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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May/June 2019 issue of Embroidery Magazine

Embroidery Magazine May/June 2019

In this issue......

Editor, Jo Hall, says:

We've all experienced that feeling of peace when we're absorbed so entirely in a task that time seems to melt away and we're completely present to what we're doing. The artist Archana Pathak (p. 34) has spent much of her life in different places and her creativity has helped her make sense of this. It touched me when I read her words "Hand for me is my source of making connections, and hand sewing with the bare minimum of tools in absolute silence is like a spiritual practice and more than just making. It gives me a space to quieten down and listen deeply. We have so many demands on our time these days that I, for one, crave the simplicity of sitting still and losing myself in making for a few hours. It also struck me whilst reading James Fox's article (p28) that when we feel obiged to force the work, it hardly ever flows but once we align our attention with our own creative direction it can move mountains and in this case, lead to a stunning new body of work.

"Basically one thing leads to another. So much is fortuitous" says Diana Springall (p46) whose modesty belies not only her work ethic but her generous championing of embroidery on behalf of the wider textile community over many decades. But I'll give the final word to Flox den Hartog Jager, who describes the process of creativity so well, which she says arises "in the meditative process of cutting and cutting, composing and restoring, decorating in rhythm and repetitionand may rightly be called slow art". We couldn't agree more.

Jo Hall


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James Fox

On the cover - Drawn to the truth

James Fox talks to us about hte voluntary work that inspired a stunning series of portraits (p. 28)

Rachel Nettles

How does your garden sew?

Why Rachel Nettles' finely free-machine embroidered vegetables are the real deal. (p. 16

Flox den Hartog Jager

Heart of the Matter

Flox den Hartog Jager embeds layer upon layer of myths and stories within her unique images. (p. 22)

Archana Pathak

Past Present Future

Archana Pathak approaches textiles as a conduit for memory, belonging and identity (p. 34)

Rosie James

Impartial Observer

Rosie James sketches with her sewing machine capturing transitory moments in stitch. (p. 40)

Diana Springall

Ambassador of Embroidery

Diana Springall has dedicated her life to embroidery and still campaigns fiercely to protect the future of the craft. (p. 46)


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