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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 04/02/2005 :  3:38:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit jrwhiskey's Homepage Send jrwhiskey a Private Message
As others have said, maybe it's just a resurgence of 2 generations back when needlecrafts where something everyone learned growing up. My great grandmother was a seamstress and crocheted, her daughter crocheted and tatted, and my Mom sewed and did embroidery and crewel. She taught me when I was about 7 to do crewel and then embroidery, but I've never been thrilled with sewing - although I did sew my wedding dress (to this day I detest zippers!!!). I taught myself to crochet when I was about 10, but fell back to embroidery in college as I made $$ taking album covers and transferring them onto the back of jean jackets (popular here in the East in the early 80s). I do wish I had more time for needlework - but don't like cross-stitch or needlepoint. Kits seem to have always been in good variety for these, and not so much for embroidery. I'd also like to do candlewicking and blackart... but I don't have any time when I'm knitting... need another pair of hands

Julie in central MD
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 04/04/2005 :  1:32:20 PM  Show Profile Send MindfulKnitter a Private Message
About 20 years ago, Loretta Swit published a needlepoint book. It was a very nice book filled with interesting anecdotes, illustrations and patterns. I remember one story in which she recounted doing needlepoint between takes on the set of MASH. She would hang the wool she was working with around her neck and when they called her for her scene, Harry Morgan said something like "Missy, are you going to wear that necklace around your neck?" It was a sweet story.

Also, Barbara Bush used to be an avid needlepointer. I remember reading an article in Good Housekeeping in which she said needlepointing made her a better listener. I know that's true with my knitting. When I knit, I am a much better listener.

Anyway, I think anything that enables us to express our creativity and helps us to be peaceful is a very good thing.

Patty and Jennifer

"There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." --Edith Wharton
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 04/04/2005 :  2:14:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit plath's Homepage Send plath a Private Message
I tried cross stitch and embroidery before I tried knitting (along with cardmaking, rubber stamping, scrapbooking) and the only one that's really stuck is knitting.
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Posted - 04/04/2005 :  5:25:51 PM  Show Profile Send PattiG a Private Message
I embroidered as a child and have been meaning to pick it back up to make some unique wall hangings, but I never seem to find the time. A while back, I got a needlepoint catalog with a few non-fussy patterns. I saved it just in case I get the urge to order.

Like other posters I have fiddled around with tons of crafts over the years. Knitting is the only one I would ever call a passion.

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