Make this empowering Grey’s Anatomy "Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a Force of Nature." quote embroidery hoop art for your child’s room, your office, or a friend in need. This free embroidery pattern contains a traceable PDF file for the words, but the felted vines and flowers were something I added to mine to give it a little something extra (you can purchase the finished hoop in my Etsy Shop here).
Once upon a time, in 2004, a little pilot season of a new medical show blasted through gender stereotypes, social norms, and continues to be a force on ABC network.
My freshman year in high school, this show made it okay for me to feel different than the pretty, frivolous females on network TV at the time. Always more General Leia Organa or Major Samantha Carter than Brooke Davis, there weren’t many prime time ladies who were unapologetically intelligent and ambitious—then came Cristina Yang.
Brought to life by Sandra Oh, this was a woman to whom I could relate.
She doesn’t mince words, apologize for her cunning mind, nor have any sort of tact. By far the best comic relief character—and one of the most compelling in her complexity—Dr. Yang remains one of my favorite TV characters of all time.
Thinking of a new embroidery pattern, I wanted something to hang above my computer desk that would be heartening, motivating, and a little badass.
In season 4, after a confusingly devastating loss, Yang is floating through her career, pissed off and languishing in scut work. Insulting her interns gives her something to do and something of a outlet on whom to project her complicated feelings.
In one of my favorite exchanges between two female characters, she nearly spits the quote, “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You're on your own. Be on your own.” with all the venom and heartbreak of a woman both scorned and defeated.
Her intern’s response highlights the growth Yang has helped instill in her, as well as a shift forward for Yang herself, as after this episode, she finally crawls out of her self-pitying hole in which she’s been drowning.
This quote has been a mantra to get me through hard times. Thus, I wanted to emblazon it on my wall and spread the fire for other like-minded needle-pointers out there!
Download your free pattern here and use a combination of back-stitches (print letters), stem stitches (cursive letters), free filler stitches (red), then whip (or loop) stitches (the gold metallic thread around the red stitches) for the words.
The branches and flowers were made with some needle felting artwork I did to add texture and depth. The tutorial would be pretty involved, so I didn’t add those instructions, but if you’d like to buy this design outright, you can check my Etsy shop to see if it’s available.
To make a nice finish on the back, I trimmed the edge of the fabric and hot glued it to the wooden hoop, then cut a piece of felt that would fit inside the inner hoop and hot glued that in place too.
Otherwise, feel free to ask any questions and if you use my pattern, please tag me on Instagram @cinderellasews or add a photo to the "tried it" section on Pinterest, so I can see your variations!
Have some fire, friends and stay warm this fall! What is your favorite TV quote?