Thursday, April 16, 2009

Young People Reviving Old School Crafts

I love the media. Those people are so funny and so...clueless. Here's what they say about cross-stitch now.

"The age-old hobby using a needle and thread is having a shock revival as hundreds of young people flock to bars to take part in 'urban' cross stitch.

"Shock" revival. I love that. Because it's only happening if you see it happen. No one does it at home behind closed doors or anything...and never in the rural areas. What happens in cities is what's important. (Actually it is to us.*) And, only when the youngsters have a go.

But I am perplexed about the bars thing. Are they drinking and stitching? Because that doesn't usually go well.

* Over 80% of Americans live in urban areas and 90% of economic output happens there.

21 comments:

valerie said...

I love it! I'd like to think I'm hip and cool. I drink while stithing. Probably how I came across the border disaster of 2009 but usually, I'm a-ok. Drinking and knitting...that's another matter entirely!

Melissa said...

That's totally bizarre. I have trouble doing cross stitch in regular lighting at home. Imagine the lighting in a bar? I think somebody was having a bit of fun!

Redwitch said...

They know nothing they live in London, nuff said.

dianemi said...

lol Redwitch!

OMG are they serious? Drinking and stitching in a bar. OK, no. I met a BFF for lunch yesterday, had one Cosmo, came home and just stared at my BAP. I knew if I put needle to fabric it would be *frog-heaven* around here. :) I mean I really liked that Cosmo, but still! ;)

Cathy said...

Drinking and stitching is basically my idea of a happening Friday night. Never thought of doing it in a bar, though. Usually I'm on the couch in my jammies with my DVR.

Sewunicorn said...

Somebody probably witnessed a recent Stitch In Public Day event and... well... misread his notes or something. Maybe *he* was in the bar LOL. I know that the organized group nearest to me was in the food court at the mall.

Donna said...

"The craft, dating from Tudor times, was brought back to life by London-based pattern-cutter Phil Davison, 28, who learned the basics from an elderly family friend."

Okay. The "craft" predates Tudor England. Like try going back to the ancient Egyptians. And of course it was an elderly family friend. Because no one else knows how to thread a needle. Snort.

I, too, cannot stitch and drink alcohol. Well, I can, but I don't enjoy either as much as possible when I try to combine them.

doris said...

I'm with Cathy ... stitching while partaking of a little alcoholic bevie is a pretty fine Friday night. And then Melissa shares my first thought after reading "in bars". Only young people could stitch in bars, because anyone over 50 can't see shit unless there's a 200-watt bulb within arm's length.

riona said...

I have been known to stitch with a miniature brandy snifter containing an inch of Amaretto, some crushed ice and some Half & Half at my elbow ... granted I wouldn't choose to stitch a Teresa Wentzler or Ink Circles piece while indulging in such refreshment ... but not everything I stitch is a major challenge, demanding my full concentration. But bar ambience ... no, I don't think so ... I prefer my Ott light with magnifier.

Laura said...

Between the noise and the bad lighting I can't imagine how anyone could stitch in a bar. I'm keeping my stitchy butt parked on the couch with a nice glass of Chardonnay tonight.

riona said...

I know this is off topic for this post but I just ran across this oddity and thought you'd enjoy it ... considering your post some time ago about people make odd things out of "found" materials.

Coffee filter roses
www.mommymakesroses.com

Patti said...

I LOVE being this cool! I have finally made it at a ripe old(ish) age. Lots of Love Patti xxx

CindyMae said...

Ok, I am not sure weather to laugh or get mad! LOL That is just crazy and I agree, I don't really think that the drinking would help your stitching any. The lighting and noise would drive me crazy! Just to funny1

drea_dear said...

Maybe this is an east coast phenom. As a west coaster, I've got to say, it's probably not that shocking that people stitch - the Seattle Mariners even have a Stitch n Pitch night - a special section for all the needleworkers to sit and try to juggle full cups of beer, watch baseball, chat and stitch.

I can't even drink a glass of water while I'm stitching. I forget about it!

Aussie Stitcher said...

I must admit that I have never stitched in a bar or while 'drinking', I can make enough mistakes while sober, imagine what my stitching would be like after a 'few'!!! Love the photo of the pillow, I still can't believe that it is mine even after receiving it, it is wonderfully stitched and finished, thanks Anna.

LadyDoc said...

Being imitated by young people in bars- a form of flattery?

RuthB said...

lol oh, that dufus single-handedly "revived" the nearly lost craft, eh? rotflol

Thanks for the humor break!

I'd be willing to give a go at bar hopping and stitching, but they have to get MUCH better light in bars first.

Coral said...

Lasht time I drinked and stitched, I made a messh!!

I shaw frogsh everywheresh!!

Melissa said...

Well if you're stitching a sampler with "F You" on it out of Subversive Cross Stitch on 14ct aida you might be able to stitch in a bar. Just a thought since that seems to be what the youngin's are stitching.

vee said...

Yikes! I can not imagine drinking alcohol and stitching at the same time. Mind you, my alcohol tolerance is so low that it does not take much to make me a little wobbly!

The bar idea is kind of interesting though. I would love to run a coffee shop/stitching spot. One of my favourite afternoons was the afternoon a friend and I had some time to kill between meeting up with other friends so we hung out at Starbucks and stitched!

Stu and Hannah said...

the cross stitch night's are great, they actually have lighting and tution which I found really handy as I was trying to do a really complex pattern.

Phil seems to be great and no I did'nt get drunk it was just a great night with a few friends.