Hand Embroidery

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


Big props to Andrew Salomone for featuring this amazing piece by Laura Hartrich on Make.

Calvin and Hobbes Hand Embroidery by Laura Hartrich

Calvin & Hobbes was just one of the best cartoons ever, and Laura’s embroidered panel¬†is a masterwork.

Calvin and Hobbes Hand Embroidery by Laura Hartrich (progress)

I was pleased to read this tale of a recent appearance of Bill Watterson in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip.


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It's Blast From The Past From Mr X Stitch

Delving deep to discover this historic gem from Buffyfan1977! I am a huuuge Buffy fan, so this cross stitched piece is like pure gold!!


But Buffy fan or not, you have to appreciate the time and detail in these cross stitched pieces! Be sure to look at BuffyFan1977′s DeviantART page to see her enormous collection is similarly detailed x’s!


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

Luisa Zilio is an embroidery artist from Bristol.

Luisa Zilio - Frida Kahlo - Hand Embroidery

“I am a textile artist who has been studying mental health and its sufferers for many years. Drawn from an emotional and physical investment in my subject, I present a series of embroidered portraits of significant cultural figures with a potent common thread; of mental health and its link to a particularly powerful strain of creativity.

Luisa Zilio - Dylan Thomas - Hand Embroidery

“My aim is to draw attention to my work from viewers who may take an interest in the subjects themselves, and then present the often stigmatised subject matter of mental health; raising awareness, as well as celebrating it for its less negative connotations, illustrating the undeniable link to a particularly dazzling form of creativity.¬†

Luisa Zilio - Nina Simone - Hand Embroidery

“My use of embroidery is also a direct reference to my own Bipolar disorder. It’s a technique I use to control emotion, to focus my mind, a meditative process.¬†The repetitive nature of the work in which I immerse myself and the painstaking and physically demanding hours put into each piece are factors that lead to a genuine emotional investment in my work.”

Luisa Zilio - Vivien Leigh - Hand Embroidery

I’m glad Luisa shared her portfolio with me, I really like it. It’s an interesting collection of characters brought together by a subject that is still somewhat taboo. Luisa’s process has a therapeutic element, not unlike the work of Alex Walters¬†and I’d interested to find out more about the healing power of stitch from¬†her experience.

Luisa Zilio - Jean-Michel Basquiat - Hand Embroidery

Visit Luisa’s website to connect with her and enjoy¬†more of her work.

Luisa Zilio - Virginia Woolf - Hand Embroidery


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.

MarleyMiss made this great hand embroidery of Joanna Newsom, featuring “seed stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, satin stitch and French knots“. It took her five days and it’s lovely.

Marley Miss' Joanna Newsome Embroidery

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


Mr X