Stitch Life Magazine Issue 1

QUAILPUBLISHING

Stitch Life

embroidery tapestry punch needle cross stitch

includes

15 patterns and

how to guides

new

Ones to

watch...

Crafting &

mindfulness

Discover

Punch needle

designers

Sara Moore . Bérénice Robert . Paola Zucchetti

Heather Nugent . Rosemary Drysdale

Tatiana Romero . Vivienne Powers

Aurora Menéndez . Cathy Eliot . Louise Newton

Mirtia Razzi . Anne Mende . Joanne Aston

Bright

Positivity

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Welcome...

Hello Crafters

Welcome to the very first issue of Stitch Life magazine!

Here at Anchor we are passionate about all things ‘Stitch’. The

act of creating something from a ball of yarn or expressing our

imagination in colourful strands of thread is not only satisfying,

but helps us to relax, gives us focus and teaches new skills.

In these ever-changing times, immersing ourselves in a craft

can help us to forget the concerns of the world and cope with

unsettling circumstances. Whether we craft alone for some

quiet time or join others to craft as a community (in person

or on online), there’s nothing more rewarding that making

something by hand.

Stitch Life celebrates all modern embroidery techniques.

Our theme for this first issue is ‘Bright Positivity’ –

encompassing the many positive benefits of stitching whilst

looking towards the future with optimism. We have worked

with thirteen amazing designers from around the world to

bring you fifteen inspiring projects to make. Each project,

from freestyle embroidery and cross stitch with our famous

Anchor Stranded Cotton, to punch needle and tapestry in

soft Anchor Tapisserie Wool, features materials from our

extensive Anchor range.

We hope you enjoy meeting the designers and are inspired by

the beautiful projects they’ve created especially for you!

THE ANCHOR TEAM

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We love to see your creations!

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Stitch:

noun: a loop of thread or yarn resulting from

a single pass or movement of the needle in sewing,

knitting or crocheting

verb: make, mend or join something

with stitches.

Anchor Stranded Cotton

Anchor Stranded Cotton is a superior 6 strand

embroidery thread made from extra-long

staple 100 per cent Egyptian cotton. It is double

mercerised resulting in a brilliant lustre, smooth

finish and intense light reflection.

Available in an impressive 444 solid shades, with

a further 24 mutli-colour and 16 ombre

shades too. Each 8m skein features a ’pull free’

construction, allowing the perfect length to be

removed from the skein without disrupting the

skein itself.This construction makes Anchor

Stranded Cotton particularly versatile across

all types of embroidery and it’s no wonder it

is one of the most popular embroidery threads

in the world!

Anchor Tapisserie Wool

Anchor Tapisserie Wool is made from 100 per

cent pure new wool and is designed specifically

for canvas embroidery, needlepoint or tapestry.

It is a particularly hardwearing and durable thread,

featuring a tight twist to minimise fraying when

working on canvases, which can have rough edges.

The uniform twist and 4 ply construction provide

an even cover on the canvas.

Anchor Tapisserie Wool is also suitable for punch

needle work and creates beautiful stitches/loops

on both the front and back of the work.

It is available in a stunning 475 shades and

comes in 10m skeins.

EXPERIENCE RATING

for guidance only

Beginner

@anchorcrafting

Anchorcrafts.com

Intermediate

Advanced

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Photography: Quail Studio

Designers: Sara Moore, Bérénice Robert, Paola Zucchetti, Heather Nugent,

Rosemary Drysdale, Tatiana Romero, Vivienne Powers, Aurora Menéndez,

Cathy Eliot, Louise Newton, Mirtia Razzi, Anne Mende, Joanne Aston, Ana Clara,

Piccolo, Tina Francis, Carole Fenwick

Editors: Honor Head, Jean Coppendale

Project Lead: Kerry Kimber

All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or any part of all material, including

illustrations, in this magazine is strictly forbidden. No part may be reproduced,

stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic,

electrostatic, magnetic tape, mechanical photocopying, recording or otherwise

without prior permission of the copyright owners having been given in writing.

The designs in this magazine are copyrighted and must not be made for re-sale.

Reproduction of this publication is protected by copyright and is sold on the

condition that it used for non-commercial purposes. Yarn quantities are approximate

as they are based on average requirements. Colour reproduction is as close as

printing will allow.

First published in Great Britain in 2021 by

Quail Publishing Limited

Unit 15, Green Farm, Fritwell, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX27 7QU

E-mail: info@quailstudio.co.uk

© Patterns & Photography Copyright 2021, Quail Publishing Limited

Concept developed by Quail Publishing Limited exclusively for Mez Needlecraft

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Contents

06 Mindfulness Bernadette Fallon

08 Anchor Studio – Joanne Aston

Tapestery – Blue tit

16 Anchor kits

18 Featured Anchor designers

24 The Joy of Punch Needle Sara Moore

26 Sara Moore – meet the designer

Punch needle – Sunrise cushion

34 Bérénice Robert – meet the designer

Punch needle – Summer landscape

42 Paola Zucchetti – meet the designer

Punch needle – Zig zag pouch

52 Heather Nugent – meet the designer

Cross stitch – Hibiscus hoop &

Toucan hoop

62 Rosemary Drysdale – meet the designer

Cross stitch – Dream

68 Tatiana Romero – meet the designer

Cross stitch – Wall hanging

76 Vivienne Powers – meet the designer

Cross stitch – Mexican dancing lady

112 Louise Newton – meet the designer

Freestyle – Flower cushion

122 Mirtia Razzi – meet the designer

Freestyle – Spring dream catcher

130 Anne Mende – meet the designer

Freestyle – Flower scarf

Freestyle – Ikat tote bag

144 Ikat magic – Stephanie Steele

146 Ones to watch...

Stitch library

148 Getting started – Punch needle

150 Getting started – Cross stitch

152 Getting started – Freestyle

161 Contact us

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86 Aurora Menéndez – meet the designer

Freestyle – Fly free

96 Cathy Eliot – meet the designer

Freestyle – Peacock table runner

& napkins

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Mindfulness

In an increasingly fraught world, making time for yourself is vital for mental and physical

health. Having some ‘me-time’ and losing yourself in an all-encompassing project

has been scientifically shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost

brain power and improve memory and concentration. What better way

to do this than through crafting.

Crafting offers a respite from demanding lives, a way to express

individuality and personality, to be creative and develop new

skills. It provides a space to focus and be mindful, to enter

into what is known as a ‘flow state’, a state of truly being

present in the current moment, and this increases feelings

of wellbeing and happiness.

Many people feel guilty about taking the time to sit

quietly and craft. Others feel that they have to be rushing

around all the time or they are not being productive.

It is often difficult to say ‘no’ to the demands of work,

friends and family and to feel compelled to strive to please

everyone except yourself. But taking the time to sit alone,

block out the hurly burly of everyday life, and immerse

yourself in your favourite craft can actually make you

more productive and, if you’re more relaxed, you

might be a better person to be around!

The scientific benefits of crafting and creativity are

well documented. Over three quarters of respondents

to a recent survey of almost 50,000 people said that

crafting helped them block out stress. The study, led

by Dr Daisy Fancourt from University College London,

and the biggest of its kind, concluded that even a small

amount of creative activity can improve wellbeing

in three main ways – by providing a distraction from

worries, a space for contemplation and a way to build

up self-esteem and confidence.

In today’s ever changing world, crafting is a way to

create something in the here and now that puts your

stamp on a world of flux. So find your space, your

time and your chosen craft, forget the world, take

a deep breath, relax and enjoy.

Bernadette Fallon

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PUNCH NEEDLE

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Art: MR201

Diese Stickpackung enthält - Anchor Tapisserie Wolle 100% Wolle - bedruckter Stramin 100% Baumwolle

This kit contains - Anchor Tapisserie Wool 100% Wool - Printed canvas 100% cotton

AnchorCrafts.com

@anchorcrafting

Ce kit contient - Laine à tapisserie 100% laine - canevas imprimé 100% coton

Skill Level

Difficulté

Tapisserie

Wool - Laine

14 x 18cm

5.50 x 7.08”

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Made in Hungary

MEZ GmbH

Hauptstraße 78

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

www.mezcrafts.com

Canvas

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

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AK141 Goldfinch & Berries

Anchor Studio

Here in our Anchor studio we’ve designed hundreds

of beautiful embroidery kits and charts over the

years, but one of our most popular themes is

always garden birds – especially the Blue Tit!

Their colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and

green combined with their distinctive black eyestripes

makes them one of the most attractive and

well-loved garden visitors.

This adorable blue tit tapestry was designed by

our Anchor Studio designer. If you love this design,

you may enjoy stitching these Anchor kits also

designed by Joanne Aston.

Tapestry Wool

#12 Printed Canvas

Starter Kit

COUNTED CROSS STITCH KIT

Intermediate

Tapestry Kit

MR201 Bullfinch

14 x 18cm 5.5 x 7.08”

More Designs available in our Anchor Starter Kits Collection

Starter Kit

COUNTED CROSS STITCH KIT

Intermediate

Cross Stitch Kit

MR201 BULLFINCH

Pattern Included

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#11 Off White Aida

16 x 23cm 6.30 x 9.05”

More Designs available in our Starter Kits Collection

Questo Kit contiene - Anchor Lana da ricamo 100% Lana - canovacci stampati 100% cotone

Este kit contiene - Anchor Lana Tapicería 100% lana - cañamazo impreso 100% algodón

Este kit contém - Anchor Lã tapeçaria 100% Lã - tela impressa 100% algodão

Deze kit bevat - Anchor tapisserie wol 100% wol - bedrukt stamien 100% katoen

A hímzőkészlet tartalma - Anchor gyapjúhímző 100% Nyomtatott Len - gobelinek 100% pamut

Bu set Anchor Tapisserie Yün Çile % 100 Yün - Baskılı Kanvas %100 pamuk

@anchorcrafting

Art: AK141

AnchorCrafts.com

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+ Info

Skill Level

Difficulté

Mouline

Stranded

16 x 23cm

6.30 x 9.05”

Made in Hungary

MEZ GmbH

Hauptstraße 78

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

www.mezcrafts.com

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79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

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Made in Hungary

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Hauptstraße 78

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This kit Contains - Anchor Stranded Cotton (100% cotton) - Aida 100% cotton

Ce kit contient - Anchor Mouliné (100% coton) - Aida 100% coton

Diese Stickpackung enthält: - Anchor Stickwist (100% Baumwolle) - Aida 100% Baumwolle

Questo kit contiene - Anchor Muliné (100% cotone) - Aida 100% cotone

Este kit contiene - Anchor Muline (100% algodón) - Aida 100% algodón

Este kit contém - Anchor Mouliné (100% algodão) - Quadrile 100% algodão

Deze kit bevat: - Anchor Mouliné zesdraad (100% katoen) - Aida 100% katoen

A hímzőkészlet tartalmazza - Anchor osztott hímző (100% pamut) - Aida 100% pamut

Kit içeriği - Anchor Stranded Cotton Muline (100% pamuk) - Etamin Kumaşi 100% pamuk içerir

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Joanne Aston

About me

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I live in the UK and have worked with Anchor for many years

designing some of their most popular cross stitch and tapestry

designs. My designs cover both traditional and contemporary

themes and use a wide range of hand embroidery techniques.

I designed this adorable blue tit tapestry which is a

cheerful project to work on, whether you are new to tapestry

or a more experienced stitcher. It’s embroidered onto #12

canvas with Anchor Tapisserie wools in a simple tent stitch.

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My project to make

BLUE TIT TAPESTRY

ANCHOR STUDIO

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GETTING STARTED WITH TAPESTRY

Bind the raw edges of the canvas with masking tape to prevent snagging and use a tapestry frame to maintain

an even tension on your fabric while stitching. Using Anchor Tapisserie Wool Thread, we recommend that you

stitch with a 50cm cut length. Stitch your design in tent stitch, complete one area of colour at a time and do not

move to areas that are more than 2.5cm away as this makes subsequent stitching difficult.

Tent stitch

Work from right to left bringing the needle up in the

bottom left hole of the square to be worked. Insert

the needle into the hole above and to the right.

Cross the needle diagonally and to the left from

behind, bringing the thread up through the square

directly to the left of the completed square. Repeat

this process across the row. To begin a new row,

work in the opposite direction bringing the needle

from the back of the canvas at the top right and

insert into the bottom left of the square, below

your last stitch.

Continue working along the row to the right.

