Stitchgasm – Karen Barbe

by Mr X on 14 September 2014

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


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

Win a copy of Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Style!

Tell us your favourite style decade – is it the funk of the 1970’s or the art deco stylings of the 1920s? Simply leave a comment below, telling us which decade and why you like it – and we’ll choose a comment at random to be the lucky winner! The competition closes at 23.59GMT on 8th September! Good luck!



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.


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


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.”


Mr X