March 3, 2009


Have you noticed a renewed passion for needlepoint and stitching lately? At New York's Fashion Week, Anya Hindmarch passed out needlepoint kits to keep front-row fashion editors busy between shows. Subversive Cross Stitch sells traditional samplers but with phrases like "Go F--- Yourself!" Jonathan Adler sells a lot of groovy novelty needlepoint accessories and pillows. Maybe this renewed craze is edging upon our desire to ditch our computers and jump on the hand-crafted movement that is fueling sites like Etsy. Whatever it is... I find it inspiring. But the tricky part to the needlepoint craft can be the search for a canvas design that you would even bother to thread--something more sophisticated than a cute cat or a preppy monogrammed pillow with a pseudo Hicks background. After searching and scowling and searching some more, I found a company that has some great designs... the Art Needlepoint Co. canvases are the best quality (Zweigart) and are reasonably priced. Their collection spans the art of Audubon to Van Gogh with charming characters of Ballet Russes in between. Here is a sampling of canvases from Art Needlepoint:

A wonderful book about Bloomsbury Needlepoint:

Bloomsbury Needlepoint: From the
Tapestries at Charleston Farmhouse

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