Thursday, February 4, 2010

First Day of Class

Thursday (yesterday) was the first day of the workshop for the Bitengye Designers. First thing in the morning all twelve of these marvellous women arrived at Canada House. There was much hugging and excited greeting of one another - we've finally managed to learn the customary greetings in Runyankole - and then singing and prayer and the day began. We heard a report from each of the areas, and then the sewing began. We had brought Olfa rulers with us, and after a demo in how to use it, they were off and running, cutting and sewing strip units which today will be cut into blocks and assembled into the first new project - a table cloth. There are three women who are still having a little difficulty with their 1/4" seam allowance, but the beauty of this design is that it can be made by these three as well. And it serves as a good "review project" for everyone. The table cloth measures 50" X 50", and will retail for $35. Orders anyone?


  1. wow, Pippa, they are going to be gorgeous!

  2. How spectacular! Here's an order for one. Yes please.

  3. Everything looks wonderful, great work! Wish I was there!
    I would like 6 tablecloths, please.