It was good to be back this month, having had to miss our May event, due to a swift need to find a new venue.
We searched and visited lots of places hoping to find a new home for Sew Sociable and found Bishop Street Methodist church ticked most of the boxes as a new venue, at least for the moment. Meaning we could carry on with our plans to meet Mr X Stitch!
There was no disappointment with the evening. Mr X Stitch whose real name is Jamie entertained us all evening. He is like an encyclopedia of modern and interesting textile artists from around the world. He talked about an amazing array of artists and there work. Even if stitchery isn’t your line of creatively I am pretty sure you would still be inspired by the work he showed.
I had the same feeling as when I have just visited an amazing exhibition or gallery. A mixture of being in ore of the amazing things people do and the desire to go straight home and do something utterly creative and out of my usual creative comfort zone.
These are just a small selection of the images we saw:
This cross stitch is by stitchFIGHT who make electrified superhero cross stitch using glow in the dark thread. There were a number of other cross stitch pieces with glow in the dark thread making secret messages.
This work is by Matthew Cox who stitches on x-rays and creates new narratives for the subjects of the image.
Harriet Hammel is a soft sculptor, and this is her Softzuki!
Louise Riley stitched this hand embroidered piece on a full-size mattress!
Holly Levell makes plush food that is nostalgic and very chewy.
After the talk we had an opportunity to learn a simple cross stitch design instructed by Mr X Stitch.
He also bought along some of his latest pieces including this small Mona Lisa he is working on.
Time ran out way to fast. If we had had a bit more time we could have stitched the design that he created especially for the event. For those that would like to stitch it, you can download the design here…I’m Sew Sociable. Please do share pictures if you make it.
Lisa from Get Smitten came along with her gorgeous array of vintage textiles for sale. Sarah from Crafty Sew & So bought a lovely selection of craft kits to sell and we had our usual bric a brac stall.
Next month the event will take place at the same venue on 31st July. Rose Cole of Coles Sewing Centre, Nottingham will be giving a short talk about sewing machines, advice for buying and maintaining them. She will also be bringing a wide variety of machines from overlockers to super embroidery machines. We will have the opportunity to try these machines following a demonstration.
Looking forward to seeing you there. Julia