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The things you learn...
It's amazing what a browse around the internet can reveal...

Today I have learned that cross stitch is so cool books about it were featured in a library's 'hipster corner'. The idea appears to be things are only really, really cool and hip when most people think they're not. Could I really be that cool? I suspect not - which, by this definition obviously means I'm so cool I'm positively icy!

I've often wondered how much a ready-stitched design would retail for. Today I found a press release from Elizabeth Bradley Designs. Admittedly, it's tapestry rather than cross stitch but after many years of producing kits the company has now ventured into the realm of homewares - where they retail hand-stitched cushions. There are 16 designs in the range, all of which take around 120 hours to stitch - and prices range from $400-$600 (roughly £240-£360).

I wouldn't quarrel with the company's assertion that these are works of art for one minute but I did find myself philosophising about whether there is a greater sense of satisfaction in tracking one of these down and buying them or getting hold of a kit and making them.

Images of the full range haven't been released yet but if you click here you can see one of them. (At the time of writing - if you're late to this post they might all be available to see!)

I also discovered that if you type cross stitch into a news search engine it's amazing how many political, sports and crime stories show up as people cross lines, parties and boundaries and then stitch together successes and plans - or simply stitch each other up...

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