Embroidery, cross stitching, needlepoint: art forms that were once viewed as simple time wasters for unoccupied women have been revived for the modern age. What once seemed like an activity for grandmothers and mothers before them has now found its place in the hearts and hands of young women today. No longer is it seen as a simple pass time, but rather an empowering expression of womanhood. With each deliberate stitch, women across the globe have demonstrated the beauty and intricacies that can be created with patience and precision through their embroidery.

A needle, thread, fabric, and hoop have brought to life the vision and inspirations of students on our very own campus. Senior kinesiology student, Bailey McGeough uses embroidery to highlight women who have been influencers in her own life. In her series “Women Who Made Me,” Bailey embroiders the images of women such as Serena Williams, Malala Yousafzai, and most notably her own grandmother. Taking a tradition that has been passed down by generations of women in her family, Bailey seeks to honor the women before her and be a source of inspiration and education for those who engage with her artwork. Bailey states, “I pray that they would see the changes they can make and the incredible things that they can do just by using their voice.”

Giftings come in a multitude of fashions and can be used in vastly different ways. Bailey and her talent for embroidery is just one example of using God-given gifts for the Kingdom. We want to hear from you! How are you using your gifts? Do you know what they are?

Stay up to date with all Bailey McGeough’s work by following @handstitchedbybailey on Instagram.

A special thanks to Jane Juarez for all the help on the video!