Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.
Last week I explained all about Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and how I ended up losing in a needlework competition on national television. A week after the programme aired, I headed to Dublin for the Knitting & Stitching Show run by Twisted Thread.
Twisted Thread kindly offered me a space to exhibit work and show people the Mr X Stitch world, and I agreed to run cross stitch workshops while I was there. So, using the same formula as at the Stitch & Craft Show in Olympia, the Mr X Stitch Inspiration Station was born, combining amazing embroidered art, PUSH Stitchery and Emoticon Cross Stitch kits, and chocolate biscuits!
I was graciously accompanied by the fantastic Ellen Schinderman, who spent four days chatting with the crowds and enthralled the ladies of Ireland with her charm and the occasional homo-erotic embroidered pillow.
Across the wall of the stand we featured work from a range of artists, many of whom are in PUSH: Stitchery. Tugba Kop’s Bingo Granny was a big hit with the crowds.
If I had a Euro for every time someone told me I should have won a prize for the Whitby Abbey piece, I’d have been able to pay for my flights home. It was lovely chatting to people of all ages, and there were some fascinating stories along the way.
Featuring the work of Beefranck, Tugba Kop, Ashley Proulx, and some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch
The cross stitch workshops were great fun, and it’s a real honour to teach cross stitch to people of all ages. Thanks to the team at Coats Crafts for the threads and needles!
We had a fantastic four days at the Knitting & Stitching Show, talking to everyone and we got to meet some lovely textile artists. Diana Springall has a retrospective of her work in the show, and is vastly reknowned and influential in the world of embroidery. We spoke for a while and her passion and enthusiasm for stitch was infectious. Mary Cozens-Walker was our neighbour for the four days and it was a pleasure to get to know her and her husband Anthony Green.
Jean Bennett’s work blew me away again and the Beryl Dean exhibition remains one of my highlights of the show – some of the finest embroidered work I’ve ever seen. The Knitting & Stitching Show will be back in 2012 and I’m sure the calibre of art on show will be as excellent as always.
The Dublin adventure was great fun, with good humour all day long. Big love to Schinders for her part in the adventure and thanks to everyone who came to the show and said hi. Here’s to next year!