Mfinished, granny. Embroidery is no longer the territory of prim and proper ladies armed with cutesy samplers. Instead, modern women have exploited it as a form of artistic expression and self-care wrapped in one. Needles have become weapons in the hands of a new generation of women who give “women’s work” – quilting, knitting, embroidery and cross stitch – a new meaning and demand respect for it.
Kassie Scribner, of Salt Lake, owns Lady Scrib Design & Embroidery and says she learned cross stitch from her grandmother when she was 10 and revisited it as an adult. “I’m able to calm myself down and I have this thing that has this really fluid movement. Then at the end, I have something that I did, ”she says.
But she finds that the profession is often dismissed. “People will say, ‘Oh, my grandmother did that.’ Or, ‘I could do it myself,’ ”says Scribner. “And I think” Oh year, you could definitely sew. I could also draw someone who would look like they’re in a comic, but that won’t look good. ‘ People devalue this art because they think it is accessible. And it’s accessible, but they don’t see how much time goes by in each room.
These samplers are not folk, they are feminists. The pithy comments on patriarchy, references to pop culture and politics are all in the mix (sometimes secular).
Go ahead, stab something Ready to try your own tailoring? Scribner gives embroidery workshops for beginner level students. Learn more about Lady Scrib Design & Embroidery and on his Instagram @lady_scrib.
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