1. Get mastered - What links Michael Jackson, Prince William and Ironman?

    Get mastered – What links Michael Jackson, Prince William and Ironman?

    Get Mastered

    In last month’s Get Mastered column we discussed how to design truly original tambour beading design. This month we’re looking at another couture embellishment technique: goldwork.

    An opulent and glamorous form of embroidery, goldwork is traditionally found on military and ceremonial uniforms and now it’s commonly spotted on the catwalks. Embroidery experts, Hand & Lock have produced goldwork…

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  2. Showtime Snippets - 27th March 2014

    Showtime Snippets – 27th March 2014

    Mr X Stitch brings Showtime Snippets

    Showtime Snippets sweeps together all kinds of titbits from the interwebs into this handy digest for you. If you’re a stitch/textile artist, hopefully these snippets will help you find shows and exhibit!

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  3. Blast from the Past - Flamgirlant’s Power Animals

    Blast from the Past – Flamgirlant’s Power Animals

    It's Blast From The Past From Mr X Stitch

    All the way back from 2010 are these “power animal” stitches from Flamgirlant.  Chevrons, houndstooth and cute creatures? Yes please!

    Chevron Squirrel

    Houndstooth Jackalope

    See more stitchy goodness at her flickr photostream or her blog.

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  4. Newsflash! Enter the US version of the Great British Sewing Bee!

    Newsflash! Enter the US version of the Great British Sewing Bee!

    It's a newsflash! Embroidery And Textile Art News From Mr X Stitch

    DO YOU LOVE TO SEW?

    Would you rather spend 100 hours making a dress than 100 dollars buying one? Do you constantly rip apart your thrift store finds and turn them into your own unique fashion statements? Have you created wedding dresses for friends, pants for yourself, or even costumes for comic-con? If so we want to hear from you!

    Want to be on the US version of the Great British Sewing Bee?

    We’re looking for tri-state area men and women who are…

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  5. Stitchgasm - Ways To Remember Trees

    Stitchgasm – Ways To Remember Trees

    It's another Stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch - the home of contemporary embroideryInes Seidel took pieces of photos and leaves, stitching them onto tea bags to create something quite special.

    Ines Seidel's Way To Remember Trees

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    Weave - A Social Network for Stitchers

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  6. Stitchgasm! - Don’t go Bacon our Hearts…

    Stitchgasm! – Don’t go Bacon our Hearts…

    Another Stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch!

    Emma from South London gave me a right chuckle with this food-pun-song cross stitch cross over!

    Don't go Bacon my Heart by Emma

    I wonder if there is some restless honey somewhere too…

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  7. Too Cute Tuesday - Catfish by Sister Twisty

    Too Cute Tuesday – Catfish by Sister Twisty

    My friends, prepare yourself for the crazy textured stitching of Sister Twisty’s Catfish. So insanely adorable!

    Catfish. Hand embroidery by Sister Twisty.

    Catfish. Hand embroidery by Sister Twisty.

    Sister Twisty made this little kitty fish for the FFFOF Bestiary Swap, organized by yours truly. I’m proud to have organized a swap that inspired little creature.

    Detail from Catfish.

    Detail from Catfish.

    Look at the fur texture she achieved from split stitch.…

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  8. Call for Artists - Mr X Stitch Curates… Bedford, April 2014

    Call for Artists – Mr X Stitch Curates… Bedford, April 2014

    Bedpop pop up shop

    Greetings one and all!

    I’ve been given the opportunity to curate an exhibition of embroidery in the Bedpop pop up shop in the Bedford town centre. Bedford is the town I lived in when I was just little old Master X Stitch, so it’s an honour to be given this chance.

    I want to provide a good mix of embroidery types and I’m going to be working with the local Embroiderers Guild to make the local…

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  9. Millinery Operations - Chef Bizzaro Millinery

    Millinery Operations – Chef Bizzaro Millinery

    Millinery Operations with Emily Moe

    Amanda Joyner of Chef Bizarro Millinery is a plucky little work monster who takes her extremely unserious millinery very seriously. It is said that if you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Amanda is The Woman to Watch when it comes to getting things done. She is lit by an energy that powers through mothering three smallish children, assisting her husband’s candy company, Bowler Man…

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  10. Phat Quarter Finds - 23rd March 2014

    Phat Quarter Finds – 23rd March 2014

    Mr X Stitch presents Phat Quarter Finds

    The Phat Quarter is our Flickr group where you can share pictures of your best stitcheries!

    It’s also the place where we host our legendary swaps to coincide with our Fifth Friday Festivals of Fabulousness!

    Here’s the latest 20 pictures that have been added. Why don’t you come and join us?

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  11. Stitchgasm - Outcastspice’s Batman Wedding Embroidery

    Stitchgasm – Outcastspice’s Batman Wedding Embroidery

    It's another Stitchgasm from Mr X Stitch - the home of contemporary embroidery

    Holy matrimony! I love this Batman Wedding embroidery that Outcastspice made for so many reasons it hurts.

    Outcastspice's Batman Wedding Embroidery

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    Weave - A Social Network for Stitchers

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  12. Future Heirlooms Renovated

    future-heirlooms-480x131I have been writing this little post for the Mr. for quite a few years now, atleast 3 but maybe more like 5? As a writer, poster, critic you want to stay fresh with you content so I am looking to do a little renovate around here. So for the next few posts I will be experimenting and being more flexible then in the past. You still will see artists words and awesome work but maybe in a new way as…

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  13. Showtime Snippets - 20th March 2014

    Showtime Snippets – 20th March 2014

    Mr X Stitch brings Showtime Snippets

    Showtime Snippets sweeps together all kinds of titbits from the interwebs into this handy digest for you. If you’re a stitch/textile artist, hopefully these snippets will help you find shows and exhibit!

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  14. The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge - Li Textile Techniques

    The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Li Textile Techniques

    The Cutting & Stitching Edge | Contemporary Embroidered Art from Mr X Stitch

    A bit of a diversion for the Edge post this time as we share a video about the Li Textile tradition from the Hainan Province in China. A big thanks to Abi Nielson for sharing this with me.

    Li Textile from the Hainan Province - Image courtesy of Hainan Provincial Mass Art Centre

    The Li textile tradition is an integral part of the Li cultural identity, with the techniques being passed down through generations of Li women and, as is the case with all too many traditional textiles, is…

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  15. Craftster Pick of the Week - CraftyOctober’s Hyperbole and a Half Stitch

    Craftster Pick of the Week – CraftyOctober’s Hyperbole and a Half Stitch

    It's the Craftster Pick of the Week - brought to you by Mr X Stitch!

    Time for another look at some of the great work featured in the forums at Craftster. Note: Although they’re the pick of this week, they may have appeared before this week.

    Hyperbole and a Half is a great blog – we recommended it a while ago – and CraftyOctober‘s hand embroidered gift for her sister typifies why it’s a must-read!

    CraftyOctober's Hyperbole and a Half Embroidery

    See the original Craftster post here, and be sure to come back…

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