Vesha Parker (@veshamakesthings)

Vesha Parker
@veshamakesthings

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Software engineer at Etsy who loves to make things 👩🏾‍💻👩🏾‍🎨 Embroidery | Ceramics | Foodstuff | Knitting | Whatever I like having a lot of hobbies 😊

https://www.etsy.com/shop/byvesha

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ByVesha is officially open! Check out some made-to-order and ready-to-ship hoops on Etsy! The link is in my bio. 🤗
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The Farmers Girl pattern will be listed soon too!

ByVesha is officially open! Check out some made-to-order and ready-to-ship hoops on Etsy! The link is in my bio. 🤗 . The Farmers Girl pattern will be listed soon too!

I made this hoop as a practice round for the Farmers Market pattern that I've been developing over the past month. I will list the Farmers Market pattern and this hoop (along with a few other Ready to Ship and Made to Order hoops) in my Etsy shop (which will open tomorrow!) soon.
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I'm very nervous and very excited!!
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My end of year goal is to sell a single item hehe 🤗

I made this hoop as a practice round for the Farmers Market pattern that I've been developing over the past month. I will list the Farmers Market pattern and this hoop (along with a few other Ready to Ship and Made to Order hoops) in my Etsy shop (which will open tomorrow!) soon. . I'm very nervous and very excited!! . My end of year goal is to sell a single item hehe 🤗

This year’s best nine! Two time lapses, and my Lost in Nature series. 🤗
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#2017bestnine

This year’s best nine! Two time lapses, and my Lost in Nature series. 🤗 . #2017bestnine 

The best things come in threes. 😊
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Here’s all the pieces in Lost in Nature to date! The inspiration for this series came back in October when some fake moss caught my eye in Michaels. I’m very happy that happened serendipitously, as I love this series.
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I might add to this series after the new year, but for now I have to focus on the long list of Christmas gifts I’m making this year!

The best things come in threes. 😊 . Here’s all the pieces in Lost in Nature to date! The inspiration for this series came back in October when some fake moss caught my eye in Michaels. I’m very happy that happened serendipitously, as I love this series. . I might add to this series after the new year, but for now I have to focus on the long list of Christmas gifts I’m making this year!

It's Meet the Maker week, so there's no time better than the present to introduce myself to you all! 🤗
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Hi everyone! I'm Vesha, and I'm a software engineer at Etsy, where I build tools that help creative entrepreneurs manage their businesses.
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I have restless hands, and have been crafting in one way or another since I was about 7, which is when my mom first taught me to sew simple dresses for my stuffed animals. I've dabbled in a slew of areas, but my primary focuses now are embroidery and pottery! I picked up embroidery after breaking my foot* and being trapped indoors earlier this year, and I am so happy I picked it up (though I could have lived without the whole “breaking my foot” bit).
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Outside of crafting, I enjoy exploring NYC and helping to run a nonprofit called Progressive HackNight.
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The first photo here looks a bit wacky, but despite being caught mid-attempt to escape the camera, I like it a lot (thanks @krakenr!)!
The second photo is taken in the horrible light of my tiny apartment in Manhattan, on the couch that I generally slouch across to embroider. I'm unsuccessfully juggling three of my favorite hoops here! 😅
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#meetthemakerweek
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* I wish I had a better story around how I broke my foot, but I broke it as I twisted my foot walking out of Purl Soho, where I had gone to pick up some yarn on my lunch break. I can’t bring myself to return to Purl Soho ever again. _

