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

Stacey Chapman is an embroidery artist from Margate, UK.

Stacey Chapman - Chihuahua - Machine Embroidery

I discovered Stacey’s work at the Handmade Fair and was blown away by her talent. Here’s Stacey’s story:

“Kirstie Allsopp’s “crack cocaine of the craft world” comment about freehand machine embroidery, proved to be utterly true in Stacey Chapmans world. A couple of years after watching said programme, she finally found the perfect subject matter to try out the craft that had firmly lodged in her brain – her Mums new rescue Chihuahua, deciding to make it for her Christmas present. She was studying dressmaking part time at Adult Education, so had a sewing machine, basic sewing/machine skills combined with her background in illustration, therefore thought the craft may suit her skill set.

Stacey Chapman - Sleeping Puppy - Machine Embroidery

“This first result was surprisingly pleasing, so after some research online, found that nobody else seemed to be selling freehand pet portraits in stitch. She found this astonishing as the craft lends itself so beautifully to fur and was thrilled to find and fill that illusive hole in the market. Hence Art Sea Craft Sea was born, the company name doffing its cap to the artist’s burgeoning artistic home town of Margate. She launched her business in November 2013 and has been overwhelmed with the response to the work ever since.

Stacey Chapman - Bulldog - Machine Embroidery

Stacey describes her method as painting with thread. She sees it as a similar method to the popular Impressionist movement of pointillism, if there were such a word, she would call it “lineism”, as the overall colour is created by a mass of multicoloured and toned lines of thread closely combined. Using any thread that matches the required tone and colour, regardless of texture, price or finish, getting the colour right is vital. The metallic thread is the only exception to the thread free for all, they are reserved exclusively for the lights within the eyes, utilising different coloured metallics to maximise the effect. Stacey sites using each photographic reference of the subject in tiny detail as the key to the work, ensuring every colour/tone is as accurate or heightened as possible, even if only two stitches are sewn at a time before changing threads.”

Stacey Chapman - Black Dog - Machine Embroidery

What’s remarkable about Stacey she’s only been doing this since November 2014. It’s exciting to see a talent like Stacey burst into life and start sharing her skills for the enjoyment of others. Without a doubt she is a gifted illustrator and the connection with machine embroidery has unlocked something magical. She has started with a focus on bespoke dog portraits, but I’m hoping she’ll spread her wings to embrace all manner of subjects. I don’t doubt she can handle it.

Stacey Chapman - Greyhound - Machine Embroidery

It’s early days for Stacey but I cannot wait to see what she does and in which directions she goes. Visit her website and place your orders!

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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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As seen in Cross Stitcher Magazine

Hi! I’m Jo, Production Editor at CrossStitcher with a sneak peek at the November issue of your favourite cross stitch magazine. Jo Ryan - CrossStitcher Production Editor

This month, we’re bringing you heaps of Christmas stitching – from fast and furious small projects like cards and stocking fillers, to big makes you’ll want to bring out year after year. Here’s just a sample of what’s inside…

Our cover star is a stunning Christmas town designed by Emma Congdon. We love the huge snow-topped tree and colourful houses!

Cross Stitcher Cover

Once that’s complete, we’ll be moving on to our stylish snowflake cushion from Felicity Hall. Perfect for snuggling up with on wintry afternoons.

Snowflake Cushion

If your festive decorations aren’t complete without a Nativity scene, stitch up our plushies – and don’t forget to watch them in action in our mini movie at www.crossstitchermag.com.

Nativity

We’ve also got your gift wrap sorted with a Scandi-style alphabet you can turn into tags and bands for your presents, plus lots of other festive makes!

alphabet

Find these projects and lots more in CrossStitcher s November issue (285), out Friday 17 October. Buy your copy online at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk or find it in all good newsagents. Prefer a digital version? Download our app on Apple Newsstand for iPad and iPhone, or find it at www.zinio.com for PCs and Macs.

Happy stitching!

Jo

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

I love a bit of glow in the dark embroidery and MrXStitch favourite, Robyn Enz has done a fantastic job with this piece, inspired by We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson :

Robyn Enz's Cup of Tea

A cup of tea, it seems to me, there’s more going on here than at first we see:

Robyn Enz's Cup of Tea

Crikey!

Robyn Enz's Cup of Tea

A fantastic job!

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Exploring Etsy with loadofolbobbins!

Bună my readers and fellow needlecraft groupies, it is an honour as always to share the work of many a talented maker with you all and this edition of ‘Exploring Etsy’ is no exception. Allow me to introduce you all to the wonderful world of Alina Bunaciu and her shop ‘Hanaletters’.

Annoyed Urban Fox Pin - Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Annoyed Urban Fox Pin – Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

 

2014 Year of the Horse Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

2014 Year of the Horse Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Born in a small town in Romania called Arad, Alina runs a secondhand bookstore with her boyfriend. Despite never exploring the arts in her own studies she has always been attracted to all things handmade. Now spending her days surrounded by books and felt, (sounds like heaven to me!), her major interests are hand sewing and embroidery.

Giant Fish and a Paper Boat Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Giant Fish and a Paper Boat Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

 

Curious Bunny Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Curious Bunny Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

What is your earliest stitching memory?

I cannot say that I began stitching at an early age, as a teenager I remember that I loved to do needlepoint but at some point I stopped. Then after graduating from college I discovered felt and decided that it was time to put my creativity to work, the beginning was a bit slow but as I was getting to know more about felt I realised that the possibilities were countless and that I can create my own world out of felt. It took me four years to get where I am now but I enjoyed every step of the process, from sketching to sewing.

Daily Knitter Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Daily Knitter Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

 

 A Girl Who Loves Cats Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

A Girl Who Loves Cats Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

What fires your imagination?

I am mostly inspired by illustrated children’s books, vintage illustrated children’s postcards, cute manga and fairy tales. I also collect miniature portraits, miniature objects, small animals, dolls, toys, wooden toys, rubber stamps and Korean stationery. All these put together represent a small world which fascinates and inspires me to create my own characters.

Fox Mind - The Paved Way to Hedgehog Love Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Fox Mind – The Paved Way to Hedgehog Love Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

 

Forgotten in the Garden Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Forgotten in the Garden Brooch by Alina Bunaciu (Hand Embroidery)

Alina’s shop is full of fun and colourful characters that are clearly made with a lot of love and attention to detail. Why not give yourself a treat and head on over there, maybe even buy a piece or too!

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Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.

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