Monday, December 12, 2011
Getting the house ready for Christmas has made me notice my collection of African embroidery. I learn much from handling these power cloths. All of the embroideries shown here were found at African Threads, an outlet for women's embroidery from South Africa that has affiliations with the Grandmother to Grandmother campaign for Aids relief. Two separate cow embroideries were sewn together to make a pillow cover. Both sides are the right side. I purchased this vibrant woman's face from Val Hearder of African Threads last February. She told me that the women were paid by the weight of their work. I usually make pillow covers by sewing the stitched squares to a piece of hand dyed silk velvet. This piece by Cynthia always stops me. Busy all day here. Getting ready.