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TAPASTRY

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Blue tit

SEE MORE PHOTOS

YOU WILL NEED

• 12 count canvas 20 x 20cm

• Tapestry needle no.18

• Tapestry frame

THREADS: Anchor Tapisserie Wool

8002

x1

8092

x1

8118

x1

8202

x1

8394

x1

STITCHES

Tent stitch (see page 10)

8434

x1

8436

x1

8672

x1

8688

x1

8690

x1

8774

x1

9004

x1

9016

x1

9162

x1

9164

x1

9168

x1

9204

x1

9442

x1

9444

x1

9448

x1

9452

x1

9774

x1

9794

x1

9800

x1

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TAPASTRY

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BLUE TIT TAPESTRY CHART

COLLECTION

Bluetit

Tapestry Wool

Shade

Metre

Shade

Metre

8002

2

9016

2

8092

1.5

9162

5.5

8118

3

9164

6.5

8202

2.5

9168

5.5

8394

1.5

9204

3

8434

4

9442

7

8436

4

9444

5.5

8672

3

9448

3.5

8688

3

9452

1.5

8690

2.5

9774

1

8774

7

9794

1

9004

2

9800

1.5

DOWNLOAD CHART

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TAPASTRY

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Art: AK141

+ Info

AnchorCrafts.com

@anchorcrafting

Skill Level

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Mouline

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Made in Hungary

MEZ GmbH

Hauptstraße 78

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

www.mezcrafts.com

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Made in Hungary

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Hauptstraße 78

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More Designs ava

Art: MR201

Diese Stickpackung enthält - Anchor Tapisserie Wolle 100% Wolle - bedruckter Stramin 100% Baumwolle

This kit contains - Anchor Tapisserie Wool 100% Wool - Printed canvas 100% cotton

Ce kit contient - Laine à tapisserie 100% laine - canevas imprimé 100% coton

AnchorCrafts.com

@anchorcrafting

Skill Level

Difficulté

Tapisserie

Wool - Laine

14 x 18cm

5.50 x 7.08”

W

H

4.8

12

Made in Hungary

MEZ GmbH

Hauptstraße 78

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

www.mezcrafts.com

Canvas

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

www.mezcrafts.com

Made in Hungary

MEZ Needlecraft GmbH

Hauptstraße 78

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Anchor Kits

If you love our Blue Tit design, you may enjoy stitching some of our Anchor Kits also designed by Joanne:

AK135 Blue Tit & Blossom Anchor Starter Kits – Cross Stitch (skill level **)

AK141 Goldfinch & Berries Anchor Starter Kits – Cross Stitch (skill level **)

MR201 Bullfinch & Blossom Anchor Starter Kits – Tapestry (skill level **)

AK139 Owl Anchor Essentials Kits – Cross Stitch (skill level **)

PSC52 Birds Sampler Anchor Essentials – Cross Stitch (skill level ***)

Intermediate

Tapestry Kit

Starter Kit

COUNTED CROSS STITCH KIT

Intermedi

Starter Kit

Tapestry K

COUNTED CROSS STITCH KIT

Tapestry Wool

#12 Printed Canvas

MR201 Bullfinch

14 x 18cm 5.5 x 7.08”

More Designs available in our Anchor Starter Kits Collection

Questo Kit contiene - Anchor Lana da ricamo 100% Lana - canovacci stampati 100% cotone

Este kit contiene - Anchor Lana Tapicería 100% lana - cañamazo impreso 100% algodón

Este kit contém - Anchor Lã tapeçaria 100% Lã - tela impressa 100% algodão

Deze kit bevat - Anchor tapisserie wol 100% wol - bedrukt stamien 100% katoen

A hímzőkészlet tartalma - Anchor gyapjúhímző 100% Nyomtatott Len - gobelinek 100% pamut

Bu set Anchor Tapisserie Yün Çile % 100 Yün - Baskılı Kanvas %100 pamuk

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Starter Kit

COUNTED CROSS STITCH KIT

Intermediate

Cross Stitch Kit

Tapestry Wool

Starter Kit

COUNTED CROSS STITCH KIT

#12 Printed Canvas

Intermediate

Cross Stitch Kit

MR201 Bullfinch

14 x 18cm 5.5 x 7.08”

More Designs available in our Anchor Starter Kits Collection

@anchorcrafting

Art: MR201

AnchorCrafts.com

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

www.mezcrafts.com

www.mezcrafts.com

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Difficulté

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Wool - Laine

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14 x 18cm

5.50 x 7.08”

4.8

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Canvas

Made in Hungary

MEZ GmbH

Hauptstraße 78

Made in Hungary

79336 Herbolzheim, Germany

Hauptstraße 78

MEZ Needlecraft GmbH

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A hímzőkészlet tartalma - Anchor gyapjúhímző 100% Nyomtatott Len - gobelinek 100% pamut

Bu set Anchor Tapisserie Yün Çile % 100 Yün - Baskılı Kanvas %100 pamuk

Deze kit bevat - Anchor tapisserie wol 100% wol - bedrukt stamien 100% katoen

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Pattern Included

#11 Off White Aida

AK141 Goldfinch & Berries

16 x 23cm 6.30 x 9.05”

More Designs available in our Starter Kits Collection

This kit contains - Anchor Tapisserie Wool 100% Wool - Printed canvas 100% cotton

Ce kit contient - Laine à tapisserie 100% laine - canevas imprimé 100% coton

Diese Stickpackung enthält - Anchor Tapisserie Wolle 100% Wolle - bedruckter Stramin 100% Baumwolle

Questo Kit contiene - Anchor Lana da ricamo 100% Lana - canovacci stampati 100% cotone

Este kit contiene - Anchor Lana Tapicería 100% lana - cañamazo impreso 100% algodón

Este kit contém - Anchor Lã tapeçaria 100% Lã - tela impressa 100% algodão

MR201.indd 1 24/09/2020 17:50:23

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This kit Contains - Anchor Stranded Cotton (100% cotton) - Aida 100% cotton

Ce kit contient - Anchor Mouliné (100% coton) - Aida 100% coton

Diese Stickpackung enthält: - Anchor Stickwist (100% Baumwolle) - Aida 100% Baumwolle

Questo kit contiene - Anchor Muliné (100% cotone) - Aida 100% cotone

Este kit contiene - Anchor Muline (100% algodón) - Aida 100% algodón

Este kit contém - Anchor Mouliné (100% algodão) - Quadrile 100% algodão

Deze kit bevat: - Anchor Mouliné zesdraad (100% katoen) - Aida 100% katoen

A hímzőkészlet tartalmazza - Anchor osztott hímző (100% pamut) - Aida 100% pamut

Kit içeriği - Anchor Stranded Cotton Muline (100% pamuk) - Etamin Kumaşi 100% pamuk içerir

Pattern Included

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#11 Off White Aida

AK141 Goldfinch & Berries

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Meet the Anchor designer...

Ana Clara Piccolo

About me

@anaclara.bordou

My name is Ana Clara Piccolo and I was born in Brazil but

I live in Stuttgart in Germany. I’ve always liked handcraft

work, and I guess I was mostly influenced by my family.

We have a history of people who were involved in different

handiwork crafts, from seamstresses, cooks, craftsmen and

painters all the way to woodworkers. So being exposed to

different types of handmade work drove me subconsciously

into my graduation in Visual Arts, back in Brazil. In one

way or another, I’ve been always involved in this artistic

universe. I don’t remember the very first thing I made but,

where embroidery is concerned, the first pattern I ever

stitched was a little cactus plant.

About my work

I moved to Germany in 2016 with my husband and I spent

the first few months there settling in and getting used to

my new life. I took German classes because I couldn’t

speak a single word of German (I still don’t know much,

but I know enough to buy food, threads and fabrics!), so

every day was a new adventure and the opportunity to

do things for the first time was constant. It was then that I

decided that in that first year I wanted to learn something

new – besides German (which was difficult). I wanted

to learn how to embroider, as a hobby, to pass the time

and reconnect with myself in this new place which had

become my home. I used to admire embroidery photos

on Instagram, I thought everything was so beautiful and

poetic and so I bought the basic materials (fabric, a hoop,

a needle and 3 skeins – one blue, one yellow and one

green), and I also studied tutorials on YouTube to learn

some stitches. That’s when I found a Brazilian YouTube

channel called “Clube do Bordado”. I watched all the videos

and learned how to embroider with them.

I set up a small studio in my apartment and that’s

where I create my work. I like to be surrounded by my

supplies and put on some music. Ah, and I’m a night owl

so I’m more productive in the evenings and night time.

In my spare time I like to watch TV series and films, and

I love baking cakes!

I’m very passionate about hand embroidery. It has

captivated me from the first time I passed a needle and

thread through some fabric to make my first embroidery.

I find it magical to create original and special pieces with

my own hands. Even if I embroider the same design 10

times, each time it will be different. I made it, at a different

time of my life and it will always have something that will

make that piece one of a kind – it will be totally unique!

I always say that my main goal is to touch people’s

hearts through my work and eventually put a smile on

their faces. This is what I work for! I’m a very methodical

person, so for me there’s always some planning to do

before I start a new piece. Even if during the process

I change something, I need an initial plan.

My work consists mainly of original creations and

customer orders. For my customers I develop designs

based on their requests. My creative process begins with

the story the client tells me, their wishes and preferences.

I collect all this information and from there I create the

design for the embroidery.

For my original creations it works differently because

it always starts with my inspiration. This often comes from

things I’m fond of at that moment. There’s always a phase,

or something that I’ve become really interested in that

provokes my creative thoughts. Those phases come and

go and sometimes they mix. It’s a delicious craziness that

ends up being reflected in my work.

For my initial drawing and planning I usually go

digital, but I sometimes make hand-made sketches and

sometimes I mix the two techniques.

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Inspiration

I believe that my style is a reflection of who I am, my

experiences and my passions. I look for inspiration in

books, photographs, everyday objects, plants, etc., which

means everything around me inspires me in some way.

Many artists and places inspire me as an artist. But

today I would like to mention six incredible Brazilian

women who have inspired me both as an artist and a

woman. They have produced some amazing embroideriy

work apart from being wonderful teachers who have

dedicated themselves to make the art of embroidery

accessible to everyone.

Please take some time from your day to meet Marina

Dini, Renata Dania, Camila Gomes Lopes, Vanessa Israel

and Laís Souza from Clube do Bordado (instagram/

clubedobordado) and Andréa Orue from Primavera de

83 (instagram/@primaverade83)

I would really like to learn how to make bullion knots.

I don’t know if I would apply it much in my embroidery

work but I’d like to have the pleasure of saying “yes, I can

do bullion knots”. Oh, and I’d love to try punch needle!

Anchor Kits collaboration

I started the design process by spending time thinking

about the campaign theme ‘Bright Positivity’ and what

my understanding of that theme meant. In addition, the

Anchor team gave me a very nice tip: the best-selling

designs in embroidery kits are nature inspired; florals/

foliage, animals, birds and butterflies.

With that in mind, I started my research, looking for

references (images, videos, texts, etc.) and built myself

a mood board with everything that I’ve found interesting

and inspirational.

While analysing the mood board I realised that all the

images that I put together had three elements in common

and that I should have those present in my designs:

foliage, abstract shapes and positive/uplifting messages.

Feeling inspired, I dived into the development

process, doing some quick, rough layouts and mixing it

all up: and produced different types of foliage (following

the Anchor team tip), modern shapes and vibrant

colours. My goal was to achieve a look that could bring

happiness, visual comfort and cheer people up in these

difficult times we are living in. I hope people enjoy

embroidering these pieces, have fun in the process and

become inspired by the messages in it.

I was so happy when I received the invitation to

develop the embroidery kits in collaboration with

Anchor. The creation process was very joyful. I was

free to create something according to the theme

suggested by the team but within my style.

In my work I like to use Anchor Stranded Mouline

threads. They are great for hand embroidery and have

a large and varied colour palette.

Ana

NEW Ana Clara Bordou Kits for Anchor

These two colourful embroidery kits (DCF001 and

DCF002) are aimed at the intermediate skill level, and

the two beautiful cushion kits (DCF003 and DCF004)

are aimed at more experienced stitchers.

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Meet the Anchor designer...

Tina Francis

About me

tinafrancistapestry

I live in Birmingham in the UK. After a career in computer

systems I decided that I wanted to make something that

people could hold as well as see; the best computer

programs aren’t noticed by the user. So I enrolled on

a textile course and for my final year show I focused on

embroidery transfers and enlarging them to screen print.

I then won a box of embroidery transfers online and

when I opened it I discovered a woman’s life represented

in knitting and stitching patterns. The box revealed

her going away outfit from her wedding day, baby

bootees and matinee jackets, school uniforms and home

embellishments, as well as more modern baby clothes for

her grandchildren.

The items showed a life of caring for her family and

creating love through crafting. This inspired me to start

looking at other home crafts where I found a whole army

of women who did not see themselves as artists because

stitching is “just something I do”. I became determined to

remove the word ‘just’ from every woman’s vocabulary,

and began creating tapestry needlepoint designs after

learning from kits I purchased from charity shops.

About my work

I remember having a tapestry kit as a child, which my mum

helped me with, but I mainly learnt to stitch by looking

closely at second-hand tapestries.

I use stitch in many community groups (I believe if

you have a skill you should share it) and found that whilst

people wanted to stitch they also wanted to see progress

during the hour they were there. So, I turned to a type of

needlepoint embroidery called bargello because the use

of long stitch gives quicker results. I now design in bargello

stitch and also tapestry needlepoint.

As I’ve got older I’ve found that I have become an

afternoon and evening designer. My workshop is full of

colour and ideas. It is my job but it’s a job that I can do

in the hours that suit me best. So I spend my mornings

looking, seeing and updating ideas and then the physical

stitching is always in the afternoons.

As designer it’s really hard to switch off, I’m always

looking and seeing colour combinations, so I do like to

fall into a book that has nothing to do with stitch. My

favourite books are about the Arctic and Antarctic, I love

a cold adventure!

I enjoy the accessibility of needlework, you do not

need very much to get going: just a needle, some yarn and

a canvas. I like how a pattern can look completely different

by using a variety of colour combinations; the possibilities

a pretty endless. I like how needlework can be portable

so you’ve always got a friend with you, even if you’re

on your own.

I design by doing. For tapestry needlepoint I sketch

out a design first and then start to stitch and somehow

completely ignore the drawing, but it seems to work!

For bargello I start with the colours because they are

what gives additional movement to the design. I love

people and places and interesting colour combinations

that people may not notice. For example, I really love

a painted door that has peeled to reveal a whole myriad

of colours underneath.

Recently I’ve become inspired by everything to do

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with 1970s caravans, and you will see from my work that

the colours I use are very much based on the 1970s. I

admire everyone who makes, whether they are knitting

a jumper for a loved one or creating work to go into a

gallery – we’re all artists

Inspiration

My favorite museum has to be Maison de l’Outil et de

la Pensée Ouvrière (MOPO3) in Troyes, France. It’s a

museum dedicated to the passing on of knowledge and

the promotion of learning your craft well. Floor upon

floor, cabinet upon cabinet is full of the tools of every

trade you can imagine. It’s a real celebration of Craft;

how things are made and the people behind the tools.

I really think that I could live there to be honest, learning

about different crafts every day. If you love tools (yes,

they have a needlecraft section!) it really is a must visit

place. https://mopo3.com https://www.instagram.com/

mopotroyes/

I live in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, UK

and so I’m surrounded by skilled artisans using precious

metals and sparkling stones. I would love to learn about

enamelling because of the use of colour – the way that

it makes me feel is truly magical.

Anchor Kits collaboration

I really hope that my designs are seen as being full of

positivity and that they will become well-loved classics

over time. Working to the brief provided by Anchor,

which spoke of positivity and belonging, chimed well

with me. I believe that we should celebrate the craft we

produce and also the people that craft it. A lot of the

time when we work we’re making things for other people

and thinking about them all the time. It’s the love of

crafting for others that I wanted to shine through with

the colours I used.

