ABOUT ME: Welcome to Midnight Hour Stitchery! My name is Margaret Hewitt and I’m the solo-stitching hands behind all the MHS work you see here. I’m an archivist by day, and (since 2013) an embroidery artist by night. My shop name was inspired by those late stitching nights…if I had to pick my favorite needlework accessory, it’s a hiking headlamp for good light! My designs put a modern twist on the historic tradition of needlework. I use a mix of techniques including linework, color painting, cross stitch, knots, and puffy 3D woven flowers. I love playing with the kitschy florals and cursive script style of our grandmothers; creating bright and bold cross-stitched pieces inspired by the city around me; reinventing the look of vintage felt pennants; and mixing traditional hand embroidery techniques with bold fonts and 21st century pop culture references.
ABOUT MY WORK: I do all my embroidery by hand—no computerized machine work here! For pieces presented in embroidery hoops, I finish them using a traditional sewn felt back that protects the stitches, and the hoop’s hardware makes hanging on a wall a breeze. I like to incorporate pieces into a gallery wall or tuck a hoop on a bookshelf. Canvas banners are backed with felt and are ready to hang from the included dowel and cord. Felt pennants are ready to be framed or simply hung with tacks. Because my hoops and pennants are lightweight, they’re even great for office bulletin boards and cube walls.