At Mr X Stitch, we’re always looking for new columnists who can help us learn about different embroidery forms and inspire us with contemporary twists on classic designs. So we’re thrilled to launch Nuido-It-Yourself, our new Japanese Embroidery column, brought to you by Madeline Scharpf! We thought you’d best find out a bit more about our new columnist, so without further ado, heeeeere’s Madeline!
Hi there, Stitchers! I’m Madeline and I’m super excited to be here with you at Mr. X Stitch. I’m looking forward to sharing some traditional techniques as well as new and popular stitches in Japan, today. We’ll chat about embroidery, needle felting, dolls, fashion…but before I get too carried away, how about I tell you who I am and where my inspiration comes from.
I grew up attending the school of My Hippie Mother, where I honed my creative chops at an early age. First, learning to embroider on pillowcases then eventually graduating to thrift store find alterations. Thread has been a consistent part of my life and over time my fibers have taken many forms. Here I am, back in ’87 selling rose petal sachets at the Oregon Country Fair like a proper hippie child.
The desire to make stitches has continued and even today pretty much everything that fits in my Baby Lock’s hoop gets machine embroidered.
Over the past several years I’ve made numerous trips to Japan where handcrafts and embroidery seem to be rampant. Between kimonos and cosplay, traditional fabrics and emerging artists, Japanese stitches are loud and proud. In an effort to read more craft books, play more video games and read menus I’ve been practicing Japanese for 2 years which joins French in my language repertoire.
When we’re home, I make stuff for friends and volunteer at my son’s school where I teach embroidery, costume making and crochet. The kids always amaze me with their creativity and how quickly they learn. I adore sharing projects and helping them make something tangible out of ideas.
After years of lurking and learning on Mr. X Stitch, I can hardly wait to contribute some fun projects that inspire you. If you’d like to see more of me, read about my travels or peek at what’s on my needles then come on over to www.madelinewonderland.com. Next month I’ll be writing about what Nuido is and introduce a few traditional Japanese embroidery techniques. Hajimemashite! (ha-gee-may-maw-she-tay) That’s Japanese for, ‘It’s nice to meet you!’
When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things at home in the Oregon countryside where she lives with four dogs, a pig and her human family.
Nuido-It-Yourself is a regular column featuring Japanese embroidery inspiration, techniques, fashion and more.
You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com.