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!

While most needle felt work tends to be smaller than life size, the medium doesn’t lend itself well to the extreme small scale. Fine detail is difficult to achieve when the piece is smaller than the felting needle itself, not to mention the increased risk of getting a sharp poke to the finger for your trouble. Still, some artists manage to produce wonderful miniatures using the technique, so I’ve dedicated this month’s column to all that is terrifically tiny.

Handmade by November, needle felted guinea pig Handmade by November, needle felted dog Handmade by November, needle felted owl

These first three are the work of Vera Megorskaya/Handmade by November. Most of her creatures are small enough to sit on your fingertip, however even at that size they still manage to have lots of personality. My favorites are the wee guinea pigs. I had guinea pigs as a child and I think she has captured their shy yet inquisitive nature perfectly. For more of Vera’s creations, check out her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeByNovember

Mikepanchi Animals, needle felted cat Mikepanchi Animals, needle felted dog Mikepanchi Animals, needle felted cat

These next three are from Mikepanchi Animals. These are perhaps some of the most realistic felt pets I’ve seen at this size. Maybe it’s the little additions like the dog’s bandana or the cat’s whiskers that make them so convincing, but there is no doubt a great deal of skill involved in creating each one. For more, check out Mikepanchi on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mikepanchiAnimals

Motley Mutton, needle felted sloth Motley Mutton, needle felted llama Motley Mutton, needle felted opossum

Last but not least, here are some fantastic miniature felt creatures by Nancy Bevins/Motley Mutton. These not only serve as miniature sculptures, but also as wearable art. I especially like the way she has incorporated the string into each piece; whether the animal’s pose is realistic (like the sloth) or more whimsical (like the llama), it’s not just a hanging device. I’m completely charmed by their friendly faces and I bet wearing one would make people smile all day. Her shop is currently empty, but here’s hoping she ads more soon! https://www.etsy.com/shop/motleymutton

I’ve always been a huge fan of extremely tiny things, and I’m very pleased to have one of my very own miniature felt sculptures in a show coming up next month: “Minuscule” at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CA. Check it out for more mini goodness and as always, thanks for reading!

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Mr X Stitch presents NSFW Saturday - the naughtiest needlework on the planet!

Hi everybody! It’s Saturday, and you know what that means – so if you’re ready, say hi to Togepi and get to it!

WARNING!

NSFW SATURDAYS WILL CONTAIN CONTENT THAT IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

IF YOU READ THESE POSTS, AND ARE OFFENDED, WE’RE SORRY BUT WE DID WARN YOU!

Togepi stitchery by iggystarpup

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Sequintial Art with Claire Barrett from Hawthorne and Heaney

We admit its been a little while since we gave you an update on what we’ve been up in the Hawthorne & Heaney studio, but it’s all been very exciting. Now we can show you some of the beautiful things we have been involved in creating as we have been working with renowned artist, Carne Griffiths. Originally from Liverpool, Carne himself has a bit of history in the embroidery world as he worked as a gold wire embroidery designer before establishing his own artists studio in 2010. Since then Griffiths has been exhibiting across the UK and beyond with Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong to name but a few.

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Some of you who are familiar with our work may already have seen a few sneaky pics as he has started to introduce embroidery into his work which usually is created with a combination of unusual mediums. Inks, graphite and tea feature quite predominantly throughout his work with the addition of rubber stamps, diamond dust, alcohol and now, embroidery. We are delighted to be part of such a contemporary meeting of art and embroidery as Griffiths is achieving in pieces such as ‘Greed’. The integration of the stitched into the overall movement of the piece is very subtle and only on close inspection do you get to appreciate the intricacies of both the line and the thread. Within the dream like nature his work the light relief created by the stitches sits comfortably against his other introductions of texture such as that if the diamond dust and gold leaf. Here is one of the pieces in all its glory, see it now in person at The Unit, Covent Garden.


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Carne Griffiths also has some other works in collaboration with Marlow guitars which are on display at The West London Art Factory. The natural movement of the lines has a lyrical quality which works so well with the fluid curves of the guitar. This is not the first exciting collaboration that Griffiths has been part of as he has also worked with the photographer Rankin for a shoot in Hunger Magazine and creating edible art by working on eggs for Michelin Star Chef Nicola Batavia.

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All this can only leave us wondering what to expect from Griffiths next.

Natasha S-P, H&H Team Member

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Claire Barrett is an embroidery designer who has been working in the embroidery industry for six years. A former Creative Director at Hand & Lock, Claire runs Hawthorne & Heaney, dealing with celebrity clients such as Kanye West and high profile companies such as Henry Poole & Company Savile Row tailors.

Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.

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