product spotlight / kiriki press

It's always interesting to see trends come and go. Fashion trends are the most cyclical (70's bell bottom jeans are popping up everywhere after a 40 year hiatus and scrunchies are creeping back onto shelves... whyy!?), but interior design trends come and go just the same.

The one trend that I can't get enough of is handcrafted goods; woven textiles in particular. Woven wall hangings are EVERYWHERE (mass-produced in Target, even... I'm wondering if they are already past their prime), and embroidery/cross stitching is becoming just as popular. A few years ago, I'd associate cross stitching with my grandmother's generation. Now, there are artists taking the old technique of embroidery/cross stitching and turning them into modern, beautiful works of art (Maricor Maricar in particular - their work is stunning).

I applaud all of the artists making old art forms "cool" again (not that these techniques weren't cool, they just might not be applicable to a younger generation) - calligraphy, embroidery/cross stitching, etc. These art forms have been around for decades, centuries even in some cases, so it's wonderful to hold on to those techniques and modernize them for everyday use and appreciation.

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Anyhow, off my soapbox I step... the reason I'm preaching about old art forms is because I stumbled onto these sweet little creatures online a few days ago and it sparked the thought process above. How freaking cute are these animals? I don't have children yet but I contemplated buying one or two because they're just too adorable.

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Kiriki Press, based out of Canada, is an indie design foundry that creates DIY embroidery kits in varying skill levels. Ranging from skill level 1 (the monkey) to skill level 3 (the raccoon), these little animals are whimsical and look like a perfect weekend project.

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I seriously can't get enough of these animals - the fox and bear, in particular.

My sister cross stitches the cutest (sometimes hilariously inappropriate) sayings and I get so excited seeing the new pieces she's working on. How do you feel about old trends, like cross stitching, coming back in a modern way? I, for one, can't get enough!