Good article in the Daily Mail covering the surge of interest in needlepoint. It attributes part of the trend to designers such as Jonathan Adler taking a renewed look at needlepoint-based design.
Another point made by the article, and a much stronger argument in my opinion, is that modern needlepoint design itself has changed. Brighter colors, bolder graphics, and cooler messaging — all these contribute to greater adoption of needlepoint among the younger generation.
Pricy but pretty. Check out By Paige‘s selection of needlepoint shoes.
And those baby shoes? Too adorable.
Of course, savvy shoppers get what they want at the price they’re willing to pay. Case in point, Nicole at the House of Leaves, who picked up a pair of flats for $12.00.
This excellently written article byÂ Marni Jameson for the Denver Post, entitled “Needlepoint Can Mend Our Frayed Lives“, captures the many blessings bestowed upon humanity by needlepoint. Some of her points:
- I am often torn between shooting vodka and needlepointing (me: no need to choose! Try the new needlepoint flasks from Smathers and Branson).
- I share the satisfaction other needle artists feel when they witness the slow- bloom of something take shape under their own hand
- The more that high-technology infiltrates our homes, the more I crave things made by human hands (me: not sure about this fact – have they not invented a needlepointing machine yet?).
Read the whole article, it’s worth your time. Don’t miss her bullet points at the end.
From chair seat to wall ornament. Check out this Frame-Up Job, where blogger LaxSuperMom spends less than $30 to reincarnate these needlepoints into a new existence on her walls.
I’ve blogged about math-based needlework before. Now I came across Nimble Needle’s needlepoint that she designed based on a Hilbert Curve. Wow, simply elegant. Her use of color in this design is absolutely critical; aÂ mono-colorÂ version couldn’t have captured it nearly as well.