There are a lot of good movies to stitch by out there, for example, Pride and Prejudice BBC movie version. I find, especially, a lot of great classics that show women stitching in them. While some show just brief excerpts of women stitching, other movies contain entire themes that seem to revolve around stitching and play an important role in the movie like The Heiress starring Olivia de Havilland. In this film, the art of stitching plays a major role in the movie, and The Heiress happens to be one of my favorites. In fact, at the beginning of the movie, an even-weave fabric is used as a back drop showing the title of the movie and the entire cast of characters.
Pride and Prejudice (Pride and Prejudice, the BBC Movie) is not only one of my all time favorite movies, but it also shows young ladies stitching in the parlor as they await the arrival of prospective suitors. Since there are many versions of Pride and Prejudice, the version I have enjoyed the most is from The Romance Collection Special Edition. It is, by far, the most accurate depiction of the book written by Jane Austen in my opinion. Whenever possible, I try to examine the stitching scenes very carefully to pick up subtle nuances about the stitching environment in the movie.
With a southern air, North and South starring Patrick Swayze shows women left and right in their voluminous antebellum skirts stitching away while the men have “more important matters to attend to.” Needlearts back then was a way of life and an all-time classic hobby. In fact, it was considered a major part of formal education for young girls and women alike; and the alphabet was often stitched into what we now call a sampler.
Movies like Wuthering Heights and Driving Miss Daisy all have scenes in them which depict women embroidering, cross stitching and performing some type of needlework.
In Coal Miner’s Daughter, there is a short scene showing Patsy Cline performing cross stitch as she is with her friend Loretta Lynn who has just announced she is going to have another baby.
I don’t know about you, but from one fellow stitcher to another, I get a personal thrill in my heart whenever I see characters in movies stitching. It makes me feel connected to that person; and there is the thrill I get when I see someone enjoying a wholesome craft that I and so many others enjoy. Also, the movies are great movies to stitch by. For we are ladies of standing as we are all part of the great class of stitchers, including those of us who enjoy all types of needlework, whether it be embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, punch needle, etc.
To get started along the path of carrying out the long and revered traditions of stitching, I highly recommend Cross Stitch Made Easy by Janis Applegate. There you will learn a craft that you can pass down to your children, grandchildren and friends. It is an honorable hobby and loved by enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can learn the secrets of cross stitch success, including framing techniques, and many other important tips. For more information on Pride and Prejudice BBC Movie, movies to stitch by, visit at http://stores.sunrayscreations.com/-strse-template/prideandprejudicebbcmovie/Page.bok