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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Embroidery Magazine November/December 2019November/December 2019 issue of Embroidery Magazine

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

The theme of process came to the fore in the making of this issue as we talked to artists about how they approach their practice. Beyond skill, materials and vision, it is the artist's internal wrangling - the making of one thousand tiny decisions - that will result in a successful piece of work. Beyond Jean Littlejohn's lifelong interest in learning and history, it is the curiosity for creative adventure that has driven her career (page 44). For Matthew Harris (page 18), it's about seeing 'what the piece wants to be. There is a constant taking apart and reading and taking apart again and making decisions about which part of the information I'm going to use'. The process of making marks engages Lindsey Gradolph (page 14) and the enjoyment of how 'small repetition can bring about something new and cohesive'. For Mister Finch, the magic lies in suspending reality in the mind of the viewer. And his many thousands of fans are testament to the power of his ability to imbue his textile sculptures with human emotion. Likewise Amanda Cobbett's embroidered fungi are so lifelike that some collectors believe them to be real. And perhaps the most intriguing of all - a dream was the catalyst for Ardeshir Tabrizi's present-day practice.

Jo Hall


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Lindsey Gradolph Stitch by Stitch

On the cover - Stitch by Stitch

Traditional embroidery gets a new lease of life with New Craftsmen favourite Lora Avedian (page 22)

Jean Littlejohn

Yearning for learning - Jean Littlejohn

We celebrate the career of artist, author and educator Jean Littlejohn, whose practice and teaching has influenced creatives worldwide (page 44)

Celia Pym

First Person - Celia Pym

Celia Pym recalls how the public opened their imagination to an unusual commission (page 16)

Matthew Harris

Ritual Maker - Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris explores the potential of cloth as a carrier for meaning through a process of layering, folding, cutting and mark making (page 18)

Fungi by Amanda Cobbett

Field Work - Amanda Cobbett

Amanda Cobbett turned from design to stitch, capturing natural flora to stunning effect (page 36)


News - the latest exhibitions and news from the world of textiles and embroidery (page 11)


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