Sunday, February 28, 2021

A start and a finish

I think I'll take some extra time for slow stitching today. 

I took an online workshop yesterday with Sujata Shah on the making of Siddi quilts. It was so interesting to hear her speak of this Indian tradition of using leftovers scraps from making sari's, etc., to make bright beautiful quilts.

I first heard of this through Kathy's Quilts blog postings. You can read about it on her blog, HERE 

After I saw Kathy's post in the Fall I started to follow The Root Connection on Instagram, which is Sujata's Instagram handle. As soon as I saw another class was offered, I got right on it and signed up. 

One of the amazing things to come out of living through a world-wide pandemic is taking classes with people from all around the world. Sujata herself was teaching us from San Francisco, and there were people in the class from the US, France, Britain, Jerusalem, etc.

Here is my Kawandi (a word for this type of quilt), so far...

It doesn't like much yet, but I'm sure it will be beautiful. I love the mindset you have doing this, it's quite therapeutic. We weren't to plan what the final quilt will look like...just like life. We were to sew another piece according to how we felt about that piece of fabric just then.....and not to worry about pieces that you had already sewn...just like life, we can't go back to change the past. 

I've sewn in a few pieces of Dupioni silk...and I'm really loving that. I think I'll do another piece in the future with just silks. Might be a good idea to start hunting thrift shops for silk ties.

I did finish my Maja cardigan this past week. It's my first time knitting with Istex Lettlopi, and I love the light weight of it and the softness. I think this is a yarn that would feel itchy for people who are sensitive to wool, though.

I found some perfect buttons from Etsy, a vendor from Toronto, so it didn't take long for them to get here by post.

I wasn't going to buy ribbon to cover the steek, partially because I didn't know where one would buy such a thing, and because it wasn't really necessary, but I was ordering some yarn a week or so ago and saw the ribbon and it was so pretty...

I hope to have more time to do some stitching, but there are some chores to be done...we're ripping up some carpet and there are still staples to pull out. 

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.


  1. Your cardigan is beautiful! Great work!

  2. Your Kawandi is looking so lovely--it is a fascinating type of sewing!! Nice work on it...hugs, Julierose

  3. Wonderful sweater and you found the perfect buttons and ribbon for it. The Siddi Quilt looks interesting. I hope the staples don't take too long to remove so that you can get back to your stitching.

  4. Oh my goodness! The cardigan is beautiful!

  5. I love the philosophy behind stitching a Kawandi. Yours is looking great so far. I can just imagine how beautiful one would look fashioned from silk ties. Your Maja cardigan looks lovely on you. Such a lovely pattern and gorgeous colours. Love those buttons.

  6. Your sweater turned out beautiful. Kawandi looks very interesting. Looking forward to seeing more as you progress on it.