Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How Tastes Change

I mentioned in my last post that I had found a new-to-me designer whose patterns I just fell in love with.  That got me to thinking how my tastes have changed over the years.  For a while in the 90's, I stitched every Just Nan that came out.  Then there was my Drawn Thread phase.  I went through Bent Creek and Lizzie Kate as soon as they came out.  But eventually all their designs began to look alike.  If I had stitched one Just Nan, I had stitched them all.  Of course, she has changed what she is doing but they don't appeal to me at all.  A little too fiddly for my tastes.  I'm really not picking on Just Nan, just using her as an example.  But what appeals to me now would never have found a home in my stash before.  I guess my tastes have changed.  Of course, that means I have a bunch of stash that I will never stitch.  I guess I need to find someone to give it a good home. 

But all this means is that I've found designers that are new to me whose patterns I love.  With Etsy and Facebook, a person can find it much easier to market their own patterns than it used to be.  Before you had to find a distributor and they would then sell to the shops.  Now you can search on Etsy for cross stitch and find all kinds of designers.  And most of the patterns can be paid for and downloaded with no waiting.  One of these has become a new favorite of mine.  The Frosted Pumpkin has some of the cutest designs I've seen in a long time.  I love their use of color and I especially like the way they design their little people.  I'm not usually a fan of using people in my samplers.  I have never liked the way the stick-figure people look.  It's a little too primitive for me.  But I love these little guys.  They make me feel good when I look at them.  I'm finishing up their tribute to the National Parks and I have two more waiting in the wings.  They were both SAL's from the past few years and I plan on working them into my rotation.  I just can't decide which to do first.
I'm leaning towards the Woodland sampler but I reserve the right to change my mind.
Passport to Adventure SAL 2015

Woodland Sampler


Robin in Virginia said...

I look forward to seeing which one you pick to work on next. I like to think that my likes have evolved through my stitching life.

Cathy said...

Cute projects you have going on! I agree that tastes change and I've gone through similar phases. I think that all stitchers will agree that we have to stitch what we like. There are no rules there!