I finally got my hands on a copy of issue 81 of Inspirations magazine. Turns out my contributor's copy - kindly sent by Ellaine on the editorial team to all the contributors featured in each edition - was held up at customs.
If you're a fan of the magazine and you live anywhere in the First World, read no further. But if by chance you've also only just gotten hold of a copy or aren't familiar with the publication, see if you can find the issue. It's filled with floral projects of all shapes, styles and sizes, including a contemporary wool blanket by Anna Scott embroidered in a gorgeous colourway of mostly blues and reds.
The attention to detail from the editorial team - from the styling to the photography to the layout to the little added extras - is one of things I admire about the magazine. Even though a lot of the projects are quite traditional in style and colour, there's always something to learn: a new stitch or interesting way of working a design. And it's filled with insight into the working of stitches, including diagrams and instructions on things like how best to fuse your applique shapes to the background fabric:
The project I contributed to this issue, Petal Power, combines applique with embroidery and because it's not always easy to find the same or similar fabric, there's a handy section on how to create your own colourway of fabric and thread:
I know for a fact that at least one person in England and another in France has been embroidering this project, with a few maybes here in South Africa. It's been designated a project for "practising" different surface stitches as it has a fair few incorporated into the design, and has the added element of embroidered applique. If you're keen to give it a go but don't want the hassle of finding the right thread colours, you can buy a thread pack from publisher Country Bumpkin:
And if you do decide to stitch up this project, I'd love to see your version, so don't be shy about sending some pics. The magazine is available in print and digital editions and you can get your copy here.