Image

STITCH ISSUE 129: FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021

Image

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! 

  

Kat McDonnell 

Stitch Editor 

 

Projects


Image

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. 

  

Image

WOODLAND WALK 

A brilliant project featuring intense machine stitching rooted on water soluble stabiliser. Perfect for experimenting with colour! 

 

Image

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. 

 

Image

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. 

 

Image

  NEW BEGINNINGS 

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. 

 

Image

  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. 

 

Image

FANTASIA! 

Textile artist, Nikki Parmenter, gives a Victorian cameo the full mixed media treatment. It’s a big, bold, beautiful bumper helping of fun! 

 

Image

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! 

 

Inspiration


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! 

 

BEYOND IMAGINATION 

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.