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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March/April 2018 issue of Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery Magazine March/April 2018

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

2018 is the 86th year that the Embroiderers' Guild has published Embroidery. It's an extraordinary feat, not solely within craft publishing but the industry in general and the title remains an important part of Guild activities. Our March issue lines up an amazing range of contemporary textile talent - from established artists to newcomers. Two of our featured artists use the "Irish", an industrial Singer sewing machine capable of producing a wide luscious satin stitch, which in the right hands can imitate hand embroidery beautifully. As you'll see, Kate Wells and Rhiannon Williams both use the Irish in very different ways to extraordinary effect. Our "pioneers of embroidery" series started with Jan Beaney in September and continues this month with the author and artist Anne Morrell, who reflects upon her long career as a selection of her hand-embroidered works go on show at Goldsmiths. Caitlin Hinshelwood's work caught our eye at her recent exhibition, both for her colourful hangings and for her research into the fascinating stories of women mill workers, on which they are based. Meanwhile the self-taught embroiderer Paulina Bartnik has gained an online following for her acutely observed hand embroidered images of birds. Last but not least, it was high time we interviewed Anne Kelly about her fascinating journey, which took her from Canada to the UK and from teaching to becoming an artist. Each of our unique artists shares their story - we hope you enjoy reading them.

Jo Hall


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Rhiannon Williams

On the Cover...... Rhiannon Williams

In her studio in Herefordshire Rhiannon Williams embroiders stories which resonate with references to literary symbolism and the complexity of modern life. She says "The great thing about textiles is that you can make different pieces and bring them together. I keep making different figures and animals. They are like tools ready for when I want to bring a story together". www.rhiannonwilliams.co.uk

Fashioned from Nature


"Fashioned from Nature", the V & A's latest major textile exhibition, will showcase 300 beautiful, intriguing and unsettling objects as it traces the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world since 1600. From 21 April 2018 - 27 January 2019 see their website for details www.vam.ac.uk

The image shows earrings made from heads of Red Legged Honeycreeper birtds c. 1875

Katie Wallis

Preview - An affair with flair - Made by Hand's contemporary craft showcase

Over 100 designer-makers will exhibit handcrafted wares at Made by Hand Cheltenham, with a promising selection of textile makers in the mix including Karen Suzuki, Katie Wallis, Emma Gatehouse Helly Powell, and Gaby Devitt.

from 10th - 11th March 2018 in Cheltenham. See website for details www.madebyhandengland.org

The Alchemy of Thread

The Alchemy of Thread - Kate Wells

Kate Wells' exquisite embroidered artworks are a personal exploration of the notions surrounding landscapes both internal and external. Kate says "My sketchbooks are very alive - the scribbles translate naturally into stitch... This is my vocabulary and it flows between stitch, pen, pencil and charcoal. I love the Irish (Singer sewing machine) the way you might love a certain paintbrush. It just makes the right mark you need. It's so versatile - you can make it go from a narrow to a broad mark". www.katewellsartist.org.

Select Festival

Select Festival - Stroud - 28 April - 28 May 2018

An entire month-long festival of making with the focus firmly on textiles and applied art takes place in venues across the Stroud Valleys. It includes exhibitions, masterclasses, workshops, talks, artist-led events and open studios.


Travelling Full Circle- Anne Kelly

Travelling full circle - Anne Kelly

Anne's varied practice has taken her around the world in a personal journey dedicated to exploring textiles and creativity. She will be exhibiting at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in March 2018, on the themes of travel and family. www.annekellytextiles.com

Woman's Work

Woman's Work - Caitlin Hinshelwood

Each of Caitlin's silk banners explores the industrial folklore, customs and camaraderie within the historic weaving communities of northern England and Northern Ireland. She has a fascination for the folklore of women factory workers, song and gesture, the sign-language workers used to talk over the factory noise, their initiation and leaving ceremonies. Caitlin has been exhibiting her work entitled "Kissing the Shuttle" at Cecil Sharp House in London.



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