From our ongoing series on seriously remarkable finds from the 1-Dollar Bookstore, here’s—
Just your standard book of celebrities who do needlepoint in their spare time, chatting about styles they like and showing or describing some of their work— mostly just describing, however, since the photos in the book are somewhat limited. There’s a color section of 14 pages, though I warn you: most of what I found interesting comes from the black & white section.
The first interesting thing had to be the celebrities chosen: it was published in 1972, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The authors seemed to have access to a number of wives & daughters of U.S. Presidents and politicians (Betty Ford, Julie Eisenhower, “The US Cabinet Wives” [book's description, not mine]). However, there were a few neat surprises. . .
Grace Kelly (listed as Princess Grace of Monaco, of course.)
With her 1956 marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Ms. Kelly famously left her glamorous Hollywood lifestyle behind for the somewhat more exclusive glamorous lifestyle of royalty. Apparently this gave her a ton of time to engage in her favorite relaxation activity, needlepoint. She made gifts for friends and family (a Winnie-the Pooh-themed rug made for her daughter is mentioned), cushions, slippers, even “luggage-rack straps from leftover yarn”. Her favorite was apparently this one for her husband, Prince Rainier:
It’s described as being colorful & pretty in the book, but in this black-and-white photo, I see a hand in the upper-left corner coming to grab me. It’s very Hitchcock:
America’s favorite classy funny-lady of TV prefers something a little more linear when it comes to crafting: a cover for a footstool from her grandmother, and pillows, etc… her favorite piece was described thusly:
And of course, there it was:
There are a few copies available on Amazon ($1 – $15), Ebay ($12), and even Etsy, so it doesn’t seem to be all that rare.If you are at all interested in Pop Culture, American-style, you’ll be interested in seeing this: plus if you’re into needlework, then you’ll have it made. ~W.
Further Reading & Links:
- “1976: A Good Year To Be An Egg” – The first in our series of odd craft-related bargain bookstore finds.
- “Book Review – ‘Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics’“- The gripping continuation of that same series.