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Manbroiderers – Men who Stitch

Manbroiderers – Men who Stitch

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“Manbroiderers”, or men who stitch, are thankfully becoming much more common and are coming out of the woodwork. One thing I’ve been noticing recently is the number of men who are watching my YouTube cross stitch tutorials and subscribing to my channel. I think it’s completely awesome – for too long men have been taught that needlecrafts are only for the “womenfolk” which is such rubbish. I think cross stitch is amazing in that it is so simple to learn, and yet has such incredible benefits for your peace of mind and relaxation. I’m loving all the new modern cross stitch designs that have been emerging in the past few years, and I think it’s great that more men are discovering cross stitch and becoming manbroiderers.

 

In the video below I discuss three stitchers and designers. The first is Mr X Stitch, Jamie Chalmers. He did a fantastic TEDx talk called “Why X Stitch is Important.” In that talk he discusses his inspiration for learning to stitch (he wanted a project for a plane ride when he was going on vacation with his wife), and his views on “art” versus “craft.” He also talks about the emerging “manbroiderer” phenomenon, and how cross stitch is an ideal craft for many people.

 

The second man I talk about is “Stitcher Moose.” He’s a YouTuber who labels his channel as the “adventures of a male, red flannel cross stitcher.” He has a very good dry sense of humour, and also talks about his inspiration for learning to stitch in his first video. He does really lovely work, and is a great example of a normal guy who just happens to be really into cross stitching.

 

Kaffe Fassett is the third man I discuss in the video. He’s very well known for his vibrant colourful patterns and knitting designs, but he has also designed quilts, needlepoint, tapestries, and rugs. He is a great role model for any man who thinks that a career in textiles is out of reach – it’s completely possible. It’s always baffled me why male fashion designers are the norm (Giorgio Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld), and yet there seem to be so few men involved in other textile arts. I would love to see that change – craft and design skills are not connected to gender, but to creativity.

 

In the video I also discuss some ideas I have about designing some pieces that are more masculine in nature (maybe using houndstooth or tweed patterns, for example). I was reading Reddit one day and a woman was bemoaning the lack of decent patterns for male stitchers. Her boyfriend loved stitching, and wanted to make a project bag to carry with him (to hold his work in progress, a needle cover, scissor holder, etc). But she couldn’t find any patterns, and no one who responded had any other suggestions. Of course there are some guys who don’t mind making more “feminine” pieces, but it seems that it is much harder to find cross stitch patterns that are designed specifically for men. I’d love to get feedback on my ideas to make some patterns, you can leave comments in the video comment area or below this blog post!

 

Below the video are links to the various YouTube channels I mention in the video. Also, there is one organization I forgot to mention in the video – the Fine Cell Work organization in Britain. It works with incarcerated prisoners (95% male) to teach them stitching. It gives them a skill, and also helps them earn money while in prison. You don’t find many tougher guys than those in prison, and yet those involved in the project would all happily describe themselves as manbroiderers. The testimonials page is amazing, how some of these men’s lives have changed through such a simple craft as stitching is truly remarkable.

 

Manbroiderers – Men who Stitch

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know below!

 

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"Manbroiderers", or men who stitch, are thankfully becoming much more common. This video explores three manbroiderers and stitching project ideas for men. 
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4 Responses

  1. Edward
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this! I’ve never cross stitched. However, I love doing long-stitch and plastic canvas. It’s nice to know I’m not the only man who enjoys this hobby!

    • Dana Batho
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      Hi Edward! Nope, you’re definitely not the only man to enjoy stitching! in fact, a new stitching magazine just started, it’s Mr X Stitch (Jamie Chalmers) who’s publishing it. There are quite a few male designers in it as well, it’s super cool. Check it out if you like, and happy stitching! 😀 http://xstitchmag.com/shop/issue-1

  2. Don
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    Thank you for posting this. In took up cross stitch about 18 months ago. I was looking for a craft that did not require a ton of space (I live in a Manhattan apartment) and one that required some hand/eye coordination, counting, adhering to a pattern, all toward the goal of sharpening and challenging another part of my middle aged brain. My education and career has enabled me to highly develop my language skills (both written and verbal) and not much more. Since I began my cross stitch journey I feel I am developing more visual skills, strengthening my perception of color and texture. And being a total alpha male, adhering to a set pattern has helped me relax. I recommend this craft to more men.

    • Dana Batho
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      That’s great Don, I’m so glad you found cross stitching! I love to encourage everyone to take it up, it has so many physical and mental health benefits. Plus as you’ve discovered, it’s compact, quiet, and inexpensive for the amount of hours you can spend on one project. I did finish the collection I was talking about in the video, that’s the new “Adorned Life” collection in my shop. I post pretty regularly on my Facebook page about cross stitch and the benefits of it (and how simple it is, and there are so many cool things you can do with it). So there are lots of posts you could forward to your friends (among this post) and say “See, see! I told you it’s awesome!” 😀 If you’d like to post any pics on my Facebook page of your WIPs, I’d love to see them! 🙂

      Dana

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