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Mother creates beautiful embroidery from ultrasound images


One mother is helping other moms remember the exciting time of pregnancy by creating special keepsakes of ultrasound images. While some artists paint images of sonograms or create nail art, Veselka Bulkan turns ultrasound images into embroidery.

“When I became pregnant at the beginning of last year, I made an embroidery from my baby’s ultrasound at which I looked every day during this season of my life while imagining how she will look like, and a keepsake of these beautiful days to come,” Bulkan wrote on her website.

But her personal keepsake soon turned into a lucrative business with a waiting list of people wanting an embroidery of their own ultrasounds. Not every image has what it takes to become an embroidery, and those that do can take up to a month to create.


“The posture of the baby is a factor,” Bulkan told POPSUGAR. “Some photos are close up to the face, some are not. The contours on the head are pretty different in each in terms of abstraction of details. The textures of the scan and the ratio of black and white areas are also a difficulty factor. Some of the ultrasounds are so blurred and abstract. Their textures are not so clear so that the result would not be good at all. Three-dimensional ultrasounds are also not applicable.”

READ: ‘That is a human being’: Ben Shapiro makes powerful pro-life case with ultrasound

The waitlist is long and she is currently working on her backlog of orders, but you can email an ultrasound image to her so she can see if it will work for embroidery or not.

“My husband and I never thought that the waiting list would be so long in the end,” Veselka told POPSUGAR. “I have been able to do only a few up to now but am speeding up.”


In addition to embroidery, mothers are choosing to celebrate the life inside their wombs with nail art, paintings of different styles, canvas art, and blueprints. As our windows into the womb, ultrasounds have changed the way we view preborn children and allowed us to witness their humanity.

As technology advances and ultrasounds become more precise, will we use this amazing tool and gift to help better care for women and their children or will society see it as an opportunity to abort children based on more accurate prenatal diagnoses?



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A few months ago, when I was working on “growing vegetables embroidery sets” for Garden Museum, I have planted various vegetables in the jars, observed their roots and seedlings in detail, and stitched them with love. During this time, it seems that there was also a little seed growing inside me! 💚 #20weekspregnant . . . #pregnancy #ultrasound #momentsofmine #embracingaslowerlife #theartofslowliving #thatauthenticfeeling #postitfortheaesthetic #littlestoriesofmylife #thehappynow #simplepleasures #nothingisordinary #momentsofmine #embracingaslowerlife #slowlivingforlife #babybump #inspirepregnancy #babybelly #stylethebump #pregnancyglow #pregnantlife #babybump #pregnancystyle #expecting #bumpstyle #dickbauchdienstag #schwangerschaft

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Ultrasounds provide not only an opportunity to meet our children and snap their first photos, but they allow doctors to help them when they face a challenge. For example, without ultrasound technology, children with spina bifida would not be able to undergo fetal surgery that can allow them the ability to walk independently and children with heart conditions requiring surgery could be at a greater risk for death if they weren’t diagnosed while still in the womb.

Whether a keepsake or a life-saving tool, ultrasounds offer life-changing moments for millions of parents. And those moments are worth preserving.

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