Inspirations #109 – Natural Colour

Natural Colour


This issue celebrates the natural world in stitch with fabulous projects inspired by Australian flora and fauna created by premier threadpainting designers Trish Burr, Jenny McWhinney and, new contributor, Emillie Ferris, along with beautiful wildflowers showcased with gleaming silk embroidery by Helen M. Stevens.

Three-dimensional and crewel embroidery also feature, plus a Hardanger design perfect for beginners and a unique, history-inspired needlework set in delicate whitework.

Featured Projects

  • Arcadia by Brenda Sortwell: Ornate bird and foliage using the fabulous traditions of Jacobean crewel embroidery
  • Mind Games by Kim Beamish: Whitework table mat or cushion front worked with Hardanger embroidery
  • Aetna's Bouquet by Helen M. Stevens: Signature silk embroidery celebrating wildflowers from the fenlands of England
  • Hello Possum! by Jenny McWhinney: Cuddly blanket with a cute possum amongst gum blossoms and a matching carry bag
  • Helena Gum Moth by Emillie Ferris: The gentle colours of this large Australian moth are showcased in threadpainting
  • The Great Charter by Mike Parr: Inspired by the Magna Carta, a kingly monogram in whitework embellishes a needlebook and scissor fob
  • Pretty in Pink by Trish Burr: An Australian rose robin resting on a splendid magnolia depicted in threadpainting
  • Remember by Philippa Todd: Elegant three-dimensional poppy that can be worn as a brooch


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