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A Fine Tradition

Delight in the sumptuous interplay of colour and stitch, inspired by embroidery styles across the centuries, in the exquisite embroidery of Australian designer Margaret Light.



Stitch beautiful needlework accessories, decorative panels and embroidered tiles drawing from a rich and diverse design history ranging from Islamic architecture, 17th century crewel bed hangings and Indian block prints to the Arts and Crafts movement and beyond.

Fourteen projects showcase Margaret’s passion for joyful stitching with ingenious combinations of techniques and glorious colour play utilising wool, cotton and silk threads on linen fabrics.

Detailed instructions are provided for every step from stitching to construction, including a comprehensive library of diagrams and step-by-step photographs for more than ninety stitches.

Featured Projects

'A Fine Tradition' features the following projects:

  • Iznik Tile
    Tulips, carnations and hyacinths in a vase reflecting Islamic decorative arts.
  • Delft Tile
    Fruit bowl laden with pears, figs and cherries, inspired by 17th century Delft tiles.
  • Redwork Pincushion & Chatelaine
    Barrel pincushion and chatelaine comprising scissor sheath and fob, thimble pod and strawberry emery.
  • Tree of Life
    Sumptuous crewel wall hanging masterfully combining colour and stitch.
  • Redwork Sachet
    Symmetrical design showcasing an elegant use of simple stitches influenced by early blackwork.
  • Rosehip Needlecase
    Case with needle pages and pockets, featuring floral designs inspired by Indian block prints.
  • Floral-Sprigged Sewing Fold
    Carnations, irises and bluebells enclose a pincushion and pockets for scissors, thimble and accessories, with a bluebell emery fob.
  • Blackbird Cushion & Needlebook
    Bright and playful pastoral design for a cushion or needlebook.
  • 18th Century Needlefold
    Needlefold containing pincushion and needle pages with exquisite flowers worked in stranded cotton or crewel wool.
  • Morning Glory Needlefold
    Needlefold with large pockets adorned with scrolling stems of morning glory and wallflowers.
  • Briar Rose & Honeysuckle
    Framed embroidery of briar rose and honeysuckle in beautiful, soft colours.
  • Deerfield Tile
    Flowers in a vase worked in the signature blue shades of Deerfield embroidery.

Shipping Time

Please allow 7-14 days for orders placed within Australia and 3-4 weeks for international deliveries. Orders containing a backorder item will be sent as soon as the backorder item is in stock.

Additional Information

  • Product Type
  • Designer
    Margaret Light
  • ISBN
  • Dimensions
    28L × 24W × 1.5H (cm)
  • Weight

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