Rich Harvest by Di Kirchner

24th February 2023

Di Kirchner hails from our home-town of Adelaide, South Australia which is famous for its wine regions. The wine here is so good, most Adelaideans dread the thought of drinking a drop from any other region in the world. 

Once you get a taste for a rich, deep, Barossa Valley Shiraz, a McLaren Vale Cabernet or a cool, crisp, Clare Valley Riesling, it’s very hard to tolerate anything else.

(For full disclosure, the writers of this newsletter accept that this opinion is totally biased, but for good reason!)

It’s little wonder therefore, that Di’s latest project should celebrate the bounty of grapes that are all around us here in Adelaide with her piece Rich Harvest from Inspirations issue #117.

In fact, when you consider the pairing that Di has put together for us, well surely it’s a needleworkers heaven.

Let us set the scene for you… it’s a warm summer’s night, a group of us are sitting on the veranda overlooking the vineyards on an old homestead as the kookaburras chatter away and the kangaroos relax under the gum trees with the sun slowly setting in the distance.

All of us are merrily stitching, chatting and laughing away with a glass of premium South Australian wine on hand that is sitting right next to our very handy pincushion adorned with bunches of luscious purple grapes. 

Oh, and we’d also have a cheese platter nearby with fresh bread, fine cuts of meat and a bounty of fruit, including some plump chilled grapes.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well, first we need to stitch the pincushion!

Here are some facts on the project for you:

Publication: Inspirations magazine issue #117

Designer: Di Kirchner from Australia

Project Name: Rich Harvest

Project Type: Pincushion 

Technique: Crewel Embroidery 

Fabric: 25 count natural Floba rayon/linen blend

Design Transfer Required: Yes

Threads: Crewel wool and stranded cotton

Dimensions: 14cm (5 ½”) square 

Even if you don’t have the homestead with the vineyards, kookaburras and kangaroos, all of us can source a good bottle of wine, put together a cheese platter, grab some friends and enjoy stitching this delightful project together.

Make Your Own Rich Harvest

Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Rich Harvest by Di Kirchner is a pincushion with colourful crewel and Bargello designs.

Printed Magazines

Inspirations Issue 117

Digital Patterns

Rich Harvest – i117 Digital

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Rich Harvest includes everything* you need to re-create this gorgeous pincushion: Fabrics (unprinted), fibre-fill, beads, embroidery threads and needles.


Rich Harvest – i117 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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