Embroidery Magazine

Whether you are a keen embroiderer or simply love fabric and textiles, Embroidery magazine is filled with ideas and features to inspire you.

Each edition is packed with colourful features on contemporary and traditional textiles, and keeps you up to date with news of the latest shows and events taking place around the UK.

Our diary and what's on pages show you what's hot, while our features delve into the vibrant world of textiles, fashion and embroidery - covering everything from craft to catwalk and more!

Our mission is to bring you the best of embroidery and textiles, talking to makers and stitchers who share their passion for embellishing the surface with us – giving our readers a unique insight into all facets of this sumptuous craft. In our book section, you'll find the latest books on fashion, embroidery and textiles.

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September/October 2017 issue of Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery Magazine September/October 2017

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

It's a question that artists are asked regularly. What inspires you? It can prove tricky to answer. The range of elements that make up an artist's work often make it difficult to identify a true inspiration. But ask an artist who or what has influenced them, and the answers flow more easily.

For Paula do Prado, a childhood move from Uruguay to Australia provided a cultural shift that occupies her practice as she teases out the interconnections between culture, race and identity.

Nancy Nicholson grew up with creative parents - Roger and Joan Nicholson were artists and textile designers both and Nancy is following in Joan's footsteps with her own textile design career and as an educator and author specialising in embroidery.

Likewise, when Ellie Macdonald's mother, a vintage textiles and clothing dealer, took her young daughter to Portobello road to help with the business, it sparked a passion for embellished surfaces and resulted in Ellie starting her embroidery career.

Jan Beaney is a name most are familiar with. Her professional practice spans 60 years and the influences are myriad, yet teaching, writing, family and a long and influential collaboration with her colleague Jean Littlejohn (currently both joint Presidents of the Embroiderers' Guild) prove to be the backbone of an extraordinary embroidery career.

For the graduates at the start of their career, it's too early to identify the themes that will direct their creative lives but we hope they go on to develop successful practices like those of our featured artists.

Jo Hall


Follow me on Twitter: @johalleditor

Ellie Macdonald's embroidery patches

On the Cover......Patchwork Passion

Ellie Macdonald's brand of embroidered patches has taken Instagram by storm, so much so that she now divides her time between bespoke commissions and small batch production for interiors and fashion. She works by the shorter, catchier name Ellie Mac and though patches are not all she makes, it is patches that have made her name, made the number of followers she has on Instagram rocket to nearly 36k, introduced her work to new audiences and grabbed the attention of both the press and new clients.


A Darker Thread Exhibition

Embroidery loves.............

A Darker Thread is the exhibition curated by weaver Laura Thomas at Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen (until 21 October this year). 12 contemporary makers were invited to take part including Eleri Mills, Rozanne Hawksley, Ruth Harries, Rhiannon Williams and Spike Dennis. www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk

Culture Country Cloth Paula do Prado

Feature.........Culture Country Cloth

Paula do Prado's artworks draw upon her heritage and tackle head on the themes of identity, authenticity, priviilege and belonging. Paula emigrated from Montevideo to Australia with her parents in 1986 when she was seven years old. She says "my work is fuelled by the ongoing tension between home and origin, foreign and citizen, the choice to stay and the complexity of return". www.pauladoprado.net

Gawthorpe Textiles - Luminary


A series of new contemporary artworks by Serena Partridge are on show at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection as part of its season of exhibitions and displays marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the charity's founder and renowned textile collector, Rachel Kay Shuttleworth. www.gawthorpetextiles.org.uk

Graduates 2017

Feature...............Class of 2017

Our selection of the graduate talent from this year's shows reveals the latest trends in textiles and embroidery. Each year Embroidery magazine turns its gaze to the new graduate talent emerging from the UK's textile degree courses. There is little doubt that higher education has changed over the last 10 years, as have the challenges facing new graduates. We highlight a selection of the fresh graduate talent this year.

Bird Dance - Nancy Nicholson

Feature...............Folk Like Us

Nancy Nicholson is following in the creative footsteps of her parents with her own design career in embroidery and the publication of her first book. Nancy has transformed her original folk-inspired designs into a range of embroidery kits which she sells through her website - the adorable Bird Dance Cushion is one of her larger, more elaborate designs. www.nancynicholson.co.uk

Jan Beaney

Feature........The Pathfinder

Jan Beaney is the first artist in a new series that profiles some of the most influential and respected tutors, artists and writers working in textiles today. Jan Beaney is one of the UK's best known artists and advocates of embroidery. Who better to launch this new series of interviews? Consistent, honest, scrupulous: three words that describe Jan's career. To those could also be added influential and inspiring. www.doubletrouble-ent.com


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