Stitchgasm – Angellthingzz says Leaf Me Alone

Try not to let hump day get the better of you. But if you are feeling anti-social… #regram @angellthingzz
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HAPPY CUSTOMER ALERT!🍃🌿🍂 Order from me yallllllll #handmade #embroidery #leafmealone #supportyourlocalartists #handembroidery #green #leaf #creativityfound #hooplastitch #xstitchersofinstagram #humpday via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/29pBBPx Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstagram #mrxstitch

Stitchgasm! Walt by Mary Jo Eckhart

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Allow me to introduce you to Walt. He is gorgeous, no?

Walt, 2016. Hand embroidery by Mary Jo Eckhart.
Walt, 2016. Hand embroidery by Mary Jo Eckhart.

Recently, I was lucky enough to meet the Chicago-area stitcher Mary Jo Eckhart at a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an art school in the Great Smoky Mountains. We were both enrolled in a week-long class with the amazing artist Lauren DiCioccio on “painting portraits with thread.”

Mary Jo, who has done most of her work in needlepoint, attacked this portrait of her husband Walt with passion and a fearless (yet restrained) used of color, line and shadow.

It was a pleasure to watch Mary Jo apply to freeform hand embroidery the hardcore technical skills she has acquired from her long history of working with thread. Walt is worked on a vintage linen napkin.

Detail from Walt, 2016.
Detail from Walt, 2016.

What I learned from Mary Jo? Years of technical craftmanship and working with color/line/thread mean something important. And when you take a workshop that is outside of your familiar area of art practice, be like Mary Jo.  Be balls-to-the wall, push boundaries, embrace new techniques and rely on the skills you’ve spent years developing.

Then you create a piece as complete and lovely as Walt.

Go!

Stitchgasm – TwoTurtleDoves’ Applique Vignette

@twoturtledoves_ makes really cool little vignettes with applique. I’m digging ’em.

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‘Satin sheets’ #twoturtledovesdesigns #freehandembroidery #pants #silk #bed #textiles #art #lazyday #stayinbed #embroidery #creativityfound #pink #teal #thatsdarling #xstitchersofinstagram via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/29sJiaU Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstagram #mrxstitch

Stitchgasm – snarkystitchings’ Carpe Diem Cross Stitch

Let’s seize the day, shall we?
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Stitchgasm – Beaded Passion

This is a detail shot of some epic beadwork from Madlen Zhorzholiani, one of the competitors in Battle of the Beadsmith on Facebook.
There’s some really amazing stuff on there, so if you’re into this sorta thing it’s a must see!
Also, passion flowers! 🙂 #beadwork #passionflower #passiflora #battleofthebeadsmith #creativityfound #bead #necklace #florals #purple #xstitchersofinstagram via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/29mW7C6 Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstagram #mrxstitch

Stitchgasm – cosiobordaotejio’s flower

I like this flowery little stitchery on a number of levels – it’s got it going on!
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Ah y hablemos del bordado espectacular de la flor que hizo mi alumna seca @jojimenez en el Workshop de Bordado Creativo y Experimental 😍😍😍😍😍😍 si, primera vez que borda 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥belleza😍😍😍😍😍
#embroidery #handembroidery
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Curationism – It’s My Party and I’ll Skive if I Want to…

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Hey everybody, guess what today is?? It’s my birthday! And I’m in SF with my mom. So… I’m playing’ hooky! I’ve got a lot of great columns coming in the next months, some new stuff I want to do, but today, I’m going to check out the new SFMOMA!!

Now I don’t want to leave you with nothing. I wouldn’t do that. So, here’s what I just cranked out, Ghostface Domestic, for a tribute at G1988 to movies from 1996.

Ghostface Domestic: Laundry Ghostface Domestic: Finger Crochet Ghostface Domestic: Ironing Ghostface Domestic: Baking

If you’re in the US have a happy holiday! If you’re not in the US have a fabulous weekend!

Schinders, out!

Stitchgasm – SewphieT does Marnie Scarlet

Having fun this weekend?
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A little creased but FINISHED!! #embroidery #moreismore #marniescarlet #bordado #broderie #handembroidery #embroideryinstaguild #xstitchersofinstagram #satinstitch #red #skull #cabaret via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/29c3c5x Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstagram #mrxstitch

Plush Delights – Oh Canada!

