‘You ever just embroider Beyoncé?’ asked 25-year-old Priya Dhillon from Chicago, Illinois, U.S, tweeting the very thing.
The self-started sewist (sewing artist) shared images of Queen Bey and lots of other Bollywood celebrities she handstitched into different bits of cloth.
Priya , originally from Punjab, India, challenged her users to guess who the stars were.
Most people guessed the artwork correctly, a credit to Priya’s stunning creations, and her tweets blew up.
The talented embroiderer spoke to Metro.co.uk about how she credits public access television with inspiring her to take up sewing.
‘Embroidering completely sprung up from public television for me,’ she said.
‘I was so entranced as a kid by the multicoloured thread, huge hoops, complicated patterns, and the steady motion of sewing or stitching done by the very formidable looking women on TV.
‘I’d steal my mom’s or grandma’s tins of sewing supplies and just make little things for myself.
‘I can’t remember the first piece I ever made but—while I’m sure it was objectively terrible—it gave me enough confidence that I kept at it and eventually improved myself.’
She added that following the death of iconic Indian actress Sridevi, she was inspired to stitch her as well as other powerful women.
‘When Sridevi died last year, I realised how much she and her body of work had meant to me my entire life. Quietly, for myself, I wanted to commemorate her.
‘When I watched Beyoncé’s Homecoming, I felt another bolt of emotion strike me.
‘She’s somebody who has been around my entire life and has never disappointed me. And this past decade, she’s brought so much to the public sphere.
‘She’s opened up about motherhood, womanhood, blackness, and all the injustices and triumphs that accompany each those identities in such powerful, insightful, and communal ways.’
Some of the other celebrities handstitched by Priya include Aishwarya Rai, Kajol, and Madhuri Dixit.
Though widely appreciated, each design – which is six inches tall – takes about 10 hours.
Wanting to get it perfect, Priya spent 20 hours on Beyonce.
Since her tweet went viral, people have even expressed an interest in buying her artwork but Priya doesn’t yet want to sell it.
‘I turned everybody down because I wanted to keep my hobby a hobby, but I encourage everybody to learn.
‘It’s a really easy thing to pick up and do. Everybody should have a creative outlet and this is a really inexpensive one. Also, the College of YouTube is free for everyone.’
Priya added that Sridevi and Beyoncé were her fave to do though they did add some challenges.
‘Beyonce’s hair. In real life, her hair is so beautifully coloured and styled. I put off stitching it because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to capture its essence.
‘It absolutely does not match up to her real, glorious mane, but it was earnestly my best effort.’
We think there’s a major likeness.