Open Source Needlework

Just when I wonder why I keep Gizmodo in my RSS feeds, they come up with something like this. Apparently there is an Open Source Embroidery Movement in Great Britain. Go to the Gizmodo post for more images and commentary, but this also makes me think about how many of us in Computers and Writing are also crafty folk. Samantha Blackmon knits, Clancy Ratliff knits and does other DIY-type projects, as does my BGSU grad-school days cohorts Robin Murphy and Inez Schachterle.That’s just off the top of my head, so I know there are many more that I don’t know of, enough to fill an informal meet-up every year at the CCCC. I have my needlework roots also, especially as a former fashion design major who got very tired of sewing (thus, the 20-year gap and change). All the same, is there a connection between this creative need and more academic ones? Just thinking a bit.

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Author of the poetry collection The Tethered Ground and Professor of English at Missouri State University. Contact me for readings or for workshops on writing/publishing and on teaching writing online.

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