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Out now… available from WH Smith - the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Stitch magazine.

Stitch 110 Dec/Jan 18The 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

Stitch can be sent anywhere in the world so treat yourself, friends or family to the perfect gift that lasts all year. Inspiration delivered to your door!

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Here's what our editor of Stitch, Sally Saunders, says:

Sally SaundersHave you already been caught up in the festive frenzy that tends to strike at this time of year? Don't worry, we've got the perfect antidote to Christmas craziness with some lovely seasonal stitching. Yes, why not take a break from all that wrapping of presents and peeling of sprouts and instead indulge in a little bit of embroidery therapy to keep you feeling full of Christmas spirit.

This month we're celebrating the fact that this is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends by making this our family issue. We've got a couple of adorable animal family projects to make plus a glorious heirloom-worthy family tree quilt and a truly stunning machine embroidery design featuring elegant figures. This project looks amazing sewn as is, or you could even tweak the design to make it look more like your family group or create personalised designs for loved ones: they'd make an amazine gift on Christmas morning and be loved all year round. And because we just couldn't resist it, we've also got some last-minute sewing ahead of the big day, or even make a head start for next year!

One of my favourite projects this month is our family of Funny Bunnies on page 22. The original design and instructions are for a charming piece of nursery art, but we've also given you details of how to create a version of this project with the help of any children you're spending time with. We've taken out a few tricksy bits and added in a lot of paint splodging, so that you'll both enjoy it - and maybe even inspire your little helper to become a stitcher in their own right. I created the project with my two little boys and we had a great time, so turn to page 25 to see the results!

I think it's important to pass on our passion to the next generation, whether that's getting children involved i n sewing from an early age or inspiring adults to take up the needle and thread for the first time. That's why we are trying to feature a wide variety of ideas, from complicated, advanced designs, to projects that a beginner can master so that we can pass on the joy of sewing to the next generation. There's nothing better than sharing your passion and seeing the love we have for stitching grow in others. If you're making a new year's resolution why not make it to inspire someone to start sewing this year? That's got to be better than giving up the usual guilty pleasures - and means you've got someone else to talk stitching to!

Sally Saunders, Editor


Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

A Wintery Walk

Wrapped up for a Wintery Walk - use your sewing machine to create this elegant family portrait. This embroidery captures the beauty of a lovely walk through a forest in winter. You can trace our design, or tweak it to make your own family portrait.

Designed by Michelle Holmes www.archangelstudio.co.uk

On a Quiet Hillside

On a Quiet Hillside - needle felt an adorable mother sheep and baby lamb

Needle felting is used to wonderful effect in this beautiful scene of mother sheep and baby lamb standing quietly on a winter evening. You can almost hear the choirs singing "while shephers watched their flocks by night"!

Designed by Silvia Sapsford www.littlegemfelts.co.uk

Funny Bunnies

Funny Bunnies - all the family will enjoy making this sweet nursery project

Does anything symbolise the family more than these gorgeous little bunny rabbits? You can make this design as a lovely nursery decoration or we've tweaked it to make it a fun project for you and any little helpers you might have over the festive season.

Designed by Val Hughes www.valhughes.com

Family Tree

Family Tree - An heirloom you will want to pass on to the next generation

When you think of designs about families there is probably nothing better than the good old family tree. This one features both embroidery and applique, incorporating pieces of fabric with special meanings and memories attached to add even more character.

Designed by Louise Bell www.louisebellquilts.co.uk

Bloomsbury Baubles

Bloomsbury Baubles - Part two of our fabulous project using your own woven fabric

In the second part of our projects featuring deliciously dark Bloomsbury decadence which is so on trend this Christmas, we create some baubles you'll want to bring out year after year.

Designed by Jill Kennedy www.craftsontheweb.co.uk

Scrap Spectacular

Scrap Spectacular - the perfect design to use up fragments from your stash

Designed by Amy Butcher, smash your stash with this corgeous modern Christmas card design. Templates for the design in the magazine. Amy creates embroideries which are then turned into cards by greeting card company Bug Art. Amy used one of her existing designs as the inspiration for this embroidery. www.facebook.com/beaksandbobbins

Crafty Candle

Crafty Candle - turn a simple candle into a beautiful Christmas centrepiece

This elegant wrap, which is decorated with traditional Sardinian knotwork motifs, turns an ordinary candle into something really special.

Designed by Yvette Stanton, Yvette is one of the world's leading experts on Punt e Nu. www.vettycreations.com.au

A Christmas Star

A Christmas Star - Stunning festive goldwork from expert Alison Cole

Introduce some classic Christmas elegance to your decorations this year with this goldwork star. This project will work up quickly to provide an ornament you and your family can enjoy for many years to come.

Designed by Alison Cole. A kit is available from Alison for approx £20 plus postage. See her website www.alisoncoleembroidery.com.au

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