I’m not sure if everyone has a grandmother (or great aunt or some other elderly woman in their family or extended family) that knows how to embroider, but so far everyone I’ve met has one. There’s something to be said for that old school style of knowing how to do things with your hands that I’m worried we’re losing sight of these days. The old men of our generation all seem to be handy men of some trade or skilled labor, or multiple disciplines even. I have great uncles that know their way around electrical work, plumbing, carpentry and construction. I and the men of my generation barely know how to put together a chair from IKEA that comes with instructions, all of the parts it needs, and is already partially assembled! Now if I have my say, then those older people of this generation will pass on their learned skills and trades to their grandchildren while they can and keep us all a little more interesting and full of practical information and not just useless trivia about celebrity fashion


This is probably one of the farther ends of the spectrum of embroidery skill. This was only a brass cuff originally but now after some extensive embroidery work you can see it looks like something with a lot more flash to it. © Linda Jones.

Now I don’t expect any young ladies of this generation to pull off a work of art like that photo of that heavily embroidered cuff above, but in the mean-time, I think that there’s plenty of wiggle room to learn. Besides, the learning process is a big part of the fun of picking up a new craft. I think beading is a positive hobby that men and woman of all ages and all cultures or ideological backgrounds can enjoy. Maybe we’re a little impatient and too expectant of immediate gratification, but if we take a little time and give ourselves enough patience to make mistakes as we learn, we might find ourselves actually being a little more interesting and hey, if you don’t like the skill you’ve learned that much, then at the very least you’ll have some interesting stories to tell!


I like this photo of this embroidered towel, because it seems like it is made in such a cute and childish style with asymmetrical stylized roof tops for the homes but I think that’s actually intentional. But then again, it would be impressive if a child could pull off embroidery that looks this good…© cmartian.

Oh and for those of you who don’t speak Spanish, “Hogar, Dulce Hogar” translates to “Home, Sweet Home” in English. That is such a fitting old adage to embroider on something. Looking at these fine looms and with no small measure of admiration and respect for those men and women. Well hopefully we aren’t losing touch with the values that came with the old world. Hard work, tenacity, perseverance, staying positive, and enjoying yourself despite how bad things might get; that’s something that we can use in this day and age more than anything. I’m not sure if just learning how to embroider will teach us any of that but hey, maybe I’m just editorializing too much for my own good?


This is what I would consider in the apex world class tier of working with beads, as you can see those tiny details included with these peacock styled earrings. The substance of skill is very present in the style of these babies! © Loulas Boutique