"Gingham Embroidery" because it encompasses all the lovely techniques used to turn this humble fabric into a thing of beauty.
I spent all day Monday interpreting and practicing from copies of patterns that I received from a friend in Panama. (copies of her work) so that I could teach a preliminary class on Tuesday. I used what I had available - DMC Perle #8 and an appropriate sized sharp needle.
This allowed me to show them how to also use an available fabric - Aida - to do this. I just wish that waste canvas or mono canvas was available to use as well. The women are interested in putting this kind of work onto blouses, skirts and such that are very plain, which they can buy fairly cheaply. So now I will experiment with the Aida to see if the threads can be pulled. hmmmm t-shirts?
I left them with all the copies of the patterns, and ideas. It will be interesting to see what the more industrious of the women bring back next week. What they asked of me, which is very normal, was could I buy and bring them various threads which in turn they would pay me for. For the most part, this works well, but I have yet to break even on this type of venture.
Keep tuned for the follow-up ...