Crafting with Hill Tribe fabrics

I love crafting with these vintage Hill Tribe embroideries and bright cotton prints that I brought back from Vietnam.
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The colours and patterns are so delicious.
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I’ve made plump, rectangular cushions and small zip purses…
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And satisfyingly heavy floor cushions stuffed with fabric scraps, which I blogged about here a while back.
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Even the tiniest leftover scraps of these vintage embroideries are delightful to me, and it pains me to throw them away, even when they’re just too small to work with anymore.
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You can see I felt like I had to do something to celebrate the scraps before saying goodbye to them…! (The socks I’m wearing are hand-knitted ones I bought in Himachal Pradesh, North India nearly 20 years ago. I’ve worn them every winter since and they’re still going strong. I guess that’s the difference between quality handmade-to-last, and cheap mass-produced clothing…)
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It’s interesting how similar the colours and use of geometric shapes are between the Indian socks and the Hill Tribe embroidery.

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3 Responses to Crafting with Hill Tribe fabrics

  1. Amy says:

    one word: YUM.

  2. Amy says:

    Hi Luce,

    I think it’s time to Bring Back the Blog đŸ™‚

    xx

  3. Mary Addison says:

    Wonderful fabrics – designs and colours; lovely photos of them too and interesting to read about your travels. My daughter works in Vietnam and you might be interested to look at my blog on the fabrics used for a baby quilt and also 3 posts beginning here http://www.addisonembroideryatthevicarage.co.uk/2014/01/10/vietnamese-fabric-crafts/. I shall enjoy looking at more of your old posts.

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