On Friday and Saturday, I thought a lovely group of women how to stitch my crewel design Carol's Rose at ArtTextil in Dachau near Munich. We had so much fun that we agreed to do another two-day course at the end of October featuring silk shading. Keep an eye on my website for further details.
ArtTextil is a partner of the Afghan-German Guldusi embroidery project started by textile artist Pascale Goldenberg. Afghan Women in the Laghmani area 60km to the north of Kabul stitch wonderful little gems that are sold through the website and for instance at ArtTextil. This provides the women with a respectable way to earn an income and gives them self-esteem. I've bought my third piece featuring exotic birds. The piece is stitched on old sheets with Madeira yarn. On my piece, embroideress Rana used traditional Bokhara couching, chain stitch, satin stitch and blanket stitch.
Have a look at the Guldusi website and be inspired by the exotic art of Afghan embroidery! The website also features technical information on the types of embroidery practised by these women, as well as background information on the work of this little gem of a charity. Why not buy one of these little gems and incorporate it into one of your textile projects?
Jessica M. Grimm
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