from the editor

■ Welcome! I was struck while reading the proofs this month that where and with whom we create can sometimes be as important as the resulting artwork – sometimes the journey can be the destination. From husband and wife, to other creative partnerships, from single sewers to less tangible online groups, many are represented here. Mexican duo Gabriel and Fernanda, partners both in and out of the gallery, focus on their home and their role as hosts which has provided inspiration for their lovely warm textiles. Similarly, the duo Lissy and Rudi are partners in art and life.Their Maori heritage and concept of home inspires them too, but with very different results – fantastic joyous neons, sunglasses required.


Amanda McCavour works alone to produce hundreds of specimen-style thread sculptures that painstakingly come together in the finaexhibition, but loves to hear and meet people working in her block. Instagram has been instrumental in bringing stitchers together as they create, and stitching communities have proliferated. For example,Vanessa Marr’s @domesticdusters is a place to share in the slogan-led bright yellow duster project. Her shout-out in partnership with the Profanity Embroidery Group was wicked fun.

Then there are many respected groups for stitchers, like Prism Textiles and The Embroiderers’ Guild, which create their own communities and support networks.The Guild is currently offering virtual stitch-alongs, as well as online courses and talks, and on page 53, tells how it collects and values the artworks of those stitchers who have gone before. TV plays a role too. Some of us stitched along with Grayson’s Art Club, and now the ceramicist, and creator of tapestries, has been knighted. Inspired by the show, see the knitted Sandringham on page 54. Digital embroiderer David Morrish shares a sewing room in his home with his wife Alison, an upholsterer, and recently managed to get his brand of stitching on TV in BBC One’s Make it at Market. The couple have already collaborated on projects.

PhD researcher Stewart Kelly asks: why don’t men stitch together as women do? When he started out only Michael Brennand-Wood was a primary mover but the situation is changing, and at the Fashion and Embroidery Show this March,We Sew Too is aiming for gender equality. Finally, we are delighted to catch up with The Great British Sewing Bee’s Queen Bee herself, EsmeYoung.Watching old episodes of the show I am struck by the number of male finalists, and the lovely group-spirit not a prima donna in sight.

Send us a snap via #HowILikeToStitch on Instagram @embroidery_mag and until next month, enjoy the issue!

Claire Waring EDITOR Embroidery magazine


Embroidery is published six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November by Embroiderers’ Guild Enterprises Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Embroiderers’ Guild . The magazine was first published in 1932 and is read today by textile professionals and enthusiasts around the world . The Embroiderers’ Guild is a registered charity (No . 234239), which organises an annual programme of events and awards . The Guild’s Museum Collection of embroidered items is held at Bucks County Museum .


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