Thursday, May 30, 2013

Etsy to Watch: One Sick Stitch

I know that so many blogs are full of "product reviews" that are paid for by the company, so its hard to tell what people actually love and what is paying the bills. Full disclosure: I LOVE this Etsy, and that's all. Nothing was exchanged, except some creepy emails from me to the shop owner, fawning over her work. 

One Sick Stitch actually just opened this week, so you guys are getting in at the ground floor, but between when I started poking around and when this post went live, half of the inventory already sold! Apparently I'm not the only one in love. However, the shop owner, Maitri, has been working on new inventory and also takes custom orders.

"I'm a desert gal so I feel a kinship with all cacti. The barrel cactus especially cause it's is one of the most dangerous. Truly a beautiful prickly plant that definitely says don't touch me, get away from me, goodbye"

I've been following Maitri on Instagram for ages, so I've been watching the progress of the pieces as she pulled her shop together, and was waiting for it to open, and it has not disappointed. I mean, just the quality of the pieces, and the colors, and the subjects, AHH I DIE.  I love it all.  Seriously, just poke around and even read the descriptions because they are biting and hilarious and perfect.

r/p: When did you start stitching? Why did you decide to pick it up?

MaitriI started stitching in January because I was going through a really, really rough patch. I am a writer (poet) first and foremost, but I have been stuck in such a rut for the past year that words haven't been coming to me and I needed another artistic outlet. I picked embroidery because it seemed cheap and relatively easy to teach yourself. Learning how to stitch is sooo soothing for me and really helps with my anxiety and allows me to get into an ~artistic headspace that I really missed with poetry, but it's also different in that it's not so cerebral. I'm really overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback I've gotten on my stitching and it just feels really good to put art out into the world :)

January. Fucking five months and she's at this level. This is why I really think this is an Etsy to Watch. Like I said, though the inventory goes quickly, she does take custom orders, such as the bug collar she is wearing in the picture above.

And I have to end with my very favorite, "Reversing the Gaze":

To keep up with One Sick Stitch's biting wit or aesthetic endeavors, make sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Again, this post was not a perked one. No discount was given, no money or product exchanged. Once in a while I just come across a small business that is fucking great and deserves people looking at  and admiring their hard work. 


  1. Her work is seriously incredible. It completely blows me away!

  2. DEAD @ everything. Obsessed with her shop, and she's one of my absolute Twitter FAVES. TBH if you're not following her on twitter, what is the point??

    1. if you're not following her on twitter, you need to look at your life, look at your choices because you're doing it fucking wrong

  3. LOVE HER STITCHES. I say it all the time but the moment I have income I'm totally buying one.

  4. um. i love this. and i love the honest disclosure. ha — if only i could pay the bills with my blog! if only i had half your coolness.

    full disclosure: if mark gets an awesome job in your area, and i can have no job, it would be awesome to start a new blog that's like an anarchist's version of "a beautiful mess". more swearing. more fuck-ups. all awesome.

  5. Dang these rule..esp the last one!


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