CBS Sunday Morning +

This week on CBS Sunday Morning they presented a themed show on the topic of cancer. A group of women, myself included were interviewed for a subsegment named, “The flat movement”. Read the CBS article related to the segment, A Matter of choice: Mastectomies without Reconstruction. And watch the individual segment here. I love the women I amContinue reading “CBS Sunday Morning +”

Base Layer!

This is a sample for my upcoming online class called Stitch Journal, which I will present through my teaching site, The Clever Guild. In this class, we will create a stitch-able sample, using the techniques you see here, reverse machine appliqué, fusing, raw edge hand appliqué and Mistyfuse and more. And then, we will handContinue reading “Base Layer!”

LESS, a documentary and help with funding it

Hello Good People, Friends and Family. Many of you know that just over 5 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I chose to forego reconstruction and to embrace my body as it is, without wearing breast forms or presenting a shape that is not my own. Since my diagnosis and much toContinue reading “LESS, a documentary and help with funding it”

One stitch and one day at a time.

I am happy to say, I have found my creative verve again. This year has been a challenge for me artistically. One where I totally lost my ability to create for a few months. This is not normal for me. Usually, when I become blocked and find myself unable to create, I will stop usingContinue reading “One stitch and one day at a time.”

Uniboober Beauty, Breastless Beauty 1

Today I stitch a Uniboober Beauty, Breastless Beauty 1. The Uniboobers are the ‘hardest’ Beauty to print. They aren’t actually difficult to print, it is just that… they are a combination of two printings, a Breastless Beauty is printed along side a Breasted Beauty, and the organza layer from each is switched with the other.Continue reading “Uniboober Beauty, Breastless Beauty 1”

#breastlessbeauty

If you are coming here after watching the Great Big Story piece about me, welcome. Check out the Great Big Story video here. Welcome to my blog and web site. I am working to bring 30 hand printed Breastless Beauties up to completion and hope to sell them directly from a gallery page, here onContinue reading “#breastlessbeauty”

The Breastless Beauties

You will soon find a sales gallery of what I am calling ‘Breastless Beauties’ on my website. I am very excited about this work as it integrates my advocacy work for body positivity and flat reconstruction due to breast cancer with my artistic, multicolor printing endeavors. I have not previously printed so many pieces inContinue reading “The Breastless Beauties”

TV taping and Gathering your Sew-plies!!

  Check out the blog post related to this video: https://melanietesta.com/2015/10/tv-taping-and-gathering-your-sew-plies/ A video posted by Melanie Testa (@mellytesta) on Oct 10, 2015 at 7:40am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js This week, I found myself in the unique position of needing to Gather my Sew-plies!! on the quick! I was asked to tape a video segment for a majorContinue reading “TV taping and Gathering your Sew-plies!!”

Sewing, Stitching, Embroidery.

The Little King has been doing quite well. He loves Chicknbits. Arrow can no longer hear well, his sight isn’t 100%, but he knows Chicknbits. He will lead me to the cabinet when he thinks of them. He has been a snuggle bunny, lap focused. He is warm. He smiles a lot. We put anContinue reading “Sewing, Stitching, Embroidery.”