I’ve enjoyed using a palette of colours that work

well for other crafters. As a designer I often work alone

and so feeling that I’m part of a larger team has been a

great bonus for me. I’ve loved sending over the designs

and colour reveals, and then getting excited by the

encouraging feedback.

The Anchor product that I most like to use has to be

Tapestry Wool. The colours sing out and I love mixing

the brighter more unusual shades with traditional ground

colours. For example, the Steel Grey of 8720 works so

well with yellows and oranges making the colours pop

but it’s also at home in the most traditional of designs.

Kits are a great way to start on your stitch journey,

having everything to hand means that you can really

immerse yourself in the craft without having to source

the components.

Tina

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tip

The main thing to know when you start to stitch is

that you’re not the first person to be a beginner!

The stitch community is full of fantastic people

who love to share tips and the love of stitch. It’s a

great encouraging community, so whether you’re

on your first stitch project or your hundredth,

being part of this community will definitely give

you the confidence to continue.

The four Anchor Bargello kits that Tina has designed

use vibrant shades of Anchor Tapisserie wool to

capture the rhythmic patterns, and there are easy

options for beginners who are new to tapestry or

canvas work (DCL001 and DCL002), as well as two

beautiful cushion designs (DCL003 and DCL004)

for more experienced stitchers wishing to create

something special for their home.

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Meet the Anchor designer...

Carole Fenwick

About me

@maggiemagoodesigns

I’m Carole Fenwick and I live in the UK. I’ve been creative

since I was very young, mainly drawing and painting to

begin with. The first thing I remember making, which I still

have, is a pottery hedgehog. He lives in my garden! Both

my grandmas and my mum knitted, crocheted and made

clothes, so I’ve always been around people who crafted.

I used to watch them and then I decided to try myself.

I had been interested in embroidery for many years,

but it was when I started Maggiemagoo Designs (named

after my dog!) that I really got into embroidery in a big

way and it’s now become a bit of an obsession.

Lots of my work is created digitally, so I have a home

studio where I mainly work. I tend to do my embroidery

work in the evenings in front of the TV, unless I have a

deadline for a brief or an exhibition, then I work in my

studio and just about everywhere else!

I love exploring the countryside. I feel very lucky to

have lots of interesting places on my doorstep. Nature

is a constant inspiration. I like to visit art exhibitions and

independent stores that sell lovely things.

I also like trawling through charity shops and flea

markets looking for vintage treasures. I collect vintage

textiles, books and ceramics, and these often inspire

my work. I also enjoy cooking.

About my work

I love the tactile quality of embroidery. Plus I enjoy making

it and find it quite relaxing. I work in free style because

my embroidery links directly to all my other design work

and it’s just a natural extension of that. However, for my

collaboration with Anchor, my surface pattern designs

have been translated into cross stitch.

I use a mixture of hand drawing and digital techniques

to create my initial designs. which may also be applied

to tea towels, notebooks and art prints, as well as to my

embroidery work.

Inspiration

I’m inspired by nature, pattern and colour. Where my other

inspiration comes from, it’s very difficult to pin this down to

just one person. But if have to, there’s:

Embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi – www.instagram.com/

yumikohiguchi/

Painter/illustrator Olaf Hajek – www.instagram.com/

olafhajek/

Paper artist Anne Wood – www.instagram.com/

woodlucker/

I want to learn more about different punch needle

techniques, but haven’t found the time to try this yet.

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Anchor Kits collaboration

Some of the pieces that I’ve developed with Anchor have

come from existing designs, such as the bugs and moths

(which are available as tea towels in my Etsy shop). I

love vintage botanical bookplates and this is where the

inspiration for these came from.

The floral starter kit was inspired by some work I

did for a recent exhibition on English meadow flowers.

My personal favourite is the floral folk essential kit as I’m

hugely inspired by folk art and traditional embroidery from

all over the world, so I really enjoyed creating this design.

I was given a great brief by Anchor, which was very

open and allowed me to explore lots of ideas. It’s been

really interesting adapting all of my work for cross stitch as

it’s a new technique to me.

I use Anchor embroidery threads for all of my work

and I love sewing with them. They’re such good quality,

and there’s a vast range of colours available. I always use

Anchor threads in my DIY embroidery craft kits

Carole


DCX001 Scattered Floral and DCX002 Moths

are 16 x 23cm and stitches on 14# aida, perfect

for beginners or intermediate cross stitchers.

DCX003 Folk Floral and DCX004 Bugs and

Moths are suited to more experienced stitchers

and create beautiful wall hangings; each kit

includes the backing fabric and instructions on

how to make your finished piece.

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The joy of Punch needle...

“Making something beautiful is enough in itself; there

doesn’t always have to be layers of meaning.”

Deanne Fitzpatrick – Making a life: Twenty-five years of

hooking rugs.

I am not an artist and more often than not I just want

to make something with my hands. Keeping my hands

busy helps to quieten my mind. Our modern-day world

is fast paced and it can be difficult to switch off. We have

the World Wide Web at our fingertips and it presents a

myriad of experiences and opportunities. We are more

socially connected than ever before and whilst this social

connection is welcome, it can be intimidating to only be

presented with the highlight reel of peoples’ lives. In a

world which is so busy, it can be difficult to stop striving

and comparing and just be present in the moment.

There is much evidence which highlights the positive

links between crafting and positive mental wellbeing

and it isn’t difficult to see why. Learning a new craft can

provide many tangible benefits from feeling a sense of

belonging by being affiliated with others who craft, to

building self-esteem from mastering a new skill, enhancing

cognition with new knowledge and skills and helping to

relieve anxiety, depression, irritability or restlessness.

I remember stumbling across punch needle whilst

mindlessly scrolling on social media. I was actively trying

to find a new hobby, partly for something to do but

also to help improve my mental wellbeing. I loved the

tactile properties of yarn and the endless possibilities

for texture, weight and colour but the concentration

required to follow a pattern for knitting or crochet was

too much. I am not good at drawing, so the thought of

having to draw or design something to make felt a little

daunting. Then I found punch needle. Initially information

about the craft seemed to be limited and so I started to

delve deeper.

With its origins firmly in rug making, punch needle

has been around for nearly 200 years in its current form.

Originally the tool was designed to create rugs, the

same as a hooked rug, but quicker. It has been through

various iterations, but the premise has stayed the same;

a tool to push a continuous length of yarn through fabric

to form loops. A punch needle generally has a hollow

handle and a metal needle tip, yarn flows smoothly

through it. The punch needle pushes through a loose,

even weave fabric and forms loops on one side and flat

stitches on the other. Traditionally the loop side is the

front and therefore the piece is worked from the back

or underneath. However, with the modern resurgence

that the craft is enjoying both the flat and loop stitches

are displayed and the technique can be applied to many

projects, not just rugs.

The freedom to make mistakes is refreshing when

learning a new skill. The ability to pull out your stitches

when punching allows you to do this. You can just pull

your yarn out and then re-punch. The base fabric is

durable allowing you the flexibility to change colours or

design as you work. This means that you can be fully

creative, and not worry about making a wrong move.

Never has it been so enjoyable to pull out your work,

knowing that you can re-punch!

Today, the possibilities are endless when it comes

to punch needle. The craft has grown in popularity

and makers are creating anything from rugs, to wall

art or practical items for the home. With a nod to its

more traditional roots, you can shred old clothes or

bedding and punch with strips of fabric making the craft

sustainable and unique.

With some simple materials to hand you can slow

down and embrace the wonderful craft of punch needle.

For me, the slow rhythmic punch is soothing and relaxing

making it the perfect mindful activity.

Sara Moore

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meet the designer...

Sara Moore

@wholepunching

About me

I am a contemporary punch needle designer, teacher and

owner of Whole Punching, based in Bristol. I have crafted

for as long as I can remember. I recall both my Mum and

Nanna sitting with me very patiently as I tried to knit. Many

a wonky scarf was made! I was getting back into craft and

looking for something other than knitting or crochet as I had

a lot of yarn at home. I stumbled across punch needle on

social media and was totally intrigued. I bought some simple

materials and was hooked, and I haven’t looked back since.

I generally work in my home studio or on the sofa in

the evenings.

I’m always on the lookout to broaden my skills and now

like to have a go at anything that I can get my hands on. I have

recently bought a loom and am excited to learn how to weave.

I have been teaching punch needle since 2018. I

travelled to Vermont, US, in 2019 to study on the Oxford

Punch Needle Rug Hooking Certification Program and I’m

now a certified teacher. I’m also one of the main punch

needle suppliers in the UK, stocking a range of high quality

punch needle materials, including my own kits. I’ve become

really passionate about encouraging others to engage in

the craft through teaching in person and online.

“I would describe my

work as contemporary,

abstract, scandi,

slow-paced and

sustainable.”

About my work

I would describe my work as contemporary, abstract,

scandi, slow-paced and sustainable. I love the texture that

can be achieved by displaying the loop stitches on a punch

needle project. Anything that makes you want to reach out

and touch it is a success.

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I’m definitely inspired by nature and take a lot of

photos of colour, textures and plants. I collate and print

different photos and use these to help build my design.

I love the weavings of Anni Albers, and the Metropolitan

Museum of Art in New York City is a great source of

varied inspiration.

Sara


My project to make

SUNRISE CUSHION

This cushion cover is an abstract sunrise design. I love

the simplicity of the stained glass effect and how eye

catching it is. I wanted to try and replicate this in the

design whilst combining the positivity of a sunrise. At

different orientations it doesn’t look like a sunrise and

I like how it could be open to interpretation or simply

seen as a geometric design.

It was great to experiment with Anchor Tapisserie

Wool, which I haven’t used before. I don’t normally work

with such a bright colour palette so it was fun to push

myself out of my comfort zone with the colours I chose.

This is the first time I’ve used an Anchor product – the

tapestry wool worked really well. I was worried that

the skeins would disappear rather quickly but they

went quite far.

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Sunrise cushion

Sara Moore

This pattern will make one cushion cover. The loop stitches are visible on the finished side of

the cushion with the sun punched using slightly longer loops. A plain linen fabric was used to

form the envelope closure on the back, but you can choose a matching patterned fabric or

something contrasting. The cushion cover is finished with an envelope back, completed using

a sewing machine.

Size: Finished cushion cover 25 x 25cm

THREADS: Anchor Tapisserie Wool

YOU WILL NEED

• Linen fabric, 50cm square

• Masking tape

• Tracing paper (optional)

• Plain paper

• Marker pen or dark pencil

• Frame, 40cm and whatever you need to

secure the fabric to the frame

• Punch needle - fine

• Fabric scissors

• Embroidery scissors or snips

• Sewing machine

• Matching thread

• Tape measure

• Two pieces of backing fabric, 32 x 23cm

Cushion insert, 30cm

• Strong glue

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08454

x 4

08032

x 3

tip

Always have the needle facing in direction you are

punching. Fully insert the punch needle into

the fabric, down to the handle, for even-sized loops.

Have lots of slack on the skein of wool to allow it to

move smoothly through the needle.

STITCHES

Flat stitch (see Stitch Library page 148)

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Sunrise cushion

GETTING STARTED

Trace the design onto the centre of the fabric and

evenly stretch it onto the frame (see page 148).

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TEMPLATE

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MAKING THE CUSHION

1. Punch each section, starting with the outline first,

and then spiral your way into the centre. Punch in

every other hole for the outline and leave a row’s

width gap between each row.

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2. Fill in by punching in approximately every

third hole.

2

3. To punch the orange semi-circle sun, adjust your

needle so that the tip is 3.5cm in length. Starting

with the outline, punch in every third hole and

leave a row’s width gap between each row.

When you have finished punching, turn over the

frame and snip off all the ends. If you like neat lines,

use a needle to poke any stitches into place that

need a little tidying.

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Cushion cover

4. When you have finished punching, paint a line of

glue approximately 2cm away from the finished edge.

Allow this to dry (according to the instructions on

the glue).

4

Once dry, cut off the fabric along the glued edge to

stop it from fraying inside the cover

Using a straight stitch on the sewing machine, stitch

a small hem along one long edge of each piece of

backing fabric.

5. Place the punched piece flat on a table with the

front facing up. Place the two pieces of backing

fabric, right side down, onto the punched piece.

The long edges without the hems should line up

with the outer edge of the punched piece. The

hemmed edges should overlap in the middle to

form the envelope opening.

5

6. Pin or clip the backing fabric and the punched

piece together all the way around the edge.

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7. Stitch all around the cushion, keeping the sewing

machine foot as close as possible to the edge to stop

the machine catching any loops, or push the loops

to the side.

Turn your cushion cover right side out and put in the

cushion insert.

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meet the designer...

Bérénice Robert

About me

@woolthatgirl

I live southeast of Paris, France. I began crafting with

weaving in 2016, on a loom made by my boyfriend, so the

first item I made was woven. But when I was much younger,

I used to make seed-bead jewellery and other crafts. I

discovered punch needle on Instagram and immediately

wanted to give it a try – nobody taught me, I taught myself.

I create most of my new designs in the evenings. When

I’m not crafting, I like to play with my son and listen to

true crime podcasts or read books.

“I am usually inspired by

the sights, sounds and

colours of everyday life.”

About my work

My work has a lot of different textures, a bit of colour and

sometimes some dried flowers. I am usually inspired by the

sights, sounds and colours of everyday life. I would describe

my work as cosy and colourful! I like the fact that I can add

different kinds of texture by using different punch needles

and different yarns.

I usually have a lot of ideas at the same time, and then

there’s a long period when I have no ideas at all. I like to

spend time thinking about each idea but I also love to

improvise when I create.

There lots of artists, designers and craftspeople that

inspire me. But where punch needle is concerned I really

enjoy the work of: @bookhou, @rosepearlman,

@claspertorch, @lieudit.home and many others.

Bérénice

www.etsy.com/fr/shop/WoolThatGirl

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My project to make

SUMMER LANDSCAPE

I love the rounded, overlapping shapes which, together

with the combination of warm colours – yellow, orange,

red – remind me of a landscape in summer. The white

stitching could be in blue thread to represent the sky, but

I have used white so that the other colours really stand

out. The round shapes are soothing and relaxing to work

on and to look at afterwards.

