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Monday, May 08, 2006

Ms. Jackson, if you're NASTY!


Creative Loafing's Felicia Feaster gives Subversive Cross Stitch's Julie Jackson the third degree (or at least three questions) in the newest issue.

You started subversive cross-stitching as a way of venting frustration at a bad work environment. Did it help?
Oh so much! It was a very conservative workplace where precious, dainty and frilly were the norm. So many people there were pretty on the outside but nasty on the inside. So it was an especially therapeutic little hobby.
Does cross-stitch have a tendency to be more saccharine than other needle arts?
Not really. You could probably create more intricate details and flourishes with other kinds of embroidery. But any medium can be made sickeningly sweet, as evidenced in any local craft store.
How do you explain the rise of the indie-craft phenomenon in recent years?
I usually leave that to the cultural anthropologists and marketers. There are several theories, but I tend to believe in the idea that handcrafted projects provide a lot of busy people the closest thing they get to meditation. Crafting requires all of your attention. It's one of the few things you can't do while multitasking.
Julie's new book, Subversive Cross Stitch: 33 Designs for Your Surly Side is out now on Chronicle Books. Buy it now, or risk being immortalized in cross stitch on Julie's shitlist.

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