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Beating Around The Bush 2020 - Our Designs

Beating Around The Bush 2020 - Our Designs

On 3rd February our friends at Inspirations magazine will open booking for the 2020 Beating Around the Bush Needlework Convention!⁠

We are so excited for this years BATB, it's always a blast and Phillipa was busy stitching three new designs last year in preparation for her classes, which will take place during the week-long event.⁠

Here's a proper look at all three designs: Aesop's Fables, Jacobean Peacock and Ophelia's Fox. All three will be taught during the convention and then released soon afterwards on our website.⁠


Aesop's Fables Frame

Create an Arts and Crafts mirror or picture frame with a combination of very fine and fine embroidery wools. A variety of stitches will keep the intermediate embroiderer entertained but give the opportunity for an advanced

Aesop's Fables for Beating Around The Bush 2020

or adventurous embroiderer to really shine. Stitches include long and short ‘soft shading’, long and short buttonhole, satin, closed fly, and crewel stem stitch.


Aesop's Fables mirror frame for Beating Around The Bush 2020

Dimensions: 51cm x 41cm (20" x 16") 

Kit Cost at BATB classesAU$295

Kit Includes: Pre-printed fabric, wool embroidery threads, beads, needles, stitch chart and instructions.


Jacobean Peacock

The ‘Jacobean Peacock’, created from a design in Phillipa’s own collection, embraces 14 rich colours, 12 interesting stitches plus 6 variations of ‘quick and easy’ laid and couched work. Perfect your long and short ‘soft shading’, enjoy coral stitch and learn where to use crewel stitches on your own designs.

Jacobean Peacock for Beating Around The Bush 2020

Dimensions: 28cm x 41cm wide (11" x 16")

Kit Cost at BATB classes: AU$145

Kit Includes: Pre-printed fabric, embroidery wool, beads, needles, full-size stitch chart and instructions.


Ophelia's Fox

A sampler of traditional crewelwork stitches on a design created for the novice or intermediate worker. Stitches include: long and short ‘soft shading’, long and short buttonhole, French knots, satin, and closed fly.

Ophelia's Fox for Beating Around The Bush 2020

Dimensions: 11cm x 24cm wide (4 3/8" x 9 1/2")

Kit Cost at BATB classes: AU$130

Kit Includes: Pre-printed fabric, wool & silk embroidery threads, needles, stitch chart and instructions.


You can take a look at the full Beating Around The Bush Catalogue here. Classes open for booking on 3rd February. We hope to see you there!


Ann Godfrey

Would the Jacobean peacock be available to buy on line. I have been looking for some time for a design for a cushion for my sister.

Ann fawcett

Do you have classes on line. I really love the Aeosops fable mirror frame, but would like guidance through it.
Kind regards from Annie (formerly of Warwickshire)

Wendy Winograd

I love the Aesop’s Fables frame. It’s wonderful. I was given a gift certificate for Christmas and want to use it toward it. When will it be available for purchase?

Adrienne McCambry

Hello and good evening. My name is Adrienne McCambry and I would like to know if Jacobean work is like basic embroidery?


That mirror frame is for me.

Helen Baldwin

Hope the new designs will be generally available too! They’re all beautiful.

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