SocialStitching

Offering customized hand embroidery and cross stitching

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Announcement    10% of all sales in the social justice category are donated to the ACLU

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Last updated on Jan 1, 2021

10% of all sales in the social justice category are donated to the ACLU

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Gayle

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About SocialStitching

Sales 406
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Making SocialStitching a Reality

I come from a long line of strong and creative women. Both of my grandmothers were a wiz with a sewing machine. In fact, my paternal grandmother used her seamstress skills to keep her family of ten children afloat when her husband passed away. As a child, I grew up watching my own mother sew, knit, quilt, create masterpieces from stained glass... the list goes on and on.

I have always felt the innate drive to create things-- to make something beautiful. Unfortunately, my skill has not always backed up that drive. My drawing and painting skills are spectacularly sad, and no one would want to hear my singing voice. I took sewing lessons from my mother, but it turns out I find sewing machines to be unbelievably frustrating.

As a young adult, I rediscovered the love of cross stitching I developed in childhood. There is something incredibly calming about the repetitive motion of counted cross stitch, and in the end, you have created something from scratch. As a social worker, I started using cross stitching as a way to relax after a difficult day. I did this so often that I eventually ran out of things to cross stitch for my own home and for those I love. As a result, SocialStitching was born. It simultaneously feeds my cross stitching habit while giving me a renewed sense of purpose that does not involve the high stakes world of social work.

My stitching often reflects my drive for social justice, anti-racism, feminism, and civil rights. I enjoy the juxtaposition of seeing a craft used by generations before me paired with modern ideas... and even some profanity. Using my grandmother's hoop and the countless number of needles she left behind, it also connects me to the long line of women I love so much.

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  • Gayle

    Owner, Thread Master

    I am a full time social worker who uses stitching to relax after a tough day, using my grandmother's embroidery hoop and needles. Email me directly at SocialStitchingSTL@gmail.com!

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Last updated on Oct 7, 2017

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