Book Review – PUSH: Stitchery by Mr X Stitch!

PUSH Stitchery has arrived!

It’s kinda strange doing a book review of your own book, but here goes!

PUSH Stitchery kicks ass, and if you’re reading this then it should be in your collection. End of story!

In all seriousness, I’ve worked hard to curate a book that showcases the fantastic talent and work from 30 hugely talented artists, proving beyond a doubt that stitchery is a valid art form.

I’m really pleased with the design of the book as it’s something a bit different to the normal embroidery books out there; the die cut cover is the icing on the cake. It’s a good weight as well, and quite pleasant to handle. Heck, it even smells quite nice!

Anna Torma - Folklore I

(I should point out, I’ve not included any pictures from the book in this review as I don’t want to ruin the surprise! The ones in this post are pieces that you might not have seen before 🙂 )

I’ve been thrilled to see people’s reactions to the book, as there seems to be something in there to appeal to everyone. The book can’t be quickly consumed either – people get drawn into it and spend time slowly absorbing each piece of art.

Raquel J Alves - Home

I hope that you all enjoy the book; it’s been an honour to have this opportunity to prove just how cool our beloved stitchery is, and I hope that I’ve done it justice!

PUSH: Stitchery is published by Lark Books and is available from all good retailers.

Aya Kakeda - Crystal Palace

(PS: PUSH Paper is the sister book and features the finest in contemporary papercrafts. Curated by Jaime Zollars from Paper Forest, it’s a very cool book and you should seriously consider getting both of them!)

(PPS: If you’re in your local bookstore and you see the book, feel free to remerchandise the area to make it more visible! 🙂 )

Joetta Maue - asleep

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45 thoughts on “Book Review – PUSH: Stitchery by Mr X Stitch!

  • I’m thinking something that ties history in with stitching, or maybe something dedicated solely to men and crafting! thx!

  • how about a book of nsfw stitchery? now what made me think of that?

  • Stitchery on useable objects (wearables, towels, pillowcases etc) not just decorative.

  • There needs to be more books with modern patterns. Or modern versions of “classic” patterns.

  • Sticheries of book covers. Pretty ones.

  • A book showcasing geeky kinds of stitchery would be pretty neat… I have seen some really sweet Star Trek/Dr. Who/Star Wars stitching… I wonder where the Battlestar Galactica ones are?

  • I love jenlyjen’s idea of crafting men and their creations.

  • I, too, would be interested in a book on men and crafting. My son is starting his very first cross-stitch, and I hope he keeps his love for making things his entire life. 🙂

  • This book sounds so intriguing, I love to see and be inspired by the new and interesting things people are doing with needlework.

    Keep Stitching,

  • You should definitely do a marvel comic cross stitch book, even though that would be pretty impossible because of copyright issues. So instead, Y U NO make an internet meme book? Or I’ll do it hahaha

  • I think a book of stitchery commemorating weddings would be nice. I am currently designing a picture for my daughter who just got married and I have another one coming up in a year or two.

  • How about Outsider Art Stitchery? Works from self-taught, “naive”, prolific artists who have no real knowledge of or interest in the mainstream fiber arts?

  • I love the idea of the one you did – maybe more on the cutting edge of what is happening now in the world of stitching/art?

  • I agree on a men and crafting book.That’d be a really interesting read, and you’d be the perfect person to put it out.

  • I think some one should write a book about the art and purpose of Fine Cell Work, and you seem like a great candidate.

  • I like the idea of a MenBroidery book too.

  • I’d like to see a book on how to design your own cross stitch patterns. I’m starting to get in to making my own, but I could really use some advice from someone that’s into more alternative subject matter.

  • what about a book about handmade books that have been made to commemorate people or events..there is some amazing stuff out there that some talented people have made and gifted, and they should be exhibited and shared more widely

  • I would love to see you do books about your inspiration on embroidery.
    With interviews.


  • personally, I detest the idea of focusing on men, stitchers or not. what make a guy sewing so special?
    I would love to see a book on crazy quilting; not the lacy, ribbony, girly girl stuff, but CQ that focuses more on stitchery. Or “useful” stitchery, like on clothing and household items, that is off the beaten path. Offbeat fabrics, designs, colors; something I wouldn’t see at Joann Fabrics, but might see at an independent needlework shop.

  • I imagine a series of content-based books: stitched portraits, stitched text,stitched cartoons, etc. I think one showing how people have reclaimed or transformed traditional patterns into original works would be interesting too.

  • I stitchery book that I think would be awesome could be one of old vintage stitched pieces worked in to new items (e.g. tea towels into a quilt)

  • I would love to see something on stitcheries you can use everyday or as gifts

  • Definitely a NSFW book! They always make me giggle. Would make one hell of a coffee table book!

  • Patterns are always cool -and maybe info of what the artist was thinking or her perspective when she created her art. . .

  • I would like to see a book of stitching on found objects or on upcycled objects. Thanks for the chance to win!

    emarci at hotmail dot com

  • I always like books with new innovative ideas. A new twist on tradition is one of my favorite themes.

  • I’d love to see a book about books — handmade books, that commemorate historical events and that use stitches or techniques that were popular during those particular times.

    Hmm, that sounds SO specific, maybe it wouldn’t appeal to anyone but a geek like me, but that’s what I’d like to see!

  • the new crewel, by katherine o’shaughnessy. gorgeous designs…that are easy to subversify!!

  • I can’t decide between Manbroiderers or Geekbroiderers. The geekbroidery books that I’ve seen in bookstores really didn’t have the geeky-ness that i’m looking for. Although, the trouble is, most of the geekbroidery that attracts me has copyright issues. It’s a hard question.

  • I would like to see a book about Stitching + music (album covers, memorabilia, tec)

  • How about a book about how men were the ones that did most of the stitching in the past and how it was pasted down from father to son. Put together pictures of the work that men do today. I know that a lot of men are making quilts, art quilts, all kinds of stitched works.

  • I would love to see a book about men doing embroidery (or other textile crafts). Of course the NSFW book would be fun too. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance!
    Debra (dot) womack (at) northgeorgia (dot) us

  • Stitching words on anything – bags, clothes, cards…

  • I am totally stealing somebody else’s idea, but I’d love to see practical items with embroidery on them!
    Thanks for the giveaway, and congratulations on the book!

  • Book of Patterns or image transfers! I just got a vintage book with over 1000 embroidery transfers and I love it. I would love to have a Mr X Stitch themed one! 😀

  • A book of famous locations around the world would be very interesting!
    Thanks 🙂

  • Historical stitching! Thanks for the winning opp!

  • This may sounds kind of silly, but I’d love to see a stitchery book organised by colour (especially if it was in rainbow order!).

  • I’d like to see a book on mixed media stitching. I love it when people mix embroidery with other mediums.

  • Melissa Thomson

    5 October 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Stitchery book on album covers would be cool!

  • art stitchery…how people are making art with thread and needle…

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