Stitchgasm – Karen Barbe

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

I’m loving Karen Barbe‘s cool embroidered potholders – a great piece of domestitchery.

Karen Barbe - Potholders III

It’s a great design and the potholder looks robust enough to do the job properly.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, Karen recently wrote a post about how to wash your hand embroidery and I thought it was worth sharing. Here’s the visuals:

Karen Barbe - How To Wash Embroidery

Book Review – Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft

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

Pearl Lowe knows vintage. She’s been living it and breathing it for years and her new book, Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft, helps you incorporate vintage style into your life.

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

It’s a lovely book, with five main sections focusing on areas of the home that are packed with ideas to upcycle, embellish and refurbish your life. All the designs include technique instructions as well as “Pearls of Wisdom” to help you think differently about the suggested design.

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

The book almost overwhelms with design and pattern, but there’s no denying that you will be empowered to personalise many items in your home. There are some really creative solutions within the different chapters and there’s bound to be something you’ve not seen before!

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

As well as the design inspiration, there’s a useful resource section at the back, containing techniques, supplier details and templates, that will help you on your mission. While this book might not be to everyone’s taste, Pearl Lowe has produced something that will leave you itching to get started on your own vintage voyage!

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

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The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Yaroslav Galant

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

I’m loving this embroidered stone furniture by Yaroslav Galant.

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

The design project have a long history and goes back to Kievan Rus days when embroidery art was in a big favor. Today furniture collection embroided with Ukranian Pattern by Yaroslav Galant emerging from acient traditions is complemented by modern DuPont„¢ Corian® acril stone technologies.

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

“Design concept aimed at contributing to the modern fashion by offering renaissance of Ukrainian art traditions. Yaroslav collection could furnish the entire house, office or hotel environment, while the superior stain-resistant qualities of solid DuPont Corian® material could turn it into park, garden or country house outdoor furniture.

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

“The entire furniture set consists of ottomans, sofa, various coffee tables, round dining table, bed, bed side tables, screen, wardrobe, rack, chandelier and bra, TV & entertainment system cabinets, two types of wall boards, bath tub, wash sink, 4 mirrors and benches. The reception desk, dining and living room environments were chosen for the exhibition.

 Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

 

“Bright but delicate fairy gloss of the furniture rests on gentle blend of black, white and red traditional colors of Ukrainian embroidery. Two flower themes work together to form surface interior design: on the top we see chandelier  made of thin panels of DuPont Corian® decorated with symbolic red and orange flowers and below it there is another newly presented collection of 3D DuPont Corian® panels with “Phyllotaxis€ pattern creating an optical experience of numerous chamomile flower dance.

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant 

“Yaroslav mentioned that he had never doubted the revolutionary intention of the project but he was nicely surprised by other people response: “It was a great pleasure to be next to the stand and get grateful comments for the revival input to Ukrainian art and traditions. Collection development took a lot of time and energy, but we were blessed by every little thing about it – lines, forms, colors.

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

“I even managed to make heavy red color comfort enough to be included in our design. Absolutely unique content was developed by merging Ukrainian folk embroidery and contemporary DuPont Corian® material offering both structural solidity and visual lightness. It is suitable to various application solutions, besides material is really a pleasure to deal with. Thanks to DuPont Corian® we managed to bring stone embroidery concept to life.

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

“Stone embroidery is a pretty intensive process – it takes 10 days to stitch only one chair surface. First machine-cut holes were made according to the pattern design and then solid polyester ropes of the relevant color were manually laced through the holes. Yaroslav’s design concept of abstract geometric and flower ornaments goes back to Slavic mythology. Embroidery  pattern evolves circle, triangle, diamond, flower and other shapes. All design objects were produced in single copy by Elio-Ukraine.”

Embroidered furniture by Yaroslav Galant

We’ve seen Girli Concrete, we’ve seen Clyde Olliver, we’ve seen Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene, we’ve seen Sarah Greaves. Stitching on unorthodox surfaces is cool. Bring it on.

