Navistitch - Coast, Charts & Stitch artwork by Sam Luxford

Navistitch - Coast, Charts & Stitch artwork by Sam Luxford

My NaviStitch work encompasses my love of our coast, charts and stitch. 

I was inspired by an image on Pintrest of a family that had stitched their holiday road route as a red line onto a road atlas, this got my creative mind working.  I have always loved the lines and colours on Nautical charts and although my first piece was just a line following the coast this quickly evolved into nautical images and boats.

All of my life I have spent my summers on the Stour Estuary and love the serenity of sailing.  It is always a special moment when you see the iconic red sails of a Thames barge or traditional sailing boat coming down the river.  I have spent a large part of my adult life working aboard our beautiful Thames barges and these stunning vessels feature quite often within my work.

I love the chart charts in their own right.  I guess I have become a little obsessive about collecting charts and love to recycle them.  I have been lucky enough to find some quite old and unusual charts, some of which have been used for my NaviStitch work already, some are still waiting to find their right owner.  I do not use new charts, all of the charts I use are old and out of date, some are well used and some have had very little use.  Many of the charts have creases, pencil or pen marks and show general signs of wear and tear, this is the natural patina of a used chart and I think add to the story that the chart tells.

I have always been a stitcher and all of the work is stitched by hand very carefully directly through the paper of the chart.  I want the lines to enhance and add to the chart rather than detract from the beauty underneath.  When I prepare a piece for stitching I look at the contours of the coast, colours in the chart and consider the frame and the mount colours at the same time.

It is very clear that the location of the chart is just as important as the image stitched on it.  Often people will have a location which is special to them such as where they live, where they sail, where they grew up or just somewhere that holds special memories for them.  That in mind, if you don’t see something today that is right for you I can offer a commission service.  You choose the chart location, image, thread colours and style of framing.  Bespoke design service also available, if you can provide me with a good clear photograph of the required vessel I can stitch your own boat even on your own chart.

Artwork Prices


Dover Straits £95

Large Compass Rose £80

River Colne £45

Colchester Quays £85

Point Clear £75

Arlesford Creek £50

Wallet £50

Tollesbury Yacht Harbour £55

Walton £40

Woodbridge £50

Mersea Quarters £75

West Mersea £30

Stone £50

Mersea Flats £55

The Galloper £50

Aldeburgh £55

Orford £55

Hollesley Bay £65


Sam's show will run until Friday April 1st and can be seen Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm only at the Level Best Art Cafe, D'arcy House, 3 Culver Street east, Colchester, CO1 1LD, 01206 366 059.


Level Best Art Cafe,
D'arcy House, 3 Culver Street East
Colchester, Essex C01 1LD

01206 366 059


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