Here is a lively article on handmade artisanry that’s on point to the stitching craft.
No matter what you may think of Etsy, be you a home-based vendor getting the vapors over a testy charge-back situation, or a buyer wondering what to make of the veritable forest of designs presented more or less randomly, the article (and the many, many comments — I’m positively green with envy again!) makes for entertaining reading.
Obviously this hipsterish my-stuff-is-more-handmade-than-yours vibe doesn’t apply at Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, and, the unapologetically kitschier Aliexpress, all of which tend to reflect more of a handmade, schmandmade aesthetic.
I actually checked out Zibbet, which I had not heard of before reading the Times piece. Hmmm. Tropical mousepads stitched on plastic canvas? A must-have item, for sure… !
Now, I have nothing against plastic canvas and my mother had a major plastic canvas extravaganza at one point in her life — she made hundreds of those Santas with the cheeks that, when you squeezed them, a Hershey’s kiss would appear, not to mention at least 50 plastic canvas Kleenex box holders; she must have given them away as hostess gifts or something.
With almost 28,000 (er, stet) needlepoint items on Etsy, I guess there is room for another outlet for all this rampant underwater inventory. You can, on occasion, chance upon choice items, if you have the time and inclination to wade through the megillah of it all, and dispense with the whole curatorial schtick.
Or you can visit an actual needlepoint store.
Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016