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The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the must-have embroidered art book by Mr X Stitch !

Ayadeena – Pillows from “Our Hands”

Domestitchery is  where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

“Ayadeena” is the Arabic word for “our hands” and Ayadeena the company makes good things for a good cause.  Because of their duties of motherhood and housekeeping, as well as the limitations of traditional roles for woman in Jordan, women are often not allowed to work outside the home, thus the burden of poverty falls upon their shoulders.  Ayadeena empowers “underprivileged and undereducated – yet skilled” Jordanian women to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in their lives.

Modeled on the country’s traditional dress designs the pillows are named after their makers.  Above:  Majdoleen 6 & Deema 1.

Read more about this amazing project and see the Summer-Autumn 2011 Collection here on their site; you’ll be glad you did.

TheMistressT is so glamorous she cries glitter tears.  Her mottoes include “if you wear enough sequins all you have to do is stand there” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Bunting

Domestitchery is  where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

Where crafting  decorating meet you find handmade fabric buntings or garlands. It was only a matter of time before needleworkers got in on the trend, taking these charming decorations to the next level of embellishment.

Sonia Cantié of Cozy Memories stitched these sweet bird themed flags for this garland…

and the words “love,” “live,”  “laugh” and flowers for this eclectic garland.

Kelly of the TRANS-CRAFT-INENTAL blog stiched and embellished hearts for her lovely bunting.

Get it?  Lovely?  Tee hee!

Now have a gander at what The Vintage Cottage has done!

She’s taken vintage embroidered tablecloths that were too damaged to use and turned the pretty embroideries into flags for her bunting!

Nice save, The Vintage Cottage!

Special thanks to Sonia and Mary for their kind consideration and prompt responses!

TheMistressT is so glamorous she cries glitter tears.  Her mottoes include “if you wear enough sequins all you have to do is stand there” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – French Prisoners Chairs


Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework, but today we’re looking at how talented people use creative needle work to make stitchery of extraordinary domestic items.
Lovedaylemon’s photostream yields this fascinating pair of embroidered arm chairs.
The Logis Royal, Loches
The Logis Royal, Loches
The names are those of people held at The Logis Royal de Loches when it was a prison.  I’d love to see a family tree (especially a fictitious one) done in a similar style on a chair.  What does this make you want to see?  Or better yet stitch for yourself?
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TheMistressT is so glamorous she cries glitter tears.  Her mottoes include “if you wear enough sequins all you have to do is stand there” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Blankets

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework, but today we’re looking at how talented people use creative needle work to make stitchery of extraordinary domestic items.

It takes a special kind of determination and stamina to embroider a blanket with more than just a small monogram or corner detail.

That’s probably why FateWineRose’s Aunt Doris left this wonderful Swedish huckwork piece unfinished.

Huck work or Swedish Weaving Embroidered blanket
Huck work or Swedish Weaving Embroidered blanket

A detail of the loveliness:

Huck work detail
Huck work detail

Drew Leavy discovered these jubulent pieces on a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Embroidered Blankets
Embroidered Blankets

This blanket of Santo Entierro leaves me speechless and just about breathless – as it may have been meant to do.

Blanket of Santo Entierro - Angat, Bulacan
Blanket of Santo Entierro – Angat, Bulacan

It is used as part of the Holy Week celebration in Angat, Bulacan, Philippines.  Leo Cloma shares the story of finding it on his blog, Akyat-Bahay Gangster.

A simple online search for embroidered blankets turned up mostly children’s themed monograms which are wonderful in their own right, but if any of our readers can share something a little more Mr. X-Stitch style, I know I’d sure love to see them and I bet our readers would, too.

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TheMistressT is so glamorous she cries glitter tears.  Her mottoes include “if you wear enough sequins all you have to do is stand there” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Fur Rugs by Agustina Woodgate

Domestitchery is  where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework, but today we’re looking at how talented people use creative needle work to make stitchery of extraordinary domestic items.

