Monthly Archives: February 2013

Over 50 Shades of Grey


yep, that’s how I am going to stitch this New York City skyline, different hues and 50+ shades of grey!

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


Is an unstitched canvas stitched?


Yes, if it’s stitch painted!

Here are 4 dazzling needlepoint designs by Barbara Bergsten from her Painted Stitches collection.

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These canvases are all painted with specific stitches in mind.

Can you guess what some of them are?

Meanwhile, back to the burning question of the day, is an unstitched canvas stitched?

Well, let’s see.

Have you ever looked at your pile of stash and unfinished projects and thought to yourself maybe it’s time for a break?

Well, you’re not alone.

After all, Philip Roth recently said he has stopped writing books.

And director  Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Ocean’s 11, etc) says the upcoming Side Effects (it’ll air on HBO this Spring, not in theaters, apparently because of its steamy subject) will be his last film.

Of course still canvases can sometimes run deep.

Herman Melville, for instance, was thought to have written little or no fiction during the last decades of his life, until Billy Budd was discovered posthumously.

So what’s a poor, overworked stitcher to make of all this?

Susan Sontag, the late novelist, essayist, and film maker, once wrote a  famous essay about the self-imposed silence of some artists. It was included in her book, Styles of Radical Will.

The picture gallery up below has a short excerpt that I find thought provoking.  Just click on it to view (it’s a bit jumbled, but the numbers on the bottom left corner tell you their correct order).

(If you want to read the entire essay, here it is:  Aesthetics of Silence)

I know.

Sontag’s idea of silence as a sign of “superiority” (to use her trademark quotation marks) is more than a little over the over the top.

Plus, you probably think all this is nothing but a pretentious excuse for goofing off from posting on my blog.


Well, you could be right about that! 😉

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.