This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan
Understandably, you’ve traditionally thought of embroidery as a mostly feminine pursuit, but I’ve gathered some awesome examples to change your mind.
1.) Here’s a great option for all of you manly cross-stitching rebels out there: the Ed Hardy Cross-Stitch Patterns book.
I’m gonna let that sink in for a second.
I managed to get my hands on one of these gems, and while I’m not yet sure if I’m committed to the irony enough to actually execute one of these designs, the book itself has already been a spectacular conversation piece.
2.) “If anyone would have told me that I would go from football to needlepoint, I would have laughed in their face…but if you try it once, you’ll keep coming back for more,’ and that’s the truth brother.”
Rosey Grier Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint for Men’s a little harder to find since it’s out of print. You can find a few copies on Amazon, but they’re pretty pricey. You can also check out Extreme Craft’s Flickr tour of the book. I got a copy through the inter-library loan program. As a wing-it/self-taught needlepointer, I learned some new stitches, and I picked up a couple needle-threading techniques.
K. Faith Morgan is a designer, stylist, online editor, and producer. “I am a southern girl, but design is my football. As a design school graduate and the child of two artists, I can’t follow X’s on a football field, but John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X makes my heart skip a beat. I believe great design can change lives and life is too short for beige.”http://www.kfaithmorgan.com/