Monday, October 22, 2012

One good buy.




The first embroidery/textile book which I was given in 1988 as a present was ‘The Art of the Needle'    by Jan Beaney.I wouldn't ever want to part with it, even though I am currently trying to declutter – having cleared two houses in a year it makes one aware of all the accumulated stuff that one day someone will have to dispose of. I know I should really ‘get rid’ of some of my City and Guilds pieces which are taking up a lot of space and honestly will hardly ever be looked at again, but it is difficult as I remember all the hours of stitching and' if and butting’ involved at the time. I have actually thrown away a whole basket of samples and acknowledged the fact that I had fun but have now moved on and in fact am accumulating more up-to-date clutter!

The point of this being that I used to pour over  Jan Beaneys' books and they have given me much pleasure; I have also grown to respect Jean Littlejohn as a tutor. When I saw a review of their new DVD I decided I would buy it at the Knit and Stitch Show. I did not expect it to contain any particularly new ideas but I wanted the pleasure of watching them stitch. It was a good buy and it has made me want to start playing with stitches again. I would thoroughly recommend it if you want a whole four hours of pleasure but beware it will make your fingers itch to get out all those piles of thread.




3 comments:

  1. Jan & Jean are well respected textile artists and now are the joint Presidents of the Embroiderers' Guild - well deserved.

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  2. Decluttering is really good Jackie, I find it hard to part with anything hence a room full of clutter! Must get to sort it out. Lovely post I enjoyed reading it. jayne x

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  3. I am half way through the DVD (my previous comment was not posted in the right place) and this is a wonderful exciting experience to watch these two beautiful creative ladies and their amazing work! It really reconnects me in a new way to threads and embroidery. I am very grateful that you posted this!

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