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Stuff we covet: whimsical stitched art

Updated: 2013-09-29T00:38:00Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

I’m a sucker for a lot of things and animals and folk art sit near the top of the list. So when I saw local artist Andrew Johnson’s “whimsical stitched art,” I squealed with delight.

His fun-loving cats and dogs are rendered in brightly colored threads show them looking somewhere outside the frame while frolicking with birds, fish and flowers.

Other pieces include colorful flowers; quixotic, nonlinear houses with lots of curly Q details; and portraits of ladies with chubby cheeks, puckered red lips and cascades of brown curls;

Johnson creates his artwork using a process called embroidery digitizing. He begins by sketching and coloring an image then importing it into a computerized Art and Stitch program, which he uses to build the design stitch by stitch. He then transfers the design to his sewing machine which sews what the Art and Stich program tells it to onto . He finishes by framing the highly textured pieces, often with distressed wood that has usually been reclaimed.

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To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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