I liked all the Anchor Tapisserie Wool that I used, and

the linen backing fabric is perfect for punch needling.

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Summer landscape

Bérénice Robert

If you are new to punch needle embroidery, I suggest that you work slowly and steadily at first.

To obtain a good textured look, punch the yarn stitches in very close together so you cannot see

any backing fabric between the stitches. If your yarn does not punch through the cloth, make sure

that your thread is not too tight. It’s a good idea to pull your yarn regularly to ensure that you

have a good long length.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Tapisserie Wool

• 17cm non-slip hoop

• 18cm embroidery hoop

• 30 x 30cm linen backing fabric

• 1 punch needle (#10 regular)

• Washable fabric pen or transfer paper

• Glue gun

• Scissors

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STITCHES

Flat stitch (see Stitch Library page 148)

tip

Try everything you have in your

mind. Even if you fail, keep trying.

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Summer landscape

GETTING STARTED

Transfer the design onto the fabric (see page 148).

Centre the hoop securely over the design.

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TEMPLATE

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SEWING

1. Start to punch the white area with flat stitch.

Then punch the yellow area with flat stitch.

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2. Follow the outlines of the rest of the design with

your punch needle.

2

3. Turn the fabric so that the wrong side is facing

you and continue working from the back. Place it in

the non-slip hoop and fill the rest of the design with

flat stitch.

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4. Trim away excess threads.

4

FINISHING

5. Remove the non-slip hoop and place the design

in the embroidery hoop. Cut off any excess fabric

leaving 1cm.

5

6. Glue the excess fabric onto the inner hoop on

the back.

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meet the designer...

Paola Zucchetti

About me

@mycreamlife

I live in Italy and my craft is punch needle. As a child

I always liked to play with fabrics, colours, glue and scissors.

It’s something that always belonged to me. Then, when

I was 8 years old, I went to a summer school run by nuns.

They taught me to crochet and I loved it.

I discovered punch needle by browsing Pinterest and

Instagram and it soon became a passion. I am a primary

school teacher so I craft during the weekends or in the

evenings to relax. I also like to listen to music, read novels

and spend time with my family.

About my work

I think my work is colourful, minimal and fun. Punch needle

helps me to express my creativity. I like the fact that it’s really

easy to create whatever I have in mind because the process

consists of drawing on a canvas and then filling the drawing

with threads. It’s rather like painting. I begin by choosing

the colours I want to use, then I start my design. My colour

choices are usually a lot of white and pastels.

I’m inspired by the things that surround me everyday;

nature, little objects I find in shops and even pictures I see

on Instagram and Pinterest. My favourite punch needle

crafter whom I admire a lot is ‘bookhou’ on Instagram:

www.instagram.com/bookhou

Colour-wise I’m inspired by idainteriorlifestyle. I love

how she uses colours. www.idainteriorlifestyle.com

www.instagram.com/idainteriorlifestyle

Paola

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My project to make

ZIGZAG POUCH

I’m often attracted by geometric patterns, so I decided to

use one for this small pouch, and I feel more comfortable

using a simple and plain pattern with such a small item.

I looked for a pattern that allowed me to play with

colours. During the initial creative phase I enjoyed putting

different colours next to each other until I found the

combination that worked.

I used Anchor Tappisserie Wool. I usually use cotton

for my work but this time I wanted to try something

different. The result was great!

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Zigzag pouch

Paola Zucchetti

Make sure that the measurements for your design are accurate as this will help to make your

zigzag pattern both neat and uniform. Monk’s cloth is a coarse fabric usually made out of cotton

or linen. It is frequently used in cross stitch, embroidery and punch needle projects.

You will need to attach your fabric to a frame. To do this you can use a staple gun but it can be

difficult to remove the staples when finished. I suggest you use flat head tacks, which are easy to

insert and remove. When attaching the fabric to the frame, pull all four sides of the

fabric really taut and tack in place all the way round.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Tapisserie Wool

• Monk’s cloth or other cotton fabric,

13 x 13cm

• Wooden frame 25 x 25cm

• Water soluble pen or pencil

• Ruler

• Punch needle size 10

• Canvas for backing panel,

13 x 13cm

• Lining fabric, such as cotton or linen,

34.5 x 34.5cm

• Cotton thread for the lining fabric

• Zip 20cm long

• PVA glue and brush

• Scissors

• Sewing machine with zipper foot

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08362

x1

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x2

08544

x1

08258

x2

08914

x3

STITCHES

Flat stitch (see Stitch Library page 148)

Loop stitch (see Stitch Library page 148)

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tip

Never give up, even if you find it

difficult at first… keep trying until

you are satisfied with what you

have done.

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Zigzag pouch

GETTING STARTED

Trace or copy the pouch zigzag design onto the

centre of the fabric. Evenly stretch the fabric onto

the frame (see page 148).

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TEMPLATE

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l.s = loop stitch

Work using flat stitch inless otherwise indicated

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SEWING

1. Start punching by first outlining each shape in

your chosen thread colour, then fill in each

outlined shape.

1

2. When necessary, turn the hoop upside down and

work in the back.

2

Once finished, remove the cloth from the frame and

lay the piece on a flat surface, with the finished side

facing downwards.

MAKING THE POUCH

3. Use the brush to paint the back of the punched

piece with PVA glue to protect the work from

fraying. Leave to dry.

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4. To make up the pouch lay the punched piece on

a flat surface, with the finished side facing upwards.

Trim the base cloth around the pouch front panel

design, leaving a 3cm seam allowance all the

way around.

For the back panel, cut a piece of canvas to the

same size as the punched pouch front panel,

including seam allowances.

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For the lining, cut two pieces of lining fabric to the

same size as the punched front panel, but with an

additional 1.5cm seam allowance all the way around.

5. To make up the front of the pouch, place the

punched front panel and one piece of the lining

right sides together with all edges aligned. Pin

around the edges.

Slide the zip between the panel and lining, along the

top straight edge, making sure that all raw edges are

aligned but that the zip is covered by the fabric and

not visible. Pin in place.

With the punched panel uppermost, stitch along

the top straight edge through all three layers using

a sewing machine with a zipper foot. Sew as close

to the edge of the punched stitches as possible.

Only sew the top seam, leaving the sides and the

bottom unsewn.

Press open the seam along the zip, folding the lining

over so that the wrong sides of the punched panel

and the lining are now together.

Join the canvas backing and the second lining piece

to the other side of the zip in the same way.

Once all four pieces of fabric are attached to the

zip, arrange the pieces so that the two lining pieces

are aligned, with right sides facing, and the pinched

panel and canvas backing are aligned with right

sides facing.

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With the punched panel uppermost, pin and stitch

the remaining outer edges together using the

zipper foot. Again, stitch as close to the edge of

the punched stitches as possible, but leaving a gap

of 10cm along the bottom edge.

Now turn the pouch right side out by bringing it

through the unsewn gap. Close the gap by hand

sewing a row of neat whip stitches.

To finish, add a small length of leather cord or fabric

tie to act as a zip pull. If you wish, you can add

a pom-pom.

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PUNCH NEEDLE

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meet the designer...

Heather Nugent

About me

@heathers.handmade.hub

I live in Bath, England. I started to sew at a very young age.

My mother has her own craft business, so I was always

encouraged to be creative. I tried cross stitch as a kid and

loved it, but it wasn’t until I got a job working freelance

on a few cross stitch magazines that I became passionate

about it. That was when I got into the design side of the

process as well as the stitching, which turned out to be

my favourite part. Cross stitch allows even novice crafters

to recreate a lovely image with just a few simple stitches.

It’s like painting with threads.

My interests outside of crafting are quite geeky. I love

computer games and play Dungeons & Dragons with my

friends. I also love cooking and experimenting with new

ingredients and different cuisines.

About my work

I would say my work is fun, modern, experimental and

colourful – I love bold colours! I do cross stitch but with a

twist – most of my designs have an unusual element to finish

them, like the thread-wrapped hoops seen in the projects

here. I create my designs at home in my craft room/office.

I tend to work when the ideas take me, when inspiration

strikes. I normally do a rough sketch which I scan into my

computer, import that image into the cross stitching software

and trace it with a backstitch lines tool. I use a shade card to

choose the colours and then fill in the backstitch outlines.

I add shading when required and that’s it really. I’m usually

just trying to recreate what’s in my head with the software.

I like to explore Instagram and Pinterest to see if I can

spot trends or styles that are in the zeitgeist. That’s normally

a good starting point for my ideas.

Other cross stitch designers I like are:

Cheryl McKinnon, in particular her ‘retro goodness’ range

www.tinymodernist.com

Durene Jones, she has such a distinctive style no matter the

subject matter www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DureneJCrossStitch

Tapestry Barn, Poppy’s designs are simple but so effective

www.instagram.com/stitchypops/

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Heather


My project to make

HIBISCUS HOOP & TOUCAN HOOP

As I child I lived in Malaysia and loved hibiscus flowers –

they grew abundantly in the rainforest climate. I wanted

to create a pair of designs that featured hibiscus. I was

looking at illustrations of tropical birds to pair with the

flowers and came across a picture of the South American

keel-billed toucan. I fell in love with the bird’s colourful

beak and deep purple feathers, and decided to pair the

two. The rest of the design came together from there.

I have enjoyed working on this project because it’s

given me the freedom to explore my own ideas. I’m used

to working to much more specific briefs so I loved being

able to have complete creative control of the design.

I’ve always liked Anchor Stranded Cotton as it’s really

high quality and colourfast, which is a big plus, particularly

if you like to wash your stitching. In addition, there’s a

lovely range of shades, which makes it such fun choosing

colours for my designs.

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Hibiscus hoop &

toucan hoop

Heather Nugent

For both hoops, start stitching from the centre of your fabric and work outwards. Secure your

thread at the back of the fabric. The hoop is finished so that it becomes part of the design, by

wrapping it in coloured threads that match the colours in the embroidery.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• 14 count – Aida fabric

2 pieces 20 x 20cm fabric

• 2 x 16cm hoops

• Double-sided tape

• Machine thread

• White felt

• Scissors

• Round end embroidery needle no. 24

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the loop method) and you will reduce

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Backstitch (see Stitch Library page 151)

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GETTING STARTED

Centre the hoop securely over the design

(see page 150).


INSTRUCTIONS AND SYMBOL KEY

Fabric: 14 count

Stitches: 66 x 64

Size: 12 x 12cm

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Centre the hoop securely over the design

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CHART


INSTRUCTIONS AND SYMBOL KEY

Fabric: 14 count

Stitches: 86 x 87

Size: 16 x 16cm

CROSS STITTCH

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Use 2 strands of thread for cross stitch

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Hibiscus hoop &

toucan hoop

FINISHING THE HOOPS

1. Use a pencil or pen to mark where the backstitch

lines align with the hoop. Remove the embroidery

and inner hoop. You will need to keep the

embroidery near to hand for colour reference.

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2. Stick a continuous strip of double-sided

tape around the inside edge of the outer hoop.

Remove the tape backing on the first section of

the hoop, up to the first marked line. Repeat to

cover the hoop.

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3. Begin wrapping your thread, all 6 strands of the

skein, around the hoop. Choose a colour thread

that lines up with that colour in your embroidery.

I suggest you choose the most predominant colour

in the section. Where there is no colour, wrap

white thread around the hoop. Make sure your

thread ends are stuck to the inside of the hoop,

so they are secure and concealed.

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4. Place your embroidery into the hoop, lining up

the colours with the hoop colours. Make sure your

fabric is stretched tight. Trim away excess fabric

leaving a 2cm border of fabric.

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5. Turn the hoop over and use machine thread to

sew a row of running stitches around the outside.

Firmly pull the ends of the thread to gather the

fabric edge to secure the stitching at the back.

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6. Place a circle of white felt over the back of

the hoop and tack it in place to protect the back

of the stitching.

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meet the designer...

Rosemary Drysdale

About me

My name is Rosemary Drysdale and I live in East Hampton,

New York, USA. My first projects were embroidering on

home items – pretty flowers on napkins and pillowcases.

Then I moved on to the apron we all made in school. My

parents were tailors, so I can’t remember not having a

needle and thread in my hands! I was always surrounded by

all the accoutrements of the trade, and my mother taught

me much more than what we learnt in class. This fostered

my true love for the craft.

I learned needlework by osmosis. I spent hours

watching my mother work and was able to pick up so

much from her. Eventually, I was able to start on my

own when my fingers were able to work with a needle,

probably around age 5. Once I went to school, where we

are all taught embroidery, my teacher taught me those

stitches that my mother didn’t use for her work. I learned

needlework every year through school, and eventually

went to college to study textiles and embroidery.

After college, I relocated from England to the United

States, where embroidery was experiencing a resurgence.

I was fortunate that my first job was actually designing with

Anchor thread! My designs were published and sold to

embroiderers looking for patterns. Eventually, I became

the global embroidery designer for fabrics and embroidery

for a fabric manufacturer, and travelled the world leading

workshops and classes.

I’ve always had a studio, and since I live in the country

I have plenty of space. My studio is a beautiful building

covered with cedar shingles, and it’s often bathed in

sunlight. The flower garden outside, which I can see

from my studio window, is my inspiration. I love to

be out there working in the garden, and I especially

enjoy growing my own vegetables in the summer.

When I’m indoors, I spend my time cooking, knitting

and reading.

About my work

Unlike most stitchers, embroidery has always been

my job, so my approach is very different. I design with

product sales in mind, so I think about the fabrics and their

availability, the number of colours used, whether it’s for

beginners or experienced stitchers and what the current

trends are. My work is always commissioned, so I work to

a brief. I research to fit the brief, come up with some initial

concepts and sketches and show them to my client. After

any adjustments are made, I begin stitching.

I would describe my work as colourful, creative

and meditative. I enjoy the precision of stitchery, so my

favourite technique is counted thread work, particularly

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lackwork and pulled work. I also love free-style

embroidery because it’s so creative and there are some

incredible examples on social media at the moment.

