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Stitchery Stories... Where textile artists share their life in fabric & thread. Embroidery. Textile Art. Inspiration, Techniques, Disasters & Delights. Join embroidery enthusiast & textile art dabbler, Susan Weeks, in her friendly weekly chats with UK textile artists. Discover how they got started. Share the lessons learned along the way. Get excited about what they are working on at the moment. Learn how they keep their business growing, their creativity flowing, and get a sneak peek into w ...
 
The New Israel Fund Australia podcast brings you interviews, stories and events with some of Israel and Diaspora Jewry's most influential and impactful voices. NIF is a partnership of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide, dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a democracy for all its citizens. We promote freedom, equality and social justice in Israel by funding Israeli non-profits and fostering new discussions in the Australian Jewish community.
 
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This is the audio version of an event we ran on Tuesday 23 November. You can watch it in full on YouTube. If the last few years have taught us anything, it's that antisemitism remains a real threat to Jews around the world. Yet, the push to codify the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism in law and …
 
Watch this on YouTube Join our discussion with two leaders from NIF's global board – Naomi Chazan, former deputy speaker of the Knesset, and Reem Younis, co-founder of Nazareth-based Alpha Omega and hi-tech entrepreneur – on the future of Jewish-Arab shared society in Israel after the inter-communal violence earlier this year. This clip is part of …
 
Watch this on YouTube Join Labor's shadow foreign affairs minister Senator the Hon. Penny Wong for a discussion on challenges facing liberal democracies, human rights and the situation in Israel-Palestine. This clip is part of NIF's celebration of 10 years event. Watch the full video on YouTube.By NIF Australia
 
Jennie-maree Tempest is a textile artist living on the Bass Coast of Australia. After many years creating art quilts and portraits, she has decided to challenge her textile art skills and creativity by creating textile art botanical sculptures. Jennie-maree focuses her creativity inspired by the native Australian species that grow around her coasta…
 
This is an audio version of an event we hosted on 12 October 2021. You can watch the event in full on our YouTube channel. How do journalists share complex issues, particularly when they are writing for an audience which is on the other side of the world? Join our discussion with John Lyons, the author of a new book, Dateline Jerusalem which looks …
 
Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Nikki Parmenter shares her life in fabric & thread & a wide range of interesting materials too! She chats with Susan Weeks about the wide range of inspirations and materials that she uses to create her large scale art. And although Nikki has a Fine Art background, she is very much self-taught when…
 
We apologise that this event is being added to our podcast late (the event was recorded on 18 May 2021). We had some technical issues that took time to resolve, including with the volume of some of our speakers. We appreciate your patience. You may be required to adjust the volume up/down while you listen. Thanks as always. Join two leaders shaping…
 
Tanya Bentham is an expert in the style of hand embroidery known as 'Opus Anglicanum'. It is a style of embroidery that was prevalent in the 13th & 14th centuries in England. Very specific stitches are used in a specific way with specific materials and style. Tanya shares her fascinating story of how she got started in embroidery and how the obsess…
 
Vendulka Battais is a textile artist, quilter, embroiderer and designer who started her creative journey making clothes with her mum in the Czech Republic. She learnt simple patchwork when she moved to the UK and was looking for a new hobby! Vendulka shares her fabulous story of where that early interest in patchwork took her. It's a story of creat…
 
Lorraine Turner is a textile artist who gives support for endangered animals through her vibrant textile art. Lorraine has been a practicing artist for many years as a graphic designer, working on wide variety of commercial projects but her adventure into textile art started a few years ago, and she adopted the 'no rules' approach to her textile ar…
 
In a time of fake news, rising populism and renewed antisemitism, join two of the world’s leading historians, Sir Simon Schama and Professor Deborah Lipstadt, in conversation with NIF’s global president and UCLA Jewish History Professor David Myers, discuss how our understanding of history shapes our current reality. Navigating how this plays out i…
 
Catriona Baird is Textiles Curator at Paisley Museum, in Scotland, which celebrates it's 150th anniversary on 11th April 2021. Catriona shares the story of the Paisley pattern - that swirly floral stylised teardrop motif that pops up in so many designs and objects, as well as of course on the famous Paisley Shawls. This is a story that brings toget…
 
Dr Gail Cowley is the founder and director of The School Of Stitched Textiles. Through the school, Gail offers a range of courses from beginner through to advanced practitioner, in a range of textile related subjects. As we hit the one year anniversary of Covid disruptions, lockdowns and challenges, we dig into many topics around online education a…
 
Ruth Norbury is a textile artist who specialises in creating urban decay art. But Ruth is full of contrasts and surprises, and today we dig into her story. She is almost entirely self taught, and loves to experiment to create the look and feel of her textile art. It's an ongoing challenge to represent the processes of decay in the urban landscape a…
 
The Embroiderers' Guild in the UK was established back in 1906 and is a charity established to build awareness of stitch and textile art. They educate, encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence. And also the Guild preserves an important collection of embroidery and textile art. Penny Hill is one of the Board of trustees of the Gu…
 
