Stitch Magazine Issue 134

In Stitch Magazine Issue 134, on page 44, you’ll discover a brilliant article by editor Kat McDonnell featuring the winning artworks in the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge 2021 – ‘Exquisite Containers’ – including my little Matchbox Challenge piece..

Here’s a sneak peek inside.

Stitch Magazine Issue 134
Matchbox Challenge
Exquisite containers article in stitch magazine
Exquisite Containers Article

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Stitch Magazine Issue 134
Stitch Magazine Issue 134

When this embroidery was completed in early 2021, Lockdown was in place, and the Guild had put any thoughts of exhibiting the artworks on the back burner. Since then, the collection of ‘Exquisite Container’ artworks has been on public display at the London and Harrogate, Knitting and Stitching Shows.

Contact Magazine July 2021

In Contact Magazine July 2021 you’ll discover an article sharing the story behind the name ‘Arnold’s Attic’. This digital magazine is the latest publication by the UK Embroiderers’ Guild. If fancy a quick peek, I’ve added a snippet below for you to read.

A copy of the Contact Magazine article
Snapshot of the Contact Magazine article

“Catherine’s use of the name ‘Arnolds Attic’ came about after a chance opportunity to acquire a large collection of vintage haberdashery, cloth and ephemera from a friend of her aunt who was clearing out his house.  The family had worked in the Lancashire textile mills for generations and as his mother had been an avid collector of fabrics her entire life, the collection was varied and substantial.  To honour the memory of this kind gift which moved Catherine from being a keen hobbyist to a passionate explorer and experimenter, she called it after the man and where the collection had been stored – Arnold’s Attic. “

The collection has inspired and appears in many of the works produced over the years and continues to provide a rich kaleidoscope of ideas, source materials and challenges when coupled with Catherine’s memories and heritage of growing up in Lancashire. Catherine began to focus on pieces with this common thread and exhibitions to showcase these to educate and inform about the many aspects of this important era and her childhood growing up in the now declining industries. In more recent years, Catherine has sought to perfect a style of ‘handwriting’ stitching in her signature red thread (a lot sourced from the collection) and use this to narrate stories to conjure images and emotions and fire the imagination.

Contact /magazine July 2021

The Guild contacted me earlier this year asking me to take part in the series ‘A-Z of Artists’. It’s an honour to share my work alongside some amazing textile artists. The artworks appearing in the article are Matchbox Challenge and Time for Tea, which I created under the name of Catherine Hill Textile Artist.

Running Stitch Pocket Pattern – A Collaboration Project

It’s been a very busy time for me during Lockdown. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with some amazing artists for my YouTube Channel and I’ve also been working on a design for a collaboration project. I was approached by Sue from Cut Couture Kit, who designs the most beautiful linen garments. The idea was to create an embroidery pattern for the button pockets that appear on her garments. The result is the Running Stitch Pocket Pattern, which you can download by clicking the ‘Download’ button below. There’s also a step by step YouTube to guide you through the process.

When I first read the brief, my first thought was to created a pattern suitable for beginners yet also had the potential to be adapted for more experienced stitchers.

The pattern creates a double dashed border, which sits perfectly centrally on the pocket. Its simplicity works beautifully with the linen, especially when the stitching is continued into the topstitching of the garment. The design can also be evolved to provide a ‘frame’ for your own unique textile art and embellishments.

Running Stitch Pocket hand embroidered in red thread on the Suzi Bag with a white linen garment hand embroidered in red thread by Catherine Hill Textile Artist
Running Stitch Pocket on the Suzi Bag. Tunic hand embroidered by Catherine Hill.

The pattern was created to compliment my own embroidery as Catherine Hill Textile Artist.

We would love to see your creations so please share your work on Instagram using #runningstitchpocket.

Tag your images @arnolds_attic & @cutcouturekit

Linen Suzi Bag Kit
Suzi Bag Kit
Running stitch, hand embroidered in red thread on a linen pocket on a garment
Running Stitch Pocket on the Hilary Culottes