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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lovely and not so much.

EDITED to clear up my pot-holed memories.  (Thank you, Kenneth).  These are, indeed, molas, given to me eons ago by my then-boyfriend, Kenneth.  They were made by the Cuna Indians, residents of the San Blas Islands off of the coast of Panama.  He brought them back from his tour of duty in the Canal Zone and, consequently (some time later) presented them to me.  The totally unrelated Czech reference comes from his Czech roots.  Clear as mud?  In any event, they are lovely and I am so glad that I can now enjoy them on a daily basis!


In one of my purging exercises, I had unearthed two pieces of Czech hand-craft/art that I have had for, oh, over 35 years.  Given my previous lives, it is amazing that I still have them and they are in as pristine shape as they were when they were given to me.  (Look familiar, Kenneth?)  I had mulled over making them into pillows at one point, but am so glad I didn't.  I apologize for the low light but, that's all we have had for months.  I believe I will be struck blind when the sun finally arrives. 



During her short visit, Sylvie and I trotted off to the fabric store and found an appropriate color (who knew there were so many shades of yellow?) for the background and then we carefully mounted them into the frames I had preordered.  Voila!  I do not know the name of this particular fabric craft, but it is made by placing layers of different colored fabric, cut into shapes and then hand-stitched around each design.  It's beautiful and the colors are much brighter in real life.  If anyone knows what this is called, please leave me a comment!


Speaking of lovely - well, in my eyes - I have finished the first of the Poison Candy socks!  Love it!  They will light my way in dark passages!
It needs blocking and the ends woven in, but WOWZA!
Also under the category of beautiful knitting, here is my new-to-me cabled sweater:
I can't even....
One would think, given that I have surrounded myself with things beautiful, that I would notice if something were, let's just say, not quite so lovely.  Apparently not.  I was knitting away this morning, looked down and saw this:


Methinks my jim-jams need a beauty treatment!





20 comments:

  1. "Poison Candy" is the perfect name for that fluorescent wool!

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    1. I might invest in some Birkenstocks so that I can flaunt my poison feet all summer long!

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    2. That's a great idea! I must admit they are rather eye-catching (in a GOOD way) now that they are all knit up; I like the way they stripe. Gorgeous sweater; toss the jim-jams.

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  2. I love the socks! Had to laugh at your jim-jams. I've sewed up a pair about 4 times, and they need another fix up, lol!

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    1. I can't really part with them, as they are just broken in... LOL! Guess it will be added to the dog toy triage pile.

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  3. Can't really tell from the photo but they look like molas, which are from someplace in South America, although I'm sure made elsewhere in the world. I don't really know much about molas but I do have one that was gifted to me many years ago........that I never framed.......

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    1. Thanks, Cindie. I got them from an old flame (he was young at the time...) or his sister. They are of Czech descent, so I assumed the pieces were Czech. I will research molas!

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    2. They sure do look like molas. Maybe these particular patterns are more Czech than the SA varieties - of which I am now enamored...

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  4. Wow, your pieces of craft/art are beautiful! They look like a combination of applique and embroidery from what I can see by enlarging the pictures. The applique work would have been more difficult to do than you might imagine. The two pieces are gems, that's for sure.

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    1. Applique! That was the word I was grasping around for (and did not find). I really don't know how they created them, but I am sure it was a painstaking procedure. I love them and am so glad I can now enjoy them. Once I hang them on the wall - a whole nuther ball of wax.

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    2. I forgot to say thanks for the picture of the sweater. What a beautiful pattern! The intricate knitting, including those awesome cables, gives "loft" to the yarn and actually makes the sweater warmer. Lucky you!

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  5. ha! i have the matching pair of jim jams!

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  6. Czech hand-craft/art.. Whatever the name, they are a lot of work.

    LOVE those socks!!! Now those are my kind of colors!!! :-)))))))))

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  7. Those art pieces are beautiful!

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  8. I have some similar fabric craft/art, two small panels in blues and grays that I intended making a small shoulder bag out of for oh, the last 20 years. maybe one day she says as she laughs hysterically.

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  9. Mola's basically it is a form of appliqué and likely many cultures have something like it. The colored fabrics are layered, right side up and then the top fabric is cut to expose the fabric(s) underneath. Then it is carefully turned under and stitched to keep it from fraying. It is very labour intensive. They are beautiful! Lucky you to have two in such pristine condition. The jim-jams though.....maybe it's time for them to go to the great Jim Jam Beyond.
    So tell me, do you feel like your knuckles should scrap the ground wearing the green sweater? :-)
    The poison candy footwear, simply AWESOME! Pair them with some sparkly red slippers my Pretty! ;-) HA!

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  10. Those appliques are gorgeous. I love that you framed them. Will you hang them together? I've always wanted a good sized tapestry. -Jenn

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  11. Hello Susan. Those framed hand crafted items are stunning! The socks would definitely stop traffic! Poison Candy indeed!!!

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  12. Susan,
    The art looks Native American. Good selection of material and frames to display your gift. Nice sock color!!!

    Sending hugs and love,
    Sandy

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