(art by Kristen Rupp)
Skip the “Home Sweet Home” art and check out Kristen Rupp’s embroidery tributes to Star Wars. Her Yoda, R2-D2 and lightsaber art is simplistic and impressive. Rupps chats with Starwars.com about her crafty Force-sensitive projects and how fans can make their own threaded masterpieces.
What made you want to create your embroidery tribute to Star Wars?
I learned to cross-stitch from my mom as a kid, but I hadn’t touched it for a really long time. In the last couple years though, I’ve become really interested in embracing traditional crafts in a non-traditional way. The book Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson was a big influence. Traditional cross-stitch designs are all about hearts and flowers and teddy bears and angels. I wanted to stitch designs with more relevance to my life, and I’ve been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember.
What tips do you have for fans who want to make their own Star Wars embroidery projects?
It’s not like there are any rules about what you can and can’t do. I just sit down with some graph paper and a pencil, and doodle until I come up with something that I like. Have fun with it, and play around. The great thing about cross-stitch is that it’s really easy to undo your work if you don’t like how it’s turned out, and try again.
Any more Star Wars tributes in the works?
Oh, these have been so much fun that I’m probably going to do more, probably as gifts for friends. I have so many other ideas rattling around in my head, and so many classic quotes from the Star Wars series deserve to be stitched. Just about everything out of Yoda’s mouth seems like it’s destined to be immortalized in stitches.
My philosophy in life is to not take things too seriously. Using traditional crafts to create tributes to my modern pop culture influences is just my way of living the dream.