I’m most inspired by nature. There are always birds

around in my beautiful garden, and I live close to the

ocean. I love the changing seasons and all their

unique colors.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is my

favorite place to visit for inspiration: www.vam.ac.uk

I particularly like Elizabethan embroidery.

When I’m not travelling, I also look to Instagram for

inspiration and connection. I love to see up and coming

embroiderers and what they’re making.

Rosemary

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My project to make

DREAM

I’ve always been interested in alphabets, fonts and

calligraphy. I have quite a collection myself that I use for

inspiration, including historic letters and designs, some

intricate and some very simple. I chose this particular

alphabet because I love the width of each letter, the way

the colours change and the addition of the flowers.

I’ve particularly enjoyed working with the team at

Quail Studio in England. I’m thrilled to be part of this new

and exciting publication.

Anchor Stranded Cotton has the widest range of

colours, and it suits the work I do most.

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Dream

SEE MORE PHOTOS

Rosemary Drysdale

Start stitching from the centre of your fabric, working outwards and use a hoop to keep the

tension of the stitches even.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• 14 count – Aida fabric, 34 x 14cm

• Medium hoop

• Round end embroidery needle no. 24

• Scissors

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Cross stitch (see Stitch Library page 150)

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Anchor Stranded Cotton 2 strands

GETTING STARTED

Centre the hoop securely over the design

(see page 150).


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CHART

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meet the designer...

Tatiana Romero

About me

@mimaletalila

I am Venezuelan and live in Mexico City. I have been

crafting since I was a child but started cross stitch about

12 years ago when a co-worker introduced me to it. Since

then I have taught myself. I started by searching the Internet

on how to cross stitch, and to find out which were the best

materials to use. I spent a lot of time reading instructions

on designer websites and magazines. I practised a lot; all

my friends and family have some of my embroidery from

those early days!

When I design I do it in my small embroidery area,

a minimalist space decorated with pale colours and with

only a few things displayed. I like everything to be properly

stored out of sight. I like to embroider on the living room

sofa or on the bed listening to TV.

I love nature. I have a photo album with pictures that

I take of all the flowers, butterflies and animals that I see

outdoors. I am also a bird watcher and I like to walk and

keep a written record of the birds that I’ve seen. I also

like sewing and writing.

“Anything in nature that

I think I can capture in

cross stitch inspires me.”

About my work

I work with cheerful colour palettes following modern and

cosy designs that allow me to add new cross stitches to my

designs. I believe that the cross stitch can still be a part of

modern crafts. I enjoy seeing how each stitch builds up the

design. I love the details that make the skill of embroidery

perfect. My style is focused on what I like to enjoy in my

real life – nature, with harmonious and happy colours.

When I begin a new design I focus on a motif and

the colours that represent it. I make a pencil sketch that

I colour with crayons so that I can study the colours

that I want to focus on. Finally, I take it to the digital

design programme that I use. Throughout the process

I’m constantly correcting details.

Anything in nature that I think I can capture in

cross stitch inspires me. When I first started I was also

captivated with Blackbird designs. I fell in love with the

subtlety of their colour palette; the use of nature in

their designs – www.blackbird-designs.com

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Tati


My project to make

‘MAKE YOUR PLACE A HAPPY PLACE’

I chose to create this wall hanging because at this time

we are all looking for a refuge where we feel relaxed

and safe. ‘Make Your Place A Happy Place’ shows the

space that I have built around me to feel joyful, a place

surrounded by nature and what it gives me, such as the

butterflies that I photograph and frame with my favourite

flowers. I wanted colours that evoke the nature that

makes my place a happy place.

It was a challenge to work with specific colours.

I made several preliminary sketches using all the colours,

but eventually decided to focus on just a few. I am

a yarn lover, and Anchor Stranded Cotton skeins allow

me to create beautiful, smooth and uniform designs.

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Wall hanging

Tatiana Romero

Your happy place is not just about the space you are in, but how you make that space a good

place for you to be. This wall hanging slides onto a wooden pole and you can add a tassel at the

bottom for fun. Use the colours shown here or choose those that make you feel happy.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• 14 count Aida fabric, 30 x 40cm

• Round end embroidery needle no. 24

• Scissors

• Wooden pole for hanging

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Wall hanging

GETTING STARTED

Centre the hoop securely over the design

(see page 150).

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

CHART

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SEWING

Work the whole cross stitch project using 2

strands of thread. Use 1 strand of thread for the

backstitches. Make the stitches following the chart.

MOUNTING

Cut the excess fabric, starting from the ends of

the embroidery area, 5cm to the left and right, and

10cm up and down.

CROSS STITTCH

To make the point for the tassel, draw a horizontal

line 10cm up from the bottom of the fabric. From

the centre of the lower edge of the fabric, draw

a diagonal line to each side of the outer edges. Cut

away the extra material to form a point, leaving

enough for a hem.

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At the top, make the hanging pocket for the pole.

Fold back as much material as you need to make

sure the pole fits snugly inside and sew a straight

seam across to join the top edge to the back of

the wallhanging.

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TASSEL

1. To make the tassel, carefully cut off 2 pieces

of thread approximately 25cm long. Put the

two skeins of thread together and wind 1 of

the pieces around the centre of both and knot

it securely.

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2. Take the paper off the ends of the

embroidery thread and fold the tassel in half,

blending the threads. You can hide the loop on

the tassel by folding it with the ties inside.

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Wind your second piece of thread 2cm from

the top and knot it securely. Trim the ends to

make them even.

Finally, tie the tassel with a strand of thread

to the tip of the triangle on the wall hanging.

Slip the pole through the pockets at the top.

Use rope, ribbon or another piece of fabric of

your choice to tie around each end of the pole

and use as a hanging.

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meet the designer...

Vivienne Powers

About me

@the_vivsters

The first thing I ever made was an owl cross stitch calendar

at infant school. Since then I have taught myself. I really

got into cross stitch when I discovered MacStitch software,

which gave me complete freedom to create. It helps me to

achieve easy-to-follow charts using beautiful colours. I hated

using graph paper because it was difficult to amend designs.

I work at home in my studio where I draw inspiration from

watching wildlife in the garden. I also collect English stamps

as I think they are perfect pieces of miniature art.

About my work

I love using bold colours and making charts that are easy

to use. This means as few single stitches and fiddly bits

as possible, and no more than 30 colours. For me,

designs should be bright and have vivid colours that

are perfectly balanced.

There are so many people who inspire me, such as

Sanna Annuka, El Gato Gomez, Mary Blair,

Georges Barbier, J.C. Layendecker and William

Morris…but this is just scratching the surface.

Vivienne

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Vivsters

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my project to make

MEXICAN DANCING LADY

My design for this project was inspired by Mexican folk

art and the artist Frida Kahlo who always wore flowers

in her hair. The colours are based on those used to make

Mexican folk dresses and the Mexican Dia de Muertos

(Day of the Dead) festival and the dancers. They are

beautiful, romantic and vibrant. My favourite colour was

the beautiful Anchor Stranded Cotton turquoise 187.

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Mexican dancing

lady

Vivienne Powers

The Anchor Stranded Cotton threads are made up of 6 strands. These should be divided into two

sets of 3 strands for whole stitches and 1 strand for back stitches.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• 14 count Aida cross stitch fabric in white or

cream, 30 x 30cm

• Medium-sized hoop

• Round end embroidery needle no. 24

• Scissors

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22 count: 17.3w x 18.5d cm

28 count: 13.6w x 14.5d cm

32 count: 11.9w x 12.7d cm

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all around the finished size

for the frame.

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Cross stitch (see Stitch Library page 150)

Backstitch (see Stitch Library page 151)

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Aida cross stitch fabric with the grid printed

on, it saves so much time and washes off at

the end. Brilliant!

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Mexican dancing lady

GETTING STARTED

Centre the hoop securely over the design

(see page 150).

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INSTRUCTIONS AND SYMBOL KEY

The chart is split

equally over 4 pages.

THREAD/FLOSS:

Threads come in 6 strands. These should be divided

into 2 sets of 3 strands for whole stitches and single

strands for back stitches.

The shades are all Anchor Stranded Cotton threads.

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3 4

SYMBOL KEY

Number

Number

CROSS STITTCH

Nam

< 0101

ANC 101 Viol

ž 0099

ANC 99 Viol

Ð 0027

ANC 27 Bab

n 0029

ANC 29 Bab

z 0059

ANC 59 Pink

% 1005

ANC 1005 Chr

c 0044

ANC 44 Gar

e 0047

ANC 47 Chr

] 0048

ANC 46 Chr

B 0335

ANC 335 Ora

K 0925

ANC 925 Tan

Q 0315

ANC 314 Tan

A 0298

ANC 298 Gol

: 0307

ANC 307 Top

0308

ANC 308 Top

P 0310

ANC 310 Top

a 0403

ANC 403 Blac

d 0236

ANC 236 Pew

Ø 0218

ANC 218 Mis

o 0217

ANC 217 Mis

m 0216

ANC 216 Mis

M 0189

ANC 189 Turq

9 0187

ANC 187 Turq

l 0209

ANC 209 Spr

s 0203

ANC 203 Eme

O 0390

ANC 390 Beig

> 0001

ANC 1 Whi

The above skein lengths are set to 14 count Zweigart A

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FINISHED SIZE:

14 count: 10.7w x 11.4d inches (27.2w x 29d cm)

18 count: 8.3w x 8.9d inches (21.2w x 22.6d cm)


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meet the designer...

Aurora Menéndez

About me

@missarorua

I live in the coastal region of Asturias in northwest Spain.

I started to embroider about six years ago. My first projects

were small embroidered brooches. I am self-taught –

everything I’ve learned has been through embroidery

books and magazines. I have a small studio at home and

my favourite time to go there is in the afternoons when

I do my embroidery.

“My work is inspired

mostly by nature.”

About my work

I make contemporary freestyle embroidery inspired by

nature. I like to do pieces that are delicate, natural and

romantic. What I like most about freestyle embroidery

is that there are so many different stitches you can use.

By combining them in multiple ways you can create very

varied results. When I have an idea I turn it into a drawing.

I choose the colour palette and the stitches I’m going to

use and then start to stitch.

My work is inspired mostly by nature. I love walking in

the countryside where I find inspiration for my embroidery.

I admire many embroiderers for their unique styles,

such as:

Gimena Romera: www.instagram.com/gimenaromero

Tessa Perlow: www.instagram.com/tessa_perlow

Srta Lylo: www.instagram.com/srtalylo

A.

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My project to make

FLY FREE

In spring and summer I enjoy watching swallows

swoop and fly around from my studio window.

I thought about how these birds can fly

anywhere, and that so can we in our imagination.

I chose a palette of warm and happy colours for this

embroidery as I want to bring joy and hope. I used

Anchor Stranded Cotton threads because they are

good quality and have a lovely variety of colours.

I like to use them in my projects.

EMBROIDERY

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Fly free

Aurora Menéndez

tip

Embroidery is practising the art of patience.

You have to dedicate time and love to it.

To embroider the swallow, use the embroidery technique known as long and short stitch, I

surrounded this image with folk-style flowers, embroidered in a warm colour scheme that will

contrast with the cooler shades of the swallow. I’ve used Anchor Stranded Cotton. There are

6 divisible strands, which allows you to vary the weight of your stitches. This, combined with

the use of different types of stitches, gives texture to the picture. The result is a very cheerful

piece of embroidery.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• Tracing paper

• Water-soluble fabric marker or pencil

• 30cm square off-white linen

• 20cm hoop

• Embroidery needle, no. 9 for the swallow

• Embroidery needle, no. 5 for everything else

• 20cm circle of felt

• Scissors

0889

x 1

0341

x 1

1004

x 1

0267

x 1

0387

x 1

1003

x 1

0265

x 1

1035

x 1

1002

x 1

0266

x 1

1034

x 1

1010

x 1

0264

x 1

0152

x 1

0874

x 1

STITCHES:

Backstitch (see Stitch Library page 152)

Whipped backstitch (see Stitch Library page 160)

Fishbone stitch (see Stitch Library page 160)

Chain stitch (see Stitch Library page 153)

Split stitch (see Stitch Library page 153)

Satin stitch (see Stitch Library page 154)

Straight stitch (see Stitch Library page 157)

Long stitch (see Stitch Library page 156)

Short stitch (see Stitch Library page 156)

French knots (see Stitch Library page 155)

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Fly free

GETTING STARTED

Transfer your drawing onto the fabric (see page

152). Centre the hoop over the design and secure.

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

TEMPLATE

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The template shown here is not to scale - please download for accurate size

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WHIPPED BACK STITCH

A

FISHBONE STITCH STITCH

CHAIN CHAIN STITCH STITCH

2 strands 2 strands 2 strands B

C 2 strands

Col. 00889

Col. 00267

Col. 00265

Col. 00266

1 strand

Col. 00152

STEM STITCH

STEM STITCH

D 2 strands

Col. 00264

EMBROIDERY

SATIN STITCH LONG AND SHORT STITCH FRENCH KNOT STITCH

E

F

2 strands

Col. 00267

3 strands

Col. 01002

G 3 strands

Col. 01003

H 3 strands

Col. 01004

N 1 strand

Col. 00152

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J

K

L

1 strand

Col. 00341

1 strand

Col. 00387

1 strand

Col. 01035

1 strand

Col. 01034

M

3 strands

Col. 00874

2 strands

Col. 01010

6 strands

Col. 01010

SEWING

1. With 2 strands of 00889, embroider the words

‘Fly Free’ using whipped backstitch.

1

2. Next, with 2 strands of 00267, use stem stitch to

embroider the leaf stems, starting from the top and

working down.

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3. The leaves are made with two different types of

stitches: fishbone stitch and chain stitch. Embroider

the leaves using fishbone stitch. Begin by bringing

your needle up to the front of the fabric at the

top of the leaf and make a straight stitch with

2 strands of 00265. Now bring the needle up again,

but slightly to the right of the original stitch. Create

one long stitch by going down through the fabric

just under the original stitch. Repeat the above, but

for the left-hand side. Continue by repeating these

steps following the outline of the leaf.