 

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As I write this blog post it is Canada Day.
I am British but live in Canada. Global news at the moment seems to be very sad and shocking and I consider myself extremely lucky to live in Canada. President Obama himself recently said that the world needs more Canada.
With this in mind I thought I would feature some red and white plush in celebration of Canada Day 🙂

 

Fuzzigles caterpillar
The minimalist design of this Fuzziggles caterpillar is charming and makes a feature of the red and white fur. It’s a large caterpillar at 18″ long!

 

lalecreations vintage bear
This vintage red and white bear has eyelashes to die for and can be found in the etsy store lalecreations.

 

Pepe Peanut by JuliaStaite
Pepe Peanut by JulieStaite is adorable and comes with his own red and white striped bag.

 

Pepe Peanut by JuliaStaite
These vintage Christmas bears are in wonderful condition, Their red and white shirt and night caps look like new, they can be found in the etsy store Glamatiques.

 

Mamamayberrys Elvis Octopus
Lastly Is this Elvis Octopus by mamamayberrys…maybe not particularly Canadian but seriously…Elvis octopus!!
Happy Canada and Happy 4th of July everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your Summer!

 

 

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Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

Pinning The Past – Nepalese Shamanic Textiles

Pinning The Past with Ruth Singer

I was recently lucky enough to be near to the amazing Alain Rouveure Galleries in Gloucestershire and able to see the the Shamanic Art of Nepal special exhibition. The whole place is very special – shop, showroom and gallery for wonderful textiles and objects as well as a fantastic cafe and even gardens! The website doesn’t do it justice – this is a really special place.

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (1 of 1)

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (5 of 8)

I went particularly to see the Shamanic Arts of Nepal exhibition, which is a small space, but packed with truly amazing textiles. The main part of the exhibition is 12 shamanic dresses, worn by Nepalese shaman which are very rare and really stunning. Some of these are thought to be 100 years old, and the wear and repair on them shows their long use and importance. I’m always fascinated by textiles with a narrative and these pieces are overflowing with stories as well as having a purely-aesthetic faded beauty.

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (1 of 8)

 

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (7 of 8)

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (6 of 8)

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (2 of 8)

 

The exhibition continues to 12th July and is well worth a special trip. There is nothing on the website about the exhibition unfortunately but there is a leaflet available for a donation to Alain’s own Nepalese earthquake relief fund in the gallery.

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Stitchgasm – Melissa Sue Stanley

A bit of felt this Friday with another marvellous @melissasue_stitched creation.
I have one of these guys living in my house and I swear it moves around at night!
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Another view of ol’ chicken legs.
Baba Yaga’s Chicken Shack 💙🍄💙
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Stitchgasm – PinsAndPines’ Yeats Embroidery

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Finished this embroidery of a early #jackbyeats illustration 😃 Day number 27 of 100 #100dayproject #100dayprojectmyhand #HandInFrame #inmyhand
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Stitchgasm – Brodi_fr’s Graffiti

@brodi_fr makes hand embroidered graffiti and it’s wicked. Nuff said.
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Stitchgasm – ChelseaGrouse does Mia Wallace

I like this #miawallace #crossstitch by @chelseagrouse A LOT.
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Don’t be a square. Finished Mia from Pulp Fiction just gotta iron her out and frame her 👌👌 #crossstitchersofig #embroidery #crafts #handmade #pulpfiction #quentintarantino #xstitchersofinstagram #creativityfound #red via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/293aHe8 Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstagram #mrxstitch

Stitchgasm – Michelle Kingdom’s Fragile Clarity

I try to not regram every single piece that @michelle.kingdom does, but it’s not easy. Damn she’s good.

