Recently my mum and I have been going to the Birmingham Embroiderer's Guild meetings. They have a social every first Saturday of the month and a meeting every second Monday. Last Monday Jamie Chalmers AKA Mr X-Stitch as the special guest speaker. He did a talk called The Cutting and Stitching Edge about contemporary embroidery as art.
Afterwards we had an opportunity to buy his book Push Stitchery and have a chat. I let him know I'd had some of my things featured in the Sprite Stitch Best Bits column on his website and he signed the book for me! He was very nice and funny and if I get a chance I'd certainly like to hear him speak again!