The chain stitch embroidered leaves are divided

into two parts. Both sides are embroidered with 2

strands of thread. But one half is embroidered with

the colour 00264 and the other half with 002666.

4. To embroider the base of the flowers, use 2

strands of 00267 and outline the base of the flowers

with split stitch or backstitch. Fill the shape with

satin stitch. Start in the middle of the shape and

bring the needle up through the fabric on the outer

edge of the split-stitch outline. Take the needle back

down on the other side of the shape, again on the

outer edge of the split-stitch outline. Pull the thread

through, just to the right of the first stitch and as

close as possible to it. Continue to fill the first half

of the shape. Return to the middle of the shape and

work a stitch alongside the first stitch. Continue to

fill the rest of the shape.

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4

5

5. To stitch the top of the flower, outline the flowers

with split stitch or backstitch. Fill the flowers with 3

strands of 1004 and satin stitch.

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6. To stitch the flowers with petals, use 3 strands of

01002, 01003 or 01004. Outline the flowers with

split stitch or backstitch. Fill the flowers with

satin stitch.

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7. To stitch the top of the other flowers, outline the

shapes of the flowers with split stitch or backstitch.

Make a straight stitch with 3 strands of 1004.

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8. Using 1 strand of 01035, outline the head and

wings of the bird with split stitch.

Fill the head with long and short stitch and

1 strand of 01035.

Fill the bird’s wings and the rest of the body

with long and short stitch and 1 strand of 1034.

Remember to keep your stitches close together

and try to stagger their lengths to create seamless

colour blending.

Fill the bottom of the wings and tail with long and

short stitch, using 1 strand of 01035.

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9. Embroider the beak with 1 strand of 00152 using

satin stitch. Embroider the eye with 1 strand of

00152 using whipped backstitch.

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10. Finally, sew the french knots. Use the stitch

guide as a reference for the colours and number of

strands. For the flower stamen, make a straight stitch

with 2 strands of 01010 and make a french knot at

the end.

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11. For the centre of the light orange flowers with

petals, sew french knots in 00874 using 3 strands

of thread.

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For all other french knots, use 6 strands

of 01010.

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FINISHING

Centre your fabric in the hoop and make sure it

is stretched tight. Cut away the excess material

leaving a 2.5cm border. Thread a needle with

machine thread and tie a knot at the end. Cut

enough thread to go around the whole hoop. From

the top, sew a circle of running stitches. Then pull

the thread ends together to gather the fabric. Tie

a knot close to the fabric to secure. Using the inner

ring of the hoop for size, trace a circle onto a piece

of felt. Cut out the circle and place it over the back

of the hoop. You can glue it in place or sew it to

the gathered fabric.

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meet the designer...

Cathy Eliot

@cathyeliot

About me

I live in Cambridge, England, and have been doing

embroidery since my aunt taught me when I was very

little. Textiles was my favourite subject at school, and

I got back into it about five years ago. The first thing

that I made when I started stitching again was a little

purse for a Secret Santa present, embroidered with

some grasses and flowers.

I’m lucky enough to now have my own studio space,

but I also like to sit on the sofa in the evenings with the

television on in the background while I work. I also

really like illustrating, so I’m trying to sketch more

especially outdoors, although in cold or bad weather

this does become more tricky!

About my work

I like to create quite detailed designs. I would describe

my work as botanical and delicate. People have also kindly

said that I use beautiful colour palettes. Embroidery can

be very calming and meditative. Freestyle embroidery

allows you to draw with the thread, so you can be really

creative with it.

I usually sketch out my design first onto paper, using

photos for reference. The design usually changes as I’m

stitching, depending on how the stitches are behaving,

or what colour threads I have or how the shapes are

fitting together.

Nature inspires me most – plants, flowers and gardens

are endlessly changing and full of a variety of colour,

texture and pattern. I would love to visit Forde Abbey and

gardens on the borders of Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Their Instagram is so magical: @fordeabbey.

Cathy

www.cathyeliot.com

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My project to make

PEACOCK TABLE LINEN

This design was inspired by a holiday I took last year to

Italy, to an island in the middle of Lago Maggiore. There

is a 16th century villa on the island, which is mainly filled

with a botanical garden full of lush plants of all shapes

and colours. There are also white and turquoise peacocks

wandering around, and ponds full of huge lily pads

and flowers.

Each corner of the table runner features a different

decorative pattern that I hope captures something of the

delightful atmosphere of the villa. I really enjoyed thinking

about a design which could be split into a few different

pieces to spread around the runner and napkins, but

which would also work together as a whole.

I love to use Anchor’s Stranded Cotton threads – the

colours are lovely and it is easy to work with.

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Table runner and napkin

Table runner details

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Peacock table runner

& napkins

Cathy Eliot

This pattern is for a table runner and two napkins, but you can use any of the individual five

designs in any combination you like. It could be lovely, for example, to do a set of napkins

just playing around with the fern motif. Draw a design on each corner of the runner and

napkins. The napkins here are simplified versions of the runner designs.

tip

You can do a lot of designs with

very few stitches. For a long time

I used just stem stitch and

satin stitch for my pieces.

YOU WILL NEED

• Tracing paper

• Water-soluble fabric marker or pencil

• 1 plain coloured table runner

• 2 matching napkins

• 15cm embroidery hoop

• Embroidery needles nos. 7–9

• Scissors

STITCHES:

Split stitch (see Stitch Library page 153)

Woven wheel stitch (see Stitch Library page 159)

Stem stitch (see Stitch Library page 155)

Satin stitch (see Stitch Library page 154)

Chain stitch (see Stitch Library page 153)

French knot (see Stitch Library page 155)

Fly stitch (see Stitch Library page 158)

Seed stitch (see Stitch Library page 158)

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

Ferns

0876

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Roses

0876

x1

0216

x1

1026

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1021

x1

Oranges and Lemons

0876

x1

0843

x1

Lily Pads

1074

x1

0293

x1

Peacock

1037

x1

0120

x1

1002

x1

0158

x1

0401

x1

0293

x1

1012

x1

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Peacock table runner

& napkins

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

TEMPLATES

GETTING STARTED

Transfer the designs onto the fabric using a

washable fabric pen. To transfer the designs

precisely, use transfer paper (see Stitch Library

page 152). Draw a design on each corner of the

table runner and napkins. If you are worried about

drawing freehand practise first on a piece of paper.

Most of the patterns are flexible and do not need

to be copied exactly. Centre the hoop securely

over the design.

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SEWING

Ferns

1. The ferns are stitched in split stitch using two

different shades of turquoise. The larger ferns are

made with 3 strands of thread, the smaller ferns

with 2 strands of thread.

Table runner ferns template

The templates shown here is not to scale

- please download for accurate size

876 (2)

split stitch

216 (2)

split stitch

876 (2)

split stitch

876 (2)

split stitch

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216 (2)

split stitch

216 (3)

split stitch


Napkins ferns template

876 (2)

split stitch

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876 (2)

split stitch

216 (3)

split stitch

2. Start at the base of the stem and stitch a line up

the middle, keeping your stitches even. Work your

way back down one side, making the leaves. Then

work back up the other side and make the leaves

there. Try to keep the overall curves and outline

of the fern smooth and even. Repeat for the

other ferns.

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Tablecloth roses template

843 (2)

satin stitch

Roses

Start with the stems, then add

the rose petals. The flowers

are formed from woven wheel

stitch, using 3 strands of pale and

peachy pink thread. Of course,

roses can be almost any colour

you like, so choose your own

favourite shade.

843 (3)

stem stitch

1012 or 1026 (3)

woven wheel stitch

Napkin roses template

1012 (3) or 1026

woven wheel stitch

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satin stitch

Not in text

843 (3)

stem stitch


3. With 3 strands of a soft green, use stem stitch

to make gentle curves for the rose stems. Make the

leaves using 3 strands of the same green. Use three

or four small stitches (satin stitch) in the same place

to build up a rounded leaf.

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4. To make the flowers with woven wheel stitch,

start by making a star of five small stitches.

Come up very near the middle and begin to ‘weave’

through those stitches, going over, under, over,

under, around and around. Because you started

with an odd number of stitches, the over/under will

alternate, which is what creates the woven effect.

4

5. Keep going around and around until you have

covered up the original five small stitches. The end

rose should be pleasingly chunky.

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Oranges and Lemons

Nothing reminds me of Italy quite like

orange and lemon trees.

Oranges and Lemons template

293 (3)

satin stitch

1002 (3)

satin stitch

281 (3)

stem stitch

843 (2)

satin stitch

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6. With 3 strands of a slightly browny green thread,

use stem stitch to create the branches.

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7. Using 2 strands of a lighter green, build up some

leaves with diagonal satin stitches. Stitching at an

angle helps to form the curve of the leaf, and make

it look a little bit like it’s blowing in the breeze!

7

8. For the citrus fruits, use satin stitches, 3 strands

going one way, and then go over these in the

perpendicular direction (that is, if you did the

first stitches horizontally, make the second layer

of stitches vertically). This helps to make the

fruit more rounded.

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Lily Pads

I have used yellow for the water lilies but they also come in lovely coral pink shades, so add

some of these, too.

Lily Pads template

158 (2)

stem stitch

1074 (2)

split stitch outline

satin stitch fill

193 (2)

satin stitch

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9. The lily pads are stitched in two steps.

First, use split stitch to create an outline. This

will help to keep the edge of the shape more

smooth when you fill it in. Second, use satin

stitch, stitching just outside your outline, to fill

the shape. Try to blend your satin stitches into

one another to make a nice smooth surface.

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10. With 2 strands of pale blue, use stem

stitch to create the effect of rippled water

on the pond.

10

11. With 2 strands of the pale yellow thread,

create the water lilies. To do this make long

stitches from the middle base of the flower

upwards and outwards. Use satin stitch, and

sew just outside your outline to fill in the shape.

Try to blend your satin stitches into one another

to make a smooth surface.

The lily pads are stitched in two steps. First, use

split stitch to create an outline. This will help to

keep the edge of the shape more smooth when

you fill it in. For the second step, follow the text

in step 10 above.

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The Peacock

This design may seem complicated but just take it

one step at a time and it will emerge gorgeously!

The Peacock template

401 (3))

french knot

1012 (2)

satin stitch

120 (3))

french knots

1037 (3)

satin stitch

1037 (2)

outline stem stitch

filling

1037 (3)

chain stitch

120 (3)

chain stitch

120 (2)

outline stem stitch

filling chain stitch

401 (2)

split stitch

398 (2)

seed stitch

1037 (2)

fly stitch

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12. With 2 strands of off-white thread, use stem

stitch to sew the outline of the bird’s body and

wing, but not the tail.

With 3 strands of off-white thread, chain stitch

along the edge where the white ends and the

pale blue belly begins (see template). At the end

of the row, turn and go back right alongside that

row in the opposite direction. This helps balance

the chain stitch and keeps the filling even.When

you have done three or four rows, go up along

the neck and around the head, then down and

along the back. Make 3 or 4 rows from the top of

the bird’s back down, and keep going evenly until

the rows meet in the middle.

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You may need a few little extra stitches

inside the wing.

13. As you chain stitch the head, have another

needle and thread ready to add satin stitches to

fill the beak. To finish, add 5 little stitches for

the head feathers.

Use 3 strands of pale blue thread to finish

the chain stitch filling and create the ‘shading’

of the belly. Using 2 strands of the same pale

blue, stem stitch the outline of the legs, and

use chain stitch to fill them in.

Make 5 french knots to top off the head feathers.

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14. With 2 strands of off-white thread use fly stitch

to create the tail feathers, starting from the tip of

the tail and working upwards.

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With 2 strands of dark grey thread, use split stitch

to finish the legs and feet. Then use the same grey

thread to make a little french knot for the eye.

To finish, use the peachy pink thread from the roses

to make a couple of little stitches for a rosy cheek.

Use the mid-grey thread to make tiny seed stitches

scattered around the peacock to create pebbles.

FINISHING

Carefully wash off the pen marks. When the fabric

has dried, gently iron the table runner and napkins.

Lay the table and have a big dinner party and enjoy

all the compliments from your friends about your

beautiful new table linen!

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meet the designer...

Louise Newton

@loustitches

About me

I live in the north of England, in the city of Leeds. I’ve

always enjoyed being creative and grew up painting and

drawing. My first experience with a needle and thread

was in an afterschool cross-stitch club where I made little

Christmas gifts for my family (a robin and a Christmas

pudding!). However, it wasn’t until I graduated from

university in 2015 that I took up hand-embroidery.

I needed a creative outlet after feeling like I hadn’t done

any art for a long time. I found tutorials on YouTube,

ordered some materials online and started stitching

freestyle designs featuring flowers, bees and insects.

I create my work at home, at my dining room table or

curled up in an armchair. It’s a great way to unwind and

it’s something I can lose myself in after a long day at work.

Embroidery is the perfect combination of colours and

texture. Freestyle embroidery in particular allows me to

build layers of colour; picking out each shade or tone

as I go. Another great thing about embroidery is that

it’s portable! I can pick it up and stitch anywhere I like,

and I can work with colour and texture without the

messy setup of painting.

I think that having a hobby like embroidery is like

practising a form of mindfulness as it forces you to slow

down and focus on what’s in front of you. It’s definitely

helped me through some hard times!

I work in digital marketing by day so I stitch in my

spare time. When I’m not working or stitching I love to

go on walks, explore new places or read a good book.

I love anything that involves cups of tea, nature

and cosiness.

About my work

Each piece is completely unique, hand-stitched and

designed by me in Yorkshire. I create nature-inspired

embroidery art featuring wildflowers, landscapes and

insects. Nature inspires me the most. All the colour

inspiration you could ever need is right outside your

front door. My favourite plants are wildflowers and spring

flowers that grow naturally in woodlands or by roadsides.

There’s just something extra special about them. I want

to capture the wildness of nature, for example a tangle

of stems or a missing petal. I like my designs to be happy,

colourful and floral.

When I’m creating for myself, I love to stitch freestyle,

as colours come into my mind. I might start with a long,

curving stem and then add a flower middle to it. As I

add more elements, the piece naturally starts to come

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together and I work out how I can fill each new space. If

I’m working on a commission or an element that requires

more detail, I will sketch directly onto the fabric with

a heat erasable pen so I can easily remove the outlines

afterwards. Sometimes I’ll make a quick note on my

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phone of colour combos, leaves or flowers that I’ve seen

outside so that I can save my ideas for future works.

