Mr X Stitch presents Phat Quarter Finds

The Phat Quarter is our Flickr group where you can share pictures of your best stitcheries! Each week we pick one of the great embroideries shared at the Phat Q and share it with you lot!

This week it’s Mother Eagle‘s Queen of Snails – a beautifully detailed piece including metal thread, plastic filament, carnelian and rock crystal. Just wonderful.

Mother Eagle's Queen of Snails - Hand Embroidery

There’s a whole album of progress shots for this piece, and they’re worth a look!

If you want more embroidered art, here’s the latest 20 pictures that have been added. Why don’t you come and join us?

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Nuido It Yourself - Japanese Embroidery with Madeline Scharpf

My arsenal of Japanese fiber artists is extensive. Massive, possibly. I’ve collected a ridiculous number of Japanese craft books from needle felting to crochet and every stitch in between while I’m in Tokyo and even when I’m home via the interwebs. Handcrafts in Japan are a really big thing and small time artists can thrive in pop up shops or festival markets. In a culture that strives for perfection we can see some of the most breathtaking attention to detail. Here are four of the most fantastic fiber artists hailing (or who’ve hailed) from Japan.

Hiné Mizushima

Hiné Mizushima herself

Hiné Mizushima herself

 

Hiné Mizushima was born and raised in Japan. After traveling the world she’s now settled in Canada where she creates whimsical felt and embroidered pieces.

 

Space Cadet Sayuri Waiting for Danger

Space Cadet Sayuri Waiting for Danger

 

She has a special place in her heart for sea critters, insects and natural science but she certainly never limits herself.

 

Squid Crafter

Squid Crafter

 

If you’re lucky, you can snag one of her small felt sculptures in her Etsy shop like her popular Low Tech Apple Watch but they always sell out extremely fast.

 

Low Tech Apple Watch

Low Tech Apple Watch

 

Keep an eye on her Facebook page for updates about when she’s listing new items and hilarious pictures of various what-not balanced on her cat’s head.

 

Mutsumi Yoshimaru aka Crepe

 

Handmade top

Handmade top

 

Mutsumi Yoshimaru usually goes by the craft moniker, Crepe. Those also happen to be super popular snacks in Tokyo. Mustumi Yoshimaru uses tiny little beads to put together delicate designs.

 

Tiny Oyster Girl

Tiny Oyster Girl

 

The use of different sized beads helps to add depth and complexity in her artwork. She’s made so many designs, her range of creativity is astounding.

 

The book you need

The book you need

 

Follower her on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or buy her book on Etsy and Nuido it Yourself!

 

Kimika Hara

 

If I needed an advertisement, I'd chose this too.

If I needed an advertisement, I’d chose this too.

 

If watercolors could be stitched then Kimika Hara would be the one to look to for inspiration. Her color-work is bold and she’s not afraid to use interesting and unlikely patterns.

 

Stitched dog book!

Stitched dog book!

 

Bright and cheery, she makes great use of long and short stitches to blend color and build movement in her images.

 

Beautiful girls

Beautiful girls

 

Kimika has a blog full of eye candy stitchery and links to all her social media. Don’t miss her Tumblr with her amazing illustrations

 

Hiroko Kubota

 

How'd you get in that pocket?

How’d you get in that pocket?

 

No stranger to Mr. X Stitch, Hiroko Kubota is one of the more popular embroidery artists. Her work is mesmerizing to stitchers and non-stitchers alike.

 

It's not just for cat people

It’s not just for cat people

 

As the story goes, she started embroidering cats (neko, in Japanese) in the pockets of shirts upon request from her son. She was already sewing custom sized shirts for him and he enjoyed collecting pictures of cute kitties…then her artwork went viral.

 

Grumpy cat!

Grumpy neko!

 

It takes her a day to cut and sew a custom shirt and at least three days to embroider the adorable kitty or puppy so it’s impossible to keep up the astounding demand she’s had for custom shirts featuring our favorite pet.

 

Are you kitten me right meow?

Are you kitten me right meow?

 

You can support her artwork and get an inside look into how to make your own by buying her book.

For more pictures that didn’t make it in this column from all theses artists and more from my past posts, check out my Nuido it Yourself page on Pinterest!

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Madeline Scharpf

When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things and staying sunny in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com

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

Big up to fellow manbroiderer James Fox, who produced this epic quilt called “The Way” for submission to the European Patchwork Meeting International Contest. It’s dope as hell.

James Fox- The Way - Quilt

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Quilty Pleasures  from Mr X Stitch

Thanks to Shea for contacting us about her excellent art quilts.

Shea Wilkinson - Astronaut II

“Shea Wilkinson, a Nebraska native, has sewn clothes, costumes, quilts, and dolls since childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies and German Language. Afterwards, she taught English in Mexico, during which time she became  passionate about creating art. She returned to the United States and immediately pursued a new career as an artist. She has exhibited widely, and has won numerous awards for her intricate, thread-based work. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Shea Wilkinson - The Great Ghost

“I create art quilts using free motion quilting on a domestic sewing machine, in a sense, drawing with needle and thread. The story that I tell through my work is related to imagery from nature, myths, indigenous tales, and extraterrestrial worlds. I often think about how we understand the cosmos and our relationship to it, and that often finds its way into the themes that I choose.

Shea Wilkinson - Delegation

“Through my work, I’d like to elicit a sense of magic and wonderment in the viewer, preparing them to delve into the world of nature and myth, where everything is permitted and new worlds spring up instantly.”

Shea Wilkinson - Delegation (detail)

These are some very groovy quilts. I love the tribal imagery of alien civilisations, creating the narrative of extra-terrestrial visitors from a long time ago. They’re dark, they’re primative and they’re cool.

Shea Wilkinson - Ancients

Visit Shea’s website to enjoy more of her work. If you’re an art quilter, share your work with us!

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