Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men - Book Review

I recently came into possession of a really outstanding copy of Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men.

From my research, this book is quite rare. Finding one in this condition is very exciting. Even more exciting was the price - it was free.

Rosey Grier was an actor, singer, minister, pro football player. He was also a body guard for JFK and apprehended Sirhan Sirhan.

And the man still found the time not only to make fiber arts, but to make original patterns and publish a book about them.

He quotes in his book that his hobby of needlepoint started as a joke, but turned into one of the most enjoyable experiences of his life.

This book breaks a gender stereotype. He features artist profiles of other male embroiderers, and says that he encourages other men to try needlepoint.

For me, it was very refreshing to have a craft book that wasn't filled with tired floral motifs, birdhouses and lapdogs. Instead, Rosey gives us imagery of Samurai warriors, jazz bands, pool tables and playing cards. He includes a full alphabet, and construction patterns for projects such as patches, pillows, vests and more. Needlepoint for Men has so much inspiration inside, it is no mystery why this book is so highly-acclaimed.

Keep your eye out at garage sales and thrift stores for this iconic book. Purchased online, it won't come cheap, so hunt one down on your own!

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