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Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

As a professional crafter and cross-stitch pattern designer, I was pretty much required to design a “Nevertheless, she persisted.” cross-stitch sampler, right? Right.

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

This pattern is for all of my fellow creative, crafty, pussyhat-wearing feminists out there who could maybe use a quiet of evening of tea (read: a bottle of wine) and stitching. It’s my humble offering to the Resistance, since the world probably doesn’t need one more variation of the pussyhat pattern right now. (Though, rest assured, I *do* have a pattern of my own.) So, if you need a little break from knitting hats, calling your congresspeople, and otherwise lending a hand in your community, I invite you to spend the night recharging with this beginner-friendly cross-stitch project.

Bonus: If you’re really feeling stressed, there’s nothing quite like stabbing a piece of fabric with a needle a couple hundred times to work out some of that frustration! (I’m kidding. Mostly.)

** If you’d like to use this pattern, design, or imagery for something other than personal use, please contact me to discuss permissions. **

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

Wait! Don’t print the photo above! Click the image to download a copy of the full-sized PDF pattern. (You can also find a link to the pattern in the supply list below.)

Ready to start stitching? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Sunday Snapshots: Women’s Work

Sunday Snapshots: Women's Work | The Zen of Making

Quilting and books about feminism and domesticity? Seems about right for a very chilly Sunday evening.

Ladies: It Matters How We Talk About Crafting

Ladies: It Matters How We Talk About Crafting | The Zen of Making

It all started with a couple of particularly obnoxious photo-and-quote posts. You know the kind: the vintage-y craft-related images with sassy phrases written across them that end up plastered all over Facebook? Yeah, those.

Now, truth be told, I’m not a big fan of photo-and-quote posts under the best of circumstances—the grammar is usually terrible and the images are often used without giving credit to the source—but, much like political rants and baby-related over-sharing, I generally have the good sense to ignore them. Tons of people love sharing that sort of thing, and if it makes them happy, I think they should keep doing it. (I mean, we all know that I post way too many cat photos every day. Far be it for me to judge!)

The problem is, these two posts—a run-of-the-mill tee-hee-I’m-being-naughty-and-crafting-instead-of-doing-housework-please-don’t-tell-my-husband post and a tee-hee-girls-can’t-do-math-better-buy-lots-of-fabric post—felt different than the usual FB fodder. Maybe it was because they showed up back-to-back in my newsfeed. Maybe reading Emily Matchar’s Homeward Bound had me paying more attention to feminist issues. Or maybe I just needed more coffee. Whatever the reason, on that otherwise uneventful Wednesday morning, the fact that smart, capable women were sharing these posts with other smart, capable women stopped me dead in my tracks.

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Vagina Word Embroidery


Vagina. (See? The world didn’t end.)

Patella! Cornea! Sinuses! (Yep. Still here.)

Vaginas aren’t obscene or scary, they’re just a body part. A body part, I might add, that can be found on half of the people on the planet.

We’re grownups. Using the correct anatomical terms for parts of the body is neither offensive nor dangerous. Know what is? Ignorance.

I stitched this vagina word embroidery piece as a reminder that, no matter how heated conversations may get, “vagina” is not actually a dirty word. This isn’t about politics, it’s about maturity. I refuse to live in a world where, in serious discussions between adults, it’s inappropriate to refer to a vagina—or, for that matter, a penis—by name. I could have chosen to make this point with any number of words, but I embroidered “vagina” because, as several of my Twitter and Instagram pals pointed out during the process, it’s typographically beautiful, and thus fun to stitch.

Want to make your own?
I embroidered my word using backstitch on 28-count tea-dyed evenweave fabric. The font is size 48 American Typewriter. It was stitched and finished on a 5″ hoop.