Hi! I’m Alice, I run @sexystitches and before lockdown I was a stage manager and lighting technician in theatre, I had worked at theatres on the west end as well as a long list of off west end theatres.
When lockdown started I decided to try out some new hobbies, one of the starter kits I ordered was for embroidery and I was instantly hooked! I have always done what I can to spread body positivity and this felt like the perfect way to express that. I was incredibly shocked at the response my embroidery pieces got and the amount of commissions I was being requested to make, so decided to make it into a side business to help me get some sort of income as I didn’t qualify for the self employment grant.
Since then I have experimented with a variety of different styles but have definitely found that body positivity line art pieces are where I find the most love.
Not On The West End is such an incredible idea and I feel honoured to be a part of it.
Image description: A collage of 8 embroidery hoops surrounding the Sexy Stitches logo. Each hoop features a line drawing of a body. From left to righ the designs are: A woman with a floral purple afro, a woman with rainbow armpit hair, a woman in underwear slouched over, a canvas featuring a woman in underwear, a woman laid back, a body with shibari rope wrapped around, a belly and pubic area feasting flowers instead of pubes and a woman with stretch marks and period blood stained underwear.
Image description: A collage of 8 embroidery hoops surrounding the Sexy Stitches logo. Each hoop features a line drawing of a body. From left to righ the designs are: A woman with an afro pushing her hands through her hair, the behind view of a woman in red underwear, a woman with shibari rope wrapped around her stomach and breasts, a detailed vulva with black pubes, a detailed vulva with floral pubes, a belly and pubic area with the labia visible, a woman laying in flowers and a woman with an afro sat facing away.
Image description: A collage of 8 embroidery hoops surrounding the Sexy Stitches logo. From left to right the designs are: A hoop featuring pennywise from IT, two hoops placed on pumpkins, one of Jack Skelligton’s face and the other of the Scream mask, a pair of earrings featuring the Bi pride flag, a painted embroidery hoop of Coraline, a painted embroidery hoop of a scuba diver, an embroidery of a woman facing away with 3d flowing hair and 3d dress, A painted embroidery hoop of the dormouse from Alice in Wonderland and a line art hoop of Alice from Alice in wonderland, surrounded by red and white roses.