Inspired by Maurice Sendak #MNYarnShopHop

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This year’s shop hop theme was so full of possibility. Inspired by art — centuries worth to consider in a variety of medium, style, voice. At Needlework Unlimited we went right for the illustrations of Maurice Sendak.

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Sendak’s books are filled with words and pictures that take us to that same cozy place as a handmade afghan or socks. Sendak’s illustrations were first published in 1947. While his work is broad, he has a distinct style and is noted for his use of cross hatching. In Sendak’s writing and illustrations alike we see common themes. He shares a great deal of imagination and freedom with the viewer, while maintaining a realism.

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Through his work, Sendak shares with us the truth in our lives: children can be naughty, the world can be frightening and incredible, and there is a wild thing in us all.

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The 9th annual Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop starts today, April 9, and continues through Sunday, April 12. Don’t forget to bring your food shelf donations that we can pass on to Joyce in Uptown, in order to get the collectible stitch marker. Supplies of the stitch markers and custom-dyed yarn for this event are limited, so we look forward to seeing you soon!