What did we learn from our Frida Sewalong?
Personally I got a huge kick out of it. I learned
- much more about Mexico. I am now very keen to visit the country and have a plan (although not a short term one)
- more about Frida. I am reading The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.
- that I love Mexican and fiesta type music
- that colour, and abundance, and round shapes contribute to joy
- that making things, music, dancing and collaboration stimulates community and teaches children and young people about the benefit of working together on an exciting project
- that colour is related to our habitat and weather as well as our natural beauty
- that simple shapes are really fun to work with – the huipil, long skirt and shawl have both a temporary and eternal feel to them
- wearing unfitted clothes is freeing
- one size can fit all
- embellishment is a fun activity, allowing endless variations and individuality
- that showy, lively, colourful items like a yellow, painted huipil can play a role in an ordinary wardrobe, when paired with jeans or a plain skirt. These ladies made beautiful Huipils to mix into their wardrobe without going the whole hog. Look at what NowSewing has done!
- there is a role for shawls, and I find myself knitting one.
- we need to wear more things on the head – flowers, pom poms, head ties, hats, fancy hair styles.
- There are lots of ways to bring a little bit of Frida into your normal outfits
- Pom poms are always fun
Using my pom pom makers I wrapped thin slices of linen and other fabrics to create large fabric pom poms. These charcoal linen balls hang above my desk, complemented by feathers I picked up on walks.
- Frida is now a brand and some of the mechanise is wonderful. I am grateful for CoreCouture Ruth who very kindly brought me a little bag back from Mexico. Let the Sewing Begin blogger Jen from Rochester, NY visited us recently and kindly brought me a special Frida mug (and some lavender hand cream, which means I think of her every time I use it). Both of them were so kind and thoughtful.
And finally I learnt again that sewalongs – international collaborations of women who are full of ideas, and style, and talent, and exuberance – are the best fun ever. Everyone had their own take and, while we all pushed our normal boundaries a little, everyone produced a very wearable look. I am so grateful that so many people gave it a go, and put a look together with jewellery, head-dresses, shawls and even little monkey (Sue) or a penguin (thanks DF).
Those are my reflections and learning! How about you?