Every seamstress tells a special story…
We asked our followers on our french Makerist Facebook page Salon de la Couture, if they had any sewing-related tattoos: needles made by needles! And many of you have responded to us and sent us photos of your most beautiful tattoos in connection with sewing: needles, thimbles, sewing machines, scissors, spools of thread!
“Needles, thread, scissors, tape measure, buttons, nursing pin, … everything is there … on my arm, and I do not regret it!’
“It has a double significance. The first is my passion for sewing that is sewn into me and the second is my love story that sews day by day. “
“I started sewing 5 years ago thanks to my grandmother Odette. It was she who introduced me to the world of sewing! My grandma unfortunately left us more than a year ago. She had a collection of gigantic sewing dice, about 750 models. So it seemed obvious to me to put on my skin a thimble to symbolise her while, representing the passion for sewing that she passed on to me. “
“For the record, I’ve been passionate about sewing since I was little, it was a dream for me. And I made it my job. Last year I got tattooed “Eu tenho um sonho” which means “I have a dream” in Portuguese with a sewing needle at the end. Then this year a pair of scissors with a ribbon (besides if you put the chisel in the other direction you can see that it forms a body of lady: the chest and the legs) Here it is…
“I’ve been creative since I was a little girl: I tried drawing, or activities including sewing … My grandmother liked to sew, my mother also was sewing, and I studied in sewing: BEP then Bac Pro trades fashion. I then specialised in leather goods … The tattoo is a nod to what I like to do and to my son. “
“This tattoo represents to me a lot of things. The scissors, first of all, mean my passion (sewing) with the C (blue ribbon) the bond that unites me to this passion (my great grandmother and mother were making creations, my great grandmother was tailor in The 50s and 60s) and roses represent life and death. Finally, the aureole around means hope! That’s it, otherwise I did it in colors because black and white is too monotonous “
” I got tattooed on my 26th birthday and it was my very first tattoo. My two grandmothers were seamstresses. They have passed on their passion for sewing to me. I used to sew tiny dresses for my Barbies from different fabrics! After college I chose to leave BEP fashion trades to be a Patent Technician. I finished my studies in 2009, when I lost one of my grandmas. I have never shown it, but that was a test that touched me enormously. In 2013 I decided to get tattooed in honor of my 2 grandmothers; a scissor chisel that represents this our strong bond and that we had a common passion. I had 2 roses added for each of them. And a pearl necklace that was part of the jewelry I had inherited. So there you go, that is the story of my first tattoo and also the story of a part of my life “
“This tattoo was done this year. It’s only once I hit forty that I became “tattooed” and it’s a bit like sewing: barely one project finishes before another begins. Each of my tattoos is a piece of life anchored in me like my children, my dogs, my life philosophy… I’ve now seen my first passion represented on my skin… I’m 46 years old to this day, I was bought up in the North with a foster family, and for a girl at that time learning to sew was the best way to secure a future in the many textile factories of the region. I begun sewing at the age of 12 in a workshop in the local community centre, before starting on a C.A.P, B.E.P and subsequently B.T.S. I received a Masters in textile; a function which ultimately I could exert only little given the unfavourable economic context for textile companies at the time of this relocation, but I’ve always held close this love for manufacturing until beginning to pass on this knowledge in the “sewing workshops” taking place in my regional community centres, outside of my current profession as a caregiver… that’s the story anyway! So last year I contacted “the artist” who tattoos me: to anchor this passion was an obvious choice for me and a beautiful project for him”
If you have any sewing tattoo’s too, comment below! We’d love to see them!