A few disclaimers before we get into the meat and gristle of this here post. 1) I do know that I’m stealing the title of this post from a book (Mom’s a big knitter- go check out Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller on amazon) and 2) have I been talking about shopping and fashion a bit too much recently? I don’t think so, but I’ve some movie and book lists on the burner.
I’m not a very crafty person. My idea of DIY is more my Dad’s (power tools for the win!) than Mom’s (knitting and quilting) but I do have a great appreciation for handiwork. Particularly when that handiwork hits just the right balance between the tenderly personal and the gleefully subversive.
I’ve been looking at needlepoint on Etsy recently, and while there’s no shortage of adorable, cute, traditional, or any type of design, I’m loving the modern spin that comes with the collision of embroidery and ghetto adages. (Maybe something about being a Yalie from an urban/poor/dangerous city?)
Who knows, but I find these straight up homey.
Thread the Wick Embroidery is an excellent Etsy shop flush with happy hoops. This is one of my favorites, but other standouts include ‘Do no harm but take no shit’ and ‘Ovary Squad’. If these are a bit much for you, they also create and carry more traditional designs. Also: patterns and cute jewelry.
Van City Stitch Co. doesn’t carry many completed hoops (at this point in time) but they do carry a lot of great patterns and kits (plus jewelry!). And you can never go wrong with ‘Fuck bitches, get money’.
Empty.room is an Australia-based Etsy shop focused exclusively on cheerful hoop art. They’ve a relatively small collection spanning movies, television and quotes. And there’s a dinosaur with a flower crown. But Thug Life has to be my favorite.
Now, if only someone would make an excellent ‘Snitches get Stitches’ hoop. Or the less popular ‘Blabbers get Stabbered.’ But preferably the former.
PS- I don’t condone violence- only threatening embroidery. Happy Friday!