When I’m out on walks, I’ll take photos that I can refer

back to for inspiration.

Louise

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My project to make

FLOWER CUSHION

Many of us have faced challenges over the past year so

I wanted this design to be all about positivity. It’s often

the little things in life that get you through difficult times,

such as comfy cushions, bright autumn berries and

flowers beginning to bloom in spring. I wanted to create

a wildflower design that’s bursting with optimism and that

celebrates the bright range of florals and foliage in bloom

throughout spring and summer.

I’ve loved being able to apply my designs to a cushion

rather than just a hoop. It’s given me lots of inspiration

about what else I could apply my designs to – clothing

and bags would be so cool! Anchor stranded cotton is

my favourite to work with. There are so many different

colours to choose from and the quality of the threads

really shows in my work.

I advise beginners not to get too anxious about

learning all the different types of stitches and techniques

at first – you don’t need to know everything to start.

As long as you’re enjoying yourself, you can’t go wrong,

the rest will follow.

Embroidery is an incredibly forgiving art form, too. If

you do go wrong don’t worry, you can snip stitches out

and start again as if nothing ever happened.

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Flower cushion

SEE MORE PHOTOS

Louise Newton

I transferred the pattern by placing the fabric over the top of the printed pattern to trace with

a fabric pen. You can use a lightbox or window if the fabric is too thick to see through. For all

leaves, berries and petals, use 6 strands of thread. Each stem and french knot uses 3 strands of

thread (3 turns of the needle).

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• Natural linen fabric 100 x 50cm

• Embroidery hoop, approx 20cm

• Fabric pen

• Embroidery needle no. 4

• Scissors

• Cushion pad, 30 x 30cm

0333

x1

0006

x1

0314

x1

0169

x1

0290

x1

0167

x1

0261

x1

0215

x1

STITCHES:

French knots (see Stitch Library page 155)

Satin stitch (see Stitch Library page 154)

Stem stitch (see Stitch Library page 155)

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Flower cushion

All leaves, berries and petals use 6 strands of thread.

Each stem and French knot use 3 strands of thread (3 turns of the needle).

GETTING STARTED

Transfer the designs onto the fabric (see Stitch Library page 152).

Centre the hoop securely over the design.

169, 261

French knots 333

Satin stitch

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

TEMPLATE

333

Satin stitch

290, 314

French knots

261, 215

Satin stitch

290

Satin stitch

314

French knot

167

Satin stitch

314

Stem stitch

261

Stem stitch

169

Stem stitch

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For all leaves, berries and petals, use 6 strands of thread.

For each stem and french knot, use 3 strands of thread (3 turns of the needle).

The template shown here is not to scale - please download for accurate size


SEWING

Poppies

1. Take 3 strands of yellow to fill in each poppy

middle with french knots, using 3 turns of the

needle. Next, take 3 strands of orange to fill in

the outer middle with french knots. For the poppy

petals, use all 6 strands of red thread. Fill each petal

using satin stitch.

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Yellow wildflowers

2. Use 3 strands of orange to fill in each flower

middle with French knots, using 3 turns of the

needle. Now use all 6 strands of yellow to fill in

each petal in satin stitch.

2

Flower stems

3. Use stem stitch with 3 strands of dark blue to fill

in the poppy stems. Use stem stitch with 3 strands

of dark green to fill in the yellow flower stems.

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Berries

4. Work the berry stems using stem stitch with

3 strands of orange. Use 6 strands of red to fill in

each berry with satin stitch. To fill in the leaves on

the berry stems use satin stitch with 6 strands of

pale pink.

4

Leaves

5. Use 3 strands of orange to fill the large leaf stem

with stem stitch. Fill in each leaf with satin stitch,

using 6 strands of thread. Alternate between dark

green, light green and pale pink.

5

Other foliage

6. For the tiny, heart-shaped flowers, take the

pale blue thread and use all 6 strands to fill in with

satin stitch.

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7. With 3 strands of dark blue, add one french

knot to represent a flower middle for the remaining

flowers around the piece. Add three to four more

french knots using 3 strands of pale green around

it to represent petals.

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8. Finally, take 1 strand of yellow and add random

bristles coming off each poppy stem.

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FINISHING

Measure out a square on your fabric and cut out. It

should be 5cm bigger than your cushion pad

To make the back of the cushion cover, cut a

rectangle that is half the width of the square you

just cut, with the same height. Cut another rectangle

that is two-thirds of the width of the square, again

keeping the same height. Fold over on one of the

rectangle sides to create a hem and sew a straight

stitch down it.

9. Lay both rectangles on top of the square, right

sides together, and pin all the way round, ready

to sew.

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10. Sew along all four sides and backstitch when

you come to where the back pieces overlap.

This will ensure that the opening is secure. When

you’ve finished sewing, cut the end off each corner.

This will make sure that the points are sharp and

well shaped

10

Turn the cover the right way round and push out

each corner. Insert the cushion pad into your cover.

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meet the designer...

Mirtia Razzi

@mirtia_comedincantohandmade

About me

My name is Mirtia and I live in Abruzzo, a small town east

of Rome, in Italy. The region is very green and full of

natural parks, and I’m lucky enough to have the sea on one

side and high mountains only a little way from my home.

I have a great passion for a wide variety of arts and crafts

from restyling vintage furniture and painting to sewing and

embroidering by hand.

I first became interested in crafting as a child and my

first creation was a garland with yarn flowers. Although

I am kept incredibly busy with my family and work, I

make time to experiment with different creative ideas

and techniques. This helps me to relax and has become

a therapy for my soul.

My favourite place in which to create is halfway

between a living room and a workshop. Over the years

I’ve filled this space with my own creations and those of

colleagues that I’ve bought or been given. In the evenings,

after I’ve put the family to bed, I light my vanilla scented

candle and go down into my world in the company

of my cat and my little dog.

“I am inspired by

the nature that

surrounds me.”

About my work

What I like most about freehand embroidery is the

possibility of expressing myself as if I were painting, and

being able to recreate the countryside around me using

flowers, leaves and animals.

My creative process starts with a mood board. For

hand embroidery I paint a watercolour sketch to match

the colours of the yarns. Then I refine the design by

adding the outlines of the individual parts. Finally,

I transfer the design to the fabric.

I am inspired by the nature that surrounds me and how

it changes with the seasons. I also take lots of photographs

of flowers, leaves and even vintage objects. Sometimes I

use photos that I see on Instagram that show small details

that strike me: a vase, a window or a bouquet of flowers…

I am also inspired by several Japanese and Russian

creators, such as Kazuko Aoki, @elkina_julia,

@alice_makabe, @rairai_ws, and I am inspired by

many botanical watercolour illustrators.

Blog: http://comedincantohandmade.blogspot.com

Mirtia

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My project to make

SPRING DREAMCATCHER

For this project I have created a Spring Dreamcatcher

with the word Hope, to hang in the wind as a good omen

in this time of extreme concern that the whole world is

experiencing. The pandemic has changed our habits a lot

and has deprived us of so much freedom in affection and

travel. We do not know when it will all end and if we will

ever return to life as it was before, now we just have to

dream and spread beauty as best we can.

I try to bring colour and beauty into people’s lives

through my creations, and my wish is that by making

this design we can help to spread calm and serenity

and maybe a feeling of hope for the future.

I was really happy with the Anchor Stranded Cotton

threads and I am recommending them to colleagues

and students!

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Spring dreamcatcher

SEE MORE PHOTOS

Mirtia Razzi

I used 6 threads for each part of the work, including the writing and french knots. I began with the

roses and flowers, then the leaves and twigs, and finished with the berries, corollas and writing.

You can hang your dreamcatcher above your bed or anywhere else in the house with a length of

wire or ribbon sewn into the back of the hoop.

Alternatively, you can use ribbon to make a loop at the top and hang it from a nail or hook

in front of a window or door. When the breeze catches it, it will turn and the ribbons will

swirl gently.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• 30cm square off-white linen

• 12cm circle white felt, for backing

• 20cm embroidery hoop

• Embroidery needle no. 6

• Dressmaker’s carbon paper and tracing paper

• Pencil

• Scissors

• Hot glue

• 15 coloured ribbons each 120cm long

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0108

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1062

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0039

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STITCHES:

Woven wheel (see Stitch Library page 159)

Lazy daisy (see Stitch Library page 156)

Fishbone (see Stitch Library page 159)

Split stitch (see Stitch Library page 153)

Backstitch (see Stitch Library page 152)

French knot (see Stitch Library page 155)

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Spring dreamcatcher

GETTING STARTED

Transfer the design onto the fabric (see Stitch

Library page 152). Secure the hoop over the

centre of the design.

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

TEMPLATE

ROSE EMBROIDERY

LAZY DAISY STITCH

SPLIT STITCH

LAZY DAISY STITCH

FISHBONE STITCH

FRENCH KNOT

FRENCH KNOT

FRENCH KNOT

SPLIT STITCH

BACK STITCH

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SEWING

The rose is embroidered using woven wheel stitch.

1. The detached chain stitch, also called lazy daisy,

is great for leaves and flowers. You can experiment

with tension here, giving a thin or more rounded

leaf/petal shape. Here you create a series of

individual chains all towards the centre.

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2. Fishbone stitch is great for filling leaves. You can

use it an angle that is more parallel or perpendicular

to the leaf vein to give it a different look. Go back

and forth from the starting points at the top of the

leaf and work along the sides of the outline. The

points start from the top and from below, and cross

in the middle of the leaf.

2

3. For the twigs, the split stitch is worked from

left to right and the needle actually pierces (or

‘divides’) the previous stitch as it rises through the

fabric. Use it to create a well-structured line or

for filling.

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4. Woven wheel roses start with five stitches in the

shape of a star. Sew the ‘spokes’ of the wheel from

the outer edge into the centre. Bring your needle up

near the centre and begin to weave anticlockwise,

over and under and over and under the spokes. You

will not be piercing the fabric, just weaving. Continue

until the spokes are completely covered. Bring your

needle back down through the fabric and tie off.

Test the tension to get more height in your rose.

Larger roses (quarter size) need additional spokes,

but remember to always use an odd number, such

as five or seven.

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5. Backstitch is used for the decorative writing. It is

worked from right to left and is great for lettering.

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6. The french knot is a textured filler and accent

stitch. You can wrap the thread around the needle

one to three times to change the size of the knot.

The key is to keep the thread taut and the band

pulled down to the surface of the fabric while

pulling the needle. Here it is used for the berries

and flower corolla.

FINISHING

Cut off the excess fabric, leaving 2.5cm. Sew

around the edge, pulling the ends of the thread

to the back of the circle. Finish with a tight knot,

curling the edge.

Attach the ribbons with a half-length knot to the

outer embroidery hoop.

Attach the felt circle at the back with hot glue

to finish.

You can hang your Dreamcatcher with a wire hook

or a piece of ribbon.

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meet the designer...

Anne Mende

@pumora_embroidery

About me

I live in Brandenburg, Germany and I am an embroiderer.

I remember embroidering a bookmark in primary school

but I did not start embroidering seriously until my

early twenties. I was fascinated by medieval brick stitch

embroidery and made a lot of embroidered pouches

and small bags. When I was younger I learned various

techniques from books but with the Internet it is much

easier to learn new techniques and it has really increased

my knowledge and skills.

I’m currently in the process of restoring an old

house from the 1840s and it’s great to use my hands

in a different way and get some exercise out of it, too.

With the house came a lovely garden where I’m growing

vegetables and herbs. Other than that, I love to try out

new crafts, such as punch needle, sun printing, wood

carving and really anything that sparks my interest!

“I love the freedom

of embroidery.”

About my work

I find it so sad to hear of crafts that only one person

masters and when that person is gone, all of the

knowledge is gone, too. My work, hopefully, helps to

spread the interest and how-to of embroidery so that

many more people can enjoy it in the modern world.

I love the freedom of embroidery. It combines my

two passions: drawing and textiles. Since embroidery

almost always has to be attached to something, the

possibilities of combining materials and other craft/art

techniques are limitless and exciting.

Most of the time an idea will randomly pop into my

mind and I will then explore it further on paper. After

the first draft, I gather all the materials that I will need

for the project and then try out or learn the techniques

that I need for it. Like many artists and designers,

my biggest influence is Mother Nature. I live in the

countryside, and forests, animals, fields and the sky have

always been my biggest inspiration. Lately, flowers have

also become a new favourite of mine.

I absolutely adore the work of Emily Ferris

@emillieferris. She has a very calming and mindful way

to stitch and present her embroidery work. Then there

is Yumiko Higuchi and other Japanese artists. There are

a lot of very talented people promoting embroidery,

which is excellent.

Anne

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My projects to make

IKAT BAG AND FLOWER SCARF

Both of my designs are inspired by colour and texture.

Ikat fabric is made with a special dyeing technique and

I found it exciting to recreate that style but with a lighter

approach. The flower design was quite challenging. Thick

knitted fabric behaves differently from regular woven

fabrics and has bigger and fewer holes to work with.

I researched what people did many centuries ago.

I learned that traditionally, and still sometimes today,

embroidery is done on a carrier fabric first and then

applied to the final material if it has a lot of texture,

such as velvet or thick wool. Using this technique you can

also remove the embroidery if you need to.

The palette I chose for both projects is light and

colourful, which I like very much. Making projects with

vibrant colours is a lot of fun for me.

I have worked with the Anchor Stranded Cotton

embroidery thread for many years now and still love

it. It’s very versatile and comes in an amazing range of

incredible colours.

For this project, I used tapestry wool for the first

time and the vibrancy of the colours and the quality

of the threads really stood out. I’m looking forward

to using Anchor Tapisserie Wool more often and

trying to experiment with it more!

