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Welcome to the new-look Stitch! It's been lovely chatting to so many of you about what you want to see in your favourite embroidery magazine, how you would like it to look and the kind of projects you love to try, so this re-invention feels as much a labour of love for you, the readers, as it has been for us in the Stitch team. We've tried to recreate some of the energy, colour and passion for embroidery that we see every time we meet you at shows, receive your letters or see your beautiful work of embroidery and we really hope you love the end result as much as we do.
We've chosen some of our favourite projects and people to feature in this special issue. Renowned contemporary embroiderer Lou Gardiner is a particular inspiration for me and I thought of her as soon as I knew we were going to inject Stitch with a fresh and modern feel. I was lucky enough to meet her at her Cheshire studio before Christmas and she was as big a force of nature as her wonderful works of embroidery. You can read all about Lou on page 13.
Of course, Stitch is still all about the projects and we've got some great pieces for you to have a go at in this issue. My own favourite has to be Rachel Sumner's brilliant Puffin machine applieque' panel on page 20 - a colourful collage that will definitely brighten up the long winter evenings. There seems to be a bit of a coastal theme running through this issue in fact. Broaden your hand embroidery stitch repertoire with Ruth Norbury's Seahorse Sampler on page 40 or imagine an exhilarating beach walk as you make the lovely Ellie Hipkin's bright and breezy seaside cushion on page 36. And if all that sea air proves too much, snuggle up with Anna Scott's woolly hottie bottle bag on page 47.
These are exciting times for Stitch but as always our mission is to inspire you to take your embroidery to new levels. Here's to the start of a fresh, new stitching journey for us all!
Kate Chappell, Editor
Textile artist Delia Cecil uses free machine embroidery and a myriad of fabric and paper textures in her mixed media work. Here she shows us how to use stitch to create a stunning display of hydrangeas. Award-winning Delia lives near the Suffolk coast and her work is influenced by her love of wildlife and nature. She uses free machine embroidery and applique' in much of her mixed media work and is currently experimenting with naturally dyed fabrics in her pieces. She is a member of TAGS (Textile Art Group Suffolk) and is also one half of Running with Scissors, a textile art duo alongside Jennie Callomon. To find out more about Delia and her work visit www.deliacecil.co.uk.
Practise your embroidery applique' with this vibrant puffin. Rachel's eye-catching puffin uses scraps of fabric and creative machine stitching to wonderful effect. A colourful project to treasure. Rachel says "Though few of us have seen one in real life, puffins are universally popular and regarded as great characters. I want the puffin to hold our attention at the centre of a bright, bold image. This is a simple project, where the background is composed by eye, responding to the fabrics, making them work together, before layering them into a seascape." This project was taken from Stitched Textiles: Birds by Rachel Sumner published by Search Press. See more of Rachel's work at www.rachelsumner.org
From Sketch to Stitch - Monika Kinner-Whalen transforms a doodle into a stunning yarn embroidery. A doodle with her children's oil pastels inspired Canadian embroidery artist Monika Kinner-Whalen to create a riot of colour in yarns. Award winning Monika is an embroiderer, artist and photographer from Saskatoon in Canada, specialising in freestyle embroidery. Her work is heavily influenced by her passion for the prairies and landscapes of her home province of Saskatchewan. See Monika's website www.mysweetprairie.ca for more information.
Bring a touch of the sea to your sofa with these stylish cushions. Designer Ellie Hipkin brings the seaside inside with her beautiful free machine embroidered cushion covers. Ellie is an artist, designer and embroiderer who lives in Brighton with her family. Following her career as a fashion designer, she now works as a paint and textile artist using textile print, embroidery, embellishment and hand painted techniques to bring to life the natural beauty and family life on the South coast and Sussex Downs. To find out more about Ellie and her work visit www.freyelli.com.
Ruth Norbury's gorgeous seahorse is a melting pot of hand embroidery stitches and a lovely piece of textile art. Ruth has been embroidering since she was little and has been sewing professionally since leaving university in 2000. She enjoys the simplicity of working with stranded cottons, preferring the detailed realistic style of embroidery. Ruth's work is heavily influenced by her love of nature and her passion for animal rights. She says "I want hand embroidery to be seen in a new light - it can be controversial, it can make you think. It is not all crinoline ladies and tablecloths". www.ruthnorbury.com
Try your hand at silk ribbon embroidery with this pretty panel. Ribbon embroidery is an exquisite way to create tactile and textured pieces. In her book Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork (published by Search Press) Di Van Niekerk shows how to create a wonderful floral sampler. We've chosen our favourite panel to get you started. Di is a prominent fibre artist, embroiderer and teacher from South Africa. She is the author of eleven best-selling books on needlecrafts and has her own range of silk/organza ribbon and printed panels. www.dicraft.co.za
Snuggle up 'til Spring with this woolly hotwater bottle bag. Anna Scott's cosy hotwater bottle bag will brighten up your winter bedroom. 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 Margrethe 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 www.annascottembroidery.com.au