A belated trip report: One of our favorite stops in London is the V&A. It's sort of perfectly Victorian. They have everything, and there's lots of it. We looked at locks and keys and iron grillwork. Unfortunately, the textiles section was closed. We don't go in for paying for special exhibits. (If you need us to pay, make us pay for the whole museum, or don't lodge the show. And I hate crowds.) So we missed the special couture show, but the dude knows I like to see fabric so we saw the regular fashion collection (and Princess Di's dress of pearls she wore in Hong Kong, a recent acquisition).
Then we popped into the gift shop where you could buy nothing for 4lbs (why don't we have the curlicue L on our keyboards?) "for the person who has everything." Right, eight bucks for packaging.
Prominently displayed in a glass case in the shop was a cross-stitch featuring forest animals over the words "Get Your Freak On," framed, for--get this--1175GB. I'll do the rough translation for you: $2350. We're that clever--and we stitch on linen. Get to it people.
The dude, convinced that picking pockets with your craft is easy, told me I should get in on this. "It's not even really subversive," I complained. So what is? Really, it's all in the context. So it's only subversive if you believe that stitchers aren't. Or weren't (please read The Subversive Stitch so we can get over the new craft revolution being particularly new and particularly revolutionary. You're just showing your lack of education.) I think I'm going to do a cross-stitch that says "It's not as subversive as you like to think." I just need to come up with a picture to go with it...
Edit: D'oh! I've already written about Westerholtz. And I've also written about buying expensive needlework. Have I reached the end of the internet?