Deanne Fitzpatrick is the artist and businesswoman behind HookingRugs, a globally popular rug hooking business based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Deanne shares with us a very interesting glimpse behind the scenes of her daily life as an artist and creative business owner. Susan Weeks chats with Deanne today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast. …
 
Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden took office NIF Australia hosted seasoned American Middle East negotiator, and NIF board member, Aaron David Miller and former Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova for a discussion about how America’s Middle East policy will shift under the new administration. This podcast is a recording of the event held on …
 
Mary Corbet is the creator behind 'Needle N Thread' a globally popular and very long-standing hand embroidery blog. It is very much the hub of her brand, and through it, Mary shares her beautiful hand embroidery designs and kits, embroidery 'how-to' videos and creates an informative and enjoyable stream of blog posts about all things hand embroider…
 
Cindy Jackson is a freelance embroiderer, embroidery designer and embroidery tutor based in Ottawa, Canada, with a fascination for Tudor embroidery. In fact Cindy is an expert in this area, with published research papers and she has also developed kits and classes focused on Tudor embroidery. Susan Weeks chats with Cindy today on Stitchery Stories …
 
Here we are on the final day of 2020 and what a challenge it has been! But we all know that so let's focus instead upon the inspiring highlights based around stitching, embroidery & textile art. Come and listen as Sue Weeks presents some fabulous 2020 Stitchery Highlights from listeners from around the world. Stitchery Stories embroidery and textil…
 
As we head towards Christmas 2020, Sue Weeks, from Stitchery Stories embroidery and textile art podcast, shares her Christmas Greetings. Sue is searching for your inspiring 2020 Stitchery Highlights to share in a special Highlights episode for the last day of 2020. She knows that they are out there - let's share our creativity and positivity and ce…
 
Join us for an inspiring evening filled with beautiful music and conversation. Be uplifted by the wonderful music from Jewish Israeli singer Achinoam Nini (Noa) and Palestinian Israeli singer Mira Awad, and their ongoing efforts to create a more equal and tolerant society for all Israelis and Palestinians. Their collaboration is best known from Eur…
 
Today we meet Kris Campbell, a textile artist from New York state who has decided to take cross stitch to the absolute MAX! This is a fascinating story where we can see the threads of an artist's story come together in a body of work. In response to the global pandemic and the desire to make viewing art a safe experience, Kris decided to create a s…
 
Claire Fell is a machine embroidery artist who believes that textile art is a haven from the harsh realities of what we call modern life! She has recently written her first book 'Machine Embroidery - Techniques and Projects' and Claire shares her story of how her 'creative outburst' came into being, and the creative adventure she enjoyed along the …
 
Democracy and pluralism are under attack around the world. Join New York Times columnist Roger Cohen and academic and former deputy Knesset speaker Naomi Chazan to delve further into this troubling trend in the United States, Israel and all around the world. Joining us a week after the US elections, they’ll discuss the result and its long lasting i…
 
Justine Warner is inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on her doorstep and has developed a distinctive style for the textile art landscapes she creates. She works under the brand Pearl Loves Paisley. She loves to experiment with different techniques and materials. A VERY surprising and very important element in her work is... patterned m…
 
Sharon Boggon embraced the internet back in 1996 and has been an inspiring leader in embroidery both online and offline, for many years. She has a passion for building enriching communities of stitchers and strives to keep embroidery alive. Sharon reminds us how difficult it was in the early internet days to make and share images and create web pag…
 
Today on Stitchery Stories we have a very unique story, where embroidery has been the catalyst for a personal journey of discovery, of re-connecting with family and deep spiritual meanings. We are usually chatting about embroidery as an art form, or decoration of functional items. For Erika Maizi however, the interest in embroidery has grown from m…
 
The inspiration for today's episode of Stitchery Stories comes from litter, running and Sheffield Embroiderers' Guild. David Morrish is enjoying his exploration of digital embroidery and he very much enjoys collaborating with other artists to grow awareness and appreciation of embroidery as a vibrant and fascinating art form. David, who has a backg…
 
Even at a time when they have greater than ever representation in the halls of power, the challenges facing women in politics remain high. Two veteran political leaders, Tanya Plibersek, Australia’s shadow minister for education and training, and Zehava Galon, president of Zulat and former chairwoman of Israel’s Meretz party, joined award winning j…
 
Is America looking at four more years of President Donald Trump or will Democratic candidate Joe Biden win the upcoming elections? Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Thomas Friedman joined us to discuss the Trump presidency and what’s at stake at next month’s US elections. You can watch the video of this event on YouTube.…
 
Phillipa Turnbull is an expert on historic crewel embroidery and has spent the last 25 years building her embroidery business The Crewel Work Company, which sells exquisite crewel embroidery kits and organises luxury embroidery retreats. Phillipa shares many inspiring stories around the ups and downs of building a business based around embroidery. …
 
