Friday, 16 May 2014

It was a great pleasure to meet at our recent Raystitch Reception, the delightful Jo Hall, editor of Embroidery Magazine, the official bi-monthly publication for the UK's Embroiderer's Guild.  I've been a subscriber to this periodical for quite some time now and I have just finished reading the latest issue from cover to cover.  Not just because there is an excellent little editorial about Les Soeurs Anglaises in there (a wonderful surprise!), but also because, as always, it is jammed packed with fascinating features on creative individuals such as machine embroiderer, Louise Gardiner; and Sue Pritchard curator of the V&A's wonderful new extension, The Clothworkers' Centre.  

For us, Embroiderer's Magazine had already pushed its way to first place, in front of the other obvious stitch related periodicals we have bought and loved over the past ten years.  Its somewhat old-fashioned format belies the fact that it is painstakingly researched and beautifully presented.  Stories are told in depth and illustrated with relevant, inspirational photographs.  Latest and upcoming exhibitions are all listed and there's always plentiful information about textile-related places to visit.  If I could get away between workshops over the coming months I would definitely make a bee-line for the Pinnies from Heaven show at Craft in the Bay (until the 6th July), and the Things we do in Bed show at Danson House, Bexley Heath (until 31st October) where the guest curator is Tracy Chevalier, an internationally best-selling author of seven novels.  I have recently finished reading her book, The Last Runaway, and it 's clear that Chevalier learnt to quilt by hand before writing it, so full of traditional techniques and quilting folklore is it.  A simply wonderful read!

And to keep you visually engaged here are a few more of the creative pieces sent to us for the Textile of Jigsaw of Words Competition which we are slowly but steadily assembling.

 Lisa Jayne Canhem

Ali Dawson

  Jill Meredith

Beverley Peach


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