It’s Friday! Time for “Findings,” my weekly round-up of links to needlework news, literature, art and more from my wanderings around the web each week. Here are this week’s links:
- Have you ever wanted to try tinting? The embroidery page at About.com has a tutorial on tinting your fabric with crayons, colored pencils and paint.
- In the New York Times, two writers discuss whether it’s harder to get lost in a book as an adult:
“Like everything else, the way we read changes with time and age. The books I find engrossing now still have the power to make the world around me vanish. But I can’t inhabit them as I did with my childhood favorites.”
- Mary Corbett maps the new DMC Coloris threads to their solid color counterparts–so useful!
- Beware! You may lose track of time while browsing this one. Taylor Jones asks people to submit photos of cherished memories superimposed over their present-day locations and the results are beautiful and heart-wrenching. See them all at Dear Photograph.
- The Copper Fox shares her love of school supplies. I especially love the pencil tin she uses to store her needleminder collection. Clever!
- This is Colossal has the story of a theme park in Italy that was built by hand by one man over 40 years. Amazing.
- Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that engaging in artistic activities for two hours a week or more is associated with greater mental well-being. But, we already knew that, didn’t we? I know I go crazy if I don’t have my stitching and creating time.
- “The time at the tone will be 11:23 am……BOOP.” 3 million people in the U.S. still call to get the time each year.
Video of the Week
I know I usually share goofy animated shorts or music videos, but this week’s video is really special. In 1967, artist Sheila Hicks created two large-scale tapestries for the Ford Foundation’s auditorium and boardroom. After decades of wear and tear, rather than repairing them, she recreated them nearly fifty years later. This 5-minute video shares her story. I may have gotten misty-eyed. And, if you’re anywhere near Omaha, Nebraska, there is an exhibit of her work going on now at the Joslyn Art Museum.