If you learned to stitch long enough ago, needlepoint came with certain rules. Rules it was hard to break.
Some of them included:
- The thread sghould completely cover the canvas.
- Needlepoint is supposed to be regular shapes.
- You can only stitch with wool, unless you are very rich, then silk is acceptable.
For many of us, letting go of these rules is hard. It’s not that we prefer to stitch in this way, for some pieces one or more of these rules is perfect, it’s that we often think we can’t break the rules.
That’s why the work of Cresus Artisanat from Japan is so refreshing. Here you might find needlepoint in wool, but for irregularly-shaoed coasters. You also might find a lightly stitched Bargello clutch. Whatever it is, it will be free of those rules that bind us to the traditional.
Check out the link above for the pieces and patterns currently available from them.
then check out this post from Design Milk for a lovely on-line gallery of their pieces.