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Flower scarf

Anne Mende

This flower design is sewn onto a piece of felt that is then sewn onto a scarf or shawl. Use

1 strand of tapestry wool for everything. Start with the dark green foliage with backstitch. For the

leaves, make three stitches over each other to create a thick texture. Then, add the white lazy

daisy flowers. Proceed to stitch the two big flowers from the centre outwards, beginning with

satin stitch in the circle. Follow the chart for colour and stitch usage. Add the remaining leaves

after stitching the flowers so that you can fill out the space evenly.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Tapisserie Wool

• Thick woollen or fleece scarf or shawl,

large enough to accomodate an

embroidered area of 12.5 x 12.5cm

• 3mm felt, to go with your scarf colour,

15 x 15cm

• Sewing thread or 1 strand of embroidery

thread in the colour of the felt

• Tapestry needle no. 24

• Dressmaker’s carbon paper or transfer paper

• Small pair of scissors

8118

x1

8392

x1

8000

x1

8394

x1

8884

x1

8012

x1

8966

x1

9112

x1

STITCHES:

Satin stitch (see Stitch Library page 154)

Stem stitch (see Stitch Library page 155)

Backstitch (see Stitch Library page 152)

Straight stitch (see Stitch Library page 157)

French knots (see Stitch Library page 155)

Lazy daisy (see Stitch Library page 156)

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Flower scarf

GETTING STARTED

Transfer the design onto the fabric (see Stitch

Library page 152). Secure the hoop over the

centre of the design.

8884

backstitch

8966

satin stitch

8000 (petals)

lazy daisy

9112 (veins)

straight stitch

8118

french knots

8118

french knot

9112

satin stitch

8392

satin stitch

8394

satin stitch

8000

stem stitch 8012

satin stitch

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

TEMPLATE

The template shown here is not to scale - please download for accurate size

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SEWING

1. Start with the dark green foliage with backstitch.

For the leaves, make 3 stitches over each other

to create a thick texture. Then, add the white lazy

daisy flowers. Proceed to stitch the two big flowers

from the centre outwards, beginning with the satin

stitch in the circle. Follow the diagram for colour

and stitch usage. Add the remaining leaves after

stitching the flowers so that you can fill out the

space evenly.

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2. Embroider the inner circle for the big flowers

in satin stitch.

2

3. Sew the french knots around the inner circle.

Work several rounds of stem stitch around

the french knots.

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4. Stitch the big flower petals in satin stitch by

starting with the darker shade of pink. Work from

the outside to the inside. Then change to the lighter

pink to fill in the centres of the petals.

4

5.To add the bigger leaves, sew alternate satin

stitches on each side.

5

6. Add in the centre detail for the big leaves in the

pale green shade to finish the design.

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FINISHING

7. Roughly cut out the shape of the design

leaving about 0.5–1cm of fabric around

the design.

.

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8. Pin the felt flowers in place on your scarf.

Using the sewing thread, sew whip stitches to

attach the felt flower patch to your scarf. Make

sure you don’t stretch or crease the scarf during

this process so that the felt patch lays flat after it

is stitched on.

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Ikat bag

Anne Mende

This is a fairly easy project to make, but it is important to stay in line with the vertical threads of

your fabric when making the dashed lines of running stitches. Use 2 strands of embroidery thread

for everything.

YOU WILL NEED

THREADS: Anchor Stranded Cotton

• Linen fabric – 82 x 35cm

• Embroidery needle size 5

• Scissors

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x1

0013

x1

0011

x1

STITCHES:

Running stitch

Satin stitch (see Stitch Library page 154)

French knots (see Stitch Library page 155)

Stem stitch (see Stitch Library page 155)

tip

Have a place where you can store all your

supplies as well as the project you are

working on. This will keep everything clean

and safe…and all in one place!

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EMBROIDERY

Bag: 27cm (W) x 39cm (L) finished size

Handles: 2cm (W) x 70cm (L) finished size

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Ikat bag

GETTING STARTED

Transfer the design onto the fabric (see Stitch

Library page 152). Secure the hoop over the

centre of the design.

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

TEMPLATE

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running stitch

13

running stitch

13

satin stitch

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running stitch

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SEWING

1. Start by stitching the vertical lines in running

stitch. Then embroider the green parts in the oval

shapes in satin stitch.

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2. For the areas with running stitches, stitch over

the outline for one or two stitch lengths from time

to time to mimic the blurred outlines of an Ikat

fabric. Set the lines very close to each other and use

the vertical threads of the fabric as a guide. Each

stitch should not be longer than 6 threads of the

fabric, and the space between each stitch should be

a little bit shorter than the stitches themselves.

2

To make up your bag follow this simple tote bag

pattern from Mez Needlecraft:

https://www.mez-needlecraft.com/mezfabrics-studio/

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Ikat magic...

Ikat patterns are very distinctive and can be used to

create clothing, accessories and home furnishings, in

bright, bold colours or more subdued earth colours.

But what is ikat and where did it come from? No one

quite knows the origin of ikat but it is believed to have

originated in Asia. It is an incredibly complex woven

fabric, generally made using hand-spun natural fibre

yarns and naturally-derived colours.

Ikat is a resist dyeing technique, like tie-die or batik.

However, in tie-die and batik the fabric is dyed, in ikat

the yarn is dyed (ikat dyed). Bundles of yarn are tightly

wrapped together, dyed and dried. The magic happens

when the weaver uses the ikat dyed yarn on the loom

to create the pattern. As the cloth is woven, the design

gradually and beautifully reveals itself. The process is

highly skilled – if one yarn bundle is slightly off position

or colour, the whole piece can be ruined.

There are three distinct methods to ikat creation.

In ‘warp ikat’, weft yarns (the yarns that run horizontally

across the loom) can be dyed a solid colour while the

warp yarns (the yarns that run vertically up and down

the loom) are ikat dyed. This creates a clearly visible

pattern on the loom before any weaving takes place.

Transversely, in ‘weft ikat’, the weft yarns can be ikat

dyed with the warp yarns dyed solid, and the pattern is

formed only through weaving. The most complicated is

‘double ikat’, when both warp and weft threads are ikat

dyed prior to weaving. This advanced technique is carried

out only by the most skilled ‘master’ ikat dyers and

weavers and is almost exclusively done in India, Japan

and Indonesia.

Ikat patterns have distinctive feathered edges, which,

from a distance, give an organic quality. Digital designs are

able to recreate this to some extent, but to really tell the

authenticity of an ikat cloth, you must turn it over – the

yarns are dyed throughout, and so too is the cloth.

Every ikat weaving community develops their own Ikat

personality for their cloth, which reflects the community’s

beliefs and uses the available fibres and plants around

them. Ikat dyers and weavers tell tales of their land

and people through their craft. The ikat ritual has been

practiced in India, Indonesia, Japan and other South-East

Asian countries for millennia, but is also still popular

today in Central and South American countries, such as

Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico.

Today, ikat is popular around the world and can be

seen in many different forms. Bold ikat designs make a

striking statement on any piece of work, from an evening

dress to a cushion cover.

Stephanie Steel

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Ones to watch...

Looking for more ideas? We recommend following these captivating embroidery designers to feed your

imagination and inspire your own creative endeavours.

Chloe Amy Avery

Embroidery and

Textile Artist

Chloe uses food and nostalgia

as her inspiration for creating

large scale, intricately detailed

freestyle embroideries and

wearable pieces. Using threads

as if they are lines of painted

brush strokes, the hyperrealistic

impressionism of her

work challenges the viewer to

take a closer look.

@chloe.amy.avery

Constance Eyre

Punch Needle

Embroidery Artist

Living by the sea in Portugal inspires

Constance to create beautiful

sunrises, landscapes and simple

bold patterns in her punch needle

pictures and accessories. The

occasional use of alternative fibres

and threads in her work provides an

unusual twist to her embroideries.

@savingthreads

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Yolanda Andres

Freestyle Embroidery Artist

A freestyle embroidery artist from

Spain, Yolanda is inspired by traditional

sewn embellishments added to

functional textiles around the home.

Her captivating Instagram feed shows

diverse styles and techniques in bright

colours and strong shapes.

@yolandaandresandres

Marina Linehan

Needlepoint, Tapestry

Designer

With a background in interior

design and a passion for textiles,

Marina started her own business

selling contemporary needlepoint

kits in 2017. Using attractive

geometric patterns in bold

colours, Marina’s designs are

simple, yet striking.

@marinashomeuk

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Stitch library

GETTING STARTED WITH

PUNCH NEEDLE

1. Trace the design onto the centre of the fabric.

An easy way to do this is to tape your design onto

a window, hold the fabric over the top and trace it

on using a water-soluble marker pen or dark pencil.

2. Evenly stretch the fabric onto the frame so that

the square is central in the frame. If you are using a

gripper strip or carpet tack frame, secure your fabric

and cover any sharp points protruding through the

fabric. If you are using staples or drawing pins ensure

your fabric is as tight as possible and pin/staple at

multiple points.

How to Punch Needle

1. Hold the punch needle by the handle as you

would a pen or pencil and make sure the screw is

facing upwards. Ensure that the screw lines up with

the opening at the tip of the needle. Once threaded,

the end of the wool that extends from the needle

should be underneath the needle.

1

2. With the needle at a slight angle to the fabric,

push the needle in, all the way down to the handle.

3. Always have your needle pointing in the direction

you are punching. Have lots of slack on the wool to

allow it to move smoothly through the needle.

3

4. Pull the needle up so that the tip is just exposed

above the fabric. Keeping the needle close to the

fabric, move the needle forward the required

number of holes and push back down again. If you

pull your needle up too high, the stitches will not

stay in so keep the needle close to the fabric and

almost drag it across.

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5. Push the needle fully into the fabric each time,

down to the handle, for even-sized loops.

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6. When you come to the end of the row you are

punching, pull your needle up out of the fabric so

that a small amount of yarn is visible approximately

1cm. Pinch this yarn between your fingers and snip

off close to the fabric (pic 6). Use the closed end

of embroidery scissors (or an unthreaded punch

needle) and push this end back through the hole it

came out of so that it is now on the same side as

the loops (pic 7).

6

7. To turn a corner in the design turn with the

needle fully inserted into the fabric. When the

needle is fully inserted, you can then either turn

the frame or the needle, so that the needle is now

facing in the new direction that you are punching.

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[3] [4]

GETTING STARTED WITH CROSS STITCH

The squares on a cross stitch chart correspond to

the grid created by the holes in the fabric. Each

coloured square represents a single cross stitch.

Sometimes symbols are also included. Use the chart

key to match the thread colours to the design.

Prepare your fabric by ironing it gently. Fold it in four

to locate the centre. It is helpful to mark the centre

with a pin, or small stitch. Then find the centre

square of your chart. This is where you should begin

stitching. One square of the chart represents one

stitch of the design.

[4] [5]

Use a frame or embroidery hoop to keep an even

tension while sewing.

Cut the thread to no more than 50cm in length.

Anchor stranded cotton embroidery thread is made

up of six individual strands. Separate the number of

strands needed as indicated on your chart.

[8]

Work stitches of the same colour close together

and do not move to areas that are more than 2.5cm

away. Work sideways – from left to right or right to

left – and always stitch and complete the cross in

the same direction. Complete the cross stitches, and

then add backstitch if shown on the chart.

How to sew cross stitch

[8]

1. Cross stitch is worked in rows going from left to

right. Beginning at the back of the fabric, bring your

needle up through a hole towards [10] the front. Then

pass your needle through a hole diagonally opposite

from where you started. This makes a half cross

stitch (/). Make a second half cross stitch by bringing

the needle back up through the hole that is directly

below the one you last used. Continue stitching

along the row.

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2. Return back along the row to make a series of

half cross stitches in the other direction.

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How to sew backstitch

Backstitch is a single line of stitches, used to

add definition to patterns and shapes.

Stitches are usually worked within the main holes

of the fabric, but if you need to outline a shape in

a smaller area, you can make smaller stitches through

the weave.

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GETTING STARTED WITH FREESTYLE

Iron the fabric and place it over the printed pattern.

Trace the design using a pencil or water-soluble

fabric marker. Laying it onto a light box or against

a window will help you to see the design clearly

through the fabric.

Use a frame or embroidery hoop to maintain an

even tension on your fabric while stitching. Ideally

stitch with a 50cm cut length of thread. Anchor

stranded cotton thread is made up of 6 individual

strands. Separate as required to use the number of

strands as stated on the chart/key.

Follow the chart and key placing the various colours

and stitches. Work stitches of the same shades that

are close together at the same time. Do not move

to areas that are more than 2.5cm away as this

makes subsequent stitching difficult and the thread

may show through. Ensure that you completely

cover the drawn design on the fabric when stitching

as this may also show through.

Follow the step-by-step photos to complete your

freestyle embroidery projects.

Backstitch

This is a single line of stitches, used to add definition

to patterns and shapes.

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Chain stitch

Chain stitch is a series of loops which form a

chain-like pattern.

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Split stitch

In split stitch stitching, the needle splits the thread of

the previous stitch before it, creating the next stitch.

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Satin stitch

Work a series of parallel straight stitches to completely fill an area.

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French knot

French knots are small dot-like stitches that look like small beads.

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Stem stitch

This stitch is often used to outline shapes or create strong lines.

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Lazy Daisy

Worked in a similar way to chain stitch, lazy daisy is also known as detached or single chain stitch.

Long and short stitch

Combine long and short stitch to fill in a shape and blend colours

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Straight stitch

Straight stitches can be arranged in groups to make simple shapes such as flowers, leaves and

geometric designs.

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Fly stitch

Also known as Y-stitch, fly stitch can be worked in rows or individually.

Seed stitch

Evenly scatter small straight stitches to fill an area.

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Woven wheel stitch

Sometimes called Woven Rose stitch, the weaving can be done very tightly to create thick, built up

petals, or it can be woven loosely for a softer, flatter effect. Begin by making an odd number of spokes

of a wheel using straight stitch. Then weave around, in and out of the spokes until the area is full.

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Fishbone stitch

Ideal for making leaves or feathers, the stitches cross each other at the centre, creating a dense middle

section. Begin with a single straight stitch to mark the centre and then work diagonally from either side,

crossing over the centre stitch until the area is filled.

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Whipped backstitch

This creates a well-defined, smooth line, ideal for lettering and outlines. Start by creating a line of

backstitch and then weave in and out with a second piece of thread.

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