As I was stitching this afternoon, I started thinking about why all of us stitch. I’m firmly convinced it is because we were fed subliminal messages through the radio and because of that, we were kind of brainwashed into stitching.
Did you ever think of that? Many songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were all about cross stitching and needlework. I was amazed when I actually realized that this afternoon.
Don’t believe me? Well, stroll down memory lane with me…
Sing along as you read the lyrics…
♫ I Can’t Fight this Stashing ♫
I can’t fight this stashing any longer
And yet I’m still afraid to let anyone know
What started as a hobby
Has grown stronger
I only wish I had the strength to let it go…
(remember that one?)
How about this one?
If there’s something strange
On your linen goods,
Who ya gonna call?
If there’s something weird
And it don’t look good
Who ya gonna call?
I ain’t afraid of no slubs!
That was a great song from 1984…I’m still not afraid of the slubs!
Here’s another one…
♫ American Dye ♫
Buy, buy, your floss overdyed
Drive your Chevy to your LNS and get your supply
Fill up your stash, never let it run dry
Saying, I don’t care if I use it before I die
Elvis apparently liked needlework, too, although not all forms. He was quite clear about which form of needlework he didn’t like in this song…
Don’t do crewel
Or you’ll feel like a fool
No one does it anymore
You can’t even buy it at the store!
One of my favorites was a 1970s disco song called Stitching Queen…see if this takes you back in time.
Collecting stash since I was 17
Feel the floss, oh, admire the sheen (oh yeah)
You can count, you can SAL
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl, she’s a needlework machine
Sing it, the Stitching Queen
One of my husband’s favorites is this song from 1983…
Every stitch you take
Every count you make
You can’t take a break
Now you’ve made a mistake
You’ll be frogging soon…
Some groups really understood the frustrations we stitchers have. I don’t feel so alone when I sing along with Survivor on this one…
Eye of the needle
It’s a terrible fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of bifocals…
And another one which helped us survive our frustrations…
Blinded by Ott Lite
Wrapped up in my threads
In the middle of the night…
Even the Beatles got into the act with such hits as I Wanna Stitch In-Hand and We Can Frog It Out.
Some other stitching songs I can remember…
You’ve Lost That Stitchin’ Feeling
Take My Stash Away
Are You Frogging Tonight?
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Floss Box
Maybe you can think of some more? I know there are more songs out there…
(with great apologies to REO Speedwagon, Ray Parker, Jr., Don McLean, Elvis, ABBA, The Police, Survivor and Manfred Man’s Earth Band)