A little background first… I’m a collector. Part of it is in my genes (I come from a long line of hoarders) but part of it is also necessary – what kind of quilter would I be without a stash?
Outside of fabric, one of my favorite current collections is Funko Pops. In an effort to reign in my natural instinct to overdo, I’ve limited myself to only female Pops. I call it my Feminist Funko Collection ~
A couple of months ago I started thinking what my collection needed was an actual feminist Funko, a pussy hat wearing representative of the Women’s March movement. Looking around online, I came across Monique over at The Crafty Crusader. She had knitted the perfect pussy hat accessory for one of her Pops and even provided directions!
Unfortunately, my knitting days are long past. I think I last picked up knitting needles as a teen, so we’re talking decades of skill loss. On a whim, I contacted her to see if she’d be willing to knit me one, too. A few conversations later and we’d created our own International Feminist Craft Swap – a miniature pussy hat for me, a Serena Williams quilted pillow sham for her.
ISN’T THE HAT AWESOME?!? I’m hoping to customize this Pop a bit before she goes into the permanent collection – change her hair color, add a feminist symbol to her shirt, maybe pull in some additional suffragette imagery – but the knitted pussy hat is EXACTLY what I hoped for. (True story – when Monique went to look for hat yarn, she found a skein actually called “Pussy Hat” in her stash. It was meant to be!)
Monique seems happy with her quilted pillow sham, too. She shared that Serena Williams is her favorite feminist icon; I agree she’s totally amazing, but I don’t watch a lot of tennis. So I went looking for inspiration online and found this image of Serena’s face by RGB_Rao – their work is stunning and just called out to be recreated in fabric.
I chose solid fabrics to complement the modern, stylized image and created the sham using a mixture of reverse appliqué, machine embroidery and classic grid quilting. This was my first attempt at reverse appliqué and I really hope I did the original artist proud.
This craft swap was so much fun – and it was my first craft swap ever, too! I mean, I’ve exchanged gifts with friends who craft before, but this was an actual, official, quid-pro-quo. I got to give a really cool pillow, with a design that I normally wouldn’t have thought of doing, and, in return, I received a really cool knitted hat that I couldn’t have made myself. It’s like the best of both worlds!
I’d totally be willing to do one again, so if you are a crafter or craftivist looking for someone to swap ideas and inspiration with, let’s hook up – contact me at deidre [@] whimziequiltz.com anytime!