The Cutting & Stitching Edge – Gramarye

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

One of the good things about scouring the Threadiverse in the way we do is that you come across someone who is clearly has talent oozing out of every pore. So I’m pleased to introduce Erica, also known as Gramarye.

Gramarye - Rites of Passage

Gramarye can turn her hand to any craft and produces amazing textile pieces, including this work in progress (below) for a textile exhibition to be held in 2010 themed Voyages of the Imagination.  Erica decided to work on a journal for the voyage  but has yet to decide if it will be “The Expeditionary Journal of Queen Silvercold” or “A Field Guide to the Flora and Fauna of Elencia”. I love it. 🙂

Gramarye - Voyages

From blue needlefelted gentlemen…

Gramarye - Blue Needlefelt Doll

To vibrant cushions…

Gramarye - Cushions

To miniature hexagons for intensely detailed patchwork, Gramarye does it all so well.

Gramarye - Mini Hexagons

She is currently working on a project involving embroidering her notes from the ceramics certificate, creating really interesting pieces like the one below, illustrating how a kiln works.

Gramarye - Slow Fired

It’s been terrific discovering Gramarye’s work – every time you think you’ve seen all of it, you click a link and she’s conquered another craft. She’s brilliant. You can see her work on her Flickr photostream, her blog and on her YouTube channel. Go and be amazed.


The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

What Technique Is This?

Needle Felting is the process of using a notched or “barbed” needle to compress layers of wool into denser felt that can be manipulated to create 3D sculptures. It is different to wet felting, which uses water to combine wool fibres, and these days there are a range of felting tools available that can enable you to make your own soft sculptures with ease!

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