TheMistressT hasn’t spent nearly the time she’d like to have searching the internet for wondrous things to share and so begged the help of Beefranck, our Editor-in-Chief, who is widely accepted as “no slouch” when it comes to internet searching.  While she waited for a reply, TheMistressT sipped delicately at her espresso and answered her other email correspondence.  It wasn’t long before the reply came, bringing relief and, at first, disbelief.

Agustina Woodgate hand sews these colorful rugs from recycled animal skins.

TheMistressT is an animal lover and an art lover, so she was both appalled and fascinated.  She was also unsure about presenting these works until she realized that in the few minutes between requesting help and receiving it she’s typed these words to a friend on another topic altogether:

Any idea or thing that no one thinks is odd isn’t even the slightest bit interesting and that is a fact.  If everyone likes something, then it’s probably no good.”

TheMistressT doesn’t have a lot to offer you, but Agustina Woodgate has a lot to say about this work and you can read it here.

TheMistressT is so glamorous she cries glitter tears.  Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Applique Counts

Domestitchery is  where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework, but today we’re looking at how talented people use creative needle work to make stitchery of extraordinary domestic items.

TheMistressT has been assured (& encouraged) by the management that applique counts as needlework here at Mr. X-Stitch so she is sharing with you just a few of the great throw pillows out there.

The first signs of spring are popping up in TheMistressT’s world and reminding her of the beauty to come… and lawn mowing.  PillowHappy must be in the same hemisphere; her “Tall Grass Pillow” is like a glimpse into the future.

The Wooly Lady must be right there with us and inspired to create her “That’s One Big Poppy” pillow.

Thats one big poppy pillow

Pink Cheeks Studio shows us that applique is appropriate for kids of all ages…

… even actual kids  as shown with  Krakracraft’s“Rooaarr!”

Rooaarr! - appliqued pillow
While TheMistressT can’t stand in front of the meat counter very long without getting nauseated, she has a weakness for butchers’ diagram.  This GoBuggyGo‘s “Pig Meat Chart” pillow tickles her.

Pig Meat Chart Decorative Pillow
Thank you for indulging TheMistressT’s strange urge to refer to herself in the third-person.  You know how she is.

TheMistressT is so glamorous she cries glitter tears.  Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Chandeliers by Shannon Young

Domestitchery is  where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework, but today we’re looking at how talented people use creative needle work to make stitchery of extraordinary domestic items.

Shannon Young used “soft sculpture, mixed media, embroidery, and knitting as a way to address issues of sexuality and gender, commenting upon gender roles and relationships in our contemporary world” for her BFA graduation project to make this amazing and enormous chandeliers.

She says about her mostly donated fabrics, “I love taking rejected materials and stitching them into a recreation of something that could only exist in a dream.”

Although it’s difficult to see in these photos that she’s shared via craftster and her personal website, all the painted images are heavily embroidered.

She also included an embroidery style that we usually see on domestic items such as tea towels.

To learn more about the meaning behind these great works and her process (she built them completely, including the welding of the frames) check out her craftster post and for more fiber and other art visit her website which has links to her flickr, tumblr, etc.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Stitched Images of Chairs

Domestitchery is normally where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework, but today we’re looking at how talented people use creative needle work to make stitchery of extraordinary domestic items.  Well, chairs anyway.

William Kentridge’s “Porter with Chairs” from his Porter Series; tapestry weave with embroidery: mohair, acrylic, and polyester.

More of the series can be seen in sokref1’s flickr.

Creativechick’s Martha’s chair is hand-painted fiber embellished with embroidery and beads.

How about some stitching on porcelain?

Tiny Haus kindly offers a two-part tutorial for this on her blog.

I found so many great needleworks of chairs that I will share more in the future.  You can count on it.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Winter Nostaliga

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

There’s just something cozy about winter-themed decor at this time of year (in the northern hemisphere, at least).  It’s one of the few times I find it worth the bother to “rotate my art” as the fancy people say. These pieces would definitely be worth the bother.

