Friday, February 18, 2011

iPad and Embroidery

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!!

15 comments:

Kelly said...

I don't have an IPad yet but I have the IPhone. I love IStitches volumn one and two. They are $10 dollars each but I will never cary a book around again. Thanks for showing some of your fun discoveries.

verobirdie said...

Since my friend Frederique showed me her Ipad, I'm totally obsessed with the idea of buying one :-) It was love at first sight when she presented me the emag she had. And you make matters even "worse" :-)
I don't really need one, but I do want one. One bill for the roof, and then, time to turn into a crafty geek...

Gina said...

I have trouble reading lengthy stuff on a screen so I sincerely hope printed stuff doesn't go out. Otherwise, I'll be spending all my time printing out what I want to read. I'll never own a Kindle or its knock-off for that reason. I love turning pages, the feel of the paper, etc. IPad is basically just a small computer. I couldn't do without my computer but I'm happy to leave it on a desk. :-)

MichelleW said...

I've got an iPhone and have some wonderful crafting apps on it though I've never thought to look for magazines! I wonder if the iPad does more than the iPhone? They are fantastic devices - I don't even use a computer anymore - well apart from this one that I can pop in my pocket lol

The only problem I found with the craft books I bought on kindle is that some of them have patterns and you can't print from the kindle app - which is a bit of a bummer when you've paid nearly full price for the book.

Rachel said...

I think we're still at the stage where material for the iPad, and other things like the Kindle, is still being developed. Every time you have a bright idea, shout about it, and maybe the publishers will catch up!

Judy S. said...

Gosh, what won't they think of next?

DJ said...

Oh...I got so excited when I saw the Embroidery stitches on the ipad that I had to search to see if I could find it for the ipod...couldn't find it *sigh*...I guess I'll just have to beg for an ipad for Christmas! Enjoy your new stitching accessory! LOL *Hugs*

Createology said...

Congratulations! It is truly amazing what is being done these days. I have no iPad, iPhone, iPod or other such Apple devices. Mr. C knows how non-technical I am. Happy weekend...

denise said...

Your man and my man must have been talking, I was surprised with an iPad for V.day and I'm having some fun playing with it. Thanks for the notes on apps I can add to it!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Thank you for this I am downloading it as we speak! Analisa

Ingrid Mida said...

Susan,
If there ever was a reason for me to buy an ipad, I think this is it!
I've been missing embroidery and to try and regain recover from my post-show funk, I think I need to pull out the embroidery floss.

Chris said...

OH YAY!!! I wonder if I can get fashion mag for my Nook?

Barbara C said...

Your endorsement of the iPad is very persuasive. Those apps seem really useful--it must be wonderful to carry around all that inspiration so easily.

Elizabeth said...

OMG!!!! Is this something that I need????? My Husband has one and it has become an extra digit on his left hand- I swear, he never puts the thing down!!!! I love going to bed with a new mag to read- do you get the same feelings with the Ipad???? I dont want all print media to disappear but I certainly would have more bookshelf space!!
With that Free fashion app that you found , I certainly do have a very clear vision of your bouncing off the walls- they made that App just for you!!! Your husband may get nervous about the integrity of our home structure- prepare to call int he structural engineers!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Jess said...

omg that App is free!!??!! I looked at purchasing a similar magazine in Paris last year to get close-ups of all of the embroidery in all of the collections, but it would have cost atleast $60 US. I don't have an iPad...yet :)

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