One of the many fun things about being part of Gwen Lafleur’s Artist Tribe is the monthly challenges. Gwen’s shop is so jam-packed full of great stuff it’s hard to choose what to work on. These challenges help me to focus. I’m liable to stop and chase shiny objects midway through a project, so this structure works well for me.
Well, it’s not just great for me, but it’s also great for people who have a bit of hesitation because they can’t think of how to use a particular shiny item. Peruse the Tribe’s offerings of the month and you will get inspiration and the itch to create. Like bonuses? (Who doesn’t?) There’s a discount coupon at the end of the post.
This month the challenge was to use her kuchis from Afganistan. Here is my project and some information about my process. I got so wrapped up in the process I forgot to take pictures at each step.
Who wouldn’t make the connection between this piece of silk that’s been in my stash for near 10 years and this beautiful kuchi?
But before I used that great Twisted Sister sari yarn, I thought the green sari ribbon that was in my welcome pack would be a great background. A running stitch along the edge, a pulled to make a ruffle and roughly stitched to the back of the kuchi made for a strong base.
Next the gold trim was gathered and sewn to the green sari yarn.
Next I wrapped some of that Twisted Sister sari yarn around my hand and tacked it together with thread. By cutting the bottom I made tassels of sorts.
Remember that silk fabric? I cut some and tied it in a knot at the end of each strand. Beads were added and the whole was stitched to the back of the kuchi.
Finally, a circle of felt was sewn to the back to cover all the stitching and errant threads and a pin backing was tacked in place. Viola! A pin to wear to cheer up dreary days.
I hope I have tickled your fancy with my Kuchi-Koo. Find yourself thirsting for a kuchi? Well, my friend, you have come to the right place. Gwen is having a sale.