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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first pictures on craftster.... on: August 31, 2004 12:37:23 PM
Ok, I dont know if this is gonna work, but Im trying to show some pics of a stumpwork beetle that I did last weekend. Its the great diving beetle from Jane Nicholaslatest book (although the wings arent the nature-accurate shade of green). It came out ok but its heads a little small. Ill keep working on it.
OOPS, heres the photobucket pics

22  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.

23  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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