Sheroes: Maya Angelou

After finishing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I thought I’d embark on a series of strong, female role models, modern day heroes. I love stitching up portraits of people I look up to; it’s my way of paying tribute, I suppose. So next in line is Maya Angelou. If you’ve never read any of her work, you definitely should. She was an amazing human being, and although most well-known for her writing, she was also an actor, dancer, teacher, activist, and beacon of light into this too often dark world.

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She’s getting a ribbon banner underneath her portrait like RBG, and hers will say “rise.”

Can’t wait to share the finished version.

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Finished Objects

I was pretty productive over the weekend on the crafting front. I finished my tote bag/purse, and I’m really happy with it. It was surprisingly easy to make, and I actually enjoyed the process. I even ran out of bobbin thread, wound a new bobbin, replaced it, and kept on sewing without running screaming from the room.

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finished purse inside

I would use  this pattern again in a heartbeat. I like the shape of the bag, and the straps are long enough to sling it over my shoulder and carry it the way I like to carry bags. I hate when the straps are too short. Next time I might get brave and try to add pockets to it. It could definitely use at least one inner pocket. My Ruth Bader Ginsburg portrait is also finished and has been listed in my Etsy shop:

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I also got my next portrait pattern transferred to fabric and started stitching it. She’s another strong female role model and hero of mine. I’ll show you on Wednesday. Any guesses?

Notorious R.B.G.

Remember when I said I had craft ADD? Well, it continues. Ha!

I’ve found the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case disconcerting, to say the least. As a citizen of the United States, as a woman, as a crafter, I couldn’t be more disappointed.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent marks what seems to me to be the voice of reason in a court gone bonkers. I could rant on and on all day about the case and the repercussions and implications of the decision, but instead, I’d rather show you my embroidered homage to the Notorious R.B.G. In my eyes, she’s a human rights hero.

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And even though I have a million and one wip’s sitting in hoops, this weekend, I felt compelled to stitch her up. As we celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S., I’m focusing on Americans who still make me feel that there’s something about this country worth celebrating.

Bob Silverstein from Better World Heroes kindly gave me permission to use his drawing as an embroidery pattern. Better World Heroes and Do One Thing.org maintain a list of heroes with short biographies, quotes, and coloring pages great for introducing kids and adults to people who’ve made a difference in the world.

In regards to the astronomical number of wip’s and ufo’s I have going on right now (when does a wip officially become a ufo?), one of my goals this weekend is to make a list of all my ongoing projects and recommit to finishing some of them. I need a plan. I can do this. Wish me luck! 🙂