Thursday, March 17, 2011

More Accusations

Sigh, a new description of the age-old accusation that cross stitch went from country geese to seriously hip overnight:
Cross-stitch spent many years languishing in some sort of design wasteland populated almost entirely by teddy bears, hearts and freakish, faceless kids wearing hats and holding hands* (or what pass for hands but really look more like stumps). Then, all of a sudden, cross-stitch ditched the teddies and got itself some serious 'tude. "Cross Stitch Therapy"

 I'm not blaming the designer, Stitchology, but let's shoot the journalist.

Okay, so I stitched that, but it was the early 90s. And we were into it out in the country where I am from. But it wasn't "all of a sudden" that you could stitch things that weren't teddies. I'm pretty sure we all have early 90s pieces that aren't creepy, and may even have some that are cool.

7 comments:

Deb said...

Oh, I think that I stitched something out of that book. It was a pillow that said "Some Bunnies Sleeping". I made it for my son's door. I still have all those books - pack rat that I am.

I agree, it wasn't all of a sudden that better things turned up. I think they were there, but you had to go someplace besides Lee Wards, and some of the other big box places to find them.

Lee said...

I have an idea - how about if all of us go through our older charts - say round about 20 years old - and find designs that we still think are cool. Then we all email them to the author every time an article like this appears.

Remember the outcry when Mo Rocca from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me said he didn't like hand knit sweaters because they were all itchy? The knitters of the world went crazy.

Let's go crazy, too!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I have a sampler stitched by my Mum for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 which features several of her castles and houses. (The Queen's, not my Mum's!) There is not a teddy in sight.
I remember a mail order catalogue from the 70's which featured the most wonderful silhouettes in cross stitch, like the old fashioned paper cut portraits in profile?
I started stitching in 1993 with some mini samplers and a Chinese Dragon, then I discovered Teresa Wentzler. Rarely stitch teddies except for babies and I have honestly never stitched a child with a hat (with or without their face!).
Gotta love those stereotypes!

GrannySue said...

Let's face it. There are still a good amount of geese, ducks, teddie bears and the like out there when one looks at cross stitch kits; particularly 'kits' and many places where cross stitch supplies and designs are sold. Does make it bad, but does make it frustrating when one wants to do a project that is a little more up-to-date.

Alice said...

What a wonderous variety of projects we can choose from! There is a place for the cutesy stuff... check out Love Quilts for instance, a charity that makes quilts for sick children pieced together from cross stitched squares. Plenty of teddies and ballerinas etc there. Profanity or a cheeky saying doesn't necessarily make a chart cool. Depends on your taste. I hate being pigeon holed.

C in DC said...

Echoing GrannySue: if the only cross stitch someone sees is in places like Wal-Mart and Michaels, it's not surprising that they think it's old-fashioned. Dimensions and Leisure Arts stuff does tend to be on the twee side. We need to drag these folks into a REAL needlework store.

Jenna said...

I totally agree. I haven't stitched the very pixelated-looking teddies from my book by Dale Burdett since the 80s. We've come a long way, baby, but it was LONG before Julie Jackson and her NZ counterpart came along. Sheesh!