Ah, the joys of spring!We're still in the middle of a big renovation and right at the moment, not much progress is being seen. I'm still living with a giant washer / dryer in my living room, along with 9 doors, various cabinets, and an entire room full of tools.
The chaos isn't fun, especially because I haven't been feeling well. I'm not horribly sick, but I just haven't felt really GREAT lately. So I hopped down to Spartanburg, SC yesterday to visit my chiropractor / nutritionist and now feel a lot better, but I still want to take it easy. Today I'm sitting on the couch and hand stitching on my beaded version of Express Your Love:
There's just something healing about hand work. It's meditative and calming and no matter how bad I feel, I can always hand stitch.
While in Spartanburg, I happened across a needlepoint store, The Needle and Canvas, which is a cute store dedicated solely to needlepoint. I find it fascinating just how diverse the fiber world is, but how isolated each craft considers itself.
Personally I can quilt, knit, crochet, weave, spin, dye, bead, embroider, and stitch needlepoint. I have always considered all of these skills one in the same: fiber craft. If I was to open a physical store, I might actually try to put a little of everything within it because I find mixing bits and pieces from all these crafts together so fascinating.
But not everyone feels this way. Calling myself a quilter in some stores will get blank looks, or worse. I've actually had multiple conversations with knitters and spinners who would never dream of quilting. Have you ever experienced this?
I find it funny because we're all pretty much doing the same thing. We're all just stitching thread, and yarn, and fabric baby!
What's so interesting is the cross over of tools from one craft to another. There was an entirely different selection of tools available for needlepoint, and being the gear-head I am, I had to ask what they were for. Luckily a needlepoint teacher was in the store that happily showed me how to use stretcher bars, a laying tool, and a few other gadgets.
I could easily see a lot of places where needlepoint and quilting could overlap nicely and I made sure to pick out some pretty thread to add to my beaded piece above.
After my retail therapy, I headed back home for some fun stitching in the sun. Josh put together a wonderful sandbox for James so I can sit on the deck and look down on my sweet boy playing in the sand. I'm feeling better already!
Let's go stitch,