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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January/February 2019 issue of Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery Magazine January/February 2019

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

Every edition of Embroidery is a joy to work on but this issue proved even more exciting than most. Firstly, it's been a real pleasure to bring together such a divergent group of artists. We take pains to cover a wide range of textile and mixed media practice in our pages but as a new year begins, it feels timely to highlight work by artists who enjoy the expressive potential of embroidery. As the innovator and educator Constance Howard said back in 1973 (in our extract from the Embroidery archive on p66) "Stitches and textures without purpose become boring". So in this issue I really wanted to present a range of approaches - from the hand embroidery of Jordan Nassar and Pauline Nijenhuis to the free-machine stitch of Julie Heaton and Helen Banzhaf to the art quilts of Sara Impey and the multidisciplinary approach of Diana Harrison. Each of them has drwn upon life experiences and they have much to say between them: I hope you enjoy reading about our artists as much as we have. Finally I would like to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year. We hope that 2019 is your year.

Jo Hall


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Life in the Fast Lane Pauline Nijenhuis

On the Cover...... Life in the Fast Lane

Netherlands-based multi-media artist Pauline Nijenhuis embroiders works that contemplate the demands of modern life, in particular the ntersection between humanity and the technologically driven environment.

"My works are half painting and half embroidery - I work like a painter, always thinking of the compsition and how the paint will work with the embroidery"


Art & Soul - Jordan Nassar

Art & Soul - Jordan Nassar

Jordan Nassar was born and raised in New York City but draws upon the embroidery traditions of his Palestinian ancestry to ask bigger questions about life, love and conflict.

"Unlike a painter I can't mix colours. I collect every shade of everything I can find, so I have more colours to work with".


Drawn to Thread - Julie Heaton

Drawn to Thread - Julie Heaton

When a family tragedy struck, Julie Heaton took to the sewing machine, discovering strength and beauty in stitching, challenging realist works on a dissolvable fabric.

"I decided to try and draw with my sewing machine and make something that couldnt be corrected. I love my sewing machine, it's like my comfort blanket".


Just my type - Sara Impey

Profile - Just my type - Sara Impey

Former newspaper journalist Sara Impey found a unique outlet for her love of the written word in her machine stitched art quilts, which often reveal a compelling narrative.

"I like the idea of using the labour intensive method of free-machine stitched lettering, which is an absurd thing in its own right to point out other absurdities."


Zest for Life - Helen Banzhaf

Zest for Life - Helen Banzhaf

Following careers in fashion, design and teaching, Helen Banzhaf came late to textile art but ever since taking to free-machine embroidery, she's been fascinated by its possibilities.

"My vessels dangle in space and decorative patterns weave in and out of the forms into the backgrounds".


Back to Black

Pioneer - Diana Harrison - Back to Black

There is a quiet sophistication to Diana Harrison's work that speaks of strength and simplicity, yet her practice evolved out of learning and translating everything that she sees and feels both physically and emotionally.

"The mixture of print and stitch has always interested me - I like the tactile qualities coming into the flat surface of print"



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