Yes: Happiness is Homemade
You know what maybe gets me most excited of all, vetting stories for the blog these days: When I see other people — longtime “friends of the retro and vintage”– take their design passions to a whole new level. I’ve known Betty Crafter since pretty much the start — she’s been famously featured on the blog here and here and here and she’s even reigning queen of the Knotty here. And now: Kaboom, this talented Betty has introduced her first, vintage-inspired “Don’t Be Crewel” kit: “Happiness is Homemade.” Oh, and there’s more: Another friend (and advertiser) — Kelley from Hip Haven — is first to sell this happy needlework kit. You can also purchase the kit directly from Betty Crafter. Go, retro ladies, go!
“Who, what, where, when, why and how?” I asked. Betty Crafter responded:
Basically, anyone who knows me or reads my blog has figured out that I’ve lost my dang head over vintage crewel work. Sadly the really awesome ones are SO hard to find – I spent a year looking for the Try A Little Kindness kit and when I finally found one on ebay I paid $100 for it! So I started thinking about what a shame it was that no one was making these kits anymore, and then I started thinking about what kind of designs I would like to see, then I decided it was high time I just made my own! Before you know it, my little “Don’t Be Crewel” cottage industry was born.
My first design, my Happiness Is Homemade wall hanging, is definitely a nod to the elusive Try A Little Kindness and God Bless Our Pad classics. I have several more designs in the pipeline, both pillows and wall hangings. My hope is that there are other crewel nerds out there who will also be excited about readily available crewel kits that mimic the fabulousness of the 1960s and 1970s ones. And the really great news is that I’m designing them so that they will be easy enough for a beginner to do – no experience necessary!
Thanks so much for your support Pam!