It's Meet the Maker week, so there's no time better than the present to introduce myself to you all! 🤗 . Hi everyone! I'm Vesha, and I'm a software engineer at Etsy, where I build tools that help creative entrepreneurs manage their businesses. . I have restless hands, and have been crafting in one way or another since I was about 7, which is when my mom first taught me to sew simple dresses for my stuffed animals. I've dabbled in a slew of areas, but my primary focuses now are embroidery and pottery! I picked up embroidery after breaking my foot* and being trapped indoors earlier this year, and I am so happy I picked it up (though I could have lived without the whole “breaking my foot” bit). . Outside of crafting, I enjoy exploring NYC and helping to run a nonprofit called Progressive HackNight. . The first photo here looks a bit wacky, but despite being caught mid-attempt to escape the camera, I like it a lot (thanks @krakenr !)! The second photo is taken in the horrible light of my tiny apartment in Manhattan, on the couch that I generally slouch across to embroider. I'm unsuccessfully juggling three of my favorite hoops here! 😅 . #meetthemakerweek  . * I wish I had a better story around how I broke my foot, but I broke it as I twisted my foot walking out of Purl Soho, where I had gone to pick up some yarn on my lunch break. I can’t bring myself to return to Purl Soho ever again. _

Lost in Nature No. 3
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Here is the third and (for now) final piece in the Lost in Nature series!
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I am finding that my favorite thing in embroidery is finding new ways to use different objects, textures, threads, and colors in my pieces. This series has not only allowed me to do that, but encouraged me to, so I’m quite happy with it. 😁
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This piece differs from the other two in overall feel and color. I’ve had a ton of small gold beads sitting around my apartment since I first bought them for one of the pieces for my Summer Love series, so I decided to use the beads to add an air of whimsy as the sun shines on these two women who are relishing being lost in nature. 🌾🍃

Lost in Nature No. 3 . Here is the third and (for now) final piece in the Lost in Nature series! . I am finding that my favorite thing in embroidery is finding new ways to use different objects, textures, threads, and colors in my pieces. This series has not only allowed me to do that, but encouraged me to, so I’m quite happy with it. 😁 . This piece differs from the other two in overall feel and color. I’ve had a ton of small gold beads sitting around my apartment since I first bought them for one of the pieces for my Summer Love series, so I decided to use the beads to add an air of whimsy as the sun shines on these two women who are relishing being lost in nature. 🌾🍃

As fall gets closer to its end, I'm realizing there's *no way* I'm going to have time to do three more hoops for the Fall Love series. That's okay though! I get to spend time creating pieces for friends and family for Christmas now, and I'm finding that's its own fun. :) So instead of a new hoop for the fall, I'm sharing a close up of the fourth hoop in my Summer Love series.
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Adding the details for this hoop was so fun! It's a little hard to see under the huge braid I gave myself (😅!), but the fabric of the shirt I'm wearing in this is "woven", and I left a little piece of thread out for the hoop that Embroidered Vesha is working on. 😊
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I also gave Embroidered Kat floating bangs. In hindsight, I should have practiced faces more before this piece, but I'm happy to better at doing faces in thread now. 😂

As fall gets closer to its end, I'm realizing there's *no way* I'm going to have time to do three more hoops for the Fall Love series. That's okay though! I get to spend time creating pieces for friends and family for Christmas now, and I'm finding that's its own fun. :) So instead of a new hoop for the fall, I'm sharing a close up of the fourth hoop in my Summer Love series. . Adding the details for this hoop was so fun! It's a little hard to see under the huge braid I gave myself (😅!), but the fabric of the shirt I'm wearing in this is "woven", and I left a little piece of thread out for the hoop that Embroidered Vesha is working on. 😊 . I also gave Embroidered Kat floating bangs. In hindsight, I should have practiced faces more before this piece, but I'm happy to better at doing faces in thread now. 😂

When I have downtime in the mornings, I like to work on new patterns while I drink my tea. This has lead to me having way more patterns than I have time to actually work up! Here's a few patterns I've worked on recently, in varying stages of completion. The one in the foreground is a pattern draft of what will become the second hoop in my Fall Love series! 🍂😊

When I have downtime in the mornings, I like to work on new patterns while I drink my tea. This has lead to me having way more patterns than I have time to actually work up! Here's a few patterns I've worked on recently, in varying stages of completion. The one in the foreground is a pattern draft of what will become the second hoop in my Fall Love series! 🍂😊

Lost In Nature No.2
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I worked on this piece in 3 different states and about 4 flights! Stitching this next to the clouds was pretty nice. :)

Lost In Nature No.2 . I worked on this piece in 3 different states and about 4 flights! Stitching this next to the clouds was pretty nice. :)

