|by Chloë Sayer|
The colors on the cover are not quite as garish as they appear here, but they are bright, or I should say, Son colores vivos, because my classes are working on describing clothing they buy when shopping. The embroidery got me thinking about making a peyote cuff pattern based on Mexican indigenous embroidery. I bought a few pieces of Otomi embroidery while I was in Mexico this winter and I started thinking I needed to work up a design, but have not jumped on it yet.
I love the bright colors and mythical creatures. Even though I usually don't go for solid brights, to me, there is something so cheerful about these pieces. And as for designing, I have so much trouble with blending and pairing colors that using bold, saturated swathes seems to be what I need to remove a mental roadblock and make a pattern.
|not mine, but I have a very similar runner|
A few nights before Christmas, my husband and I went into a nearby town to visit his cousin who was selling his jewelry at a craft fair. David, who studies graphic design at school, gave up a job in marketing and joined a collective of artists from the state of Hidalgo who travel the craft fair circuit together. For some reason I did not take my camera, either because it was night or because it was too cold to take my gloved hands out of my pockets, but I have no pictures of a man working on embroidery like the piece above. He had drawn out the design on muslin, stitched around the edge of each shape, and was stitching across to fill in the shape. I could hardly move my fingers, let alone contemplate holding a needle. Below is a huge spray painted sign for an auto repair shop that David painted.
|all over Mexico business advertise by painting on the walls outside of their shops - this is by David|
|David and his beautiful wife|
The second book I grabbed is Sherri Haab's Beaded Macramé Jewelry: