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Stitch 118 April/May 2019Hello...

Welcome to this wonderful food and drink themed issue of Stitch! We're filling your stomachs with the most delectable projects, followed by lashings of inspiration! We've got an eclectic selection of hand and machine embroidery pieces for you to try, starting with a stunning cocktail canvas collage to bring sophistication to any wall in your home. This project comes with a brilliant scrapbook-style inspiration page, so don't miss it.

Your projects are particularly on trend this spring with a crewelwork-inspired pomegranate design tote bag created using amazing Aurifil wool threads as well as a gorgeous goldwork cushion that will provide a designer finish to your furnishings. If you're looking for something a little smaller, we've got a funky miniature egg-and-soldiers brooch design with extra ideas for other tiny creations!

As always this issue is full to the brim with traditional techniques and more contemporary designs, including whitework and stumpwork.

Don't miss the latest embroidery news and our amazine reader offers of John James Needles and Aurifil threads. We also have a new subscription offer which is just £12.75 by half-yearly Direct Debit plus the first 30 orders will receive a gift of Aurifil threads worth £36.

So pick up your creative cutlery (embroidery needles and sewing machines!) and dig into this fantastic food and drink-inspired issue of Stitch.!

Happy Stitching!

Sally & Sam

The Stitch Team

A Tropical Touch

On the Cover: Create a tropical masterpiece

Learn how to create this incredible gold pineapple cushion and grace your home with gorgeous goldwork. A project that requires dedication, our detailed step-by-step instructions will help ensure the final project is worth it! Designed by Sara Rickards, a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework, she now designs and teaches. See page 24

Silk Shading Project: Botanical Beauty

Silk Shading Project: Botanical Beauty

Create a delicate silk shaded garlic flower design that is influenced by traditional botanical-style artwork. Foraged food is a growing trend and with spring comes beautiful and tasty wild garlic in our woodlands. Victoria Matthewson specialises in a needlepainting technique with silk floss thread, taking her inspiration from the flora and fauna surrounding her home in South Wales. Page 36 shows you how to create this design

Enchanting Ipnot

Interview: Enchanting Ipnot

We chat to the incredible Japanese artist whose miniature food embroideries are taking the world by storm. Ipnot works perfect miniature versions of food and drink from around the world in stitch - she tells us what drives her art and how she creates it. Read all about Ipnot's work on page 33

Focus on Crewelwork

Focus on: Crewelwork - an interview with Jen Goodwin

Jen Goodwin is a traditionally trained artisan embroiderer. She focuses on creating highly detailed and technical pieces, incorporating imaginative designs and naturalistic depicted themes. She is particularly enamoured with crewelwork and loves the freedom of colour and stitch choice you can have with this technique. Jen gives us tips and tricks for crewelwork on page 41

Spring in a Teacup

Project: Spring in a Teacup - Trish Burr's subline whitework

Embrace the joys of whiteworking with colour when working this tasteful teacup design by Trish Burr. Trish shares embroidery methods that have worked for her over the years in her beautiful new book Whitework with Colour. Trish believes colour is the key to any successful piece of embroidery so has used quite unusual colour combinations to show how different the same design can look when stitched in other shades. Instructions for the project are on page 47 and the template is on page 65.

What's the Scoop

What's the Scoop?: Funky pop-art ice cream design

Sarah Mannix loves bright colours and sweet treats so with this project she combines both! Add your own touches to this project to make your own sweet treat. Page 44 gives you the low-down and page 65, the template

KonMari Crafting-=

Everyone's talking about: the inspirational Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo (the name on everybody's lips) brings us KonMari crafting. Read our article to find out all about the KonMari Method of tidying and organising and how to apply it when spring clearning your stitching spaces. Page 50

Aurifil Threads Offer

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