We hope you like our new, contemporary look as much as we do. This issue is brimming with beautiful photography, easy to follow step-by-step projects, informative techniques, behind-the-scenes sewing features, plus lots of fabric, thread and texture to inspire your creative sewing.
Our cover star is the Harley Tunic Dress, a smart and stylish dress perfect for British summertime. It features in-seam pockets and a v-neckline to create a versatile dress that will soon become a wardrobe favourite. The Button-up Tank is an easy to wear casual top which is just the ticket for relaxing in the sun. For days out sightseeing, the quirky Trickshot Camera Bag is inspired by the beauty of retro cameras and is cleverly created using appliqué and free machine embroidery. For those of you who love hand embroidery, the Wild Flower Embroidery will bring a little sunshine into your home. It uses simple hand embroidery stitches and beading to create a striking piece of hoop art. For the ideal Father’s Day gift, the Utilitarian Apron and Bicycle Panniers combine functionality with style and are great sewing projects for the man in your life. For younger members of the family - the adorable Girls Field Mice Dress is a delightful smock with three quarter length sleeves and deep patch pockets that will be just perfect for your little country bumpkin! And as a quick and easy project, the super cute Baby Shoes will keep tiny toes cosy and make a wonderful gift for a new arrival.
Our features this month include a peak behind-the scenes at the prestigious British embroidery atelier Hand & Lock. As they celebrate their 250th year, we find out more about their rich heritage from a bygone era. For a glimpse into the world of contemporary embroidery, we meet Mr X Stitch and learn more about this exciting global community. Discover how to make your stitched work more three-dimensional with our Pleats, Folds and Pinches technique. And to celebrate our new look issue, we have a special competition with your chance to win an amazing Brother Innov-is 35 Sewing Machine! Happy sewing!
Emma & Leanne
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