Butterflies are free




Many thanks to Marilyn for her excellent tips regarding how to take pictures of needlepoint belts.

I’ll get my lazy “tech team” on it pronto, as soon as their loafing around with the SUP board thingie is over.

Meanwhile, this article also has good advice. It, too, mentions that whole “white balance” trick — one of the keys to preventing belts from having a yellow cast when photographed indoors.

Marilyn also mentioned something that my tech team has been harping on for the last 2 months.

Let me run it by you and tell me what you think.

As Marilyn and the tech team say, it seems a wasteful, duplicative effort to have every LNS photograph and manage their inventory of needlepoint digital imagery. I mean, it’s absolutely crazy that all us needlepoint store owners have to do the same expensive, repetitive, time-consuming task when putting together our online catalogs.

An alternative would be to centralize this process.

What if we had one central place (sort of like IMDB does for movies) in the Internet “cloud,” where vendors and artists could send their art work or designs and/or a sample of their work, and let this central repository do the heavy lifting.

This Needlepoint DB (database) would take care of the following processes:

1. produce quality picture of each canvas, in various sizes and resolutions to suit display requirements (PC, smartphones, tablets, etc)

2. store these pics in a secure object-oriented visual database

3. tag the pics such that users can search the images any way they want (such as by theme, artist, etc)

4. allow any LNS (for a small fee of course) to link to these images or make copies for storage on their own web store solutions

5. to the maximum extent possible, enforce image DRM

6. associate permanent UPC codes with each canvas that is photographed

7. update wholesale prices per vendor directives

8. include artist, vendor, size and mesh count attributes for each canvas

If this were done in one place, then both vendors/artists and needlepoint shops would take a giant leap into the 21st century, not to mention greatly reduce the cost of selling needlepoint canvases — as well as exponentially improve the online sell user experience.

So… the tech team is willing to give up beach time this weekend to write a technical proposal to the TNNA, which would also outline the commercial benefits that would accrue from this approach.

Maybe I should approve this.

What do you think?


ps many many tx to Pauline for sending me the beautiful butterfly picture, recently taken by her lepidopterist grandson while doing field studies in Panama

© 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!

4 responses »

  1. Sometimes they do. But often they don’t, or the pics are blurry or too small. There is no standard used to ensure hi quality pics or DRM in the industry or having pics fit best to the device being used to view a needlepoint canvas.

  2. Anne do you think other store owners might be interested? I really think this idea would save everyone a lot of time and money. The actual dollars of the DIY approach are actually considerable, when you count the many hours it takes to take all these pictures + edit/crop + upload etc x the number of stores that duplicate the task. So, yes, the fee would have to below that overall cost / # users, or something like that — and it would have to be below the DIY estimated annual cost. I assume both designers and store owners would contribute to dues or whatever mechanism is chosen, and that wholesale price visibility would be only to those with passwords, etc. So if enough people are interested, maybe we could get together and write a formal proposal to the TNNA. I am willing to put together a first draft, if enough people are genuinely interested.

  3. This actually sounds like a wonderful idea. The fee would not have to be tiny, only less than the cost in actual dollars and trouble of doing it yourself. The trouble of doing it yourself and the time involved seems to be the worst part!

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