Arpilleras- Social Political Quilt Making March 14, 2008
Arpilleras Arpilleras are three-dimensional appliqué textiles of Latin America. A contemporary craft, the first ones were made by the Mothers of the Disappeared in Chile to tell their stories and support their families. In 1973, General Augusto Pinochet led a dramatic military coup against Chile’s democratically elected Marxist government. Many citizens were publically executed and at least 3,000 Chilean citizens were murdered or disappeared and thousands more were imprisoned and tortured. Chilean woman brought international awareness to this torture through visual representation. Textiles A textile is a flexible material comprised of a network of natural or artificial fibers often referred to as thread or yarn. Yarn is produced by spinning raw wool fibers, linen, cotton, or other material on a spinning wheel to produce long strands known as yarn. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or pressing fibers together textile crafts
Wool Works – information about knitting, spinning, dyeing
The tatting and lacemaking page – links to related sites
Phiala’s string pages – tablet weaving, medieval braids and other historical techniques
The Costume Page – over a thousand links to fascinating range of pages on costume and much else besides. Don’t miss this one.
Accents – a wearable arts page – techniques, projects, books
Shisha mirror embroidery
The Last Invasion Tapestry in English and Welsh – description and images of the beautiful, 30.4 metre (100 foot) long tapestry embroidered for the 200th aniversary of the 1797 invasion near Fishguard
Needlepoint from About.com – needlepoint news, projects, resources – building a ‘community of stitchers’
Embroidery – images and text from the current issue, both contemporary and historical embroidery.
How To – techniques for embroidery, sewing and crochet from the Coats Crafts UK web site
Quilting with Children – many projects, techniques and resources
Quilts, quilters, quilting and patchwork in fiction – quilts in fiction for children and young adults
EAC Youth Embroiderers – colourful, exciting site from the Canadian youth embroidery organisation
Young Yarn User – creative, fun things to do with yarn and fibre