Winter Skaters

Winter Skaters by Flossbox

Snowflake pattern set

Snowflake Set by Carina

Cuckoo Clocks Winter

Cuckoo Clocks Winter by ! RamblinWorker

felt family full

Felt Family by Cupcakes for Clara

winter stitches 009

Winter Stitches 009 by furrybees

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Sitting Around Stitching

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

Holiday dinners in my family were around a table with chairs with needlepoint seats that my Great-grandmother Elder carefully stitched.  Those chairs have sadly disappeared, but when I last saw them they were at least 60 years old and the stitchery was in great shape.  Let’s embrace the durability of needlework and celebrate those who commit to the hard work of stitching hard-wearing places to sit.

What appears to be church pews and chairs… talk about dedication.

church ?

A side chair from  the Textile Museum in Blönduós.

Embroidered chair seat

Notice how the needlework seat is in much better condition than the wooden stool.

Embroidered Stool

Photos courtesy of these flickr streams and pool: Waltwoolfolk, ckrub, and What the folk say.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Embellishing Lampshade with Stitchery

The Mistress T can gawk at well-made lampshades for hours which makes finding and being shown embroidered ones a pleasure for her inbox.  So to speak.

A Suzani lampshade from Material Recovery!

And just look at a couple of examples of what Riann’s been up to:

Lampshade #2 Complete

This one strikes me as perfect for the mathematician.

Small graphic lampshade

As if that weren’t enough, here’s a *kit* by LampGustaf for stitching it up yourself!  I’m tempted to buy one, but I know in my heart that I’d have difficulty committing to an design and that if I did commit it would be my first foray into cross stitching and I’d be ashamed of my amateurish outcome.  I’d love, love, LOVE to see anyone’s utilization of this, though.  Hint, hint.

It’s so great to imagine the possibilities of needlework when the aspect of light shining through it is added to the mix.  What about utilizing the glow-in-the-dark floss for lampshades so they can go on glowing after the lamp has been turned off?  Please share with the Mr X Stitch family any lampshade goodness you’ve stitched!

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Come in Suzani and have a seat.

Something, or rather *someone, inadvertently sent me on a suzani searching expedition last month.  I recognized suzani from my addiction to professional utilization of shelter magazines, but didn’t know much about them other than that they were bold,  beautiful and embroidered… just like Mr. X Stitch himselfWikipedia says, “Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan,  Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and other Central Asian countries.”  There is a lot more information about the making and history of suzanis online, but TheMistressT is no Penny Nickels (i.e. T is built for comfort, not for educating ), so she’ll let you set out on this magnificent voyage of discovery for yourself.

Anyway… boy howdy, did I hit the jackpot!  People out there are using them to upholster all manner of furniture.  Way to go, people!

Sofas, chaises, and daybeds:

Time out; chairs, too.

But, wait! There’s more!  Stools, even.

A refreshing change from the traditional needlepoint seat cushion, I think.  I hope that people out there are utilizing even more styles of embroidery to make big statements in their home decorating and that if those people read this, they will share with me us.

* I can’t remember exactly who it was and I wouldn’t want to break any confidences but let’s just say that his or her name rhymes with either “Reefstank” or “Fister Tex Itch.”

These images are all from the following imaginative suzani utilization engineers (in order of appearance):  Gypsy in Stilettos, Artisan Moveis Bem Pensados, or Material Recovery.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Ikea Brings Stitchery Style Out Front

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework

Well, I’m not the first to promote the big box stores that do a fine job of promoting themselves, but I am the first to pour over a catalog when it comes in the mail.  Doesn’t even matter what kind of catalog, either; fly fishing, gardening tools, over priced gift baskets and home furnishings are all fair game.  What a happy surprise to find the 2011 Ikea catalog sprinkled with stitch-inspired things!

Ok, so linens aren’t so surprising, but a loveseat?  Cool!

Need a modern chair with an old-fashioned charm?

