Erika Maizi : A personal journey through sacred embroidery


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Today on Stitchery Stories we have a very unique story, where embroidery has been the catalyst for a personal journey of discovery, of re-connecting with family and deep spiritual meanings.

We are usually chatting about embroidery as an art form, or decoration of functional items. For Erika Maizi however, the interest in embroidery has grown from meditation, spiritualism, and the symbolism within the embroidery and connections with her Kazak and Siberian families.

Sacred embroidery as we discuss today, is not embroidery used in churches. It is the deeply personal symbols that emerge through a meditative state, whilst exploring one's own past and destiny. We talk of fascinating elements of Norse and Russian mythology, and cultural traditions, and therefore embroidery, from Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.

This is a fascinating story of healing and reconnecting with ancestors and family, and the women's wisdom and stories within embroidery.

There are many terms, places and people that will be very unfamiliar so I have also listed them on Erika's episode on to help you make further discoveries.

Susan Weeks chats with Erika Maizi about:

  • Re-connecting with family in Kazakhstan
  • Her journey on the Trans-Siberia Railway
  • Discovering the symbolism and personal stories within sacred embroidery
  • Creating her first 'Rushnyk' - her destiny towel
  • The story of creating her embroidered symbolic destiny dress
  • Her vision of preserving cultural embroidery from Kazakhstan & Mongolia
  • Connecting with powerful goddess energy
  • The symbolism within goldwork and the power of golden threads

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View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Erika's sacred embroidery at







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