It's hard for me to not squee over a turn-of-the-century sampler:
|Sampler from 1751 here|
or even a more... modern... example of embroidery like this - and I quote - "cum rag" aka "Tidy Cloth:"
|buy yours at Tidy Cloth!|
I need a Tidy Cloth for my mind after seeing that.
Everybody seems to be on the embroidery bandwagon and if you want accurate anatomical diagrams of your vagina on an embroidery hoop you can find it in spades on Etsy.
But when I saw these embroidered pieces by Ana Teresa Barboza (not on Etsy) it was refreshingly impressive.
Before everyone started embroidering fallopian tubes we had embroidered black and white found photographs, pages of science books decorated with French knots and my personal favorite: embroidered portraits of current pop culture icons.
Where else do you go after seeing the entire Wu Tang Clan rendered in yarn including Ol' Dirty Bastard with a gold lurex grill?
If anyone remembers this artist kindly pass it on to me. I saw embroidered ODB before the age of Pinterest.
And these may not have the gangsta quality of Wu Tang nor the cervical quality of my cross stitched lady parts but they seem to strike a happy medium.
When I was younger I actually did a lot of needlework which cemented my cool kid status in the 5th grade. Nothing says 'I'm going to be a cat lady and have a blog in 15 years!' more than embroidering a howling wolf on a pillowcase for your closest 10 year old friends.
And 15 years later: done and DONE.
Just think if I could have stuck with it I could have been an amazing artist rather that embroiders photographs rather than a wine-dependent, Internet addict with a box full of fading yarn skeins in my closet.
Or I could have made this:
|Vagina Dentata by Scarlet Tentacle|
Just look at how accurate the teeth are!