While these particular items may not be to everyone’s taste (including mine), I think it’s interesting that they may be an indicator of an increased awareness of embroidery that could open doors and minds to one-of-a-kind, artisan-made embroidery for interiors.   They’re even using embroidery to display a new picture frame.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Classy Cushions

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

It’s always satisfying to find home accessories decorated with needlework, but it’s a downright thrill when these pieces are also sophisticated domestic accents.

Bridget Davies‘s work tickles me. It’s a bit humorous, without being at all goofy.

Her take on the chandelier motif reminds me a bit of Edward Gorey and combined with the sharp blue stripes it makes a gender-neutral piece.

It’s rare to find whimsy that’s not at all child-ish, maybe especially in needlework cushions.

Tara Badcock has a gift for whimsy, all grown up. Her detail work is astonishing.

It’s so refreshing to find things that are lush, without being ostentatious; quirky without being odd or awkward.

Now if only I could imagine and create such wonders.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Putting Embroidery to Bed

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

I don’t know if there’s more needlework being highlighted in the shelter magazines over the last year or two or if it’s just my increased awareness, but I like it.  This particular piece impressed me so much that it was torn from the magazine (ElleDecor – sometime in 2009) and filed.

While floral  and pink aren’t really my personal decorating style, I really like the description behind this piece which was custom made for the 24-year old daughter of the featured homeowner.  “Charm was her [the designer,  Katie Ridder] decorative aim, but she also incorporated sophisticated details, such as… an ogee-shaped headboard lavished with embroidered pink carnations for [the daughter’s] room.”  The big guns are saying that charm can be sophisticated and they are there using limited print space to tell us how  the NYC designer contacted a “Paris-based textile impresario” who went to India to where she went back and forth for 8 months working with artisans to get it just right.  We take take a lot of impressions from that, but politics aside what struck me as pretty dang cool is that embroidery is recognized as sophisticated and worth contacting professionals and spending time (and money) to get something well made.  The next step is designers recognizing their local talent and contacting those artisans on whom to spend the time and money to get well-made fiber art for their projects.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Temari

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

One go-to objet in basic interior decorating is what I call “Container of Spheres” and everywhere from large chain stores to local boutiques to furniture stores of all sizes sell these spheres which are made of everything from rattan to wood to glass, but often they’re mass-produced and basically just fill a space with a pleasing size and shape. How can it be that I only just discovered temari, Japanese embroidered balls with a long, fascinating history? These are actual art pieces that could comprise one’s container of spheres! If you search “temari” on Flickr you’ll come up with seemingly endless patterns in just about any combination of colors.

A delicate, lacy Oliver Twist temari by Alien Ted.

This graphic patterned Brown Temari V by Rali=} which is part of a set made for her parents.

Peeking Lotus 1 by Osanka is a lovely abstraction of nature.

Even figurative work like wklager‘s St. Uhro’s Day Grasshopper.

Of course, etsy is a great source to start your collection! There are designs and colors for every taste and style. Like Suzik‘s Atomic Rattling Temari Ball…

or Julie and Co.‘s Wildflowers with Jingle Bell.

I really encourage people to click through to see the vast variety of styles that each artist makes. Temari seem like a wonderful way to collect art, decorate your space and give gifts. If you’re so inspired that you want to make them there are so many ways to get started! There are tutorials and patterns available at very reasonable prices on etsy as well as temari bases. And author Barb Suess provides free instructions and sells books, kits, and supplies on her website dedicated to Japanese Temari.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

Domestitchery – Jen Swearington’s Art Quilts

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

We’ve all seen  classic quilts hung on walls and art quilts on display, but the painterly quality of Jen Swearington’s art quilts makes them really stand out.  It’s important to note that this quality is complemented by her hanging method which floats her pieces in front of the wall giving the appearance of canvas stretched on frames.

I vacillate between the idea that the medium is almost of secondary importance and feeling that it’s the most extraordinary aspect of her pieces.

The variety of her subject matter makes her work even more intriguing which she describes as, “dreamy narrative illustrations drawn from my imagination and experiences.”

To see details of these pieces and more artworks (including handmade, hand-dyed and hand-printed clothing) visit her etsy store, JennyThreads and her website.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”