As a former prime minister and foreign minister, there are few people with a better understanding of Australia’s role in the world and our history with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than Kevin Rudd. Our event with Kevin Rudd, streamed live on 9 September, covered everything from Israel’s plans for West Bank annexation, the recent UAE deal, Austr…
 
Collette Kinley is an embroidery artist who uses both free motion machine embroidery as well as hand embroidery, although she is really enjoying hand embroidery at the moment. Collette shares her story of how 'going for it' and a new piece of embroidery has sparked several exciting opportunities for her. Collette talks about her artistic journey so…
 
Alison Carpenter-Hughes is a mixed-media artist who loves free machine embroidery. Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Alison shares her life in fabric and thread. And since she decided to give her art practice her focus and 'go for it', there have been some fantastic opportunities reveal themselves to her. Alison talks about her ar…
 
Meredith Woolnough shares her insight and techniques around the beautiful machine embroidered natural specimens she creates. They are inspired by the skeletal forms of flora and fauna, particularly those she finds on walks and scuba dives. Meredith has specialised in working exclusively with water-soluble fabric, using machine embroidery to re-crea…
 
Leading British commentator and Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland joined award-winning Australian journalist Debbie Whitmont for a wide ranging conversation covering Europe, Israel and the US. As one of the first and loudest voices to raise the question of antisemitism within the UK Labour party, and as a trenchant critic of Jeremy Corbyn, Free…
 
With Prime Minister Netanyahu actively advancing plans to annex parts of the West Bank and President Trump pushing his own plan for the Middle East, this event featured former US ambassador to Israel and former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – not to mention NIF Australia’s co-patron! – Martin Indyk, for his insights on annex…
 
One of Israel’s best known authors, AB Yehoshua, joined Dr Mark Baker for an NIF Australia webinar to discuss the Netanyahu-Gantz government’s plans for annexation of the West Bank and efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is a recording of our event on Thursday 18 June. You can watch the webinar on YouTube.…
 
Today we meet Jenni Dutton who shares stories around her powerful work and the unique way in which she creates her large portraits. Although starting her creative journey as a fine artist, creating large oil pastel landscapes, Jenni ventured into textile art portraits. We talk about how life takes unexpected twists and how surprising opportunites c…
 
Today we meet Annie Crane, from Fort Collins, Colorado, on her birthday. It's a milestone birthday and Annie is marking it as a new beginning. After years of putting everyone else first, Annie is stepping out into the creative world. She is excited about (finally) giving herself permission to develop her art and to create with whimsical abandon. An…
 
Today we meet Claire Edwards, who embodies her brand name of Defiant Embroidery. Claire shares her fascinating story of how she discovered her creativity and passion for hand embroidery as part of her quest to discover her third career. After an enjoyable career in the RAF and then working with young offenders, Claire suffered some setbacks that le…
 
Today we meet Jessica Aldred, a former Royal School of Needlework graduate and tutor, who combines her love of embroidery with her love of all things vintage! Jessica shares some fabulous career highlights with us as she is close to the new adventure of motherhood. With big changes coming along in her life, Jessica has been investigating different …
 
A recording of our event with executive director of Physicians for Human Rights in Israel (PHRI), Ran Goldstein, in which we discuss the impact of Covid-19 in Israel and how this pandemic is impacting the refugees, people seeking asylum and undocumented workers, as well as Palestinian inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza. You can watch this event …
 
Today we hear from Susan Weeks, the host of Stitchery Stories. Susan shares her thoughts around the future direction for this globally popular textile art podcast. She also unveils a Listener Survey that she would love everyone to complete. It's anonymous, only takes a minute and will really help her understand and serve all you lovely listeners in…
 
NIF Australia advisory council member Mark Baker joins US professor, author and political commentator Peter Beinart to discuss Donald Trump, the ongoing COVID crisis, the state of democracy in the US, the candidacies of Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, and annexation and democracy in Israel. Join more NIF Australia events at www.nif.org.au/events…
 
Today we meet Claire Mort, an award-winning British textile artist who creates colourful and powerful pop art using hand embroidery. And if you read 'Be Creative With Workbox' magazine, then you will already know her from her column, 'Morts Thoughts'. Claire has an inspiring story and we discuss how opportunities come from the most extraordinary si…
 
Labor Knesset Merav Michaeli joined an NIF Australia webinar in the middle of one of the more interesting moments in recent Israeli political history as the leading opposition member seemed poised to join a right-wing government. In addition, Labor leader Amir Peretz, despite promising for more than a year to not join a coalition led by Benjamin Ne…
 
Vibrant Body & Abundant Life will empower, teach, and support you to use new mind-body-spirit wisdom & tools to move beyond your fears, self-doubts, and self-limiting beliefs plus heal pain, illness, & trauma. Tanya will inspire you to practice self-love, self-care, and compassion. She is sure to make you laugh with her “keeping it real” truth-tell…
 
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