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Cross stitch kit with aida – Heroes (Created for International Women's Day 2021)

For International Women’s Day 2021 we decided to create a proper tribute to some of the most noticeable female role models through history. We would’ve liked to create a collection of hundreds of these because there are so many fantastic, competent and genius women that have created and shaped the world we live in today. Not to mention the ones currently fighting for a better tomorrow. However, this embroidery pattern had to be limited to nine of our heroes. There might be more in the future.

Here’s our selection:

Malala Yousafzai (1997-)
Malala was only 17 years old when she, as the youngest ever, was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 (together with Kailash Satyrathi) for her work against oppression of children and youths as well as the right to an education for every child. She is also known for her activism specifically for girls rights to an education in Swatdalen (where girls where prohibited to attend school). It was around that time that she in 2012 (15 years old) was targeted with attempted murder, shot in both the head and neck which she miraculously survived. We admire and tribute Malala for her enormous courage and involvement for girls (and children) rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) was a U.S Supreme Court Justice from 1933 until her death in 2020. RBG was the second female ever in the Supreme Court and she was nominated to that position by Bill Clinton and approved by the senate with a resounding majority. Apart from her unique service (one of nine judges) Ruth was also a well known feministic advocate, working for women’s rights.

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, was a British mathematician and writer. She was aslo the only child of the well known poet Lord Byron. But Ada is most known for her work on Charles Babbages’ mechanic computer; The analytical engine. The analytical engine was, at 1837, the worlds first schematic of a programmable computer (it was never actually built). Ada also created the worlds first computer program to it. Ada is a great inspiration to many, especially within female tech for her grund breaking creations.

Greta Thunberg (2003-)
Who could have missed Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish girl who started a ”school strike for the climate” outside of the Swedish parliament. Greta have since then inspired both children as well as adults around the world to take part in similar activism to force the leaders of the world to take the environmental threats seriously. She also started the hashtag #FridaysForFuture. Greta is, for us, an obvious part of this embroidery pattern.

Beyoncé (1981-)
Queen B, do we need to say more? Beyoncé started to gain popularity during the 90s when she was part of the pop group Destiny’s Child. But she truly started to rule this world after she started her solo career. Bey is a feministic icon to some and we admire her inspiring messages and confidence as well as the way she uses her (huge!) platform for good and to help women around the world.

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
Rosa Parks, seamstress and activist, got famous after she in 1955 refused to give up her seat in the bus to a white man. At that time it was the law for people of color to do just that. But that one day Parks had enough, tired of the injustice she refused to move and stayed seated until she was arrested. This started a 381 days long boycott that finally ended with the US Supreme court removing the law after they established that it violated the constitution to segregate travelers on public transportation. Parks is truly an inspiration, proving that great shifts can happen even if they start with only one person.

Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)
Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. She was one of Americas greatest singers during the entire 1900s within jazz and pop and she’s often referred to as ”The first lady of song”, ”Queen of Jazz” or ”Lady Ella”. Ella managed to record over 200 albums during her active days and won 13 Grammys. One of her most popular songs is ”Dream a little dream of me” that few could have missed. 

Amelia Earhart (1897-1939)
Earhart, was an American pilot that was first made famous as she was the first woman to ever travel across the Atlantic by air plane. Earhart discovered flying as young kid and was detirmined to fly herself. She was also the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic. Earhart is considered a feministic icon for paving the way for young women. During her attempt to be the first female to fly around the world Earhart sadly disappeared somewhere over the Pacific ocean and was never found. She was declared dead in 1939, about a year after her disappearance.  

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Kahlo was a Mexican artist mostly known for her self portraits, something that she unfortunately wasn’t known for while she was alive. At that time she was known as the wife of Diego Rivera. It was later, after her death, in the late 70s when art historians and activists started to drive attention to female- and non-western artists that she gained popularity. She is now referred to as one of the most important artists during the 1900s and is seen as a symbol for Mexican tradition as well as a feminist icon due to how she depicted female experiences in her art.

Are you green when it comes to embroider? Cross stitch on aida cloth is a great way to start, since it's a super-easy way to embroider.

This kit contains everything needed to cross stitch your own work of art:

  • White aida cloth (cotton fabric with holes), 14 crosses/inch (5,4 crosses/cm) 
  • Needle
  • Thread (DMC Mouliné)
  • Instructions
Frame or trimmings are not included. This can be bought separately under Accessories.

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