First Line: Today's canvas work (also known as needlepoint) can be anything you want it to be, so banish any of your preconceived ideas of it being restrictive and take pleasure in all that is canvas.
I can see the looks on your faces now. Why on earth is a book about needlepoint being reviewed on a crime fiction blog? Because (1) I don't just read crime fiction and feel the need to remind everyone of that once in a blue moon, and (2) I enjoyed this book so much that I wanted to share it with many of my readers who also indulge in "fiber arts."
Occasionally on Fridays you'll see a photo of something I've made included in my weekly link round-ups. Recently I made two items and mailed them to a friend in the UK. She insisted on paying me for them. After much hair pulling, I gave her the authors and titles of a few English books that I would love to accept in trade. New Canvaswork is one of the books she sent me. After opening the package, I immediately sat down with this and began reading.
In the past few years, I've felt the need to explore and broaden my horizons. From merely following the directions on someone else's patterns, I've begun designing my own, and I've also begun amassing a collection of buttons, beads, ribbons and other trims. Colors and textures have begun having even more meaning for me. Let me tell you, this entire book fires my imagination!
|One of many illustrations in New Canvaswork|
This book is not meant to be a step-by-step guide but rather an inspiration. I found myself drooling over the many illustrations in the book, but better yet, I found myself in my craft room going through yarns, threads and embellishments, and planning future wall hangings for the family room.
If you ply a needle-- like me-- and would like some instant inspiration, get your hands on a copy of this book. (And don't be at all surprised if you find yourself heading off to your favorite craft store!)
New Canvaswork: Creative Techniques in Needlepoint by Jill Carter
Batsford Ltd. ©2007
Hardcover, 128 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Crafts