Big up to new manbroiderer Pierre for sharing his Steven Seagal cross stitch, made for his wife. Here’s what he had to say:
“First of all; let’s be clear, the choice of Seagal as a model was ironic, I’m not that much of a fan. It’s my wife that got me in cross stitching, she was making some cool stuff and I was like “hey why not start something”. I didn’t take it seriously at the beginning but I quickly became an addict, that bloody thing is like a drug!”
And there you have it. The conversion of an innocent man into a manbroiderer. A magnificent sign of our times!
If you know any manbroiderers, send ‘em our way. It’s a safe space here.
Last year I did a bunch of cross stitch workshops at the Handmade Fair, where I taught people to cross stitch a nifty little “Have a Nice Day” design. I was thrilled when Victoria Stickler posted this instagram of one of the designs, finished and turned into a great wall hanging. I’m always really proud to see these – it’s such a thrill.
Sometimes a person produces a piece of work that is quite astonishing. Natasha Selezneva’s homage to Depeche Mode is one of those examples and I contacted Natasha to find out more about this epic piece of work.
“It all started when I was obsessed with Depeche Mode (adult understanding of lyrics and appreciation of their music came to me a bit later – in fact, during the process:)
I was always pretty good at cross stitching, I can complete a standard picture, like those you get from a craft shop, during one day. So, I though I should pay homage to my favourite band. I picked the warmest and the most hilarious photo of those I had on my computer (the Internet access in my town back then was a luxury, so I used to trade my help with homework for a classmate for a couple of pictures or a lyric sheet from the Internet :), plus I wanted to work with a bunch of different and bright colours – not just black and white (which later DM photos are known for)…
“I saw some embroidered portraits before, and there is only one thing that can ruin them – a lack of detail. To avoid that, I decided to assign every stitch to a pixel of a picture. And I limited the amount of colours to 45. I checked out my schemes, did some calculations and realised that it was going to be at least 1m wide piece of canvas. It didn’t scare me at all. I wanted to get proper portraits, and if that’s what it takes… Plus, I love cross stitching – so the amount of work never scared me. it scared my mom though Imagine all the hours of sitting! haha; and it left speechless the owner of the local craft shop when I came to her to get the first batch of supplies…
“I used three lines of thread (DMC), the standard two looked a bit too transparent for me, I didn’t want the canvas to bee seen in the gaps. People were telling me that I will never finish – but I bloody well did!
I’ve send an application to The Guinness World Records, trying to apply for the ‘Largest Embroidery done by a single person’. I know for sure that it’s not the largest (see here: http://www.recordholders.org/en/list/embroidery.html), but I would like to know my place among the others I headlined a local newspaper with my work, that was fun and I want more, haha. My quest is to get Depeche Mode to see it. I’m working on it!”
Thanks to Mackenzie “Broidrage” Mollo for contacting us about her great series of pop culture hand embroideries. With Ron Swanson, the Necronomicon and Doctor Who among the mix, it’s a cool set of stitcheries, but the minute a Groot appears, it’s an instant stitchgasm for me I’m afraid…