Ok. I know I'm lucky. I've got a man who understands me.
And rather than buy me diamonds and pearls...he bought me an iPad.
I'd heard all the hype about the iPad but I'm not sure I got its potential until I became close friends with my iPad. I'm not kidding. This tool can do everything but fly. I can read mags and books, track my diet, keep my to do lists, play scrabble, display my photographs, get my email, read blogs...etc etc etc....
It's only limitation is that the rest of the world hasn't caught up with it. IMHO, there's no reason to ever receive a print magazine again. And I know that there are a few publishers who are dabbling in the concept of an E-mag...
Quilting Arts made a special issue which was great but expensive and a one-shot wonder....And I completely LOVE the electronic versions of Selvage...but there needs to be an iPad version.
And the same for our stitching books. They should all have an iPad version! So, my hat is off to Judith Baker Montano and C&T publishing for creating an App for embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery stitches.
For $3.99, I bought the Advanced Embroidery stitches...which included 55 stitches...how-to instructions and videos...I love the convenience of not to having to carry books everywhere. I thought it was expensive and the digital quality of the pictures at full screen size was not what it should be. I also couldn't access the versions for purchase through the App store which was confusing...I could only access that through their free app which I had to download first...But the instructions are clear and the videos of Judith herself discussing all types of topics like threads and color...are great.
But it's this other app that I discovered this morning that has me bouncing off the walls with excitement! And it's free!
It's called FAshion Mag and it's all the embroideries from the Spring/Summer 2011 fashion collections with close-ups for America, Milan and Paris/London....There are hundreds of great closeups of handwork...
And it turns out that fashion mag has apps for Knitwear, Accessories, Bijoux and Shoes! And they're all free! Now that's enough inspiration to last for weeks!!
Too cool. Come on needlework industry...kick it into gear!!