Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stitching Backgrounds

Solid colored background fabrics can make for some interesting hand stitching. Here is a great example of stitching on a black background, it really makes the colors pop. This detail is from a piece by the group called Mapula which means Mother of Rain. It's called Mandela's Children's Foundation (the number 46664 was Nelson Mandela's prison number). 
Valerie Hearder sells these hand embroidered and appliqué wall hangings to help the women of Africa create a dignified living to support their families. Visit her new web site and blog: “Stories from the Women of Africa” for more information. Valerie is also leading a tour to South Africa with Odette Tolksdorf next April. For more information check out her web site. Better sign up soon! Registration closes Dec 7th.

1 comment:

Valerie Hearder said...

Hi Laura:
Thanks so much for writing about the wonderful Mapula embroidery and my African Threads project! We'll be in touch about sending threads to Africa!