Mention the word ‘taxidermy’ in any social situation and it guarantees a response – quite often negative, occasionally positive. But how would you react to textile taxidermy? Bridget Bailey recreates rather than stuffs all kinds of creatures using textiles and relishes the study and observation necessary to preserve their extraordinary characteristics in thread. Check out her extraordinary work and skill – no animals were harmed in the making of this feature.
We are sure you’d agree that Sasha Khokhlova has done the king of beasts justice on our stunning cover this issue – isn’t he gorgeous? She describes embroidery as her life and each piece she creates screams life and vivacity with every stitch; what an incredible talent.
Cacti are the plants of the moment – but why you would want a plant that has spikes on it? So make sure to have a go at making our ball cactus from our fabulous project on page for fashionable foliage that puts safety first – and doesn’t require watering, result! And in a similar vein, our spider web flowers project allows you to not only learn an exciting new stitch, but create beautiful pieces of floral art to hang around your home that will last and last.
Also in this issue, Lily Bloomwood treats us to her beautiful black work which she combines with, goldwork, beadwork and appliqué to create delicately patterned portraits of forgotten female icons – so dreamy.