Once again, I found myself rifling through set-aside projects on my bottomless shelf of it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time project ideas.
I found these hand-made embroideries I picked up at a quilt show a few years back. I have four of this smaller size and one larger one. These are made by women in South Africa who use the embroidery as a means to support their families.
Each embroidery has a photo and back story of the woman who created it. And there is also a local folk-story included in the package. Aren't they SO interesting. To learn more or to get some for yourself, jump over to Tambani Textiles.
I don't know what took me so long to come up with a project for these unique little pieces of hand-sewn embroideries. Like anything else, they ended up in a box, with some other stuff on top of it, and then the box when on a shelf.
Well, this week, they are becoming a Slicker Tote (without the slicker), and thank goodness, I didn't have to go far to select what I think is the perfect fabric to accompany the embroideries. I put aside about a half-yard of this African village fabric when I stored these little gems in that bottomless box.
The tote isn't quite finished yet, but with a couple more morning sewing sessions, it'll be ready to use or gift (although I think I would have a hard time giving this one up!).
It's too hot to pin-based a huge diamond quilt right now. That'll wait its turn!