Paradise by Laurence Leiblich

18th June 2021

Over recent weeks we’ve been working our way through all the projects from Inspirations issue #110, but the one design we have yet to highlight is the glorious cover piece: Paradise by Laurence Lieblich. We’ve had so many comments on the cover this time around, mainly due to the brilliance of the colours and the wonderful style of this unique design.

Laurence’s name may seem new, however, she has been a valued contributor to Inspirations in the past with her first design featured way back in issue #56. 

Although Laurence always had stitching in her life, thanks to her mother and grandmother, it was only in 2006 when she moved to Nyon, a town on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, that an opportunity arose for Laurence to take over an embroidery studio. From there, Canevas Folies was born. 

At first, most of the kits she sold had been designed and created by the previous owner, but as Laurence became more confident in her own prodigious skill, she started including her own designs in the company’s offerings.

Since that time, Laurence has gone from strength to strength as a designer, teacher and embroiderer. She has found that the internet has helped her expand her business and community so much, but what she values above all are the wonderful variations in culture and tradition that she loves learning about from the global embroidery community.

If you take a look at Laurence’s website, you’ll see her fabulous style in all its glory. Paradise is a perfect example of the kind of embroidery that Laurence excels at. Combining a magnificent array of colours with a range of stitches and a design bursting with detail, Paradise isn’t just fantastic to look at, we’d say it is stitching paradise to work, from the first stitch to the last.

What sets this particular project apart is the wonderful blending of colours, particularly in the plumage of the birds. With purples blending into blues and yellows into reds, Paradise will allow you to enjoy working with long and short stitch to produce a stunning, jewel-like effect.

Each of the three birds is perched upon various branches that are dripping with leaves and flowers. Then the whole scene is framed to perfection with elegantly shaped corner foliage and capped off with a purple flower at each corner point.

Paradise works perfectly on the natural linen background, but you then get the pleasure of deciding whether you’re going to work this project in stranded cotton or glorious, shimmering silks. We have kitted up both to give you the option, knowing that the brilliance of the colours will show out whichever thread you choose.

Some people are afraid of colour as they worry that they might get the combinations wrong. With Paradise, Laurence Lieblich has been courageous for you and boldly combined colours to create a stunning rainbow-like effect.

You can rest assured that the colour combination works beautifully, leaving you to simply get on to produce a piece that will look wonderful on any wall. As you complete this beautiful design, the world of colour will open up to you in all of its glory giving you confidence to try more bold and exiting designs just like Paradise.

Make Your Own | Paradise

Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Paradise by Laurence Lieblich features brightly coloured flowers and birds in surface embroidery.

Printed Magazines

Inspirations Issue 110

Digital Patterns

Paradise – i110 Digital

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kits for Paradise include everything* you need to re-create this dazzling scene: Fabric (unprinted), embroidery threads (stranded cotton or stranded silk) and needles.


Paradise: Stranded Cotton – i110 Kit


Paradise: Silk Thread – i110 Kit

*Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step directions on how to create this project, please refer to the magazine/digital pattern.

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