Felter Skelter - your essential needle felting column from Mr X Stitch!

For this month’s column, I’ve selected some of my favorite fantasy felt artwork. These are some of the most imaginative needle felt creations I’ve come across, full of wonderful detail and expression.

My Arm Can FlyMy Arm Can FlyMy Arm Can Fly

“My Arm Can Fly” is the work of artist Sarah “Wolfie” Strub. She creates one of a kind fantasy monsters like “Flox” and “Dream Snake” above. I love the integration of clay and mixed media into the felt sculptures. You can find more of her work on Etsy, plus some excellent process photos on Tumblr and Facebook. Links at myarmcanfly.net

SoranokobakoSoranokobakoSoranokobako
Above are works from “Soranokobako” by artist Mamoru. My particular favorites are the curly-haired birds and unicorn pig! I only wish larger photos were available to see more of the detail. More at http://soranokobako.blog.so-net.ne.jp/ (in Japanese)

Fluffy FuzzyFluffy FuzzyFluffy Fuzzy

“Fluffy Fuzzy”  is the work of needle felt artist Veverka. Her fantasy creatures are inspired by animals and nature. I’m completely charmed by the sweet smiling face of her “Garden Gnome”. For more, check out her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FluffyFuzzy

As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s installment of Felter Skelter!

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It's the Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness from Mr X Stitch!

We had another amazing Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness at the end of October and we gave you the opportunity to win some great prizes!

First up we had a review of Sophie “What Delilah Did” Simpson’s new book Stitch The Halls!

Stitch The Halls by Sophie Simpson

It’s a great book and we gave you the chance to win, not only that book but also a copy of Sophie’s first book, Storyland Cross Stitch!Stitch The Halls Winner

All you had to do was share a festive story and we had some great responses. We used the old faithful Random Number Generator to pick a winner and it chose number 8!

Congratulations to Jonquil for winning these prizes – just drop us a line and they’ll be heading your way!

Stitch The Halls Winning Comment

 

Next up we gave you the chance to win a copy of Kristin Nicholas’ new book, Colorful Stitchery! All you had to do was leave a comment with your favourite tune. Mr Random Generator picked our winner!

Kristin Nicholas WinnerBarbara Long

 

 

 

Congrats Barbara – get in touch and the book is yours!

 

In honour of Barbara’s choice here’s the video for Dire Straits “Money For Nothing”. These guys won books for nothing – will you be lucky next time!

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UK Blog Awards  2015 Banner

Mr X Stitch has been shortlisted in the Arts and Culture category for the UK Blog Awards 2015! It’s a great competition that recognises the best blogs out there, and it’s pretty darn competitive, so we’re gonna need your help!

All you have to do is visit this link and vote for us at the bottom of the page!

If you can spread the word and ask your stitchy friends to cast their votes as well, that would be awesome. Use the #UKBA15 hashtag while you’re at it and the organisers will know we’re on the case!

 

From there, if we get through to the short-shortlist, then we’ll be judged against various criteria – Design, Style, Content, Marketing and Usability – and I guess we’ll see what happens!

It would be great if you can find the time to cast your vote. Think of it not just as a vote for Mr X Stitch, but also a vote for embroidery in the artistic context. I have no idea who the other shortlisted sites are, but in the world of Arts & Culture, we all know that stitchery doesn’t get taken seriously, so let’s do our bit to change it!

We’ve been running Mr X Stitch for six years, bringing you the best embroidery and needlecraft we can find, and it’s about time the world paid attention! So let’s try and win some awards!

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As seen in Cross Stitcher Magazine

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

This month, we’ve got lots of projects to bring you – and your friends and family – comfort and joy this Christmas. Here’s a few of our favourites…

 CrossStitcher Issue 286 - Cover

Our cover star is an adorable sausage dog and his robin friend. Our little canine is looking very snug in his festive woolly. Stitch him up for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on 12 December – find out more at jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk

If you’re running out of time to stitch all your pressies, don’t panic. Just turn to this issue’s eight-page pull-out section packed with 16 quick and easy gift ideas for gals, guys and little ones.

CrossStitcher Issue 286 - Gift Section

Christmas homestyle is all about cosiness in our mind, so we’ll definitely be making our typographic ‘JOY’ cushion trio to add some squishiness to our sofa. We’ve gone for red and white, but you can stitch them in any colour combo you like.

CrossStitcher Issue 286 - Cushions

We’ve also got lots of ideas for festive fun – like our snowman, Santa and polar bear cosies for an eggs-tra special Christmas brekkie…

 CrossStitcher Issue 286 - Egg Cosies

Find these projects and lots more in CrossStitcher’s December issue (286), out Friday 14 November. 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

Jo Ryan - CrossStitcher Production Editor

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