Finished Object: Maya Angelou

I finished my embroidered portrait of Maya Angelou on the very same day I said goodbye to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and shipped her across the country to her new owner. (The embroidered portrait of RBG, that is. I don’t deal in human trafficking.) I was pretty darned excited to get my first Etsy sale, and I think RBG is one of my favorite embroidered pieces I’ve created.

Until the completion of Maya Angelou, that is. 😉

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I think she came out rather fabulously. I love how the chain stitch worked to give her hair some texture. The photo really doesn’t do her justice. Sadly, I ran out of 7 inch hoops, which is what she needs to be framed in. This 6 inch is too small to get her centered correctly. But once I replenish my stash and get her hooped, she’ll be going in my Etsy shop as well.

Next shero in line: Malala Yousafzai. She’s an incredible young woman who miraculously survived the Taliban’s attempt on her life and has since continued to advocate for education rights for women in Pakistan. I haven’t started reading her book yet, but it’s been on my list for awhile now, and I plan to start reading as I stitch her portrait.

I haven’t yet decided what Malala’s banner word will be. Any suggestions?

Come back and visit here on Monday, where I’ll commit to finishing another WIP for August. This one has been plaguing me for quite some time, but I’m determined now!


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.


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

Can’t wait to share the finished version.