Kate Blandford's Deviant Discoveries

This week’s discovery is a homage to Wes Anderson’s Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic by the talented Kristen aka Thelastromantic. We love a good Zissou at Mr X Stitch (our fabulous Leigh made this awesome patch) and this hand embroidery doesn’t disappoint! I really love all the different size stitches in this piece, from afar it makes it look quite painterly. Lovely stuff. You can check out her Etsy store here. There’s some awesome Bob’s Burgers embroideries looking for a loving home too!

Steve Zissou by Thelastromantic



It's Kate BlandfordKate Blandford is a craft and doodle enthusiast currently working in Bristol. With a penchant for cross stitch and pixels, Kate produces work dabbling in both the handmade and the digital. Her work was once described as ‘shabby chic for Satanists’ due to her love of embroidery, twee skulls and Slayer. You can visit her website here: www.kateblandford.com


braces mono

With Christmas around the corner and personalisation ever on the up, are you looking for an inventive way to make your gift unique. Hawthorne & Heaney can provide monograms for a whole variety of different products, appropriate to whom ever you might like to gift. Monogrammed gifts are a lovely way to make a good gift into a great one. It doesnt always have to be initials either if you have a particular motif or symbol that would suit, we can translate that into stitches as well. Here is a few photos to spark your imagination but if you have an unusual idea, feel free to contact us.

Above: Monogrammed braces

Below:Personalised Tie bar

Initialled Hat ribbon

Personal motif (oak leaves)
tie bar

heads up 3

coat detail

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3239 0422

Email: info@hawthorneandheaney.com



Mr X Stitch brings Showtime Snippets

Showtime Snippets sweeps together all kinds of titbits from the interwebs into this handy digest for you. If you’re a stitch/textile artist, hopefully these snippets will help you find shows and exhibit!


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

Helen Sill is a mixed media artist from Hampshire, England.

Helen Sill

“I use paper cloth and stitch to try to make sense of my world.  I draw into paper and cloth and  using hand stitch and free machine embroidery in an attempt to convey a personal story.   At the moment I am using the power of stitch to make books, boxes and pictures. 

Helen Sill - Cubes

“I am inspired by great works of art, great artists and the female (i.e. my!) experience.  I respect the huge tradition of embroidery and believe it needs to constantly evolve to be relevant in today’s society.  Textile art needs to be more out there in the public domain.”

Helen Sill - Wall Pieces

I met Helen at this year’s London Knitting & Stitching Show and thought her work was really interesting. Filled with stream of consciousness commentary and spontaneous doodles that are converted to stitch, her art pieces are encapsulated thoughts made real.

Helen Sill - Stitched Doodles

There’s a rawness to Helen’s work that fits in nicely with the unfiltered content she creates – an examination of her pieces, which she makes for deliberate interaction, is a wander through her unconscious and a showcase of her thoughts on life, art and a whole lot more. It’s a nice idea and I look forward to seeing how it evolves.

Helen Sill - Cubes

Find out more about Helen at her website.


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.


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