About the Publication
Inspirations is known as the World's Most Beautiful Embroidery Magazine for good reason. Published in Australia and available in specialty needlework shops, many fabric and crafts chain stores and by subscription, this magazine is filled with high-end embroidery projects normally delegated to expensive hardcover books and kits.
Designs by internationally-known teachers are included in every issue, along with complete directions and helpful step-by-step photos and illustrations.
• Beautiful, full color photographs or illustrations of projects and tutorials
• Stitch illustrations are easy to follow
• Advanced as well as beginner techniques
• Unusual and historical techniques are featured
• A wide range of project types are given
• Full-size pull-out pattern section
• European-style projects
• Finishing instructions are provided for most projects
• Average price per issue: $17 to $22 US dollars
• Subscription Rate: $88 US dollars for one year
• Frequency: Four issues per year
• Expensive (but worth it)
• Advanced techniques might be offputting to some beginner stitchers
• Published by Country Bumpkin Publications, Edwardstown South Australia
• Publication averaged 90 pages per issue
• ISSN: 1320-4610
This is one of my favorite publications, and I look forward to receiving it every quarter. Between its glossy pages are hours of inspiration, education and opportunities to learn something new. I’m always amazed at by the exciting technques and the imaginative use of common embroidery stitches featured in each issue by internationally known teachers like Trish Burr, Alison Cole, Carolyn Pearce, Jane Nicholas, Yvette Stanton, Margaret Light and others.
Don’t be discouraged if some of the techniques featured in this magazine appear advanced. They’re actually very doable and the photos and directions will guide you through the process with ease. You'll be amazed by the incredible photos of reader's submission featured in each issue, often by stitchers new to a particular technique. If you see something that inspired you, gather your embroidery threads and fabrics and start stitching!
"Inspirations is a quarterly magazine which is aimed at the niche market of fine embroidery. Each issue features eight to ten embroidery projects with full-size patterns, detailed instructions for stitching and construction, hints, tips and stories from the world of embroidery.
Launched in 1993, this magazine is a stable-mate of the original publication from Country Bumpkin Publications, Australian Smocking & Embroidery. Inspirations has become Australia's most successful embroidery magazine, evolving from a need for a quality magazine for the many embroiderers who found the available publications had too strong a craft emphasis. Each issue includes original designs using popular, traditional and challenging techniques. Stitches include back stitch, blanket stitch, bullion knots, colonial knots, couching, cross stitch, feather stitch, fly stitch, French knots, hem stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitch, needleweaving, ribbon stitch, shadow work and many more. Among the techniques featured in the magazine are crewel work, blackwork, ribbon embroidery, hardanger, stumpwork, thread painting, wool embroidery and goldwork.
Projects are sourced from Australia and other countries with master embroiderers from around the world delighted to have this forum for their work. Inspirations magazine is well-known for its photography - both the step-by-step photographs which clearly demonstrate how the embroidery stitches are executed and the glorious photographs displaying the projects. A unique feature of the magazine is the kits which may be purchased for each of the projects. With its world class photography, superior paper stock and extraordinary attention to detail, it is truly the world's premiere embroidery magazine, providing true inspiration to its readers, from beginners to advanced stitchers.
The circulation is constantly rising, with distribution in over seventy two countries around the world. In the United Kingdom it is distributed as Classic Inspirations and is keenly sought there by its many readers. Distribution in the United States of America has exploded over the last four years with over half of the subscribers now coming from that country."
For traveling stitchers, the Country Bumpkin web site features information on the popular Beating Around the Bush needlework convention.