from the editor
■ Welcome! I was str uck while reading the proofs this month that where and with whom we create can sometimes be as impor tant as the resulting ar twork – sometimes the journey can be the destination. From husband and wife, to other creative par tner ships, from single sewers to less tangible online groups, many are represented here. Mexican duo Gabriel and Fernanda, par tner s both in and out of the galler y, focus on their home and their role as hosts which has provided inspiration for their lovely warm textiles. Similar ly, the duo Lissy and Rudi are par tner s in ar t and life .Their Maori heritage and concept of home inspires them too, but with ver y different results – fantastic joyous neons, sunglasses required. Amanda McCavour works alone to produce hundreds of specimenstyle thread sculptures that painstakingly come together in the final exhibition, but loves to hear and meet people working in her block. Instagram has been instr umental in bringing stitcher s together as they create, and stitching communities have proliferated. For example,Vanessa Marr’s @domesticdusters is a place to share in the slogan-led bright yellow duster project. Her shout-out in par tner ship with the Profanity Embroider y Group was wicked fun. Then there are many respected groups for stitcher s, like Prism Textiles and The Embroiderers’ Guild, which create their own communities and suppor t networks.The Guild is currently offering vir tual stitch-alongs, as well as online courses and talks, and on page 53, tells how it collects and values the ar tworks of those stitcher s who have gone before. TV plays a role too. Some of us stitched along with Grayson’s Art Club , and now the ceramicist, and creator of tapestries, has been knighted. Inspired by the show, see the knitted Sandringham on page 54. Digital embroiderer David Morrish shares a sewing room in his home with his wife Alison, an upholsterer, and recently managed to get his brand of stitching on TV in BBC One’s Make it at Market. The couple have already collaborated on projects. PhD researcher Stewar t Kelly asks: why don’t men stitch together as women do? When he star ted out only Michael Brennand-Wood was a primar y mover but the situation is changing, and at the Fashion and Embroider y Show this March, We Sew Too is aiming for gender equality. Finally, we are delighted to catch up with The Great British Sewing Bee ’s Queen Bee herself, EsmeYoung. Watching old episodes of the show I am str uck by the number of male finalists, and the lovely group-spirit – not a prima donna in sight. Send us a snap via #HowILikeToStitch on Instagram @embroider y_mag and until next month, enjoy the issue!
EDITOR Embroider y magazine
ON THE COVER: The Horizon, The Ocean, The Sky (2021-2022) by Amanda McCavour www.amandamccavour.com embroidery
Embroidery is published six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November by Embroiderers’ Guild Enterprises Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Embroiderers’ Guild. The magazine was first published in 1932 and is read today by textile professionals and enthusiasts around the world. The Embroiderers’ Guild is a registered charity (No. 234239), which organises an annual programme of events and awards. The Guild’s Museum Collection of embroidered items is held at Bucks County Museum.
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