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Out now… available from WH Smith on 29th March 2018 - the April/May 2018 issue of Stitch magazine.

Stitch 112 April/May 2018The 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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Aurifil ThreadsSpring has sprung, so refresh your stitching style with this "Birds, Bugs and Beasts" issue of Stitch! At this time of year, we all want something to help us feel a little brighter after a long, cold winter and we hope that getting stuck into one of the fabulous projects in this edition is just what you need!

Inside this issue you will find an array of animal-inspired pieces, including a gorgeous hare cushion and an adorable toy dog. While "bugs" do not sound immediately pleasing, you will be in awe of the beautiful projects that can be created from such simple creatures; just look at the incredible goldwork emerald dragonfly on page 45. If that's not your style you can spread your wings and have a go at a vivacious, multicoloured Indonesian songbird project, created with the beautiful Embroiderers' Guild collection of Aurifil threads. Each of these amazing projects are presented with step-by-step instructions, images and illustrations to help you along and there are templates on pages 61-65 to get you started. Elsewhere, read all about the amazing freehand embroiderer Chloe Giordano and her marvellous miniature embroidery. We're also giving you a basic guide to stumpwork tutorial, with an insight into the award-winning bespoke stumpwork artist Georgina Bellamy's incredible creations, alongside a sneak peak at the Embroiderers' Guild's own collection. We have some fantastic new regular features in this issue too, including your answers to our Facebook question and a shopping page sharing the latests embroidery accessories. We of course still have all of your stitch news, events, fantastic letters and a beautiful "Birds, Bugs and Beasts" themed gallery too!

We hope this issue puts a spring in your step; at least until our next edition (and our sensational seaside theme!).

Sally and Sam

The Stitch Team

Clive the Highland Cow

On the Cover - Clive the Highland Cow - Anne Brooke


Have fun free-machining this mixed media collage and try "doodling" in stitch. Anne says "Reflecting my love of animals and drawing, I have created this stitched collage as part of an animal series I have been working on. Suitable for artists with some experience and created out of paper and doodled into using a sewing machine, Clive makes a wonderful canvas to hang in your home or give as a gift".

Anne is a mixed media textile artist living in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, creating bespoke mixed media textile pieces that are combined with her love of drawing. She also runs workshops at her studio and gives talks, demonstrations and runs workshops for other groups.

www.annebrooke.co.uk

Indonesian Songbird

Indonesian Songbird created by Nikki Parmenter using the Embroiderers' Guild Collection of Aurifil Threads


Inspired by the plight of the Indonesian songbirds, this vibrant wall hanging certainly draws your attention. "Caught in a Trap" is an artwork Nikki created for an exhibition initiated by a gallery in Chester and Chester Zoo. Using the Embroiderers' Guild Aurifil Thread Collection this mixed media project highlights the plight of Indonesian songbirds and you can re-create it using the templates and instructions in the magazine.

Nikki's work offers plenty of scope for educational events and she offers gallery talks, demonstrations and workshops.

www.nikkiparmenterartworks.com

Embroiderers' Guild Thread CollectionSee page 18 for our special offer saving a third on the Embroiderers' Guild exclusive Aurifil Thread Collection selected by Ruth Issett.

Stumpwork

Focus on Stumpwork - an in-depth look at the technique that allows you to raise your game - Georgina Bellamy

Find a handy guide to all things stumpwork and read incredible stumpwork artist Georgina Bellamy's hints and tips. Owner of "That Embroidery Girl", Georgina focuses mainly on stumpwork and goldwork and she gives us an exclusive sneak peak of the stumpwork art housed in the Embroiderers' Guild Collection.

www.thatembroiderygirl.com

Alison Cole's goldwork butterfly

Emerald Dragonfly by Alison Cole - An incredible goldwork project

Displayed on a unique background of hand-dyed silk, this goldwork dragonfly really is something special. Worked in gilt and coloured purl, it features paua shell laminate and Swarovski crystal beads. Feeling brave! Why not attempt this project to hang in pride of place in your home. It should be easy with our simple step-by-step guide.

Alison is well-known for her beautiful work and has produced books that reflect her intricate style - "All that Glitters" and more recently "The Embroiderers' Little Book of Hints and Tips".

www.alisoncoleembroidery.com.au

Spring Style

Spring Style - bring a bit of nature into your home and try free-machining this handsome hare cushion by Jo Hill

Jo says "I wanted to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our wildlife and this 30cm square cushion cover makes a perfect statement with its vivid colour palette; a key trend in ineriors in 2018." This project is ideal to brighten up your living room this Spring.

Jo offers an exclusive range of cushions, lampshades and wall-decor as well as a delightful colelction of gifts, kits and homewares on her website www.johilltextiles.co.uk

Pocket Pet

Pocket Pet - a quick project for a fun present - a cute and quirky toy dog by Nancy Nicholson

"Growing up with a mother who was always making enchanting things I was reminded of the little pocket toys she would make for me when I was very small, made from little scraps of fabric and thread, buttons and beads. They were a little secret comfort on the first day of school or if I was staying over at a friend's house; just anytime I felt a bit wobbly".

All the templates you need for this project are in the magazine. See more of Nancy's work at www.nancynicholson.co.uk

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