Design Collective

Design Collective - 2.00

In the second volume of The Design Collective series, we’re celebrating Christmas in stitch.

We asked twelve of the world’s most talented needlework artisans to each design a project to celebrate Christmas with stitch. Each designer was given the same brief. There were no rules. No guidelines. The only criteria: a connection to Christmas.

The result? A fabulous range of unique responses, including ornaments and decorations for your home, special gifts and a spectacular bonbon for the Christmas table.

PROJECTS: The Nutcracker by Natalie Dupuis - A beloved Christmas decoration depicted in or nué with additional embellishments to enhance the design | A Christmas Rose by Betsy Morgan - Ornament with a stumpwork hellebore and gold star worked over a background of counted thread embroidery | A Sprig of Holly by Susan O'Connor - Elegant brooch with holly berries and leaves worked with silk threads | Pat's Bonbon by Hazel Blomkamp - A bonbon to use every year, adorned with sparkling poinsettias, flowers and leaves in three-dimensional beading | A Summer Christmas by Ana Mallah - Wreath with softly shaded hydrangeas and berries to honour the different seasons around the world at Christmas | Folk Art Bird Ornament by Trish Burr - Colourful bird with flowers and snowflakes inspired by Scandinavian folk art | Christmas Wreath by Di van Niekerk - Wreath with Christmas reds and greens, framed in a hoop bound with hand-dyed silk ribbon | White Christmas by Di Kirchner - White hanging ornament with a garland of leaves, beaded berries and twigs | Memories by Margaret Lee - Centrepiece table mat sumptuously worked with Japanese-style bead embroidery | Box of Delights by Helen M. Stevens - Large design of hellebores and small designs of sweet pea, fuchsia and morning glory | Secrets by Laurence Lieblich - Pyramid box with surface embroidery in silk and metallic threads | Christmas Cheer by Katherine Duiguid - Sparkling Christmas tree ornament embellished with metal thread, beads and crystals.

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Design Collective

Design Collective - 1.00


Introducing a brand new series of books from Inspirations – The Design Collective. In this first volume, we’re giving Pincushions a makeover. Each designer was given the same brief. There were no rules. No guidelines. The only criteria: the final project must house pins and needles. The result? The most imaginative, clever, and artistic pincushions you have ever seen.

PROJECTS: Ivy by Margaret Light. Trailing stems of ivy with flowers and berries surround a hand-quilted circlet within a square design | Celest Fig by Christine Burton. Three-dimensional fig with beaded blackwork designs creating texture and shading | Daisies & Forget-me-nots by Ana Mallah. Two enchanting pincushions, surrounded by pretty stumpwork flowers | Sweet Strawberry by Victoria Laine. Colourful strawberry motif and background in counted thread embroidery with metal thread highlights | Fragments by Anna Scott. Jacobean-style flower and buds in vibrant reds and blues adorn a small, pleated pillow top | Norwegian Lace by Di Kirchner. Delicate and lace-like square of Hardanger atop a linen base, finished with a wrapped bead | Sacred Flower by Margaret Lee. Symbolism-rich lotus design worked with gleaming filament silks using Chinese embroidery techniques | Nodding Greenhood by Alison Cole. An Australian bushland scene brought to life with a stumpwork study of native orchids on a wooden base | Chō Mon by Jane Nicholas. A perfect trio of stylised, goldwork butterflies form a circular shape on a pillow design | Sweet William by Hazel Blomkamp. Sparkling, three-dimensional beaded flowers and leaves surround a lattice on a circular design | Deerfield by Deborah Love. Graceful buds and stems worked in harmonious blue shades, finished with a beaded edge | Bargello & Blackwork by Betsy Morgan. Open box and scissor fob with elegant panels of counted thread and velvet pincushion.