Longtime visitors to this space need not be told of my love for the traditional form of redwork embroidery. This monochrome stitchery form is seen most prevalently in antique cross stitch samplers made by women of all socioeconomic strata. Historically, the themes of the samplers are also varied, including: family, love, religious faith, and even politics from a female’s perspective albeit couched in the maker’s era of history.
I love to brainstorm simple ideas on paper, research historical and linguistic contexts, and ask friends related pop culture questions. Then I open up the font bibles and just improvise.
I am often asked—generally in agitated ways—about why I stitch modern samplers. These interrogators seem more offended when the samplers are about women or women’s rights.
My response is always: “Why not?”
I declared this one done just because the corners were all remarkably squared and because I had exhausted all the pseudo-universal entries in this crowd-sourced international compendium. [Seriously, take some time to linger in the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health. This is a virtual cabinet of curiosities.]
We’ll take a break for this holiday week. Best wishes!