What Are You Stitching?

29th June 2018

One of the things we love about creating the Inspirations wall calendars is they give us the opportunity to revisit past projects. This week we’re doing just that in What Are You Stitching? as we share what’s been created from the pages of Inspirations Magazine and our book, A Passion for Needlework by the amazing needlework community.

Capucines | Margaret Cobleigh

‘I recently completed Catherine Laurençon’s Capucines from Inspirations #93. Thank you so much for publishing Ms. Laurençon’s designs – I have been a fan of her work for a long time and thoroughly enjoyed stitching her magnificent nasturtiums.’

‘I am a long time subscriber to Inspirations and look forward to each and every issue. I have several Inspirations kits – among other things – in my stash that I am looking forward to completing. To that end, I started a blog HERE to share my projects with other embroiderers around the world and also, I think, to encourage me to work through my stash. Keep up the great work – you have definitely inspired this embroiderer!’

Margaret, we love your rendition of Catherine’s Capucines – your stitching is every bit as detailed and intricate as her original! We look forward to seeing what’s next completed from your stash.

Cornus | Heather Seamons

‘I thought I would share the present I made for my dearest friend for her 70th Birthday. We have known each other since we were 17 and over the years I have made her many stitched presents and a few special bears as well. This year I launched into the cover project – Cornus by Julie Kniedl – from A Passion for Needlework.’

‘In preparation for finishing the project, I had one of the members of our local men’s shed, which was started by my husband, make the pin cushion base. I made a piece of felt in wool with silk smatterings throughout and decided to use only one flower and three leaves to balance the piece. Inside there is a magnet for a needle minder as part of her present were some Tulip Hiroshima appliqué needles and glass head pins as she is an avid quilter. I love adapting the projects from Inspirations to suit my needs!’

Heather, what an incredibly thoughtful gift for a friendship that has spanned a lifetime! We love your adaptation of Julie’s Cornus and are sure it’s much admired by your friend with each use.

Rustle of Winter | Elisabeth Lebedel

‘I live in France near Nantes and I have been embroidering since I was eight years old. I stopped stitching for a long time when I worked as teacher and then had my two children. I first learned to embroider from my grandmother Madeleine and now like to make different things with needle and thread. This is my lastest piece – an immense pleasure to stitch!’

Elisabeth, we love that you’ve found your way back to needle and thread after all these years! Your version of June’s ever-popular field mouse is as every bit as gorgeous as her original that appeared in Inspirations #37 all those years ago.

If what’s been created by the needles and threads above has inspired you, the following links will help you on your way to creating your own version of these timeless Inspirations projects.


Capucines – i93 Kit


Inspirations Issue 93 | Capucines


A Passion for Needlework | Cornus

Digital Patterns

Rustle of Winter

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