Giggly Mama Embroidery

Shannon Genova-Scudder is a contemporary hand-embroidery artist.  Her work can be seen under the name Giggly Mama Embroidery on Etsy and at

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Shannon.
Out of boredom one day, I picked up a needle and some thread at age 15. I started free-hand satin stitching my name on my comforter. My dad said I was embroidering and I that I should keep it up. I never did it again until I was intrigued by a hand embroidered baby Onesie that a good friend gave to me as a gift for my newborn son in 2007. A year later I found out where my friend had got the patterns and I thought I'd order some and give it a try. The patterns were by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. With those easy to do, hip themed patterns, I practiced with some new stitches I learned as well, for a few months. I was then inspired by the MR. X Stitch site to make my own patterns and even do more free-form work.

I have been stitching continuously ever since.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Pricing my work is always a challenge for me.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An artist or a nurse.

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Any of my free-form pieces. There is always a great deal of emotion that goes into those. Blood, sweat, and tears, literally.

What other artists out there do you love?
So many I adore and who I am inspired by....

Penny Nickels 
Alexandra Walters 
Mia Winn 
Bridget Franckowiak 
Bascom Hogue 
Miki Karson 
Drucilla Pettibone  
Tod Hensley 

...just to name a few.

What does your future hold?
A lot more stitches and cramped hands.