Animal Kids. Cross stitch by Sandra Murta, 2014.

Animal Kids. Cross stitch by Sandra Murta, 2014.

Forget aida fabric. How about cross stitch on printed fabric?

Bear, detail. By Sandra Murta, 2014.

Bear, detail. By Sandra Murta, 2014.

Look at the fabulous faces created by Sandra Murta of littenlarger. Her Animal Kids are crazy cute and expert at the same time. And I love their odd little expressions.

Lion by Sandra Murta, 2014.

Lion by Sandra Murta, 2014.

Check out more of her work in her flickr stream.

Panda detail, by Sandra Murta, 2014.

Panda detail, by Sandra Murta, 2014.

Too Cute Tuesdays are brought to you in association with our friends over at Feeling Stitchy!

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

Crow and Gate Clothing began as the creative outlet of a self described “out of work insomniac with too much time on her hands and a slight vintage obsession.”

Artist Tassie Vicars is a Fashion Institute of Technology graduate who combines vintage styles with often quirky embroidery. Many of her garments are adorned with freehand machine stitches, which as she clarifies, are “meant to produce a delightfully off-kilter result, not straight perfect lines. This technique ensures that each piece will be unique and gives this garment its quirky charm.” I love how she uses the imperfection of the art to bring more character to each piece.

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Simple, sweet, and slightly irreverent in its vintage styling, I love the subtle (and not so subtle) use of trompe l’oeil on some of the pieces, and the chic but elegant styling of the slightly imperfect stitches. You can see more of her designs (and even grab a few) on her etsy store.

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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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Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!
I was recently invited to join the Etsy Plush Team! Of course I accepted and I’ve been having a great time getting to know the other plush artists and creating one of a kind minis for the team’s challenges. Joining me on the Etsy Plush Team are several other needle felt artists, so I am excited to show you some of their work in this month’s column.

Always Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar CoatedAlways Sugar Coated is the work of Chrissy Mahuna (you may also know her as Felted Chicken). She holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently resides in Hollywood, CA. In addition to her wonderful needle felt artwork, she also works as a scenic sculptor for movies, theme parks, and musical performances. You can see more of her work on her website and Etsy shop.

Hine MizushimaHine MizushimaHine03Hine MizushimaHine Mizushima originally hails from Japan, where she was trained in traditional painting. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC where she now works as a needle felt sculptor, crafter, and stop-motion puppet animation video artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and she has also produced a number of music video animations, including several for They Might Be Giants. You can see more of her work on her website and Etsy shop.

Squirrel MommaSquirrel MommaSquirrel MommaSquirrel MommaSquirrelMomma, aka Amy Williams, says “I make stuff to keep from becoming like the confused squirrel in the middle of the road who can’t remember which direction she was heading!” She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a former metalsmith. She uses needle felt to create one of a kind creatures that each have a story to tell. You can find more of her work in her Etsy shop.

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Finally, here’s a peek at one of my own mini sculptures, created especially for the Plush Team shop. “Sugarbunny” was part of the team’s fall Day of the Dead challenge. Check out the Plush Team website and be sure to follow the team shop on Etsy for more one of a kind plush and soft sculpture!

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