The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Charlotte Bailey

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

The Festival of Quilts starts today at the Birmingham NEC, and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re able. Filled with over 1000 quilts, as well as a fair dose of other inspiration, it’s a good day out.

Last year, one of the outstanding pieces, in my humble opinion, was this epic quilt of Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, by Charlotte Bailey.

Festival of Quilts 2011

Charlotte is a Foundation Degree Graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and is using her top class skills to explore contemporary subject matter. The quilt just a taste of what she is capable of.

Festival of Quilts 2011


Much like former Mr X Stitch columnist Curegreed, Charlotte takes the traditional skills taught at RSN and gives them a healthy dash of humour, or a modern day twist.

Charlotte Bailey - Coca Cola Goldwork Or Nue

Recent pieces have used goldwork Or Nue to great effect, producing high class corporate logos.

Charlotte Bailey - Stella Artois Goldwork Or Nue

Her pin-up pieces have been similarly charming, combining stitched excellence with Sailor Jerry style icons.

Charlotte Bailey - Sailor Girl Goldwork Or Nue

Charlotte is a terrific talent at the start of a very exciting path. I’m paying close attention and look forward to seeing what other works she produces and where her creative journey takes her.

Charlotte Bailey - Briefing Time Goldwork Or Nue

If you want to find out more about the RSN Degree course, visit their website. If you want to keep up with what Charlotte does next, subscribe to her blog.



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