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A New Twist on an Old Craft

April 4, 2013

Subversive Cross Stitch

I have had needlepoint on my mind lately. Cross stitch is one of my favorite hobbies, it is soothing to me like a big old gulp of brandy and meditative as it focusses one part of my brain while simultaneously allowing the rest to wander. I work on it during train trips, when sitting on the beach or just home while watching television. I always have one in progress and when I am nearing the end I must design a new one so there is no down time in between. Obsessive? I prefer to think of it as part of my mental health regime. I design and chart my own original images so it really is just an extension of my creative world. At least that is what I tell myself.

I went to an exhibition a few weeks ago of Olek’s work at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea and was struck by the utter strangeness of her work. Her rooms full of objects covered in crochet and doilies were amazing and compelled me to do a search of others who are taking needlepoint in new and unexpected directions. It was comforting to learn that I am not the only needlepoint enthusiast who isn’t satisfied with Grandma’s samplers.

The End is Far - Olek

The End is Far – Olek

I stumbled upon an intriguing shop called Subversive Cross Stitch which is chock full of well, subversive sayings in humble, home sweet home settings and I think they are hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I come up with a particularly profound comment on the absurdities of life and we mark it by stating “That should be embroidered onto a pillow!” Based on what I’ve seen I think it may be time to start designing those pillows.

Subversive Cross Stitch

Subversive Cross Stitch

Subversive Cross Stitch

I definitely need to work one of these up for my dog Bingo…

Beware of Dog - He is very Sarcastic

Beware of Dog – He is very Sarcastic

Subversive Cross Stitch

Subversive Cross Stitch

Of course there is always Brigid Berlin’s witty NY Post covers…

Brigid Berlin

Brigid Berlin

Brigid Berlin

Brigid Berlin

I thought this next one was notable from LadyBeta

LadyBeta

LadyBeta

And this one from StephXstitch

StephXstitch

StephXstitch

This disturbing take on a classic poster from Kaplio...

Kaplio

Kaplio

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without a steaming pile of dung from Andwabisabi

Anwabisabi

Anwabisabi

Overall I am sensing an undercurrent of unrest in the younger generation’s take on needlepoint but I have to admit that I find the sarcasm amusing and refreshing!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2013 8:02 pm

    Love this, you chose some great examples of contemporary needlework. If you haven’t already seen it, you should check out http://www.mrxstitch.com/, it’s a blog full of this kind of work.

  2. April 4, 2013 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll head over there and check it out!

  3. Cajsa permalink
    April 5, 2013 9:38 am

    This. Is. Fantastic.

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