New Digital Patterns | Inspirations #82 – Part 1

1st April 2022

Inspirations issue #82, published back in 2014, was packed with birds, flowers and butterflies to embroider. With printed copies of this issue now sold out, we’ve just finished digitising the first batch of projects as digital patterns, with the second group to follow in the coming weeks, so you can still enjoy this fantastic collection.

Ruling the Roost by Louise Spriggs is a cheerful cushion featuring six gorgeous felt appliqué doves sleeping on the branches of a handstitched tree. Stitched on natural linen, this is a project that will fit perfectly in any home.

Rock a Bye by Nancy Lee is an adorable wool and cashmere baby blanket with satin stitch rocking horses galloping around the edge. Choose your colour to tailor your blanket to the new arrival.

Chosen One by Anna Scott is a tiny wooden pot with a stunning monogram stitched on natural linen on the lid. Included in the pattern is a full alphabet so you can select the exact letter you need to fully personalise your project.

These three projects are now available for purchase and immediate download in our extensive digital pattern library on the website.

Recreating a Napoleonic Dress Coat

Imagine being offered a commission to remake the embellishments of a stunning dress coat from the late 1700s. The original coat is trimmed with intricate goldwork that has to be designed and recreated using modern materials and techniques. This is precisely the dream project that Liz Tapper from Lenham Needlecraft in the UK is currently undertaking.

Liz has been commissioned by an Italian customer to carefully study and then redesign the extensive embroidery on a historic military coat. The measurements must be meticulous in order to get this reproduction exactly right.

Liz’s excitement is palpable as you watch her carefully drawing the details and trying out the stitches.

It is a project of a lifetime, and one she has obviously embraced.

When this coat is complete, it will be brilliantly coloured and filled with eye watering detail. What an amazing project to be involved in!

You can read more about Liz’s project HERE

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