QUILTING AND PATCHWORK

aliar a paixão por tecidos africanos com as técnicas de acolchoamento e patchwork resulta neste pequenos duvet/edredões/colchas.
o tamanho é definido pelo padrão da capulana ficando assim limitado ao metro por metro e meio.
o acolchoamento e o tecido polar tornam-no macio e quente. Gosto em especial do efeito muito anos 70 da combinação de cores do forro. E achei-o mais bonito que a propria capulana.
As capulanas são panos coloridos usados pelas mulhere Moçambicanas como saias. Podem enrolar-se à cintura ou cobrir a cabeça, ou belecar-se um bébé, ou ou ou. Faz parte do dia a dia e existe em toda a espécie de padrões e cores. Actualmente os mercados foram invadidos por tecidos Indianos, mais baratos mas mais frageis e com menos rigor gráfico.
Em 2004 foi lançado em Maputo um livro dedicado a este tema – “À volta de Capulana” – de que desconheço o autor. Existe também uma belissima exposição fotografica de Sergio Santimano sobre a presença da capulana no vestuário da mulher Moçambicana.
Em Portugal, várias pessoas descobriram os encantos da Capulana, e aplicam-nos na produção de items diversos:
os lindos slings e sacos da Rosa Pomar;
as roupas fantásticas da Carla Pinto

Obrigada Pépé pelos panos!

Mais quilts disponiveis na loja.

And the struggle goes on…

It has been difficult to end my task! the “quilt wannabe” lies, on one bed – unfinished, in quite a provocative manner. It is getting too big and too heavy and I am not sure about the combination of materials.

I´ve been checking some sites, checking other peoples unwise ideas on quilting but couldn’t find anything similar.

Is that good? I suppose it is. Or maybe not. Yes it is, not it’s not. It is. Not…

But the past weekend was rather nice. Gaetano joined us, from Italy, and designed some beautiful trims that are on the way to the fabric. I´promise to show it soon. I like them. And I liked spending time with him.

Next time we will work on the softies. There was an interesting argument between the 2 of us. He can not understand why an object with no utility should be produced. And even the squid he designed long time ago, and that I have always considered a funny doll and thought of ways of making it with that purpose on mind, well, I’ll make it alright, but we had to compromise – it is now going to be a sleeping bag!!

This is just one example of why this blog was named “the big craft disaster”…

WIP – but not for too long…

I have decided to play with old jeans and wool.

Mixing knitting and quilting, and a bit of recycling.

I am cutting uneven pieces of jeans and knitting uneven pieces of yarn and just playing with them on the table before feeling brave enough to sew them together.
The original idea was to make a bed spread out of jeans pockets! Re-using all the old jeans that we have around each messy closet.

Well it did not work! But I haven´t given up on that idea.
I gave myself the deadline of Wednesday to get this done. Let’s see what comes out!!!