today i want to introduce you to simona, perhaps the hardest working woman i have ever met. she is a machine embroider and has been since she was 8 years old. she embroiders all of her own clothing and also make bags, hats, belts, and other goodies to sell. and get this, she embroiders EVERYDAY from 4am to 11pm. girlfriend only sleeps 5 hours a night.
simona is from the colca canyon, an area of peru where this type of machine embroidery is the tradition and girls begin to wear beautiful outfits covered in embroidery at a very young age. these days, the outfits are used partially to appeal to tourists who pay to take photos with locals. but, there is also a great pride in the embroidered finery and to be known as having the most beautiful attire in your town is an incredible honor.
i have long admired clothing with free-handed embroidery so i was excited at the idea of learning how to machine embroider. i just love the idea of using the needle as a pen. but, what i didn´t realize is that i was going to have to learn how to draw all over again.
and here are some of my attempts:
simona´s husband, daniel, wrote jordan´s and my name on the second one. it´s just so incredibly cheesy, you gotta love it.
and here´s one i did of my own design, although simona insisted i add the yellow stripes. i call her the granny referee:
now i just gotta get myself the right presser foot so i can keep practicing...