I like needlepoint. There, I said it.
Earlier this year I said I’d try to post more of my crafts, as a conscious effort to make more and actually finish things I start. My first crafty post of the year is about something I LOVE but haven’t really picked up in a while.
I taught myself to needlepoint (which means my technique is probably appalling) out of spite. My mother told me it was really difficult and that there was a good amount of knowledge behind it when I scoffed at her admiration for the fact that someone did it. Yes I am petty get over it okay.
I bought a needlepoint kit (instructions enclosed) and started and finished it in the space of a month (more or less, with an involuntary break when I ran out of yarn). This is actually my second project.
It’s inspired by William Morris’ The Strawberry Thief, a print that he created after he saw some birds stealing fruit in his garden. It is actually Morris’ most popular print, and you can still find it everywhere. Liberty’s of London even make fabrics inspired by it (must. resist. urge. to buy.).
My favourite thing about it is how unbelievably satisfying it is to see the colours come to life as I weave them into the canvas. Seriously, it’s exciting. I promise I’m not a grandma.
It has taken me a bit longer than a month to make this one, because I keep baking and starting other projects, but hopefully posting it here will make me have to get on with it.