The biennial Inspirations ‘Stitch Your Heart Out’ needlework challenge is where we celebrate your stitching – open to anyone our motto is ‘If it’s stitched, it can win!’
Here is how the competition works, the ‘Design Diva’ category is for those who design and stitch their own original pieces. ‘Stitching Up A Storm’ is the category for stitchers who recreate an existing design. Within each of these two categories entries are grouped into one of three techniques:
Surface Embroidery | Raised Embroidery | Counted/Cut/Drawn Thread Embroidery
We also had a special themed category and ‘Colouring In’ was chosen where entrants transformed an existing colouring-in design to stitching in any form, which gave rise to some wonderfully creative pieces.
The popularity of the competition continues to grow with entries up 40% from 2014 and once again the quality of the needlework delighted our judges.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated from across the globe, exhibiting all your entries during ‘Beating Around The Bush’ was a real highlight of the event itself.
Choosing a winner for each category is never easy, and due to the exceptionally high standards of the entries, this year one category required joint winners to be awarded and a new special mention prize created for another.
So without further ado, here are the winners for the Inspirations ‘Stitch Your Heart Out’ competition 2016:
STITCHING UP A STORM – SURFACE EMBROIDERY
As the judges were unable to separate their top two choices in this category, joint first prize has been awarded.
Our first joint winner is Victoria Laine for ‘Green Parrot’ which is an adaption of the embroidery design by Trish Burr.
Our next joint first place winner is Naomi Small for her Woodland piece by Jenny McWhinney.
STITCHING UP A STORM – RAISED EMBROIDERY
The winner is Sue Barrows for ‘The Lifecycle of the Swallowtail Butterfly’ by Jane Nicholas
Stitching Up a Storm – Counted / Cut / Drawn Thread
The winner is Elaine Morton for her Sampler by Emmie Bishop.
DESIGN DIVAS – SURFACE EMBROIDERY
The winner is Lois Woollams. Lois has interpreted four of her favourite artworks by Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse and Monet.
DESIGN DIVAS – RAISED EMBROIDERY
The winner is Zinaida Kazban with her entry ‘Bunny in a Magic Forest’ which was inspired by the Enchanted Forest colouring book by Johanna Bastford.
DESIGN DIVA – COUNTED / CUT / DRAWN THREAD
The winner is Denise Forsyth for ‘Strawberries’ with each strawberry formed from 32-count red linen worked with pulled thread embroidery.
THEMED CATEGORY – COLOURING IN
As previously mentioned, this is all about transforming an existing colouring-in design into a needlework project. This year our themed category sees not only a winning entry, but also a Special Mention Prize.
The winner of the Colouring-In Challenge is Jessica Grimm. Her Fox is from the book Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom and incorporates surface embroidery, three-dimensional stitches and wired stumpwork.
Special Mention prize for the Colouring In Challenge goes to Jenni Davill for replicating some of her granddaughter’s drawings into needlework. This piece has been made as a surprise Christmas gift for her granddaughter to be given to her later this year.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
This is where we asked Beating Around The Bush participants to vote for their favourite entry. We are pleased to announce the winner of the People’s Choice award is – Victoria Laine who won a second prize for her piece ‘Green Parrot’ from the ‘Stitching Up a Storm – Surface Embroidery’ category.
GRAND PRIZE FOR 2016
Selected from among our already awarded category winners, it was the task of our esteemed judges to carefully consider each winning entry on its own merits and make the very difficult decision of choosing just one overall best entry. A huge thank you to our major sponsor, Au ver a Soie, who have once again generously donated a magnificent set of Soie d’Alger Silk Threads valued in excess of AU$3,500.
Special thanks must also go to all of our sponsors who contributed to both the Stitch Your Heart Out Competition and to Beating Around The Bush overall. Without all of their kind donations and in kind support, much of what we do would not be possible.
Now drum roll please . . . The winner of the Stitch Your Heart Out 2016 Grand Prize is Zinaida Kazban from the UK for her winning entry in the Design Divas Raised Embroidery category, the enchanting ‘Bunny in a Magic Forest’.
In Zinaida’s own words: ‘I sketched the bunny from one of my photographs and surrounded him with magical plants and flowers. The bunny is peering out of the bushes, frightened by a viewer, but still curious about the world opening up on the other side of the frame.’
Congratulations to all our winners and remember, time flies when you’re having needlework fun, so why not get started on your 2018 Stitch You Heart entries today!