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

Luisa Zilio is an embroidery artist from Bristol.

Luisa Zilio - Frida Kahlo - Hand Embroidery

“I am a textile artist who has been studying mental health and its sufferers for many years. Drawn from an emotional and physical investment in my subject, I present a series of embroidered portraits of significant cultural figures with a potent common thread; of mental health and its link to a particularly powerful strain of creativity.

Luisa Zilio - Dylan Thomas - Hand Embroidery

“My aim is to draw attention to my work from viewers who may take an interest in the subjects themselves, and then present the often stigmatised subject matter of mental health; raising awareness, as well as celebrating it for its less negative connotations, illustrating the undeniable link to a particularly dazzling form of creativity. 

Luisa Zilio - Nina Simone - Hand Embroidery

“My use of embroidery is also a direct reference to my own Bipolar disorder. It’s a technique I use to control emotion, to focus my mind, a meditative process. The repetitive nature of the work in which I immerse myself and the painstaking and physically demanding hours put into each piece are factors that lead to a genuine emotional investment in my work.”

Luisa Zilio - Vivien Leigh - Hand Embroidery

I’m glad Luisa shared her portfolio with me, I really like it. It’s an interesting collection of characters brought together by a subject that is still somewhat taboo. Luisa’s process has a therapeutic element, not unlike the work of Alex Walters and I’d interested to find out more about the healing power of stitch from her experience.

Luisa Zilio - Jean-Michel Basquiat - Hand Embroidery

Visit Luisa’s website to connect with her and enjoy more of her work.

Luisa Zilio - Virginia Woolf - Hand Embroidery


The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.


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.

MarleyMiss made this great hand embroidery of Joanna Newsom, featuring “seed stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, satin stitch and French knots“. It took her five days and it’s lovely.

Marley Miss' Joanna Newsome Embroidery

See the original Craftster post here, and be sure to come back next time for another great pick from the forums!


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

Vlada Homnyuk makes a wide range of needle felted goodies at her etsy store, from characterful bees

VladaHom's Needle Felted Bee

… to these cool needle felted stone cushions for your home. I want one!

VladaHom's Needle Felted Stone Cushion


Weave - A Social Network for Stitchers


Lisa Leggett’s gorgeous little pin cushions make me happy!

Collection of tiny pin cushions by Lisa Leggett.

Collection of tiny pin cushions by Lisa Leggett.

I adore the clean, sleek designs on these intimate tools for stitchers… pin cushions.

Red Poppy pin cushion by Lisa Leggett.

Red Poppy pin cushion by Lisa Leggett.

The flowers and insects on the tiny cushions are fresh and bright. Against the wheat colored linen background fabric, the felt designs have a Scandinavian inflection. She filled them with walnut shells to keep the needles sharp.

Lisa is a hugely talented stitcher. Check out her bright designs on her flickr stream and her charming blog, A Cuppa Tea with Me.

Lisa's Dragon Fly pin cushion. Love her colors and patterns!

Lisa’s Dragon Fly pin cushion. Love her colors and patterns!

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


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