Things I Bought- On Ebay!

70's Needlepoint Craft Books!
I'm acquiring quite the little collection.  The first one, "Needlepainting A Garden of Stitches" by Eszter Haraszty, I read about over on Cathy of California not too long ago and was hooked.  Ebay had it for super cheap, so I snatched it up.  It's so amazing and colorful, I truly think it would inspire anyone.  I also love the way the book is written, Eszter tells you all about her life and how she created these patterns, and she's not afraid to talk about all her failures and difficulties.  I felt like I was reading a book written by a good friend rather than some dry how-to manual.  I am now an official fan and will be looking for more of her work.

 Since I was on Ebay, I started looking around for Bargello needlepoint books (my latest obsession) and found "Free Form Bargello" by Gigs Stevens.  It is also awesome and super super 70's in both design and tone.  My favorite pattern is the one based around a shark jaw.  So weird that I love it!


Lauren said...

Wow those look amazing! I want to peruse each!

Crystal said...

I think you would love Eszter's work- I'm so inspired by it!

Anonymous said...

Crystal love your books, but this doesn't surprise me at all. I still have a small red heart cross stitched by you and your brother I got for Christmas when you were small, it hangs in my craft room and makes me think of family when I see it. That you should grow to be so lovely and want to color the world so beautiful is a joy to behold!

Sign me an Aunt hanging out somewhere!!

Crystal said...

Wow! I can't believe anyone still has that, I totally remember making them. Thanks for the kind words! XOXO