The Excellent Exploits of Mr X Stitch – Stitch & Craft 2012!


Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.

In March I got to run free and take part in not one, but two shows! First up was the Stitch & Craft show at Olympia in London, run my good friends at Twisted Thread.

Having been offered an exhibition space like last year, I decided to focus solely on cross stitch and selected five of my favourite artists to display their works:

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.

Stitch & Craft Show 2012


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…
Stitch & Craft Show 2012
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.Crowds at the Stitch & Craft show - Olympia 2012I 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).Checking out Lord Libidan's amazing 3D cross stitch!

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!

Clair Smart showing off the transforming Cross Stitch Transformers of Lord Libidan

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!

Your manbroiderer heroes -- Lord Libidan, Eliot BK and Mr X Stitch

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.


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4 thoughts on “The Excellent Exploits of Mr X Stitch – Stitch & Craft 2012!

  • Great Interview!! So thankful for the website!!

  • These are great. I just wanted to show our beautiful Silk Embroidery at Artofsilk.com
    I’m curious about what you think.
    Not as contemporary but pretty cool. My favorite is the Lion http://www.artofsilk.com/collections/animals/products/lion-king
     

  • The artwork at these 2 shows are great. I just wanted to show our beautiful Silk Embroidery at Artofsilk.com
    I’m curious about what you think.
    Not as contemporary but pretty cool. My favorite is the Lion http://www.artofsilk.com/collections/animals/products/lion-king
     

  • Thanks Adam! 🙂

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