String Theory

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“Every needlepoint is an astonishing achievement, when you think about it.

They take tons of work–even a small needlepoint the size of a business letter has about a 100,000 stitches and took someone maybe forty-five hours just to stitch–an incredible investment of time and energy.

And when it’s finished? Needlepoint is amazingly durable, colorful, lustrous, and rich–a needlepoint bag will last for years of heavy use, as strong as leather. And from the canvas to the finished piece, it’s made completely of strings. Remarkable.

As you will soon see, the variety of images worked into needlepoint ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. What leads needlepointers to choose the designs they do? Needlepoints can be as decorative as a bouquet of flowers, commemorative as a tombstone, or as funny as a cat coughing up a hairball. A surprising number are nudes (and mushrooms…). Most are designed by professional artists, and range from sophisticated to terrible. But some needlepoints are drawn and executed by the needlepointer, and though the artwork is sometimes crude, it’s got the virtue of originality.”

The Needlepoint Museum

P.S. The Needlepoint Museum is happy to accept donations of orphan needlepoints.

Print it in Moleskine MSK format
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