Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Movie to stitch to: Part One: Marathon

I embroider as much as I can. I love it. It de-stresses me (except when the floss knots for no reason & I let fly a few choice words.) I embroider mostly when I am watching TV or a movie at home. (I would embroider in the movie theater but book lights are kind of frowned upon as distracting to other viewers. Humph!)

Enough with the parenthetical statements... I am starting a series of blog posts based on the movies I stitch to & the projects I am working on at the time. Sometimes they may correlate, sometimes not. You can also check my twitter feed (@aprilsongstress), as I often tweet using #MovieToStitchTo. Feel free to start using it too...

Yesterday, having been deserted by both my parents, & my daughter, I decided to have a "Movie To Stitch To" Marathon. I watched 4 movies & finished one project. (Yes, embroidery is time-consuming, but well worth it!)

Oh... these posts may contain *Spoilers*!

 I started off with Before Sunset, which I am ashamed to say, I had never seen before. Not only is it a smart, witty, thoughtful film, it is also a near perfect "Movie To Stitch To" & I will tell you why. It is very dialog heavy. Jesse (Ethan Hawke) & Celine (Julie Delpy) talk through the whole movie. This allows you to embroider without loosing much when you glance down at what you are doing. & when the few silences do occur, you know you need to pay attention & look at the screen. This is definitely a movie I need to own & will stitch to it again & again!

Project complete- Autumn Leaves napkins

Next up: Good Deeds. I have never watched a Tyler Perry movie before, partly because the Madea franchise is of no interest to me what-so-ever & he has to put his brand all over everything. Thandie Newton is amazing, as always. I am thankful to have a supportive family that has enabled me to to care for my daughter & this movie reminded me that things could have been so much different. Though not a bad movie, the contrived, unrealistic ending kind of killed it. (How many 6-year-olds have a passport? You can't just hop on a plane to Africa with less than 24 hours notice.) Anyway, it is a good Movie To Stitch To because of the amount of dialog & you don't have to stay glued to the screen, though you will catch yourself wanting to watch Thandie Newton!

The 3rd movie I chose was another I've never seen. (I should mention I borrowed all of these from the library. FREE!) Win a Date With Tad Hamilton is a typical romantic comedy featuring a bunch of actors I enjoy watching, so I thought I would give it a try. I would have liked more Topher Grace, Ginnifer Goodwin & Kathryn Hahn. Again, the ending forces the movie into forgettable-land. Good Movie To Stitch To, because you don't need to pay strict attention to it, but not something I would need to watch again.

Placemats are finished- waiting to be ironed

The final movie of the day was my old stand-by. The Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice (though not the most faithful adaptation) is lovely. I love Matthew MacFadyen as Mr. Darcy. As I own this one, I have seen the movie so many times that I know my favorite, not-to-be-missed parts. Another near-perfect Movie To Stitch To.

I hope to make this a sort-of-regular thing. Let me know what movies you like to stitch to!


  1. I, too, stitch to movies! Pride and Prejudice is definitely a reoccurring go to movie of mine!

    1. It's such a great film, even if it isn't as faithful an adaptation.


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