The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Penny Nickels

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

This week’s Cutting (& Stitching) Edge features a good friend and personal hero of mine, Penny Nickels.

Penny is a Texan living in Portland, we’ve featured her work on occasion here, and we were thrilled when she agreed to be a part of the Mr X Stitch family.

Penny’s Needle Exchange posts are some of the most interesting posts we’ve featured on here, and they really reflect her passion for the subject of art and textiles.

It’s worth having a listen to our great interview with Penny in episodes 6 and 7 of Stitching N Junk – Penny’s life has been immersed in art and she lives and breathes it. She is a truly creative individual.

One of the things that we love about Penny is her ability to conquer new techniques with ease.

Just when we think we’ve seen everything she’s capable of, Penny produces something new that blows us away. This lace self-portrait is the latest example of her phenomenal talent.

Penny is a fantastic talent, and it’s clear that she’s nowhere near finished pushing the boundaries of needlework and textiles. She does it with passion and enthusiasm and, indeed, a healthy dose of chutzpah as well.

To know Penny is to love Penny and to be constantly amazed by her.

You can find Penny at her blog and the This Is Handmade site.


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

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Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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