The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

Sola Fiedler is a tapestry artist from Vancouver who has recently gained a lot of attention for her latest work featuring her home town.

Sola Fieder - Working

Using yarn from recycled sweaters, Fiedler meticulously weaves large-scale cityscapes in pinpoint detail, from the number of floors in a building to the colour of the trees and water. She is best known for her tapestry tributes to the cities that have hosted Olympic Games, including Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002, and Sydney, Australia in 2000. Her work captures the architectural elements and spirit of each city at that moment in time.

Sola Fiedler - Vancouver

“Fiedler grew up in London during and after World War II, when recycling played a fundamental role in daily life. Since winning a prize in 1973 for Best Fibre Art in Vancouver, B.C., her work has been collected by notable corporations and individuals including Crown Zellerbach, Woodward’s, the CIBC, UBC, CBC, and Jim Pattison. Fiedler has exhibited in numerous galleries across North America. Her work is more relevant than ever today, as young artisans worldwide claim craft traditions like weaving as their own.”

Sola Fiedler - Vancouver (detail)

I’m constantly amazed by tapestry weavers (and have a massive crush on Erin Riley). Sola’s work blows me away with it’s complexity and size.

Sola Fiedler - Salt Lake City - Tapestry

If the picture above was a painting, it would be impressive enough, but the fact that it’s woven is stunning. The time, the dedication and the ingenuity in creating pieces of work like this are astonishing.

Sola Fiedler - Sydney

I love that Sola started out by unravelling jumpers to get the materials for her work. It’s a great reminder that this kind of art is accessible for all of us (breadth of creative vision notwithstanding) and it adds another layer of charming to this extremely evocative work.

Sola Fiedler - Working (detail)

Sola has made a video about her work, and it’s wonderful to hear her talk about the work and to enjoy the process. You can find out more about Sola at her website and on her Facebook page.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that The Handmade Fair is happening this weekend at Hampton Court.

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To say that it’s probably the biggest and best craft show this year is not an understatement. There are hundreds of craft stalls, fantastic workshops and great opportunities to hear from some of the biggest names in the business.

And I’m there!

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Yes indeed, on Friday 19th, you can enjoy seeing Lauren “Deadly Knitshade” O’Farrell and I take part in the mother of all battles, trying to decide which is cooler – knitting or stitching! It’s going to be epic and the word on the street is it’s being videod, so hopefully you international peeps will get to see it at some point.

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I’m also doing cross stitch workshops on each of the days, with a groovy little pattern for people to learn the dark arts of cross stitch.

It’s going to be a blast and I hope to see lots of you there – be sure to grab me and say hi!

Tickets are still on sale – visit the Handmade Fair website for all the info!

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It's the Craftster Pick of the Week - brought to you by Mr X Stitch!

Time for another look at some of the great work featured in the forums at Craftster. Note: Although they’re the pick of this week, they may have appeared before this week.

Elderflower's Glow In The Dark Blackwork Map of Africa

Elderflower created a fantastic map of Africa that not only contains some seriously great pattern usage but also glows in the dark! Does that make it glowinthedarkwork?

Elderflower's Glow In The Dark Blackwork Map of Africa (detail)

Here’s a process shot that Elderflower shared in her original Craftster post (which is really worth a read). Be sure to come back next time for another great pick from the forums!

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It's another Stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch - the home of contemporary embroidery

Thanks to Simona for sharing pictures of this terrific Death Star cross stitch that she plotted by hand and stitched with style. She plans on turning it into a pillow for a friend who, I’m guessing, isn’t a Jedi. That would be awkward. :)

Simona Rossi - Death Star Cross Stitch
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