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121  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie question on "cool" vs "traditional" crafts on: July 26, 2004 02:48:56 AM
I certainly wasn't condeming crafters!! I, in my large ego moments, like to consider myself one.

My question came, if anything, from the insecure background that what I tend to do is more traditional, purely because I tend to get more caught up in the technique than the end product (ooh, a new stitch - example is done in a rose pattern so I reproduce it to try and learn it, rather than work out how to incorporate into something funkier). So I'm rather worried that my needlework objects would be dismissed in a young crafty environment as dull and traditional.

But as well there was a bit of honest bewilderment in available styles (at least embroidery, which is all I really focus on, being the staid stitcher that I am). It does seem to me when I scroll through web pages etc etc, that the hip cool retro designs tend to be a little light on complexity of techniques, while the complex techniques designs tend to be a little light on hip cool retro (and a lot more heavy on flowers). Not an insult or a judgement, just an observation and I would love to hear from\see more things that prove me wrong!!

I hope that this forum (and it has already started - I cut out the bits for my first Jordy handbag yesterday!) will open my eyes to a larger variety of styles, techniques and possibilities. Please show me all!
122  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery vs Cross Stitch on: July 25, 2004 03:04:53 AM
sorry, bit late jumping into this discussion.

I do, and enjoy, both cross stitch and more "surface work", each for their own reasons. I dont feel that one is better than the other - each has their strong points and their fans!

A nice article on playing with the xs of cross stitch to make something new can be found here:


check out some of the other projects for good stuff as well (my fave is the Encrusting Calico)
123  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Supplies. Articles, Deals on: July 19, 2004 11:04:14 PM
I thought Id just put in a few gems...

A to Z of Embroidery stitches
Brilliant. Lots and lots of different stitches all wonderfully explained with photos for every step. The stitch for every project is there.

Stumpwork Dragonflies by Jane Nicholas
The most stunning 3D embroidery insects youve ever seen. Also any other stumpwork book by her is great.

New Ideas in Goldwork by Tracy Franklin
Goldwork is a technique using gold or metal covered threads. Expensive threads but fantastic and you can substitute a lot with modern cheaper threads. Covers all the couching techniques and has a great section on goldwork as a modern art form and how different fiber artists got their ideas and worked them.

124  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alternate types of thread? on: July 19, 2004 10:56:34 PM
Rayon thread can be a real pain but can look gorgeous. Tha same goes for silk thread or the artificial silk threads. The best way to use them is to seperate the strands as you do for cross stitch and then use a maximum of two at a time. Use only short lengths and knot them onto the needle so they dont slide through. Another thing which really helps is a product called Thread Heaven which is a "thread conditioner and protectant" and makes it slightly less slippery and easier to handle.
125  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Newbie question on "cool" vs "traditional" crafts on: July 19, 2004 01:22:49 PM
Hi everyone,

okay, Im new but Ive been scrolling through the posts and trying to get the "feel" of the place. Im primarily an embroiderer and focus more on traditional techniques like stumpwork, brazilian and goldwork. One thing Ive noticed is that almost all crafts shown here are retro in style.


Is this all that sells these days? Are there any crafters on the list that do more "chic", traditional  or mainstream styles? How do they sell - is there the market for it?

Personally Im a huge fan of retro, Im just extremely interested in why most craft sites are divided into either grandma or retro. Is there nothing else out there?

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