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Last year I was asked to participate in a charity exhibition to raise money for the Sophia Foundation's orphanage in Kenya. (see buttons at end of this blog)
This year ,due to the economic situation that has affected this island, the Foundation decided to set up a school lunch programme to ensure that children who have been hit the hardest get a cooked meal at least once a day. In order to raise money for this cause, 230 pashminas were given to people to embellish and create their own pashmina to wear.
When I got "my" pashmina in my hands I realised what a challenge this was going to be. This pashmina was the real deal...90%cashmere and 10% silk....so soft, lightweight, fine, very fluid nearing slippery.
What to do? Cottons are too stiff, sewing by machine would stiffen and would be harsh and puncture those fine weaves.
At one stage, being totally fed up with the situation and politics we are bombarded with day in day out , I thought of making it into a noose , and having lots of red and blue triangle purses spilling out and dripping onto a Cyprus flag with a sign saying WEAR IT...I got over it and thought again...
The only medium I could think of ,that was suitable, was wool, but didn't represent Patchaouri. The only fabrics left for me to use were my treasured silks...
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Squares , triangles or even circles? My bodgey stitching with thick cottons or,smaller stitches not to show on the reverse? Embroidery or not? Ties?
After trying out some techniques and stitches on a pashmina scarf I had which ,proved to be a waste of time ,since ,the composition of the scarf was 30 %silk ,70% wool making a huge difference in texture and how the silk sits and reacts...
Did my research on threads , stitch length and
needles I would need and decided on colours, I started "work" on a Gees Bend style with ties.
Finding that silk "sticks" and slides when in tiny pieces, instead of a third of the pashmina being covered, I managed an 8 inch strip before wanting to jump out a window!!!
keeping a chid from harm...and sewed the tiniest blue bead to represent the "evil eye".
BUT, today it's unwrapped and part of this special, important event..