Machine Embroidery

Mr X Stitch presents Phat Quarter Finds

The Phat Quarter is our Flickr group where you can share pictures of your best stitcheries!

It’s also the place where we host our legendary swaps to coincide with our Fifth Friday Festivals of Fabulousness!

Here’s the latest 20 pictures that have been added. Why don’t you come and join us?

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Five Book Recommendations for Xmas!

by Mr X on 18 December 2014

There’s still time to hit the shops and get gifts for your stitchy chums, so we thought we’d put together a few book recommendations for you! We’ve done a fair few book reviews over the past year, so feel free to rummage through our back catalogue for ideas. For now we’ll showcase some books we’ll be reviewing in the near future!

Stitch Draw: Design and Technique for Figurative Stitching by Rosie James is a terrific introduction to figurative machine embroidery. We’ve been fans of Rosie for a long time and this book proves her skill as an artist and a teacher. Packed with inspiration and ideas, it features interviews with some great machine embroidery artists (including our very own Leigh Bowser) as well as simple instructions that will have you busting your machine out to get going.

We interviewed cross stitch sensation Makoto Oozu recently – he’s the Japanese answer to Mr X Stitch and has produced hundreds of cross stitch designs for you to stitch. This book – Makato’s Cross-Stitch Super Collection – is packed with ideas and motifs for you to mix and match. A great book for anyone who’s looking to cross stitch something a bit different!

Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism is the new book by Betsy Grier, who coined the phrase that you should know and love. Her book is a great intro to the subject and contained inspiration and interviews with activists and crafters from around the world, including Sarah Corbett, Carrie Reichart, Leigh Bowser and some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch.

While we’re on the subject, Sarah Corbett’s Little Book of Craftivism is a great stocking filler with anyone who has a social conscience and a penchant for craft! I highly recommend this little number – it could change the world.

And finally, if you’ve not bought a copy of PUSH Stitchery, you’re missing out! It’s got 30 embroidery artists from around the world and is a terrific gallery book that shows what a versatile art form needlework can be. Here’s three links for you to get your copy, from the UK, the US and Canada!

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Gear Threads – Tobyboo

by Urban Threads on 15 December 2014

Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

Artist Tina Crawford takes “thread sketching” to a whole new place with her work at Tobyboo. Her thread sketching is similar to other freestyle machine embroidery artists, though it differs in a few important ways. First, she does all her work totally free-hand, without any framework or sketch to start.

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“Not many embroiderers work the way that I do, I don’t draw before hand – the fluidity of the thread with machine embroidery leads itself as my pen and I love to capture each wobble and mistake as part of the drawing’s originality and charm.”

The next step, however, is where her process really differs. You see, instead of keeping the medium purely as a textile art, Tina Crawford takes the “sketch” part literally. The design is scanned in from its “sketched” thread phase, and transformed into the final art on the computer.

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From this process there is a wonderfully fluid and yet remarkably clean piece of art, a fascinating mix of thread and digital.

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After completing her pieces, she then transforms them into all kinds of home goods, printing them on china, pillows, teacups and more.

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The original art, though digitized, gets to keep all the charm of its loose threads and imperfections. The handiwork of the embroidery is not at all obliterated by the digital transformation.

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Since 2012 Tina has created pieces and illustrations for St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir John Soane Museum, Kew Gardens, Oxford Universities and John Lewis, to name a few. Her pieces often focus on storytelling, characters and history, with just enough quirkiness to keep it all feeling delightfully British.

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Want to see more, or grab a piece for yourself? Visit her website Tobyboo, or check out her YouTube page for some excellent short videos on her creation process.

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Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at www.urbanthreads.com.

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Mr X Stitch presents Phat Quarter Finds

The Phat Quarter is our Flickr group where you can share pictures of your best stitcheries!

It’s also the place where we host our legendary swaps to coincide with our Fifth Friday Festivals of Fabulousness!

Here’s the latest 20 pictures that have been added. Why don’t you come and join us?

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