Your Next Needlework Adventure Has Arrived…
18th September 2020
The wait is finally over! With much fanfare and excitement, today we officially launch our new book ‘A Passion for Needlework 3 | Blakiston Creamery’.
Compelled by our belief that every stitched piece has a story waiting to be told, ‘A Passion for Needlework’ is our series of books that tell these stories.
For the Inspirations team, these books are our passion incarnate – they represent the pinnacle of our collective efforts to publish the world’s most beautiful needlework.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been referencing some of the wonder that awaits within this third book in the series, so without any further ado let us begin with the final reveal of ‘A Passion for Needlework 3 | Blakiston Creamery’.
We’re reluctant to say that we think we’ve outdone ourselves with this one but… well… we think we’ve outdone ourselves with this one.
It all begins with a decadent affair of strawberries – from page one you’ll be dazzled by the elegant silk and gold of Cynthia Jackson’s Tudor Garland, bursting with strawberries. Then there is the sophistication of strawberries stitched with the finest of silk in Susan O’Connor’s Mirror Image, an Elizabethan mirror surround packed with flowers and fruit.
(L) Tudor Garland by Cynthia Jackson (R) Mirror Image by Susan O’Conner
Bringing home the strawberry love is Brenda Sortwell’s Morris Magic featuring two cheeky avian strawberry thieves, worked in crewel wool.
Morris Magic by Brenda Sortwell
For those enamoured with all things floral, you will adore Nigella & Honesty by Margaret Light. Carolyn Pearce’s elegant set of needlework accessories, entitled Perfect Pansies, features gorgeous threadpainted blooms on burnt orange silk.
(L) Nigella & Honesty by Margaret Light (R) Perfect Pansies by Carolyn Pearce
Jane Nicholas’s delicate Dogwood & Lacewing combines stumpwork flowers with insects so realistic you will be surprised when they don’t fly out of the frame. A decadent bevy of butterflies and insects also feature in Helen M. Stevens’s lustrous Woodland Floor, worked in silks on a striking black background.
(L) Dogwood & Lacewing by Jane Nicholas (R) Woodland Floor by Helen M. Stevens
In contrast, the pure beauty of white on white is achieved in Christine P. Bishop’s Tulipan worked in Hedebo. And for those with a passion for beading, Margaret Lee’s exquisite Sen’nohana evening bag will feed that passion and then some.
(L) Tulipan by Christine P. Bishop (R) Sen’nohana by Margaret Lee
If three-dimensional embroidery makes your heart sing, you can create your own indoor garden with Ana Mallah’s Sweet Succulents, but you will need to remind people not to water them! Georgina Bellamy’s Jewel of the Sea is a gorgeous, three-dimensional turtle worked in shimmering metallics.
(L) Sweet Succulents by Ana Malah (R) Jewel of the Sea by Georgina Bellamy
Finally, the project that gave us that stunning image for the cover of the book, Christine Burton’s Limonera Pear. An enchanting pincushion adorned in blackwork and tiny beads, constructed into a perfect, three-dimensional fruit.
Limonera Pear by Christine Burton
If you can feel a tingle in your fingers and hear the rattle and hum of your needle and threads, that’s the call of the passion! To answer, order your book below.
PLEASE NOTE – Special discounted shipping rates are available for our Passion for Needlework books which will be calculated and applied automatically at check out.