The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – James Hunting

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

James Hunting is an embroidery maestro from London, England.

A Textiles graduate of Goldsmiths College, James has been producing magnificent embroidery in the fields of fashion and art for over 20 years, and currently leads the Degree course in Fine Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework.

James describes his artwork: “Through mark- making, colour and texture each piece is representative of moments of time, either the past, present, or future. They encompass real or imaginary moments, emotions experienced, desires acknowledged, thoughts barely captured, dreams realised, yet to be realised or even destined to remain unrealised.

“Pieces should awaken half forgotten associations within the viewers’ memory. Certain stitches, colour combinations and images should unlock a more personal reflection on emotions and lives lived. The intention is that each viewer will move on having spent some time occupying a less concrete dimension of their daily life.

I do not title the works, allowing the viewer to infuse each piece with their own interpretations, although I have my names for the pieces that I am happy to share if requested. The more abstract pieces, although presented in one way, may be hung according to the owners feeling, each viewer ‘sees’ the work in their own way, bringing their memories and ideas to their viewing.

James is a bit of a legend, particularly on the UK stitching scene, and quite rightly so. His mastery of his art is evident throughout his body of work, and the quality of embroidery is second to none. It is great work.

Visit his website to see more of his work or, if you want to meet the man, book yourself a place on a Royal School of Needlework course – I’m sure he’d be happy to see you!


The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with Embroidery As Art, the inspirational stitched art blog from the legendary Jenny Hart.