Cross Stitch as Art

I am currently in the throes of putting together a proposal for a beginning crazy quilting class and decluttering my studio (removing everything that doesn’t have to do with painting, stitching or the design business. Which means that I’m rather slow on the writing, and videotaping has to wait until there is space TO videotape! But when I’m done, oh what a space I’ll have!

In the meantime, there have been several wonderful posts in various locations about cross stitch as art, cross stitch being looked down upon by other embroiderers as “paint by number” (by the way, when I’m stitching someone else’s design, I LIKE the “paint by number” analogy. It’s easy to convey to people that they can learn this Craft, and, frankly, I kind of like not having to make all the artistic decisions about what color or stitch goes where!)

In any case, this TED talk by Jaime, “Mr. X Stitch” himself, caught my eye. It’s definitely worth the eight minutes or so. And don’t just walk away while you listen. The images of stitching he posts behind him are amazing in their own right!

Happy New Year… and Shop news

Happy 2015, everyone! I hope that you all have had a great holiday season and are ready to dive into more stitching in the next few months! I am happy to announce that Monday I will be releasing a new chart, based on a crewel design I posted as an Elmow several years back. Little…

Time for a Technique Circus!

See this little bear? I made him as a tween. He’s made from leftover fabric from one of my Halloween costumes. But what’s really special is that the pattern came in the mail direct to me. It was part of a “club” that my grandmother signed me up for one year as a birthday present….

WHY?

I’ve been asked again recently, why I do this. One of my cousin’s years ago asked me why I create designs for hand stitching, when you can stitch easily by machine… I didn’t have an answer at the time. But I’ve been digging for one ever since. I think I’ve finally found it. Not necessarily…

Busy October…

I’m just back from a dance workshop last weekend… and I’m overwhelmed with stuff to get done! But I wanted to show you my newest work in progress. This is an Eastern Bluebird, from a reference photo found on Flickr…   It’s my very first attempt at doing a needlepainting that someone else (usually Trish Burr)…