Bragging Rights: Aimee

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We love bragging about you. That's why we have an interview series where we feature one of our biggest fans each month. We want everyone to get a peek at the amazing work they're doing and be inspired, because they're seriously some of the coolest people we've ever met.

This month we're bragging about Aimee(@aimee.stitches).

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Let’s see…I’m a mom to a wonderfully smart 5-year-old boy. He’s actually what got me started with embroidery in the first place. I’d been following Poplush Embroidery for some time, and when I saw the triceratops pattern, I finally took the plunge and signed up for the stitch club. The rest is history, I suppose. The triceratops, pachycephalosaurus, and the t-rex I made to match are all hanging in his bedroom. I also have a quirky, anxious cat that my husband and I adopted the year we got married – he makes some appearances in my Instagram posts from time to time.

I used to be a teacher, but a couple of years ago I decided I needed a change and entered the world of Facilities and Operations. Now, I work for an amazing company that’s creating treatments for ultra-rare genetic disorders. I keep the labs and offices running so that the scientists can focus on their life-changing work. I love my job; I’ve learned so much about the biotech world and not a day goes by that I’m not thankful I made that career change.

I’m a New Englander down to my bones. Born and raised here, I could never imagine living anywhere else. Fall is my favorite season, but I love winter as well, and that’s one of my favorite parts of where I live, experiencing all four drastically different seasons. I love being outside – playing in the yard with my son, helping my dad with his garden, camping, hiking, skiing, I could go on and on. My absolute favorite place to stitch is sitting by a campfire at the campground my family has been going to for generations.

What is your hidden talent?

I can’t say it’s hidden, but I think as far as surprise talents go, it’s embroidery! Up until a couple of years ago, I had never had any sort of artistic abilities. I was pretty sure my dad and my brother used up the creative genes in my family. So when I decided to try embroidery, I didn’t expect much to come of it. The fact that I’ve been able to create my own works of art continues to impress and surprise me. 

What is the coolest (or weirdest) thing you have ever done?

I collected skunks when I was younger, and still have most of my collection. It started with a canoe trip in Minnesota, when I wanted a stuffed animal skunk at the outfitters before we went out. My dad told me no, because we couldn’t carry it through the MN wilderness. While we were out there in the Boundary Waters middle of nowhere, I had a loose tooth that needed to be pulled. I was terrified to let my dad pull it. He bribed me, saying that if I let him pull it, he would buy me that skunk when we got back to the outfitters. I still have it (the skunk, not the tooth!). Over the years, I added more stuffed animals, porcelain figures, hats and mittens, pencil pouches, even a kite, all skunk themed. I still have a Pepe Le Pew keychain on my keyring that I’ve had since I was maybe 8 years old. Although I don’t add to the collection like I used to, skunks are still my favorite animals and they hold a very special place in my heart.

The song that's currently in your head?

“I Want It That Way” Backstreet Boys – This is a bit of an inside joke, but my dad got it stuck in his head over the summer while we were on a camping trip. Since then, it seems to constantly find its way into our conversations on an almost daily basis, so it goes without saying that I have a hard time keeping it OUT of my head.

Beyond that, I tend to have songs by Frank Turner on rotation in my mind. "The Way I Tend to Be" is probably the most common. I wouldn’t have some of my closest friends if not for a couple of Frank Turner shows.

The book you share with all your friends?

Can I share a podcast instead? I used to be majorly into reading but it’s a whole lot easier to multitask when you’re only using your ears. My absolute favorite podcast is Ologies with Alie Ward. Each episode she talks to a different -ologist who specializes in something extremely specific. Literally everything: Ologies by Topic. I can’t get enough and recommend it to everyone I talk to. I have learned so much about so many different things and it really has changed the way I relate to the world around me. The episode on moss had me crouching down on a recent hike to really get an up close and personal look at these amazing little plants.

What superlative would you give yourself?

Most Likely to Become a Hermit

What embroidery project are you most proud of?

It’s so hard to choose! I think it would be the scenic Maine coastline that I created from a photo I had taken years ago. It was a lot of work and took me a long time to figure out exactly how to create the textures that I wanted. It’s nowhere near perfect, but it was the first really technical piece that I created myself, from start to finish. Some day I’d like to try to do it again and see how I could improve, but I am definitely proud of that piece and what I was able to accomplish completely on my own.

Inspired by Aimee's interview? You can follow her on Instagram (@aimee.stitches).


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