Babes Ride Out will be hosting our first ever Makers Market at BRO East Coast 3 this year. The BRO Makers Market is a curated group of female makers that will be on site showcasing their talents and providing a unique experience for attendees. Meet Ana Stone; chainstitch artist
What do you do & how long have you done it?
I own an apparel and custom chainstitch embroidery shop, The Stonework, for almost two years in Astoria, Queens. We sell men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and sundries with a strong emphasis on American and locally made goods. The aspect of my shop I’m most proud of is my embroidery; I’ve been embroidering by hand my entire life but I recently acquired an antique Cornely chainstitch machine, the way embroidery was done before computers, and I haven’t looked back since. Customers come to me with ideas and stitch them onto their favorite denim jacket.
What do you love most about what you do?
I’ve always loved old things; my mom got me into vintage clothing when I was a little girl, I grew up in an old farmhouse, and today I buy and sell vintage in my store. What makes my embroidery so special, is that I’m able to use an antiquated trade and breathe new life in it. Once they started computerizing embroidery, the chainstitch machine became completely obsolete. A computerized machine can do what would take me a few hours in a few minutes, but it’s completely soulless. I love seeing chainstitch embroider on a piece of vintage clothing, they used the same techniques I use today, and I think that’s pretty amazing.
Tell us about motorcycles in your life
I just got my motorcycle permit a few weeks ago and I’m so stoked about it! I’ve only ever been on the back of motorcycles and I’m so excited to move forward. My husband was in a really bad crash a few years ago and he hasn’t ridden since. But I’m gonna change that.
How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?
A good friend of mine and fellow maker, Jenna of Vichcraft painted an amazing helmet for you guys and I’ve been following since. I just had my second baby girl in September and it’s become a post baby goal of mine to get my motorcycle license and ride alongside all the babes.
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?
The women. All the incredible women who have supported me and lifted me up during my journey as a mom, artist, and business owner. Everything I do in my life, I do for my girls, and supporting Babes Ride Out is another reason I can tell them why girls rule.