Wednesday, 1 November 2017

WIPW - Mola Holiday?

For some reason life has told me to work and not play this week. So there is not much progress to report on my Work this Wednesday. I worked, and Mola took a holiday.

Mola
The areas I have worked on are marked with a red arrow.



Mola - Snippets of Interest

Molas are made to be worn, (as you know they form the panel part of the blouse worn by Cuna Indian women of San Blas Islands in Central America) so there are not many 'antique' molas to be found. The oldest Molas were made 150 - 170 years ago.

Some Molas have embroidery to enhance the design, but the really valuable ones are made in reverse appliqué only, have more than five layers and near invisible stitches.
(Source: wikipedia)

14 comments:

Rachel said...

Well, I can see that progress is being made!

Renee said...

Beautiful!

Pamela said...

I like the fabrics and colors you are using.

Queeniepatch said...

Not as much as I would have liked.

Queeniepatch said...

Thanks

Queeniepatch said...

I agree, batik is nice for Mola and the colours are nice!

crazyQstitcher said...

The Mola is coming along beautifully. Lovely colours and interesting shapes popping up. I imagine the progress to be slow knowing the concentration needed to turn and finely stitch the small raw edges. Well done, Queenie.

Queeniepatch said...

The sewing is not the problem, it is knowing WHERE to cut and turn, and especially how to ADD pieces...

Linda Calverley said...

I've only done a mola sample once and I left the edges raw. It looks a lot more time consuming stitching them properly.

Queeniepatch said...

For me most of the time is sitting and staring at it, wondering what to do. If I hadn't promised my friends to show up at the quilt festival with a Mola bag I might just toss the project. Now I feel I have to go on, but am still puzzled about the technique.

Julie Fukuda said...

Well, my mola has been on hold while the banner got attention. I think I hear it calling from under the piles of fabric.

Queeniepatch said...

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

FlashinScissors said...

Oh, Queenie! A Mola bag will look fabulous!
I’m making myself a name badge ..... only small, now I’m wondering if I can turn it into a Mola piece. Only an experiment, of course, but you’ve got me thinking!
I look forward to seeing your bag.
Barbara xx

Queeniepatch said...

It might be too fiddly a technique for such a small item as a name badge. Give it a try if you want, but I think it would be better for a larger design.