Wither Etsy?


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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


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

2 responses »

  1. I too, have had great buying experiences on Etsy. It’s a fantastic venue for all sorts of things and I am glad some needlepoint artists show and sell their work there. I have also found some great vendors with fabulous hand-dyed threads that I have used in some of my pieces and Etsy is also a great source for needlepoint embellishments. Thanks very much for the comment!

  2. Hi, Erin. I’m a long time reader, first time commenter. I have no problem buying needlepoint canvases on Etsy. In fact I found a great custom belt painter who’s done several hobby belts for me that I wouldn’t have found if it weren’t for Etsy. Does she charge less than my LNS, probably. Is she just as good, probably. But what I like is that her communication is great and that I get a proof of all the artwork before she starts to paint anything. And I visit my LNS to buy threads for these canvases so it’s a win-win in my eyes.

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