I adore the work of Mariska Karasz. She made her embroidery into art, but what’s less well known is she had also been a fashion designer. A real inspiration of mine. Images like this just make me happy:

Gage Hill, ca. 1947 (image source: mariskakarasz.com)

She wrote an embroidery handbook that just makes you want to get down and stitch away; in it she says

Most women draw the line at creative design, but I want you to take that line and draw it on cloth instead.

Which I take to mean: make something, it will set you free.

There’s also a book about her entire career that contains some gorgeous images of her fashion work:

I want the jacket on the right.

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