Well, it isn’t embroidery, but it IS needlework! There are a lot of sites out there on knitting and crochet – but I came across this one that looks as if it’s just starting out, and it promises some interesting stuff…
Hooked on Needles is a site dedicated to knitting and crochet. The name – which may conjure up images that aren’t quite related to homey arts – implies that there’s more to it than just crochet and knitting, though, as needles are used in — well, seems obvious to say — other kinds of needlework, too. And in scrolling through the site, I did see some samples of embroidery (on an Irish dancing dress) and a crocheted lace collar.
Back in the day, for a needleworker to be considered “trained” (and I think the same holds true, actually, today in some professional courses!), they had to know the basics of more than just the kind of needlework they were passionate about. To be a well-rounded textile artist, being familiar with other elements of the textile world is a good thing.
I don’t claim to be a “textile artist” – embroidery is my hobby – but I do like the idea of a well-rounded education. I bet that even the best painters who work in oil have at least an understanding of how water-colors work, don’t you think?
So I started looking into polishing up my crocheting, with the end in mind of doing some tiny crocheted trim for an embroidered piece. And then I landed at this particular website and liked, especially, the hat tutorial and the one on changing colors. I started thinking that you could put the two tutorials together, and make a Really Cute and Colorful baby hat!
Don’t get me wrong, though! I’m not going to yarn! My needle ‘n thread will continue to be occupied (obsessed, even) with embroidery! But what do YOU think? Do you think it’s useful for the embroiderer to be at least somewhat aware of other needlework techniques, such as knitting and crochet? Or do you think that, for embroiderers to become Really Good at what they do, they should focus solely on embroidery and not get distracted by other possible needlework interests? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that!