Staying Alive

This is the song playing in my head right now.

Don’t these dancin’ little starfish remind you of John Travolta? A a a staying alive….(come on, white suit –  pointing)

A major milestone has been reached. It’ is now taller than my scroll bars. I hid the bottom half here this morning when I rolled to work on the north starfish border and part 5 (the nesting flamingos). I’m not sure but I may be getting close to a burn out on Caribbean. I’m 90% sure the north border will be finished today, but after that… I do want to get working on part 5, but 5-6-7-8? Will they move slow? Fast? Keep me interested because they’re all different? Aggravate me because they’re all different and I have to pay more attention? Time will tell I suppose.

Now something I’ve been meaning to get to all week. Melissa from her ranch asks some interesting questions.

1)Why do you stitch?

Because I’m good at it. I find it to be really easy. I have yet to find a stitch that could beat me for more than a couple of tries. Everything I touch works. (Ok, couple of exceptions my first 2 projects went unfinished into the trash and I’ve had one UFO that I hated so much that I didn’t want to finish it and trashed it.) It’s fun to be good at something, and this is one of the very few things I am good at.

2) On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being least important and 10 being most important what is your cross stitch passion level?

It can vary, year to year or even project to project but I’d say I’m never lower than a 6 and right now I’m pushing 10 pretty hard with Caribbean.

3)If you’re only option for cross stitch supplies and patterns happened to be the major chain craft stores would you just walk away from the little X? Kiss it goodbye?

If such a horrible thing ever came to pass, then still no… my stash could most likely last me the rest of my life. lol Would I have ever gotten this into cross stitch if all I had was chain craft stores? No.

4)Also are you so passionate about cross stitch that if indeed your only option was the major chain craft stores, would that inspire you to create your own cross stitch pieces because you have to stitch and you’ve stitched your way through the whole of Dimensions catalog–because you must stitch and the thought of life without a relationship with the little X leaves you feeling empty?

I am not talented enough to wholesale create from nothing. I don’t have the necessary artistic abilities. I can and do alter freely, but those with a good eye I think can see where I pulled from one design and inserted it into another.

5)Finally what do the cross stitch magazines on the market offer you? Do they relate to you as a cross stitcher? Do you look at them and think to yourself, who do they think buys this magazine? I guess what I’m asking, when you see the current cross stitch magazines do they make you feel like they know their readers or do you find it’s more of the same? What could they do to be ambassadors for the art of cross stitch other than putting a sampler on the cover with “F-U” on it? What are we missing on a PR level that could change the opinion of cross stitch itself?

From about 2003-2008 they offered jack. They didn’t relate to me at all. It was like everything was the new millenium equivalent of geese with bows around their necks. This past year I have seen some improvement in JCS and CS&N. Most issues I can find one design that’s a yes I’d stitch it or a maybe. I don’t think they know who their readers are. Cross stitch has lost a lot of people because of things like knitting, scrap booking, free style embroidery, and generally the “style” that is popular now. Look at decorating magazines… in most of those designs could you see counted thread work as an embellishment to that room? Right now I think most of the F-U style is a retro-chic thing. Cute as a cubicle decoration or desk swag. But look at it, there is no artistry to the design. These are all little throwaways that can be stitched in a couple of evenings at the outside. It’s not being treated as needle art. It’s like the loomed potholders I made as a kid. Just ok, but nothing special or very worthy about them. I’m not saying retro-chic doesn’t have it’s place, I’ve made a “Fuck Cancer” myself. I like that they do inspire stitchers to express themselves in their work. Look at my ATS sampler. That verse is a reflection of me.

6) And finally, finally, do you do other crafts and if so what are they and why do they pull you away from cross stitch?

I quilt. I also do a touch of crochet & free style embroidery. I will work on things besides cross stitch, but I find I do those when I’m feeling a little burn-out on a cross stitch project. I do like quilting, but my favorite parts of it are the hand work. I’ve found I have a real taste for needle turn applique. Hand quilting is also something I found I can enjoy. The only thing that makes quilting competition for cross stitching is that I have a usable & decorative object versus a decorative object only when I’m done.

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4 Responses to Staying Alive

  1. Daffycat says:

    Ah. That’s great…now I have it in my head too. The starfish DO look like they are dancing! Too cute!!!

  2. Debbie says:

    Alright, now you have me singing the song, but it’s so appropriate for the piece. I know what you mean on the burn out with the Chatelaines. They’re so huge that it’s inevitable at some point. But yours looks wonderful and the colors are so nice.

  3. Emily says:

    Lovced the insight into your stitching philosophy! And your beaver, lol. 🙂

  4. Melissa C. says:

    Word UP you are good at it. If I didn’t love you so much I would hate your guts for it.

    Gorgeous pictures, as always.

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