Deviant Discoveries – Avaril

Kate Blandford's Deviant Discoveries

This month’s Deviant Discover is by the superb Sylwia aka Deviant Artist Avaril. Whilst delving into her work I noticed someone had referred to it as ‘needle painting’ and they are absolutely right! I’ve never heard this term before but clearly I’ve been hanging out under my cross stitch rock for too long. The whole aesthetic of this stitched piece has similarities to the impressionist art movement. Or maybe post-impressionism? Either way, it reminded me of Van Gogh’s use of use of colour and brushwork. With each stitch representing a small brush stroke that together captures the essence of the bear, rather than every minute detail. It is really quite something, don’t you think?

Deviant Discoveries - Avaril Deviant Discoveries - Avaril

Sylwia’s work is inspired nature, wildlife, astronomy, dreams, folklore and more. You can see more examples over on Instagram, go and show a bit of love!


It's Kate BlandfordKate Blandford is a craft and doodle enthusiast currently working in Bristol. With a penchant for cross stitch and pixels, Kate produces work dabbling in both the handmade and the digital. Her work was once described as ‘shabby chic for Satanists’ due to her love of embroidery, twee skulls and Slayer. You can visit her website here:

Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers

Hi, I’m Jamie “MrXStitch” Chalmers and since 2008 I’ve been on a mission to change the way the world thinks about needlecraft.

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