Craftster Pick of the Week – Beelisty

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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.

Beelisty is a firm favourite of the Craftster needlecraft scene.

She is the Queen of cross stitch portraiture. Her pieces are usually of her heroes, ranging from Rachel Maddow to Paul Westerberg to Benezir Bhutto. The piece below was started in March 2008 and successfully captures the most powerful, er, couple on the planet right now (whether a David and Victoria Beckham stitch will come along is up to her..!).

She has a great eye for choosing the right portraits and when you consider her portfolio as a whole, you get a sense of what a cool person she is. I love this portrait of Gandhi:

It’s always great to see what Beelisty’s gonna come up with next, and she always delivers. If you want to know her, she has a blog, and if you want to own a piece of her (so to speak) visit her etsy shop!

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5 thoughts on “Craftster Pick of the Week – Beelisty

  • Her portraits are amazing…I would not have the patience for pieces like this.

  • Beelisty is my craft hero. First I saw the Subversive Cross Stitch website, then her website. Seeing her work is the reason I started stitching. She made me a portrait pattern through her etsy shop, but I’m still working on it – and will be for a long time. 🙂

  • I’m waivering on whether to buy that Gandhi one or not. I really like it.

  • Mr. X Stitch, you are too awesome. Craftydame from craftster (and one of the co-authors at sent me a link to this post. Thank you so much for all the love, everyone. 🙂

    Mr. X, if you are like me and money is tight these days, i’d be glad to send you a Gandhi pattern gratis as a thank you for this post… let me know. 🙂

    And I swear, the portraits like Audrey Hepburn, where the white is just canvas, don’t take that much patience. The fully stitched portraits do take a little more patience. 🙂

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