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

Sola Fiedler is a tapestry artist from Vancouver who has recently gained a lot of attention for her latest work featuring her home town.

Sola Fieder - Working

Using yarn from recycled sweaters, Fiedler meticulously weaves large-scale cityscapes in pinpoint detail, from the number of floors in a building to the colour of the trees and water. She is best known for her tapestry tributes to the cities that have hosted Olympic Games, including Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002, and Sydney, Australia in 2000. Her work captures the architectural elements and spirit of each city at that moment in time.

Sola Fiedler - Vancouver

“Fiedler grew up in London during and after World War II, when recycling played a fundamental role in daily life. Since winning a prize in 1973 for Best Fibre Art in Vancouver, B.C., her work has been collected by notable corporations and individuals including Crown Zellerbach, Woodward’s, the CIBC, UBC, CBC, and Jim Pattison. Fiedler has exhibited in numerous galleries across North America. Her work is more relevant than ever today, as young artisans worldwide claim craft traditions like weaving as their own.”

Sola Fiedler - Vancouver (detail)

I’m constantly amazed by tapestry weavers (and have a massive crush on Erin Riley). Sola’s work blows me away with it’s complexity and size.

Sola Fiedler - Salt Lake City - Tapestry

If the picture above was a painting, it would be impressive enough, but the fact that it’s woven is stunning. The time, the dedication and the ingenuity in creating pieces of work like this are astonishing.

Sola Fiedler - Sydney

I love that Sola started out by unravelling jumpers to get the materials for her work. It’s a great reminder that this kind of art is accessible for all of us (breadth of creative vision notwithstanding) and it adds another layer of charming to this extremely evocative work.

Sola Fiedler - Working (detail)

Sola has made a video about her work, and it’s wonderful to hear her talk about the work and to enjoy the process. You can find out more about Sola at her website and on her Facebook page.

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

Hello beloved readers, how are you? In honour of the sixth birthday of the site, here’s six cross stitchers that we’ve featured in the past that deserve another airing. Yes, that’s right, cross stitch. It’s the simplest of stitches, but these guys prove that it’s a remarkable tool for artistic expression – enjoy!

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Noelle Mason

Noelle Mason

Andoni Maillard - Fire

Andoni Maillard

Pete Fowler - Synth Galleon - Cross Stitch

Pete Fowler

Alicia Ross - Motherboard 2 - Machine Embroidered Cross Stitch

Alicia Ross

Evelin Kasikov

Evelin Kasikov

Diane Meyer - Mauer Park - cross stitch on photograph

Diane Meyer

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

Hello beloved readers, how are you? I’m off on holiday in Sicily at the moment, so I’m making life easy for myself by sharing some older Edge posts that you might have missed. In honour of the sixth birthday of the site, here’s six superb hand embroiderers for your viewing pleasure. Click on the image to visit the original post!

Almas Pieters - Stolen Beauties

Almas Pieters

Maria Pineres

Maria Pineres

Luisa Zilio - Frida Kahlo - Hand Embroidery

Luisa Zilio

Cayce Zavaglia - Teo (detail) - Hand Embroidery

Cayce Zavaglia

Stephanie Clark - Droppo Dwellings (detail) - Hand Embroidery on Canvas

Stephanie Clark

MaricorMaricar - Blondie - Hand Embroidery

MaricorMaricar

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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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