Tuesday, October 08, 2013
El Hibiscus Project Mayan Clothing Embroidery and Weaving
|Traditional Maya Huipil, Corte and Cinta|
At the end of my last post I teased you with a future surprise for textile lovers. Here it is - a visit to the El Hibiscus Project Museum.
El Hibiscus is a lovely restaurant, garden, and museum which showcases the beautiful embroidered and woven textiles of the native Maya people of Guatemala. Not only is there a museum where you can get up close and scrutinize the displays, but in the restaurant area there are huipils (blouses) hanging over all the chair backs! In my 4 years in Guatemala
|Guatemalan Hand Embroidered Men's pants|
My favorite piece in the museum was this pair of men's pants which are hand embroidered with beautifully detailed birds. It wasn't very light in the museum so the picture just doesn't do it justice. Anyway, the design is on the bottom 12" or so of the pants. I've seen many different characters embroidered on men's pants when traveling in the highlands of Guatemala. I've even found the store where the women can buy the fabric for making pants already stamped with the outlines for embroidery. That's what I'd need.
|Maya Huipil hand embroidery around neck edge|
|Mayan Huipil traditional embroidery|
|David, Terri and Jonesy at El Hibiscus Restaurant Guatemala|
Anyway I digress...because Jonesy needed to get his glasses repaired and we knew where to do that in Puerto Barrios (and he wanted to visit a real McDonald's!) he came along with us and toured the museum too.
In addition to the textiles, there were pottery shards displayed and some rustic weaving and spinning tools.
Yes, I'll be going back again and taking my fiberly friends with me next time. What I have shared on this blog post is just a very small portion
of all the fabulous textiles, arts, crafts and artifacts that are on display. We can spend a good part of the day there studying the textiles, eating traditional Guatemalan foods, exploring the gardens and hanging out in the hammocks...OK?
So scroll down and enjoy the photos below, better yet...come visit me in the Rio Dulce and I'll take you to some amazing places all of which are day trips!
Friday, October 04, 2013
Ropes and Cobblestones
|ROPES AND COBBLESTONES SOCKS|
For the month's of October and November 2013 the pattern will only be available for members of the Six Sox Knitalong Yahoo Group. After that time it will be for sale on Ravelry.com.
This tiered distribution method has become my modus operandi for sock patterns the past few years. Why? Because I get excellent test knitting for every size (free!) from the stable of volunteers on the group who are sock experts. Then the group members get exclusive access to the new pattern for the first two months.
|NIKI WIKI and Jonesy looking good|
Jonesy was over at the yard yesterday and decided to turn on the ignition switch just to be sure the start battery was OK. Nope. It wasn't. So in addition to the 4 new deep-cycle batteries we've ordered for our house solar system, he just had to buy another regular 12-volt battery for the engine start system. It will be delivered to the yard at 3pm today so he's off to take the old battery out now and get ready to install the new one. I think I'll knit in the A/C here at the hotel.
If you are into textiles - just wait for the next post in a couple of days! We had an adventure that will knock your socks off!