Teapots and Vintage Servants

I loved this photo I found in a book from the late 1800’s of a slave seeing off her little mistress. Only after visiting Curacao do I really get the true depth of this image.

I made her into an embroidery pattern complete with tea pots for every taste. I felt she needed to be acknowledged. The teapots are hers, not her masters. She’s happy to make the tea because it is her own. At the end of the day she is her own mistress. She is empowered in my rendition, or at least that’s the way I see it.

Dress her up fancy with amazing embroidery techniques or pare her down to express the gravity of her subject matter. Either way, have fun with this free pattern. Please share your progress and finished projects in the Hedgehog and Rabbit flickr group.