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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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

Japanese artist Yoomoo caught my eye some time ago. The combination of needle felt and fabric in each piece strikes a perfect balance. Although I tend to prefer animals like the charming goat gentleman pictured below, the human sculptures are equally wonderful. I particularly like the portrait of Frida Kahlo (also below) They are doll-like, but definitely not playthings. The sculptures have a mystique about them that keeps me coming back again and again.

Yoomoo Goat Man

Yoomoo Frida Kahlo

Where it really gets interesting for me though, are these cat sculptures. They appear to have sprung to life from the paintings of another Japanese artist, Higuchi Yuko. Or perhaps the paintings came after, it’s hard to say. Either way, it is difficult to believe that they were not created by the same hand. Like the works above, there is an intentional quality about each of the materials – even where they differ slightly from the paintings, the works complement each other in an undeniable way. I would love to see these pieces hung beside each other in a gallery setting.

Yoomoo Cat after Higuchi Yuko

Higuchi Yuko Neko

Yoomoo Cat after Higuchi Yuko

Higuchi Yuko Neko

Finally, I will leave you with just a couple more irresistible images:

Yoomoo Horses

Yoomoo T-Rex

Yoomoo Ram

You can find more needle felt artwork by Yoomoo here: http://yoomoo.blog5.fc2.com/ and more illustrations and paintings by Higuchi Yuko here: http://higuchiyuko.tumblr.com/.

As always, thanks for reading! Would you like to be featured in this column? Discover a needle felt artist who you think I should profile? Please feel free to contact me! I would love to hear from you.

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

Ben Venom gives me a stitchgasm every damn time. You can enjoy this piece – All The Aces – at the Jonathan Levine Gallery as part of a stellar lineup.

Ben Venom - All The Aces (2013) - Quilt

“Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Cruel Summer, a group exhibition curated by collector, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman.

“Cruel Summer will take place in both locations of Jonathan LeVine Gallery (557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street, in Chelsea) and feature works by over 20 artists, including: Ben Venom, Blade, Caleb Neelon, Cleon Peterson, Cope, Dabs Myla, Eric Haze, Finok, Freedom, Horfe, HuskMitNavn, Mark Bode, Maya Hayuk, Mike Ballard (Cept), Mike Giant, Niagara, Pose, Revok, Rime, Risk, Sam Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Tim Conlon and Victor Reyes”

See more Ben Venom here and here (NSFW).

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It's a newsflash! Embroidery And Textile Art News From Mr X Stitch

I’m giving you advance warning of a great competition we’ll be having as part of our sixth birthday celebrations at the end of the month. We’ve got a total of ten tickets for the Handmade Fair to give away – pay attention on Friday 29th August to find out how to win!

Kirstie's Handmade Fair - 19th to 21st September 2014

As you should know, I’m taking part in the first ever Handmade Fair in September at Hampton Court. I’ll be doing cross stitch workshops, teaching up to 100 people at once each day. Trust me, you will have never been to a cross stitch workshop like this!

Try all the crafts at The Handmade Fair

There will be so many workshops to take part in and loads of amazing craft stalls, it’s going to be epic.

And I haven’t even mentioned the Mash-up between Deadly Knitshade and I on Friday morning!

Mollie Makes mash up
Since the dawn of time, civilisations have been plagued by fundamental questions that remain unanswered to this very day. At the Handmade Fair, we will try to answer one of the most profound:

- Which is cooler, knitting or stitching?

Join Mr X Stitch, the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery and Deadly Knitshade, one of the country’s most fearsome guerrilla knitter, as they showcase examples of their beloved formats to try and get to the bottom of this critical issue. Over ten rounds of battle, you’ll see some of the greatest pieces of modern knitting and stitching and have the chance to vote on which you prefer. At the end of the battle, we’ll tally up the scores and a winner will be declared!

When we asked them about the forthcoming face-off, Deadly Knitshade responded, “Mr X Stitch and his puny threads are no match for my raging wool, one needle ok, two needles bigger and better  — bring it!” Mr X Stitch was equally confident: “Deadly Knitshade will be reeling from the stitcheries I’m dealing!”

This is bound to be one of the most entertaining sessions at The Handmade Fair!

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