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

Helen Sill is a mixed media artist from Hampshire, England.

Helen Sill

“I use paper cloth and stitch to try to make sense of my world.  I draw into paper and cloth and  using hand stitch and free machine embroidery in an attempt to convey a personal story.   At the moment I am using the power of stitch to make books, boxes and pictures. 

Helen Sill - Cubes

“I am inspired by great works of art, great artists and the female (i.e. my!) experience.  I respect the huge tradition of embroidery and believe it needs to constantly evolve to be relevant in today’s society.  Textile art needs to be more out there in the public domain.”

Helen Sill - Wall Pieces

I met Helen at this year’s London Knitting & Stitching Show and thought her work was really interesting. Filled with stream of consciousness commentary and spontaneous doodles that are converted to stitch, her art pieces are encapsulated thoughts made real.

Helen Sill - Stitched Doodles

There’s a rawness to Helen’s work that fits in nicely with the unfiltered content she creates – an examination of her pieces, which she makes for deliberate interaction, is a wander through her unconscious and a showcase of her thoughts on life, art and a whole lot more. It’s a nice idea and I look forward to seeing how it evolves.

Helen Sill - Cubes

Find out more about Helen at her website.


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.


It's the Craftster Pick of the Week - brought to you by Mr X Stitch!

Time for another look at some of the great work featured in the forums at Craftster. Note: Although they’re the pick of this week, they may have appeared before this week.

It’s been a while since we featured Petskin‘s fantastic felted creations – this Cobalt Blue Tarantula is a cracker!


Petskin's Felted Tarantula

See the original Craftster post here, and be sure to come back next time for another great pick from the forums!


Bunnykins. Needle felted wool, by Kit Lane.

Bunnykins. Needle felted wool, by Kit Lane.

If you haven’t been to Kit Lane’s world lately, it’s time to get yourself back there asap. If you’ve never been to Kit Lane’s world… it’s time to fix that!

Oh, how I adore her needle felted, sculptured creatures. They are so wildly whimsical, expressive and full of life. How it is possible that she squeezes so much soul into tiny beings with button eyes?

He Brought Him Home for Breakfast. Needle felted wool sculpture by Kit Lane.

He Brought Him Home for Breakfast. Needle felted wool sculpture by Kit Lane.

Spend some time in her Flickr stream and website/shop. Follow her on Twitter. Absorb her brand of creative playfulness and sculptural mastery. Go!

Too Cute Tuesdays are brought to you in association with our friends over at Feeling Stitchy!



Gear Threads Is The Mr X Stitch Machine Embroidery Column - Presented By Urban Threads!

There’s pure magic coming out of Firecracker Studio, the home of Wellington, New Zealand multimedia artist Katherine Bertram. Formally trained as a printmaker in Sydney, Australia, Bertram creates incredible works of art using freehand machine embroidery, skillfully placing thread to create uniquely captivating images — like this striking fabric-collaged portrait of her daughter, complete with blue crown. THOSE EYES.


Bertram’s stitching creates texture and nuance out of stark black and white, in a manner that echoes engraving or linocut prints.



Her work’s not only at home on gallery walls — Firecracker Studio sells embroidered items like these bird purses and cushions, for usable textile art that brings a bit of that magic to everyday life.



Captivated by Bertram’s unique style? See more of her portraits, creatures, cityscapes, and fabric collage pieces!


Urban Threads - Unique and Awesome Machine Embroidery DesignsGear Threads is brought to you from the offbeat gals at Urban Threads. Created by illustrator Niamh O’Connor, Urban Threads is revolutionizing machine embroidery one edgy, elegant, innovative, and/or offbeat design at a time. Discover the future of digital stitchery at


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