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

 

Big props to Andrew Salomone for featuring this amazing piece by Laura Hartrich on Make.

Calvin and Hobbes Hand Embroidery by Laura Hartrich

Calvin & Hobbes was just one of the best cartoons ever, and Laura’s embroidered panel is a masterwork.

Calvin and Hobbes Hand Embroidery by Laura Hartrich (progress)

I was pleased to read this tale of a recent appearance of Bill Watterson in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip.

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It's Blast From The Past From Mr X Stitch

Delving deep to discover this historic gem from Buffyfan1977! I am a huuuge Buffy fan, so this cross stitched piece is like pure gold!!

BUFFY_CROSS_STITCH_WILLOW_by_buffyfan1977

But Buffy fan or not, you have to appreciate the time and detail in these cross stitched pieces! Be sure to look at BuffyFan1977′s DeviantART page to see her enormous collection is similarly detailed x’s!

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

I’m glad to see that people are still pushing at the boundaries of beadwork. Karen Paust is keeping things natural, but doing a magnificent job of it.

Karen Paust - Beadwork Fly

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Exploring Etsy with loadofolbobbins!

Hello again, fancy meeting you here *waves excitedly at readers* that’s right folks it’s ‘Exploring Etsy’ time again. Whether you’re a fellow Etsy shop holder or an enthusiastic customer I’m sure you all know how important good product photography can be in showcasing the beautiful creations on offer. This week I’m introducing you to the work of the wonderfully talented Sabina Gibson, whose Etsy shop ‘Mount Royal Mint’ is chock-full of creations and product photographs that are stunning!

Little Tiger by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Little Tiger by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Narwhal by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Narwhal by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Working as a toy designer and soft sculpture artist Sabina lives in beautiful Montreal, Canada. She shares her studio with her husband with whom she’s produced a number of film and video animation projects. This year will also see the release of her own line of children’s toys and her first illustrated picture book titled “Little Bird, Be Quiet”.

Cloud Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Cloud Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Crystal Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Woodland Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Woodland Pony by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

What is your earliest stitching memory?

When I was little, my Gram took care of me. Whenever she had a chance, she would love to sew on her machine. To keep me occupied while she worked she would cut images from my colouring books, and trace them onto scrap fabric. She would then add points, connect-the-dot style around the outline and stick it in a hoop. She’d set me up with a large, not so sharp needle threaded with my yarn and I would sit for hours going “over and under” with the needle and thread making all my favourite animals and characters. She was so clever!

Megafauna Group by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Megafauna Group by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

 

Birchwood Spirit Bear by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Birchwood Spirit Bear by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

What fires your imagination?

I love the art gallery and fashion mags. Colors inspire me and so do walks with my dog Mayble. I think every animal I create has a little bit of Mayble in them. Fantasy films and anime, 80s cartoons and everyday objects. A leaf I picked up, a roll of washi tape or a fabulous skein of embroidery floss. I once found great inspiration from a box of tissue. You never know where or when those little sparks might fly!

Pink Hippo by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

Pink Hippo by Sabina Gibson (Soft Sculpture)

If you’re anything like me you’ll have fallen in love with all of Sabina’s work and want to give all of her gorgeous creatures a new home! Make sure to head over to her Etsy shop to see the whole glorious collection, I’d also recommend following her on instagram, her images are always a delight. Until next time my lovely readers, Adieu!

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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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