Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Overwhelming Number of Mike Vickery Designs

I am so discouraged! I was just at the Vickery Collection website rereading the "about us" blurb, and for the first time I realized I will never be able to collect all of Mike Vickery's designs. I don't know how I overlooked this, but it says that during MV's freelance years he published hundreds of designs in magazines, leaflets and books. Now how am I going to find hundreds of designs in magazines, leaflets and books?

Imagine how much more money I can spend on eBay than I already spend. My friend Valerie and I dug up a relatively short list of Vickery patterns in magazines from the Cross Stitch Magazine Database . The list has 27 items on it. I have 11 of them already, but of course I will not rest until I find the remaining16.

Now this is what gets me. TW seems to have a finite number of designs, and everyone seems to know what they are and when a new one comes out. Even non-TW stitchers seem to know the difference between the Fruit Bellpull and the Tapestry Cat. And I was over at the Margaret Sherry group, where they have a list of her designs that you can scroll through without thinking, "Will this never end?". These are finite lists. They are for people who think they have a chance of stitching some of them.

As far as I know, there is no list of MV's designs. I asked Amy Vickery about it and she said they were thinking about doing one. We need a list.

All this is, of course, S.A.B.L.E. -- Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. I don't even know what MV I'm going to stitch after the Scarecrow. All I know is that there are too many choices.

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