Here's a question from one of the coolest cross stitchers around (not me): how to make cross stitch cool? How do we get new blood circulating? How do we get big like knitting? How do we help the industry support all the designers we love so well?
The dude thinks we shouldn't go cool. He thinks the best things are the dorky things, but that's because he plays chess in one of the most anti-intellectual countries around (that's us, the U.S.). Other countries celebrate their chess players, other countries show chess on t.v. But here, we can't even set up a chessboard properly. (Well, why, when it's just for show?)
I've been mulling over the question but I have no answers. I just do my part stitching in public and giving all the public service I can--this morning on the El a woman asked me if I didn't need a hoop to do cross stitch. I told her you could work in hand. Her sister is a stitcher. She wanted to make sure I didn't think she was the big dork...or something. Anyway, I thought since I was heading out to stitch publicly--at the baseball tonight--that I should make sure to be a cross-stitcher. I had thought about bringing a knitting project. But it's easy to be a knitter--knitting's cool. So I will stand with the dude in dorkiness and cross stitch tonight. And if I can get this project done in four days, I'll enter it in the stitch n' pitch contest. If you see me tonight, be sure to say hello. I'll be the big dork with the cross-stitch project.