Out now… available from WH Smith - the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Stitch

Stitch 104 Dec/Jan 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…
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Stitch magazine's editor - Kate Chappell - tells us about this issue:

Kate Chappel

Well, the festive season is well and truly upon us. I've been full of good intentions this year - getting my Christmas cards sent out in good time, losing a bit of weight for those Christmas parties and cutting down on the number of presents bought for the children. Unfortunately I've failed on all three fronts already! Luckily there is still a bit of time to crack on with some lovely homemade gifts for friends and family. I love Mandy Shaw's festive redwork cushions on page 34 and I know my sisters will love it too. Bev McCullough's Christmas Bell design on page 38 will be perfect for granparents' Christmas cards and I have great plans for Madeleine Millington's colourful Angel panel on page 20. Of course, if all else fails I'll be heading to page 13 and our briliiant page of Stocking Filler ideas!

If I had more time I would definitely try to get stuck into our Big Christmas Project - Anna Scott's wonderful stumpwork Partridge ornament on page 16. Perfect for those long winter evenings, this intricate project will reward you with a tree decoration to treasure for years to come. I've only recently discovered Anna's work and I'm smitten! Her use of colour and modern twists on traditional techniques are really inspiring and I'm hoping she will be featuring in lots of future issues of Stitch.

Of course, you can always rely on our Stitching Icons series for inspiration and this issue is no different. Beryl Dean really is a legend in the world of embroidery and on page 24 we look at her work on the majestic Windsor Panels - a series of panels based on the life of the Virgin Mary, particularly fitting at this time of year. I never knew Beryl but always enjoy hearing stories of her formidable personality. She sounded like a real force of nature!

On a final note, I want to flag up the wonderful embroidery charity featured in Stitch news page 7. Stitch Sante Luce is a brilliant venture that teaches women in three poverty stricken villages in Madagascar to stitch beautiful bags, cushions and other homewares to sell. Their products are so colourful and joyful that I will definitely be buying a few to gift this Christmas. We will be featuring the charity and its inspirational founder, a textile designer and teacher from Scotland, in a future issue of Stitch.

All that remains is for me to wish you all an extremely Happy Christmas and a wonderful, stitch-full New Year! I hope you continue to explore the wonderful world of embroidery into 2017 and beyond.

Kate Chappell, Editor

Partridge in a Pear by Anne Scott

A Partridge in a Pear Tree by Anna Scott

Anna Scott's stunning stumpwork partridge ornament is the perfect project for long winter nights. Anna is an embroiderer, teacher and designer from Adelaide in Australia. She moved from fashion design to hand embroidery and has never looked back. From working on an ecclesiastical piece designed by Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, to developing best-selling embroidery kits, she never stops stitching. To find more information on Anna and her wonderful work, or to buy one of her kits visit

Windsor Panels by Beryl Dean

Beryl Dean - the legendary Stitching Icon

In 1969 Beryl Dean accepted a commission for the chapel at Windsor Castle, the result - the wonderful Windsor Panels - continue to inspire all those lucky enough to see them. Beryl Dean's unflagging influence is felt throughout the modern world of embroidery, both in the UK and around the world. She was a dedicated teacher - the Embroiderers' Guild have created the annual Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in her honour - a world-renowned artist, a passionate master of textiles and a force to be reckoned with. A true Stitching Icon.

Ding Dong Merrily on High by Beverly McCullough

Ding Dong Merrily on High by Beverley McCullough

This machine-stitched Christmas bell design is perfect for Christmas Cards but works equally well as a lovely piece of festive art.

Into the Woods by Jean Boath

Into the Woods by Jean Boath

Textile artist Jean Boath mixes her own photography with embroidery to beautiful effect. Here she shows us how to use trapunto quilting to enhance a photo printed onto fabric. Jean lives in Dalgety Bay, Fife. She has over 30 years' experience working on many aspects of textiles, specialising in printing photographs onto fabric but working in all mediums. Jean also gives talks and workshops to groups all around the Fife area. To read more about Jean and her work visit

Flights of Fancy by Catherine Thomas

Flights of Fancy

Lacemaker Catherine Thomas has designed this pair of intricate butterfly brooches exclusively for Stitch. We think they're the perfect stocking filler for someone special this Christmas. Contemporary lacemaker and embroiderer Catherine Thomas began sewing with her grandmother at the age of 5. She joined the Embroiderers' Guild, Victoria Ballarat branch in Australia in 2005, where she was introduced to the art of Needlelace and it quickly became her favourite technique. Her work has been exhibited in both Australia and overseas and has been the recipient of international awards. For more information on Catherine and her work visit

O Holy Night by Madelieine Millington

Stitch a vibrant and colourful felted angel panel. Madeleine Millington's folky felt angel first appeared in Stitch six years ago but she was such a hit we've brought her flying back as a Christmas present! Madeleine is a textile artist from Exeter. She specialises in folk art, creating beautiful pieces in bright and vibrant colours. She sells cards, kits and fabrics on her website

Home is where the heart is by Mandy Shaw

Mandy Shaw's beautiful redwork cushion would make a wonderful festive gift for a loved one. Mandy Shw is one of the UK's most popular stitching writers and designers. She is author of Celebrate with a Stitch alongside Kirstie Allsopp, Stitch with Love, Stitch at Home, and Simply Redwork. She is also founder of Dandelion Designs and the recently launched Redwork club. For lots more information on Mandy and her work visit

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