Stitch your own Cumberbatch

A new book lets fans embroider scenes of the charismatic British actor.

This book will leave the adoring fans of British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch literally in stitches. “Benedict Cumberstitch” contains 15 cross-stitch patterns of the iconic actor, including a scene playing Hamlet, photobombing, and dancing with fellow thespian Michael Fassbender. Colleen Carrington, the 32-year-old creator of the book, explains to Metro the appeal of embroidery for the most fervid Cumberbitches.


Q: What’s behind the ‘Cumberstitch’ book?


– It is a fun and original idea to celebrate the personality and career of Benedict Cumberbatch in cross-stitch form. Cross stitch is timelessly popular and as soon as Tara, the editor, came up with the title we knew we had to do it! It's a treat for cross-stitchers everywhere to have something a bit different to enjoy.


Q: What are your expectations?


– I hope the book is great fun. It's quite a novelty and a bit niche – if it introduces cross stitch as a new hobby to even one person I'll be over the moon. As a cross-stitcher myself it's refreshing to have a variety of subjects to stitch, and if you're a Cumberbatch fan, or even love just a few of his roles, it's very indulgent.

Q: What makes Cumberbatch so appealing as a subject of embroidery?

– We had a big list of design ideas to cut down to 15 for the book. I think that shows just how interesting he is as a person to inspire a designer. His lively personality comes across in the media and fans really run with that, like comparing him to an otter and his photobombing antics.

Q: With this book, surely we’ve reached the limits of Cumberbatch mania…

– I’m not sure it's fair to call it a mania. There's always been fans and enthusiasts and I hope Benedict will continue to be a fascinating actor for decades to come. As long as people are respectful, there's a lot of joy to be found in any fandom, particularly one so passionate and enthusiastic.

Q: Have you heard any reaction from the actor himself?

– No, I haven't. I'm sure he has better things to worry about. I hope he finds the patterns flattering and not at all creepy! I think he'd see the humour in it. Maybe he is a cross-stitcher in his spare time? He could make his own portrait for his living room wall.

Q: What’s next for you and your book?

– I’ve never wanted to do anything else other than perfect my craft and introduce people to the fun hobby of cross-stitch. I'll continue to make patterns on all my favourite subjects and have a huge list to get though. If I were to do another cross-stitch book I'd love to do one just on BBC's Sherlock – I have about 50 ideas for it already.


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