As I’ve said before , I like to work with my hands. Especially living in the technical era we are all surrounded by working with your hands kind of takes you back to your roots so to speak! However, I am a person living here and now and love when old fashion traditions goes through a make over and adapts itself to the present times. So when we say embroidery I am sure that a lot of you out there think about grand mother flowered cushions or typical old fashion statements as Home Sweet Home etc but look at this and you might be surprised……… Diem Chau is a Vietnamese artist based in Seattle and she creates in a very surprising mixed media, porcelaine and embroidery, don’t ask me how she does it but the result is amazing. “Women” her designs are very sketchy and you hardly ever see any faces which makes them more enigmatic How cute aren’t these cushions. You can get the needle point kit at Emily Peacock she is a UK based needler? (have I just invented a word?) and she is taking the art of needle point into the 21st century. Eline Pellinkhof is a Dutch fashion designer who has taken cross stitching from 3D to 1D! She actually painted it right on the wall how fun isn’t that and the illusion from far away is great! Check out her very colorful blog Elin Pellinkhof If you don’t feel like doing it your self you can actually get some wallpaper with cross stitch designs. It’s another Dutch designer PIP who came up with this idea. Quite cute in a baby’s room. I have an aunt who loves cross stitching and you know how it goes when you have filled your home you then start filling others…… So I have a few of those classic embroidered sayings. I wonder if I would dare to give her the cross stitch book by Julie Jackson she puts the art of cross stitching and cursing together in her appropriately titled book “subversive cross stitch” Somehow the fact that this is made in cross stitching makes it less strong or what do you think? This is one of my favourites from her book check it out it is really funny and perhaps you will be inspired to do one of them. Lauren Dicioccio is an amazing artist from San Fransisco. This collection called “Sewnnews” are strong images chosen from NY Times encased in hand-embroidered cotton muslin. ” I describe the beauty of the ritual experience of newspaper-reading by describing the paper as a tactile and fragile object in the language of craft” Another collection of hers are the size sculptural 35 mm slides what a detailed work.