If you think you know what cross stitch is, look again! Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, shows you how to cross stitch using simple step-by-step instructions and also takes you to the frontiers of cross stitch design. The book is aimed at stitchers of all abilities, from absolute beginners looking to learn a new craft to embroiderers and cross stitchers who want to do something different in cross stitching. For many, cross stitch conjures up images of cute kittens and country cottages, but this book shows people that there's a different side to cross stitching - that it's an art in its own right, and will encourage them to be a little braver with their art.
Jamie's writing style is fun, entertaining and highly inspirational. The book aims to appeal to men as well as women, encouraging one and all to take up the ancient craft. It teaches the basics of cross stitching, including information on materials, tools, techniques and colour blending, but also puts Jamie's own individual spin on it, with urban flavours and the introduction of different materials such as glow-in-the-dark threads and stitching on metal. As well as providing exciting designs to stitch, there is guidance on how to create cross stitch designs of your own, for example by using photographs and other images for reference.
Jamie also showcases the work of other contemporary cross stitchers who are pushing the boundaries of their craft, and introduces more than 20 stunning cutting-edge projects to make, showing that beauty, innovation and 'craftivism' are alive and kicking in this inspirational book.
Jamie Chalmers took up cross stitching fifteen years ago and he's never looked back. Since establishing the Mr X Stitch website in 2008, he has been showcasing new talent in the world of textiles and stitch and has curated a number of stitch-based exhibitions in the UK and Ireland. Jamie is an accomplished and internationally exhibited artist in his own right, and the curator of PUSH Stitchery, part of a series of books published by Lark showcasing the work of contemporary embroidery artists from around the world. He writes articles for textile publications across the world, including Fiber Art magazine and Surface Design Journal and is the founder of the game-changing XStitch cross stitch design magazine. Jamie Chalmers is an active leader in the online stitch community and what he has dubbed `the new embroidery movement' and is active on various social networking platforms. He is a regular feature at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and The Handmade Fair, appearing alongside craft celebrities like Kirsty Allsopp, Poppy Chancellor, Patrick Grant and Annie Sloan. He loves introducing new people to the benefits of embroidery from a creative and wellbeing standpoint and is proud to be an ambassador for this ubiquitous craft.
Foreword by Julie Jackson 6 Introduction 8 Tools & materials 10 Making a start 18 How to cross stitch 20 Framing your work 28 The back 32 Colour 36 A moment of context 46 Outlier: Zoe Gilbertson 54 Glow in the Dark 56 Stitching and travelling 63 Outlier: Kate Blandford 72 More Than a Hobby 74 Peace of mind 76 Embroidery as therapy 79 Craftivism 83 Embroidery as an art form 86 Outlier: Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene 90 Pattern Design 92 Computer design 94 Fabric count 99 Colour 100 Epic pineapple 102 Outlier: Lord Libidan 116 Thinking Outside the Hoop 118 If it's got holes in it... 120 Stitching on plastic 122 Stitching on metal 127 We're all adults 131 Outlier: Les Deuz'Bro 132 Final thoughts 134 Alphabet fonts 136 Acknowledgements 140 Index 141 Projects Back in Black 32 Fleur de Couleur 40 From Ampersand to Bargello 42 Something Meaningful 47 Sqrl! 50 Empire State 58 Winter is Coming 64 Home Sweet Home Network 68 VodkAtomic 70 I Got Yer Mindfulness Right Here 76 I am an Addict 80 #StitchforSyria 83 Mona 87 Introducing the Pineapple! 95 Portrait of a Pineapple 104 Pop Art Pineapple 108 Whitby Abbey at Sunset 112 Bling 120 Silver Devil 124 C-Tron 125 Yellow Blade 126 Look! 127 What The?! 128