ideas embroidery

A special issue, standalone supplement to Ideas magazine (South Africa), originally available in print and now as a digital download. The magazine starts with embroidery basics, tools and supplies, and explains how to transfer designs to fabric in three different ways. There's a how-to guide to embroidery + photographic stitch instructions. The 20 projects are:

  • Hello hoops
  • Made in Africa wall art
  • Bicycle tote bag
  • Block on block scatter cushion
  • On the Farm wall art
  • Book lovers bookends
  • Tweet Tweet scatter cushion
  • Fynbos Beauties linen napkins
  • Yummy bread bag
  • Washing Up dishtowels
  • Pin-Up Cat pinboard
  • Needles and Pins trio of pincushions
  • Something Old, Something New tablet and e-reader sleeves
  • Oh Deer Me tote bag
  • Make a Note notebook cover
  • Up and Away scatter cushion
  • Such a Softy rabbit softy
  • Close To My Heart embroidered initial pendant
  • Bedtime Stories pillowcases
  • Bon Voyage! luggage tags

Beautifully styled and photographed by the Ideas magazine team, the projects are fresh and timeless for modern embroiderers.


ideas magazine

Ideas (South Africa) is an independent magazine put together by a small, dedicated editorial team. It comes out bimonthly. Three projects featured in the magazine are:

  • Birdcage – issue 405
  • Tree – issue 405
  • Gather Around – issue 408

Styled and photographed beautifully by the Ideas team, the projects offer detailed instructions from transferring the designs to doing the embroidery, and include a list of requirements and the traceable designs. 

The magazine is available from newsagents throughout South Africa.



stitch magazine

The UK Embroiderer's Guild publishes Stitch magazine (UK), "the essential hands-on magazine for creative stitchers". A project featured in the magazine is:

  • Around the World – issue 108

Projects in Stitch magazine span traditional and modern embroidery using a variety of stitching techniques and materials. And there are a number of back issues available.



Known as "the world's most beautiful needlework magazine", Inspirations magazine (Australia) is shipped worldwide and projects from back issues are available as PDF patterns. Four projects featured in Inspirations magazine, three of which are now available as patterns, are:

  • Autumn Feast – issue 67
  • Time for Tea – issue 74
  • Flame Tree – issue 76
  • Petal Power – issue 81

The patterns are beautifully styled and photographed, with detailed stitching instructions, and include the full-size embroidery design.

Petal Power is available as a PDF pattern from my online stores under the name Sylvan Garland. It contains:

  • Fabric, needle and thread requirements
  • Transfer instructions
  • Embroidery instructions
  • Reference photographs
  • Full embroidery design
  • Set up to fit on A4 or US letter-sized paper for easy printing on a home printer

kindred stitches

Kindred Stitches (Australia) is a digital sewing and craft magazine that includes clickable links and how-to videos that can be viewed directly from the pages of the magazine. There are 40 issues available and two projects featured in the magazine are:

  • Redwork in the Round – issue 36
  • Home Hoop Art – issue 40

Beautifully photographed, the instructions take you through the projects step by step, with photographic instructions for the stitches.