I picked up the towel and a book of iron-on embroidery patterns at Jo-Ann Fabrics last weekend when the store had its annual teacher sale. I saw the pattern booklet and just kind of grabbed it. It seemed like a perfect gift, one that wouldn't take weeks or months to finish. And the patterns really are cute:
Still, these towels (yes, there will be more) are fun and easy. Very relaxing. I find it hard to resist the occasional plunge into commercial patterns.
Along those lines, I found this book at Half Price Books earlier this week.
I am supposed be getting rid of books, not acquiring them, but I couldn't resist this one. It tells the history of the paint-by-number craze. Thanks to my iPhone, I was able to check our public library and confirm that it does not own this book. I've only read the introduction so far, but I can already tell this is my kind of book: art history blended with social criticism. Here's a taste:
"What is striking about paint by number's popularity is the speed with which it became a vessel for anxieties about mass culture's instrusion into the well-cultured world of taste and social class."
Yeah, I know, I'm a geek. And I'm fine with that.