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Atypical Needlework

I've been doing counted-thread needlework for about thirty years, and at times I've been terribly frustrated with the fact that I seem to see variations on the same themes over and over again: teddy bears, country scenes, Christian verses and kitschy crap. I seldom stitch a design, even for someone else, unless I truly like it. I don't like much of the above. (When I make an exception, it's for love, nothing less.)

There are, thankfully, far more diverse patterns available now than when I started stitching in the early 80s. It can still be hard to find some kinds of designs. In fact, if you're looking for anything designed for those of us whose faith is anything but Christian, you're just out of luck in most needlework shops. I've yet to see feminist designs, or anything for those of us with fairly liberal politics, or anything related to gay/lesbian pride. I've designed a few patterns now, but I also like to collect the sites I've found that do have unusual designs, and maybe make it just a little easier to find them. After seeing someone come into rec.crafts.textile.needlework at least once a month to ask about pagan and/or Celtic designs, I figured putting them on a web site would be easier than typing the info in every month.

The fact that I've listed a site here does not constitute an endorsement of the designs on it. Some of them are, by my standards, downright ugly. Others just aren't to my tastes, but they are topically atypical. If you know of a site I've missed, please let me know! I specifically haven't included fantasy pieces, because Lady Jylythe has already done a marvelous job of listing those.

This page has gotten rather unwieldy, so I've finally been forced to split things up a little. The Celtic and pagan designs have their own pages now - the others are listed here.