Thursday, 19 October 2017

WIPW - MOLA - Revealing the Fabric Underneath

Work In Progress Wednesday.

MOLA
I have had very limited time to work on my Mola, but have started revealing the first layer of fabric underneath the black top.
I have also appliquéd the black cut out part of the leaf and one flower.
More excavating of fabric underneath next week.

MOLA - Snippets of Interest
If you are a quilter, when you hear the word Mola, you might instantly think of colourful quilts of reverse appliqué. Actually the name Mola means blouse or garment.
This blouse is part of the folk costume worn by the women of the Cuna Indians on the San Blas Islands in Central America.
Onto the  highly decorative square panel, a yoke and sleeves are attached.
Traditionally the Cuna Indians used paint to decorate their bodies. When they got in contact with Westerners (Spanish colonists and missionaries), and thereby also had access to fabric, the geometric designs were worked on blouses instead.
(Sources: Hemmets HandarbetsLexikon, Eva Köhlmark: Broderiboken, Elizabeth Healey: Stitch, Fabric & Thread)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

TAST 149: Slipped Cable Chain Stitch

TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday which is an online course of stitches on Sharon Boggon's Pintangle. Join in and learn. If you want to do it from scratch, there will be a rerun starting next year.
Read more about it here.
Learn the Slipped Cable Chain Stitch here.

As I have explained before, I want all the TAST stitches in one (private) collection and will give them the chronological number in the order I learn them. 
So now it is time for Slipped Cable Chain Stitch,  which I will call TAST #149.


Isn't it beautiful?




Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 40 - Du Vos Stitch

Another Sunday and another stitch is upon us at Sunday Stitch School.

Do you remember I pleaded for help and asked for information about the '?-Stitch'?
Thank you so much for the feedback.

It is a good linear stitch and will be needed for the next Sunbonnet Sue (next week's lesson).

As no one has given me a name I will nick-name this stitch Du Vos Stitch in honour of the teacher who taught my friend. I think that name is better than Staggered Back Stitch, which is the only other name I could think of.

Work it like this:









On my Aida sampler:

Homework:
You are free to do whatever you like with this stitch, but please NO more poetry!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 39: Granitos

Time to hand in Friday Homework for Sunday Stitch School.

This week the stitch is called Granitos, I guess Granito is singular, but then my Spanish has not improved since last Sunday!


Student:

If Granitos mean small grains, 

then I can sew 

Granito grains of sand,

green cacti Granitos,

with blue Granito flowers, 

Chain stitched stems from where

purple Granito blossoms dangle,

and white Granito petals sprout, 

while yellow Granito petals,

on top of Stem stitched stems

spread out from black Granito crossed centres....

Teacher:
Since when was your homework poetry?
The task was BIOLOGY!

Student:
But all these plants, and the sand, too, IS biology - flora and geology!

Teacher:
Well, at least your stitching is not as awful as your verse!