And just in time for Mother's Day.

By Alexandra Churchill
Updated March 12, 2020
Veselka Bulkan

Motherhood is a series of "first" moments. And, perhaps, there's no moment more special than the one in which you see your baby for the first time. Albeit, that first glimpse is often in a scratchy, shadowy snapshot that shows the faint silhouette of a small face, and even smaller hands and feet. So when artist Veselka Bulkan discovered she was pregnant, she used her ultrasound picture as the inspiration for her craft: embroidery.

"Last year around this time, it was the first months of my pregnancy," Bulkan tells us. "And I was thinking of making something particular for these days of my life."

Veselka Bulkan

That particular something was her daughter's ultrasound picture embroidered onto black fabric, the grainy details stitched in white thread, and framed in a 4-inch wooden hoop. When she used it as a way to announce her pregnancy to followers of her Instagram account, @catchtheinspiration, rounds of congratulations came pouring in, and with them, special requests to recreate their own baby's ultrasound photos.

She happily received "many lovely comments and inquiries" but admits, "Nevertheless, I was never thinking of accepting any orders at that time. In fact, this embroidery was just to be a beautiful keepsake for my pregnancy, and a particular piece at my nursery."

Veselka Bulkan

You might assume a certain simplicity in stitching such a stark black-and-white image, but an ultrasound picture can prove difficult to replicate.

"A baby ultrasound embroidery is just abstract spots," she explains. "One-to-one mapping of these abstract areas to ultrasound is obviously not [a] straightforward task at all. There is no general solution to the challenges like blurred or incomplete regions, difficulty ratio of black and white areas, and different types of textures and postures." Therefore, she screens all requested ultrasound keepsakes before accepting an embroidery project.

Veselka Bulkan

"Balancing motherhood with creative activities is a bit challenging," she admits. But she refuses to let the hustle and bustle of her day get in the way of her craft. We've heralded her needlework designs in the past (particularly, of the vegetable variety—Romeo carrots and radishes) and she continues to create colorful needle-felted and embroidered decorative works in Munich, Germany.

Veselka Bulkan

She is beginning to accept custom orders for ultrasound embroideries. Although admittedly, it is a labor of love and intricate hands-on skill—each ultrasound embroidery takes about two to four weeks to craft. And she is a new mother herself, after all.

"Embroidering is a slow process, and most of my current time is obviously dedicated to my little one for the moment," she says. "I also need slots for creating new things, because this is how I am. Meanwhile, I also continue to enjoy my first months of my motherhood, and still have time to settle down my activities."

Comments (3)

May 5, 2020
A baby, growing protected and nurtured in the security of her Mother's womb. What a beautiful picture to capture!
December 31, 2018
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August 3, 2018
How sick can you be,keep your damn ultra sound pictures to yourself.