I recently finished up the second hoop in the Lost In Nature series. Here’s a time lapse of its creation! I’m becoming a big fan of these time lapses, especially the bits where I add the hair. 💁🏾💁🏽

I recently finished up the second hoop in the Lost In Nature series. Here’s a time lapse of its creation! I’m becoming a big fan of these time lapses, especially the bits where I add the hair. 💁🏾💁🏽

I'm a serial hobbyist through and through. I love the chase of trying a new hobby and seeing how quickly I can grow with it, and how deeply I can explore it. I usually move on after a few months of initial infatuation with a new hobby, but I'm still stuck on embroidery after nearly 5 months! 💛
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I taught an embroidery class at Etsy a few weeks ago, and I brought in all of the hoops I'd completed at that time to show the students in my class. I hadn't seen all of my pieces together like that before, and it was really, really cool to see them all together and see how I've grown since learning to embroider in July of this year.
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The first piece I ever did was from the July pattern from Sarah K. Benning’s pattern subscription (if you're considering learning to embroider, I highly recommend it), and I remember having to change the pattern because I messed up how I transferred the pattern with a heat pen, but felt like I was already in too deep to start over and do the hoop properly. 😂
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I started making my own patterns after that, and started multiple series to keep myself inspired as I continued to learn. This shot shows my journey through embroidery, starting with the #skbdiy hoop at 12 o'clock, and moving clockwise in order of when I did the hoop, with the exception of the hoop in the center (one of my favorites!).
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I think I'll do one of these look-backs every few months to see what happens as my embroidery journey continues!

I'm a serial hobbyist through and through. I love the chase of trying a new hobby and seeing how quickly I can grow with it, and how deeply I can explore it. I usually move on after a few months of initial infatuation with a new hobby, but I'm still stuck on embroidery after nearly 5 months! 💛 . I taught an embroidery class at Etsy a few weeks ago, and I brought in all of the hoops I'd completed at that time to show the students in my class. I hadn't seen all of my pieces together like that before, and it was really, really cool to see them all together and see how I've grown since learning to embroider in July of this year. . The first piece I ever did was from the July pattern from Sarah K. Benning’s pattern subscription (if you're considering learning to embroider, I highly recommend it), and I remember having to change the pattern because I messed up how I transferred the pattern with a heat pen, but felt like I was already in too deep to start over and do the hoop properly. 😂 . I started making my own patterns after that, and started multiple series to keep myself inspired as I continued to learn. This shot shows my journey through embroidery, starting with the #skbdiy  hoop at 12 o'clock, and moving clockwise in order of when I did the hoop, with the exception of the hoop in the center (one of my favorites!). . I think I'll do one of these look-backs every few months to see what happens as my embroidery journey continues!

Here are a few of my works in progress! Two of them are new pieces for my Lost in Nature series, and the other two are sketches I put on fabric about two months ago but never got around to working up. They're both from Van Gogh paintings that he created while on the countryside of southern France. I wanted to learn more about creative ways to use color in embroidery, and I figured who better to learn from than Van Gogh, whose use of colors is so captivating. I hope to start them soon, but they just might sit around for a few more months. 😩
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I like to have a few hoops in progress at the same time so I can switch things up when I get bored. I actually have a few more hoops in progress than these four, but they are going to be Christmas presents for friends and family, so I don't want to spoil the surprise for those. 😁
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I'll share each of these again when they're finished!

Here are a few of my works in progress! Two of them are new pieces for my Lost in Nature series, and the other two are sketches I put on fabric about two months ago but never got around to working up. They're both from Van Gogh paintings that he created while on the countryside of southern France. I wanted to learn more about creative ways to use color in embroidery, and I figured who better to learn from than Van Gogh, whose use of colors is so captivating. I hope to start them soon, but they just might sit around for a few more months. 😩 . I like to have a few hoops in progress at the same time so I can switch things up when I get bored. I actually have a few more hoops in progress than these four, but they are going to be Christmas presents for friends and family, so I don't want to spoil the surprise for those. 😁 . I'll share each of these again when they're finished!

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