STITCH ISSUE 129: FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021
Get set for Spring with the latest issue of Stitch. It features a bright bunch of projects aimed at restoring order – inside and out! How about practical projects to get you organised: a ribbonwork needlebook, a fabric box to showcase crewelwork bursting with new life and an upcycled market bag. Or check out projects aimed at putting yourself back together: relax over a kantha mug rug or take a mindful moment with a café scene. Then add a splash of colour with projects designed to push your palette out of its comfort zone. It’s fun, fresh and will leave you feeling better.
Spring cleaning? Forget the dust, just thread your needle!
STEP INTO SPRING
Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more! Learn how to form a range of Spring flowers from silk ribbon to feature on a pocketed sewing book.
A brilliant project featuring intense machine stitching rooted on water soluble stabiliser. Perfect for experimenting with colour!
MAD MARCH HARES
Kantha expert, Angela Daymond shows how a few coloured threads and a couple of stitches can make a delicate mug rug for those special little ‘me’ moments.
CIRCLE OF LIFE
Four seasons in one hoop! Spring, summer, autumn and winter – each reflected in fresh, vibrant, muted and cool tones, with some interesting surface stitches to discover along the way.
Mix up a couple of old shirts with a design inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth and a sprinkling of left-over threads to make a handy market tote bag. An exclusive design by former Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate, Alex Vincent Turner.
CAFÉ DE PROVENCE
Leaders of the modern hand embroidery movement, Charles Henry and Elin Petronella, invite you to let go of your worries and enjoy coffee on the terrace.
Textile artist, Nikki Parmenter, gives a Victorian cameo the full mixed media treatment. It’s a big, bold, beautiful bumper helping of fun!
LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE
Brenda Sortwell captures bright yellow primroses and their crinkly leaves with glorious crewelwork detailing. It’s a fresh design bursting with colour and life!
WOOD FOR THE TREES
Kenris MacLeod’s free motion embroideries are giant works of art packed with tiny detail. But how does she maintain perspective?
IN THE MOOD
How to play with the levels of light, dark and intensity in your colour palettes to add calm, drama or mystery.
HIDING THE EVIDENCE
Learn how the Quilter’s knot can keep the front and back of your Kantha work neat and tidy.
ALL TIED UP
Tanya Haines shares her tips and tricks for achieving great results with ribbon work. It’s easier than you think!
Meet Pippa Haynes who harnesses a background in set design and a healthy attitude to rule breaking to produce amazing life-like thread sculptures.
ALL BOXED UP
Discover how to incorporate a finished embroidery into a fabric box to store your favourite sewing notions.