Out now… available from WH Smith - the April/May 2017 issue of Stitch magazine.

Stitch 106 April/May 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…
• 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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Stitch magazine's editor - Kate Chappell - tells us about this colourful issue:

Kate Chappel

Here in the wilds of the Peak District, the first few months of this year have been dark, wet and pretty miserable. So what better way to brighten up the day than planning a technicolour issue of Stitch. We've immersed ourselves in aqua blues, rich reds and sunny yellows to find some stunning projects and wonderful textile artists to inspire you. The world of embroidery has taken a real turn towards the vivid and the vibrant in recent years. There is obviously still a place in our hearts for the pretty and the delicate but a bright and unchu colour palette really lifts the spirits and reaches out to a new audience who might have thought embroidery was limited to pinks and pastels!

We love textile artist mandy pattullo and so were thrilled when she put together an applique panel project for Stitch (page 18). Her folk art influences and use of odds and ends, fabrics and threads make for happy, eclectic stitching and we hope you are inspired to take her ideas and use them as a jumping off point for your own colourful designs.

It's often when we start thinking about our own designs that our confidence fails. The choices can be overwhelming, particularly when we become used to following instructions written by others and it's easy to give up even before you've begun. Luckily there are plenty of wonderful textile artists out there who are passionate about teaching others and this issue features two of the best. First off is Karen Barbé whose recent book Colour Confident Stitching is a brilliant guide for anyone wanting to put their own colourful stamp on their embroidery. Read her tips and put them into action in a colourful hoop project on page 22. There there's the queen of technicolour stitching Ruth Issett, who we profile on page 48. The renowned artist and seasoned tutor is never more at home than when surrounded by vivid coloursand offers some sage advice to anyone feeling nervous about using the bold and the bright in their own designs.

It's been a joy to fill this issue of Stitch with a rainbow of projects and people and we hope they inspire you to make your own embroidery pop with colour.

Kate Chappell, Editor

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Mandy Pattullo makes pieces which are influenced by European folk art motifs and the appliqued designs found on nineteenth and early twentieth century quilts. Her thread and thrift ethos has allowed her to create this beautiful small embroidererd wall hanging from scraps of left over felt and some tweed taken from cutting up an old skirt. You can use the templates provided to follow her design or create your own and enjoy using simple hand embroidery stitches to embellish the appliequed shapes.

Hand & Lock

Hand & Lock

The oldest embroidery house in the world is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. We visited their London studio to see how heritage and tradition can flourish in the modern world. Hand & Lock's collection The Embellished Handbag, will be embarking on a world tour to celebrate the company's 250th Anniversary. Collaborating with the project were designers Agnes B, Alfie Douglas, Aspinall, Asprey, BVs Design, Globe Trotter, House of Holland, Hill Haber, Lost Property of London, Lulu Guinness and Patrick Cox. After the tour the handbags will be auctioned., the proceeds of which will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship and the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery. For more information visit

An Indian Welcome - A Toran

An Indian Welcome

Greet your guests with this vibrant hand-stitched Toran. Inspired by her travels in India, designer Gillian Travis put her own spin on a heart-warming Hindu embroidery tradition. Award-winning textile artist, author and tutor, Gillian is a master of colour and texture. Inspired by her world travels she uses applieque, print and hand and machine embroidery to create vibrant quilts, hangings and collages.


Joyful Geometry - A Kindle case with a colourful Bargello design

In the first of our Kindle case duo, Shirley McCann creates a show-stopping case using Bargello needlework. Follow her colour combination or have fun choosing your own vibrant palette. Brittany-based embroiderer Shirley McCann, has been passionate about textile arts since joining Northern Irelands's embroidery guild in the 1980s. Since moving to France she has founded a popular stitch group called Brittany Broderie, exhibited much of her work and begun a comprehensive programme of workshops based at her gite, Ty Louisette.

French Fancy

French Fancy - make a needlework tray with a gallic feel

This sweet little sewing tray with a distinctly gallic feel is ideal for keeping pins, needles, scissors and threads all neatly in one place while your work on your stitching. It is designed by Chris Gray - textile artist, author and tutor from South Wales. She exhibits regularly and teaches workshops all over the UK and Europe. Her online shop is Mabon Arts and she writes a popular blog Textile Butterfly.

Ruth Issett

Ruth Issett - the technicolour textile artist shares her secrets

When we started planning our Colour Issue of Stitch there was one embroiderers we knew we had to feature. We travelled to Shropshire to meet the undisputed Queen of Colour, Ruth Issett. Ruth Issett's passion for colour is infectious. "Colour is an art in itself" she tells me as we sit in her bright studio surrounded by dramatic reds, vivid greens, aqua blues and happy yellows. "So many people are scare to use them but I find bright colours so energising". Ruth is a member of The Textile Study Group


To Dye For - try your hand at the Japanese art of Shibori

For over 30 years textile artist Jane Callender has been exploring the ancient Japanese art of Shibori. The technique typically involves folding, bunching or twisting cloth, then dyeing it in indigo to create beautiful blue dye patterns but Jane is particularly interested in Stitched Shibori, where the cloth is stitched, then pleated before being dyed. The results are stunning with a distinctive geometric effect that only the stitching method can produce. In this fascinating technique guide, Jane shows us Mokume Shibori - one of the oldest methods of Japanese Stitched Shibori.

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