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After talking about it and planning it and working on it, Anna Scott has started her new blog. Anna is the editor of Inspirations Magazine and you’ll remember Anna from an interview with her six weeks ago here on The Unbroken Thread.

In addition to being the editor of Inspirations, she is a gifted designer and active teacher. She also manages a needle pretty well! You can visit Anna’s blog right here – be sure to bookmark it or sign up for email updates.

Not only has she begun to blog about her own embroidery (rather than writing and editing articles about the embroidery of others) she’s also opened an etsy shop.  Always on the look out for the next project, I zipped right over there to see what was on offer! (As if I need another project waiting in the wings….but I believe in being prepared for a long winter!)

There are two designs for work – one in crewel and one in gold and silk. There are also complete kits for each of the projects and even a finished pillow for someone who doesn’t want to stitch but simply wants the finished article. (Who would want that?!? None of us, I imagine!)

I must admit I didn’t exercise any restraint and ordered the Crewelwork Blue Elegance on my first visit. I’ve just received the PDF via email and you can be sure I’ll let you know when I start stitching it!

I was ‘talking’ with Mary Corbet via email this week about the online world of embroidery, asking her advice about something as I often do. She is my mentor in the blogging world. Although we have never met, she is, like all of you, part of my embroidery group. And now we have another brand new online member, Anna Scott. Welcome!

p.s. For those of you who may never have noticed, when one of our community leaves a comment, often their name links to their blog or web site. That means if you click on their name, you are flown through cyberspace to their site. (If you click and nothing happens, then they haven’t left a link).

If you want to have a fascinating few hours of embroidery heaven, start clicking, pop over to all of these great blogs and take a look!

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Inspirational Interview with Anna Scott, editor of Inspirations

The world of embroidery is made up of people who do such a wide variety of things; spinners, dyers, designers, woodworkers, weavers, retailers, teachers, students, conservators, collectors, authors…and many, many more. We tend to think only of a few professions when we consider the vast network of people who make it possible for us to learn about and create our lovely pieces of embroidery.

One group of people who reach us quarterly are the people at Country Bumpkin who produce the most beautiful embroidery magazine in the world, Inspirations. Anna Scott is their editor and I was curious how one became an editor of an embroidery magazine (that’s a pretty specialized job description!) For those of you who receive Inspirations in your mail box four times a year, here’s an insight into what goes into putting each issue together and, for those of you who don’t yet receive it, check back next time for a gift to one lucky reader from Country Bumpkin!

What was your profession before you became the editor of Inspirations?

Before I joined Country Bumpkin, I spent a couple of years working for a bridal house where I did the beading and hand finishing of the gowns. It was at a time where most wedding gowns were covered in beads and sequins and at one point I didn’t think I would ever want to see another bead. Prior to beading wedding gowns, I worked at an ecclesiastical workshop in Copenhagen. That was an amazing experience and one that has given me a great appreciation of good craftsmanship.

What was the catalyst for becoming involved in publishing an embroidery magazine?

I trained at Haandarbejdets Fremmes Seminarium in Copenhagen, specialising in hand embroidery, and I was often asked how I would ever make a living from embroidery. I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen, but I love stitching and was just pretty determined to make it work somehow. However, publishing never crossed my mind and it is amazing where your interests can take you, if you are open towards the opportunities that come your way. Once back in Australia, I first learned about Inspirations magazine when I applied for a job as pattern maker. I didn’t get it, but some time later Margie Bauer, the founder of Country Bumpkin, contacted me and offered me a temporary job in the editorial department. I politely declined, thinking that I didn’t know anything at all about writing and editing for a magazine, let alone in English which is not my first language. How could I possibly work in publishing? On the other hand, I love teaching and presenting things neatly, and really had had enough of beads and crystals to last me a lifetime, so….. why not? A few weeks later, I called Margie back and asked if the offer was still there, and if so, could it be part time and permanent? That was the beginning. Since then my role in the company has slowly evolved and I have been given some amazing opportunities that I had never thought possible.

What creative opportunities do you relish as the editor?

This is a difficult question because the progression of each issue is one long creative process and it is difficult to separate one part from the other. Each issue of the magazine takes on a life of its own along the way and each step in the process is so closely linked to the next and the one before it. The gathering of suitable and interesting projects and articles that complement one another is exciting and good fun, and usually fuels ideas for future issues, as we often have more ideas than space. Visualising how best to present each piece photographically and then making those ideas come to life on the photo shoots is amazing. Then, once everything is prepared, I love working out how it will all fit on the pages, like a big puzzle. Working with our graphic design wiz, Lynton, is always a pleasure and I get great satisfaction from all the elements being brought together, and carefully fine-tuning the pages.

How are all the components of each project pulled together for each issue?

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