Hello again my fellow needlecraft enthusiasts, first off I bow down in awe of Mr X’s marathon achievements, let us all raise our needles and give him a well deserved three cheers! For this week’s outing we are venturing into the fabulously funny and dark world of Yasemin Sumner and her shop ‘Stitch You Up’.
Based in Melbourne, Australia ‘Stitch You Up’ began from Yasemin’s need to make a birthday present for one of her crafty mates in late 2013. After this she began to remember some creepy cross stitch clown portraits that her Grandma had and being obsessed with Stephen King from a young age she was inspired to start stitching Pennywise the Clown, then Cujo, then Carrie and she hasn’t stopped since. Drawing on themes of dark comedy, horror and nostalgia ‘Stitch You Up’ is a place for people who love the beautifully grotesque, the weird and wonderful and connect with those childhood love and fears that Yasemin’s work evokes.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
It’s a hazy blur of tangled half-finished scarves and wonky hems. Being all fingers and thumbs in high school textiles class. No patience or skill whatsoever, I was definitely a late needlecraft bloomer.
What fires your imagination?
Horror movies and books, cartoons, TV from the 80s & 90s, rock n roll, sassy women, camp men, creepy kids, divas, animal heads on human bodies, disturbing art – the kind of stuff that should make you feel weird but comforts you instead. Grimms fairy tales, greek mythology. Anything that creeps me out, anything that makes me laugh.
If you get a kick out of these brilliant pieces there’s even more to enjoy in her shop. To see the latest pop culture classic that’s found it’s way into Yasemin’s hoop you can check out her Instagram here!
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.