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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November/December 2017 issue of Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery magazine November/December 2017

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

As we approach the end of 2017, it seems fitting that the subjects of memory and history are a focus for many of our featured artists.

Primmy Chorley's life is the substance of her work. We find out how her hand embroidery is a personal response to, and record of, her day-to-day existence and the life she's chosen. Her work is hugely admired but rarely seen, so we are thrilled that she agreed to be interviewed for this issue.

Serena Partridge likes to play with our perceptions of fact and fiction in her artworks. Using her magpie-like eye for a cracking tale, we hear how she gave life to the stories that abound about Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth in a series of new works for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.

It is often those stories that are little-told or those obscrued by time that interest Nigel Hurlstone. Using machine embroidery, he constructs surfaces that further blue the line between archive images, their narratives and the constructed surface.

Throughout her practice Sumakshi Singh has worked with stitch both as a marker of time and as a repository for memory, particularly in those works she made following her mother's death.

Finally we have compiled a Christmas gift guide to get you in the mood for the festive season and some textile-inspired present giving.

Jo Hall


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Work by Primmy Chorley

On the Cover......Primmy Chorley

For four decades Primmy Chorley has shunned publicity whilst creating an extraordinary body of autobiographical embroidery. She says "My subject matter is the same year in, year out - my family, my cottage, the garden and the animals and I weave together my stories and words. The the work I produce is put back into my home. It becomes the resting place for my work as much as my inspiration and my studio.".

Jane Fairweather's work

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

Made by Hand - Jane Fairweather's three-dimensional embroidery has been going down a storm of late. This month Jane joins the makers showcasing their wares at Made by Hand in Cardiff. Other exhibitors include Ruth Harries, Claire Cawte, Michelle Griffiths, Ray Reynolds, Ruth Packham and The Little Wren House Factory. 3-5 November 2017. www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk www.janefairweather.co.uk

Hannah Ryggen

Preview - Hannah Ryggen

Though less well known in Britain, Hannah Ryggen (1894 - 1970) is one of Scandinavia's most outstanding artistic figures and the subject of a major exhibition at Modern Art Oxford 11 November - 18 February 2018. www.modernartoxford.org.uk

Serena Partridge

Embellishing the Truth - Serena Partridge

The exquisite small-scale artworks that form Serena Partridge's practice blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. A series of her new contemporary artworks 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 until 5th November. www.serenapartridge.co.uk www.gawthorpetextiles.org.uk

Nigel Hurlstone

About Face - Nigel Hurlstone

Embroidery is often regarded as embellishment but Dr Nigel Hurlstone is deliberate in his intention of constructing surfaces that capture untold and unknown stories within their threads. His richly constructed embroidered surfaces hint at powerful narratives obscured by the layers of time. www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/nhurlstone

Sumakshi Singh

Visions of Time and Space - Sumakshi Singh

New Delhi-based artist Sumakshi Singh employs embroidery as a means of exploring the margins between image and object. Embroidery in her creations has evolved from being an embellishment to complete works shorn even of the ground fabric. She says "For me, making art has been a way to look at where I am within myself and in the world: to process life, process the big questions about death and grief, beauty and joy"


Christmas gift guide

Christmas Gift Guide - compiled by our editor Jo Hall

We've got Christmas wrapped up with our compendium of embroidery and textile gift ideas for your loved ones or even yourself!


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