I think I mentioned previously that I have some fabrics from South Africa. There are two that I find very intriguing. They are labelled as Makoti (which, I think, means bride or young married woman and could be a Zulu word – there are so many different tribes so I hope I’m not wrong there) and are double-sided. The patterns on either side relate to each other but are at different scales. They are very bold and yet quite delicate. I haven’t been able to find out much else about them. I imagine that the patterns are traditional ones that were adapted to fabric when that became available. And I think the fabric is called shweshwe. I’d love to know more and did a bit of internet hunting this morning but couldn’t find much else.
Anyway I wanted to try and use them in some way that seemed suitable. The photo below shows a little design I played around with earlier. I’m thinking of using it on a tote bag. It still needs stitching around the edges and some tidying up. There’s a baby on the left-hand lady’s back which doesn’t really show in this photo. Is it big/bold enough for a tote and is it something people would want on a bag to carry their shopping/books/magazines in?! Not sure.
This little pussy-cat is for a child-sized tote – although I also wondered whether it might work on kitchen stuff? Again it needs stiching around and embroidery for eyes and nose.
And my last little bit of playing around today produced this little bowl of tulips which I think will be for tea cosies, mats etc(…and again need stitching – I have just ordered some new bobbins as I only have four and I’m constantly swapping colours around when sewing up my designs, its getting very frustrating).
I placed a Moo order last week. So easy to set out and very quick to process and arrive. For now I’ve gone for a set of stickers, for wrapping up parcels, and a set of mini-cards for hanging on my products. I’ll need to have another go in a little while when I’ve built up a wider range and much better photos. I was so excited when they arrived – it almost makes me feel like I know what I’m doing!
And lastly, it looks as if there’s someone else in this house who likes fabric too. I found Islay twirling around the room waving some selvedges.