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Fishwives (women selling fish in Africa)

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Wall Hanging
Style Funky, Ethnic
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What was your source for this quilting project? Improvisational

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What materials did you use? I took pieces of cotton "strip pano" handwoven in Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) where I lived, dyed it with kola nut, and stitched it together for the background. The women are from an African cloth, the fish from another cloth, and the appliqué was stitched by machine using variegated thread. The patchwork is from my huge stash of African fabric. I tried freehand machine quilting for the first time and then decided to add the beading. This is my first wallhanging. I am contemplating adding more beading (gold glass colored for sand) and maybe some small shells for the beach. Possibly some other embellishment as well (maybe some cloth and beads hanging form the bottom)? I would love to hear if people think I should add more or leave it as is?

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What are you most proud of? That it all just came to me as I was doing it -- it was in my heart as the women gathered and sold the fish from the beach in front of my house when I lived-in the jungles of Guinea-Bissau. It was a 100% spiritual creation.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Try dying fabric with weird things. I tired kola nut because people chew it and it stains their teeth -- I figured it would stain fabric as well. Just relax, breathe and sew!

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"Fishwives" -- that's what they call the women who take the catch from their husbands. I made this spontaneously -- no real pondering on design or figuring out what I wanted to do. I see the women on the beach in front of my home, sand all around, preparing to bring the catch to market. Now that I have looked at it for some time I feel it could benefit from a lot more embellishment. I am torn though as although I was a complete amateur, it was made completely from the heart. I am not sure I want to add my head to it. What do you think? Add more embellishment???

04/05/2014 Flag

No! I love it just the way it is!! It's beautiful and one of my favorite projects I've seen on here.

04/05/2014 Flag

This is very beautiful. Continue to follow your heart on rather or not to add more embellishments. Adding some cloth and beads hanging form the bottom would certainly fit with your African motif.

04/05/2014 Flag

I agree with Denise.she says it better than me. This is just wonderful the way it is.

04/06/2014 Flag

Thank you so much for this wonderful art you have shared!

04/08/2014 Flag

very nice

12/08/2015 Flag