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A fragile clarity – 10″ X 10″ on linen (based on a vintage Helmut Newton photograph) #embroidery #embroideryart #contemporaryembroidery #bordado #broderie #handembroidery #xstitchersofinstagram #creativityfound #florals #helmutnewton via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/2930KkN Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstagram #mrxstitch

Stitchgasm – AnnelieEmbroidery’s Abstract Hand Embroidery

Reality has been quite stressful (for some) in the past week so let’s start this week with something abstract.
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Stitchgasm – Sambalou’s Machine Embroidered People

@sambalou32 is making great things happen with machine embroidery. Go check her out!
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Nuido’s Birthday Purse

Nuido It Yourself - Japanese Embroidery with Madeline Scharpf

Each year, for Nuido-it-Youself’s birthday, I buy my darling column a present. Last time we popped our punch embroidery cherry with a vintage Tokyo Bunka kit. This year Zakka Workshop’s Clasp Purses caught my eye and I decided it should be a project for Nuido. Zakka Workshop specializes in translating Japanese craft patterns, making them more accessible to English speaking makers. Zakka Workshop might sound familiar because they brought us Yumiko Higuchi’s first English translated embroidery book, ‘Simply Stitched’

 

Your kit comes with your clap, detailed instructions and scaled patterns
Your kit comes with your clasp, detailed instructions and scaled patterns

 

I like to trace my patterns, but that isn't necessary
I like to trace my patterns, but that isn’t necessary

 

These clasp purse kits come with the clasp and detailed instructions as well as scaled patterns. The project requires that you have your own notions and tools. I found that I already had everything I needed to make this purse. The items you’ll have to provide are basic such as craft glue, fabric, batting, interfacing and a pair of pliers to squeeze the frame of the purse. As much as I love a trip to the craft store, it’s also satisfying to stay home and just stitch.

 

Japanese flower embroidery pattern book
Japanese flower embroidery pattern book

 

Black linen fabric and Sublime Stitching's white carbon tracing paper
Black linen fabric and Sublime Stitching’s white carbon tracing paper

 

Ok enough!
Ok enough!

 

I wanted to embroider something on my purse so I chose a rose design from my flower embroidery book. Even though this book is in Japanese, it has clear diagrams and lots of pictures so anyone can use it, regardless of your language. If you would like this book, you can order if from Pomadour24 on Etsy.

 

Nuido-it-Myself
Nuido-it-Myself

 

I’ve never made or used piping before and because it was the only thing I didn’t already have, I consulted YouTube Sensei and learned how to do it myself. If you’ve never made piping, I suggest making your own. It’s incredibly easy and you can match the fabric that you choose for your purse. Also, I am not awesome at embroidering something before it’s sewn and actually getting it to center correctly. Not to worry, I may be an amateur but it was easy to customize this pattern the way I envisioned it.

 

It worked on the first try!
It worked on the first try!

 

Who doesn't love a pocket?
Who doesn’t love a pocket?

 

Sewing machine-ing isn’t my strongest creative ability but I am thrilled with how my purse turned out! The embroidery was finished a few days ago and when it came to the purse, I was able to assemble it in an afternoon. I even took an extended break to Facetime with my best girlfriend and her daughter about who our favorite mermaids are. We have our priorities around here.

If I were to add any tips for this project they would be; make sure your seam allowance is trimmed clean, especially in the corners where the fabric can be thickest and, use a zipper foot to sew your seam snugly against the piping. Otherwise, the instructions that come with the clasp are concise and clear.

Zakka Workshop has several purse clasps to choose from as well as quilting and embroidery projects from Japan translated to English. Here, at Nuido-it-Yourself, we have big love the people who help bring Japanese needlework to more stitchers. You can follow Zakka Workshop on Instagram or follow them on Facebook.

お誕生日おめでとう Happy Birthday to Nuido-it Yourself!

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Madeline Scharpf

Madeline spends her time somewhere around the Pacific Ocean attached to a needle & thread while practicing Japanese. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects at www.madelinewonderland.com or follow her on Pinterest

Stitchgasm – SheSaidSew’s Cross Stitch Diseases

As the mighty #timwestwood would say “wrap it up before you slap it up”
Otherwise you might catch one of these little critters!
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Stitchgasm – Motoruxin Does Deadpool

Let’s get on down this weekend and have a good time! (This cross stitch is brilliant!) #regram @motoruxin
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