Friday Fibres

Hello friends. How are you doing? How was your week? We’d love to hear.

Have you enjoyed the Handsome and Pretty posts?

We just adored having Maria Crean here on Wednesday, so we decided to keep her! She has very generously slipped on her DJ shoes and created this week’s playlist.

Get your ears in and around this …

(can’t see the playlist? Use this link –

Inspired by Maria’s beautiful work, we decided to explore more cross stitching wonders. There are lots out there so here are three that really caught our beady eyes …

Cayce Zavaglia

“I still consider myself a painter and find it difficult not to refer to these embroidered portraits as “paintings”. Although the medium employed is crewel embroidery wool, the technique borrows more from the worlds of drawing and painting.

Initially, working with an established range of wool colors proved frustrating. Unlike painting, I was unable to mix the colors by hand. Progressively, I created a system of sewing the threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain color or tone. The direction in which the threads were sewn had to mimic the way lines are layered in a drawing to give the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex but ultimately more evocative of flesh, hair, and cloth.

My work unabashedly nods its head to the tradition of tapestry and my own love of craft. Using wool instead of oils has allowed me to broaden the dialogue between portrait and process as well as propose a new definition for the word “painting”.


Over the last decade Alicia Ross’s work has evolved to explore various facets of female identity using photography, fiber, video, and installation.

(“Expecting Marilyn” from “Motherboard Series” cross-stitch on cotton)

(from “Sampler Series” cross-stitch on cotton)


“As humans, we live in a state of dynamic, conflicting emotions. In moments of pain we experience joy and in moments of joy we have sorrow. In my work I celebrate the contradictions and dynamism of the joy and sadness of life. Just like the word “lovely,” which we may use to describe everything from a wedding ceremony to a funeral service, life is an indefinable experience. It fluctuates, never remaining in one moment or emotion for long. This dynamism creates the complexity of life, the beauty of life, and the path of life. I use my daily life as the main subject of my work with the idea of the work being honest, even painfully so, coming from my desire to be true to my emotions, insecurities, strengths, and intelligence without fear of ridicule or censure from a patriarchal society. By making work that resides within the realm of the everyday, everyday objects, and the female, I am attempting to defy and contest masculine censure. In effect, I reclaim my femininity: the quality of being feminine, without the fear of losing strength or respect. Though the autobiographical drives the work and is necessary for it to exist, ultimately it is transcended, enabling the viewers to have their own independent relationship to the work.”

And for some Friday fun we thought we’d share this selection of pieces we found in the more subversive cross stitch category – love them.

(Stitch Out Loud)

(Cross – Stitch Ninja)

(The Angry Stitch)

Well that’s it from us this week. As ever, we really encourage you to keep posting comments with your thoughts and opinions. It is so important to us to know what you are thinking! Also, are we missing a trick somewhere? What would you like to see more or less of? Our desire is to see Handsome and Pretty grow and to do that we need to be feeding on the right things! Your input is so very much desired.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here Monday.

Stay safe,

handsome and pretty



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