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Taetia Taetia McEwen is a passionate embroiderer whose stunning web galleries captivated me immediately. You must see them! I’m thrilled to have her here for a chat about her work and life.

When did you start embroidering and why?
When I had my first daughter, my mother-in-law made lots of lovely frilly frocks for her and she taught me how to embellish them with hand embroidery—the love affair started there!

How would you describe the style of your work?
Feminine, flowery, flirty

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Name three things that inspire you…
Nature, beautiful things, the female form

When was the last time you belly-laughed and why?
Watching my 20month old son learning to nod—he uses his whole body and it’s hilarious! (And it will be such a short window before he learns how to nod like the rest of us).

Where do you do your work (in a sewing room, on your patio, in front of the TV, etc.)?
I’d love to work on a deserted island! But in reality, I sew in my garden, and most often sitting in bed on cold wintry nights, as soon as I get my little one into bed.

Ok, you’re stranded on a desert island. Which five items do you hope to have with you?
Chocolate, hot chocolate, coffee, a lifetime supply of embroidery materials, and a pencil—in that order.

Taetia McEwenWhat is your favorite kind of item to stitch?
Girls’ bodies, followed closely by butterfly wings, probably. And flowers come a close third.

Tell us about your Butterfly Girls. What inspired you to create them?
I’m in love with the female form—so beautiful, such lovely curves–which men just do not have (except for male bottoms, they’re lovely and curvy too) and I also love butterflies. Every year, butterflies lay eggs on my citrus trees and I care for the babies until they pupate, by protecting them from wasps, who carry off caterpillars to feed to their babies. When I embroider butterfly wings, I copy the markings as closely as possible. Nature is the best designer!

Anything else you’d like to add:
There is never enough time to embroider!

I’m with you, Taetia! Thank you. For more of her lovely work, check out Taetia’s website and shop.

xoxo, Shannon