Link to Issue 156
The main design in this issue is a lovely picture of a ballerina and partner. The shading and texture of the costumes is wonderful and very realistic; the limbs a little less successful, but that's due to the restrictions of whole cross stitch. (And from a distance it would all look fine.) This is the kind of design that I like to look at, but would never actually do since I would find the amount of colour changes needed frustrating. I have a beautiful autumn picture that I've never finished because Every Stitch is a different colour!
A notice about some needlework demonstrations led me to Parham House
which has a collection of early needlework that might be worth a visit. Looks like there's a fairly
convenient train-bus connection (changing at Havant) so I could get there without a car.
In the letters section 'From the Studio' is a letter suggesting embroideries for dolls houses, which I think would be an excellent suggestion for the magazine. Dolls houses are one of those craft areas that are enjoying a revival (like knitting) so would be a good selling point for a future issue. They're also something that experienced stitchers enjoy doing, since they often involve miniature pieces.
I liked the coloured hardanger accessories. I do
like white hardanger, but I also enjoy seeing the effects achieved by using the variegated pearl cottons. One of the nice features in New Stitches is how they'll often do several samples in different colours, so you can get an idea of what you might like to use.
I might stitch the Clamshell bookmark, which would be quick, and is an elegant combination of blackwork and cross stitch. I was going to sign up for the Bookmark Swap in the Crafts Forum
this year, but it's fallen at a busy time for me. Perhaps I'll just build up a selection of bookmarks for next year!
The Cross Stitch Gallery section was all geared towards babies. No new arrivals in the offing at the moment, but might be useful in the future.
The article on French Whitework had some lovely closeups, more pictures can be seen at Danielle Carl
including the lovely wedding dress bodice (go to Creations - Clothing).