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Free Cross Stitch Patterns – Tsum Tsum
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Last year I made a whole bunch of Tsum Tsum cross stitch patterns for a swap. I’ve been meaning to release the patterns for awhile and this week I got a message giving me the push to finally do it.

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The finished Tsum Tsum is 2 ‘x 2.5″ when stitched on 14 ct Aida. I used the DMC Water Soluble Cross Stitch Canvas*

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so I could stitch it on quilting cotton.

Download the PDF here – Tsum Tsum Cross Stitch Patterns

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A Woman’s Work Is Never Done – flesh/ thread


A series of photographic works titled ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ Using my own hand as a base material, I considered it a canvas upon which I stitched into the top layer of skin using thread to create the appearance of an incredibly work worn hand.  By using the technique of embroidery, which is traditionally employed to represent femininity and applying it to the expression of its opposite, I hope to challenge the pre-conceived notion that 'women’s work’ is light and easy.  Aiming to represent the effects of hard work arising from employment in low paid 'ancillary’ jobs, such as cleaning, caring and catering, all traditionally considered to be 'women’s work’.

The technique, I recall first applying to my hand under a table during a home economics class in school. I was totally amazed to find that I could pass a needle under the top layers of skin without any pain, only a mild discomfort.  As with many childhood whims it passed and I hadn’t thought any more about it until quite recently when I decided to apply the process to my hand to make it appear calloused and work worn like that of a manual labourer. Some viewers consider the piece to be a feminist protest, for me it’s about human value. After all, there are many men employed in caring, catering, cleaning etc… all jobs traditionally considered to be 'women’s work’. Such work is invisible in the larger society, with 'A woman’s work’ I aim to represent it.