Chaptern Nine: What We're Listening To Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Stitchers!

You may notice that our website is looking a bit different these days! Our new site not only allows us to simplify the shopping process for you all, but to add some fun new features.

Music is a huge aspect of our designing process and we want to use our blog as a platform to share with you all what we're boogying to both in the studio and downtown with friends. 

As a child, I was a fairly free spirited kid, but the two things my parents made a point to instill in my siblings and me were manners and music. You could say that they were believed to be quintessential to the education of life. The manners came easily (with the aid of etiquette school in Houston, Texas) and music irrevocably evolved into becoming my muse. I have very few memories of life without music and I could not be more thankful for that. 

Essentially, the majority of the music permitted in our ears had to have been recorded before 1985, the older the better. The soundtrack of my childhood included the stylings of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Tosh, Led Zeppelin, The Go Go's, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, The Monkeys and Dusty Springfield. In fact, my father would often test my brothers and I to make sure we were able to name the artist, title and album within a few bars of the intro. So, while the artists in our needlepoint designs happen to be on trend, they are merely tributes to an important aspect of my life. 

As I got older, I was able to expand on this foundation, adding R&B, my shameless obsession with Taylor Swift (a fellow stitcher) as well as Rap, EDM and Brooklyn Country to my playlists. 

So, how does this relate to needlepoint? Well, when Tess and I first started brainstorming Tess & Thorn, it was evident that there were going to be other components to our brand than just needlepointing. To engage our stitchers in a lifestyle by encouraging our friends around the globe to "turn off, tune in, and stitch away." This take on Timothy Leary's "turn on, tune in, drop out" is simply to demonstrate how important it is to occasionally turn the phone off, put on some tunes and let your mind wander as you meditatively activate your hand eye coordination. 

Therefor, we have been cooking up some playlists for you both on spotify and soundcloud! Ranging from Ray Charles to Radiohead, we've got a ton of playlists for you with many more to come! Keep an eye out for the spotify and soundcloud icons to follow the music.

Turn Off, Tune In, Stitch Away 

and see ya later, kids. 



Brooke McGowan