Hey there! It’s me, Heidi.
I am so pumped to share a Broadway craft with you today! Yesterday, I wrote a lot about why I love blogging and how to go about following your dreams with a little chutzpah. Today, I want to introduce you to someone who has done just that. Enter: Broadway Stitches (@broadwaystitches)on Instagram.
Go ahead, click the link. You will find an entire Instagram account dedicated to the art of cross stitch (a type of hand embroidery that I dabble in myself). This isn’t just any cross stitch, though. It is cross stitch Broadway style! That’s right, the artist stitches images, titles, and quotes from different Broadway shows, or a combination of all three. With permission from the artist, here are some examples of her work:
I mean how amazing are these?! I cross stitch, too (a little), but these are just too wonderful for words. My attempts are certainly not up to par. Because I loved these so much, and because I’m inspired by both Broadway, craftiness, and people who follow their hearts, I reached out to the artist and asked her a few questions about her craft. Keep reading to find out what she has to say!
What got you interested in musical theatre?
I got interested in musical theatre in middle school because my teachers showed us old movie musicals like Singing in the Rain and West Side Story. In high school, I started to participate in theatre, and my friends introduced me to shows like Hamilton.
What’s your favorite show and why?
My favorite show changes all the time! Right now it’s probably Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I like the eclectic music style and characters. I really like quirky/funky shows like Great Comet. Hamilton is my other favorite [anyone surprised?] because I love history and totally geeked out the first time I listened to it. But, I genuinely love the majority of musicals out there!
How did you learn to embroider?
This is going to sound kind of weird, but no joke, I learned for a school project. At the beginning of my junior year, my English class had to pick a skill that was not in our wheelhouse and then learn it by the end of the year (we had to write a bunch of papers on it and do presentations, it was wild). I picked embroidery, and at first I hated it, but eventually I got better and it was actually a lot of fun! After the project was over I just sort of continued doing it.
What inspired you to start Broadway Stitches?
I was just looking for something fun to do over the summer after work. We had just gotten tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, and I was really excited, so I decided to do an embroidery of the logo (which became my first Broadway stitch!). After I finished, I thought it would be a cool idea to make the Instagram account. I really love other Broadway fan art accounts, but since I can’t draw at all, I thought this would be a fun spin on it.
Do you sell your art? If so, where can we purchase it?
I do not currently sell my embroideries. When I started out I never thought of selling them! But, a lot of people have asked, so I definitely want to start. I’m currently working on opening an ETSY store, and will update my account with the details when it’s up and running. But, as of now I’m very thankful for everybody’s interest! It means a lot that people enjoy them.
Seriously… this girl is ROCKIN’! I hope she does make an ETSY account and start selling her stitches, because I am ALL OVER THIS.
Good for you, @broadwaystitches, for taking your mashing together your passion and your skill and going for the gold. You are a prime example of how using the gifts you were given to make something beautiful, and to inspire others to do the same.
Hopefully, you are inspired to get creative, to think outside the box, to set a goal, and hop to it! You never know where it could lead.
Until next time,