Friday, August 20, 2010

What's going on at the local fair. . .

Just got home from the local fair and had to blog about it.  Every year we take the boys to the fair for the demolition derby and my hankering for fried dough.  Why do I love this unhealthy treat?  Not quite sure but boy did it taste good.  While we were there, I had to pop into the arts and crafts exhibit.  Hey if I have to go and visit all of those farm animals the least they can do is allow me a quick run through of this exhibit.  I was astonished to see, are your ready for this, 4, count them, 4 cross stitched items.  I have to ask, is our love of needlework a dying art??  I worry that one day the only things available will be my stash.  I encourage everyone to spread the word, teach someone your art, and keep this love (obsession) of needlework alive.  I hope to enter some of my pieces next year so more people can see what can be done with needle and thread.  Thanks for visiting and let me know what you think!  I would love to know if you go to fairs and what the needlework section looks like. Happy Stitching!

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful blog! I have to admit that I love all those fried fair foods, too. I think it hearkens back to a simpler time when life was much more carefree.

Olivia is absolutely gorgeous and her babies are adorable! I also wouldn't be able to leave them alone. How wonderful that you're working with a shelter to get Mom and these babies forever homes. I look forward to more pics of the babies. (Hint! Hint!)

Stitchaholic said...

I have the same nightmare about my stash being the only needlework available to me one day - maybe that's why there is so much of it! I am trying my best to keep the art of stitching alive too. Over the years, I have taught myself to stitch, then taught my mum, then my husband, and I am currently teaching a friend (not to mention my daughter will be learning when she is old enough!)

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Farm Girl said...

Hi Nataly, Your blog is fantastic, you take beautiful photos. I am involved with our local A & P Show(sounds similar to your fair I think) and we also struggle to get entries in the craft section. I think there are still people creating, but are maybe just a bit shy about putting things out there for others to see. A quick look around blogland reassures one that there are still plenty of us out there putting needle and thread to fabric. I also have a stash to keep me and everyone else I know stitching for a very long time!!
Nicky in NZ

Lesleyanne said...

I thought that perhaps four wasn't so bad as I don't know of anything like that around here. I know I wouldn't be brave enough to put anything of mine in for a show so maybe a lot of people are like that hence only 4. Being a mum of two boys I do things like that, if I have to go and look at boy things I am allowed to look at crafts or gardens lol

Denise said...

Our fair makes the dead lines difficult to meet. And I have noticed there are fewer and fewer enteries every year. After seeing the fair last year - I should make an effort.

My daughter stitches. At least the craft will last another generation. She has told me that she can't wait until I die (with smiles) because then she gets all my stash! I almost made her walk home from the LNS.

And that fried dough - yep. And Italian sausage sandwiches, the fries, some cotton candy. The diet is blown.

Smiles - Denise

Anonymous said...

I enjoy browsing our fair here in Central Virginia although I have noticed less and less needlework is being shown. I think some of it has to do with the conditions of the 'arena' where the arts are displayed.

Your baby kitties are precious!

Robin in Virginia

Lynn said...

I live in a rural community and there are several fairs in the area each year. I had planned on entering some of my works this year but when I checked out the list of homecraft entry categories there was nothing for cross stitch this year. I couldn't believe it! The only area I could have placed an entry was under Chrismtas ornaments. I was so disappointed.

Judy S. said...

We used to make those at camp, called them Darn Goods which sums it up pretty well, don't you agree? Scones with raspberry jam is the "must have" at our fair though.

Isn't it sad the way needlecrafts come and go in popularity? And your right, the task of passing it on is up to us, especially now that it seems the young ones are glued to technology for their entertainment.

Kelly said...

You cracked me up about the only thing available is your personal stash. My mom went to the IL State Fair and she said the stitching and quilting section was weak. I have not entered a fair in years but I guess we should all do our part in promoting the art.

Jane said...

I think I may be the only cross-stitcher in the South of England as it's virtually non-existent here! I don't know anyone who stitches other than my blogging friends, sound like a real loner don't I? I often see finished stitches in the Charity Shops selling for next to nothing and it makes me feel so sad when you know how many hours and how much heart the stitcher would have given the piece ~ we definitely need to stick together, I'll ring The Queen for any suggestions!!!! Take Care xxxx

DonnaTN said...

The fair here has changed a lot in the last few years and attendance had dropped off. The part of town where it was held had become really bad. The needle work displays once were nice, but there wss not much enthusiasm to participate. The fair has moved to a different location, but it may take time for it to regain its former glory.

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