bouquet of shisha flower cards by Ilke Cochrane

You can stitch these designs as cards or create a bouquet of shisha flowers. You will enjoy using a number of special stitches, all of which are explained in Ilke's instructions - Fly stitch, Shisha Herringbone, Plaited Fly Stitch, Cretan stitch and Long-armed fly stitch. Ilke was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to England with her english husband. She was taught to sew by an elderly neighbour in the Netherlands and then discovered Hardanger technique through a friend, which she describes as "her needlework style."

See her website

African Inspirations

African Inspirations - Make a stylish embellished book cover

Stencilled and stitched, this stylish book cover is embellished with beads and handmade charms. Designed by Chris Gray, you can make a blank notebook or sketchbook a work of art in its own right. Items you'll need include cotton fabric, flet, stabiliser, metallic machine threads, and painsticks plus any embellishments of your choice. A full list of requirements is provided by Chris with the instructions.

Chris's book, Stitching Magic is now nearly sold out but she hopes to have more copies printed later this year. Her website is

London Sketch & Stitch

London - Sketch & Stitch - Simple stitches and tiny pieces of fabric create a beautiful postcard-sized embroidery

Margaret Dier completed a three-year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework where she learned all forms of hand embroidery as well as textile conservation and restoration skills. She had amazing stitching experiences at the School including handstitching popstars' shoes and being part of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress. She is now a freelance embroiderer and apart from designing and embroidering jewellery, she teaches and works at the Royal School of Needlework part time.

The simplicity of Margaret's postcard-sized sketches of London is very appealing and inspires you to give the same treatment to your own favourite city perhaps!

Chris Berry's Stitching the Fantastical

Stitching the Fantastical - Inspired by a woman's coif in the Burrell Collection, Chris Berry shows you how to embroider replicas of historical motifs

Inspired by a woman's coif in the Burrell Collection, these decorative designs are replicas of some of the motifs on the coif. The motifs on the original range from realistic but stylised flowers to an array of birds and animals, some fantastic, all very decorative. An unusual feature of the coif is that it is stitched entirely in coloured silk without any metal threads, which are commonly found on items like this. The motifs are outlined with stem stitch and filled almost exclusively with corded detached buttonhole stitch.

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

Stitch issue 100Coming in the next issue - issue 100 April/May 2016 - ON SALE 25th MARCH 2016 £4.99

  • Stitch a purr-fect doorstop
  • Linen & Lace
  • Casalguidi - a traditional italian technique
  • Winter Blues - a stylised sampler of stitches
  • Embroider golden insects
  • Explore Memory Cloths with Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn
  • Sew delicate shadow work

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