Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Raquel J. Alves

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Welcome to the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge! I’m Mr X Stitch and I’ll be your guide to the best in contemporary embroidery. Each week I’ll showcase someone who is rocking the world of embroidery and textiles.

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Raquel J. Alves is an artist from London.

She creates collages combining paper, wallpaper, canvas, paint and threads.

As well as using the threads to explore movement and flow on the pieces, Raquel stitches the outlines to the illustrations.

I find these pieces really engaging – her use of colour and texture is terrific, and the style of the pieces pushes my buttons.

Each piece is a clever combination of materials and texture delivered to a high standard.

Raquel is a highly talented individual and the output on her Flickr photostream reinforces her artistry.

You can explore Raquel’s world at her blog.

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Mr X Stitch is a manbroiderer, cross stitch designer and runs www.mrxstitch.com,
the number one contemporary embroidery and needlecraft blog on the planet.

He can often be found hanging out on the Craftster needlecraft boards, at the Phat Quarter on Flickr, or designing patterns for the MrXStitch etsy store.

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