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The Women’s Souk of Ibra, – no men allowed.

“Once per week this souk, opposite the main souk, attracts women-only buyers and sellers from all over the region, selling a variety of handicrafts such as baskets, woven cushions and camel bags. Men are not welcome and photographs are prohibited in the only souk in the country dedicated to female shoppers.”

This was the only information I could find on the web regarding the Souk we were about to visit. As far as not taking photos, I asked permission and a few ladies said no, but most of them said yes.

The art of Quilting is reaching across the world.

Kantha, Appliqué, embroidery and quilting have been in India since the 6th century. But now there is a movement into the quilting arts of the rest of the world, I have a vision of sharing my ideas on textile art using modern technology.

Mr Aditya Gupta is presenting this opportunity in Delhi to Indian participants from the 3rd to the 6th of March I will be teaching three of my own techniques to the ladies. Laurie Tigner will be teaching Quilting on the Handi Quilter. It’s a great honor.

People, Art and portraits… take a look folks it will blow your mind. International Quilt Festival Houston.

Daylight saving has given me an extra hour today for which I am grateful. We leave for the Caribbean today and I won’t be able to access good internet, so I’m taking the opportunity to post a few more images before we leave. I have more to add, but I don’t have the time right now. Wheat field, Melissa Burdon, Groveton Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.   Character Y Dulzural/Character and Sweetness,  Adriana Briones Cakkeja, Collado Villalba, Madrid. Spain Free Tibet Meri Henriqes Vahl, Soquel, California Lily, Hiroko Miyama, Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan Gilbert, Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, South Dakota. 40 Aniversario, Mireia Aranda Marin, Almonaster La Real, Huelva, Spain Refelection of Life. Olga Gonzalez – Angulo Sant Feliu De Guixols, Girona, Spain First place, Art People and figures. St Joseph, Laura Di Cera. San Lazzarodi Savena, Bologna, Italy. Simple Pleasures, Lea Mc Comas. Superior Colorado. Hope Kay Donges, Suches, Georgia. Dancing at the Pow Wow, Marty Boles, Chatsworth, California.      

It’s almost 3.00 am. At home I could get up and with coffee in hand wend my way across the brick courtyard to the studio. But here in Antigua Guatemala we have just one large room so it’s a bit difficult to do my usual thing of getting up early and working without disturbing husband Keith. You make do on the road, a digestive cookie, dates that were packed in my case from Dubai and room temperature mineral water. A number of my textile art friends on Facebook queried me about the Huipils I purchased yesterday. So I thought I would explain their use, their beauty and what I use them for. I’ve been a huge fan of Huipils since I became aware of Frida Kahlo many years ago. I have a rather large collection and they form a good proportion  of decoration in my house as wall art and throws. To be honest, I only have two that I wear, but I always feel a bit of a fraud wearing them… I think I need to …