Out now… available from W H Smith on 27th September 2018 - the October/November 2018 issue of Stitch magazine.

Stitch 115 Oct/Nov 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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Summer is behind us and we're looking ahead to a cracking crafty Christmas! Unwrap this issue to explore a winter wonderland of incredible projects. It's the time of year where you're itching to get stitching glorious gifts for friends and family galore, so where better to find inspiration than right here! We present to you a trove of traditional techniques, from a heavenly hardanger Christmas tree to a sublime silk shaded holly leaf and berries. We've also got a tremendous take on blackwork, as well as a quirky raccoon hand embroidery project that makes a unique Christmas card. We're also filling your stockings with festive feltmaking; poinsettias that are perfect for decorations around the home, be it a wreath or your bag! Finally we have a folk-art postcard project to really personalise your Christmas wishes this year. Don't forget our fabulous features: this time round we're focusing on whitework, with an amazing "artic-le" exploring the many different ways of creating snow in your embroidery. We've got an inspiring interview on what it's like running a business as a determined duo and we're somehow managing to squeeze in our regular features, including news surrounding the 100 Hearts exhibitions, new stitching supplies and your Christmas gallery!

We know "yule" love this issue, there's "snow" reason not to!

Happy Stitching!

Sally & Sam

The Stitch Team

Christmas Raccoon

On the cover: A Christmas Carol by Jennifer Carson

Try creating Carol the Christmas Raccoon; a sweet design from across the pond. Who says embroidery has to be hung on the wall for people to enjoy? With this project you can send a unique holiday greeting by scanning the piece into your computer to make into a card, as well as have an impressive holiday decoration.

Jennifer is an award-winning artist and author who lives in Michigan, USA with her family. Find her online at or on Facebook


Festive Feltmaking

Try your hand at wet feltmaking and incorporate hand and machine embroidery to create pretty poinsettias, two small and one large, to decorate a variety of festive features.

Designed by Val Hughes, a freelance artist/designer working mainly with wool fibres, embroidery and mixed media.

Peaceful Wings

Peaceful Wings

An embellished angel created by Emma Frith, using blackwork techniques, inspired by the Christmas carol "It came upon a Midnight Clear". If you are an experienced blackworker, there is plenty of scope for adding more patterns and if goldwork is your thing you can go to town with flowers made from coloured purls!

Emma creates original embroidered art, bespoke design, ecclesiastical pieces, stoles and more.

Heavenly Hardanger

Heavenly Hardanger

Have a go at a simple yet stunning hardanger Christmas tree that's applicable to plenty of festive designs. At 16cm square it is perfect for the first-time whiteworker.

Carol Leather has been stitching all her life and designing since 1994. She teaches via her website

Christmas Cross Stitch

Christmas Cross Stitch

Give cross stitch a whirl with this simple yet effective hanging baubles pattern. This pattern is taken from Twenty to Stitch Christmas Cross Stitch by Michael Powell, published by Search Press.

Pink Ink Designs

Pink Ink Designs

Cathie and Mel of Pink Ink Designs tell us about starting their embroidery pattern company Pink Ink Designs. They create hand drawn embroidery patterns to inspire, colour, cut & create! Unique designs to display or hang.

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