The Pandoras met at my house today to make paper-cloth decorations for The Day of the Dead (El Dia de Los Muertos). We followed directions in Kelli Perkins’ wonderful book Stitch Alchemy (Interweave, $22.95).
Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on Oct. 31 - November 2, and honors deceased relatives. The website azcentral.com has great information on the history, events, crafts and foods associated with the holiday.
Here is DeLane working on hers:
After you cut out the pieces of paper-cloth, everything gets stitched down on black card stock with black thread. Precision stitching doesn’t matter because the uneven stitching adds to the folk art effect.
Trish sketches out a design on the back of the paper-cloth before cutting it out:
I made three skulls and cards to put at each end:
I think I’m going to stitch them with a black ribbon across the top, and hang it over a door. If you are intrigued with this, I highly recommend Kelli’s book. It has so many wonderful techniques for coloring the paper-cloth, and really cool projects you can make with it.