Monday, May 24, 2021

Traditional Embroidery

 Over the past week, while listening and learning, I was stitching and meditating.

The designs I stitched on this sampler bookmark are from the Palestinian Embroidery book by Widad Kawar and Tania Nasier that documents the embroidery indicative to 5 different regions in Palestine. 

The word fallah means farmer and fallaha is the farm woman so this type of embroidery is called fallahi because it was traditionally made by village women.

I chose to work on designs from Gaza.


I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past's fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.
(Howard Zinn)

Have a good Monday.

22 comments:

Wanda said...

The bookmark is truly beautiful, and the somments so interesting. Have a good day!

kathyinozarks said...

Really beautiful Tammy Years and years ago when I was baking lots of bread I bought sourdough starter from Gaza

Betsy said...

That is a stunning bookmark Tammy. I love to cross-stitch book markers and should try to find some that are educaional as well as pretty.
Blessings,
Betsy

Miss Merry said...

Your bookmark is lovely. I love the colors and stitches, but most of all the meaning.

Dee said...

A beautiful tribute to your husband's homeland.

R's Rue said...

Stunning. What a beautiful sentiment

Delighted Hands said...

What beautiful work! Both in the historic design and your own version today!

linda said...

Its beautiful and so much work has gone into it. I love anything traditional and the stories behind it.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Such cultural treasures, being passed on by the women with lots of love, precision, care and above all perseverance. You did very well in reciprocating that tradition and yes, we pray hard that the good will win in the end, over all evil on this earth.
Big hugs and thanks for your always thoughtful, in-depth comments dear friend.
Mariette

We enjoy a week of cabin time at a lake in the TN hills, after driving yesterday my 629 km solo with Pieter next to me and also briefly napping... Relaxing in nature, at a blind man's spot. He does this with his Mom. So I very much follow your story about that blind aunt in Jerusalem. We have very little to complain, compared to what others have to live through... Trying hard to support them and I've mentioned them before in a post: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2019/08/our-cabin-stay-at-hill-by-cherokee-lake_27.html

www.self-sufficientsam.blogspot.com said...

That embroidery is so beautiful and it looks like cross-stitch to me! I'd recognize those little x's anywhere! I wonder if we could get that book here? Like I need another project! LOL!

Betty said...

You have made something very beautiful, all the more so for explaining the background to this kind of work, thank you for sharing.

Crafty in the Med said...

Another touch of inspiration for me! Thank you. Very striking and lovely combination of colours. keep well Amanda x

Maya Kuzman said...

What a magnificent piece you've created Tammy! I wish I could steal a peek into that wonderful book! Embroidery has a special place in my heart since it is the first craft I was introduced to at the age of 8!

Linda P said...

I can imagine how meaningful it was to work on your bookmark Tammy. The traditional designs are interesting. I expect the book is a helpful way to learn the patterns from the different regions. Regards, Linda.

Angie said...

Beautiful stitching, Tammy. Did you decide on your own color scheme, or were these colors typical for Gaza? The last quote is spot on.

Rostrose said...

Your embroidery looks beautiful, dear Tammy!
And like Howard Zinn, I hope ...
All the best and
happy weekend,
Traude
https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/05/winter-und-sommer-im-mai.html

lll said...

How lovely this pattern is and the colors! I miss cross stitching (used to do it years ago) and since the stroke sewing anything is much more difficult.
I hope you are doing well too!

Nowe Przygody z drutami said...

Wow, what a wonderful emboidery, congratulations, you ' ve got a talent, have a nice day, greetings from anna

Mereknits said...

It is an amazing project considering all that is going on. A beautiful way for you to send positivity out in these troubling times.

Serena Lewis said...

What beautiful traditional-style cross-stitch, Tammy. A very meaningful quote too...I sure hope our future has a lot more compassion in it.

P.S. - I'm back blogging after a long absence so just dropped in to say HI.

Susan said...

That is a most beautiful bookmark, Tammy. You are so talented. Thanks for yo8ur visits and comments, too. Such a delight to have you stop by. Susan

handmade by amalia said...

So gorgeous, Tammy. I LOVE it.
Amalia
xo

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