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Stitch 117 February/March 2019Hello...

We're thrilled to see the days getting longer, hear the dawn chorus of excited birds and feel the sun attempt to shine again! Spring is nearly here and have we got a bright and bountiful issue of Stitch for you! Your theme for this edition is the human form which has proved so exciting to explore in stitch. To start, you can try creating a stunning free-motion beach scene, with silhouetted human forms playing in the sand. There's some marvellous mixed media in here too, with a stitched collage portrait tutorial that you can tailor to stitch your own loved ones. We're showing you how to create realistic hair using a few threads and basic stitches, as well as showcasing how simple black backstitch, with a splash of colour, can create highly intricate human muscle patterns. If you're feeling up to the challenge (made easy of course with our detailed step-by-step images and instructions) you can test your traditional technique prowess with a calavera (also known as a sugar skull) design that delicately intertwines goldwork, stumpwork and silk shading. There is also a delightful dancer's form to recreate using ribbonwork and an in-depth embroidered study of the human brain. Finally you can treat yourself to more traditional techniques with an Art Nouveau-style whitework side-profile design.

Happy Stitching!

Sally & Sam

The Stitch Team

The Beautiful Stitch - Embroiderers' Guild exhibition

The Beautiful Stitch - an Embroiderers' Guild Exhibition

As the starting venue for the Embroiderers' Guild's first travelling exhibition, Embroiderers' Guild Collection Manager, Dr Annette Collinge, talks us through the captivating Ely Cathedral and The Beautiful Stitch exhibition.

Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL

from 5th - 28th February 2019

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect - by Andrew Orton

This stitched picture takes inspiration from Kantha embroidery to create a unique and abstract portrait. Andrew Orton is primarily a figurative artist who works in a variety of mediums and his work can be seen on Etsy and at art events around Manchester.

Etsy: Andrew Orton Art

Instagram: @andrewortonart

Stitch 117 How to Stitch Skin

How to stitch skin - Catherine Hicks tells us about her art

Primarily self-taught artist Catherine Hicks gave us an in-depth understanding of her thought processes and techniques behind creating her different representations of skin in embroidery.

Stitch 117 Mindful Stitching

Mindful Stitching with the Oz and Belle Company

Mindfulness is everywhere at the moment and the company Oz and Belle have been ahead of the curve for years, running crafty wellbeing workshops and creating beautiful embroidery kits.

Stitch 117 - Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? - Try your hand at ribbonwork embroidery

Ann Stuart shares her lovely design inspired by her daughter when she started ballet classes. She tells us "stitching is my life and it totally consumers my waking hours. I have been stitching all my life, trying out lots of techniques over time. I am now joint owner of Busy Bees Patchwork Studio in Newport, South Wales."

Stitch 117 - Focus on Blackwork

Focus on Blackwork - Lesley Wilkins' new book and an interview with Emma Frith

Lesley Wilkins' new book Blackwork Made Easy explains this traditional method, its history, techniques, patterns and samplers.

Emma Frith creates original embroidered art, bespoke design, ecclesiastical pieces, stoles and is trained in my traditional styles including blackwork. We ask her about her work.

Blackwork made East by Lesley Wilkins available from Search Press

Stitch 117 - Circle of Willis

Circle of Willis - an unusual embroidery with couching

Firdusi Emmi Khan started creating her science-inspired embroideries whilst still at school. Since then she has been able to study both science through her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and illustrate what she learns using thread. Most unusual!

See more of her art on Etsy:

Instagram: @moleculart_

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