Hand Embroidery

Kate Blandford's Deviant Discoveries

This Friday’s eye candy is brought to you by artist Jacob W Dillow and his hand embroidered piece ‘Don’t Be So Dramatic’ which is awesomely stitched onto linen. Kudos to Jacob, I am useless when it comes to working with that material (I’m an aida girl at heart!). I love his use of contrasting colours and patterns in his embroidered work. You can catch more over on his dA page.



It's Kate BlandfordKate Blandford is a craft and doodle enthusiast currently working in Bristol. With a penchant for cross stitch and pixels, Kate produces work dabbling in both the handmade and the digital. Her work was once described as ‘shabby chic for Satanists’ due to her love of embroidery, twee skulls and Slayer. You can visit her website here: www.kateblandford.com


It's Blast From The Past From Mr X Stitch

Another Halloween BFTP this week, going into the not too distant past to last years Stitchgasm! – 5 spooky stitches post!

Poltergueist by Super VelmaPoltergeist by Super Velma

Poppy's Pumpkin Girl by xperimentlPoppy’s Pumpkin Girl by Xperimentl

Vampira by GinaVampira by Gina

Crypt Keeper by LeighlalovesyouCrypt Keeper by Leighlalovesyou

Zombie Arms by SpidersPawZombie Arms by SpidersPaw

A great list of terrifying textiles that are still great a year on! If it’s not broken..don’t fix it!


Sequintial Art with Claire Barrett from Hawthorne and Heaney

All over the country, people have been coming together to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. Along with Church services, reenactments and flyovers there have been some beautiful and engaging works of art springing up for the public to enjoy and think about. One such project is an art installation at the Tower of London by Paul Cummins called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. Using the iconic poppy, the installation consists of thousands of ceramic poppies which sweep across the dry moat of the historic building. Over the summer, more poppies are added to the piece which will eventually burst over the walls and out the windows as well as across the ground until their number reaches 888,246 poppies on the 11th November which representing all the British or colonial military fatalities in the war. After 11/11/14 the poppies will be sold off individually for £25 each to raise money for charity.

TOL poppies

TOL poppies window


The poppy was first used after the First World War when an american academic, Moina Michael was inspired by McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ to make red silk poppies for Decoration Day. The British Legion first started selling poppies in 1921 with an initial order of 9 million poppies which were sold on the 11th November 1921 raising £106,000. Following the first years success they set up factory on the Old Kent Road in London where five disabled ex-Servicemen began making poppies. 3 years later the Poppy Factory moved to its current site in Richmond, Surrey and today produces millions of poppies each year.


In honour of this, The London Embroidery School is hosting an adaptation of the silk flower making class for poppies. 50% of the profit from the class will be going to be British Legion’s Poppy Appeal so we would love if you could help us to raise some money for them. The class will be taking place on the 29th October in our Islington studio from 6.30-8.30pm. Click here to book your place, spaces will be limited as all our classes are quite intimate.



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

I love a bit of glow in the dark embroidery and MrXStitch favourite, Robyn Enz has done a fantastic job with this piece, inspired by We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson :

Robyn Enz's Cup of Tea

A cup of tea, it seems to me, there’s more going on here than at first we see:

Robyn Enz's Cup of Tea


Robyn Enz's Cup of Tea

A fantastic job!


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