Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.
- Theo Humphries aka Crapestry
- Lindy Overdiek aka stitchFIGHT
- Rhys Turton aka Lord Libidan
- Jacinta Lodge aka Stitchalicious
- Bridget Franckowiak aka Beefranck aka the Queen of Ironic Stitchery aka My Sister from an American Mister
Each of these people keeps knocking the cross stitch ball out of the cross stitch park and when the pieces of art arrived at Mr X Stitch Towers I knew I had a great show on my hands.
Jump forward to the middle of March and I found myself at Olympia, hammer and spirit level in hand, putting amazing pieces of cross stitch up on the walls of the very cool looking space I’d been given. I’m sure there’s an art to this stuff, but all I know is that you shouldn’t put things in line with each other or something…
I added a few of my own pieces into the mix and felt pretty pleased with the way it looked. And it seemed to be a hit with the crowds.I was placed in a corner of the Stitching floor at Olympia, and blessed with excellent neighbours. On one side was the amazing Jane Greenoff, I’d never met her before but she was absolutely brilliant and I look forward to spending more time with her in the future. On the other side, the gang from Cross Stitcher magazine had a huge space with sofas and chairs and an assortment of great stitching talent helping out throughout the weekend. I got to reconnect with Emily Peacock and Jess Aldred again and meet Lucie Heaton for the first time. The Cross Stitcher stand was constantly packed with people stitching buttons and flicking through their magazines. (I’ll give a quick shout out to the Mollie Makes crew as well).
I was, once again, blessed with the services of some terrific volunteers – big thanks to all of you – who tirelessly encouraged people to try the 3D glasses and experience Lord Libidan’s amazing 3D cross stitch, and who showed how his cross stitched Transformers actually transformed!
All in all it was a terrific four days. We spoke to hundreds of people, amazed a fair proportion of them and all in all, had a blast. It was great to meet so many people who follow the site, and to hang out with so many cool stitchy friends. Helen McCarthy, Holder of Anime, Mims, Floss&Mischief, Lord Libidan and Eliot BK were among the many who came by the stand. It was ace!
The following week I headed up to the Birmingham NEC for more of the same, but that’s a story for another day. In closing I leave you with this interview that took place on the Sunday morning with Michele Young. Enjoy!*
*I’m Mr X Stitch, not Mr Cross Stitch. Ho hum.