:: 'Bad Ass' Sampler by Mr X-Stitch
A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to get the day off and head to Olympia for the Stitch and Craft Show organised by twisted thread. Largely cross stitch orientated I was a bit reticent that it would be full of really awful, dated cross stitch. Let's face it there is alot out there.
:: Not my cup of tea ::
This for example is definitely not my thing but had apparently been flying off the shelves. Anyway we're all part of life's rich tapestry so that there was something for everyone (even people that like the above) can only be a good thing.
:: By Jane Greenoff ::
I think that photo realism cross stitch can be done very very badly. That's not to say it can't be done well but that there is alot out there that is just hideous. I've only cross stitched two works properly. An alphabet sampler for Ruby and a traditional wedding sampler. If I was going to do another sampler it would be one by Jane Greenoff. I love her traditional style. It's still wonderfully stylish and there would be a space in most homes for a piece of her work.
:: Flower Sampler Book by Jane Greenoff ::
I love these sampler books, lovely little projects that would be relatively easy to work up. Like most crafts cross stitch does take time!
:: Linen cross stitch book by Jane Greenoff ::
I genuinely think this is real heirloom material. And a perfect gift for the person who has everything! So much beautiful detail.
:: Jane Greenoff ::
I'd really recommend you having a look on her site. There are tons of lovely projects you could pick up. Last Jane Greenoff design now - one I'm probably going to get in the not too distant future (after all the unfinished pieces of work I have lying around. I promise to myself I will finish something soon!!)
:: My favourite is Firebird ::
:: Work at the Mr X Stitch stand ::
Next up for photos was the Mr X Stitch stand. Jamie Chalmers also known as Mr X Stitch has made it his business to bring cross stitch and embroidery to the masses. This stand had lots of inspirational work from members of the Phat Quarter on Flickr. Those of us that sew, stitch or craft all know how satisfying it is and it's always good to have someone championing a particular craft. Stitching is on the whole relaxing. Not without it's frustrating moments of course. There is no craft yet I have discovered without it's frustrating moments. I am very good at making mistakes. On the whole though, unarguably, stitching makes you feel good, it's fun, you can produce useful, beautiful and quirky work that you will love and have pride in forever because you made it. This stand had a lot of freestyle embroidery, funny and stylish embroidery and contemporary cross stitch and also the opportunity to have a go if you had never tried it.
All that stitching makes me want to get sewing...
There were plenty of other crafty stalls to take in and for someone like myself it was a great day out. I found it really inspirational, it just made me want to get making. Iwould have liked to see more knitting/crochet stands there were only about 15 by my reckoning and all stuck in the basement but that's why the Alexandra Palace Show is so great. Roll on October!! Got a few other pictures to post later so please check in again.