Wednesday, 17 January 2018

WIPW - Mola Embroidery

Work In Progress Wednesday this week features, as promised last week, embroidery on the

Mola
The original and traditional Molas made by the Cuna Indians of Panama are sometimes, but not always, adorned with some embroidery, usually the most basic stitches.
My friend Julie of My Quilt Diary has an original Mola panel and says the Chain Stitches on it are so tiny there are eight stitches on a cm.

I have also used some of the basic stitches - Running, Chain, Fly and Herringbone.
Instead of a single strand of cotton floss, though,  I used perle #8 and made bolder stitches.



Next, and final, job - turn this Mola panel into a bag.


Mola - Snippets of Interest
The word Mola originally means bird plumage.
(Source: Sandals Islands official website)

25 comments:

  1. Very nice embroidery on Mola quilt.The stitches match with the back ground work so well. Fantastic work!

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    1. Thank you.
      I thought the block needed some embroidery to add a new dimension.

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  2. This is fabulous! Very beautiful.

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  3. Oh !! Carin, your Mola panel has turned very nice !! Congratulations !!

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    1. Thank you!
      Yes, embroidery can make a lot of change.

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  4. Just enough to bring it to life!

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    1. As you know, with embroidery it is hard to know when to stop! I am glad I did when I did!

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  5. Maybe I should have tried the pearl cotton. As I am used to making tiny stitches, it was rather hard to get bigger ones. Not sure how well they show up.

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    1. Perle is a favourite thread of mine. Sometimes a quilt, or waistcoat, has too large an area to fill with stranded cotton embroidery thread.
      I agree, it is difficult to take small stitches with perle.

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  6. it looks fantastic, I didn't realise you were going to embroider it too

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    1. The really exquisite Molas are not embroidered, but I think a few stitches here and there can add a new dimension to almost any quilt.

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  7. Beautiful embroidery, it adds great detail and emphasis.
    Super!

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  8. It is looking lovely and will make a splendid bag. Perle is a favourite thread of mine too.

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    1. The black fabric frayed badly so the slits are not very steady. I won't use the bag as a bag more than once (to show my friends). After that it will be fed a cushion and put to sleep on my Trinity Green quilt!

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  9. Your addition of stitches have completed this wonderful Mola. Congratulations on such lovely artwork.

    No doubt you will receive lots of compliments when using your bag.

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    1. Thank you.
      I think my friend Julie will be the crowd stopper when we visit the quilt show and she is wearing her Mola waist coat!

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  10. I didn't think you could cut so many openings. It looks great.

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    1. If the fabric had been more tightly woven and not frayed so much I would have been able to make more slits.

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  11. Those stitches are the icing on the cake, pretty!

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    1. They actually remind me of hard sugar crystals that are used to decorate Swedish buns and cakes.

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