Stitching the Sturt Pea

The hand painted canvas

Inspiration, Sturt Peas in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Hello stitchers! I hope this finds you all safe and enjoying your latest project(s).

In the studio

This month I am delighted to share my newest #needlepoint design, the Sturt Pea, the floral emblem of my home state, South Australia. It is the third in my series of iconic Australian Wildflowers.

I know there are many of you who have already finished stitching the Wattle and Banksia and are keen to get started on this third design. I usually stitch a design before launching it into the world but as I have a number of canvases painted this design is ready for you to order. For those of you who are more patient I hope to share the finished canvas next month.

The Sturt Pea features the same beautiful blue sky and the leaves are the same grey greens as the Wattle leaves while the background ochre is a lovely complement to the Banksia flowers. I can’t wait to see them all together.

What’s new?

If you are at all interested in textiles you probably know Selvedge Magazine. This U.K. publication is one of the few magazines I read from cover to cover . It’s a visual delight and I always come away having learnt something new and inspired by the creativity and ingenuity of makers from all over the world both from the past and the present. The magazine is celebrating its 100th edition so take a look https://www.selvedge.org/

This month Selvedge #22 features an article about a fabulous U.K. charity called, Fine Cell Work.

For 25 years, Fine Cell Work has taught expert needlework skills to men and women in British prisons. We all know how picking up your needles and thread can improve our state of mind but we can only imagine what a lifeline it must be when you are locked up for most of the day and night. Most of the designs are stitched in needlepoint and made into cushions. The sale of the cushions provide paid work to more than 8000 prisoners to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem.  See the glorious collection of cushions and get inspired to stitch at https://finecellwork.co.uk/pages/our-work 

Flash Sale

My Camellias are blooming so I thought we’d celebrate by featuring the hand painted Camellia sleep mask as my feature kit for this month’s Flash Sale.  This lovely little project makes a beautiful gift and is a perfect stitching companion for those of you lucky enough to be going anywhere.

This month just $55. https://studiostitches.com.au/product/needlepoint-came…a-sleep-mask-kit/

I hope this finds you all healthy and well and if in Australia, enjoying our Winter weather. But wherever you, whatever the weather it’s always the perfect time to pick up your stitching and enjoy the wonderful craft of needlepoint.

Happy stitching!

Barbara x

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