The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Bascom Hogue

Bascom Hogue - Lawrence Cowboy (2009)
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Bascom Hogue is a Mennonite Brethren from Kansas.

Bascom Hogue - Lawrence Cowboy (2009)
Lawrence Cowboy (2009)

His hand stitched redwork pieces are terrific, and have a real charm about them. They are reminiscent of 1950’s illustrations. The subject matters are quite unusual, but there is an honest charm to them. It seems that Bascom is stitching these for his own pleasure as much as anything, not to impress anyone.

Bascom Hogue - Two Satyrs (2010)
Two Satyrs (2010)

His work evokes the nostalgia of American tradition and woodcut folk art, while exploring topics with an element of darkness. Much like the book Struwwelpeter, despite it’s charm, Bascom’s work will take you to places that might make you uncomfortable.

Bascom Hogue - Gates Of Hell (2009)
Gates Of Hell (2009)

Bascom suffers from asthma and “Breathe” reflects how asthma and pneumonia are able to make him concentrate on trying to do one thing: Breathe.

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Featured image, by Faye Arguelles

Bascom Hogue - Breathe (2008)
Breathe (2008)

He combines machine and hand embroidery to great effect and you can see more of his work at his website. There’s not a lot to be found because Bascom Hogue is a legendary figure, but if you seek him hard enough, you will find him and your life will be better for it.

Bascom Hogue - Road Trip (2010)
Road Trip (2010)
View Comments (5)
  • “His grasshopper looks as though he was a character from Alice in Wonderland that didn’t make it into the final draft of the book…”

    Or Jiminy Cricket from Pinochio!

  • He makes such wonderful stuff. I’m going to have to follow his blog – and I love the fact that his profile picture there is from Harold and Maude. 😀

  • Wow, these are breathtaking – thanks for sharing this find! Thay are all fantastic (even if the grasshopper totally freaks me out)
    ps Congrats on being featured on feeling stitchy- you deserve it x

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