Monday, October 9, 2017

Review and Giveaway: Feminist Icon Cross Stitch

Women, huh? Can't live without 'em, can't live without 'em (that's NOT a typo). When I try to imagine what the world would look like without a feminine influence, I shudder. We are the unsung heroes of history, the by-nature nurturers, the makers of pretty spaces, and the peace peddlers. We rise early, go to bed late, and cram a multitude of things (work, kids, home-making, and a million other tasks) into every available minute  of every day. We have brilliant minds that have given themselves to some of the greatest accomplishments in history. We are designed to grow an entire being within us, and are then bodily equipped to sustain that tiny human's life. We make it through our days whether with cramps or migraines, and sniff with haughty derision at the notion of a man cold. We are strong, and we are beautiful. Many of the people I admire most are women. Women who have had struggles both public and private, and have managed to come through with grace and dignity, and not a hair out of place.

When I was asked if I'd like to review this book, I immediately said yes because I loved the title. Feminist Icon Cross Stitch. It sounds like a feminist oxymoron--a quaint little craft that hearkens back to yesteryear, juxtaposed with feminism? Well, why not? Feminism isn't about eschewing our past or the things we may like because they are traditionally girly, but in recognizing that we have a choice to do those things, instead of being assigned those tasks because it's thought we can't handle anything more. It's the choice that makes the difference.

This book contains thirty designs to celebrate strong women. It's got a little bit of how-to, a little bit of history, and a good bit of patterns to choose from.

The very beginning shows you the assortment of patterns available to stitch--most are actual people, some are historic icons, and some are quotes.

Counted cross-stitch is one of the easier fiber crafts to indulge in, but in case you're unfamiliar there's a 'basics' section at the beginning of the book that discusses supplies and the stitches you'll need to stitch your way through the book (with some helpful diagrams as well).

Each woman in this book gets a brief write-up of the accomplishment(s) she is best known for.

After the bio, there is the cross-stitch pattern, as well as the DMC floss color numbers so you can get an exact match to the design.

And then a photo of the actual stitchery. Some of the designs could use a little more detail to make them more realistic (but then it crosses into the more advanced arena, which might make it less appealing).

Along with the book, I received a cute little accompanying box of goodies--magnets, buttons, and patches all based on designs from the book.

The first thing I thought of with this book was "What a great gift to give a young girl--it's a classic craft, and along the way she'll learn about a number of women who said 'You know what? Your way doesn't really work for me, so I'm going to do my own thing and absolutely kick butt, m'kay?'" I think it'd be a great gift to give a boy, too--the actual stitch-work might be difficult to convince him of, but there's plenty to learn within the pages of this book. We often try to convey that it's good to learn about other places and cultures, but in the words of Abigail Adams "Please remember the ladies."

Now for the giveaway--I've got a copy of this book to give away to one of you lovely folks. Just leave a comment about your favorite woman (famous or otherwise) and a way to contact you if you win (if your email isn't linked to your comment) and I'll have this book sent your way. Giveaway is open until Saturday, October 21st at 11:59 p.m, and I'll pick a random winner the next day. This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the kit at no charge in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. For my complete disclosure policy, click here.


  1. Oh hell yes! This is GREAT!! I am featured in a magazine soon (yes me, eek!) and I decided to make it áll about my favourite female influencers. It's just very, véry important. I know for a fact that a lot of good causes that do work in remore African communities only help women, as women spread what they get and use their resources to help others, by helping women you build a community. I love that.

    1. Really????? Oh, congrats!!!!!!! For eons women everywhere have been made to feel inferior by men (and sadly other women, sometimes), when we know nothing is further from the truth. I don't know why the saying is "man up" because when I feel inclined to use that phrase it's usually to a man and not a woman (and though we may have less upper body strength, when it comes to internal strength we've got gobs over men).

  2. I was just looking at my Frida Kahlo fabric this morning and wondering what I should make with it. Then I saw your post here about women. Well I still don't know what I will make with it, but we must have been on the same wave length, lol!!

  3. Dr. Alice Wilson was the first female geologist in Canada, and received the Order of the British Empire for her groundbreaking work with the Geodetic Survey of Canada.
    In my neighbourhood, we take hikes through Alice Wilson Woods, a piece of the Canadian Shield that rises out of the earth, close to our home.
    My admiration of her, of course, eliminates me from your giveaway, but I thought I would add her name to your list!

  4. Two women whom I admire and respect are Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. I admire them for the lives they lead/led and where they took themselves to from their starts in life. They each have faults (who doesn't?) but have/had advanced their lives to affect and influence many people over the past years. That book would be a wonder to read and use and to pass along to my daughters. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com



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