The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Raquel J. Alves

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Raquel J. AlvesOpens in a new tab. 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 photostreamOpens in a new tab. reinforces her artistry.

You can explore Raquel’s world at her blogOpens in a new tab. and if you’re in London you can see her work for reals at the Pogo Cafe throughout March.


The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with Embroidery As ArtOpens in a new tab., the inspirational stitched art blog from the legendary Jenny Hart.


Mr X

Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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