The Little Prince Embroidery Art

This is a project I probably should have posted a long while ago.  I made these for a friend as a  wedding present.  The text comes from the book Le Petite Prince and it means one sees well only with the heart. If you have not read this book, definitely check it out-it’s a classic!

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When I made these (my computer tells me that was back in August…yikes!) I kept seeing such beautiful embroidery work with French knots, which are oh so fun and easy to make.  For a great tutorial on French knots, checkout Sublime Stitching’s website…which also has super cute hand embroidery patterns by the way.

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I love these little dandelions, they went together really quick.  The text in that gold thread I used is, however, another story.  I hate to embroider words-it is just so difficult for me, and yet I keep doing it.

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To be honest, I am just not very faithful to the art of embroidery; I just dabble in it when it suits me.  I am a seamstress at heart!

These embroidery hoops turned out so cute I really wanted to make a set for myself…they just looked so nice on my wall.

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And here is the set hanging on my wall before being shipped off.  Sorry about my picture quality-I am a work in progress in that arena.  That, and my nice camera broke so I am down to my little Sony Cybershot until we can work something else out, which will probably take a while.

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Domesticity: the new feminism?

The other day, I stumbled across a book on goodreads which is a website I use to track what I have read and what I want to read (I love it!).  The book is called Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity.  I am waiting to get it from the library and have yet to read it, but it did get me to thinking…

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

Many of you may not know this, but I was a Feminist and Gender studies minor in college (CC if any of you are wondering).  I wrote my final paper on feminism in the Bible.   Feminism and gender relations have become an interesting topic for me to observe in my line of work…I am always interested to hear the commentaries people make without even realizing about motherhood, male/female relationships, gender roles, etc.  I try to challenge people’s perspectives on the big F word when I can.

Despite being a self-proclaimed feminist, I love so many things that are stereotypical of docile female women.  I love being a mom, a wife, and a seamstress (sorry, I just can’t get on board with the whole ‘sewist’ thing).   My love of handicrafts did not start with the recent resurgence of crafts-I did not pick up sewing because my friends were doing it, in fact it was something I was made fun of for as a child. I began sewing before the age of 10 because I wanted to.  I have always loved creating. Radical and liberal feminists might criticize me because in many ways because it would appear that I conform to societies ideals about domesticity and beauty.  I know about social constructs and the male gaze; I know that many people would say that I did not choose to be like this.  But I am an agent in my life…I could go on to explain how I feel that I have come to be a lover of the domestic arts of my own accord, but I think that is a conversation for another day.  In the mean time, I am excited to hear what Emily Matchar has to say about it and I am happy that there is a conversation!