Crafts are for everyone who wants something to show for their idle time besides tired eyes and numb fingers. I did arts-and-crafts projects all the time in elementary school and during the summer at camp, like a lot of pretty lucky kids. When I was a bit older, I found that crafts can fill the odd spaces between working and playing. My interests range pretty broadly, and free time is always a scarce commodity, so my craft projects tend to lean towards things that can be stashed away and picked up again whenever. For the past few years, that equals needlepoint and cross-stitch.
Most people think of needlepoint as a granny-pursuit, with lots of pictures of pets, flowers, and fruit baskets. Personally, I like those things alive and waiting to be stroked, sniffed, or eaten, respectively. I don't much care about stitching them. Unfortunately, the bookstore and library shelves are stacked with hundreds of patterns for these traditional subjects, supplemented at the craft store by similarly-themed kits. Admittedly, there are a few pattern-books that feature more vibrant or unusual subjects, some of which are in my References section. For the most part though, I've found that if you want a pattern for say, Super Saiyan Vegeta from Dragonball Z, it's a do-it-yourself job.
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