Here are a few of the pincushions that my students made. I found the project at The Pincushion Challenge listed as "Homegrown" Tomato Pincushions. It was a great little project, quick and easy and they turned out lovely.
The kids finished their stars last week and I think they came out really well. I had initially thought of pom-poms for the points and then changed my mind and switched to tassels which we made with a bit of cardboard.
The tassels were fun to make and the kids enjoyed the process .
Often I make favors for friends, family and community events. I find
the whole process appealing, from the dream stage to finally arranging
all the favors as a focal point for an event. The sweetness of a favor
is that it is a little gift for all who are present. It is care,
generosity and a little sharing of the style of the giver, all wrapped
up in a little package.
I made these wool bags for an upcoming
family gathering. I'm planning to add lots of little gifts to the bags
all wrapped in bright tissue.
I always feel something has gone well when the class goes completely
quite. It's not that I don't like a lively class, I do because it helps
me to know my students, both through their words and their interactions
with others. My classes as often filled with group and side
conversations while they work away at the tasks at hand. There are
those times though when everything goes quite for a while and I find
that wonderful. The intensity of focus and their full presence in the
moment. It happened this week and I might have actually missed it (as I
was focused myself) but someone walked into the room and was struck by
the silence and mentioned it.
Hand sewing is
slow work and certainly an antidote to the fast paced, crazy, electronic
world we live in. It gives the mind a bit
of peace and some time to
think, what a gift that is!
I have always admired the embroidery of Mauritania that adorns the men's dara'as (robes). It was not until I visited that I realized the varying quality of the fabric and embroidery. In Nouakchott, we found robes with machine embroidery for just a few dollars but I also saw extraordinary hand embroidery on very fine German polished cotton and these robes cost about $200. On my next trip I hope to get a chance to visit some of the people that do this beautiful work as well as have some work commissioned.
Cheikna with Detou
The men's white dara'as use brown thread while the blue robes use white thread.
A few of the pieces of silk that I had embroidered while there.